J.W. Wells State Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description

Next time your dog wants to spend some time exploring the great outdoors, head over to the beautiful J.W. Wells State Park. Nestled right on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay, this park covers almost 700 acres and has three miles of pristine shoreline. Your pup’s going to love it!

The first thing your pooch will want to do when they arrive at the park is hit the trails. Furtunatley, the park has some pawsome hikes to choose from. For something short and easy, hop on the Ridgewood Trail. It’s less than half a mile, so it won’t take too long. If your pal wants a lakeside view during their walk, follow the 1.4 mile Cedar River Trail. The Timber Trail and Evergreen Loop are also options to consider. A few rustic shelters are available along the trails, so paws for some water and snacks and let your pup soak in the beautiful scenery.

Since the park sits right on the lake’s shore, you’d be right to imagine that boating, fishing, and swimming are all pupular activities. In early April, some of Michigan’s best brown trout fishing happens in the park. So bring your pole and cast away! Once you've worked up an appetite, enjoy a leisurely lunch with your pup at the puptastic picnic facilities. Not only does this area have plenty of tables, you’ll also find charcoal grills, horseshoe pits, a large playground, and two volleyball courts. 

If your pup wants to stay an extra night or two, grab a spot in the campground. With 150 available, you’ll have plenty to choose from! Electric service and modern restrooms make the sites extra convenient. After a day of hiking and exploring the area, your canine friend will love to relax by the campfire.

Don’t forget to always clean up after your pup and carry plenty of water. Above all else, have a furrific time hanging out with your pal in this pawsome park!

Address
N 7670 Highway M-35
Cedar River, MI 49887
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Address
N 7670 Highway M-35
Cedar River, MI 49887
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM