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General Manager: Matt Meyers Advertising Director: Julie Brown Tourism Publications: Andrew Nussbaum Graphic Design: Dusty Zajda This publication has been created and produced to support and enhance local tourism. Every effort has been made to provide the most current, and accurate, information available. Capital Newspapers, and the organizations represented, assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact your local Capital Newspaper office with any additions or corrections.

Table of Contents

Amish Tours.................................. 15, 30-31

Historic Baraboo......................................29

Biking Routes..................................... 16-19

Historic Indian Agency House...................37

Calendar of Events.................. 20-24, 32, 38

Hustler & New Lisbon...............................14

Castle Rock Lake & Petenwell Lake............10

Merrimac Ferry........................................27

Circus World Museum...............................28

Mid Continent Railway..............................25

City of Portage........................................36

Motorcycle Tours.................................... 4-5

Columbia County Visitors Bureau..............41

Necedah National Wildlife Refuge........... 6-9

Devil’s Lake State Park.............................26

Rustic Roads................................ 39, 40, 42

Explore Hwy. 51.......................................13

Summerset Theatre..................................33

Explore Hwy. 60..................................34-35

Wisconsin River.................................. 11-12



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Whether they are participating in the Prime Time Jimmy Kline Ride, taking in the vast scenery of the county, or on their way to Bala’s Harley Davidson in Mauston, the roar of motorcycles can be heard throughout the area during warm weather. The hills of Elroy, Union Center and Wonewoc offer amazing self guided motorcycle tours and bluffs can be seen in many areas such as rural Mauston, Hustler and New Lisbon.

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Motorcyclists can take North Hwy 58 to Necedah and take Hwy 21 to check out the National Wildlife Refuge, cross over to New Lisbon and Hustler on Hwy 80 and then come back to Mauston on Hwy 12/16. From there, they can drop down to Lyndon Station and explore that part of the county by taking county road HH.

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Hwy 131 out of Tomah, south through the valley a great scenic tour along the Kickapoo River, ample opportunity to take scenic roads off the main route which provide significant hilly terrain to ride on. This ride includes views of Amish Communities and great cheese factories. Route ends at LaFarge, and the scenery is great, road quality excellent. The Kickapoo River Visitor Center is very interesting…stop in. This route crosses the Kickapoo River at least 12 times as it winds thru the valley, beautiful forests on either side and if one ventures onto the scenic road as designated, major elevation changes and very interesting elements including an Amish school and many farms, a great local cheese factory and store and some very prosperous farms. The main road is great, well paved and maintained, 45 mph limit, the scenic road is less maintained but still quite good, with frequent horse droppings to avoid…remember you are in Amish Country.


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Directions Located off of Highway 21 four miles west of the Village of Necedah or 18 miles east of Tomah. Turn north onto Headquarters Road and follow signs two miles to the visitor center. The above events are free and open to the public. Activities are subject to change. Contact the Refuge at (608) 565-2551 or for more information. All events are supported by the Friends of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Inc. Your membership and participation is appreciated.

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tep into the beauty of Central Wisconsin and immerse yourself in a mosaic of habitats on 44,000 acres. Savanna, prairie, wetland, and forest all intertwine across the refuge’s landscape. A great place to start

is the refuge’s new visitor center and boardwalks. They serve as a gateway to your refuge experience. Take in the sights and sounds of the refuge in the exhibit hall or visit with friendly staff to find the right hiking or driving experience

for you. The refuge hosts over 230 bird species, including red-headed woodpeckers, whooping cranes, wood ducks, and eagles. Visitors also have a chance at seeing bears, deer, porcupines, otter, turtles, wolves and many more

wildlife species. Although the “Great Swamp”, may be known for its biting insects, don’t dismiss our dragonflies and butterflies. One of the most sought after insects by photographers includes the endangered Karner blue butterfly.

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Spring/Summer 2012 The refuge is open year round from sunrise to sunset for wildlife observation, photography, hiking, fishing, hunting, and much more! The visitor center is open seven days a week spring through fall

from 7:30am -4:00pm and open Mondays-Saturdays during the winter. Please see our website for seasonal information and events: necedah/ or call 608-565-2551.

Calendar of Events Saturday, May 5: Jr. Duck Stamp Showcase • 7pm Art Contest Winners Honored & Gallery Opening Saturday, May 12: Brunch with the Birds • 7am A Day of Birding Including: Hikes, Programs, Speakers, Workshops & a Big Sit

Saturday, June 2: Kids Fishing Day • 9am-2pm Learn to Fish Activities & Fishing Derby Saturday, June 16: Refuge Wildlife Series • 1pm-2pm Black Bears Saturday, June 23: Refuge Wildlife Series • 1pm-2pm Bobcats

Friday, July 6: Butterflies & Blooms • 10am – 11:30am Children’s Discovery Time • 1pm – 2:30pm Butterfly Viewing & Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, July 14: Wildflower Photography • 8am Tips and Tricks for Flower Photography in the Field

Friday, July 20: Very Hungry Caterpillars • 9-10am: Children’s story time, butterfly viewing, & craft

Monday-Friday, July 23 -27: A World of Wonder Day Camp • 8am – 3:30pm • Children ages 6-8 Registration Required, Limited Space

Saturday, July 28: Karners & Art • 10am – 11:30am Children’s Program • 1pm – 2:30pm Karners & Artists, Techniques and Field Exploration

Saturday, August 4: Refuge Wildlife Series • 1pm-2pm Fisher Monday – Friday, 6th-10th: EcoDiscovery Day Camp 8am – 3:30pm • Children ages 9-12 Registration Required, Limited Space Saturday, August 11: Refuge Wildlife Series • 1pm-2pm Badgers Saturday, August 25: Refuge Wildlife Series • 1pm-2pm River Otters



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The Lakes region of Juneau and Adams counties has something for everyone. Both Castle Rock and Petenwell Lakes are created by power dams on the Wisconsin River. The river forms the eastern boundary of the county.

Castle Rock Lake is the fourth largest inland lake in Wisconsin and offers plenty of fishing, camping and boating. Buckhorn State Park, Castle Rock Park and Germantown Park offers visitors plenty of space to picnic and enjoy the view. Many campsites and resorts surround the lake

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Petenwell Lake is the second largest inland lake in Wisconsin, and is well known for its great fishing. Walleyes, northern pike, muskies and pan fish are plentiful and there's plenty of public boat launches available. The lake is 23,000+ acres over a 36 sq. mile area. It was created in 1948 by damming the Wisconsin River near Necedah. Its maximum depth is over 40' and is well-known for its excellent fishing and waterfowling. American eagles winter at the dam and can be observed daily during the season. Camping at Wilderness Park on Petenwell Lake ranges from full hookup to primitive and the scenery is great.



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Wisconsin River S ince the Wisconsin River starts at the Michigan border a couple of hundred river miles upstream from Juneau County and is fed by dozens of smaller streams and rivers the Wisconsin River is “Big Water” by the time it gets to northernmost Juneau County. It can become quite powerful and dangerous when high. The first boat landing upstream in Juneau County is located in the town of Armenia of the eastern end of 4th Street accessed from County Highway G north of Necedah. This section of river already is part of the Petenwell Flowage which is the 2nd largest lakes in Wisconsin. Because of the wide open expanses of the Petenwell Flowage, winds can cause big waves to build up very quickly. Paddlers should exercise caution wearing their PFDs and staying close to the western shore (down river right) when paddling the Petenwell. A short way downstream on the Petenwell Flowage is located Juneau County’s Wilderness Park (for more information call (608) 565-7285 (Mid May – September) or (608) 847-9389 (October – Mid May) at the east end of 9th street accessed from County Rd. G, North of Necedah. This is a modern park with facilities including coin operated showers, flush toilets, 120 campsites and a concrete paved boat launching area. Another boat launch area is located at the eastern end of 10th street which is a public landing located on Petenwell Flowage reached off County Trunk G north of Necedah. Further downstream below the Petenwell Dam east of Necedah on the eastern side of the Highway 21 Bridge over the Wisconsin River in Adams County is a public boat landing with outhouse facilities and hand pump well water. This is a well developed boat launching area and large power boats put in here to go up stream to the Petenwell dam for fishing and cruise further downstream


up very quickly. Paddlers should exercise caution wearing their PFDs and staying close to the western shore (down river right) when paddling the Petenwell. A short way downstream on the Petenwell Flowage is located Juneau County’s Wilderness Park (for more information call (608) 565-7285 (Mid May – September) or (608) 847-9389 (October – Mid May) at the east end of 9th street accessed from County Rd. G, North of Necedah. This is a modern park with facilities including coin operated showers, flush toilets, 120 campsites and a concrete paved boat launching area. Another boat launch area is located at the eastern end of 10th street which is a public landing located on Petenwell Flowage reached off County Trunk G north of Necedah.

into Castle Rock Lake. Further downstream is the county owned Osprey Boat Landing on the north end of Castle Rock Flowage which is accessed from County Highway G south of Highway 21 and north of Mauston via State Highway 58. Continuing downstream, the public May’s Point landing on Castle Rock Flowage is accessed on the east end of 29th Street off of Highway G north of the Buckhorn State Park which is reached by traveling north of Mauston via State Highway 58. Several canoe and power boat landings are also available in the Buckhorn State Park which is reached by Highway 58 north of Mauston and east on County Highway G. Juneau County also has a modern large County Park known as Castle Rock north of Mauston on Highway G and on the shores of Castle Rock

