Within a few steps, you will be surrounded by cattails, croaking frogs and Sandhill cranes prowling for dinner. Not a long walk, but a pleasant little natural oasis which is also quite accessible to all.
There are gorgeous views over the lake, a boat launch, camping and a playground.
Follow the trail along the west side of the dog park and back into open fields and small wooded copses.
Galleries show recreations of native-American homes and clothing, clothing and tools brought by early settlers, photos of a changing Wisconsin and even a Wisconsin tavern, complete with mounted deer head.
The rainbow-stacked shelter is a quirky, fun and visible landmark. Surrounding these buildings are acres of hiking trails, a dog park, sledding hill, pond and numerous basketball courts and soccer fields. Come out and explore the Northside!
Parking is at the top of the trail and leads down a short path to a summer pavilion. There is little else there, but there’s something cute about this tiny hidden location.
There is something wildly satisfying about taking a razor sharp ax, hurling it at wall and having it stick in the target with a resounding thud.
Surrounded by Governor Nelson State Park, the Holy Wisdom Monastery, and a new sub-division of McMansions, this Prairie is a pleasant little natural area.