Polson is located on the southern end of Flathead Lake in Lake County, inside the Flathead Indian Reservation. As home to dozens of cherry orchards, Polson also hosts the area’s annual Cherry Festival. With the Flathead River running through town, and the Mission Mountains to the south, it’s also a major draw for outdoor enthusiasts. This puptastic town even has three veterinary clinics.
When in Polson, treat your dog to an afternoon in Sacajawea Park. This beautiful green space sits right on the shore of Flathead Lake so your pal will have pawsome scenery to enjoy during their workout. Follow the paved path along the waterfront or wander off the trail and through the trees. Picnic tables are available, so bring a lunch or just paws for a break and let your pooch catch their breath.
Point Salish Park is just to the north, and can be reached by the walkway. Here your pup can take advantage of the lake access and cool off in the refreshing mountain water.
Before heading home, stop by Fiesta En Jalisco for a quick bite to eat. Order up some authentic Mexican cuisine like Carnitas de Pollo or Carne Asada. Sip on a cocktail or a cerveza as you chill out on the patio with your four legged friend.
There’s no question that your pup will go mutts over Polson!
Tell your pooch their going to Riverside Park and you’ll probably get a big sloppy kiss of appreciation! It’s located where the Flathead River connects to the lake, so it’s the perfect spot to go for a paddle or swim. Since it has a large lawn area and shade trees, your furry pal can sniff around for hours. If they’d rather go for a walk, follow the paved pathway up to Sacajawea and Point Salish Parks. After your walk, swing by Cove Deli and Pizza for a slice of pepperoni pizza, or a scoop of old fashioned ice cream. Outdoor pet friendly tables are available, so pull up a seat before your ice cream melts!
Is your pooch bursting with puppy energy? Then it’s time for a trip to the Travis Dolphin Dog Park. Located on the banks of the Flathead River, this off leash area has amazing views, as well as plenty of room to run. Your canine buddy can dart and dash all over until their all tuckered out. Water loving dogs will go mutts over the dock and river access; they can jump, splash, and swim to their heart’s content. At this park, dogs of all sizes play together, so if you have a petite pooch, make sure their okay with larger breeds. While your pup is romping around, relax under a shade tree or sit on one of the benches.
It’s easy to see why people and pets love Boettcher Park. This natural space is another one of Polson’s furrific lakeside parks. Pack up a picnic, a couple towels, and some water, and spend the day here with your furry sidekick. Dogs are allowed to swim in the lake, and there’s a long wooden dock for jumping. Throw a stick for your pooch or just let them paddle around solo. While drying off on the beach, enjoy stunning views of the Flathead Mountains. This park also features picnic tables and a playground. Polson Country Club borders the park to the south, so be sure to duck if someone yells “FORE!”
Need a new place to walk your dog? O’Malley Park has a large lawn area that will make your pup’s tail wag. This park is mainly comprised of two baseball fields. When a game is in play, your pup can check out the large patch of grass that is outside the field area. Their nose will get to work and find all the new smells this park has to offer. Pomajevich Field is just down the street. Make your way over to this park for more grass to sniff and room to roam. No matter which park you visit, be sure to bring clean up bags and water for your furry friend.
If your pup needs to get away from it all, head over to Finley Point/ Flathead Lake State Park for the weekend. Just 25 minutes to the east, this park is located on the Finley Point Peninsula. RV and tent sites are available, so no matter how you’re camping, you’ll find the right spot. During the day, your pooch can explore the area on leash or go for a dip in Flathead Lake. If your dog wants to learn more about the local flora and fauna, join one of the park’s guided nature hikes. At the end of the day, Fido will be ready to curl up by the campfire!