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AREA ATTRACTIONS weathering and quarrying during the last century, have exposed virgin rock which faces the gorge. Ableman’s Gorge is owned by the DNR and the University of Wisconsin and was designated a State Natural Area in 1969.

AL. RINGLING MANSION 623 Broadway, Baraboo 608-448-7455 ringlingmansion.com

400 STATE TRAIL 240 Railroad Street, Reedsburg 800-844-3507 reedsburg.org A 22-mile former railroad bed is now a bike, horse and snowmobile trail from Reedsburg to Elroy. The trail connects to the prestigious Elroy-Sparta trail. Bike rentals available. State trail pass is required, and available for purchase on site. Railroad depot trail head is a State of Wisconsin Historic site.

ABLEMAN’S GORGE Located on Hwy 136, just west of Rock Springs The gorge was formed when the Baraboo River carved a path through Baraboo quartzite, Cambrian sandstone, and conglomerate. Shear cliffs rise about 200 feet above the river, and extend for three-quarters of a mile. “The site tells a fascinating geological story of changing conditions in an ancient sea that first rose quietly against a cliff of quartzite and then, as layers of sediments gradually decreased the relief between sea floor and land, surged against the top of the cliff, wearing away quartzite and depositing a layer of cobbles and boulders across its upturned edge,” notes a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources description. Thousands of years of

This spectacular red stone mansion was built in 1905 as the home of legendary circus showman, Al. Ringling. Al. was the eldest of the five famous Ringling brothers. The Ringling Bros. Circus was at its peak when the mansion was built. The Al. Ringling Mansion is currently undergoing extensive restoration to bring it back to its former opulence and will soon feature five guest rooms. It is currently open for guided tours. Guests will see original furnishings, amazing hand-carved woodwork, leaded glass, ornate murals and hand-decorated ceilings.

AL. RINGLING THEATRE 136 4th Avenue, Baraboo 608-356-8864 alringling.org America’s Prettiest Playhouse! The American Theatre Historical Society says it was “the envy of Broadway.” Newly restored!

his book A Sand County Almanac (1949), in which he sets forth his most enduring idea, a concept he termed the “land ethic”—a moral basis for how people relate to the natural world.

AMERICAN PLAYERS THEATRE 5950 Golf Course Road Spring Green 608-588-2361 americanplayers.org A professional, classic theatre located just outside Spring Green. Situated on 110 acres of hilly woods and meadows, APT boasts two theatre spaces, an 1148seat outdoor amphitheater and the 200-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre. From June through November, APT produces eight plays in rotating repertory – five Up the Hill and three in the Touchstone Theatre. Central to APT’s mission is a commitment to making these great works accessible to as wide and varied an audience as possible as well as educating younger generations in the joys of these classic plays. With annual attendance of over 100,000 and an annual budget in excess of $4 million, APT ranks as the country’s second largest outdoor theatre devoted to the classics.

ALDO LEOPOLD LEGACY CENTER E13701 Levee Road, Baraboo 608-355-0279 aldoleopold.org An educational facility with a mission to inspire an ethical relationship between people and land through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Leopold is best known for

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Elroy to Baraboo canoeing, kayaking and rafting. Bring your own or rent in Reedsburg or Wonewoc, April thru October. River maps available at the UW Extension Office or the Chambers of Commerce.

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CAL CENTER THEATRE 1100 S. Albert Avenue, Reedsburg 608-768-8928 ext. 1190 calcenterpresents.org The Communication, Arts and Learning (CAL) Center, located adjacent to the Reedsburg Area High School, is a 600 seat, stateof-the-art performing arts theatre. Events at the CAL Center range from local programs to regional, national and international professional acts.

CARR VALLEY CHEESE S3797 County Rd. G, LaValle 608-986-2781 carrvalleycheese.com Owned and operated by the Cook family, Carr Valley Cheese Company is over one-hundred years old. Nestled amongst the rolling hills and lush pastures of central Wisconsin, it remains one of Wisconsin’s traditional cheese plants, famous for making cheese the old-fashioned way. Great cheese is made early; visit the factory before 10:30 a.m. for the best viewing.


CIRCUS WORLD 550 Water St., Baraboo 866-693-1500 circusworldbaraboo.org Feel the rhythm, excitement and grace of high-stepping horses, high flying stars, elephants, clowns, dogs, jugglers and daredevil cyclists. Located in Baraboo at the National Landmark Site where the Ringling Bros. Circus began. A full day of live shows, tours, restored circus wagons, rides, musical concerts, and colorful new exhibits.

DEVIL’S HEAD RESORT S6330 Bluff Rd., Merrimac 608-493-2251 devilsheadresort.com Sitting on top of one of the highest bluffs in Wisconsin, Devil’s Head attracts skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels because of its 500 vertical feet of excitement. The resort also offers full restaurant choices, indoor and outdoor pools and golf in the summer.

With over 15,000 lavender plants, Devil’s Lake Lavender is one of the largest boutique lavender farms in the state. The farm is open seasonally, while Devil’s Lake Lavender Farm Store & Bistro (located downtown Baraboo) is open year-round at 106 4th Avenue. Specialties include weddings, special events catering, lavender crafts and gifts, locally sourced food and craft cocktails, and lavender body and home products.

DEVIL’S LAKE STATE PARK S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo 608-356-8301 dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ devilslake Devil’s Lake is the third oldest state park in Wisconsin, the largest and the most visited. Offering magnificent views from 500’ quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails, or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil’s Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

E5904 Mill Road, Plain (608) 546-5284 www.cedargrovecheese.com Cedar Grove Cheese is an awardwinning cheese manufacturer with recognition across the country. They make the best specialty organic, artisan and traditional cheese you’ve ever tasted with milk from over 35 Wisconsin cow, sheep, and goat farmers. Please contact the area business before your visit, due to Covid-19 many attractions may be closed or have reduced their hours of operation. 2021 VISIT SAUK COUNTY


AREA ATTRACTIONS DRIFTLESS GLEN DISTILLERY 300 Water St., Baraboo 608-356-4536 driftlessglen.com The Driftless Area region provides the grains, water and temperature variations that give spirits produced here their distinct “terroir” and make the barrels unique in all the world. Tours go through every inch of the production area, from grains and mash, to the fermentation tanks and process stills…all ending with a leisurely tasting of spirits. Also featured is an array of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The full service restaurant highlights many local and fresh ingredients.

can sleep 4. Open year round. Call for more information or check out our website. Events and mass schedules listed online and on Facebook.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S TALIESIN 5607 County Highway C, Spring Green • 608-588-7900 taliesinpreservation.org The Taliesin estate including Hillside School and other buildings. Open May - October for guided tours. Weekend tours available in April & November. Admission fee.



S3214 County Rd. BD, Baraboo 800-746-2486 ho-chunkgaming.com

www.greatsaukstatetrail.org The Great Sauk State Trail parallels the Wisconsin River through the communities of Prairie du Sac and Sauk City, extending through the heart of the Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area. Built on a former rail corridor, this 13.1 mile trail is paved with asphalt.

H.H. BENNETT STUDIO & HISTORY CENTER 215 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells 608-253-3523 hhbennettstudio.wisconsinhistory.org/

DURWARD’S GLEN RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER W11876 McLeisch Road, Baraboo 608-356-8113 durwardsglen.org Nestled in the Baraboo Bluffs. The Durward family came here from Scotland in 1862 as a family of artists and poets. Today, the 40 acre nonprofit property has beautiful walking trails, bubbling brooks, shrines, two chapels and picnic grounds. Retreat center is available to rent with halls, kitchens and can sleep 44. The Artists Cottage, built by artist Charles Durward in 1867, has a full kitchen and

Make history in over 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits. See the Dells of the past in stunning 3-D. Visit the only preserved 19th century photography studio in existence. A State of Wisconsin Historic Site.

Enjoy bingo, slots, blackjack, craps, roulette, various table games, video & live poker and off-track betting as well as exciting promotions for cash, vehicles and trips. The conference center offers many options for meetings, conferences, weddings or other special events. The hotel consists of over 300 first class deluxe guest rooms and luxury suites and there are five great restaurants on site with a wide variety of venues from an extensive buffet to exquisite fine dining.

HOUSE ON THE ROCK 5754 State Road 23, Spring Green thehouseontherock.com It is a place of mystery and intrigue - a place where one person’s imagination and dreams have become reality. Located near Spring Green, the House on the Rock is a unique place featuring architecturally distinct rooms, filled with incredible collections that you must see to believe.

INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION E11376 Shady Lane Rd., Baraboo 608-356-9462 savingcranes.org World headquarters located just outside of Baraboo.

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AREA ATTRACTIONS LAKE WISCONSIN CRUISES E13105 State Rd. 78, Merrimac (608) 577-7763 www.lakewisconsincruises.com The MoonShine is a 51′ Bluewater Coastal Cockpit yacht. It is equipped with twin 454 motors, a brand new sound system and your own captain and crew to entertain you and your guests. They offer sightseeing, daytime, and sunset cruises on board the MoonShine.

MERRIMAC FERRY 608-246-3806 www.travelwisconsin.com/tours/ merrimac-ferry-201036 A free car ferry crosses the Wisconsin River at Highway 113. The ferry operates from mid-April to November. Popularity of the 7-minute trip can result in delays (24-hours daily, weather permitting).

MID-CONTINENT RAILWAY MUSEUM E8948 Diamond Hill Rd. North Freedom 800-930-1385 midcontinent.org An outdoor, living museum and operating railroad recreating the small town/short line way of life during the “Golden Age of Railroading,”

spanning the years 1880-1916, with operating trains, educational exhibits, and displays. Take a 7-mile, 55 minute round-trip ride through a rustic rural setting in restored 1915 steel coaches.

