Water lovers are going to wag their tails with joy! With five boat ramps and seasonal docks, you can easily spend a day on the lake. Cast a line and try your luck catching white bass, walleye and yellow perch, just be sure to grab a license first. Fox Island Beach and Old Field Beach welcome swimmers and beachcombers to lounge in the sun and sand. However, note that dogs are not allowed in designated swimming areas.
A surprise awaits near Old Field Beach, as there's an onsite dog park! Next to the parking area with a furbulous view of the beach is a baseball diamond shaped section of land that is fully fenced in. Featuring a double gated entry and a separate area for small dogs, your dog can run off leash and get their play on! With a couple trees, the space is mostly mowed grass, which is easy on the paws. Agility equipment can give your pup a challenge. Restrooms are located nearby.
Hiking trails are another way to explore and tire out your dog. Check out the 1.4 mile Cherokee Trail near the campgrounds, or the 0.82 mile Pew Island Trail which circles the small island. Picnic areas and shelters are dispersed throughout the park for a rest or meal, as are playgrounds for the little humans in your pack. Winter activities are also pupular when the snow hits, such cross-country skiing and ice fishing. And if you want to make it a vacation, you can stay overnight in one of over 400 sites featuring electric. Some are even right on the water!
Bring your dog anywhere in the park on a 6 foot leash, except for the swimming beaches. While you can let your dog off leash in the dog park near Old Field Beach, be sure to have it on before entering and when exiting the dog park area. Always have drinking water on hand for your thirsty pup, as well as clean-up bags, even in the dog park as they are not provided. Pick up whatever your dog leaves behind to keep this furrific park dog-friendly.
For an afternoon of exploration, or a weekend of activities, you and your pup will love the Indian Lake State Park!