Portage is the third-largest city in northwest Indiana, and more than 36,000 people call it home. Portage is largely considered to be an industrial city that is dependent on the steel industry, but residential facilities and homes are steadily increasing, making Portage a family-friendly place to live. If you're a dog owner who lives in Portage, you and Spike will both love all of the parks and trails in the city you can explore together. Portage is also right near the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, so you'll never run out of breathtaking land and lake sights to take in with your pup.
One special way to get to know Portage with your dog is by traversing the Prairie-Duneland Trail together. This 10-mile asphalt trail runs through town, and it was created from a former railway line. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has taken unused railway lines from across America and transformed them into trails for public use that connect across the country. This wheelchair-accessible trail is not only a good place for dog walking, but it's also a good trail for inline skating, biking, running, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Your dog must remain on a leash while you're on the Prairie-Duneland Trail, but fear not -- there's an off-leash dog park in town, too!