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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!
Houghton is the largest city on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. This part of the Upper Peninsula is often called "Copper Country," and is known for its mining history. While its museums and historic buildings are charming features for human visitors, canine companions will be delighted with its wealth of natural areas to explore. City parks, waterfront walks, and wilderness hikes are all possible within the city limits of Houghton. There are also two veterinary clinics in Houghton to keep your pup healthy.
Houghton's most pawsome feature for pups and their pals is the Nara Nature Park. This 100-acre natural area is linked with Michigan Tech's Recreational Forest, and is criss-crossed by over fifty miles of trails. Some trails are perfect for summer hikes, while others are groomed for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and trekking in the winter. The Pilgrim River flows along the eastern side of the park, where you can find volunteers walking dogs from the Copper Country Humane Society. An elevated boardwalk runs through a beautiful marshy area along the river. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park and you will need to bring your own waste bags and water.
Houghton's unique setting on Lake Superior waterways and its numerous dog-friendly features make it an unparalleled spot for adventures with your furry friend.
East Houghton is home to the Michigan Tech campus and the Nara Nature Park. There are several waterfront parks in the neighborhood along the paved four-mile Houghton Waterfront Trail, which links the waterfront areas of West, East, and Central Houghton. The East Houghton Waterfront Park, located right next to the dog-friendly Super 8 Hotel, has grassy areas, a waterfront boardwalk, a covered pavilion area with bathrooms and showers, and a pier. The trail continues east toward Nara Park and passes more piers and beach areas along the way. Your dog can stay by your side as long as you keep them on a leash. You will also need to bring your own waste bags and water.
Central Houghton is where you will find the city's famous Lift Bridge, which you can walk across with your dog if you're feeling adventurous. If you're feeling more mellow, you can stop for coffee and a meal at 5th & Elm, which has a beautiful dog-friendly patio area. Try the pannukakku, a Finnish custard pancake that's a local favorite! Within a few blocks of 5th & Elm, there are two dog-friendly hotels, the Quality Inn and Suites and the Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square, as well as two beautiful parks. You'll enjoy majestic views of the waterway from Bridgeview Park and Huron Street Waterfront Park, where you will find large grassy areas, a boardwalk, and fishing piers. Your dog will need to be leashed and you will need to bring your own waste bags and water.
Roy's Pasties and Bakery is located along the Houghton Waterfront Trail just west of the Lift Bridge in West Houghton. This restaurant has a beautiful dog-friendly outdoor dining area where you can enjoy a wide range of sweet and savory pastries while you take in the water views with your pup. As you continue along the trail, you can view some mineral samples at the Verna Mize Park. Next, the Raymond Kestner Waterfront Park features an elaborate and impressive
"Chutes and Ladders" playscape that's great for children, and grassy
picnic areas and sandy beach areas that are great for dogs. You will need to bring your own waste bags and water and keep your dog on a leash in both of these parks.
Further inland, in the Hurontown neighborhood, you can enjoy Houghton's most pawsome shopping experience at Erickson Feed & Seed. This local store sells food and supplies for a wide range of animals, from cattle to backyard birds. You can shop their wide-ranging selection of dog food, toys, supplements, and grooming goods with your pup by your side, as long as you keep them on a leash. Hurontown Park on the west side and the Peter Bungi Recreation Complex on the east side of the neighborhood have several sports fields, as well as large grassy areas where you can run with your pup. You will need to keep your pooch on a leash and bring your own waste bags and water. You can also find the pet-friendly Country Inn and Suites in this part of Houghton.
Just south of Houghton, in the far north corner of Chassell, lies a hidden treasure for you and your pup to discover: The Pilgrim Community Forest. This 276-acre natural area was established in 2014 and features pristine forest areas along the banks of the Pilgrim River, where fishing for trout is allowed. A three-mile trail that runs throughout the nature reserve is groomed for hiking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter. You can find the trailhead at the point where Paradise Road and Pilgrim Road meet. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the forest reserve but you will need to bring your own waste bags and water.
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