You certainly won’t be barking up the wrong tree if you head to Menomonie, WI in search of endless oppawtunities for furry fun! Once home to the largest lumber firm in the world -- and named after the Native American Tribe, the Menominee, who first inhabited the area -- this splendid spot has a diverse and interesting past that has been preserved in its downtown historic district. Pop a leash on Lassie and take a self-guided tour around this culture-rich city and make sure you don’t miss mutts-see sites like Wilson Place Mansion.
If aimless ambling isn’t enough for you and your cultured canine, then why not check out the tremendous treks on the Red Cedar State Trail? This trail is about 14 miles long and showcases the best of the magnificent Menomonie Countryside on its path alongside the Red Cedar River. This whimsical woodland has a waterfall, views of unglaciated hills, brings you to two historical sites, and has an informational kiosk that has old pictures and gives insightful information on the history of the area.
If your barking bestie is hoping to make some furry friends and fancies some leash-free frolicking, then you can’t miss Menomonie’s Dog Park! This pawfect park has separate areas for smaller dogs, a short walking trail, and "offurs" heaps of room to run free. Although there is only one designated dog park, all of Menomonie’s parks are dog-friendly, so grab that leash and get exploring!
Domain Drive is a doggone delightful spot to bring your darling dog! Here, you’ll find Lake Menomin Park, a favorite amongst wagging walkers. With fetching flowers and plant-life to be found everywhere you look, tall trees hugging the paths, and breathtaking views of mighty Lake Menomin, it’s not hard to see why this park is renowned for its stunning setting. It’s the perfect spot to play pupperazzi and snap some scenic shots of your pooch looking furbulous at the end of that leash! There are many terrific trails to follow with your fit furry friend, as well as paths that lead you straight to the radiant river. You might even see an eagle or a deer! Anything is pawssible in this park!
This neighborhood is home to Phelan Park, a pawsitively lovely place to spend the day with your doggo. This park has everything outdoor lovers need, with its skate park, playground and soccer fields. There’s a small pond filled with dipping ducks and loads of grass to do laps on. Pack a lunch and have a puppy’s picnic in the picnic areas, catch a game, or simply take a stroll -- Phelan Park lets you do it all! There aren’t many shaded spots, so make sure you bring lots of water to keep your canine cool in the hot months, and don’t forget to bring doggy waste bags for clean-up. Now, get your rollerskates on and hurry to Phelan Park!
Any tail-wagging tyke will have the furry best day if they visit Wakanda Park on Pine Avenue! While most visitors rave about the waterpark, beach, and disc golf course on-site, your precious pooch can’t enjoy these amenities with you. But that definitely doesn’t mean that this isn’t a pupperific place for pooch play! Clip a leash on Clifford and explore the extensive walking trails through the fantastical forested grounds. If you’ve got a history-loving hound on your hands, then check out the Wakanda Park Mounds. These prehistoric Indian mortuary mounds were either erected by the Dakotas or the Sioux and are a fascinating place to paws on your walk.
As the name suggests, this area is home to Riverside Park, and there’s just no bones about it, you have to bring your four-legged favorite here! This picturesque park features a waterfall rolling over beautiful bedrock, has a wondrous wooden bridge that crosses the mighty river, and a workout station filled with exercise machines. You and your furever friend can traipse through the trees on the nature trails that bring unrivaled views of the river. Here, you can sit on the riverbank and pawnder the beauty of this spot or have a picnic on one of the shaded wooded benches.
The Elmwood Park neighborhood is the stuff that doggy dreams are made of! Here, you and your beloved barker will find two pawesome parks to explore. Elmwood Park is a somewhat hidden gem that has top-class trails just waiting to bring you and Fido on a winding walk through the woods. Point Comfort Park is primarily a boat-launching spot, but it has an expanse of greenery that is canopied by trees and stunning views of the lake. Pootle with your poodle through the grass or sit on a picnic bench and watch the boats take off. Don’t forget to bring water and poop pouches.