Flowage with concrete boat ramps, flush toilets, coin operated hot showers with 250 campsites. Since the Wisconsin River starts at the Michigan border a couple of hundred river miles upstream from Juneau County and is fed by dozens of smaller streams and rivers the Wisconsin River is “Big Water” by the time it gets to northernmost Juneau County. It can become quite powerful and dangerous when high. The first boat landing upstream in Juneau County is located in the town of Armenia of the eastern end of 4th Street accessed from County Highway G north of Necedah. This section of river already is part of the Petenwell Flowage which is the 2nd largest lakes in Wisconsin. Because of the wide open expanses of the Petenwell Flowage, winds can cause big waves to build

Further downstream below the Petenwell Dam east of Necedah on the eastern side of the Highway 21 Bridge over the Wisconsin River in Adams County is a public boat landing with outhouse facilities and hand pump well water. This is a well developed boat launching area and large power boats put in here to go up stream to the Petenwell dam for fishing and cruise further downstream into Castle Rock Lake. Further downstream is the county owned Osprey Boat Landing on the north end of Castle Rock Flowage which is accessed from County Highway G south of Highway 21 and north of Mauston via State Highway 58. Continuing downstream, the public May’s Point landing on Castle Rock Flowage is accessed on the east end of 29th Street off of Highway G north of the Buckhorn State Park which is reached by traveling north of Mauston via State Highway 58. Several canoe and power boat landings are also available in the Buckhorn State Park which is reached by Highway 58 north of Mauston and east on County Please See Highway G. Juneau Pg 12 County also has a


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modern large County Park known as Castle Rock north of Mauston on Highway G and on the shores of Castle Rock Flowage with concrete boat ramps, flush toilets, coin operated hot showers with 250 campsites. (For information and

reservations call (608) 847-7089 (Mid May – September) or (608) 847-9389 (October – Mid May). Between the Castle Rock Dam and the Dells you will encounter a calm free flowing stretch of the Wisconsin River. In this quiet

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stretch above the bustling Dells, you will find great fishing holes and shorelines abundant with wildlife. No speed boats here. This is where you come to enjoy nature. A short distance downriver from the dam you will find Castle Rock Resort. Located on the western shore of the Wisconsin River, this resort boasts the actual Castle Rock on its property and has camping facilities, hot showers, laundry facilities, seasonal sites, a boat launch and a bar. It is a great midway stopping point between the Castle Rock Dam and the Dells. It is open Mid April through mid November. The resort is located east of Mauston on Hwy 82, traveling North via 49th St. and 26th Ave. (For information and reservations call 608-8476269 or visit www.camptherock. com) As you continue further down this lazy stretch you will find Point Bluff Resort on the east shore. Here you will find a bar and restaurant, canoe, kayak and tube rentals as well as camping and seasonal sites. (For information and reservations contact 608253-6181 or visit www.pointbluff. com) Further downstream on the Wisconsin River is the Juneau County owned public Two Rivers boat landing on the Lemonweir River about one quarter mile upstream from the junction with the Wisconsin River. The Two Rivers Boat Landing is northeast of Lyndon Station accessible from Highway HH thence going east on 56th Street onto Cliff House road and down to the river via Wisconsin Trail. Going downstream there is also the River Bay Marina on the Wisconsin River at the upper end of the Wisconsin Dells Flowage. River Bay has flush toilets, coin operated hot showers, laundry facilities and is also located east of Lyndon Station via County N and four miles north of Wisconsin Dells. Additionally the Town of Lyndon has a public boat landing on the Wisconsin River accessed from Highway N at the end of 60th Street which requests a donation for use. Louis Bluff is the large highland just upstream of River Bay Marina. The Bluff was named after the

Frenchman Louis Dopless who settled here in 1846. The high wooded prominence is fronted by beautiful cliffs along the river. Traveling further downriver from the RiverBay Marina on the Wisconsin River paddlers experience the extremes of a lakewidening of the river and a long narrow rocky gorge. Downstream from River Bay on the right are the Palisades, towering rock formations eroded by wind and water. They signal the beginning of the Upper Dells. In this section of the Upper Dells the Wisconsin River can be extremely dangerous at high water and should never be paddled by inexperienced boaters at any water level. Big tour boats and other motorized craft oftentimes create hazardous wakes in the last four miles of this section. In “The Jaws” the river is 120 feet deep! Because that during the height of the tourism season thousands of people view this part of the Dells from large motor launches and other fast boats, for most people the best way to see the Dells is from a tour boat obtained in Wisconsin Dells. For experienced paddlers a good time to try this route is at dawn well before the tour boats get started. For skilled paddlers, the trip through the Upper Dells is quite a remarkable experience. Quite a bit of the land along both sides of the river is owned by the Department of Natural Resources so that the rugged grandeur of the Dells has been preserved in a natural state. Natural wonders in this river portion include Witches Glen, Steamboat Rock, Cold Water Canyon, The Giant’s Shield (at waterline), The Devil’s Elbow, Blackhawk’s Profile, and Chimney Rock. One option could be to put in at the pull off alongside County N near the head of Black Hawk Island. From this point you can paddle a route around the island and back again to avoid a shuttle or as an alternative, paddlers could continue down river into Wisconsin Dells to the municipal boat landing. Don’t forget to check www. for more “Trails Adventures” under “Tourism”.

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The many bike trails of Juneau County are just waiting for your visit. They all begin (or end) in Elroy WI, located on Hwys 80-82 in southwestern Juneau County. The Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail is the “Granddaddy of All Trails.“ It was the very first Rails to Trails Conversion in the United States in 1965. The hard-packed limestone trail covers 32 miles of an abandoned Chicago & Northwestern Railroad bed and has no more than a 3% grade at any point. The trail passes through three tunnels as it makes its way toward Sparta and we recommend flashlights and jackets for tunnels. The ElroySparta State Bike Trail links with the La Crosse River Trail in Sparta.

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The '400' State Trail is often called the most scenic trail in the Wisconsin State Trail System. It's named for the Chicago & Northwestern passenger train that traveled the 400 miles from Chicago to Minneapolis in 400 minutes. The 22 miles of smooth, hard-packed limestone parallels or crosses the Baraboo River the entire length between Elroy and Reedsburg. A recent addition to the trail links Hillsboro to the south. The Juneau County Omaha Bike Trail is 12.5 miles of seal-coated trail owned and maintained by Juneau County and has a separate trail fee. It also follows an abandoned Chicago & Northwestern Railroad bed all the way to Camp Douglas and opened in the spring of 1992. The Omaha Trail is the most peaceful and secluded of our trails. For more information on these trails, as well as trail maps you can download, visit our website at Open: Mon.-Sat., 10-6 Sun., 10-3

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~Calendar of Events~ May 1, Reedsburg to Sparta “400” State Trail officially re-opens to bicycles May 1, Sparta Little Falls Railroad and Doll Museum 17th Season Opening of the Little Falls Railroad and Doll Museum. Take a nostalgic trip back to your childhood and beyond. 9208 CTH II (between Sparta and Black River Falls) May 2 - Oct 27, Baraboo Aldo Leopold Guided Tours The land surrounding the Shack provides a living classroom for exploring dynamic ecological relationships and conservation history. Guided Shack tours last approximately 2 hours and are led by Aldo Leopold Foundation educated staff. Come hear stories about the incredible land restoration initiated here by Aldo Leopold and his family, visit the inside of the famous Shack, and stroll along restored prairie, woods, and river trails. RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED. GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE, WE REQUEST THAT YOU SCHEDULE A SEPARATE TOUR DATE & TIME IN ADVANCE. 1PM - 3PM

May 3, Portage Ladies Shopping & Dining Night Out Shop and dine out tonight with your family and friends in Portage. This event will feature extended shopping hours at many businesses, special sales for this night only and dinner specials. Reserve the date and join us for a fun night. For a $5 registration fee, the first 250 ladies will receive a shopping tote bag, flower, a passport to the event and a chance to win Portage Green Gift Certificates. 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

May 3 – Oct, Portage Farmers Market Every Thursday, 12PM -6PM, May-Oct. Commerce Plaza, Corner of Cook and Wisconsin St. Gil at 608-742-5054 May 4-31, Portage 'Full Circle, A Retrospective' exhibit by Patricia Hable Zastrow May 4 -31 with an opening reception on May 4 from 4-6 p.m. Drury Gallery at the Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E. Cook Street May 4, Downtown Baraboo SPRING WINE WALK This is a fundraiser for The Baraboo Food Pantry & Downtown Baraboo. 5PM - 8 PM 608-356-3133 May 4 and 5, Spring Green "Taste of Spring Green: A Local Food Fest." Friday 5PM - 8PM, and Saturday 2PM-5PM. FREE and open to the public. Pick up a map at any participating merchant, check out or call for more information 1.800.588.2042. May 4-6, North Freedom Mid-Continent Railway Museum

MAY 5-6, DANE Spring Citywide Garage Sales

tor Show, Village Wide Garage Sales, Downtown Wonewoc

May 6, Tomah 2nd Annual Mutt Strut & Fun Fest All proceeds benefit the Shelter. Even to be held regardless of weather. Alternate is Tomah Recreation Park in the Farm Progress Building. Dogs must be current on rabies vaccination and wearing an ID tag. Pets must be on a non-retractable leash. You must scoop up after your animals. 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Winnebago Park Brandon Street (off Butts Avenue) Contact: Gina Mason 608-343-5510

May 13, Baraboo Mother's Day Program at the International Crane Foundation 9 a.m.-5 p.m., E11376 Shady Lane Road between Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells. For more information call 608-3569462 ext 121.

