A Four Paw Adventure

There is nothing quite like spending the entire day with your best four-legged friend. Just you and your furry pal, out on the trails, strolling along the beach, then stopping somewhere for a bite to eat—somewhere your fuzzy buddy doesn’t have to wait in the car. Lucky for you, there is an abundance of places where both you and your pup will be welcome in Marquette, from comfortable pet-friendly hotels, motels, cabins, and campgrounds, to cozy coffee shops and brewery patios, to our scenic parks, beaches and trails. 



A couple dining outside with their dog at Third St. Bagel

Third Street Bagel, Marquette

Fuel up for Fun

Start your morning at Third Street Bagel where sidewalk seating provides a great opportunity for you and your pup to people watch and take in the neighborhood scene. Fuel up for a day of adventures together with a breakfast bagel sandwich for you and a dog biscuit and pup-acinno for your bestie. 

A woman playing with her pup on the NTN North trails.

NTN Trails, Marquette

Tails and Trails

Then, shift into four-paw drive and hit the trails. The Noquemanon Trail Network offers more than 30 miles of peaceful, wooded trails for non-motorized use. The mostly easy-to-intermediate well-marked network of singletrack is a perfect spot to hike with your pup and—bonus—even includes a waterfall. With plenty of parking and easy access, Wright Street Falls is the perfect spot to stop and explore and have a tail-waggin' good time. 

If you are both still feeling ambitious, and looking for a different perspective, head a bit further north to Sugarloaf Mountain. This half-mile climb on mostly stairs will reward you with 360-degree views. 



A burger from Iron Bay

Iron Bay, Marquette

Burgers with Your Bud

After all that exercise, you and your pup have surely worked up an appetite. Head back into town for burgers—or Whitefish—with your bud at Iron Bay Restaurant and Drinkery. They offer a hitching station out front with water bowls and bacon strips to keep your pup occupied while you dig into their Iron Ore or Foundry Burger with black pepper fries, or Superior Whitefish Tacos. 

A pup enjoying a stroll along the shore at Little Presque Beach
Photo Courtesy of @TheMittenMutt

Paws in the Sand

After lunch, head down to South Beach, a long, wide stretch of sand that's perfect for letting your playful pup dash in and out of the shallow water at top speed. Bring a blanket or folding chair and choose a spot on the sand and take in the impressive views of the Lake Superior horizon. 


A woman and her pup enjoying the patio at Drifia Brewery

Photo Courtesy of @Alexisraeabbott

Brews and snooze 

By now, Fido might be ready for a rest. And you probably are too. Thankfully, Marquette has plenty of pet-friendly breweries and wine bars where both you and your pup can sit and sip and wind down from your adventures. Stroll on over to Drifa Brewing Company, just steps from the beach, where they have a dog-friendly outdoor patio and grassy area, and order up a Lower Harbor Light, or one of their other delicious beers as you take in the view. Or head down to Zephyr Wine Bar for a charcuterie plate and glass of vino, while Fido (hopefully!) rests at your feet. 


Doggy Do’s and Don’ts 


Do: Don't:
  • Keep your pup on a leash in public

  • Pick up after your pooch 

  • Ensure vaccines are up-to-date before vacation

  • Let your dog explore off-trail/off-leash

  • Ignore city laws and signage

  • Forget to bring your pooch’s shot records