West Bend is an urban community on the southeast side of Wisconson, 40 miles from Milwaukee and 20 miles from Lake Michigan. The town has been inhabited since the early 1800s, but today has a sizeable industrial center. The town has also continued to maintain the green area and has over 1,200 acres of public parks and green space, most of which are dog-friendly.
The most noticeable place to bring your pup is the West Bend Dog Park, a well-maintained fenced-in area for pups to play off-leash. There are over 10 acres of open space, forested trails, and a separate area for smaller dogs. Additionally, there are picnic tables, double-gated entrances and exits, a gazebo, and dog-sized drinking fountains. Whether looking to play or a safe place to explore, the dog park will provide that and much more to your pup.
The Ridge Run County Park is another dog-friendly space that's pretty popular among four-legged residents. The park has over 60 acres of natural area and forests to explore, with wooded trails, boardwalks, and scenic views of the surrounding area. There are stops along the way that include open spaces, picnic tables, water fountains, and trash bins that can be used by pups who remain on a leash. The park includes a mile of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which is a national trail that extends over 1,000 miles.
From long trails to dog-friendly public spaces, West Bend continues to provide for its four-legged residents, and also has five animal hospitals.
South West Bend is a rural community between the two lakes of Big Cedar Lake and Little Cedar Lake. Cedar Lake Wayside Off-Leash Dog Area is hands down the best park to bring your pup, thanks to its dedication to off-leash play for pups. The run is 3-acres, not fenced-in, but offers plenty of space and shaded areas. Other features of the park include water fountains, picnic tables, and restrooms. The next best park for humans and pups in the area is Ackerman's Grove County Park, thanks to its spacious area and dense woods along the south side of Little Cedar Lake. The park has lots of room to run around, forested trails, a boat launch, fishing pier, and recreational area with a playground and picnic pavilion. Dogs are not required to be on a leash in this park.