MIRROR LAKE STATE PARK E10320 Fern Dell Road, Baraboo 608-254-2333 http://mirrorlakewisconsin.com/ Sandstone bluffs border a quiet lake. Hiking, picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, boating (rentals available) & cross-country skiing. Guided hikes and nature programs. Frank Lloyd Wright designed Seth Peterson Cottage located in park (tours and overnight rental available). Admission fee.

NATURAL BRIDGE STATE PARK Sauk City/North Freedom 608-356-8301 https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/ naturalbridge The highlight of this 560 acre park is a large sandstone arch. A rock shelter on the site is believed to have been inhabited by humans over 11,000 years ago. Open Spring - Fall. Wisconsin State Park Pass required.

NORMAN ROCKWELL EXHIBIT 200 Viking Drive, Reedsburg 608-524-6431 Delight in every piece of this large art collection, showcasing the joys, sorrows and laughter found in ordinary life in America! This display can be publicly viewed at the Voyageur Inn and Conference Center in Reedsburg.

OCHSNER PARK & ZOO 903 Park St., Baraboo 608-355-2760 cityofbaraboo.com/ parksandrecreation

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This quaint zoo is located in the heart of Baraboo and is host to over 15 species of animals. One of the few free

zoos in Wisconsin, it is a great place to take a time out. Ochsner Park and Zoo is open year round and offers ample parking, picnic areas, playground and special events throughout the year.

REEDSBURG AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PIONEER LOG VILLAGE E7882 Hwy. 33, Reedsburg 608-524-2850 www.rahspv.com This seasonal stop (Memorial Day – late September) will take you back to a time when there were no phones, bathrooms, running water or electricity. This collection of log buildings from the area is nestled in the pines just 3 miles east of Reedsburg on Hwy. 33. The village features fully furnished log homes, a church, school, general store, post office, blacksmith shop, library and three museum buildings. The village is only open Saturday afternoons or by appointment, but it is well worth fitting into your vacationing schedule.

THE RIVER ARTS CENTER 105 9th Street, Prairie du Sac 608-643-5636 riverartscenter.org Established in 2000 as a comprehensive cultural center with a 500 seat proscenium theatre, gallery and meeting space. Available to host business and social events.

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AREA ATTRACTIONS RIVER ARTS ON WATER GALLERY 590 Water Street, Prairie du Sac 608-643-5215 riverartsinc.org The River Arts on Water Gallery is a gallery and event space dedicated to the cultural and ecological vitality of the Sauk Prairie community. It features local and regional artists from all mediums. It is also the administrative office for River Arts, Inc. and a ticket outlet for River Arts, Inc. events. The gallery hosts monthly house concerts, as well as gallery talks, classes and workshops. It is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am5pm, and Sunday 11 am-3 pm.

TRIPP HERITAGE MUSEUM 565 Water Street, Prairie du Sac saukprairiehistory.org The museum contains a substantial archive of photographs, historical information, rotating exhibits and one of the state’s largest collections of mounted birds. The museum is open Tuesdays 9 am-Noon; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm; and during special weekend and evening events.

variety of tours and learning experiences for all ages. Some tours require advance reservations.



N115 County Rd. N, Wisconsin Dells 608-254-6367 randgn.com The R&GN is a 15-inch gauge living railroad museum offering fun for young and old. Ride the live steam trains along a 3 mile roadbed winding through scenic canyons, beautiful wooded areas, and majestic rock cuts beside the Dells of the Wisconsin River.

SAUK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 531 4th Ave., Baraboo 608-356-1001 saukcountyhistory.org Located in the carefully preserved Van Orden mansion. Thousands of artifacts relating to the pioneer, Native American, military, textile, and architectural history of Sauk County are displayed on two floors of the mansion. In addition to the museum, the SCHS has a new research facility, the History Center, which supports a research library with an extensive collection of pictures, documents, genealogical resources, newspapers and memorabilia relating to Sauk County and its inhabitants.

VINTAGE BREWING CO. 600 Water Street, Sauk City (608) 370-8200 vintagebrewingcompany.com Vintage Brewing Co. Sauk Prairie is a family owned establishment boasting a restaurant specializing in elevated Americana cuisine, a brewery that produces some of Wisconsin’s highest acclaimed craft beer, a full bar with occasional live music, a beer garden on the river, and majestic wedding and banquet facilities. Drink, dine, and celebrate surrounded in picturesque views of the beautiful Wisconsin River in Sauk City.

7876 Hwy. 188, Prairie du Sac 608-643-6515 or 800-VIP-WINE (800-847-9463) wollersheim.com Nestled on the bluffs above the Wisconsin River, historic Wollersheim Winery & Distillery is known for its picturesque hillside vineyards and underground aging cellars. The winery makes traditional barrel-aged reds, innovative white wines, delicious red and white port wines and Wisconsin grown Coquard Brandy, as well as, Rye Whiskey, Gin and Absinthe. Guided tours and wine tastings available daily year-round 10 am-5 pm. Outdoor wine garden available spring through fall.

WISCONSIN BIG CAT RESCUE 305 Pine St., Rock Springs 608-524-5466 wisconsinbigcats.org Providing a safe place and a comfortable home for abused, neglected, and unwanted big cats. Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue is home to 26 big cats including lions, tigers and leopards. Offering a

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7 Scenic Natural Wonders of Sauk County BY AMY BAYER travelwisconsin.com

There are 24 designated public State Natural Areas in Sauk County. Each is a unique destination with an overabundance of natural wonders. Some are off the beaten path, while others are located a stone’s throw from one of our State Parks or Riverways. From rare plants and wildlife to stunning rock formations and sandstone cliffs, Sauk County is a treasure trove of beauty. You’ll want to add these destinations to your next visit to the area; or better yet, make a special trip to Sauk County and visit all 24, starting with these seven scenic wonders!

1. Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area Adjacent to Devil’s Lake State Park, Parfrey’s Glen can be directly accessed from the state park by only a 4.5-mile section of The Ice Age Scenic National Trail. Otherwise it’s easily accessible by car southeast of Devil’s Lake. Parfrey’s Glen, Wisconsin’s first State Natural Area, is a spectacular gorge cut deeply through sandstone in the Baraboo Hills. A short path directs visitors from the parking lot to the gorge where large boulders and the glen walls are covered in moss, creating a soothing cool temperature on even the hottest summer days. This natural gem allows visitors to walk through the gorge to a small waterfall, located less than one mile from the parking lot. Tread carefully, because the mossy stones can be tricky to maneuver, but the views are spectacular.

2. Ableman’s Gorge State Natural Area Ableman’s Gorge is a rocky valley cut by the Baraboo River located in the village of Rock Springs, just 15 minutes west of Baraboo. The cliffs and rocky slopes rise approximately 200 feet above the river to form a wall nearly three-fourths of a mile long. Here you can see the geologically renowned “Van Hise Rock” which is named after Professor Charles Van Hise. The professor used this area

to demonstrate fundamental principles of geology and the area is marked with a plaque. There are two separate pull-over parking areas along the Baraboo River side of the gorge. The southernmost parking area has a locally famous artesian well where water is readily available. There is a 1-mile paved gravel trail connecting the two parking areas along the foot of the cliffs through an old quarry. Along the trail, you’ll see diverse rock formations, lush forest, remnants of the old quarry and an amazingly large, old cottonwood tree.

3. Baxter’s Hollow State Natural Area Baxter’s Hollow is the Nature Conservancy’s largest preserve in Wisconsin and one of the more primitive natural areas in the state consisting of one marginally maintained trail that is often muddy. It’s because of this limited access that despite years of human habitation, the area still seems wild and untouched and is remarkable for the large area of deep forest and the mountain-like creek it protects. Baxter’s Hollow features a scenic gorge cut through quartzite by Otter Creek, a fast, clear, nearly undisturbed stream flowing over large boulders. This untouched area has allowed a wide diversity of species to flourish and is your best opportunity to bypass crowds while exploring some of the quiet natural wonders.

Rock and Potholes trails offer difficult, but rewarding, hikes on steep stone paths for anyone up for the challenge. This natural area offers incredible opportunities for exploring stunning rock formations and soaking in scenic overlooks of the lake and park below.

5. Natural Bridge and Rockshelter State Natural Area Natural Bridge State Park contains the largest natural bridge known in Wisconsin. Created by wind erosion and the weathering of sandstone, the inside of the arch is 25 feet wide and 15 feet high. Nestled at the base is a rockshelter once used by Paleo-Indians. A partial excavation at the rockshelter revealed artifacts which estimates human occupation between 9000 and 8000 BC, making it the oldest documented site of human occupation in the upper Midwest. This site is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are multiple trails in the park: one

4. East Bluff State Natural Area at Devil’s Lake State Park While visiting the State Natural Areas in Sauk County, you won’t want to miss the Devil’s Lake East Bluff, which can be found within the borders of the most popular and largest state park in Wisconsin. Located within the Baraboo Range, the East Bluff Natural Area rises 500 feet above the lake and is composed of quartzite boulders topped by a forest of hickory and ash. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail guides hikers along the top of the bluff, and other park trails like the Balanced




Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin is one of the most beautiful, biggest, and most visited parks in the upper Midwest. Known for spectacular 500’ bluffs overlooking a sparkling 360-acre lake, it boasts 29 miles of trails and some of the best scenery in the Midwest. Within its 10,000 acres you can hike, camp, picnic, rappel, rock climb, boulder, swim, bicycle, scuba dive, canoe, kayak, fish, birdwatch, rollerskate, play volleyball, geocache, view autumn colors, drive, take pictures, and enjoy the scenic vistas. Tourists have been coming to Devil’s Lake since the mid-1800’s. Native Americans

built effigy, linear, and conical mounds near the lake over 1000 years ago. The landforms of the park vividly show off the ancient and glacial natural history of Wisconsin. Four state natural areas are enclosed within the park. You might spot whitetail deer, turkeys, raccoons, possums, snakes, bats, skunks, turkey vultures, and many migratory birds. Anglers are tantalized by a variety of fish, including small and largemouth bass, walleye, brown trout, yellow perch, crappies, northern pike, and bluegills. Check out the Nature Center’s exhibits - see a snake, feel a raccoon fur, look at

historic pictures, or discover the unusual geology of the park. You can borrow a GPS, fishing equipment, a forestry pack, or snowshoes from the Nature Center. From May through October, visit the north shore Chateau, the Snack Stand, the South Shore Facility or the Ice Age Convenience Store for food, espresso, ice and souvenirs, or to rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats and paddleboats. Five picnic shelters are rentable for family reunions, company picnics, and weddings. In winter, enjoy quiet solitude and try out the cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing and winter camping.