May 9 - Oct, Downtown Baraboo Baraboo Farmers Market Wednesday & Saturdays 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM May 10, Reedsburg Reedsburg Public Library: Ed Janus, author of “Creating Dairyland” May 12, Downtown Baraboo Fair On The Square 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

May 5 - October 30, Sauk Prairie Farmers' Market Saturdays from May through Oct. 8a.m. - 12p.m., 565 Water Street, Prairie du Sac. Tuesdays from May through October: 4:00pm - 7:00pm in the Sauk City Historic Park, 626 Water Street, Sauk City. May 5, Sauk Prairie Roxbury Rural Run Veterinary Hospital. May 5-6, Baraboo Badger Steam And Gas Swap Meet & Flea Market 7 am-5 pm. Free event. S3347 Sand Rd., 608-522-4905. May 5, Pardeeville Pardeeville Student Council Cancer Run-Walk 8 a.m. Registration and 10 a.m. the event begins the Pardeeville High School May 5, Portage Girl Scout Workshop "The Juliette/Juliette Connection” Indian Agency House Reservations required

May 13, Lodi Lodi Optimist’s Mother’s Day Run/ Walk www.runlikeamotherhalfmarathon. com May 15 – Oct 2, Portage Special 2012-Only "Hard Hat" Restoration Tours New 1.2 mile Nature Trail unveiled. Site open M-F 10am to 4pm; Sat & Sun 11am to 4pm Historic Indian Agency House May 15 – Oct 15, Portage Historic Indian Agency House Nature Trail Tuesdays First and third Tuesdays of the month, Wisconsin residents walk the trail FREE May 17, Sparta Civil War Program at the Monroe County Local History Room 7-8 p.m. 200 West Main St., May 18-20, Portage St. Mary's Best Fest 2012 Carnival rides, raffle, walk/run, food, free entertainment, bake sale, book sale, craft sale, and fun! St. Mary's School and Church grounds May 18-19, Reedsburg Community Wide Garage Sale

May 12, Baraboo First Annual Art & Bloom Fest Featured artists creating their art throughout the Glen. Merrimac Methodist Church will be serving on of their famous meals. There will be a Farmer's Market, book signings by three local authors, and nature walks by Mia & Mal Persche. 9a.m.3p.m. May 12, Wonewoc WONEWOC OLD FASHIONED DAY Craft Show, Antique & Coin Appraisal, Magic Show, Gigantic Parade at 2:00, Kayak Demos, Crosscut Saw Competition, Kids games, Areas Largest Antique/Classic Car & Trac-

May 19, Downtown Baraboo Fair On The Square Join us for crafts, music, fun & games on the Square in Downtown Baraboo. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19 - 20, Baraboo Circus World’s Opening Weekend Enjoy a full day of family fun, history and entertainment at Wisconsin's most exciting attraction. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 19-20, Baraboo Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

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May 19, Portage Annual Leopold Center Family Day 12-4 p.m. Aldo Leopold Legacy Center E13701 Levee Road (Rustic Road 49) May 19, Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fort McCoy Military Base Located off State Hwy. 21 West between Tomah & Sparta Enter at Gate 15 and follow signs Contact:Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office at 608-388-2407 May 19-20, Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin Dells Automotion Festival Spectator admission is free! 1411 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Noah's Ark Waterpark. For more information call (800) 22-DELLS. May 20 Portage Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters Opening Event of the 2012 season 608-742-2949 May 25 -27, Pardeeville City Wide Rummage and Garage Sales May 25 – 27, Reedsburg Game Day USA tournament May 25-26, Sauk Prairie FFA Alumni Spring Fling Truck & Tractor Pull FFA Alumni Park, located at the corner of Tower Street and Ninth Street in Prairie du Sac. May 26, Sauk Prairie aSPire 2012 Current and former professional artists spanning three decades - from the '80s to the '00s - of Sauk Prairie High School graduates who graced the stage with their vocal, acting and dancing talent, return to Sauk prairie to perform in the first Sauk Prairie arts

alumni showcase. River Arts Center, 105 Ninth Street, Prairie du Sac. 608-643-5215.

a short portage and river to Hookers Resort For more information: Contact Gil Meisgeier, 742-5054. 608-742-5054

May 26–27, Wisconsin Dells Virgil’s Spring Fest 9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday Outdoor Arts and Craft Festival set up beside Wisconsin Dells Craft Mall with over 250 Artists under roof! For more information contact Kate at 608-356-3916 or Located 1/8 mile off I90/94, Exit 92 South. Take exit 212 off Hwy. 12 and follow the signs (Timothy Lane).

June 2, Portage Divine Savior Healthcare Run/Walk The family-friendly Run/Walk offers 5K and 1-mile courses. Race begins at 9 a.m. All runners will receive a timing chip which must be picked up on race morning, so please plan accordingly. Race day registration will be available from 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. T-shirts cannot be guaranteed for race day registrants. Visit www.dshealthcare for race fees and details.

May 26, Portage Historic Indian Agency House Nature Trail Community Reception Experience Our NEW 1.2 Mile Nature Trail for FREE! Help celebrate the opening of our newest site addition.

June 2, Portage Downtown Walking Tour Spend the morning learning about Historic Downtown Portage. The guided tour starts at the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce office at 10am every OTHER Saturday this summer.

May 27 – Oct, Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market May 27, Reedsburg Chicken Barbeque @ Historical Society Pioneer Log Village – Hwy. 33

June 2, July 7, Aug 4 Sept 1, Portage City Flea Market & City-Wide Rum-

mage Sales 2012 Portage City Flea Market featuring Crafts, Produce, Antiques, Collectibles, Rummage Sale Items 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Indoor/outdoor, so we'll be there rain or shine! City-Wide Rummage Sales will take place each month coinciding with the flea market weekend June 2 - October 30, Sauk Prairie Farmers' Market A variety of local goods and produce for sale. Saturdays from May through October: 8am - 12pm in the green space across from the Blue Spoon Cafe, 565 Water Street, Prairie du Sac. Tuesdays from May through October: 4:00pm - 7:00pm in the Sauk City Historic Park, 626 Water Street, Sauk City. June 3, Baraboo 29th ANNUAL ZOO CREW DAY fundraiser for the zoo. "Pizza in the Park", all you can eat pizza buffet provided by Pizza Hut, served 11 AM -3 PM. Children’s games and activities, live music, silent auction and arts & crafts fair. Come out and

May 27, Spring Green Bobfest Celebrating the music of Bob Dylan Music 11 am – 8 pm For more information check the BobFest section of the web site. May 28 - 30, Merrimac Merrimac Community Garage Sale May 28, Pardeeville Memorial Day Program at the Am. Legion Park at 10 AM June 1 - 3, Portage Canal Days Saturday Parade at 11am Saturday/ Sunday Main Street Portage Third Annual Softball Tournament at Veteran’s Memorial Field -Historical Re-enactors Guild encampment free camp open house. Historic encampment near the Indian Agency House and tours of the Historic Indian Agency House and Fort Winnebago Surgeon's Quarters. Sunday, 1pm at Riverside Park 100 Paddlers Marquette/Joliet Canoe Rides on Wisconsin River. Sunday, 2pm Canoe & kayak races on canal,

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June 5, Lodi Cruisin’ Tuesdays Ever Tuesday all summer at All Stop Travel Plaza Hwy 60 and I-90/94 June 5, Sauk Prairie Riverway Concerts in the Park: Swing Crew Join us on the Riverway for Swing Crew, a band with interactive music, audience participation, jokes, stunts, and cornball humor! Food available for purchase by non-profits. New Location: Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Boulevard in Sauk City. June 6 – Aug 22, Reedsburg Concert in the Park Series – 2012 (all concerts will begin Weds at 6:30 pm in City Park) June 6 - Aug 29, Portage Community Wellness Walks Walk along with us... Meet at Riverside Park in Portage and walk along the Levee Path. After your stroll, enjoy a concert at the park shelter. 6-7p.m. Every Wednesday all summer

June 6 - Aug 29, Portage (Aug 31 Pardeeville) Concerts at the Portage Free Concerts at Riverside Park (between Associated Bank and Tamarack along the Levee) - concerts start every Wed at 6:30 PM . Bring your chairs and blankets and listen to the sounds of music during the summer. You can bring your own picnic dinner or order carry-out from a local restaurant. Desserts will be served by local non-profit groups. Special Event Aug 31st, 7pm, Chandler Park, Pardeeville

