The Best of WashCo: Paw Friendly

Best of WashCo: Pet Friendly

Michelle Martin, Staff Writer

There’s nothing better than bringing ‘man’s best friend’ along for some good old Washburn County fun. We asked you where your favorite spots to enjoy time with your dog were and you came up with some great advice. I think back to my single days when it was just me and my dog, Jackson...boy, did we ever go for hikes and adventures! I was always looking for a great trail or lake to bring him. Pet lovers, get ready, here are the best spots to bring your pet in Washburn County:

And the winner is….Spooner Dog Park! Okay, yes, this may have been a given, but it really is a great dog park. Located right in town, this Eagle Scout Project was constructed by Ethan Martin (and some faithful volunteers). The park offers two separate spaces, play structures, and even a kiddie pool to fill up if your pup wants to splash and play a bit. Trust me when I say, this is the perfect place to let your dog off the leash and stretch their legs a bit. Just be sure to get your pitching arm ready for a good game of fetch, because there’s plenty of space to launch the ball. 

Next in line to the “Paw Friendly” throne is none other than the walking trails at Spooner City Park, also known as College Street Park. These well maintained trails are the perfect place to go for a walk with your pup. You can either hit the one mile paved trails where your pup can cheer you on at some of the exercise stations or you can take to the woods on the natural surface hiking trails. 

Finally, who doesn’t love to go camping with their dog? It’s one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors and spend some time among the stars. The last finalist in this category is ‘Camping at Totogatic Park’. Totogatic is a Washburn County public campground offering 75 incredible campsites. The campground is located on the 1,600 acre Minong Flowage. It’s the ideal spot to spend some time on the water; just be sure to move over if your pup wants the front spot on the pontoon to feel the wind in their hair. 

We hope you enjoy your time exploring Washburn County with your best friend. For other great ideas on where to adventure to in the area, be sure to check out our itinerary, A Few Fun Days with Fido