In the 1800s, a judge from Ohio named Silas Sawyer decided he wanted to move west, so he bought 100 acres in what's now the city of Sawyer and brought the area to life. Sawyer was named after him to commemorate his influence on the city.
Sawyer has a variety of things for you and your canine friend to enjoy. Your first stop should be the Warren Dunes State Park. This park has several hundred acres of campgrounds, beaches and dunes. It is dog-friendly with forest trails and a great beach for you and your pooch to enjoy. The forest trails are the perfect place for a nice, calm walk in nature. You'll be able to enjoy a gorgeous view of the lake from the trails, too.
The state park also has a nice long, sandy beach right on the shore of Lake Michigan. The shore is rocky but fun to swim in. There are benches and several areas for shade. You will need to bring water and doggy waste supplies with you. Grab your pooch's leash and make sure it is not longer than 6 feet in length and come out for a pawesome day at this park!
Need another state park to visit? Head just 11 miles outside Sawyer to the Grand Mere State Park. If you and your pooch are looking for a challenging hike with a beautiful beach, you're at the right place! You'll find a mile of shoreline at the end of the walking trail here, as well as 3 inland lakes which you can also explore. The hike to get to the beach is difficult, but the private beach at the end is well worth it! You will need to pack up all of your essentials when visiting this park, such as water, towels, something for shade and doggy waste materials. Put on your hiking shoes and see how far you and your canine pal can get!
This pawesome neighborhood is located 17 miles from Sawyer, Michigan and is home to the Kiwanis Dog Park. This off-leash dog park is fenced in for your canine friend's safety. There's plenty of grass for your furry friend to run and romp. Seating and shade are available for a more comfortable visit. There are also water fountains for thirsty pups. This park is free to visit and has an additional area for smaller dogs. You will need to pack supplies for cleaning up after your pooch. Grab a ball and head out for a fun-filled day with your pup!
Want to do something a little different with your dog? The Round Barn Winery is a dog-friendly facility in Baroda that allows your canine pal to accompany you for a relaxing day! The Round Barn has a brewery, a winery and a distillery that you are able to tour with your pup. Your pooch is allowed everywhere except in the tasting rooms, but the staff will bring you samples to taste out on the patio! The staff is very friendly and even offers water to any dog you bring with you. There is an outdoor grill and sometimes entertainment for you and your furry friend to enjoy together. Be sure to pack supplies for cleaning up after your pal.
This neighborhood has a great park to visit only 22 miles from Sawyer, Michigan. The Bark Park at Creek Ridge County Park is an off-leash dog park that encompasses 3 acres of grassy area for your pooch to explore. The park is fenced in and also requires a permit to visit. You can obtain a permit at the park; no need to head to the city's parks department. Seating is available as well as shade trees. You will need to bring water and supplies to clean up after your pooch. Just be cautious when exploring this park, as it's home to lots of local wildlife!
This is a great place for you and your canine pal to bond during a nice nature walk. The Kesling Park is a 90-acre park that has several extensive nature trails. You will need to bring a leash for your furry friend, as they are required to stay on a leash during their visit. The trails are paved but there is a nice grassy area for your pup to walk on as well. There is shading under the many trees, as well as a pavilion with picnic-style benches and trash cans. You will need to pack water and doggy waste bags for your walk in this park. Come out and enjoy a nice scenic view during your walk at this park.