June 7-Aug 30, Downtown Baraboo Concerts On The Square The Concerts on the Square series are a wonderful (and very popular) group of performances that take place on the Courthouse lawn in Downtown Baraboo on Thursday evenings June thru August. Pack your picnic basket, a blanket or lawn chair and come enjoy a fantastic variety of Blues, Jazz, Classical, Big Band, and much, much more! (Rain site is at the Al Ringling Theatre at 136 4th Ave) 7PM - 9 PM June 7 - Aug 8, Pardeeville Band Concerts and Pie & Ice Cream Start time 7:00 PM and Every Thursday from the above dates Place Angie Williams Cox Library Lawn June 8 – 9, Portage Art that Blooms 2012 The Drury Gallery will be transformed into a fantasy land for flower lovers with our 4th annual Art that Blooms exhibit featuring an array of art by area artists who are paired with fresh floral arrangements inspired by the artwork and created by area floral artists. We are inviting the writers to read their work for us in the Zona Gale Theatre. Portage Center for the Arts 301 E. Cook Street June 8-9, Baraboo Relay For Life of Baraboo Sauk County Fairgrounds June 8, Baraboo Poetry Evening At Durward’s Glen June 9, Reedsburg Sauk County Dairy Breakfast: Bender Farm June 9, Camp Douglas 3rd Annual Juneau County Dairy Best Breakfast / Farm Tour Premier county-wide tourism event spotlighting agricultural and dairy. Event is family fun, good food, entertainment, farm tour, and activities for all ages. ALL U CAN EAT Pancake Breakfast, advanced ticket $6, at the gate $8, children 5 and under are free with a paying adult. Activities will include the 3rd annual yogurt eating contest, farm tours, vintage tractor display, little

farmer contest, sawdust pile, hay rides, DJ-music, Animal Exhibits, 4-H bake sales, FFA Famous Shakes, and so much more! Location: Bells Udder Farm , N6689 Cty Rd H Begins at 7am

June 9-11, Mauston Hills of Juneau County Tractor Show Ridge Runners 4-H hosts 4th Annual The Hills of Juneau County Tractor Show Saturday and Sunday June 9th and 10th Located at Bass Hollow Park on Cty Hwy K Mauston WI All types of tractors welcome at the show. The 4-H club is having a food stand on Saturday and Sunday that will be open from 7:00am until 10:30am for an awesome home-cooked breakfast. Lunch will be from 10:30am until dusk on Saturday and 10:30am until the last tractor leaves on Sunday. We will be having a hayride that will take you through some hills of Juneau County in Seven Mile Creek Township. Hayride leaves Bass Hollow Park on Saturday at 10am, 2pm, and 7:30pm. Sunday at 10:30am and 3:00pm. Some other events that are happening at the show: . Tractor Barrel Race- Saturday 4pm . Slow Race- Sunday 1pm . Mini Barrel Race- Saturday Noon and 6pm, Sunday 1pm (this event is open for public participation, children are encouraged to participate) Please Support Your Local 4-H! Bass Hollow Park Address: Cty Rd K June 9-10, Wisconsin Dells Dells Riverfest. Race your kayak in a 2K loop race from Drinker's Landing to Romance Cliff Beach and back, or watch hundreds of kayaks race up and down the river from the river front or from a comfortable indoor viewing area at the Mt. Olympus Santorini Village (formerly RiverWalk Hotel). Race your body in a 5K run from Drinker's Landing through Camp Wawbeek. Race your bike in a 10K loop from Drinker's Landing through the beautiful rural landscapes of Dells Country. Or enter the Dells Riverfest Triathlon and do all three. Kayak/ Bike/Walking Tours If relaxing is more your style than racing, we invite you to take a kayak, bike or walking tour instead. You can take a guided kayak tour around Blackhawk Island, or walk or bike along the race courses in self-guided tours

through the best of Dells Country. Riverfest is sponsored by the Stewards of the Dells of the Wisconsin River.

June 9-10, Wisconsin Dells Taste of Wisconsin Dells. Samples from 20 Dells area restaurants, beer tent , family variety stage performances, inflatable rides, arts and crafts show, classic Corvette parade, book sale, 3 on 3 basketball tourney and new this year the Riverfest Triatholon. . Downtown Wisconsin Dells. For more information call (800) 22-DELLS June 9-10, Wisconsin Dells Arts & Crafts Fair at Taste of Wisconsin Dells.Sat 9 AM - 4 PM , Sun 9AM - 3PM, admission free. Part of Taste of Wisconsin Dells, food, music, Bowman House tours, tractor show, Corvette Parade, collector car show, children's activities, micro brew tasting, library book sale, breakfast and lunch on grounds at park, sidewalk sales, free shuttle. Historic Bowman Park, Downtown at 714 Broadway. For more information call (608) 586-4184. June 10, Baraboo Circus Of Chefs....the Gala 2012 more than 30 exceptional chefs, vintners, and brewmasters from the finest restaurants in Madison, Baraboo, Prairie du Sac and the Wisconsin Dells. Taste signature culinary innovations, and sample a refreshing array of beverages. Sensational silent auction packages feature fine art, jewelry, the latest electronics, vacation packages, and rare photographic prints from Circus World's priceless collection of glass-plate negatives. The coveted Silver Tray Award will be presented to culinary experts in five categories followed by a sensational live auction. The evening features live jazz

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June 11 – 17, Reedsburg Butterfest Pageants, midway, carnival rides, tractor pulls, demolition derby, lion’s burgers, beer garden, concerts, fun run, parade. See Page 53 for calendar of events for Reedsburg area

June 12 – Aug 21, Friesland Friesland Band Concerts and Pie Social Every Tuesday evening at 7:45 PM, Friesland Shelter in Downtown Friesland. Cty Hwy EF, just north of Hwy 33 June 13 -17, Baraboo Circus Model Builders Convention & Show 9 AM - 6 PM June 16, Pardeeville MotoStatic 2012 Chandler Park 10 am to 7 pm Antique and classic vehicles and boats, brats, burgers, chicken sandwiches and homemade pies, LIVE music, pontoon lake tours, scavenger hunt for kids 12 and under, Lake Edge Golf challenge sponsored by the Pardeeville Lions Club and assisted by the Pardeeville Cruse In. For more Information: Dick 608697-0347, Robb 608-220-5906 or Gary 609-617-7719. Facebook@ Motostatic2012 Driver's Fee $10.00, Spectators- FREE June 16, Wisconsin Dells

Waterslide-athon Support The Ronald McDonald House® in Madison, Wisconsin is just a stone's throw from Wisconsin Dells. So again this summer, we will be supporting the House through the 6th Annual Wisconsin Dells Waterslide-athon - a perfect fit for "The Waterpark Capital of the World!®" June 16, Portage Flag Day Celebration 2012, Luncheon and Speaker Author Lee Somerville of Vintage Wisconsin Gardens will present, along with an outdoor catered lunch. June 16-17, Sauk Prairie Sauk City Civil War Reenactment Weekend Visit Sauk City with dad on Father's Day weekend for the Sauk City Civil War Reenactment Weekend. The Sauk City Historic Preservation Committee will sponsor the sixth annual Civil War Period weekend. Sauk City Historic Park, 626 Water Street, Sauk City.

June 17, Baraboo International Crane FoundationFather's Day Program June 19, Sauk Prairie Riverway Concerts in the Park: Larry Busch Band Musical entertainment in a multitude of styles performed by a 6-piece band. Food available for purchase by non-profits. New Location: Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Boulevard in Sauk City. June 21 - June 24, Tomah Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck & Tractor Pull 36th Annual NTPA Super National Truck & Tractor Pull. Includes pulling of semi’s, 4WD, 2WD, diesel trucks, unlimited tractors, modified tractors, super stock tractors, mini rods and super farm tractors. Commercial and vendor exhibits. Held at Tomah Recreation Park - home of the Monroe County Fair, 1625 Butts Avenue, Tomah

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June 23, Portage Cruzin Portage- Cruise Night Flash back to the days of car-hops and poodle skirts at the Drive-In... to the days when we went to the Drive-In restaurant to see the latest customs and street rods. A & W Drive-In Come join us in a nostalgic 15-mile ride through beautiful Columbia County. 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM June 23- 24, Baraboo Native American Artifact & Antique Show 28th annual event. Antique stone, copper artifacts, beadwork, textiles, baskets, jewelry, pottery, fossils, Civil War, antique guns, swords, knives, Pre-Columbian, antique decoys & ethnic art. Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 8:00am2:00pm. Sauk County Fairgrounds, 700 Washington Ave, Baraboo. Use 6th Street Entrance. Free admission, free parking and free trailer hook-ups available. For more information, contact John Welsch at 920-923-3842. June 23—24, Spring Green Arts & Crafts Fair Spring Green’s Jefferson Street will fill with more than 200 artists from all over the country to celebrate their 41st fair. The fair is free and open to the public from 9:00am-5:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00am-4:00pm on Sunday. Take a leisurely four-block stroll where you will find creative works to view, enjoy and purchase! Aside from the artwork, there are special exhibits, live entertainment, and children’s activities. June 24, Baraboo Devil’s Lake Music In The Park Take a drive out to Devil's Lake State Park and enjoy a free concert on the North Shore Beach. Pack a

