There's no place better than Sylvan Lake. The small town resides on the shores of a lake with the same name, and surrounded by smaller lakes all around the area. The town is one of the tiniest towns in the state, taking up less than a square of a mile. Although tiny, this community sure has a big heart when it comes to dogs, including dog-friendly parks and trails in the already cramped spaces of the city.
Sylvan Community Park is a dog-friendly park located on a small island right on the coast. The park is 15 acres with tennis courts, open fields, benches, and small paved path. There's plenty of parking for humans, and dogs must remain on a leash, with additional features including clean-up stations, water fountains, and trash bins. The park is open from 10 AM to 9 PM.
The Clinton River Trail is a rail-trail path that was converted from the old railroad that used to be in the area. The trail stretches 16 miles, and starts in the neighboring town of Keego Harbor, and extends east past Sylvan Lake. The town only takes up .4 miles of the trail, which is dog-friendly to leashed pups.
Although the nearest animal hospital is in neighboring Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake is still a wonderful place to raise and walk your dog.
Sylvan Lake is a small town, but still has lots of space that is dog-friendly. The Sylvan Manor Park provides shaded trails, open space, a basketball court, baseball field, and a playground for kids. Dogs are welcome at the park while on a leash, with additional features including trash bins, benches, clean-up stations, and water fountains. The park also happens to connect to the West Bloomfield Trail, a 6.8-mile rail trail that leads southwest out of town. The trail is dog-friendly to leashed pups, but owners will have to bring water and clean-up bags.
Orchard Lake Village is another small town that's only 3.5 miles from Sylvan Harbor and is taken up by a large lake and beautiful green space. Some of that green space is protected in the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary, a nature park with scenic trails, native trees, plants, and wildlife. The park is dog-friendly and offers a mile of dirt trails that wind through the park. Dogs must remain on a leash shorter than 6 feet inside the park, and owners must bring water and clean-up bags. The town also provides dog-walkers with the Msgr. Walter J. Ziemba Baseball Field, a grassy area with a basketball area, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and lots of open space for Fido to run around in. Your pup will have to remain a leash though while playing!