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Dog Areas in Portage, WI

9 Parks
4 Trails
3 Groomers

Caught between the Fox and Wisconsin rivers, Portage, WI has a long and storied history. The city was named for the portage -- a place where cargo normally brought by water is transported over land -- that links the two waterways, and this unique geographical location has made Portage an important site for centuries. 

Portage is keen to preserve its heritage -- no fewer than six city sites and areas of interest are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You and your pooch can stroll through the Church Hill district, which contains some truly fascinating examples of early American ecclesiastical architecture. Or stop by Society Hill, and take a peek at the early residence of famous playwright Zona Gale, and other homes rendered in distinctive yellow Portage brick.

Portage isn’t just historically interesting, though -- it’s also furrifically fur-friendly! The city’s dog park may be small, but it’s still well worth a visit.  There’s a couple of pawesome community parks ideal for leashed walks, and in terms of pet care, you’ll find two veterinary clinics to take good care of your buddy, with emergency services available right in town. And, if you two are looking for some variety in your exercise options, don’t fret -- you’ll find some fabulous state parks and off-leash areas just a little fur-ther afield!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Portage, WI

  1. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 800/sq mi

    #1 Fairgrounds Rd

    The Fritz Port Dog Park might be a bit no-frills, but it’d still be a huge faux paw not to visit! There’s plenty of room here for your pooch to play, socialize, and run around off-leash. Waste baggies and drinking water aren't provided here, though, so you'll need to come prepared! You’ll also need to buy a pass to visit the park, but the cost isn’t too prohibitive -- only $2 for a day pass or $20 for the whole year. As an added bonus, you can purchase a day pass right at the park gate! You and your hyper hound will pawsitively love playing here!
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  2. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 512/sq mi

    #2 W Conant St


    If you and your pooch like hiking, you’re in luck -- Portage is home to its very own slice of Wisconsin’s famous Ice Age Trail! The Portage stretch begins at Pauquette Park, and meanders down by the canal, all the way to the Historic Indian Agency House. The trail takes in some of the many fascinating geographical landforms dropped by glaciers during the last Ice Age. As an added bonus, there’s not much of an incline, making this a pawfect hike for all ages and abilities. Remember to bring your own bags and water! Dogs must remain on-leash at all times on this trail.

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  3. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 80/sq mi

    #3 West Prairie du Sac

    If you’re willing to drive a little, the Shamrock Dog Park in Prairie du Sac is a real mutts-visit! The dog run is maintained by the veterinary practice next door, so you know your pooch is in good hands. Shamrock Dog Park is a little bigger than the park at Portage -- there's two whole acres of space for your furry friend to leap about and tire themselves out in, and bags and toys are provided, so all you need to do is bring your pooch and prepare to play! Like the Fritz Port Dog Park, there’s a charge for entry -- $2 for a day pass.
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  4. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 23/sq mi

    #4 Pine Island State Savannah Natural Area

    Make no bones about it -- if you and your pooch are looking to get back to nature, Pine Island State Savannah Natural Area is a grrreat place to do it! Like most Wisconsin state natural areas, Pine Island doesn’t have any restrooms, picnic areas, or other facilities. What it does have, however, is over 800 acres of natural beauty, with gorgeous red and black pines in abundance, and another stretch of the Ice Age Trail for you two to walk. It’s also just across the river from Portage! Careful, though -- bug spray is a must in summer.
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  5. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 15/sq mi

    #5 Devil's Lake State Park

    Devil’s Lake State Park is a thirty-minute drive from Portage, but you and your pup would be barking mad not to take the trip! Unlike Pine Island, Devil’s Lake is a state park, not a natural area, and thus has the advantage of a clearly mapped network of trails and access to restrooms and other amenities. This scenic reserve is beautiful at any time, but it’s extra special in fall, when the deciduous trees burst into a riot of glorious color. The trails vary in difficulty, so fitter furry friends in search of a challenge are taken care of, and the views from the bluffs over the lake are simply breathtaking.
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