picnic basket or enjoy food from the Concession Stands. Hike the bluffs or visit the nature center while you are there! 6:00 PM June 24, Portage 5th Annual Cruzin Portage Car & Truck Show Veterans Memorial Field June 26, Portage 2012 Speaker Series: Saving the Structures of Our Past The Importance and Impact of Historic Preservation Installment 1 (HIAH Restoration General Contractor & Preservation Architect Peter Rott)Portage and 19th Century Military Engagements 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Historic Indian Agency House June 30, Sauk Prairie Fire on the River 4th of July Display VFW Park at Dusk. 700 VFW Drive, Prairie du Sac. June 30, Portage Concert in the Park & Independence Day Celebration Miss America is coming to Portage during our Independence Day Celebration! She will be part of the parade that will take place in Historic Downtown at 4pm. The Concert in the Park follows beginning at 6:30pm in which the Chamber of Commerce brings the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra to play at Pauquette Park. That evening at dusk we will have a breathtaking display of fireworks set off over the Wisconsin River. Members of the UW Marching Band will perform in the parade and at the park. For specific details visit or call 608-742-6242. Celebrate with us in Portage! June 30 Cranberry Blossom Day 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM WWW.DISCOVERCRANBERRIES.COM July 3 - October 30, Sauk Prairie Farmers' Market A variety of local goods and produce for sale. Saturdays from May through October: 8:00am - 12:00pm in the green space across from the Blue Spoon Cafe, 565 Water Street, Prairie du Sac. Tuesdays from May through October: 4:00pm - 7:00pm in the Sauk City Historic Park, 626 Water Street, Sauk City.

July 4, Baraboo Independence Day Fireworks Held at the Baraboo High School. Free event begins at dusk. 800227-2266. July 4, Lone Rock Firemans Celebration Parade & Fireworks July 4, Witwen 4th of July Parade 10:30 am. July 4, Reedsburg Fireworks - Pineview Elementary, dusk. July 4, Reedsburg Freedom Fest July 4, Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin Dells 4th of July Celebrations Shopping, attractions, food, fun and oh yeah FIREWORKS! Wisconsin Dells is home to a flurry of Fourth of July celebrations. Several Wisconsin Dells resorts ignite their own fireworks display. Holiday details will be posted as they become available. Wisconsin Dells & Lake Delton. July 4, Merrimac Firemen's Fireworks At Dusk July 4, Friesland Fireworks At dusk July 4, Pardeeville 4th of July events July 4, Downtown Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin Dells 4th of July Celebrations. Do some dining and shopping downtown before you settle into your lawn chairs at the Wisconsin Dells Municipal Pool for fireworks on the 4th of July. The Municipal Pool is on Veterans Drive behind the post office. On site refreshments. over 1,300 Fireworks at dusk. July 4, Tomah 4th of July Parade parade begins at 10:00 am. Parade route starts at W. Benton Street, down Superior Avenue to W. Holton Street. McClean Avenue will be closed to parking and through traffic for the parade lineup. Parade-goers are encouraged to park on the Kilbourn side of Superior Avenue. July 6, New Lisbon WA DU SHUDA DAYS

Live Bands, Beer Garden, Pancake Breakfast, Kid games, Ducks over the dam Contest, Flea Market, Food, Bingo, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Car show, Parade, and Canoe Races. Log sawing contest and Fireworks at dusk on Saturday. Come and enjoy the festivities all weekend long! At Riverside Park July 7, Lodi 48th Annual Art in the Park July 7, Pardeeville Pardeeville Triathlon 2012 @ Chandler Park. Start time is 8:00 AM July 7, Portage Sand County Fine Arts Festival This juried exhibition is open to all artists that produce their own original artwork both amateur and professional. All mediums, styles, experimental and mixed techniques and creative schools of thought are welcome. This is a fine arts exhibit and all work displayed should be for sale. Market Square in Downtown Portage 9am -5pm For more information including artist's application please visit:www.mainstreetportage. org or or call 608- 745-5768

July 7, Portage Portage Rotary Club Craft Brew and Wine Festival 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Market Square during the Arts Festival. Sample 15 different varieties of Wisconsin craft brew and fine wine. Tickets are $25 to taste during the event or single glasses are available to purchase. Ticket price includes Rotary collectible glass. *Must be 21 to purchase ticket. Market Square (Corner of Hwy 33 and Adams St.) July 9-14, Baraboo Sauk County Fair Animals, carnival rides, demo derby, tractor pull, ATV races, Live music and more. Free Walk-in gate. Grandstand prices vary. Sauk County Fairgrounds, 700 Washington Avenue. July 12-15, Lodi 147th Lodi Agricultural Fair Music, raffles, food, softball, demolition derby, tractor/truck pull, exhibits, horse pull, Please See carnival rides. The Lodi Pg 32 Ag Fair offers something

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id-Continent Railway Historical Society, also known as, MidContinent Railway Museum is an

outdoor, living museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting the railroad legacy with operating trains, educational exhibits, and displays or restored stock. Mid-Continent has operated at North Freedom, Wisconsin since 1963. The Museum's mission is to collect, preserve and restore equipment that meets the Museum's focus. We also strive to operate a steam passenger train in an historically accurate environment of a turn-of-thecentury rural railroad. The Museum is committed to its educational programs, the history, equipment, skills, and

the human facets of the rail industry. We're proud to maintain a library and archival collections in the interest of promoting historical studies of the industry in public trust. We are a not-for-profit,

Hillsboro, Wisconsin, in 1962. But the rules of the rail line owner required the fledgling group to pull its coaches with gas power and leave the steamers for display only. In 1963 the society purchased 4.2 miles of track from the Chicago & North Western Railroad and moved its operations to North Freedom,

Recreating the 'Golden Age of Railroading' membership society. Founded in 1959 as the Railway Historical Society of Milwaukee, its sole purpose was to perpetuate the heritage of steam railroads through the operation and display of authentic railroad equipment. The first attempt to fulfill this mission took place in

Wisconsin. That year society members offered steam train rides under their new name, the Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society, Inc. We're proud to be in our 46th season of operation at North Freedom. Over the years, we have added to our collection of rolling


he engine was built for the Wisconsin Central as their #247. The Minneapolis St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie, commonly known as the "Soo Line" leased the Wisconsin Central in 1909, and the locomotive became Soo #2645. A Wisconsin engine for most of her career, she worked such locations as the Eau Claire branch, the Portage and Manitowoc lines, and served as a switcher at such locations as Neenah and North Fond du Lac.

stock, laid new track, and constructed shops and display sheds in an effort to create a reputable railroad museum. We've maintained a very narrow scope in our purpose to focus on those railroads that operated in the upper Midwest during what is popularly called the "Golden Age of Railroading." This has given the museum a unique look so that a visitor today feels like they have stepped back in time. It has also helped to keep the museum's limited resources committed to a manageable task. The membership roster averages nearly 700 people each year. A board of twelve directors governs museum operations. They in turn supervise a paid staff, who handle the day-today business of the museum. The next major step in securing Mid-Continent's position as a true railroad museum.

Soo Line #2645

4-6-0, Brooks Locomotive Works, constructed in 1900

After accumulating over one million miles in 55 years of service, the Soo Line retired and donated her to the City of Waukesha for static display. In 1988, #2645 was donated to Mid-Continent. Volunteers quickly sprung into action and prepared the locomotive for movement on her own wheels to the museum grounds, and she arrived on property in North Freedom in July of 1989. She received a cosmetic restoration and is now on display near the freight house, across from the depot.


he #49 was one of four 2-8-0's constructed in March 1929, by the American Locomotive Company's Schenectady Works, for fast freight service on the Kewaunee Green Bay & Western across central Wisconsin from Kewaunee to Winona. These time-freights transported auto frames and other parts for the Ford Motor Company from their Detroit area plants to a Ford auto assembly plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. KGB&W's line provided the middle link in the most direct route between Detroit and St. Paul, bypassing the congested Chicago area by crossing Lake Michigan on a car ferry. In the fall of 1981, after preparation by Mid-Continent volunteers, the engine was moved to North Freedom, and received a cosmetic restoration. #49 is the only surviving steam locomotive of the Green Bay Route, merged into Wisconsin Central in 1993.*

Kewaunee & Green Bay Western #49 2-8-0 American Locomotive Co. constructed in 1923

*Thank you to John Gruber for historical information.


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Devil’s Lake State Park is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin and situated along the Ice Age Trail and is visited by more than 1.2 million people per year! With spectacular views from 500 foot cliffs, miles of hiking trails, swimming areas including 2 large sandy beaches, hundreds of campsites, mountain bike trails, cross country ski trails, great climbs and so much more, it’s no wonder why Devil’s Lake is Wisconsin’s premiere natural vacation destination!









Park Hours: Devil’s Lake is open from 6 am to 11 pm daily. Visitor Center hours are from 8 am to 11 pm daily in the summer and 8 am to 4 pm in other seasons. For more information you can call the park directly at 608-356-8301 or visit

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The Merrimac Ferry, officially named “Colsac III”


It's all about the journey

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Wisconsin means dark waters in a Native American language. The dark water of the Wisconsin River and Lake Wisconsin comes from the very dark roots of the Tamarack trees which line its banks in the northern part of the state and bleed a natural dye into the river. Many varieties of fish thrive in these waters, making Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River a fisherman’s paradise.

