Water Fun With Your Dog

Water Fun With Your Dog

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Hop On A Houseboat With Your Pup

Photo Credit: buckygail (CC)
Photo Credit: buckygail (CC)

Water, sun, stars, memories. A houseboating vacation provides them all, plus a lot of novelty for first-timers.

While Shasta Lake is justly known as the house-boating capital of California, it’s not the only body of water where you can herd your friends and family (including your pup, of course) aboard and say “anchors aweigh” on a slow-moving, waterborne vacation. more »

Russian River Runners

Photo Credit: @romeo_d_gold
Photo Credit: @romeo_d_gold

The unhurried stretch of the Russian River downstream from the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg is a DogTrekker’s delight, especially when you’re floating along in a dog-friendly, custom-made SOAR canoe from Russian River Adventuresmore »

Moseying On Mendocino Waterways

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Woody's Catch A Canoe Adventure - Photo Credit: @haystackbird

There’s something magical about the Big River estuary near Mendocino—and something ingenious about the “canine cruiser” that transports two- and four-legged visitors down the calm and inky river to the sea. Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too, which has been outfitting paddlers on an 8.3-mile section of the river since 1972, added the cruiser to its fleet of handmade redwood watercraft several years ago. more »

Make Tracks to Tahoe

Kash at Tahoe Keys, Lake Tahoe - Photo Credit: @adventuresofkashthedog
Kash at Tahoe Keys, Lake Tahoe - Photo Credit: @adventuresofkashthedog

The most read story ever on DogTrekker.com is Dog-friendly Beaches at Lake Tahoe. With the snowmelt currently pouring off the surrounding Sierra Nevada, be forewarned that some of those beaches won’t be very wide or even very accessible for a few weeks yet. For on-water fun, try renting a large cockpit kayak from Tahoe City Kayak and taking a paddle with your pup along the North Shore. Tahoe Keys Boat Rentals and its affiliate locations will fix you up with a dog-friendly boat (and a “boat butler” captain, if needed) for exploring scenic Emerald Bay or simply cruising along the shore. more »

Every Walk in Surf City is Special

Marilyn at Huntington Central Park. Photo Credit: Chris Epting
Marilyn at Huntington Central Park. Photo Credit: Chris Epting

The Dog Beach here in Surf City has become famous throughout Southern California. More than a mile of undeveloped beach along one of the prettiest stretches of the coast makes it very popular both for locals and out-of-town visitors. Marilyn loves it, and there are other places where simply going for a walk becomes much more special. 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 »

Kayla's Water Walk

One of Kayla's favorite walks as a 'senior' dog was along the San Rafael waterfront adjacent to Loch Lomond Marina. She began walking this trail as a puppy some 14 years ago. Back then, this was a rough rock-strewn path that leads around the spit that ends at the entrance to the marina.

Kayla on the path
Kayla's favorite walk along the water.
With the development of the new housing development known as The Strand, the path has been leveled and then paved, with benches and tables placed along the path. This is the perfect walk for any dog, especially senior dogs (and of course those of us who are senior dog walkers). A perfect day includes stopping by the adjacent Andy's Market, picking up lunch, and heading for the parking area. This is a posted 'dogs on leash' area.

Kayla near the boat slip
Kayla poses with the boats.
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More Wet Ways to Play

Oakley knows What
Oakley knows What'SUP. Photo Credit: @thatstokedgolden

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, SUP for short, is an emerging sport with Hawaiian heritage that’s caught on big all up and down California. The newest craze: teaching dogs to hitch a ride. A great way for both of you to learn is with SUP PUPS, operating out of Waterman’s Landing Beach Café at Lake Tahoe. more »

From Wine to Bristlecone Pines

Penny and Kona, Mono Lake, CA. Photo Credit: @pianogin
Penny and Kona, Mono Lake, CA. Photo Credit: @pianogin

There are many ways to get to the High Sierra, all of them scenic, some a little more leisurely and winding than others. If time permits and you like lots of diversion on a road trip, follow the Golden Chain Highway (aka Highway 49) south through Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties before cutting east through Yosemite National Park and taking Highway 20 (the Tioga Road) up and over 9,943-foot Tioga Pass. more »

Running the Russian River with Rover

Russian River Adventures has kicked off its 2016 season of dog-friendly float trips out of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. With plenty of water this year to navigate the secluded, 9-mile stretch from town to Wohler Bridge, the entire family can enjoy the Russian River with your pup serving as first mate. more »

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