If you are heading to Ozaukee County in the scenic state of Wisconsin, you're in for a real treat, with exclusive lakefront homes, historic landmarks, and a beach where dogs are allowed.
Harrington Beach State Park is as an area on the south end that is exclusively for pooches. This dream doggy haunt is on the Lake Michigan shores and features a rugged, weedy landscape with plenty of driftwood and trees lining the boundary. The water can be shallow for quite a way out so your pooch can have fun fetching sticks or cool off out of the summer sun. Pack an umbrella or tent for shade as pooches can get sunburned. It's not always wise to let your dog drink from the lake as parasites and bacteria are a danger to their health. Bring fresh water for peace of mind and discourage your Husky, Bulldog, or Lab from drinking at the lake.
The rules state that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 8-feet and can be off-leash when they are swimming in the lake. They also need to display good doggy manners to people and other woofers. The adjacent park and beach are monitored by rangers and unruly pooches might be politely asked to leave.
All pet-parents are expected to clean up after their fur-babies as this ensures the beach stays clean for others. Restrooms and picnic tables are available at the park plus the walk around Quarry Lake is an exuberant hike for you and the dog.
The entire park is around 700 acres of dog-friendly beach, hiking trails, and cedar forest. The park is steeped in local history with an esoteric ambiance of wild-life lakes and inspiring views.
There is a fee to get into the park and you can reserve your campsite spot for the May through to October season. It appears dogs are allowed in the camping area only if they are leashed.