S5975 Park Road, Baraboo, WI 53913 608-356-8301, www.wiparks.net For camping reservations, up to 11 months in advance, call 1-888-947-2757 or go to www.wiparks.net and click the link for reservations. Pick up a map at the park, or go to www.wiparks.net and select Devil’s Lake State Park 10



When we say this park is as old as the hills, you can take that literally. The towering 500-foot bluffs surrounding Devil’s Lake – part of the ancient Baraboo Range – are estimated at 1.6 billion years old. Magnificent geological formations, including Devil’s Doorway and Balanced Rock, were created by water freezing and expanding in cracks in the rock. Though today they’re harder than granite, these pink quartzite outcrops actually started out as sand deposited into shallow ancient seas. Having been buried by surging water and sediment and surviving the Ice Age glaciers, the Baraboo Hills are a National Natural Landmark and one of fewer than a hundred Last Great Places in the world named by the Nature Conservancy. Visit the nature center at Devil’s Lake to learn the entire incredible story of how this geological gem came to be!


If it’s outdoors on land or water, you can probably do it at Devil’s Lake. You’ll find nearly 30 miles of hiking trails, including the adjoining Ice Age National Scenic Trail and along with paved and off-road bike trails. You can even rock climb the bluffs with a permit. The 360-acre Devil’s Lake offers two boat landings, two swimming beaches, great fishing, and canoe and kayak rentals, and is popular for SCUBA diving for its clear water and 45- to 50-foot depths. Stay for the day with abundant picnicking areas and five shelters available for rent, or set up for the night at one of three campgrounds. Parties of up to 20 people can choose from nine group campsites. After opening specified areas of the 9,217-acre park for hunting season, Devil’s Lake keeps the fun going all winter with crosscountry skiing, snowshoeing and even dogsledding on the trails, as well as a popular sledding hill and ice fishing equipment checkouts.


Native Americans, particularly the Ho-Chunk but also Sauk, Fox, Kickapoo and possibly other tribes, were the first people to inhabit the area around Devil’s Lake after the glaciers receded 15,000 years ago. The lake got its name from a poor translation by trappers and traders of the original Ho-Chunk name, “Ta-wa-cun-chuk-dah,” which roughly translates to “Spirit Lake,” “Holy Lake” or “Sacred Lake.” The lake’s over-the-top name, sensational tales of monsters in the water and a tragic love story between a Native American princess and French trader have entertained tourists flocking to the area since the mid-1800s, but the Ho-Chunk people believed the lake was the site of a mighty ancient battle between the thunderbirds and the water spirits that shook the earth and formed the magnificent surrounding bluffs. At one time, countless Native American effigy mounds were scattered throughout the area that is now Sauk County. Devil’s Lake State Park preserves the largest remaining group of these mounds, which include bear, lynx and bird shapes and linear and conical designs. Sauk County remains a region of incredible natural beauty today, with 24 state natural areas – more than any other county. In addition to nearly half of Wisconsin’s bird species and 880 types of plants, you’ll find three of these state natural areas within Devil’s Lake State Park, including Wisconsin’s oldest, Parfrey’s Glen. Extend your visit a little longer and see more of Sauk County’s scenic natural wonders! Courtesy of travelwisconsin.com

DEVIL’S LAKE IS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO FISH IN WISCONSIN Devil’s Lake is an extremely popular state park which annually receives over one million visitors. The park is a great place to camp, walk, and hike the rock hills and woods that surround this scenic lake with its magnificent scenery, fauna, and flora. The park and lake are extremely popular, but few visitors fish the lake’s waters, and when they do it’s usually from shore. Devil’s Lake, all 369 acres, doesn’t allow outboard motors which scares away some fisherman with big water boats. Trolling motors are allowed, so make sure that your batteries are charged to the maximum when fishing this lake. This is a perfect lake for fishing from a smaller boat, canoe, fishing tube, or kayak. Before you go, do some research on websites like Fishidy where you can connect with local anglers to find out which species of fish are currently biting. Brown trout are the most plentiful and sought after gamefish in the lake. Devil’s Lake has good depth, clear water, some rock structure, and an assortment of beautiful green weeds. All of these attributes make this a perfect little lake for a varied and diverse fishery for any angler. Besides, the stocked brown trout, Devil’s Lake has northern pike (some over 20+ pounds), walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and plenty of eating-size bluegills and crappies. Courtesy of travelwisconsin.com 2021 VISIT SAUK COUNTY


HIKING & NATURE TRAILS FROM PAGE 9 which takes you past the rock features and historic site as well as a scenic overlook, while the other longer trail loops through a wooded landscape resplendent in hardwoods and ferns.

6. Ferry Bluff State Natural Area Located five miles west of Sauk City, Ferry Bluff State Natural Area is a part of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. Ferry Bluff and the adjacent Cactus Bluff tower more than 300 feet above the confluence of Honey Creek and the Wisconsin River. At the nature area’s trailhead, hikers have the option to follow one trail down to the riverbank or the other trail up a 20% grade to the top of Cactus Bluff. This sandstone overlook offers scenic panoramic views allowing you to see for miles in most directions, while the river valley below is simply stunning. Dusk is considered one of the best times to hike the trail so you can see the moon reflected in the river surrounded by the soft hues of sunset.

7. Fern Dell Gorge State Natural Area Fern Dell Gorge, located within Mirror Lake State Park, features a small but spectacular gorge. The narrow mile long swath is a tributary to the larger Mirror Lake gorge and is blanketed in an ocean of ferns. Getting to this amazing variety of ferns isn’t an easy task, but it’s definitely worth the adventure. There are no maintained trails into Fern Dell Gorge, and the journey involves following deer paths. Visitors need to make their own way through the woods and bramble and clamber down the cliff walls, or enter the gorge by canoe or kayak from Mirror Lake tributary. Park Rangers at Mirror Lake State Park can assist you with directions to this truly hidden gem. Want to read more? Check out these seven natural wonders in our state, and keep an eye on TravelWisconsin. com as we roll out more articles in this series on scenic wonders by county.



While you’re in the area,

CHECK OUT MORE OF NATURE’S BEAUTIFUL WONDERS at any of these other Sauk County destinations: • Bakken’s Pond at the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway • Bear Creek Sedge Meadow at the Bear Creek Fishery Area • Cady’s Marsh • Dells of the Wisconsin River • Devil’s Lake Oak Forest • South Bluff/Devil’s Nose • Hemlock Draw • Honey Creek State Natural Area

• Hulburt Creek Woods at Hulburt Creek Fishery Area • Lower Narrows • McGilvra Woods • Mirror Lake Pine Oak Forest at Mirror Lake State Park • Pan Hollow • Pine Hollow • Schluckebier Prairie • Spring Green Preserve


Sauk County Libraries, Historical Museums and Organizations LIBRARIES BARABOO PUBLIC LIBRARY 230 Fourth Avenue Baraboo, WI 53913 608-356-6166 H.H. BENNETT STUDIO & HISTORY CENTER 215 Broadway Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 608-253-3523 KILBOURN PUBLIC LIBRARY 620 Elm Street Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 608-254-2146 KRAEMER PUBLIC LIBRARY 910 Main Street Plain, WI 53577 608-546-4201 LAVALLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 101 W. Main Street LaValle, WI 53941 608-985-8383 NORTH FREEDOM PUBLIC LIBRARY 105 N. Maple Street North Freedom, WI 53951 608-522-4571 REEDSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY 370 Vine Street Reedsburg, WI 53959 608-768-7323 ROCK SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY 100 Park Street Rock Springs, WI 53961 608-522-5050 RUTH CULVER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 540 Water Street Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 608-643-8318

SAUK CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY 515 Water Street Sauk City, WI 53583 608-643-8346


SAUK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM at the historic Van Orden Mansion SAUK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM 531 Fourth Avenue Baraboo, WI 53913 608-356-1001

www.saukcountyhistory.org history@saukcountyhistory.org Open – May through October, Fri. & Sat. from 12-4 pm Free admission

SAUK COUNTY HISTORY CENTER Archives & Research Center 900 Second Avenue Baraboo, WI 53913 Open – year round, Wed.-Sat. from 12-4 pm

SPRING GREEN COMMUNITY LIBRARY 230 E. Monroe Street Spring Green, WI 53588 608-588-2276

LAKE STATES RAILWAY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION 330 Lynn Street Baraboo, WI 53913 608-356-5555

REEDSBURG AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY & PIONEER LOG VILLAGE E7882 State Highway 23/33 Reedsburg, WI 53959 608-495-3499

MID-CONTINENT RAILWAY MUSEUM E8948 Museum Road North Freedom, WI 53951 608-522-4261

SAUK PRAIRIE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY 565 Water Street Prairie Du Sac, WI 53578 608-644-8444



FRIENDSHIP RURAL SCHOOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY E5486 Friendship Drive, Loganville, WI 53943 608-727-2922

CIRCUS WORLD 550 Water Street Baraboo, WI 53913 608-356-8341


DELLS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 714 Broadway, P.O. Box 674 Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 608-254-2254

LOGANVILLE HISTORY MUSEUM 145 Main Street Loganville, WI 53943

OLD FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY 915 Wachter Avenue Plain, WI 53577 OLD SETTLERS ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 161 E6248 Lane Drive Reedsburg, WI 53959 608-524-2509 PLAIN HISTORY GENEALOGY GROUP Contact: Kraemer Public Library 608-546-4201 SAUK COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS 505 Broadway, Rm 122 Baraboo, WI 53913 608-355-3288 2021 VISIT SAUK COUNTY


The Sauk Prairie area is a mecca for those who enjoy silent sports. Whether you are looking for a weekend filled with activities or the quiet relaxation of a secluded campground, the Sauk Prairie Riverway has it all. The Sauk Prairie Riverway area includes the southern portion of Devils Lake State Park, the second most visited park in Wisconsin and one of the tops in the nation. The Wisconsin River and Lake Wisconsin feature many varieties of fish, making it a 14


fisherman’s paradise. Canoeing, kayaking or tubing the Wisconsin River is an extraordinary experience. Boaters and canoers alike, love to stop at the many sand bars for a swim, picnic or even to camp at night. Sauk City Riverfront Park and Splash Pad can be found at 236 Water Street. This is one place the kids will not want to miss while visiting the area. The amenities are FREE and include a splash pad, a

75 ft. zip line and a multi-age ADA accessible playground. The park is open May 1st through October 1st each year.

