Potawatomi State Park is a beautiful combination of rolling hills, steep slopes, and unique limestone cliffs. Located on the shore of Sturgeon Bay, this 1,200 acre park draws outdoor lovers with two legs and four. So, grab the leash and head over for a pawsome day of fun!
Although it is a hub for water sports, this park also has
plenty to do on dry land. For a nice warm up, follow the half mile Ancient
Shores Trail. Take time to read the interpretive signs so your pup can learn
all about the three ancient shorelines and local wildlife. The Hemlock Trail
clocks in at 2.6 miles. A portion of this hike runs along the water’s edge, so
your pal will enjoy some lakefront scenery. If your pooch wants a puptacular
view, hop on the Tower Trail. It winds up the highest bluff in the park to the
site of an old observation tower.
Potawatomi State Park is home to the eastern trailhead of
the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. This trail stretches an impressive 1,000
miles and follows the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin. It’s a
favorite among backpackers. But if your pup prefers a day hike, just follow the
2.8 mile segment that wanders through the park’s boundaries.
Biking, fishing, and boating are all pupular activities
at the park. A boat launch is available in Sawyer Harbor and canoes, kayaks,
and paddle boats can be rented. Since the shores are rocky, there is not a
swimming beach in the park, but you may spot a SCUBA diver or two exploring the
bay. If your pooch wants to stay the night, grab one of the sites in Daisy
Field Campground. Tents and RVs are welcome.
While out and about in the park, don’t forget to pick up
after you pup and always have water on hand. This is definitely one park your
pooch will want to visit again and again!