Castle Rock
Petenwell Lakes
807 Division St.
Mauston WI 53948
Juneau and Adams County in Wisconsin Juneau and Adams County in Wisconsin
Juneau County Castle Rock Park
Juneau County Area Parks
Juneau County Castle Rock Park is located in a beautiful wooded area on Castle Rock Lake and compromises approximately 160 acres. The park has sites available for camping with at 150 sites with electrical hook ups. Each campsite has a fire ring and a picnic table. All types of camping units are welcome.
Recreational opportunities available at the Park are swimming, boating, water-skiing, fishing, canoeing. kayaking and hiking. Playground equipment is abundant on the grounds. Bathhouse, showers and dump station facilities are handicap accessible.
For more detailed information and reservations contact the Juneau County Forestry and Parks Department. Main office (608) 847-9389. Park Office (608) 847-7089 (Summer Only).
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Adams County Castle Rock Park
The Park is open year round for camping. It is a 141 acre park with boat launch, boat slips, swimming area, shelter house, playground equipment, snowmobile unloading/loading area, restrooms/showers, fame room with concessions available.
The Park is 7 miles Southwest of Friendship. (608) 339-7713 Adams County Petenwell Park
Roche-A-Cri State Park
A 540 acre park located 1 1/2 miles North of Friendship off Highway 13. Campsites by reservation. The park features a 303 step stairway to the top of Roche-A-Cri Mound.
Kennedy County Park
Off County Road M, New Lisbon, this 200 acre park is on the Lemonweir River - Rustic Campsites - Fire Rings - Carry-In and Carry-out
Juneau County Wilderness Park
Juneau County Wilderness Park is a scenic campground located in Northern Juneau County on Petenwell Lake. The 80 acre park has 140 sites with 56 sites having electrical hook ups. Showers are available. Swimming, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing can be enjoyed on the beautiful blue waters of the Petenwell. For the younger guests there are several pieces of playground equipment for their enjoyment.
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Buckhorn State Park
Buckhorn State Park is over a 4,500 acre park and wildlife area located on a peninsula of Castle Rock Lake. The year round park offers swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Some campsites are walk-in sites located on the shoreline. There is also outdoor group sites and sites for pop up or hard sided trailers.
Families of disabled persons can enjoy a camping experience as well. A handicap accessible cabin at the State Park is nestled near the lake's edge. The cabin has useful features likea roll-in shower, two hospital beds and proximity to an accessible pier. topic/ parks/ buckhorn - Phone (608) 847-2789
Rocky Arbor State Park
Only 1 mile from Wisconsin Dells, this 231 acre park with a picturesque stream flowing through the narrow sandstone cliffs and valleys is a gem just off the interstate.
Riverside Park & Campground
Located in New Lisbon this park sets on the banks of the Lemonweir River. Open May - October. (608) 562-3534
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Castle Rock Petenwell Lakes Refuge
Mile Bluff State Park
A short 3 mile drive from Camp Douglas this park has it's own swimming pond. (608) 427-6692
Bass Hollow Park
Bass Hollow Park is off County Road K in 7 Mile Creek. It is a 295 acre park with rustic camping, hiking and horse back riding trails. Riding is at your own risk as conditions change and the trail is not routinely inspected.
Riverview Park
Off 28th Avenue in Kildare Township. This 80+ acre park is on the Wisconsin River. The park has a shelter, fire ring, well and a set of outhouses.
Central Wisconsin Conservation Area
60,000 acres on the West boundary of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge provides public hunting grounds for upland birds, waterfowl and camping. Contact the Meadow Valley Ranger Station. The original planting of Wild Turkeys were introduced near this sight in 1953.
Sunrise Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Petenwell Rock
The Rock is located on the West banks of the Wisconsin River. It is the largest scenic rock formation in Northern Juneau County. The Rock was named for a brave fur trader, Peter Wells, who with his Native sweetheart, Clinging Vine, leaped to their death from the Rock. So named: Petenwell Rock
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Castle Rock and Petenwell Lakes
The construction of the dams creating the two lakes (flowages) was started in l947 and completed in l950. Petenwell is the 2nd largest inland lake in Wisconsin and Castle Rock is the 4th. The counties of Adams and Juneau border the lakes in their entirety. The dams were built on sand and unique as the first such projects undertaken in the United States. The concrete dams are classified as "floating-type construction" with embedded cutoff walls that penetrate deep into the glacial sands; permanently anchoring them.