Sauk Prairie is home to Wisconsin’s newest state trail. The Great Sauk State Trail is a 13.1-mile trail that follows the Wisconsin River to Devil’s Lake State Park. The paved trail begins at the base of an old railroad bridge on the south side of Sauk City, taking riders past the first Culver’s location, and then

through historic neighborhoods. The trail continues north through downtown Prairie du Sac continuing to the southern edge of the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area. Riders will enjoy numerous art sculptures and history boards depicting the role and importance of Sauk Prairie history. Future plans for the trail include

connections to the Reedsburg 400 trail and a trail along Highway 12 to Madison, making it possible to bike from the Mississippi River to the Wisconsin State Capitol.


It’s about YOU... your health, your wellness, your family. Prairie Clinic, S.C. is an independent clinic offering Family Medicine, Pediatric, Obstetrics and Gynecology services. In addition to acute care and medical consultation, the clinic offers programs for Asthma, Anti-Coagulation (ProTime) and Diabetes. Some laboratory tests are completed on site: lab, x-ray, ultrasound, electrocardiogram and bone density scans.

Monday through Friday: 3 pm – 10:30 pm Weekends & Holidays: 9 am – 9 pm 24/7 EMERGENCY CARE AVAILABLE 260 26th St, Prairie du Sac, WI


SaukPrairieHealthcare.org Accepting most commercial insurance plans and HMOs, including Quartz, Dean, The Alliance, GHC-SCW, and Anthem BCBS.

Prairie Clinic, SC. • 112 Helen Street, Sauk City,WI 53583 • 608-643-33 2021 VISIT SAUK COUNTY





645 3rd Street, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 HOURS: OPEN 6AM-8PM • 7 DAYS A WEEK




Surviving Wisconsin’s winters is what we do best here in Sauk Prairie. Bundle up for all the outdoor activites we offer and then thaw out in one of our restaurants or retail shops! Cross country ski or fat tire bike on one of our many trails in the area or take a scenic snowshoe hike near the Wisconsin River. Ice fishing on Lake Wisconsin is a local’s favorite. With over 10,000 acres of lake and 52 miles of shoreline you are sure to find the perfect spot to place your tip-up and possibly even spot an Eagle. Right downtown we are lucky enough to have many eagles call home during winter months. Perched on Eagle Island or soaring overhead, the majestic Bald Eagle cannot be missed. Downhill skiing and snowboarding some of the greatest slopes around! Even with the chill of winter around, the Sauk Prairie Riverway is still celebrating. Holly Jolly Sauk Prairie: December 4, 2021 Bald Eagle Watching Days: January 14-15, 2022 So grab your skis, boots, and friends and join us in the Sauk Prairie Riverway for some frosty fun! *Events are subject to change.



From the Baraboo Bluffs to Lake Wisconsin, from Devil’s Lake State Park to Devil’s Head Resort, there is a variety of things to do year round. Whether you are an avid outdoorsman or looking for a relaxing getaway the Town of Merrimac has something for you. Spring, summer and fall provide ample activities such as boating Lake Wisconsin, fishing the Class I Trout streams at Manley Creek or Parfrey’s Glen Creek, take a ride on the free Merrimac Ferry, or golfing at Devil’s Head Resort. Lake Wisconsin Cruises offers the best view of the lake with their multiple themed tours. Try a sunset cruise or a fall colors cruise, no matter what you pick you are sure not to be disappointed!



During the colder months in the Town of Merrimac things definitely don’t slow down! From skiing at Devil’s Head Resort, to snowshoeing and hiking the Riverland Conservancy trails. Be sure to try your hand at ice fishing on Lake Wisconsin and should you get hungry, snowmobile delivered pizza is at your service! Rustic Ridge Log Cabins is your home away from home any time of year, but cozying up to one of their fireplaces in the winter is something you don’t want to miss. Be sure to come and see it all!





“400” State Trail............................................ D3


Aldo Leopold Foundation .........................H2


American Players Theatre .......................D10


Cassel Prairie Lilac Hedge ..........................E9


Dawn Manor ................................................. G2


Dr. Evermore Sculptures Park.................. G6


Ferry Bluff State Natural Area ..................F8


Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center/Taliesin..............................D10


Great Sauk State Trail ................................. G7


Ho-Chunk Casino ................................. F3/G3


Ice Age Trail ................................................... G5


International Crane Foundation...... G2/G3


Lower Narrows .....................................H3/H4


Lower Wisconsin Riverway ......................D9


Merrimac Car Ferry.....................................H6


Mid-Continent Railway Museum ............E4


Our Lady of Loretto Church Museum ....E6


Painted Forest................................................A2


Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area ...........H5


Reedsburg Area Historical Pioneer Log Village.......................................E3


Salem-Ragatz Church ..................................F7


Seth Peterson Cottage ................................F2


Upper Dells/Lower Dells ............................F1


Upper Narrows/Ableman’s Gorge State Natural Area ........................................E4


Weidenkopf Cabin ...................................... G5


Wisconsin Heights Battlefield ................. G8


Wollersheim Winery................................... G7







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Mirror Lake State Park (608-254-2333) .................................... F2


Natural Bridge State Park (608-356-8301) .................................... E6


Rocky Arbor State Park (608-254-8001) .................................... F1


Tower Hill State Park (608-588-2116) ................................. C10


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(608-355-4800) Hemlock County Park..........................B2


Lake Redstone County Park ...............C2


Man Mound County Park .................. H3


White Mound County Park ............... G2


Yellow Thunder County Park .............C6

National Historic Landmarks H1

Aldo Leopold Shack & Farm .............. H2


Man Mound .......................................... H4


Ringling Brothers Circus Winter Headquarters.......................... G4


Van Hise Rock........................................ E4



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Students thrive online Like everyone else in the world— literally—Madison College students were thrown a curveball in March 2020. The coronavirus pandemic forced a pause on in-person classes. Students adapted quickly to remote learning. Many had never taken online classes before. That didn’t stop students from sticking with it and continuing to pursue their goals. They embraced the flexibility and figured it out— knowing that their safety was the college’s top priority.

Essence Hawkins says,

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Located on the courthouse square in downtown Baraboo from May-October. Began in 1986, the Baraboo Farmers’ Market offers a broad selection of agricultural products from local growers and farmers, who must personally grow or produce everything they sell.

Located in the green space across from Blue Spoon downtown Prairie du Sac. Fresh locally grown produce, jams, jellies, baked goods, honey, Fair Trade roasted coffee beans. Updates on Facebook.

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30 AM-1 PM

baraboofarmersmarket@gmail.com baraboofarmersmarket.com

Saturdays, 9 AM-12 PM May-October




Summer Season Saturday 8 AM-12 PM Indoor Winter Season Bi-monthly 9 AM-12PM

Saturdays, 7:30 AM-12 PM Memorial Day - Labor Day Located at Hartje’s Farm Home & Sport, north of LaValle on Hwy. 33.


Reedsburg City Park Farmers Market Mondays & Thursdays, 12-5 PM May-October

Located in the Spring Green Library lot - between Worchester Street and Albany Street. Spring Green Farmers’ Market runs year round at the Spring Green Public Library. Our farmers and artisans offer a variety of seasonal vegetables, fruits, flowers, grass grazed meats, eggs, baked goods, baskets, body care products and dog/cat toys and treats.



Located at Reedsburg City Park, 222 N. Park St.

Park Plaza Farmers Market

Sundays, 9:30 AM-2 PM June-October

Mondays & Thursdays, 11 AM-5:30 PM May-October Located in the Park Plaza parking lot, corner of Main Street and Wengel Drive.

Located at Intersection of Broadway and Cedar Street, downtown Wisconsin Dells. Check out Facebook for the latest information on vendors.


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SAUK COUNTY FARM CONNECT These special listings which ties together Wisconsin’s largest industry - agriculture with another of it’s top segments tourism. Everyone is welcome to shop at these local agribusinesses and in the process, put money into the pockets of the area’s family farms. Many consumers are now three to five generations removed from their agricultural roots. This guide aims to help reconnect people with the source of their food. By visiting these unique places and buying their products, consumers have a great opportunity to learn firsthand about agriculture today, the environmental care, respect practiced, attention to detail and quality of production. Sauk County draws strength from its deep agricultural roots. Enjoy our rich heritage of diverse forms, classic barns, silos and windmills, and the exceptional beauty of our rural countryside. This guide provided by our friends at the UW Madison Division of Extension - Sauk County.

