Kinnickinnic State Park is a beautiful 23-acre piece of land situated at the joining of two rivers; the St. Croix and the Kinnickinnic. The scenery here is absolutely breathtaking, with natural plains and wooded regions covering the entire valley region. This area has had a lasting importance within the local Native tribes, and the Kinnickinnic River was even named after a type of smoking mixture used by these ancient locals.
Throughout the entirety of the year, Kinnickinnic State Park is host to a wide array of activities. For the winter animals out there, snowshoes are available for rent from the park’s offices. Dogs are welcome on the snowshoeing trails, so maybe take your canine on a snow adventure! For some, however, winter tends to be more of a time to avoid the outdoors. Not to fret, as the park is also home to many different water-based events throughout the warmer months. This includes water skiing, swim lessons, canoeing, and even the occasional stunt show Just make sure your canine enjoys it at a comfortable distance from the shore.
A lot of Wisconsin state parks are very friendly towards dogs, but there are a few stipulations. Canines are not permitted within picnic areas, beaches, or any of the groomed trails (which include marked nature trails and cross-country skiing trails). Dogs are required to be on-leash at all times, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources asks that you stay conscious of the areas you occupy with your canine. A lot of species in Kinnickinnic State Park are under conservation, so letting your dog chase critters is NOT the way to go here.
Instead, feel free to wander the sprawling scenery by walking your dog on one of the many compacted gravel paths that run throughout the park. These have periodic rest areas, complete with trash cans and the occasional water fountain that even has a ground tap for your dog! Vehicle admission stickers are required to park here each and every visit, save for cyclists and other self-powered vehicles. More information is available at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.