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
43,656 acres located Northwest of Necedah. This refuge was established in 1939 to provide a breeding and resting area for waterfowl and is managed by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to fulfilling its role as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, Necedah Refuge is also responsible for preserving natural diversity and providing for the needs of threatened or endangered animals and plants.
On sight is a first class teaching Welcome Center. The Refuge provides opportunities for people to enjoy and learn about our natural world through wildlife-compatible activities such as hiking, cross country skiing, hunting, fishing photography, berry picking, and bird watching. There are over 200 species of birds known to use the refuge at some time during the year. They boast of the world's largest population of endangered Karner blue butterflies, as well as bald eagles, timber wolves, Blanding's turtles and Massasauga rattlesnakes.
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge was the site for the reintroduction for migratory flock of whooping cranes. The Whooping Crane is the rarest and tallest bird in North America, often reaching 5' tall with a 7' wing span. Adults are snowy white with black wing tips and black & white masks on their faces. Cranes are well adapted for life in wetlands with long legs, long necks and long bills. They mate for life and have been known to live for up to 40 years. The story of the recovery of the whooping cranes in Wisconsin is a miraculous one.
Take a trip to the Refuge which is located 4 miles West of Necedah on State Highway 21. The Refuge is home to many other species of plants, birds and animals. Information: 608-565-2551
Necedah Walking/Hiking Trail
This trail runs along the Yellow River north of Necedah. There are several miles of trails and are only mowed or maintained once a year. Normally in the fall. It is used for hunting, hiking and a portion for snowmobiling in the winter months. The Sprague ridge crossing in on the north end of the trail system. This bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The trail winds through the river bottoms where a variety of wildlife can be found.
Juneau County Bike Adventures
There are many bike trails in Juneau County and they usually begin or end in Elroy, Wi. in southwestern Juneau County. In 1965 the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail became the very first Rails to Trails Conversion in the United States. This hard-packed limestone trail covers 32 miles of the abandoned Chicago & Northwestern Railroad bed. The trail passes through 3 tunnels as it makes its way toward Sparta. The Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trial links with the La Crosse River trail in Sparta. It is the recommended that you carry flashlights and a sweater or jacket as the tunnel trails are dark, damp and cool.
The 400 Trail is one of Wisconsin's most scenic trails. It is named for the Chicago & Northwestern passenger train which traveled the the 400 miles from Chicago to Minneapolis in 400 minutes. Its 22 miles between Elroy and Reedsburg are smooth, hard-packed limestone and parallels or crosses the Baraboo River the entire length. Hillsboro 4 mile Trail is linked to the 400 Trail and runs between Hillsboro and Union Center. The trail offers a mixture of woods and agriculture.
The Omaha trail opened in l992 and is a peaceful and secluded trail. It follows an abandoned Chicago & Northwestern Railroad bed from Camp Douglas to Elroy. After a 4 mile peddle you will reach the small community of Hustler. There is a park near the trail which provides an opportunity to rest. At the half way point on your trip is the trails historic tunnel that was built in l876. There is a rest area just north of the tunnel. You will see spectacular rock outcroppings that are not found anywhere else in Wisconsin. The rest of the journey passes through sections of dense forest and scenic farmlands.
Castle Rock Petenwell Lakes Reflection
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Outdoors Forever
Outdoors Forever (ODF) was founded in l987 by a group of area residents seeing a need for a county-wide conservation program. The club is located on a 200 acre farm and features two miles on the Lemonweir River. It offers members good hiking and wildlife viewing. The club currently owns and manages approximately 600 acres of habitat. It is dedicated to youth outdoor education, wildlife habitat, safe, ethical and wise use of natural resources. Its diversity offers programs of interest for men, women and children.
Outdoors Forever Habitat Club is located in the Lemonweir Township of Juneau County.
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