Dog-friendly Lakes

Dog-friendly Lakes in California

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Tail-Waggin' fun in Folsom and surrounding areas

Image courtesy of Visit Folsom
Image courtesy of Visit Folsom

Just up Highway 50 from Sacramento, the city of Folsom is a superb dog-friendly destination with a handsomely renovated Old Town just a block or two from the Sacramento River. Cuddle up in dog-friendly lodging and spend a weekend exploring with your four-legged friend. Get your bearings on Sutter Street (the main drag), where you can soak up some local motion at a dog-friendly taproom or restaurantmore »

If it's summer, it's splash time with your dog!

Maya chillin
Maya chillin' on Lake Tahoe

As of June 20, it’s officially summertime! Lakes and rivers are not so full as last year, but don’t let the drought hamper your fun. Thousands of splash spots in California await people and pups eager to get wet in the great outdoors.

Here are the great splash-zones where you can get wet with your dogs:

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Tahoe Splash!

Wild Blue Dog Camp at Lake Tahoe
Wild Blue Dog Camp at Lake Tahoe

Go for a beach romp, a hike or a tram ride—or, go to camp with Wild Blue Dogs! Summer is high season at Northern California’s favorite vacation destination, and now, with the state’s pandemic restrictions easing up, you can lower the mask and breath deep of that invigorating mountain air. Here are some tried and true DogTrekker tips on how to enjoy Big Blue with your four-legged sidekick. more »

Best Dog Hikes in Redding

Kayla at Turtle Bay
Kayla at Turtle Bay

Like to hike? You’re in luck in the Trail Capital of California, as Redding has so aptly branded itself. The city boasts about 80 miles of trails within its city limits and hundreds more within a 20-mile radius of its core.

Trails are free to all, and most are dog-friendly, which means the whole family can explore together. Remember to pack your camera, a few snacks and plenty of water. Before you put paws to path, request a free trails brochure or check out the virtual guides online. And as always, pack it in, pack it out, and Leave Only Paw Prints™!

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Just Ditch It With Your Dog - Redding Hikes

Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail - courtesy of Bureau of Land Mgmt.
Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail - courtesy of Bureau of Land Mgmt.

The upper and lower ditch trails once brought water to 19th-century gold miners. There are lots of relics of the era to see if you know how and where to look! While the Upper Trail is a hefty 9 miles, the Lower section is only 2.8. Both are rated easy to moderate.
 
The Upper trail, starting near the Shasta Dam visitor parking lot, stretches to the trailhead at the end of Walker Mine Road. more »

Around Keswick Reservoir with Your Pup - Redding Hikes

Otis at Keswick - ©Randal Fleischmann/Dreamstime.com
Otis at Keswick - ©Randal Fleischmann/Dreamstime.com

For a dog-friendly, close-to-town hike offering some unusual scenery, check out the trails around Keswick Dam, which creates an after-bay (Keswick Reservoir) for Shasta Lake. The water, released from the lower reaches of the lake, is very cold and turquoise-blue in color. Anglers and kayakers love it, but it’s not safe for a casual dip. The Sacramento River Rail Trail, which hugs the reservoir, is paved for 11 miles and is an ideal path to hike with your dog while taking in some scenery. more »

Dog-friendly Road Trip North: The Compass Points Toward Redding

Kayla at Turtle Bay
Kayla at Turtle Bay

Heading north out of Sacramento on Interstate 5, the goal is to base camp in Redding, the Shasta Cascade's largest city. One of the top sights includes the iconic Sundial Bridge, spanning the Sacramento River. It bisects a paved, 16-mile, dog-friendly trail that eventually leads to Shasta Dam. Redding prides itself as “California’s Trail Capital,” with 225 miles of trails within a 15-mile radius of town. Search trails and download a map heremore »

Finally, Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder!

Bailey at Wild Blue Dog Camp
Bailey at Wild Blue Dog Camp

We all agree 2020 was a very tough year for travel, but there were a few bright spots. After working with many local health and other park jurisdictions in the South Lake Tahoe area, Wild Blue Dogs was given the go-ahead for their Fall 2020 camp. Actually, the camp turned out to be the only operational Dog Camp in the USA. Utilizing the most advanced cleaning techniques and social distancing protocols, the camp did not have a single reported illness. more »

Dog Daze of Indian Summer!

Follow the Rules For a Safe & Fun Time!
Follow the Rules For a Safe & Fun Time!

It's finally summer (Indian at least) and it's hot, hot, hot! Many DogTrekkers will be heading for the beaches over the next several weeks, both mountain and ocean! For a fun and safe time for pups and the entire family, please be follow the above safety precautions (click to enlarge or download). more »

Last Chance to Join Wild Blue Dog Camp

Wild Blue Dog @ Lake Tahoe
Wild Blue Dog @ Lake Tahoe

Wild Blue Dogs Fall Camp is definitely happening on the shores of Lake Tahoe, September 7-13. The Wild Blue Dog family, producers of this great fund-raising event, have gone beyond the state, county and regional protocols to provide an ideal way or you and your dog to relieve some stress, have some fun, and safely enjoy yourselves. Check out the updated protocols.

The dog camp will be held on the South Lake Tahoe waterfront, in a fenced, 33-acre campground. Wild Blue dog camps offer a full schedule of fun, training and camaraderie in activities ranging from agility and kayaking to nose work and dog photography. All activities and classes are taught by certified and professional trainers, and hikes are led by experienced trail guides.

The choices are diverse, ranging from hiking to tricks, rally, recall, tracking, water sports, fun & easy training methods and more. For more information, call Victoria Rhodes, Director of Wild Blue Dog Camp, at (775) 790-3446. more »

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