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!
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.