BARABOO The Berry Farmer

W10222 Hoot Owl Valley Road Baraboo, WI 53913 608-355-1965 info@theberryfarmer.com www.theberryfarmer.com FB: theberryfarmer

June-August Mon-Fri 8 AM-8 PM, Sat & Sun 8 AM-5PM 2 1/2 miles west of Hwy. 12 on CTH. W towards North Freedom. Strawberry season mid-June to early July. Pick your own and already-picked strawberries and peas. Picking containers provided or bring your own. Blueberry season early July to early August. Open for blueberries on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 PM and Saturdays 8 AM to 5 PM. Children always welcome.

Bluestem Farm

S5920 Lehman Road Baraboo, WI 53913 608-356-0179 bluestem_farm@juno.com www.bluestemfarm.com FB: bluestemfarmbaraboo

Late July-October By appointment or at Baraboo Farmers’ Market At Bluestem Farm we work to restore the planet, through wildland restoration and through growing food without toxins. Availability of produce is dependent on weather and pests. Some years we have nothing, other years bountiful apples, pears and grapes. Occasionally native plants and houseplants.

Bula’s Pleasant Valley Farm

S4515 Scenic Road Baraboo, WI 53913 608-522-3372 bulaspleasantvalleyfarm@gmail.com www.bulaspleasantvalleyfarm.com FB: bulaspleasantvalleyfarm

Year Round. Call for availability. We’re here to help you find delicious, high quality food. Our gardens grow without chemicals. Our grass-fed beef, Berkshire pork, chicken and lamb are raised in sunshine. Fresh eggs, maple syrup, honey and cuts of meat are available year-round. Our farm is a sustainable farm just west of Baraboo.

Glacier Valley Enterprises 600 South Blvd. Baraboo, WI 53913 608-356-2244 sales@glacierv.com www.glacierv.com FB: glaciervalleyenterprises

Open Year-Round. Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30 PM Glacier Valley Enterprises provides fruit and vegetable packaging, harvesting equipment, and signage to produce growers across the United States and Canada. With over 900 products available, Glacier Valley Enterprises has everything our producers need to get their product from their farm to the market. Visit our Retail Store to see samples, and order products that are available from our catalog. Call and request your free catalog today!

LAVALLE Dandelion Ridge Farms

E2940 County Road K LaValle, WI 53941 608-344-8988 dandelionridgefarms@gmail.com www.dandelionridgefarms.com FB: dandelionridgefarms

Products available year round through website, farm visits and product pickup by appointment. Located west of Lime Ridge in the beautiful rolling hills of the Driftless area, Dandelion Ridge Farms offers healthy, nutrient dense pasture based beef, pork, goat and eggs. A third generation family farm with the goal of producing healthy local food in a sustainable manner.

Hilltop Community Farm

S850 Heidrich Road LaValle, WI 53941 608-257-6729 e.schneider.hilltopfarm@gmail.com www.hilltopcommunityfarm.com FB: hilltopcommunityfarm

May-October Not open to the public We are a small-scall diversified farm, specializing in flowers, fruit, and CSA since 1993. We work by hand, utilizing solar energy to lovingly produce organic food and flower feasts for you. Prairies, woodlands, field borders provide habitat, beauty and blooms for bouquets; our orchard is a mixed species food forest producing currants, elderberry, kiwi, pears, apples, and more. We look forward to growing for you! 2021 VISIT SAUK COUNTY



E3698 County Road S LaValle, WI 53941 608-415-0091 mel4150091@gmail.com www.narrowscreekgarden.com FB: narrowscreekgarden

All Year, 10 AM-4 PM Narrow Creek Garden has 2 acres of you pick or we pick aronia berries available around September. We offer homemade aronia jams and jellies. We also grow ginger, turmeric and other produce in season.

LOGANVILLE Hickory Hill Farm

S6551 State Road 23 Loganville, WI 53943 608-727-2302 | 208-659-2038 (cell) hickoryhillfarmloganville@live.com FB: hickoryhillfarm

Dane County Farmer’s Market (Saturday). On-farm with prior contact. Delivery options yearlong. Located 2 miles south of Loganville on Hwy. 23, Hickory Hill Farm is a 4th generation organic family farm. Our products are MOSA, certified organic and some are specialized and include: organic grain, flour, baking mixes, general produce, herbs, unique items, grade “B” maple syrup, and edible flowers. Primary sales are through the Dane County Farmers’ Market as well as various local food fairs and events. Onfarm sales available with prior contact. On-farm produce road cart may be open daily from late June through October (season production permitting).

PLAIN Mary’s Organic Farm

E3346 Kessinich Road Plain, WI 53577 608-360-9151 or text 757-660-9291 mary5959@gmail.com FB: marysorganicfarm

All Seasons, 8 AM-5 PM Mary’s Organic Farm (chickens with an attitude) offers fresh from our farm to your table organic chicken eggs, Bear Creek Organics “Belties”, grass-fed 26


and grass-finished beef, all organically managed with no antibiotics, chemicals, nor hormones. Just Grass.

PRAIRIE DU SAC Tower Rock Farmstead Bakery

S9010 Denzer Road Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 608-544-2023 trfbakery@gmail.com www.towerrockfarmsteadbakery.com FB: towerrockbakery

Open March through December; Friday from 2-6 PM; Saturday from 7:30 AM-12:30 PM. You can also find us at the Baraboo Farmers’ Market. Naturally-grown grains and freshly milled flours are used in our fresh baked breads, cookies, cupcakes; muffins and cinnamon rolls are available on Saturday mornings. A true farm-to-table bakery, we grow and mill our own fresh, nonGMO natural grains. Our bakery features handcrafted, small-batch artisan breads and desserts - always from scratch -- utlizing grains and produce grown right on our fifth generation dairy farm. Come taste the difference! Updates on Facebook. Located near the corner of Co Road PF and Denzer Road, across from Tower Rock School. Call or email for special hours the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas.


E8128 State Road 23 and 33 Reedsburg, WI 53959 608-393-7415 info@gavinfarms.com gavinfarms.com FB: gavinfarms

Year Round, By Appointment We are a 1st generation, family farm focused on caring for our animals, crops & land with honesty and integrity in every step of the process. We are determined to provide quality, locally-raised beef to our community in a transparent, easilyaccessible, and responsible way. Our beef is offered by the quarter, half, or whole and also by the cut at our farm store (by appointment). Contact us for more information.

Jumping Jersey Meats E5861 Old Town Hall Road Reedsburg, WI 53959 608-393-3396 raboine04@gmail.com FB: jumpingjerseymeats

Year Round, 6-9 AM, 5-8 PM everyday and by appointment. Our family wants to provide you with the leanest, healthiest beef! We have been MOSA Organic certified for more than twenty years over two generations. Come tour the dairy farm where you will see amazing views, animals, conservation practices, and try our steaks, roasts, ground chuck, and all-beef summer sausage!

Neu Erth Wormfarm

E7904 Briar Bluff Road Reedsburg, WI 53959 608-415-0910 salinas.jay1@gmail.com www.neuerthwormfarm.com FB: neuerthwormfarm

CSA drop off sites & selected farmers’ markets May - October. Call for appointment. Wormfarm builds healthy soil for vegetables with compost, vermi-compost and extensive use of cover crops. We use no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. We provide vegetables to Shareholders in our CSA, as well as, farmers’ markets in Reedsburg & Wisconsin Dells.

Riverbend Livestock Farm E6248 Lane Drive, P.O. Box 161 Reedsburg, WI 53959 608-524-2509 sheep@rucls.net

June 15 - October 31 for vegetables Year round by appointment for meat: June 15 - October 31 Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM-6 PM or call for an appointment We take great pride in our farm that has been in our family over 150 years. Fresh vegetables, honey, maple syrup and CSA shares available June through October. Lamb, Beef, Pork and Chicken available year round by appointment. Our animals are rotationally grazed using “environmentally friendly” farm practices.

SAUK COUNTY FARM CONNECT Valley Springs Farm Bed & Breakfast E4681 County Road S Reedsburg, WI 53959 608-495-1096 valleyspringsbb@gmail.com www.valleyspringsfarmbb.com FB: valleyspringsfarmbb

Year round. Check in 4-6 PM, Check out 11 AM Valley Springs Farm Bed & Breakfast takes you out to the tranquility of the rural countryside. Don and Dorothy Harms welcome you to stay & experience farm living on their fourth generation family farm.

Valley Springs Farm

E4681 County Road S Reedsburg, WI 53959 608-495-0249 valleyspringsbb@gmail.com www.valleyspringsbeef.com FB: valleyspringsfarmbeef

Online ordering on website or email Year round 9 AM-5 PM Attention to detail and a love for cattle have lead this farm operation to maintain a sustainable small family farm. Our

cattle are pasture fed with supplemented forage in the winter. Valley Springs Farm Fresh Beef - available at our onfarm store (Open Saturdays - 9 AM-12 Noon or by appointment), local delivery or shipped to your door. Dorothy’s Homemade Delights - Homemade jams and jellies, most made from homegrown apples, rhubarb, raspberries and grapes. Available most times; please call ahead.

WISCONSIN DELLS Country Bumpkin Farm Market and Lil’ Bumpkin Play Village & Petting Zoo E9745 County Road P Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 608-254-2311 info@countrybumpkinfarm.com www.countrybumpkinfarm.com FB: countrybumpkinfarm

April 24 through October 31, 9 AM-6 PM Daily Family fun on the farm! U-Pick and We-Pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, fall pumpkins, squash and

fall decor, we-pick vegetables, honey, on-site CSA, flower baskets and assorted flower pots in May and June, yummy pies and other bakery items, hand-dipped ice cream from Chocolate Shoppe in Madison, homemade caramel apples in the fall, corn maze, train rides to the pumpkin patch, fun fall package discounts, fall concessions. The entire family can make fun memories exploring and playing in our Lil’ Bumpkin Play Village & Petting Farm which includes a pedal-kart raceway, kid’s zipline, obstacle course, climbing wall, full-size John Deere Combine jungle gym, and there’s always something new. It is our goal to provide you with wholesome family fun AND great things to eat!

