Traveling to the quaint Midwest town of De Witt offers you and your pooch an opportunity to stroll along the well-maintained sidewalks and friendly neighborhoods of this beautiful town. Although the town is small, it features some of the best parks in the area and even a large dog park. The main street is lined with trees and soft music plays from speakers, creating a welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors.
Three well qualified veterinarians work at the different clinics around town to make sure your pup’s medical needs are taken care of in an emergency or routine care. You will also want to take your canine pal to Best Paw Forward, a friendly shop where you can buy accessories and treats from the Bark-ery, or purchase pet supplies at Theisens Home-Farm and Auto. You are also welcome to enjoy lunch at the Garden Café where you and your pooch can sit at one of the dog-friendly outdoor tables.
While exploring the parks in town or traveling to the outskirts of town to Malone Lake, you will probably meet up with other doggie parent taking their pups for a walk or a swim in the lake. Malone Lake park covers 30 acres and is perfect for swimming or fishing. You can take a picnic lunch or play a game of disc golf. Make sure to bring your own doggie waste bags to clean up and you can fill up water bottles for your pooch at the fountain. Later, head over to Cups and Cones for a pup cup and a milkshake for yourself.
Situated conveniently in West Brook Park in the West De Witt neighborhood, the De Witt Dog Park is an excellent area to take Fido for some exercise. The double gated entry allows you to enter the park safely, and there are separate sections for smaller and shy pups, and bigger ones. The huge grassy area is perfect to play a game of fetch or frisbee, and your pup will have to run up and down the hill working off lots of energy. Owners can relax on one of the shaded benches, and there is a water fountain located across from the dog park area where you can refill your pup’s water bottles. As the only off-leash park in town, you and Fido will probably meet up with other furry friends to socialize and play.
Located under the town’s water tower, Lincoln Park is a popular area to plan a play date for both your two and four-legged family members. You can easily walk to the park from almost anywhere in town and Fido will love sniffing through the grass or strolling along the paths. The picnic shelter is a perfect place to enjoy lunch with friends and you and your pup can relax in the gazebo while the children have fun on the playground equipment. Water is available from the fountains, but you will need to bring your own doggie waste bags to keep the park looking beautiful.
Surrounded by lush pathways, shade trees, and creeks running through the area, the small town of Parkview is located just nine miles from De Witt, and features one of the largest parks in the area. Scott County Park covers over 1,280 acres and offers wide open spaces where you and your pup can run and romp in the grass and wildlife. Several different picnic areas provide shade and a place to BBQ and during the summer you and Fido can walk through the many trails admiring the flowers and socializing with other pups along the way. The park is also open during the winter where you will probably see kids sledding or cross-country skiing and their pups happily frolicking in the snow.
While traveling along the Mississippi River with your pup, be sure to stop off at Rock Creek Campground and Marina just sixteen miles south of De Witt in Follets. This popular campground features camping in both cabins and tents, as well as boating and fishing. If your pup enjoys playing in the water, you can take him to one of the secluded areas by the creek and allow him to splash in the water or roll in the mud. Fido might also enjoy spending some time floating down the river in one of the canoes, or you can bring the whole family and enjoy a day on the water in one of the pontoon boats for rent. Your pup is sure to have a tail-wagging good time at Rock Creek.
Small town living at its best is one of the features of Camanche, located about 16 miles east of De Witt on the Mississippi River. When visiting the area with your pooch, you can walk along the sidewalks and socialize with other doggie parents or schedule a play date at one of the parks. Platt Park is located in the center of town and offers a playground and plenty of space for Fido to run around. While walking around town you will find the Camanche Train Depot Museum. You could also hit the Discovery Trail, a paved path that winds along the Mississippi River from Camanche to Clinton, covering about 14 miles and providing Fido with plenty of exercise. Bring your own doggie waste bags and water bottles to keep you and your pup hydrated while exploring the area.