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Situated in the Central Montana Valley, Shawmut is a small, rural town in Montana. Welcoming to visitors which travel throughout the area, the town is known for a dinosaur discovery here which is housed in the town’s museum. If your dog needs care, there are three qualified veterinary practices in nearby Harlowton.
Although there are no parks in Shawmut, the Deadman’s Basin Bluebird Campground, just 12 miles east of Shawmut, in the town of Ryegate, is the place to take your fur-ever friend for some great outdoor recreation. This 1900-acre reservoir offers visitors many prime fishing locations on the lake. There are also places to put in your boat and take your fur-ever friend for a cruise. Out-of-the-way swimming holes will allow Fido to jump in and cool themselves. Dedicated people swimming areas are numerous around the lake as well. How about planning an overnight stay? Check out the pawtastic camping facilities on site. Be sure to pack plenty of water and food for this day’s or overnight’s adventure together. Your pup may remain off leash in the less populated areas of the park.
So, head to Shawmut for a bit of history and a whole lot of fun!
Check out the town of Harlowton, 16 miles northwest of Shawmut, for some fur-ever fun with your pawtastic pup! The Chief Joseph Park offers a day’s activities sure to delight you both. This large park has plenty of open spaces to wander with Fido on an extended leash. There is a disc golf course on site, so get Fido geared up to carry your Frisbees around the course! If you are interested in an overnight adventure, this park offers a campground which has picnic shelters and BBQ grills. Make sure to pack plenty of water, and don’t forget the clean-up bags!
The town of Lavina, situated 30 miles east of Shawmut, offers both the Lavina City Park and the Lavina Town Park campground for you and your pup to enjoy. City Park is the perfect place to relax the day away with your pawtastic friend. There is a lot of open grassy areas to put down a blanket and enjoy each other’s company. And if you are looking for a stay overnight, check out the Town Park campground which is pup-friendly. You will need to keep Fifi on a leash throughout their grounds. Restrooms are on site at both area parks.
You and your pup will enjoy the Ryegate City Park, in the town of Ryegate, 13 miles east of Shawmut, for some outdoor fun together. This park features a terrific playground for the kiddies, and lots of open, landscaped areas for relaxing. Take the paved walking paths around the park for a nice, relaxing stroll with Fido on leash. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch to share or how about bringing some burgers to flip on the BBQ grills? Gather around the fire ring for some quality time together. Restrooms, drinking fountains and clean up stations are provided here.
Head to the Jellison Place Campground, a short 32-mile drive north of Shawmut, in the town of Judith Gap, in the Helena – Lewis and Clark National Forest. This campground is the perfect rural retreat for you and your pawtastic pup! Here you will find tent camping locations as well as cabins to rent. There are places to fish, and many miles of trails to hike out into the forest. Horseback riding and bicycles are welcome on these trails so plan accordingly. The campground requires pups to remain on leash, but the forest is an off-leash area where Fido can roam!
The Nez Perce National Historical Trail is the perfect place to hike with your fur-ever friend in the town of Barber, just 7.3 miles from Shawmut. This well-known trail runs through the town, and continues for 1170 miles through Montana and the bordering states of Idaho and Oregon. You are welcome to let your pup run free off leash on the less-traveled portions of the trail. This is quite the adventure, depending on how long of a journey you decide to make it, so be well fitted with proper attire for Fido, plenty of water and nutritious food for all.
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