Hidden Valley Mushroom Farm S270 Birchwood Road Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 608-253-6804 mrytylka@aol.com FB: hiddenvalleymushrooms

Year-Round, By Appointment Hidden Valley Mushrooms has been a family owned and operated producer and distributor specializing in various types of mushrooms since 1992.

Farm facts SAUK COUNTY FACTS • Over 1400 farms in Sauk County • Sauk County is ranked 2nd in the state for hog/pig production • 95% of farms in Sauk County are family farms • Agriculture employes 4,312 jobs in Sauk County

WISCONSIN FACTS • Wisconsin boasts many apple orchards producing 49 million pounds of apples • Wisconsin is home to more than 7000 dairy farms, more than any other state and 1.28 million cows • Wisconsin ranks third in the nation in potato production, harvesting potatoes on 68,000 acres in 2019



Come Home to Circus World! BY CIRCUS WORLD MUSEUM

Circus World proudly welcomes everyone home to the birthplace of the Ringling Bros. Circus. It’s time to laugh, be happy, and feel moved to dream once again. The big top is home to electrifying entertainment under a canvas sky of blue. The 1,800 seat venue allows 800 guests to spread out and safely enjoy live performances. Where better to present the majestic mastodonic magnificence of the Circus World elephants? These three lovely ladies will touch your heart; and excite with their endearing elephantine elegance. We welcome clowning legend Bill Machtel back home to Circus World. Bill is a Milwaukee native with a degree in education and a diploma from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He has brought joy and laughter to children of all ages throughout the U.S. and Japan. Circus World audiences fondly remember him for his hilarious hijinks and spectacular shenanigans with Happy the Clown. Mr. Bill is always wonderful and wildly entertaining. Alex, Vicki, Richie and Sophia consider performing a family affair, with their circus heritage dating to the late 1700s. Vicki attended an arts school in Hungary, and met her husband, Alex Petrov, in the circus. Alex, who was 45 days old when he came to the United States from Bulgaria, was raised on the Ringling show. He learned his family’s perch act and incline wire act, in addition to

performing as part of a teeterboard troupe. Alex also helped train and present tigers and elephants with circus legend Gunther Gebel-Williams. Vicki, always felt a connection to animals, and proudly presents her three loveable performing ponies. Appearing with her son Richie, this mother and son duo will astound with their high-energy juggling. The youngest family member, Sophia, showcases her astonishing aerial artistry high in the dome of the big top. Unparalleled unicyclist T. J. Howell brings his agile accomplishments, playful pranks and energetic excitement to Circus World audiences. A fan favorite with people everywhere, T.J. comes home to his circus roots this summer. Mother Lillian was a Danish trapeze artist and his father trained wild animals. T. J. was

raised on the circus, and made his debut at the age of 12. Accompanying T. J. is his captivating wife Gayle, whose hula hoop manipulations mesmerize magnificently. Best of all, it’s going to feel fantastic, coming home to enjoy the circus! Your safety is our top priority, and we have modified operations so you can experience the wonder of the circus in safety! Here’s what to expect: •

Plan for extra time in the admission line as we honor social distancing.

There are specific directional paths and one-way flow through all exhibits.

Unless actively eating, everyone is asked to wear a mask… it protects you and your fellow guests. • Follow the queues and markers to maintain safe distances. • Continuous cleaning throughout Circus World exhibits and venues will be happening. • Big Top and Hippodrome seating is distanced – plan extra time for ushers to seat you. • There are multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the grounds for you to use. Circus World will do everything possible to ensure your visit is exciting and pleasant, while placing the health and protection of everyone at the heart of our priorities.




Performance Season June 18 - August 29

Exhibits open

June 1 – October 1

circusworldbaraboo.org • 608-356-8341 • 550Water Street, BaraboO,WI



GOOD TIMES. GREAT FOOD. BUILT ON A CENTURY OF BUIL TRADITION. “Best Restaurant” Madison Magazine Best of the ‘Burbs 2016

Fitz’s on the Lake Open All D Day Sunday S d Breakfast Voted Best Restaurant 9-12:30pm Best Dinner Lunch/Dinner 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 1pm-close

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Summer Hours

Open 7 Days A Week • Dinner at 4pm Bar opens at 4 pm. Enjoy our large outdoor patio, bar and gas fire pits Fresh Fish and Seafood Specials • Hand Cut Steaks • Seasonal Menu Friday Fish Fry • Saturday Prime Rib Stone Baked Pizzas • Sandwiches • Kids Menu Weeknight Dinner Deals Starting at $10 Full Bar • Specialty Cocktails • Over 40 Imported, Domestic & Seasonal Beers • Big Screen TVs

W12690 HIGHWAY 188, LODI WI 53555 608-592-4266 • fishtalesrestaurant.com

“Relax...You’re On the Lake” Featuring the best of Cocktails, Hamburgers, Sandwiches, Salad Bar, Steaks, Ribs and Seafood with New American Flair. Daily Specials, Specialty Drinks Open Daily 11am Breakfast on the Lake 9am to 12 noon Sundays Voted Lake Wisconsin’s #1 Fish Fry Live Entertainment Fridays www.fitzsonthelake.com W11602 HWY V Lodi WI ... 608 592 3302 20 minutes from Devils Lake, 2 miles from the Lodi Side of the Merrimac Ferry.

For over 30 years, Green Acres has provided award-winning food in classic Wisconsin supper club style. Located in an iconic building serving the community since the late 1800’s. Daily Specials Prime Rib every night (except Fridays) • Fish Fry available every night *NEW* - Fresh Fish Specials - Expanded Wine List - New Appetizers Open 7 Days A Week Bar Open Daily at 4pm Kitchen Hours: Sunday 4:30-9pm • Monday-Thursday 5-9pm Friday & Saturday 4:30-10pm

Located at the corner of Hwy. 78 & 12, Sauk City


greenacresrestaurant.com (See our full page ad)

Full Service Catering

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner 304 Broadway St., Baraboo, WI

608-356-3287 Hours: 7am - 3pm Daily



701 Hwy 136 • Baraboo 356-6313

OPEN 10am to 9pm





Long before the advent of tees, golfers played off of hand-built sand piles.

In 1889, Ab Smith inadvertently coined the phrase “birdie,” when he hit a shot he defined as a “bird of a shot.”

Making a hole-in-one during a round of golf is quite a challenge. However, the odds of making two are incredibly low, at one in 64 million.

Only around 20% of golfers have a handicap below 18. The United States Golf Teachers Federation defines handicap as “a measure of a player’s current ability over an entire round of golf, signified by a number. The lower the number, the better the golfer is.”




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The word “caddy” comes from “cadet,” the French word for “student.”

A regulation golf ball contains 336 dimples.

855 Phillips Blvd. Hwy 12, Sauk City, WI

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To this date, golf is only one of two games to be played on the moon. The other is a javelin throw.

Public Welcome

We invite you to challenge yourself at the beautiful Baraboo Country Club

Golf Shop 356-8195 We invite you to visit us at:

www.BarabooCC.com • 18 Hole Championship Golf Course • Practice Facility • PGA Staff • Audobon Sanctuary 2021 VISIT SAUK COUNTY


Celebrating BARN QUILTS!

Brian Bender Quilt

S4065 State Road 136, Reedsburg Name of Quilt: Triple Star This barn quilt was designed in time for it to be mounted just prior to the Bender Farm hosting the Sauk County Dairy Breakfast in June of 2012.

Brad & Kim Schyvinck Quilt

E6458 Pine Rock Rd., Reedsburg

Jess & Laurie Eastman Quilt

E6453 Short Cut Rd., Reedsburg

Eileen & Lawrence Eberle Quilt

Name of Quilt: Moo-na Lisa

This quilt was a Christmas gift from Laurie and her daughters to her husband. They thought a barn quilt would look perfect on their red shed, so they looked at various designs and found one they all loved!

Name of Quilt: Bear Claw

This dairy farm family fell in love with this quilt which can be seen at a distance if approaching the farm from the west on Pine Rock Road, coming from the direction of Hwy. F. Please drive in slowly to get a closer look. 32

The history of barn decoration dates back to the mid 1800’s. Painting symbols on barns originated from traditional folk art passed along from the German and Swiss immigrants who settled the Pennsylvania Dutch region in southeastern Pennsylvania. Once these groups built their family farms and communities, they would paint small patterns on their barns to celebrate their heritage and bring good fortune. Today’s barn decorating revival became popular with a woman named Donna Sue Groves, from Adams County, Ohio. She wanted to honor her mother by hanging a colorful painted quilt square on her barn. Instead of just one quilt square, she began a community project with twenty quilts being displayed along a driving trail to encourage visitors to travel through the countryside. This was the start of our first quilt trail in America. Quilt trails are now being organized all across the country. Barn quilts are displayed around communities and then mapped out for tourists to follow these beautiful works of art. They promote tourism and help draw visitors into our rural communities. Traditional stars and various quilt patterns are now being displayed on barns, homes, sheds and sides of buildings. The barn quilts featured on these two pages are just a sampling of those that can be found along the country roads and rolling hills of Sauk County. For more information, please contact a local Chamber of Commerce.


2577 Cty. Hwy. B, Lone Rock

The painting on this colorful quilt provided many hours of fun for the entire family.


Pat & Sarah Weber Quilt S3606 Evergreen Rd., Baraboo

Name of Quilt: Stars and Stripes Forever This barn quilt depicts a flag waving in the breeze, and is special to the family because two of their children helped make this quilt while they were in an art class in their school.

