Is your dog itching to spend some time in the great outdoors? Then load ‘em up and head over to Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area. This state park surrounds the 1,100 acre Coffeen Lake. Your doggo will love hanging out by your side in such a beautiful setting!
Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area draws outdoor
enthusiasts of all types. With access to the lake, it’s a favorite destination for
anglers. Bring your rod and reel and see if you can nab a fish. There are 22
species that swim around in the waters and about 50 miles of shoreline. Largemouth bass, crappie, and channel catfish are some of the most pupular types.
Keep your dog around for good luck. They’ll love a bite of fish dinner! Visitors
can also cruise around Coffeen Lake by boat. There are a couple ramps to help you
launch your watercraft.
If your pup doesn’t have the patience for fishing, take
them for a walk on one of the park’s trails. The land around the lake is chock
full of oak and hickory trees. Hop on Oakridge Trail or wander down Ticky Point
Trail. On the eastern side of the lake you’ll find Red Ball Trail. Your doggo
will be delighted with any of the trails, especially since there is ample opportunity
to spot wildlife. Keep your eyes and ears open for muskrats, turtles, white-tailed
deer, and coyotes. Local feathered friends include blue herons, red-tailed
hawks, black rat snakes, and blue jays.
The main access area has restrooms and picnic facilities, and there is
also a private campground. Please note that since the Coffeen Power Plant is
located on the premises, a portion of the park is restricted, so watch for signs
and steer clear of that section. Don’t forget to bring some water and clean up bags, and
pick up after your pooch. No bones about it, this place will make your pup’s tail wag!