The 9,500 acre lake has 57 miles of shoreline, and the lake and river have more than 18 miles of navigable waterway with a depth that varies to a maximum of 40 feet. Boaters love to dock at the many sand bars for a swim, picnic or even to camp overnight.

Tourists from all over the world come here to relax and enjoy this

beautiful area. Once a favorite hunting and fishing ground of the early tribes, it is now a popular tourist destination for camping and water sports, as well as more leisurely activities and family adventures. The Merrimac Ferry, named “Colsac” because it bridges Columbia and Sauk counties, is a highlight to experience and the only free ferry in the state. It crosses the Wisconsin River from Highway 113 in Merrimac south to the junction of Highways 188 and 113 just north of Lodi. Trip time is 10 minutes, and 15 cars (trailers too) can cross at one time. It runs 24 hours a day during the months the lake is not frozen. Top it off with a stop at a nearby restaurant or ice cream stand.



ighway 51 is the ribbon that ties the north and south, creating a link between the people of Highway 51, and a pathway for travelers to explore the many cultures, cuisines and nostalgia of mid-America. You’ll discover a wealth of little known facts, fun things to do and interesting sights to see. From the historic to the quirky, you’ll find plenty of ways to turn your drive into a journey.

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CIRCUS WORLD MUSEUM Circus families know that circus is a way of life… a life that demands dedication, constant attention to detail, physical conditioning, and respect for tradition. However, they also know that if they work hard, the result is magic. New to Circus World in Baraboo is the world-renowned Aristov family. Russian-born Igor and Ukrainian wife Tatiana dazzle in their high-energy juggling act. Their son George brings his astonishing contortion and hand-balancing act perched high atop five constantly moving cylinders; a phenomenal display of acrobatic skill and daring. The Aristov Family has appeared throughout the world; even with The Rolling Stones. Heidi Herriott, a third-generation American circus entertainer and animal trainer, brings her celebrated equestrian act to the center ring. Herriott shares the spotlight with daughter Cassidy, an aerialist who gracefully

performs high above the ring and stuns audiences with her slide for life in which she shoots across a metal wire suspended 50 feet above the Baraboo River, hanging only by her neck.

ling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. To top it off, Musical Director Larry Stout and the circus band add gusto with their toe-tapping musical accompaniment.

Ninth-generation circus performer David Rosaire and family present the world’s greatest dog act, featuring tiny Pekinese dogs, a Great Dane, a trouble making mutt and Vanna, the scenestealing baboon. The Rosaire family has appeared at the London Palladium, Cirque D’Hiver in Paris, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and in a Command Performance before the King and Queen of Sweden.

Also new to Circus World is the airconditioned Tristan Crist Magic Theatre featuring the illusionist’s greatest production to date: Theatre of Illusion. In the show, Tristan combines Las Vegas flash with magic on a grand scale, and delivers family-friendly, high-octane entertainment twice daily. Witness a volunteer experience acupuncture laid out on a bed of spikes, and watch as Tristan Crist melts through an eightfoot-tall, solid plate glass mirror.

Tommy Liebel traces his Hungarian circus roots back 300 years. This summer, Liebel’s talented teens appear with Tiny the African elephant, and also in a new balancing ladder act. Rounding out the big top circus are clowns Michelle Musser and Nathan Holguin who perfected their zany brand of slapstick traveling with Ring-

In 2012, Circus World invites everyone to discover the Magic of the Circus with 10 live shows, interactive kid’s programming, tours, concerts and demonstrations; rain or shine; everyday from May 19 thru September 3. Admission includes all shows, 8 historic Ringling buildings filled with new exhibits. You’ll also see the world’s

largest collection of antique circus wagons, including 3 newly acquired Cole Bros. wagons. With an on-site restaurant, animal rides, carousel rides, a petting menagerie, face painting, cotton candy, ice cream and 2 specialty gift shops; Circus World offers exceptional, affordable, clean, family entertainment for children of all ages. For more information, call toll-free 866-693-1500 or visit

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Just north of town, experience the International Crane Foundation, which works toward the worldwide conservation of cranes and the wetland and grassland communities on which they depend. Delight in the astonishing diversity of the world’s 15 crane species and enjoy a tour with an expert guide and learn of the challenges to this graceful bird population.

Baraboo boasts a historic downtown courthouse square surrounded by unique shops and restaurants which are a destination in themselves. Also downtown is the magnificently designed Al. Ringling Theatre. Built in 1915, you’ll enjoy being transported into the early pages of Baraboo’s rich cultural history. This treasure has been a fixture in downtown Baraboo for almost 100 years and has the reputation as the “prettiest playhouse in America.” The red carpeted hallways, intricate ceiling frescos, golden carved theatre boxes, and fine draperies are being painstakingly preserved as the result of ongoing restoration efforts, which will soon restore the full magic of this historical treasure. The Theatre continues to provide musical entertainment, feature films and other events for all to enjoy.

Come fall in love with the magnificent creatures at Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue, including lions, tigers and leopards. Situated in nearby Rock Springs, this unique experience includes the chance to feed a lion or tiger, while on your guided tour. You may also want to experience the legacy of Aldo Leopold, wellknown author of A Sand County Almanac. The Aldo Leopold Foundation operates the Leopold Center which includes the Leopold Shack and Farm and the adjoining 1,800acre Leopold Memorial Reserve dedicated to inspiring a respectful relationship between humans and the natural world. All of this, and more, make the Baraboo area a great place to live and play. It’s always a great day in Baraboo!

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Nestled between Madison and Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo is a wonderful day trip from anywhere in southern Wisconsin. Located along the Baraboo River, the city and a local service group created the Baraboo River Walk so people can enjoy the beauty of the river while walking, running or biking, all year long.

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Adding to the rich circus history, downtown Baraboo is now home to the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center, which is the repository of a vast collection of clown history collected from all over the world.

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he breathtaking natural beauty of the Baraboo Bluffs embraces you and guides you into the hidden jewel of the Baraboo area. The greater Baraboo area, rich in history, has much to offer!



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he Amish communities of Wisconsin are centered in three general areas: in the northeastern part of the state south and east of the city of Eau Claire; in the southeast region stretching from Whitewater down to Beloit; and in the south-central region, including our very own counties of Columbia, Green Lake, Marquette and Sauk.

Generally, all the Amish in south-central Wisconsin are Old Order Amish, with no tractors in the fields, few telephones except at an occasional shop or along a lonely lane, hook-andeye closures on clothing instead of buttons, and small one-room schoolhouses. One can find several Amish businesses, or businesses supporting Amish heritage, along many

routes in the area. Most of these roads are very old and follow the "lay of the land", and were constructed using routes in existence in the 1700's and 1800's. Once into the interior of Amish country, it is impossible to get anywhere quickly! Please slow

down and show courtesy to horse-drawn wagons and buggies – we want everyone to remain safe. Besides, scenery is always more enjoyable when viewed at a slower pace. You will wind along bluff tops, down alongside rushing creeks

and through uplands dotted with farms and country churches. The lodging and food choices here are fewer but perfectly fine; ranging from country inns to family motels to cabins. Enjoy a quiet drive through Amish country and discover a simpler time and an area rich in heritage.

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~Calendar of Events~ for everyone! July 13, Portage Historic Indian Agency House Hands-On History Children’s Workshop “Ho-Chunk Basket Weaving, Session 1” Fee required. Reservations encouraged. Call Director Destinee Udelhoven at 608-742-6362 with any questions. Historic Indian Agency House July 13-14, Portage American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Portage Relay For Life is a community event to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals to fight back against a disease that takes too much from too many. The Community is welcome to enjoy music, food, fun, entertainment and activities. Opening Ceremony-6 PM Luminaria Ceremony (candlelight vigil)-9 PM Closing Ceremony-9 AM July 14, Baraboo BAGPIPES AT THE GLEN, AN EVENING OF CELTIC MUSIC July 14, Sauk Prairie 12th Annual Free Take an Adult Fishing Tournament This fun event has a big-time tournament feel with a stage, official weigh-in, trophies, prizes, and more treats. Getting families together is what this event is all about! July 14, Portage Historic Indian Agency House Hands-On History Children’s Workshop “Ho-Chunk Basket Weaving, Session 2” Fee required. Reservations encouraged. Call Director Destinee Udelhoven at 608-742-6362 with any questions. Historic Indian Agency House July 14-15, Portage Garden Tractor Show Kiddie Pedal Pulls, Garden Tractor Pulls, Toy Show, Flea Market and more! Veterans Memorial Field Bret Esse: 608-697-3690 July 17, Sauk Prairie Riverway Concerts in the Park: Flip City Live Join us on the Riverway for Flip City Live, featuring oldies, rock, pop and classics - a little bit of everything. Food available for purchase by non-profits. New

