From prairie and forests to spectacular river scenery, Willow River State Park has a lot to offer to dog owners and their furry friends. Located five miles northeast of Hudson, Wisconsin, this picturesque park covers almost 3,000 acres and offers a host of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
As you'd probably expect, there's a whole lot of fun to be had in Willow River State Park either on, in, or around the water. With a dam, lake, trout stream, and sandy beach all included within the park's boundaries, you'll find plenty of water-based pastimes to keep you occupied.
The highlight would have to be the truly spectacular Willow Falls and the Willow River Gorge. Willow Falls, in particular, especially when really pumping, is a magnificent sight to behold.
The river is surrounded by forests and rolling hills, and a 13-mile network of hiking trails meanders its way through the park. Trails vary in difficulty, but easily the most popular trail takes you to Willow Falls and the scenic lookouts over the river valley below.
Other activities and facilities in the park include river fishing, three picnic areas, playgrounds, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and hiking. There are also more than 150 campsites on offer for those looking to stay the night, but this park has a high occupancy rate so make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time.
Dogs are welcome in Willow River State Park, but must be kept on a leash of eight feet or less and must never be left unattended. As a dog owner, it's also your responsibility to clean up after your pet and responsibly dispose of their waste.
There are plenty of reasons why Willow River State Park is one of the most visited state parks in Wisconsin. So if you get the opportunity to visit with your canine companion, make sure you grab it with both paws.