Sauk Prairie FFA Alumni Quilt

Henry & Mary Schwenkhoff Quilt

Name of Quilt: The Rising Sun

S4916 Golf Course Rd., Rock Springs

This barn quilt was designed in honor of a local FFA member who served as State FFA President and National FFA Officer “NOMCOM” Chairman. The FFA President’s symbol is the rising sun, and the blue corn kernels in the border are also a part of the FFA symbol.

When this big red barn was purchased by the Schwenkhoff family in 1929, it had already been in use for fifty years, having been built sometime in the 1870’s. The red, white and blue barn quilt was created to represent the love of country and honors their many military family members who have served and are presently serving.

Bart & Janice Schyvinck Quilt

Gale & Nancy Getschman Quilt

James & Carol Horkan Quilt

Name of Quilt: Octo Star

Name of Quilt: Wisconsin Star

Name of Quilt: Quade Crosses

This farm was purchased in 1962 by Bart’s dad. There are 325 acres, some of which is rented to Bart’s brother, and the rest that they use for their Black Angus beef cow/calf operation.

Every year Gale and Nancy sponsor a large tractor ride for collectors the second weekend of June, and part of the trip includes a stop at the Sauk County Dairy Breakfast. Since Gale also collects John Deere tractors, he decided to incorporate his favorite brand into their quilt.

This barn was constructed sometime between 1885-1905. It has a hip roof and is a Bank Barn, which means it was built into the hill so the hayloft is at ground level for easier access. The farm has been in the Horkan family for over 65 years.

S1465 Cty. Road WD, Lyndon Station

1805 Cty. Rd. BD, Baraboo

S1314 Farber Rd., Reedsburg




About the Ice Age Trail

More than 12,000 years ago, an immense flow of glacial ice sculpted a landscape of remarkable beauty across Wisconsin. As the glacier retreated, it left behind a variety of unique landscape features. These glacial remnants are now considered among the world’s finest examples of how continental glaciation sculpts our planet. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that highlights these landscape features as it travels through some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. The Trail is entirely within Wisconsin and is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails. But the Ice Age Trail is more than a path through the woods. It is a place for mental and physical rejuvenation, a place to unwind after a hard day and enjoy the landscape of Wisconsin. More than 2.3 million people use the Ice Age Trail each year to hike and snowshoe, to backpack, to disconnect and reconnect.

state State Park in St. Croix Falls, Polk County. It overlooks the St. Croix River and our neighbors in Minnesota.

Behind the scenes, a vibrant community of volunteers across the state work to build and maintain the Trail, making it one of the country’s best hiking experiences.

The Ice Age Trail is built and maintained largely by volunteers. Please join us in caring for this remarkable treasure.

Ice Age Trail Facts:

The Trail is managed by a partnership among the National Park Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Ice Age Trail Alliance. The Ice Age Trail is open for hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing. Many segments support cross-country skiing, too. The Trail is not yet complete. More than 600 miles are yellow-blazed Ice Age Trail segments, and more than 500 miles of unmarked connecting routes link the blazed segments. The entire route is about 1,200 miles long. The Trail’s western terminus is in Inter-


The Trail’s eastern terminus is in Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay, Door County.

Most of the blazed Ice Age Trail Segments fit hikers’ ideas of a traditional, off-road hiking experience. Some segments, however, lead hikers right down the main streets of Wisconsin communities. This is by design – the Ice Age Trail is meant to connect people and communities. Thirteen municipalities (with more joining each year) have chosen recognition as an Ice Age Trail Community, underscoring the Trail’s positive economic impact, locally. Together, the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Trail Communities promote the unique qualities that make the Trail, and the community it travels through, a meaningful destination.

The Trail occasionally coincides with state bike trails – biking is allowed on these sections only. Horseback riding is not permitted. Motorized vehicles are not permitted (with the exception of just a few segments that share state multi-use trails). The Ice Age Trail began in the 1950s as the dream of Milwaukeean Ray Zillmer, who had a vision of a long, linear park winding through Wisconsin along the glacier’s terminal moraine. The Trail crosses over many ownership types, including private land, city parks, state parks, county forests and national forest. The Trail travels through 30 counties. One of the goals of the Ice Age Trail Alliance is to permanently protect the route of the Ice Age Trail. Every year, we purchase land with privately donated funds and grants from government partners to get closer to achieving this goal. The State of Wisconsin also acquires land for the Trail through its Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) works tirelessly to acquire and preserve land, build new trail segments, maintain current segments, and ensure this Wisconsin wonder is here for generations to come. You can help support this important work by becoming a member of the IATA today. Find out more by visiting iceagetrail.org/donate




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The Berry Farmer is a family owned and operated business located approximately 2 1/4 miles west of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Established in 1998, our farm has grown to 10 acres of pick your own and pre-picked strawberries. 1 1/2 acres of pick your own and pre-picked peas and 1 1/3 acres of pick your own blueberries.

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Cranes of the World International Crane Foundation

We, and the cranes, are excited to welcome you back! Our phased reopening begins May 1, 2021. Make your reservations to experience the Cranes of the World.

Turn West on Cty W at Walmart, go 2¼ mi. turn right on Hoot Owl Valley Rd., E10222 Hoot Owl Valley Rd., Baraboo Berry Hot Line: 608-355-1965 • www.theberryfarmer.com

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Bike Across Lake Wisconsin 25.66 Miles

The best way to get across Lake Wisconsin is to bike across! Go from Sauk City to the ferry and loop back through Prairie du Sac. Watch out for golf balls and lake front property for sale on the route. Highway 188 out to the ferry turns into what the locals lovingly refer to as Roller Coaster Road with tons of ups and downs. Great for a leisurely Sunday ride! 36



The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - 32.99 Miles

This ride starts with about 8 miles of general spinning (the good). This is quickly followed by an assortment of moderate hills and downhills (the Bad). Finally, Hilltop Road treats you to the ugly - a huge climb under the tree canopy followed by a decent climb on Swiss Valley Road. You are rewarded with a slow downhill back into town and a quick run through downtown Sauk Prairie. The ride down Denzer Road is absolutely picturesque.


Sauk Prairie Outskirts 14.75 Miles

Not too much for climbs, ample spinning. Encircle all of Sauk Prairie! Sites include Wollersheim Winery, Culver’s Headquarters and the old railway bridge. Enter town on one bridge and exit on the other.


Settlers on Dunlop Hollow Hill - 16.26 Miles

This 16.28 mile route is a great mix of hills and spinning (about 1/3 hills, 2/3 spin). Choosing to battle the hills first will reward you with a rush of high speed downhill and flat spinning cool down. Dunlop Hollow Hill is a brutal 250 ft rise over about 1.5 miles. This quick but brutal climb will get you warmed up. Hwy 19’s shoulder is not that great, but its a quick 3 miles. Scenery includes rolling Wisconsin farmland and hilltop estates.


Roxbury Shorty! 5.64 Miles

The Roxbury Shorty! A quick ride through the sleepy village of Roxbury. A little gradual elevation. Complete the ride on an early weekend and top it off with breakfast at the Roxbury Tavern!


Golf Loop 11.35 Miles

A simple 11 mile loop with some hills thrown in to mix it up. Mostly rolling countryside roads. The shoulder is a little tight in some spots, so be aware. An easier loop for a quick morning ride - treat yourself with pancakes at Eagle Inn or Blue Spoon after a morning ride!


Broken Chain Run 9.11 Miles

Looking for a quick ride that is a great workout? This 9-mile run will have you exploring your entire gear-set with a large hill on Hornung Road followed by 3 decent hills on the way home on Mack Road. It’s interspersed with smaller hills to remind you this is no easy spin. Scenic rolling farmland with a quick view of one of the vineyards where Wollersheim picks for their estate wines!


The Hidden Hill 30.26 Miles

This route is about 92% spinning. Right in the middle (perfectly at mile 15) there is a monster of a hidden hill. So just when you got acclimated to sitting in the saddle and keeping a cadence, this may just tear you right off your seat! Beautiful ride through grassland prairies and small unincorporated towns like Black Hawk. Along the course, map a stop at Pape’s Valley Inn for a beer and a bite or Leystra’s for a piece of pie at the finish!


The Barrens and the Bottoms - 14.21 Miles

Take the scenic route along the Wisconsin River! This quick 14 mile route takes you along County Road Y through the Mazomanie Oak Barrens and Mazomanie Bottoms. The road needs some TLC, but has lower and slower traffic. This quick loop could spawn a day of adventure. Host a picnic at the Mazomanie Oak

Barrens access about 1.4 miles down, sign up for a canoe rental on the river at Blackhawk River Runs or go for a birding hike at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights marker on Highway 78. End your day with a renowned Brandy Old Fashioned at Green Acres or a riverside stay for the night at Wisconsin River Retreat!


Mr. Smith goes to Washington 29.39 Miles

From Sauk Prairie to the Capital! (Note, this not a loop). This 29-mile ride has a good mix of hills (gradual and sharp) and flat spinning runs. The trail on either side of Springfield Hill is in great condition. The back roads provide a good mix of hills to balance the nice and easy ride on the trail. Once you get down to Madison, take a victory lap around the Capital and grab some cheese curds and an old fashioned or microbrew at Vintage on University!


Witwen Parade 21.41 Miles

Named after the infamous Fourth of July Parade in Witwen, WI, this quick 21 mile jaunt packs in a lot of good spin time! Not too much for hills, but good flat straightaways to work on your speed. Time this bike ride just right and you can picnic at the Witwen concerts in the summer - an underground local favorite!


