Got an explorer pup? Check out one of the five hiking trails! The 1.5 mile Hoeft-Hardwoods Trail cuts through the woods in the interior of the park, while the 1.5 mile Hoeft-Beach Trail gets you as close to the beach as possible, as dogs are not allowed to romp on the actual beach. There's also a bicycle trail for the two-wheeler enthusiasts.
Other popular attractions include metal detecting, fishing in pawrific Lake Huron, and hunting, and in the winter, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing on the trails. There is also a stunning picnic pavilion located near the lake for families wishing to enjoy a light lunch or a snack by the water. It is equipped with a stone fireplace ideal for making a fire and stretching out to enjoy the evening sunset.
Make it a vacation and stay at one of the modern and primitive-style dog-friendly campsites for both tents and RVs. Check the website for reservations and fees. Restrooms are located in the parking area, as is a playground for the little humans in your clan.
P. H. Hoeft State Park requires a Recreation Passport to enter. For Michigan residents, a Recreation Passport valid for one year for every state park costs $11, and can be purchased at the time of each resident's yearly vehicle renewal, or at a state park entrance. Out of state visitors may pay the daily $9 entrance fee, or purchase a yearly Recreation Passport at a cost of $32.
Be sure your dog is current on vaccines, and has a current license tag. Bring all the essentials for a furbulous day out, including water to share, and clean-up bags. Always stoop and scoop wherever you go, and keep your dog leashed throughout the entire park.
Looking for an idyllic vacation retreat in Michigan? Why not bring Fido and the family to visit P. H. Hoeft State Park?