The largest city on the west side of Wisconsin, La Crosse is an impressive sight for sore eyes on the road. It’s position on the Mississippi River has had a large impact on the culture and history of the town. There are three animal hospitals in La Crosse, and a fourth just across the river in La Crescent, Maine.
Home to the great River State Park and Trail, this city is full of surprises. Dog owners here love to visit both the state parks and the smaller neighborhood parks found throughout the area. The many access points to the Mississippi attract the most visitors throughout the year, regardless of the season. Dogs traveling with their humans are a common sight especially during the spring and summer months when camping is popular.
Your dog will love this riverside town with plenty of outdoor space as well as the convenience of a big city. Head to the west or to the north for the outdoor space and quieter neighborhoods. The central and eastern parts of La Crosse offer a more metropolitan feel for those who enjoy a faster pace. The Myrick Dog Park right next to the University of Wisconsin attracts many visitors during the week. Bring your waste bags, water and treats to maximize your sniff-tastic adventures while enjoying this off leash park in the middle of a beautiful city!
Pammel Creek is a small neighborhood to the southeast of La Crosse, Wisconsin. This area is home to its own small lake where you and your dog are welcome to stroll as long as you have your leash and clean-up bags with you at all times. You will enjoy the open layout of the homes in this area, which allow for easy walking whether you have a beagle or a wolfhound with you. Pammel Creek is just minutes from the Chad Erickson Memorial, Park where you can walk up an appetite before heading over to McDonald’s for a quick bite in their outdoor seating area. If you are looking for a sit-down meal, you can head to the Hungry Peddler or Culvers for an outdoor, canine-friendly experience.
Powell-Poage-Hamilton is located in central La Crosse. This neighborhood is full of busy streets and beautiful homes. Your dog will prefer a short leash as you make your way through this part of town. As you explore, you will find a dog-friendly café called Bean Juice Coffee Roasters, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea that will delight your senses while your dog rests next to you, enjoying the many smells around him. If you enjoy Indian food, you will find the New Taste of India the perfect place to grab a plate with your pup.
French Island is as beautiful as it sounds. Lush scenery surrounds the homes in this neighborhood right in the middle of the Mississippi River. Enjoy a walk through the largely untouched east side of the island or head to the southern tip to visit the dog friendly Shenanigan’s Bar for a more exciting evening that includes both two and four-legged guests. There are many natural, unnamed parks and green areas in this neighborhood that you could spend an entire day exploring. If you are looking for a place to sit down and refuel, head to Huck Finn’s on the Water for an outdoor dining escapade full of tail waggin’ wonder!
La Crescent is right across the Mississippi River. While it is on the Minnesota side of the river, it is just a ten minute drive across the bridge. This makes it a popular destination for locals who want a break from the everyday scene, but don’t want to go too far for a new adventure. If you start to crave something tasty, it may be worth the drive just to dive into an Arizona Burger at Sports Hub Bar and Grill. This dog-friendly joint is the last word in four-legged customer service, as many of their meals are designed to share with your furry buddy if you desire!
Barre Mills is a rural town to the east of La Crosse. This part of La Crosse is appealing for those looking for a town that has that country charm and old school atmosphere. Your dog will immediately start wagging his tail when he gets a whiff of all of the sniffs and sights in this community. You can start your day walking along Botswick Creek; just be prepared to towel off afterwards. After you have enjoyed your brisk walk, you can head to the Barre Country Diner and Pizzeria for a spectacular lunch for you and your pup in their scenic outdoor dining room.