Location: Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Truck pull, Fri - Lawn Mower Races, Phillips Boulevard in Sauk City. Sat - Demo Derby, Sun - Catch a Pig July 25 - 29 Monroe County Fair July 26, Portage Speaker Series- "A Call to Arms" Portage and 19th Century Military Engagements 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Historic Indian Agency House July 27-28, Lyndon Station Parkfest is Friday & Saturday July 28-29, Baraboo Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show July 18-22, Marquette County Marquette County Fair July 20-21, Sauk Prairie Harley Davidson MDA Freedom Ride 27th Annual Freedom Ride fundraiser for MDA. Family activities, food, entertainment and camping. Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson, 836 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City. 800-972-6895. July 21, Downtown Baraboo Old Fashioned Festival Annual event featuring old fashioned sales area wide and activities. Farmer’s market, car show/display, old fashioned prices at retail stores, legendary water fights, music, antique and collectible show, food and more. 8:00am-4:00pm. July 21, Reedsburg Classic Car, Truck, Tractor Show & Swap Meet – Nishan Park 8:00 am “Run from the Cops” - 5K Run /Walk – 8:00 am Airing of the Quilts – Quintessential Quilts - 10:00 am Reedsburg Alumni Banquet – Voyageur Inn – 5:00 pm See Page 53 for calendar of events for Reedsburg area July 21, Portage MDA Freedom Ride Comes To Portage Come see thousands of motorcycles roll into Historic Downtown Portage, while they raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 1pm July 25 – 29, Portage Columbia County Fair Wed - Motocross, Thur - Tractor

July 28, Baraboo Devil's Lake Big Band Dance Dance the night away with tunes from the Big Band Era! Join us in the Chateau on the north shore. 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

July 28, Downtown Baraboo Baraboo Circus Celebration Downtown Baraboo is partnering with Circus World, Baraboo Chamber of Commerce, International Clown Hall of Fame & Research Center, and the Summerset Festival of the Arts at the University of WisconsinBaraboo to present the very first BARABOO CIRCUS CELEBRATION! This event will fill the historic downtown square with circusthemed performances, historic circus wagons, activities for children of all ages, music, circus displays, walking tours, tasty summer foods, classic sidewalk sales, Farmers' Market, hug Antiques & Collectibles Sale-a-Palooza, the very popular water fights and much, much, more! July 28, Reedsburg Reedikulus Day Sidewalk Sales 8:00 AM

July 28, Sauk Prairie Polka on the Riverway Great bands, food and free family activities. Downtown Prairie du Sac. July 31, Portage 2012 Speaker Series Saving the Structures of Our Past: The Importance and Impact of Historic Preservation Installment 2 (Chief Architect of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Mike Jackson) Indian Agency House Aug 1, Sparta Sparta Area Chamber Golf Outing. The Event Is At River Run Golf Course. Registration At 10:00 Am With A Shotgun Start At 11:00; Reception, Dinner And Awards To Follow. Contact: Willie Hoffman (608) 269-4123 Aug 2, Fort McCoy Army Concert Tour - Featuring Toby Keith Special Guests are Gretchen Wilson and JT Hodges Aug 4, New Lisbon 13th ANNUAL WATERFEST VENETIAN LIGHTS BOAT PARADE Got a boat? Decorate it and enter! Have the chance to win one of several cash prizes, which includes a >>>Best of Fleet<<< $500 cash prize!!! The parade starts out from the bay at Dirty Turtle and will travel south along the Juneau County shoreline at sunset. A firework display will be set off at Castle Rock County Park to herald the end of the splendid evening voyage. If you just plan on being a spectator, be sure to come early and get a front row seat at the Castle Rock County Park. The businesses on the lake will be offering Waterfest specials and live music that evening. Activities at Castle Rock County Park throughout the afternoon and a fun-filled evening! Location: On Beautiful Castle Rock Lake. Parade begins at the Dirty Turtle, Osprey Drive, New Lisbon Aug 4 & 5, Merrimac Merrimac Community Festival Car show, arts and crafts, food and beer tent, live music, kickball tournament, Please See boat show, Pg 38 Taste of Lake Wisconsin!

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ummerset Theatre began as a summer company that performed outdoors on the beautiful campus of University of Wisconsin-Baraboo Sauk County. This relatively new company began performing family-friendly plays on the hillside overlooking the Baraboo bluffs in 2005. Summerset Theatre brought together on one stage a cast that was 1/3 professionals, 1/3 student actors, and 1/3 community actors. This mixture creates a wonderful exchange of ideas and talents as well as a great show. Summerset Theatre has since grown into UW-Baraboo's Summerset Festival of the Arts, an annual multi-disciplinary arts celebration that engages participants in a variety of arts experiences. The organization includes an Artistic Director, a Managing Director, a Marketing and Development Committee and Planning

Committees organized around eight arts areas: music, theatre, literary arts, visual arts, dance, film, culinary arts and youth arts. Members on these committees include UW-BSC faculty and staff, local artists, local citizens with marketing expertise, and arts advocates in our community. Summer 2012 will be the Festival's second year. In its debut year, Summerset partnered with the Baraboo Public Library, the Al. Ringling Theatre's Stage III Children's Theatre, RAVE Theatre, the Baraboo Theatre Guild, the Purple Cow Poets, the UW-BSC Campus and Community Band, and a number of individual local artists, performers and scholars in the arts and humanities. Plans for this year's second annual festival include collaborations with the Sauk County Arts Association to work with students to transform the UW-BSC

campus into a space of art; the Baraboo Farmer's Market where contestants in a creative culinary competition will grab their fresh ingredients; the Alzheimer's Foundation and the local Purple Cow Poets to present a reprise of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project; Chicago based filmmaker and Baraboo native John Mossman who worked with UW-BSC students on a shoot in Southeastern Wisconsin for his latest film; and many local authors, artists and arts and humanities experts. Workshops will be offered in songwriting, multimedia art, playwriting, creative writing, book repurposing, flute playing, stage combat, and Latin dance, among others.





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WOLLERSHEIM WINERY As transcendent as the ancient driftless area landscape itself is the history encoded in its formations. Hundreds of effigy mound earthworks, still alive to the touch, stand today as spiritual gifts and messages from those who occupied this land in the deep past. The more recent settlements on the Byway route from Lodi to Prairie du Chien have tried to complement rather than conflict with the pristine qualities of driftless Nature. Each has its own enticing history and contemporary flavor. They offer a rich range of camping, lodging, dining, outdoor and indoor recreation, archeological pursuits, and other learning options. They welcome both the seriously energetic and those who seek serious relaxation. They invite families to experience together this special place, the magic of which has inspired a local goal: No child left inside.



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HISTORIC INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE New 1.2 mile Nature Trail opens this May at Historic Indian Agency House. Site open Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm; Sat & Sun 11am to 4pm.

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~Calendar of Events~

Aug 4 - Oct 30, Sauk Prairie Farmers' Market A variety of local goods and produce for sale. Saturdays from May through October: 8:00am - 12:00pm in the green space across from the Blue Spoon Cafe, 565 Water Street, Prairie du Sac. Tuesdays from May through October: 4:00pm - 7:00pm in the Sauk City Historic Park, 626 Water Street, Sauk City. Aug 4, Portage Antique Appraisal Fair, Super Sidewalk Sales & Flea Market Appraisal Fair at Commerce Plaza. Sidewalk Sales throughout downtown. Flea Market at Commerce Plaza from 7am-3pm. Aug Tba, Arlington Arlington Firemen’s Fest The Arlington Fire Department Festival with truck & tractor pulls, softball and volleyball tournaments

Aug 11, Baraboo Cranes Of The World Festival

Aug 17, Portage Kids Aquathon Silver Lake Beach Call Myrna 742-4888

Aug 11, Portage Kiwanis Bike to Read - Bike Ride Fundraiser join the Portage Kiwanis Club on August 11, 2012 in their Metric Century "Ride to Read" fundraiser pedaling through scenic Amish country with 4 routes available. The proceeds of this fundraiser will be used to purchase books for KIDS. Pre-Registration $20. After Aug. 4, 2012 and the day of the ride $25. Includes refreshment stops in route, detailed route map, complimentary gift and SAG wagon if needed. Routes on low traffic roads through Columbia, Marquette and Green Lake Counties. Four route options of 15, 30, 45 and 62 miles (metric century) travel through scenic and historic Amish countryside. Start location at Beautiful Riverside Park – 300 East Wisconsin St. Portage.

Aug 17-19, Baraboo National Massey Expo of North America at 49th Annual Show Badger Steam & Gas Engine Show Come and enjoy one of the best antique tractor, steam and gas engine shows in the country.

