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Best Place To Take Your Pet (non-business)

1st Place: Eau Claire’s Dog Park
2nd Place: Happy Tails Dog Park
3rd Place: Carson Park


Fido and FiFi can’t vote, but their humans can. First place goes to the Eau Claire Dog Park (otherwise known as the Off-Leash Recreation Area, 4503 House Road), a fenced nine-acre facility convenient to both U.S. 53 and Interstate 94. It’s open year-round daily until dusk for your pooch’s pleasure, and water is available from May through October. Next, Chippewa Falls Happy Tails Dog Park (841 Chippewa Crossing Blvd.) has 53 acres of off-leash, canine leisure area, offering fitness and fun for families and their four-legged friends. Carson Park (Carson Park Drive), the picturesque 134-acre peninsula in Half Moon Lake, still ranks up there, with birds, ducks, and other flora and fauna to excite the nostrils of canine critters. –Barbara Arnold