The dog days of summer

Dog in pool

Dog in pool

Weston Dog Park  Adjacent to Kellyland Park, north of Schofield Ave., off Fuller Street at 6100 Rogan Lane 40 fenced acres, mowed paths ideal for both master and friend. Separate fenced area for small dogs, pet watering station, agility course and waste bag dispensers. Dogs must be leashed going to and from the park, but off-leash within this and any dog park. Clean up messes. Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated and with identification tags. No dogs under 4 months, aggressive, ill or in heat. Open daily 6 am–11 pm. 715-359-9988.

Point Dog Park  601 Mason St., Stevens Point. Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated and healthy. About 30 acres, with fenced area for small dogs. Waste bag dispensers, garbage containers and benches. Trails are mowed, but ground is uneven. Dogs must be accompanied by a person age 14 or older. Open daily 6 am–11 pm. 715-341-1136,

Marathon Park  On Stewart Avenue, Wausau. Inside the fenced arena between the basketball courts and Multi-Purpose Building No. 1 Off-leash dog exercise area. Owners must stay inside fence with their pet and clean up. The nearest faucet is in the ice arena, so bring water and a dish. Doesn’t attract a steady crowd, so plan a doggy date with a friend. Open sunrise to 11 pm daily. 715-261-1550.

Wausau parks off-leash time  In three city parks dogs may roam off-leash during designated times within certain areas, which are not fenced, but well-marked with signs. No aggressive dogs. Clean up after your dog leashed outside marked areas:

Memorial Park  • 6–9 am daily; small peninsula near the boat launch

Oak Island Park  • 6–9 am & 6–9 pm daily; south end near the skate park, between walkway and river

Riverside Park • 6–9 am & 6–9 pm daily; on Picnic Island

Merrill Dog Park  In the Merrill Area Recreation Complex, 1100 Marc Dr. • New 2.5-acre off-leash area, with separate spaces for small and large dogs. Limit three dogs per person. Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting facility. Fill holes created by dogs. No food or glass, or aggressive, sick or unlicensed dogs. $2 donation requested. Open daily dawn to dusk. 715-536-7313.

Paws ‘N Play Dog Park  Peach and 21st streets, Marshfield Several acres at the fairground. No aggressive dogs or dogs in heat, must be licensed, immunized and kept on a leash until in park. Pick up all waste, fill any holes created by dog. No human food or glass, puppies under 4 months or children under 8 years.  Donations welcome. Open every day, except during the Central Wisconsin State Fair. 715-897-1123.

Standing Rocks Park dog exercise area  East of Stevens Point 7 miles, between Custer Road and Bear Lake Road • Large fenced-in area with mowed trails. $4 per dog daily, $30 season; $65 season for three dogs. 715-346-1433.

Kronenwetter Bark Park  2350 Sunny Meadow Dr., within Friendship Park, Kronenwetter • Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated and good-tempered. Fenced, with no separate small dog area. Bring water and clean up after your dog. Open daily 7 am–10 pm. 715-693-4200.