Fewer than 5,000 people live in the city of Lindstrom, Minnesota in Chisago County, and the city is only 35 miles northeast of the Twin Cities. Lindstrom got its name from the Swedish language, and the city's motto is, "America's Little Sweden." The city is surrounded by so many lakes that when you look at Lindstrom from above, it appears to be an island. Lindstrom isn't an island, however, and it connects quickly and conveniently to nearby cities like Duluth and St. Cloud. The abundance of lakes in and around Lindstrom make for all sorts of fun outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, and beaches, as well as several dog-friendly activities!
In less than 20 minutes, you and your dog can make the drive to southeastern North Branch, Minnesota and the Sunrise Prairie Trailhead. This 16.2-mile trail goes all the way to Forest Lake, Minnesota, and it's one of 1,600 trails across America created from formerly abandoned railway lines. The Sunrise Prairie Trail is an asphalt trail ideal for inline skaters, joggers, cyclists, and dog walkers! Your dog must remain on a leash during your walk, and the two of you will come across forests, wetlands, picnic spots, and plenty of wildlife. If you're looking for off-leash activities near Lindstrom, there are plenty of those as well!