There's rural, and then there's "city dogs just don't understand rural", and the pet-friendly town of Winamac, Indiana definitely leans toward the latter! The town's name comes from the Native American Potawatomi tribe's word for "catfish." This historical place became a town in the mid-1800s and still carries the allure of the pioneer age. Winamac sits below the Tippecanoe River State Park, and west of town a river flows that shares the same name — Tippecanoe. Many of the locals like to fish, swim, and walk their dogs along this majestic body of water. Walking in the Winamac town square or the bucolic landscape throughout the countryside are both full of peaceful views for you and Fido.
Dog owners love living in Winamac! There's a veterinarian here, along with 3 pet groomers and 2 pet shops. You can get everything you need for Fido right within the town limits! If you're looking to do some adventuring with your dog, you can head to any one of the four state and city parks to explore the pines and cedars. Camping is huge around Winamac when the weather is nice, so you can always head to Horseman's Camp to pitch a tent. The local Dairy Queen is also pet-friendly, so when you feel like grabbing a burger and a sundae, you can bring your pup!
Is your dog a nature lover that loves to observe wildlife and explore the great outdoors? Living in the northern part of Winamac, Tippecanoe State Park is a quick 7-minute drive up US-35. At the state park, you and Fido can go bird-watching or fishing, hike through the trail system, camp, or catch a boat ride down the river. The park has both primitive campgrounds and cabins, with all the amenities you'll need for a fun weekend outing. Hawks, owls, and other beautiful birds of prey call Tippecanoe home, so bring your leash and your binoculars! Fido will love finding his inner doggie-ornithologist!
Does your dog like walks in the sunshine? The North Winamac area has plenty of scenic walking areas with beautiful treelines. The pathways are peaceful, especially in the early fall when the foliage begins to change. A place you can explore with your dog is the Beason Memorial Park, where you can walk along the grave sites for a contemplative stroll. If you're looking for something "livelier," you can hop in the car and drive 20 minutes up 14 East to Bruce Lake. The 250-acre lake has tons of lily pads which make for a serene view while you walk with the doggo.
Is your dog always down for a game of fetch outside where he can really run? If you live off Riverside, you can visit the Winamac Town Park or the Rinehart Park. We recommend the Winamac because it is more dog-friendly. The Rinehart is a skate park with playgrounds and a shelter, but to find playfields for Fido, visit the Winamac! Here, you'll find a walking trail, playground, basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, picnic tables, shelters to rent, and for your pup — open fields fit for frisbees! This park is beautiful year-round and has concession stands where you can grab a snack. Maybe a bite of your hot dog if Fido's a good boy?
Does your dog like to splash and play in the water? If you live off Old State, you can visit the Tippecanoe River, which is actually not a play on the words "tip-a-canoe." The name of the river translates to "buffalo fish" in Miami-Illinois, a Native American language spoken by the tribe that once lived in the area. The Tippecanoe runs 182 miles through northern Indiana and is fed by 88 natural lakes. The river has been named one of the top ten rivers in the United States because of its ecological diversity and amount of endangered species in its currents. Your dog will love walking along the banks of the river and cooling off during the hot summer months!
Does your dog like trekking through idyllic Indiana farmland? If you live in the south Winimac part of town, then you have quick access to a trailhead called Panhandle Pathway. This 22-mile paved trail runs through farmland with wide-open spaces that stretch outward toward the horizon. The trail connects with a system that meanders through local towns, like Star City, Thornhope, and Royal Center along the way. About a mile and a half down the trail from Winamac, you'll see a unique vista, a long concrete bridge over the Tippecanoe River, and benches along the trail for you and Fido to take a break and take in the views!