Area Recreation

For the love of nature…

The Wisconsin Heights area offers a wealth of opportunity to the outdoor enthusiast, everything from a world class trout stream to 17,000 acres of public hunting ground.

The Black Earth Creek, which is fed by the Garfoot, Vermont, Spring Valley and Blue Mounds creeks, was made a “Priority Watershed” not long after it was named one of the top 100 trout streams in North America. The resulting concentrated conservation efforts over the past three decades have made the stream even better. Numerous “lunker structures” have been installed, providing even more sub-bank trout habitat. Strong populations of naturallyreproducing German Brown and Rainbow Trout each year attract hundreds of fly and spin-fishing enthusiasts. Yet the stream is long enough that
there is plenty of room, even on the busiest days.

For those who prefer bigger water, the Wisconsin River borders the Wisconsin Heights area on the north. The Lower Wisconsin Riverway begins just north of Wisconsin Heights, below the last dam on the river at Prairie du Sac. As a result the upper reaches of the Lower Wisconsin are chock full of fishing fun. The river contains virtually every species of fish there is in Wisconsin, everything from the feisty-but-tasty bluegill to the prehistoric sturgeon, Wisconsin’s largest inland game fish. Each year fishermen and women seeking walleye, sauger and smallmouth bass find success in the thousands of nooks and crannies of the Wisconsin. There are a number of boat landings in the region: most popular in the Wisconsin Heights Area is the Town of Mazomanie landing off of CTH Y.

The river runs along the spacious Mazomanie Wildlife Refuge, which offers everything from upland game bird hunting to deer hunting, both with bow and gun. But you don’t have to be a hunter, fisherman or trapper to enjoy this area. Hiking, off-road biking and four-wheeling are also popular activities in the region. Several beaches can be found along the river as well, and canoeing, boating, jet-skiing and sandbar-camping opportunities are available during the spring, summer and fall months. In the winter,
ice fishermen take to the sloughs to continue their fishing fun.

You don’t have to go far from home to find something to do outdoors when you live in Wisconsin Heights. It truly is an outdoorsman’s paradise.

Hit the Road!

The Wisconsin Heights region is, without a doubt, a bicyclist’s dream. The rugged, unglaciated hills that lie west of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail offer both the novice and the seasoned bicyclist a leg-numbing series of winding country roads.

The broad Black Earth and Wisconsin River valleys, on the other hand, offer those who are just getting started fewer hills, but just as much scenery.

The region’s beautiful flora and fauna are readily accessible to bicyclists. Each year more and more bicyclists are flocking to the region in search of exercise, fresh air and the camaraderie that characterizes this sport.

Organized rides are available through local bicycling organizations, and huge rideslike the Horribly Hilly 100, which starts in Blue Mounds and winds through the Wisconsin Heights region, and the Ironman Triathlon ride in September, are annual events. A new bicycle shop in downtown Mazomanie, ProCycle, has been organizing rides that originate in Mazomanie and radiate in different directions.

But you don’t have to be part of the group if you don’t want to: many take off on their own in search of new twowheeler frontiers.

In recent years, as the silent sport of bicycling has grown in popularity, the Wisconsin Heights region has become a destination for those in the bicycling community. For more information, go to www.bombaybicycle.org or consider obtaining a copy of the most recent (third) edition of Great Dane Rides: A Guide for Bicycling in Madison and South Central Wisconsin, by Michael Bieberitz.