Badger, South Dakota, is a small town in the eastern part of the state. The scenic beauty of the area is well represented here. This town welcomes all visitors and is pup-friendly throughout. If your pup is in need of veterinary care, look no further than the Volga Veterinary Clinic in the nearby town of Volga to take care of any health concerns which may arise.
Although there are no parks in the town of Badger, you will find plenty of outdoor recreation in the town of Arlington, just 12 miles southeast of Badger. Spend some quality time together in the great outdoors at the Lake Poinsett Recreation Area. Here you will find 8500 acres of nature and the state’s largest pond. Plan to take Fido for a cruise on the lake on a canoe or kayak, or do some serious trout fishing. The hiking options are endless here. During the winter months, you can snowmobile and cross-country ski. How about a nice snowshoe walk with your fur-ever friend? Fido can run off-leash in the unpopulated areas of the park, which are plenty. Pack food and water for your day together.
Head to Badger for a taste of South Dakota!
Lake Norden Park, in the town of Lake Norden, sits just 7 miles north of Badger and is a perfect place to take your pup any time of the year. This is the place to just relax and unwind with your fur-ever friend. The large open grassy areas are the perfect place to enjoy lunch under the picnic shelter on their provided tables. Or spread out a blanket and rest with your pawtastic pup by your side. Let your pup romp on an extended leash around the grounds. Be sure to clean up after Fido. There are no restrooms here.
The Lake Thompson State Recreation Area in the town of Lake Preston, just 17 miles southwest of Badger, is your ticket to fun in the great outdoors with Fido! There are a whopping 16,236 acres here where you and your fur-ever friend can spend some quality time together. The large lake on site was completely dry ground in the 1930’s, but has evolved into a great recreational spot for boating and fishing. Grab your fishing pole and catch some lunch for you and your pup. Or take Fido on a hiking trek on the miles of trails you will find here.
A must visit with your pawtastic pup is the Oakwood Lakes State Park in the town of Bruce, 20 miles southeast of Badger. This is a fishing extravaganza because of their 3000 acres of lakes! This is also a prime ice fishing location in the winter. Let Fifi take a swim here, or do some extensive hiking on their miles of trails. Horses and bicyclers can use these trails as well, so keep your pup leashed throughout. There are even sports courts and a disc golf course! Be sure to plan an overnighter at their pup-friendly campgrounds. Pack plenty of water to share.
Northbrook Park in the town of Brookings is 31 miles southeast of Badger, and is perfect for some relaxation time with your pup. Find the perfect picnic spot where you and Fido can share lunch and relax on the grassy areas. Or visit Hillcrest Park and take your pup on the paved walking trail, perfectly suited for all pup-abilities. This path is lighted and can be used during the early evening hours. This shared path requires Fido to remain on leash. Playgrounds and sports fields are located here. Restrooms and drinking fountains are provided at both locations.
In the Downtown neighborhood of Brookings, 31 miles southeast of Badger, take your fur-ever friend to Larson Park to enjoy some one-on-one time together. If you like to play disc golf, pack up your pup with frisbees and try your hand at their challenging 18-hole course. There are sports courts for the basketball enthusiast and a large open field where your pup can run on an extended leash. For a bit more structured stroll, hop on their paved recreation trail which meanders throughout. This trail is suitable for all fitness levels. Restrooms and water are on site.