The family friendly city of Ontario is the largest city in Malheur County, Oregon, and is still growing! This city is within Treasure Valley, and hugs the Snake River and the border to Idaho. The river provides many recreation opportunities, many of which you can do with the family dog! These include fishing, boating, and hiking along the water’s edge. There are three veterinary clinics in this town as well, meaning you never need to go far in a pet emergency or for your dog’s annual check up.
One of the best ways to enjoy the scenic Snake River is at the Ontario State Recreation Site. This day-use park welcomes leashed dogs to join in on the fun! Here you can enjoy some fishing and boating, or just relax on the grassy shore under the cottonwood trees and watch the river flow past. There are picnic areas, and modern restrooms available here as well. The area is teeming with wildlife, including deer and a wide variety of birds. Make sure you and your pup leaves no trace!
If you’re just in town for a visit, no need to go far to find pet friendly accommodations. The Super 8 Ontario welcomes two dogs up to 70 lbs for a small additional fee.
With all of these pet friendly places to check out, you and your dog will feel right at home in Ontario!
The bustling City Center of Ontario still has its share of peaceful green space to escape to! It’s here that you can find the Beck-Kiwanis Park. This pretty park has something in it for everyone, including the family dog! Here you can find a variety of athletic fields, picnic areas, and sprawling grassy areas your pup can sniff and play on. For some fresh air and exercise, take a stroll with your canine companion on the walking path that circles Becker Ponds. Leashed dogs are welcome as long as they follow proper petiquette! When you need a pick me up, head over to Sorbenots Coffee, in the same neighborhood. Here you can enjoy a cup of joe with your pooch at one of the four pet friendly outdoor tables.
In the south end of town is the neighborhood of Cairo, where you can find some more space to stretch your legs. This neighborhood is proud home to the Treasure Valley Ball Park. This park mostly features baseball diamonds, but also has plenty of multi-use mowed grass areas that your pup will love to dig his toes into. There a shade trees here as well where you can kick back and enjoy the views. Dogs are welcome as long as they stay leashed, get picked up after and priority is given to the sports. If you’re looking for somewhere to crash in this neighborhood, head over to the Ontario Inn. This conveniently located motel welcomes pets of any size for a small additional fee.
Just north of Ontario, you can find the small town of Payette, Idaho. This town has its own fair share of parks that your pup will love! It’s in the city center, just a 15 minute drive away from Ontario, that is home to the Centennial Park along Snake River. The park features a boat ramp, soccer fields, restrooms and a playground. If you want to continue the adventure, take a stroll along the Payette River Greenbelt, accessible from the south end of the park. This dirt pathway follows the river down to the Payette Greenbelt Pond. This pond is popular for fishing. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans, just don’t forget the waste bags and dog treats for your good boy or girl!
Just across the border into Idaho, you can find the town of Fruitland and many more dog friendly spaces. In the Ingard neighborhood lies the Neat Retreat RV Park, just a 5 minute drive away from Ontario. Here you can relax in the shade with your pupper at one of the 40 camping spaces. Each space has a grassy area that your pup will love. There is a pet area as well, where you may be able to meet some furry friends! Dogs need to stay leashed and are not allowed in the public buildings. When your stomach is growling, head over to Idaho Pizza Company. They offer delicious pizzas and 6 outdoor pet friendly tables.
In the nearby city center of Weiser, just a 25 minute drive north of Ontario, you can find the woofderful Weiser River Trail. This trail is supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Organization that converts retired railroad tracks into great trails that everyone and their dog can enjoy! This trail starts in Weiser and continues for 84 miles into the town of Council, Idaho. Along these many miles, you can enjoy the changing habitats and ecosystems, from thick forests, to open canyons, to rolling meadows. This trail is great for wildlife watching as well, with the chance of seeing deers, herons, elks, bears and much more. Leashed dogs are welcome, just don’t forget the waste bags and plenty of drinking water for your parched pup.