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Iron Mountain is a city in the scenic Upper Peninsula of Michigan that lies just across the northern Wisconsin border. Known for its mining history and for pasties, savory pastries that were first brought to the area by Cornish miners, it is also full of pawsome outdoor activities for you and your pup to enjoy. There is one veterinary clinic, the Iron Mountain Animal Hospital, that can meet all your pup’s medical needs.
One of the city’s best spots for dogs is City Park, also known as Iron Mountain Park. This 69-acre sanctuary on the west side of town includes sports facilities for bocce ball, tennis, soccer, football, skateboarding, and disc golf; a children’s play area; and large and small log pavilions. It also features sites of greater interest to furry visitors, such as a pond, two miles of groomed nature trails, cross-country skiing trails for winter fun, and a deer pen where curious canines can observe the herd safely from behind a fence. You will need to bring your own waste bags and water, but there are trash cans throughout the park for your convenience.
You and your pup won’t furget all the sights and smells you’ll take in at this wild and lovely spot.
Downtown Iron Mountain is a popular place for shopping and dining that also features five of the city’s parks. You know you’ll have a doggone great day if you start at Moose Jackson, a local coffee shop and lunch spot that allows dogs in its outdoor seating area. From there, you can head to the nearby Westside Park and Crystal Lake Park, which have several lawns and grassy areas where you and your pooch can sniff around and take in the water views. Your dog will need to be on a leash and you will need to bring your own waste bags and water.
Northern Iron Mountain is known for its Italian heritage and for being on the western shore of Lake Antoine, the city’s largest body of water and a popular recreation area. The Northside Ball Park has a large grassy area where you and your dog can play a rousing game of fetch, but there’s even more to do at the three-acre Jim and Ida Goulette Park on Lake Antoine. Goulette Park includes trash cans and picnic tables, as well as a public fishing pier and boat launch. Leashed dogs are welcome, and you will need to bring your own waste bags and water.
This busy neighborhood in Iron Mountain is home to two local hospitals and several densely concentrated shopping areas, including the Midtown Mall and numerous department and grocery stores. It is also where most of the city's hotels are located, including several dog-friendly hotels. The Econo Lodge, Days Inn, and Country Inn and Suites are not only dog-friendly, but allow dogs of any size for a small fee that covers your entire stay. Each also offers a free continental breakfast and other amenities. You can enjoy a dog-friendly shopping experience at the nearby Tractor Supply Co., where leashed pets are welcome and where they are often celebrated with pet-focused in-store events.
Quinnesec is a small town just east of Iron Mountain. It is home to incredible parks and pristine wilderness areas where you and your furry friend can enjoy scenic hikes along groomed trails. You’ll probably see other pooches at Fumee Lake Natural Area, where nearly ten miles of trails wind through wild forest spaces, pine bogs, and meadows. You must keep your dog on a leash, and will need to bring your own waste bags and water, or a bowl so that your pup can enjoy a drink from the fountains that are available along the trail that loops around Fumee Lake.
Kingsford is Iron Mountain’s smaller sister city to the south. It is mostly residential and is also where the Ford Airport is located. To the southwest of the airport, in an area traditionally known as Kingsford Heights, you will find Cowboy Lake Park. This 3.5-acre park is situated along the shores of Cowboy Lake and the Menominee River. It includes a swimming beach, fishing pier, boat launch, and walking and cross-country skiing trails. There are picnic tables and a pavilion where you can rest and give your dog some pets. A leash is required at all times, and you will need to bring your own waste bags and water.
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