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I'm Kristina, the mother of a wonderful 2 yo daughter named Katerina. My husband passed away last year so I'm taking some time off from the restaurant business to spend with her and our own yellow lab, Henry. I love dogs and used to help my neighbor who trained K9s and regular doggos. When I was younger I had a Jack Russell who passed obedience and then trick school and a lab who volunteered at the local prison, helping to rehab inmates. I think all dogs are just little ppl in fur coats!
Hancock is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and is the northernmost city in the state. It lies directly across the Lift Bridge from Houghton in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Hancock was founded as a mining town and is surrounded by historic mines, some of which are still in operation. It is also known for its Finnish heritage, which is celebrated at several cultural sites. Dogs will celebrate its numerous parks, trails, waterfront walks, and natural areas. There is also one veterinary clinic in Hancock for your dog's medical care.
The Hancock Recreation Area on the west side of the city is a great spot to take your pup. This 28-acre area includes large grassy lawns as well as sandy beach areas on Portage Lake where your dog can roam and sniff to their heart's content. Swimming areas, boat launches, fishing sites, a pier, a bathroom and changing area, and campsites are all available. If you come at the right time of year, there will be berries to pick! You will need to keep your dog on a leash and bring your own waste bags and water.
With its rugged natural setting and dramatic water views, Hancock is a perfect place to spend a day outside with your pup.
East Hancock is full of beautiful historic homes, including many in the Victorian style. You can enjoy a range of architecture as you meander along the neighborhood's tree-lined sidewalks. The area is hilly, so you and your pup will get some good exercise! You might want to bring a camera to capture the historic sights and the fun moments you'll have with your dog at the 1.3-acre Terrace Park on the eastern side of the neighborhood. Terrace Park includes sports facilities, playground equipment, and many grassy areas for you and your dog to explore. Your dog will need to be on a leash and you will need to bring your own waste bags and water.
West Hancock is where you will find the Hancock Recreation Area and the city's veterinary clinic. In this neighborhood, Laurn-Grove Park and McAfee Field feature sports facilities and large grassy areas where you can take your dog for a leashed walk. McAfee Field also includes a nature trail. You will need to bring your own waste bags and water. The 13-mile paved Hancock-Calumet trail, also known as the Jack Stevens
trail, connects both parks. It continues north to Boston Lake and the town of Calumet or south toward Hancock's waterfront neighborhood. The walk along the trail from Laurn-Grove Park south to Porvoo Park on the shore of Portage Lake is 1.3 miles long.
Along Quincy Street in Downtown Hancock, you can enjoy a more urban experience. Take in historic buildings like the red sandstone Town Hall and Fire Hall, which was built in 1899 and has been beautifully preserved. Window shop as you pass by local coffee, flower, and bicycle shops, as well as several art studios. For an outdoor shopping experience, the Hancock Tori Farmer's Market takes place every summer on Quincy Green on the campus of the historic Finlandia University, which was founded in 1896. You can also enjoy the one-acre Montezuma Park, which features tree-lined walking paths, a flower garden, and a playground. You will need to keep your dog on a leash and bring your own waste bags and water.
Hancock has a beautiful waterfront area along Portage Lake. You can simply stand at shore's edge and gaze at Houghton and the Lift Bridge across the water to enjoy a quiet moment with your pup. If this isn't nice, what is? You can then set out on a leisurely stroll along the Porvoo Park boardwalk. The park, which is named for Hancock's sister city, Porvoo, Finland, has benches where you can rest and piers where you can fish. It also has grassy areas for your dog's convenience. You will need to keep your pup on a leash and bring your own waste bags and water.
Northern Hancock is where you will find UP Health System Portage, the city's hospital. It also contains an amazing natural area to check out with your pup. The Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids Nordic Ski Area features over fifteen miles of year-round trails. You can hike, snowshoe, or ski, depending on the season. The trails wind through varied landscapes that include marshes, streams, forests, and meadows. A great place to start is the Public Works Garage Trailhead off of Tomasi Drive, where there is ample parking. As you explore this expansive area, you will need to keep your dog on a leash and bring your own waste bags and water.
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