Lakeside is tucked away in Flathead County on the west side of Flathead Lake. During the summer months, outdoor loving pets and people come here to enjoy boating, fishing, and watersports, as well as the surrounding trails. When the snow falls, skiers and snowboarders make their way to Blacktail Mountain Ski Area for some pawsome powder. Whether your pup lives here full time or is just visiting, the town’s veterinary clinic will help keep them in tip top shape.
Ben Williams Park is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your canine companion. Sprawling across five acres, this neighborhood park gives your dog plenty of room to explore. It features a playground, horseshoe pits, sport courts, and picnic tables. But most importantly, it has an open grass area for sniffing, trees for shade, and sticks for fetching.
If you are and your pup need a place to stay while in Lakeside, make a reservation at Edgewater RV Resort and Motel. This place has pet friendly motel rooms, cabins, and RV sites, not to mention a private dog run to exercise your furry BFF before they hit the hay.
This charming Montana village will definitely make your pup’s tail wag!
Lakeside Community Park may be on the smaller side, but it’s still a nice spot take your dog. Located right on the shore of Flathead Lake, this little patch of land has gorgeous views. Bring a sandwich and some biscuits for your pup and enjoy a waterfront picnic. For a little afternoon pick me up, stop by Glacier Perks Coffee House. Sip on some coffee or nibble on a pastry as your sit with your pup at the outdoor patio table. If you’re in the mood for something heartier, head over to Homestead Café and order some comfort food. Dogs are welcome in the outside seating area.
Is your pup up for some adventure? Then head over to West Shore/ Flathead Lake State Park for some pawsome fun in the sun. Like its name suggests, this park is located right on the banks of the lake. Folks come from all over to camp, boat, fish, and hike. Four legged guests will love the park’s trails. Let your furry friend be the guide as you wander through the forests and over the glacially carved rock outcroppings. Take a photo with your canine buddy with the Swan and Mission Mountains as the backdrop. Or go for a swim in the refreshing water to cool off. Whatever you do, your pup is sure to have a woofin’ good time!
Next time your dog needs a walk, drive 10 minutes north to Somers and venture down the Great Northern Historical Trail. This 22 mile trail connects Somers with the tiny community of Kila. As you head north, your pup will enjoy views of the mountains of Glacier National Park as well as scenic pastures. Since cyclists use this path, be sure to keep your pooch leashed. As always, bring clean up bags and plenty of water. After a day of exploring the area, relax in a pet friendly room at Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn and Suites. This place features cozy rooms and a large field for exercising furry guests.
Herron Park is located 20 minutes from Lakeside in the southern part of Kalispell. This park is known far and wide for its trail system and is a pupular destination for hikers, runners, equestrians, and of course, dog walkers. Over two dozen miles of trail weave in and around the park, giving your doggo more than enough room stretch their legs. Trails vary in length, ability, and terrain, but all include views of gorgeous mountain scenery. While hitting the trails, your furry friend won’t be the only critter in the area. Watch for deer, squirrels, coyotes, and even an occasional black bear.
Need a new place to take your dog? Bigfork is a pawsome resort town less than 30 minutes away. Treat your furry friend to a walk in Sliter’s Park. Combining open lawn area and groves of shade trees, this park will keep your pal’s nose busy. When your dog is ready to move on, walk across the nearby steel bridge so they can get an up close look at Swan River. Another great spot to take your pal is the Swan River Nature Trail. This peaceful path has amazing views of the surrounding mountains. If your dog gets too hot while walking, they can dip their paws in the cool water before continuing down the trail.