Aug 11, Portage Hands-On History Children’s Workshop “They Lived in WHAT?!" Pioneer Housing Workshop. Reservations and participation fee required. Indian Agency House

Aug 7, Sauk Prairie Riverway Concerts in the Park: Ladies Must Swing Join us on the Riverway for Ladies Must Swing, an all-female 18-piece band. Food available for purchase by non-profits. New Location: Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Boulevard in Sauk City. Aug 10-12, Harmony Grove 41st Annual Brat & Beer Fest Aug 11, Downtown Baraboo 47th Annual Summer Art Classic One of the premiere small fine art festivals in Wisconsin attracting artists from throughout the midwest. Juried artists in fine sculpture, glass, jewelry, painting photography, ceramics, fiber art and more. Held on lawn of Sauk County Courthouse. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Aug 11, Lodi Susie the Duck Day Rotary Parade – Lodi Library Run/Walk Aug 12, Baraboo Durward’s Glen Heaven’s Above! Astronomy And Night Walk Evening 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Aug 15 - 19, Mauston JUNEAU COUNTY FAIR

Aug 17 & 18, Sauk Prairie FFA Alumni Fall Pull Featuring Badger State Pullers 7:00pm start both nights. FFA Alumni Park located at the intersection of Tower Street and 13th Street in Prairie du Sac. Aug 18, Spring Green Spring Green Car Show A huge showcase for prized automobiles. Classic Cars, Hot Rods, unique show cars and trucks – all types and models fill the streets. Fun for the whole family as kids are welcome to vote for their favorite! Aug 18, Portage Silver Lake TriathlonKid's Aquathon on Friday night Adult Triathlon on Saturday Silver Lake Beach Call Myrna at 608-742-4888 Aug 18, Portage Zona Gale Celebrates Friendship Village Self guided tours Contact Jeff Grothman: 608-742-2228 (daytime) 608-742-2946(evening) Aug 21, Sauk Prairie Riverway Concerts in the Park: Sauk Prairie High School Band and Sauk Prairie Youth Choir Join us on the Riverway for the Sauk Prairie High School Band and Sauk Prairie Youth Choir, featuring all the wonderful local youth talent. Food available for purchase by non-profits. New Location: Meyer Oak Grove Park, 780 Phillips Boulevard in Sauk City. Aug 24-25, Portage Taste of Portage Market Fair Come enjoy 2 days of family fun at this event, now celebrating 20 years Food Court, Cruise night, car show, art and craft show, fun for the kids, live music Aug 24-26, Hustler Hustlerfest

Aug 28, Portage 2012 Speaker Series Saving the Structures of Our Past: The Importance and Impact of Historic Preservation Installment 3 - Mark Buechel, Wisconsin Historical Society Senior Preservation Architect. Indian Agency House Aug 31 - Sept 1, Sauk Prairie Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw Two entertainment stages, beer tent, arts & crafts fair, parade. All events take place at Marion Park. Aug 31, Pardeeville Pardeeville Car & Truck Show Concert Enjoy the music of Late 4 Dinner on Friday night before the Annual Car and Truck Show starts on Saturday. Sponsored in part by the Columbia County Visitor’s Bureau Sept 1, Pardeeville Annual Car Show Chandler Park 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Registration ends at Noon. Sept 1, Mauston 10th Annual Juneau County FlyIn/Drive Planes, planes and more planes! Something for everybody! Breakfast 6:30 - 10:30 a.m. Lunch 10:30 - 2:00 P.M. Served by the Mauston Lions. Antique Car Display, Flea/Fly Market, Arts & Crafts, Helicopter Rides, Castle Rock Fun Flyers Remote Control Planes. Mauston-New Lisbon Union Airport on Highway 12 & 16 to Ferdon Road Sept 1, Lyndon Station Friends & Family Cancer Foundation Fundraiser Sept 1, Reedsburg Harry Potter Adventure Quidditch Adventure Cup & Sorcerer's Quest Family Fun, Games, Crafts, Contests for Great Prizes! Pre-Registration required Registration forms and more information available at or by calling 608-356-7995 Sept 3, Randolph Randolph Korn Karnival Food, Parade, Rides, Games, Free Corn

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By Andrew Nussbaum


isconsin is home to many beautiful routes to travel in the country. The purpose of the Rustic Road program is to identify and preserve in a natural and essentially undisturbed condition certain designated roads having unusual or outstanding natural beauty, by virtue of native vegetation along with natural or man-made features associated with the road. Many of you may remember that the Department of Transportation at one time published a Rustic Roads directory, and several folks may even still have their copy. A few words of advice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; keep your copy. They are now out of print, and WisDOT no longer sends out copies upon request. However, all the routes, with maps and descriptions, are available at: htm Columbia County, Vernon County, Marquette County, Sauk County, and Adams County are home to a few of these scenic and historic drives, and are just off the main roads you already take to visit many of the businesses in this magazine.

Please See Pgs 40, 42

Rustic Road 55

Rustic Road 56

Location: Vernon County. Tunnelville Road, beginning at its junction with WIS 131 to the intersection of Tunnelville Road and County SS.

Location: Vernon County. Portions of Dutch Hollow Road, Sand Hill Road, Hoff Valley Road, and Lower Ridge Road. R56 begins at the intersection of Dutch Hollow Road and WIS 131, extending to the intersection of Lower Ridge Road and WIS 131.

Length: 2.8 miles Surface: Paved and gravel portions In the spring, Tunnelville Road traverses fields of trilliums, while summer lines the steep road edges with ferns and wildflowers. The fall foliage is always colorful and in winter the traveler will appreciate the views of the hillsides coated with snow and the wealth of trees along the road.

Length: 8.6 miles Surface: Paved This route offers many scenic views including Wildcat Mountain State Park, Amish farms, log cabins, a round barn, and examples of contour farming.


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Rustic Road 110

Rustic Road 50

Location: Columbia County. Portions of Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, Van Ness and Chrislaw roads between WIS 60 and WIS 113.

Location: Adams County. Cottonville Avenue (Old State Road), from Eighth Drive east to Fourth Avenue.

Length: 5.9 miles

Length: 4.6 miles

Surface: Paved R110 meanders through prime agricultural land interspersed with ponds and small lakes, marshland and rolling hills covered in trees. Wildlife abounds through the route. Outstanding fall foliage make R110 a very good tour route.

Rustic Road 14 Location: Adams County. Ember Drive between County A Highway and County Highway B. Length: 2 miles Surface: Gravel This thickly forested area supports a multitude of wildlife and wildflowers. The road winds through a cleft on top of a bluff. A natural spring runs from the top of the bluff down the side of the road to the east.

Surface: Unpaved Locals call this road the State Road because it was laid out by the state, probably in the 1800â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Vistas along this road include native lowland and upland trees, shrubbery and marshes. Wild birds, deer, and grouse abound.

Rustic Road 21 Location: Sauk County. Just off County PF, follow portions of Schara Road, Ruff Road and Orchard Drive, and Slotty Road. Length: 8.6 miles Surface: Gravel Ruff Road, Orchard Drive, and Slotty Road are narrow, gravel roads. They wind through rolling, rugged terrain, near Natural Bridge State Park where the Raddatz rock shelter is located, the oldest documented site of primitive man in the upper-midwest. Schara Road extends along a ridge bordered by oaks, maples, basswoods and hickories. Remains of an old barn and home foundation are visible from the road. A walk during the spring and summer reveals many wildflowers along the roadside and in the open fields. Note: Slotty Road was added in 1996.


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2012 SCHEDULE Concerts start at 6:30 pm in Riverside Park 06/06 06/06 06/13 06/20 06/27

Portage High School Jazz Band Portage Middle School Band Madison Malone American Family Choir KG and the Ranger


07/11 07/18 07/25 08/01 08/31

Prairie Smoke Blue Grass Band 08/08 Big and Little Round the Bend 08/15 The Flannels Main Street Wisdom 08/22 Marcy & the Highlights Late 4 Dinner 08/29 Michelle DuVall/Get Down Mr. Cat! Late 4 Dinner @ Chandler Park in Pardeeville at 7:00 pm

Annette Currie Cuff’s Canine Care/ Bob & Kathy Cuff Johnson Chiropractic Pride of America

Camping Resort Bidwell Foundation BMO Harris Bank Indian Trails Campground Portage Soundworks

Sean and Peggy Malone Portage Tourism Promotion Forever Your’s Jewelry Pflanz, Mantey, Mendrala Funeral Home

In case of rain, concerts move to the Portage High School Commons Area. For more information, please visit our website @ Follow us on Facebook, Columbia County Wisconsin Visitor’s Bureau, or call Carmen Griffith, Series Coordinator, at 608-742-6161


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Rustic Road 49 Location: Sauk and Columbia Counties. Levee Road, beginning at the intersection with County T east to the intersection with WIS 33. Length: 9.8 miles Surface: Paved Levee Road travels through the Aldo Leopold reserve along the Wisconsin River, giving motorists, bikers and hikers an opportunity to view prairie grasses, wildlife, trees and marsh in their natural setting.

Rustic Road 104 Location: Marquette and Columbia Counties. 14th Road and Barry Avenue between County O and County CM. Length: 2.8 miles Surface: Paved This road passes over hills and valleys closely bordered by mixed hardwood forests and large cottonwood trees. Picturesque, century-old farms can be seen from several locations. The French Creek Wildlife Area and John Muir State Natural Area are nearby. There are remnant prairie patches and abundant wildlife along R-104.

Rustic Road 69 Location: Columbia County. Old Agency House Road, from East Albert Street to the north end near the Old Indian Agency House. Length: .75 miles Surface: Paved R69 travels along the historic Portage Canal. On one side of the road are wetlands which serve as a habitat for sandhill cranes, blue heron, and many other birds. The road leads to the historic Indian Agency House. Built in 1832, the house is open to the public. The northeast end of the road connects with the Marquette Trail. One can also view the remnants of the Old Fort Winnebago Locks. This canal joined the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, making travel by water possible for the first time from Green Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.

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102 Things To Do In Wisconsin 2012  

This unique vacation guide includes areas of south-central Wisconsin. Bike trails, motorcycle rides, scenic byways, rustic roads, and Amish...

102 Things To Do In Wisconsin 2012  

This unique vacation guide includes areas of south-central Wisconsin. Bike trails, motorcycle rides, scenic byways, rustic roads, and Amish...