One of the most dog-friendly spots in the city is the Marquette Tourist Park in the North Lakeshore neighborhood, which includes the campus of Northern Michigan University. Directly north of the school on the shores of the Dead River, this 40-acre wooded park includes a campground with picnic tables, restroom facilities, and barbecue pits, as well as grassy lawns and a sandy beach area. Bring your own waste bags and water to Tourist Park. While you will need to keep your pup on a leash during the summer months, the entire park becomes an off-leash dog park from November 1 through May 1. Put on your puffy coats and bring some toys—there’s nothing cuter than watching your pup romp through fresh snow!
The majestic beauty of its setting on Lake Superior and the laid-back, dog-friendly local culture make Marquette a hidden gem for anyone who loves going on adventures with their pup.