Skijoring in Wisconsin: Dog-Friendly Trails, Lodging and Shops

By Amy Bayer
Staff Writer

Skijoring is a winter sport increasing in popularity along with other sled dog sports around Wisconsin. It’s a healthy opportunity for you and your dog to get outside and be active throughout the winter while exploring some of Wisconsin’s skijoring parks and trails.

Here are some dog-friendly trails and lodging for you to consider as you and Fido explore Wisconsin together this winter.

* Multi-use trails that will be shared with snowmobiles and other winter trail users.


Where to go:

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak (Prairie Path)

This 17-mile trail is the only state park that contains a lit trail (2.5 miles) and snow making equipment to help preserve the ski trail for a long-season.

Lake Country Recreation Trail*

These eight miles of trail are expertly groomed weekly.

Glacial Drumlin State Trail*

Offers 52-miles of a level, but not groomed trail for winter sports.

Where to stay:


While in the area, be sure to stop by The Doggy Bag in downtown Oconomowoc, which serves delicious, all natural treats for your pooch. 


Where to go:

Justin Trails B&B Resort

Lessons are available if you want assistance getting started. The 2K dog trail allows for your dog to take a break from the skijoring fun, and go play off-leash.

Elroy-Sparta State Trail*

Located in one of the most scenic parts of Wisconsin, this was the first of the rails to trails conversion.

Where to stay:


Wags and Whiskers is a locally-owned store in nearby La Crosse, offering high-quality treats that help your dog maintain a healthy lifestyle. They also provide grooming services and offer supplies for a multitude of pets.


Where to go:

Minocqua Winter Park

Their clinics are a great place for you and your furry friend to learn to skijor!

Hiawatha-Bearskin State Park Trail*

This 33-mile trail is surrounded by lakes formed by melting glaciers in the last ice age. The allure of this Northwoods trail lies in the secluded, scenic charm. A peaceful adventure!

Where to stay:


Pawz n’ Clawz, located in Rhinelander, offers natural pet foods, supplies and grooming services.


Where to go:

Pattison State Park (Logging Camp & Big Falls Trails)*

You won't want to miss the frozen-in-time waterfalls.

Chase’s Point (Orange Trail)*

The five-mile skijoring trail is tracked and groomed daily.

Osaugie Trail*

Five miles along the Superior Bay, experience both frozen harbor views and city views.

Where to stay:

Greater Madison Area

Where to go:

Governor Nelson State Park*

Recreation and nature mingle within sight of the State Capitol on eight miles of trail.

McCarthy Youth & Conservation Park*

The park's purpose is to involve young people in conservation and outdoor recreation.

Indian Lake County Park (Pet Area)

Miles of groomed nature trails provide hours of recreation. Guests have access to a log cabin warming house.

Where to stay:


Michael’s Frozen Custard is a local custard chain that is not only pet-friendly, but offers specially made doggie custard treats.

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