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With old-growth forests, rugged mountains, cascading waterfalls and numerous rivers and lakes, it is easy to see why the village of Ontonagon is known for being a haven for outdoor adventure. For those looking to create unforgettable memories with their pooch, Ontonagon, with its parks, walking trails, dog-friendly hotels and a reputable animal clinic, is the pawfect place at which to do this.
There are so many gorgeous green areas to explore in Ontonagon, and one of the finest is the Lake Gogebic State Park. Extending out for 360 acres, this wooded park boasts everything from picnic areas to playgrounds, as well as a three mile nature trail that showcases the rugged and wild natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula.
Another Ontonagon trail that dogs love is the 41.5 mile Bill Nicholls Trail, which follows along the unused Copper Range Railroad, a route that used to carry copper ore from the nearby mines. Not only will you and your pooch get to see remnants of Ontonagon's mining days, but you will also pass through forests, woodlands, lakes and more. Since you may end up walking for many miles on this trail, be sure to bring drinking water for you and your pup, as well as a lead and some doggie bags.
Some of the best walks in the Upper Peninsula can be found in and around the village of Ontonagon, making this a pawsome place to visit with your four-legged pal.
Ontonagon's Village Center is home to a couple of pawtastic parks. The Ontonagon Township Park can be found at the south of Lake Superior, with tranquil woodland surroundings. There is a large campground here, at which pets are welcome, and a large playground for children, but the highlight of the park has got to be the scenic stretch of sugar-white sand at Superior Beach. Another great park for a scenic walk is Riverfront Park, which has a winding walking path that offers up panoramic waterfront views. If you happen to be feeling thirsty after all of that walking, the dog-friendly George's Shamrock Bar can be found in this neighborhood, serving up locally renowned cocktails alongside other drink specials.
White Pine is quite a large neighborhood, and encompasses the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. This park was established in 1945, and boasts 60,000 acres that feature everything from secluded lakes to the largest virgin hardwood-hemlock forest in the entire country. There are 19 hiking trails that you and Fido can choose to take in this park, beginning with the mile-long Visitor Center Nature Trail. For a longer walk, the 4 mile Escarpment Trail boasts some of the park's best scenery, while the 16 mile Lake Superior Trail is one of the most challenging trails in the park. If you and your pup need somewhere to stay, the Americinn Silver City is in this neighborhood, and allows dogs of any size in guest rooms for a small fee.
The South Range neighborhood of Lake Roland/ Toivola is about a half hour drive from Ontonagon, and is where you will find the Twin Lakes State Park. This 175 acre park is extremely well-maintained, boasting everything from a campground to one of the warmest inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula. There is a 1.5 mile nature trail for you and your pooch to explore here, as well as a sandy beach on the edge of Lake Roland. If your pup would like to do more walking, the 8.4 mile Freda Grade Trail is not too far away, and will show the two of you everything from the Redridge Steel Dam to the Salmon Trout River.
The small town of Bruce Crossing is about a 30 minute drive from Ontonagon, and is home to a couple of pawtastic walking trails. The Bergland to Sidnaw Rail Trail is an impressive 43.5 miles long, and while you and your pooch will need to cross a few steep bridges and trestles, the incredible views make the challenge worthwhile. For a shorter walk, give the Little Falls Trail a try. This is also a rail trail, meaning that it follows along a portion of unused railroad, and stretches out for 6.5 miles, ending at the Ottawa National Forest. The forest itself is also worth exploring, covering just under a million acres and featuring everything from picturesque rolling hills to magnificent roaring waterfalls, although dogs do need to be kept on a lead here.
About 42 miles east of Ontonagon is the small town of Baraga, where you will find the Baraga State Park. The park extends out for 56 acres, overlooking a beautifully scenic section of Keweenaw Bay. There is plenty for you and your pooch to do here, from fishing to camping to water sports, as well as a short nature trail for the two of you to explore. If you need somewhere nearby to grab a bite to eat and spend the night, Carla's Inn and Restaurant is the place to go, as this dog-friendly motel offers up ten guest rooms along with a high quality restaurant that also does room service.
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