Lowell is a tiny town tucked away in Lane County in Oregon. Located about 30 minutes from Eugene, this rural community sits right on the shore of Dexter Reservoir on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. People come from neighboring cities to take advantage of Lowell’s outdoor recreation. Fur-tunately, there is also plenty of outdoor fun for the local canines.
The Lowell State Recreation Site is one of the town’s main features. This is a pup-ular place for boaters, water skiers, and anglers. In fact, each spring, the Oregon Association of Rowers and the University of Oregon host Regattas. If you’ve got an adventurous pooch, take her for a boat ride. If she prefers having all four paws on land, take her for an afternoon walk around the park. There is a grassy area with picnic tables, so munch on some lunch after your stroll. While you eat, keep your eyes open for bald eagles and other types of birds.
If you are just passing through Lowell and need a place to stay, make a reservation at the Black Canyon Campground. There are several pet friendly sites available in this forested campground. Your pup can warm up next to the campfire before calling it a night in a cozy tent. Sounds pupstastic!
Take your pup for a pawsome excursion to Elijah Bristow State Park. Located in Dexter, this park is only 10 minutes from Lowell. It sits on the Willamette River and is a combination of wetlands, woodlands, and meadows, and your pooch can choose from six different trails. If he’s in the mood for something short, follow the one mile Turtle Trail. If he’s rearing to go, take the five mile River Trail. Either way, he’ll enjoy beautiful scenery and have ample opportunity to spot wildlife. Two of the trails also extend into the Dexter State Recreation Site where you’ll have access to the Dexter Reservoir.
Does your pooch love to hike? Treat her to a hike on the Fall Creek Recreational Trail. The trailhead is located about 12 miles from Lowell in Fall Creek. It begins near the Dolly Varden Campground and follows Fall Creek for about 12 miles into the Cascade Mountains. You don’t have to go the entire distance to have a great time; there are numerous swimming holes and little beaches along way. Your pooch will have fun weaving in and out of the trees and climbing on rocks. No bones about it, this trail will make her tail wag!
The Jasper State Recreation Site is great place to take your pooch for a walk. This beautiful park sits right on the banks of the Willamette River and is just a quick 10 mile drive from Lowell. Two legged visitors can take advantage of the prime fishing spots or the canoe launch. The four legged visitors will be more interested in the trail that winds through a forest of cottonwood and maple trees. The shaded walk is about two miles long and runs alongside the roaring river. Your furry friend will absolutely enjoy getting his exercise in such a spectacular setting.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum is 209 acres of natural space that offers a quiet place to walk among beautiful groves of evergreen and deciduous trees. It is located in Eugene and only a 20 minute drive from Lowell. Leash up your pup and wander through these serene forests. Seven trails weave throughout the property and range from less than half a mile to 1.5 miles. Be sure to check out the wildflower garden and the creek that flows through the park. Your pup will leave this place refreshed and invigorated.
If your pup is begging for a walk, clip on his leash and head over to the Clearwater Park and Landing. This 65 acre park is about 20 minutes from Lowell. Get your dog’s heart rate pumping with a brisk walk on a trail that runs parallel to the Willamette River. Not only will your pal get some much needed exercise, but he’ll also enjoy stunning views of Mount Pisgah. The park's trail connects to the 7.8 mile Middle Fork Willamette Path. If your pup needs some extra mileage, continue on this paved path until he’s ready to call it quits.