Tour de Town 10.6 Miles

Get in a quick 10 mile tour of Sauk Prairie! First, start at the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center. Built in 2012, the center houses a 1,400 gallon fish tank and tons of great info on the Riverway area. Then take Phillips out towards August Derleth’s house. The author, colleague of H.P. Lovecraft, called Sauk Prairie his home. Loop down River Road past the old blown out Wisconsin River railway bridge. Madison Street will take you back through Sauk City, where you’ll loop around Marion Park, renown for hosting the infamous Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw every Labor day weekend. Oak Street turns to Sauk Prairie road to take you just

6 TIPS FOR SAFE CYCLING 1. Wear a HeLmet In the event of an accident, wearing a helmet greatly reduces your chances of suffering a serious head injury. Make sure that your helmet fits well and that the straps sit snugly against the sides of your face and under your chin. Also, be sure to choose a helmet manufactured according to strict safety standards. 2. INsPeCt yOur bICyCLe A well-performing and properly maintained bike is safer than one that’s run down and needs work. Regularly check the following before hitting the road: • Tire pressure • The condition of the spokes • The alignment of the wheels and the forks • The tautness of the chain • The functioning of the brakes. Only ride bikes that are the appropriate size. Ensure that the seat and handlebars are set at the right height. 3. make yOurseLf vIsIbLe If you cycle at night or when visibility is limited, make sure your bike is equipped with a white front light, a red rear light or reflector, white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on the rear forks. As an extra precaution, consider wearing reflective outside of town to fly by the new Sauk Prairie Healthcare system. Prairie Street will wind back into downtown Prairie du Sac, passing Mueller’s Sports Medicine headquarters. Finally, cool down by spinning through both Prairie and Sauk down Water Street, Sauk Prairie’s eclectic downtown. Plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat or drink along the way, including Leystra’s, the very first Culver’s, Wood BBQ, Prairie House, Eagle Inn, The Blue Spoon, Woodshed Ale House and more!

clothing and equipping your bike with vertical and horizontal safety flags. 4. make yOurseLf Heard Bikes are extremely quiet, so it’s important to always announce your presence to other cyclists and pedestrians. Use a bell, horn or your voice to indicate that you’re passing or approaching. 5. COmmuNICaTe yOur INTeNTIONs Know the hand signals for turning and stopping and always use them when changing lanes, making a turn or coming to a stop. This is for the benefit of motorists and other cyclists. Moreover, make sure to do a shoulder check before signalling and another one just before turning. 6. remaIN aLert Distracted cycling is as dangerous as distracted driving. Don’t ever text or talk on the phone while riding your bike. Avoid wearing earbuds, if you decide to use earbuds please only use one rather than two as it’s important that you hear what’s happening around you. By following these recommendations and abiding by the local traffic laws, you’ll reduce the risks involved in cycling.


Up N’ Down 11.67 Miles

This countryside ride looks like a quick 11-mile ride at first glance, but the sheer amount of silent, gradual hills is surprising. Good bang for your buck on a quick workout. Start off by going straight up Hwy 60 to overlook Prairie du Sac. Barta Road sneaks up on you on a quick downhill and takes you quickly by Fish Lake. Two-thirds of the way done and you face Mack Road, which is a straight shot filled with small hills. End on a downhill, speeding past Wollersheim Winery! 2021 VISIT SAUK COUNTY


Mid-Continent Railway Museum Recreating the ‘Golden Age of Railroading’

On the outskirts of the small town of North Freedom, located approximately halfway between Reedsburg and Baraboo, one will find a railroad museum nestled along the banks of the Baraboo River. The museum’s off-the-beaten-path location makes it easy to miss even for area residents, but this museum is one of Sauk County’s true hidden gems. Mid-Continent Railway Museum is an outdoor, living history museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting the nation’s railroad legacy. This is achieved through welcoming the public for a ride aboard the museum’s antique trains, educational exhibits, and restoring their collection of railcars and locomotives. Although well known by railfans, the museum’s humble home disguises the fact it is home to one of the nation’s largest and most significant collections of historic wooden passenger and freight railroad cars. With a collection focusing on an era from the 1860s to the 1920s, a visitor gets a true sense of what America’s small-town rail system looked like over 100 years ago. The museum contains a mix of indoor and outdoor exhibit areas. After picking up a self-guided tour pamphlet from the agent in the 1894 depot, wander through the outdoor display yard filled with steam locomotives, boxcars, flatcars, and cabooses. There are over 38


milwaukee Lake shore & Western #63

First Class Coach | Barney & Smith Co. | Built 1888

Coach #63 represents one of Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s awardwinning wooden passenger car restorations. Built in 1888 by the Barney & Smith Co., it was used on the Milwaukee Lake Shore & Western Railway which ran from Milwaukee north along the lakeshore to Manitowoc before turning northwest to Appleton, Wausau, and Ashland. The MLS&W existed from 1872 until 1893 when the railroad was acquired by the Chicago & North Western Railway. The car interior is finished in varnished cherry wood designed by renowned Art Nouveau style designer and architect Edward Colonna. Motifs and carvings of the style within the car distinguish it from the Neo-Classical design used by most other railroad car interiors. After the car’s years of passenger service, its wheels were removed and it was converted into an office at Chicago’s Wood Street Potato Yard. The car was donated to MidContinent in 1970 and completed a $350,000 restoration in 2003 and is now on display in Mid-Continent’s Coach Shed #1.

delaware Lackawanna & Western Coach Cars Pullman Co. | Built 1914-1917

Mid-Continent is home to a set of four cars from the same series built by the famous Pullman Company as part of a major order of steel passenger cars to be used on the Delaware Lackawanna & Western’s steampowered suburban service out of Hoboken, New Jersey. The four cars were built between 1914 and 1917 and are considered one of the last large orders of open-platform coaches ever built. Their simple design provided economical short-distance transportation. The cars had a seating capacity of 78 passengers and weighed 108,000 lbs., with some being built as a half passenger car, half baggage car variant with a capacity of 58 passengers. These cars served the commuters faithfully for 55 years before transitioning to serve as Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s primary set of passenger cars used for museum train rides where they’ve continued to serve passengers for another 49 years and counting.

four dozen restored railcars and locomotives to explore and many more awaiting restoration. The jewels of the museum’s collection are kept inside a pair of large display buildings. Inside, one will find an array of exquisitely restored passenger cars that have been completely restored to look as if they just rolled out of the factory over a century ago. MidContinent Railway Museum’s restorations have won national awards and even been featured in the PBS television series Ultimate Restorations. No trip to Mid-Continent Railway Museum is complete without a train ride. Climb aboard 1915-era passenger cars for a 55-minute, 7-mile roundtrip journey past the old mining town of La Rue to the end of the line at Quartzite Lake. Authentically attired conductors call “all aboard” and collect tickets from passengers while sharing historical information and answering passenger questions. The ability to enjoy a meal or drinks in the dining car is also offered a few days each year. Mid-Continent Railway Museum is a must-visit destination for railfans and history buffs. The museum is open seasonally May through October plus some special events. for the latest hours of operation, train ride schedules, and ticket prices visit www.midcontinent.org or call 608-522-4261 or toll-free 800-930-1385.




Enjoy a ride! OPEN SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS May 8-Oct. 17 AND Nov. 27-Dec. 5 DEPARTURES at* 11am, 1pm & 3pm MUSEUM HOURS 9:30am-5:00pm on days trains operate *Departure times differ during some special events. Schedules subject to change. See website for latest schedule and availability.

FARES Adult $22 | Senior (62+) $20 | Child (3-15) $12; Ages 2 and under ride free

Prices subject to change, prices may differ during select special events

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Directions from Wisconsin Dells to E8948 Museum Rd., North Freedom, WI 53951 Follow US Hwy 12 East to West Baraboo — RIGHT on Hwy 136 West for 4 miles — LEFT on Hwy PF for 2 miles into North Freedom — STRAIGHT at 4-Way STOP sign onto W. Walnut St. — Museum is 0.4 miles ahead on W. Walnut St./Museum Rd.

Tickets please!

Sp a N COVID-19 Mask use is required while visiting the museum and aboard all trains. See website for additional information. Train capacity is reduced while social distancing rules are in effect. Reservations are suggested and can be booked at www.midcontinent.org.

MID-CONTINENT RAILWAY MUSEUM E8948 Museum Rd., North Freedom, WI 53951


(608) 522-4261 or (800) 930-1385 www.MidContinent.org 2021 VISIT SAUK COUNTY


Good Times. Great Food. Built on a century of tradition.

For over 30 years, Green Acres has provided award-winning food in classic Wisconsin supper club style. Located in an iconic building serving the community since the late 1800’s.

“Best Restaurant”

Open for Inside Dining and Take Out 7 Nights A Week

Madison Magazine Best of the ‘Burbs 2016

Bar Open 4pm Daily Kitchen Hours: Fri - Sat: 4:30 - 10pm Sun - Thurs: 4:30 - 9pm

Pr me R b ever n ght (ex ept Fr da s) • F sh Fr ava ab e ever n ght *NEW* — Fresh Fish Specials - Expanded Wine List - New Appetizers

DAily SPEciAlS: Pr me R b Ava ab e Ever N ght (ex ept Fr ) s ow roasted and flavorfu Monday: Stuffed Orange Roughy - broiled roughy filets with shrimp & scallop stuffing topped with hollandaise Tuesday: Fish Fry - beer battered haddock served with French fries or baked potato & coleslaw Wednesday: Northwoods Chicken - chargrilled chicken breast with harvest blend rice and cumberland sauce

Thursday: Half Roast Duck - served on wild rice with traditional orange sauce or port wine sauce Friday: Fish Fry - a Wisconsin Friday tradition, we serve beer battered haddock with potato & coleslaw Saturday: Prime Rib - our famous slow roasted prime is feature on Saturday - King, Queen or Petite cuts Sunday: Frog Legs - a unique local favorite you can order deep-fried or sautéed in garlic butter

608-643-2305 | greena resrestaurant. om Corner of Highways 12 & 78, Sauk City 7487 State Road 78

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