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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).

Yes, COVID-19 is still here and there are posted restrictions. Yes, surf, sand and sun still pose dangers to everyone. And yes, the beach is a place to have a lot of fun!

Use DogTrekker.com or the DogTrekker mobile app to finds beach websites, park phone numbers and directions. Here are some starting points from our partners:

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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 »

Take A Swim

Taking in the views of Yosemite
Taking in the views of Yosemite's high country. Photo: Molly Horner

What better way to beat the California summer heat than with a swim? There are great swimming holes all over Mariposa County, but maybe none that are better for dogs than Lake McClure and Lake McSwain in the southern Sierra foothills of Mariposa County. While your faithful companion splashes around, you can spend time fishing or swimming yourself. more »

Rev Up In Redding

The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_
The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_

Redding (population about 100,000) is the Shasta Cascade region’s largest city, and it’s a great place to make base camp with your four-legged friend. The “must-do” activities: stroll the iconic Sundial Bridge, wander the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, walk across the massive dam containing the waters of Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in California. more »

Bass Lake: A Pet-Friendly, Yosemite-Area Lure

Maya, Director of Barketing, at Idle Hour Winery in Bass Lake
Maya, Director of Barketing, at Idle Hour Winery in Bass Lake

Not far from Yosemite National Park via Highway 41, Bass Lake, tucked within the Sierra National Forest east of Oakhurst, Madera County’s major resort area and has been for more than a century. Five miles long and with much warmer water than lakes at higher altitude, Bass Lake has many dog-friendly vacation rentals as well as three canine-welcoming, lakeside resorts. more »

Cool It On A Shasta Cascade Houseboat

Shasta - Photo Credit: Jody Jobe
Shasta - Photo Credit: Jody Jobe

Up for a splurge? Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in the state, is known as the houseboat capital of California, attracting guests from around the world, many of whom bring their dogs aboard with them. While houseboat vacations are not cheap, they’re certainly novel, and this year, with the lake full almost to the brim, is one of the best in a decade to give it a spin. more »

Nothing to Growl About at Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake - Photo Credit: @colterandkenai
Big Bear Lake - Photo Credit: @colterandkenai

Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County is an under-the-radar destination for Northern Californians, but in SoCal, it’s been a dear-to-the heart, dog-friendly summer vacation magnet for more than a century. Perched at a slightly higher elevation than Lake Tahoe (6,743 feet vs. 6,225), it’s a purely snow-fed reservoir with clear water and lots of recreation options. more »

Hike, Splash, Camp at Tuolumne County Lakes

Table Mountain - Photo Credit: @weims_in_crime
Table Mountain - Photo Credit: @weims_in_crime

Tuolumne County is largely rural, with more places to hike, fish, camp and go boating with your dog than you can shake a stick at. Its scenic lakes are tucked into dramatic mountain canyons and bowls that add to the getting-away-from-it-all experience. Here’s a look at some prominent bodies of water where you and your pup can splash, hike and play. more »

Third Stop: South Lake Tahoe to Truckee

Fallen Leaf Lake. Photo Credit: @carenandatka
Fallen Leaf Lake. Photo Credit: @carenandatka

Highway 89 along Tahoe’s West Shore is a treat for the senses on many levels. It takes about an hour in non-traffic conditions to drive straight through, but why would you want to do that? Your first worthwhile diversion, especially if you’re a Tahoe first-timer, is Tallac Historic Site, a collection of late 19th-century estate homes and out-buildings. more »

Gotta Lake It

Lifeguard on duty, Lake Natoma. Photo Credit: @lifesensibly
Lifeguard on duty, Lake Natoma. Photo Credit: @lifesensibly

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…as long as you’re on a lake. Heading up to Gold Country, you’ll find lots of places to dip your paws no matter which road you take. Here are some of our favorite splash spots in the Sierra foothills. more »

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