The Wetzel State Recreation Area is home to many enjoyable outdoor activities. There are opportunities for fishing, hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing, radio controlled flying, snowmobiling, and wildlife watching. When you're with your furry friend, you two can explore the recreation area on the trails or just enjoy watching some wildlife, with Fluffy on a leash, of course.
Put on your boots and get ready to hit the trails. There's several options for hikes at this park. The Wetzel Nature Trail is approximately 4.5 miles and has a short section that is paved. In the winter this trail is used for cross-country skiing. There are also trails that circle the wetlands, while other trails just pass by the wetlands.
There is parking on the Werderman Road near New Haven Road that is close to a trail, as well as restrooms. This parking lot is closest to the red trail. There is another parking lot towards the center of the park that is closest to the Radio Control Airplane Group field but will also lead you to some trails along the wetlands. This is the other spot restrooms are indicated on the map.
When you're visiting the Wetzel State Recreation Area, make sure your furry friend is on a leash no longer than six feet. No matter where you are at the park, always carry a plastic bag to scoop up the poop after your dog goes. Also, be sure to bring enough water so the two of you can stay hydrated.
It's important that your dog does not disrupt nature by digging or chasing wildlife. Your pooch cannot enter any buildings, including bathrooms. Be sure if you see any signs that say your four-legged friend is not permitted, that you respect the rules and choose another path. Whatever path you choose, your pooch will enjoy sniffing everything around him.