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From state parks to nature preserves, the Spring Green area o ers hikes through the woods, prairies and wetlands where you’ll witness all types of  ora and fauna. The following are a few places to begin:
Avoca Prairie. For wild ower and native plant enthusiasts, and for those who like their recreation on the wild side, an outing to this 970-acre wet-mesic prairie is highly recommended. Located in the Avoca Unit of the Riverway, 7 miles west of the Lone Rock bridge on Highway 133, the Avoca Prairie is the largest tallgrass prairie east of the Mississippi. It is probably the only place in the eastern U.S. where, no matter where you stand, you only see natural prairie-savanna features. We recommend checking in with the ranger station at Tower Hill State Park before heading out to the prairie.
Bakken's Pond. Located between Spring Green and Lone Rock on Kennedy Road. Bakken's Pond features a cold spring-fed stream with diverse invertebrate and  sh fauna and contains emergent aquatic, southern sedge meadow, and oak barren communities. The springs are quite small and scattered—often no larger than a quarter in size. Bordering the stream to the south is an extensive wet meadow, patchy woodland, and forest extending to the Wisconsin River. Bakken's Pond is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1991.
Ferry Blu . Located o  Highway 60, four miles southwest of Sauk City, Ferry Blu  has a spectacular and historical view of the river and surrounding topography. To the north and east, you can see the Baraboo Hills, containing some of the oldest rock in North America. On a clear day, you can spot the highest point in southern Wisconsin, Blue Mounds, thirteen miles to the south. Ferry Blu  is a spring nesting site for Cooper’s Hawks. Winter visits are not allowed, however, good winter viewing of Ferry Blu  is possible from Conservation Road just northwest of Mazomanie.
Spring Green Preserve. Located o  Jones Road, two miles from Spring Green, the Spring Green Preserve has been called the “Wisconsin Desert,” with a variety of cacti, sand dunes and dry grasses. It is an area where the forest meets blu  and blu  levels o  into plains and dunes. The preserves’ self-guided trail allows you to learn as you go. At the trailhead, you will  nd a pamphlet containing information corresponding to each of a series of numbered markers along the trail.
Saint Anne’s Chapel. Built a half-century ago on top of the high, wooded hill west of the present-day St. Luke’s Church in Plain, is open at all times. A strenuous climb takes you past the 14 stations of the Way of the Cross, leading from St. Luke’s through the cemetery and winding up the hill to the chapel. A short distance down the hill from St. Anne’s Chapel is a replica of the Lourdes Grotto. There are benches along the path to allow for breaks.
The Lower Wisconsin River
Traveling on the Lower Wisconsin River near Spring Green is ideal for canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. River currents range from three to  ve miles per hour upstream of Spring Green and only one to two miles per hour downstream. There are no rapids, falls or portages along the entire 92.3 miles. Two-thirds of river-users are on the 25-mile stretch between Prairie du Sac and Spring Green. There are numerous canoe landings in the River Valley area, including those at Tower Hill State Park, Peck’s Landing, Lone Rock (just east of the Highway 130 bridge) and Arena (South Bank).
Both the main channel and backwaters of the Wisconsin River o er great  shing. In the main channel you’ll  nd walleye, auger, cat sh, smallmouth bass and northern pike, among others. In the sloughs and bayous, there are bluegill, bullhead, crappie and largemouth bass. There is also good  shing to be had on area streams and lakes. Be aware of regulations, including size limits and protected species. Fines are hefty. For more information, contact the Wisconsin DNR o ce at (608) 935-3368 or visit
There are several public hunting grounds and private hunt clubs in the Spring Green area. In the autumn, many hunters travel to the area for deer hunting, but other game includes coyote, wild turkey, quail, pheasant, and more. For speci c areas and hunting/ trapping seasons, see the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website at
Fireside Campground. (608) 583-5111, 33533 Jay Lane, Lone Rock. Located just o  HWY 14, 3.5 miles west of 130 South. Beautiful RV Park that o ers 90 sites with 50 FHU sites. Activities, foam parties on Holiday weekends and select weekends during the summer, Charity Bingo every Saturday. Pine River Trail across from the Park, Cabin rental, Park Model rental, and Halloween fun. Haunted House in October. Lots to see and do in the area. www.
Wisconsin Riverside Resort. More information on page 31. Canoes, Tubes, and Kayak Rental
Wisconsin Riverside Resort. (608) 588-2826, S13220 Shi et Road, Spring Green. Enjoy a leisurely day tubing, canoeing or kayaking down the beautiful Wisconsin River. Wisconsin Riverside Resort has been o ering river rental trips on the Wisconsin River for many years. Stopping on sandbars along the way can make these trips last as long as you’d like, from 1⁄2 hour to 4 days.
Spend the day at the beach. Liza’s Lagoon is a swimming pond complete with a slide, trampoline, and other fun in atables for your enjoyment, surrounded by a sandy beach.
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