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Newport, just 45 miles from Spokane and 46 miles from Coeur d' Alene, was given its name in 1890 when it was selected as a landing site for the first steamboat on the Pend Orielle River. The small town has been divided by a political border with the Washington side being called Newport and the Idaho side being referred to as Oldtown, but no one really considers this two towns. Dog friendly Newport has two veterinarians in the Oldtown side of the city who will look after your pup in an emergency or when he is not feeling well.
The community is embedded in scenic natural beauty among rugged mountains and sparkling rivers. An abundance of wildlife will keep you watching the area as you walk. You and your pup will enjoy the Upper Wolf Trail System with its forest of trees surrounded by houses, farms and a highway. The trails are short, and you can hike or ski them in an hour. Bring along a picnic lunch for after your workout to enjoy a little more time in such a beautiful place.
If you’re travelling through the area, camp at the Old American Campground in Newport. It is close enough to walk into Newport for shopping and restaurants, or pick up Fido’s leash and head out on a hike on the camp grounds. Come to Newport for the day or longer; you’ll be glad you did.
Pick up your pup's leash and head to Diamond Lake for a dogtastic hike around this natural lake. The walk is about 6 miles long and a snifftastic exploration at the water’s edge of the very well stocked fishing lake. A free boat launch makes it easy to launch your canoe for a little glide around the lake with you pup. Stay at the Newport/Little Diamond Lake KOA Campground while in the area. The campground has great hiking trails and Frisbee golf, as well as a dog park for your fur baby to run and play off leash to his heart's content.
Newport City Park has something for everyone in the family with playground equipment, a splash pad, sport fields and a skateboard park. Bring your pooch and enjoy a pawsome stroll among the trees throughout the park. Bring a picnic along and enjoy a fun lunch or dinner in the open air before returning home. The TJ Kelly Park has concrete pathways throughout and stone park benches for a quick rest or a quiet lunch break outside. The wide open grassy lawn space makes a wonderful place for a game of fetch or frisbee after your walk, and the beautiful fountain here is pawsome to see.
Cary Creek Game Management Area is a shallow 400-acre lake and surrounding marsh area that is still in its natural state in the northwest corner of Idaho. With no formal trails, there's still opportunity for some snifftastic walks with your pooch and some off-leash time as you get a little exercise and enjoy watching for the bald eagles and osprey. The Riley Creek Recreation Area, situated on the banks of the Pend Oreille River, has ample space to enjoy a pawsome leashed walk throughout the scenic beauty of the area as you enjoy time outside and the chance to encounter deer.
The small town of Cusick, just 19 miles from Newport, is the headquarters of the Kalispel Indian Reservation and the location of Sullivan Lake. Take your happy pup on a leashed walk at Sullivan Point. From the north end of the lake, you can pick up the Sullivan Nature Trail, a .6-mile trail with good signage that explains various natural sights. Watch for signs of the bighorn sheep that live in the area as you enjoy your walk. Your pup will enjoy a pawsome walk through the damp forest that opens into an area overlooking the lake. Take your lunch along and enjoy a peaceful break on one of the benches as you relax and watch the birds.
River, just a little over 6.5 miles from Newport, hosts the Priest Lake State Park. Reserve one of the nearly 160 camping spaces and stay to enjoy
your weekend. The 755-acre park has something for everyone. Priest Lake is a
perfect place for hiking around the shoreline or just basking in the sun on its
sandy beach. Bring your canoe for some serene gliding through the water with
your fur baby, or splash around in the water on a scorching summer day. If your
pup likes the snow, you can enjoy snowshoeing on the trails in the winter. Watch for deer and
bald eagles while you explore all this park has to offer.
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