For a pawsome outdoor adventure in northeastern Michigan, make your way to Burt Lake State Park! Located in the heart of the state's famed Inland Waterway, this 406-acre site draws water enthusiasts with its 2,000 feet of sandy shoreline and 38 miles of boating pleasure. In addition to water activities, the park offers hiking, camping, and other pursuits for the whole family to enjoy—and that includes canine members!
Water-loving doggos will be pleased to know that a portion of the lake's beautiful shoreline has been allocated just for them. But don't let your pupper run loose in the pet-friendly section—four-legged visitors are still required to stay on a 6-foot leash even as they frolic in the sand and splash in the water. If your pooch can't get enough of the lake, take them for a boat ride on the waterway, which comprises several navigable rivers and lakes that span almost 40 miles from Crooked Lake to Lake Huron. Remember to strap on your life jackets before you set off!
Canines who prefer to stay dry will find plenty to do on land as well. A marked, 1-mile trail winds through the park, providing a puptastic opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise with Fido. Be sure to carry enough water to keep dehydration at bay, and observe proper trail petiquette by keeping your furry hiking partner on a leash and cleaning up after them at all times. Thinking of staying for the weekend? Make yourselves at home in the park's campground, which includes over 300 modern campsites. Don't forget to fill your cooler to the brim with your favorite camping foods so that you and your pooch will have enough fuel for your adventures.
Note that a Recreation Passport is required to use Burt Lake; residents can purchase their annual pass together with their yearly license plate renewal, while non-residents can obtain an annual or daily pass at the park.
A furrific time awaits you and Fido at Burt Lake State Park!