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Things to Do in the Area



Ice Age Trail

Take a journey along Wisconsin’s glacial landscapes. Your trip could be long or short, secluded or social. Whatever you’re looking for, the Ice Age Trail has it. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that highlights 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.

The Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail maintains over 9 miles of beautiful trail in southern Columbia County from the Lodi Marsh to the Merrimac Ferry. We offer a variety of hikes and social events, including the Mammoth Fun Run & Hike, an annual National Trails Day event in June.  All ages and skill levels will enjoy the trails in this great community.



Gibraltar Rock

Rising  200 feet above the surrounding farms, Gilbraltar Rock is a flat topped cliff that offers spectacular views of the Lodi Valley and  Lake Wisconsin, with the Baraboo Hills providing a stunning backdrop to the north. A must see for hiking and nature enthusiasts it is located four miles north of Lodi on Highway 113.  In the parking area there is a gated access area that takes you to the path. The path is about .5 miles up to the cliff. Park Rd., off CR V, Lodi. Find out more about Gibraltar Rock here.


Parfrey’s Glen Scientific Area Trail
Parfrey’s Glen is one of the loveliest, most intimate little spots in Wisconsin. Though the inner gorge is only about 0.25-mile long, it holds enough fascination to permanently etch itself in your memory. This trek will take you deeper and deeper into an ever narrowing gorge, where each twist and turn reveal another beautiful scene. The glen was once a place only a few people knew about by word of mouth. The 0.5-mile hike from the parking area helps keep the crowds down, but your best chance for the old experience of unfolding wonder is to visit in winter. Surface quality: Ungroomed, hiker and snowshoer packed. (608) 356-8301
Find out more about the Parfrey's Glen Trail here.


Pewit's Nest

Pewit’s Nest is natural gorge cut by a small stream called Skillet Creek.  It is similar in many ways to the more well-known Parfrey’s Glen to the south-east of Devil’s Lake State Park. Pewit’s is between 30 and 40 feet deep and the trails are not maintained.  The walking trails take you over the deep gorge instead of through it.  If you visit use extreme caution. There are no railings! Find out more about Pewit's Nest here.


Devil's Lake State Park

There are so many things to keep you busy here in the Devil’s Lake State Park Region!  Devil’s Lake has 2 huge sandy beaches, miles of hiking & biking trails, canoe & kayak rentals and so much more.  The park is also a popular  rock climbing destination. Devil’s Lake has over 29 miles of trails for any skill level. S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, (608) 356-8301


Natural Bridge State Park

Natural Bridge State Park has a natural sandstone arch Locationcreated by the eroding effects of wind and water. The bridge has an opening 25 feet high by 35 feet wide. This weathered formation, in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, was missed by the glaciers during the last Ice Age. Near the bridge is a rock shelter used by native people when the glacier was melting, 11,000 years ago. The park is for day use only. There is no camping at Natural Bridge.  (608) 356-8301
Find out more about Natural Bridge State Park here.





Lakeland Hills Golf Course
The 9-hole “Lakeland Hills” course at the Lakeland Hills Country Club facility in Lodi, Wisconsin features 2,899 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35 . The course rating is 34.0 and it has a slope rating of 119.  Lakeland Hills golf course opened in 1963.  300 Prospect St., Lodi (608)-592-3757
Find out more about Lakeland Hills Golf Course here.


Lake Wisconsin Country Club

If you play golf in Wisconsin, you owe it to yourself to try Lake Wisconsin Country Club. Located on Lake Wisconsin, the panoramic views along with the challenging par 70 course with a 117 slope rating make for a great golf experience for players of all abilities. While not especially long at 5881 yards from the back tees, the strategic layout places a premium on good decision making and well executed shots. Golfers playing the course for the first time often comment that it is one of the best kept secrets and values that they have come across. Schedule a tee time, sign up for our Monday night league which is open to both members and nonmembers, or inquire about a golf club membership. N1076 Golf Rd., Prairie du Sac, (608) 643-2405
Find out more about Lake Wisconsin Country Club here.



Smokey Hollow Campground

We invite you to visit Smokey Hollow Campground and we will do our best to see that you have a great time! We’ll be waiting for you at the campground! Whether you are looking for a weekend filled with activities or the quiet relaxation of a secluded campground, Smokey Hollow is the place for you and your family! Call today to make your reservation, we have the perfect site waiting for you. Make plans now for your next vacation or just a weekend away! Find out more about Smokey Hollow Campground here.


Merry Mac's Campground

Merry Mac’s Campground is a family friendly campground nestled between the South shore of Devil’s Lake and Lake Wisconsin. This 40 acre facility offers activities for all age groups: swimming pool, beach, swimming pond with water inflatables, jumping pillow, dunk tank, miniature golf, playground, sand volleyball, basketball, trykes and bikes, friendly camp store surrounded by Mother Nature’s beauty! Find out more about Merry Mac's Campground here.


Devil's Lake State Park

There are so many things to keep you busy here in the Devil’s Lake State Park Region!  Devil’s Lake has 2 huge sandy beaches, miles of hiking & biking trails, canoe & kayak rentals and so much more.  The park is also a popular  rock climbing destination. Devil’s Lake has over 29 miles of trails for any skill level. S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, (608) 356-8301
Find out more about Devil's Lake State Park here.


Car Ferry

Merrimac Ferry

The ferry operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but only from April to November. The ferry will often operate into December depending on when the Lake Wisconsin ice becomes too thick to operate the ferry. The ferry winches itself across the river on three submerged cables. A round trip usually takes 14 minutes. Colsac III can hold up to fifteen normal-size cars or trucks, as well as bicycles and pedestrians, and is capable of transporting semi-trailers. The state operates warning signs several miles from the ferry to alert motorists when it is not operating in season, as detours are considerable, and a traffic information system provides drivers with the expected wait time, which can be up to 50 minutes in peak season. Traffic volume can exceed 1200 vehicles daily. (608) 246-3806
Find out more about the Merrimac Ferry here.


Area Attractions

Mackenzie Center

The MacKenzie Environmental Education Center (MEEC) is one of the most diverse environmental education centers in Wisconsin. Encompassing 250 acres, the center has a variety of habitat types including prairie and forestland. MEEC is an excellent place to visit and learn more about the natural world through hands-on outdoor experiences, family outings, hiking and picnics. Find out more about the Mackenzie Center here.


Circus World Museum

Step into the magical world of the big top at Circus World in Baraboo. Discover the National Landmark Site and original buildings of the Ringling Bros. Circus. See skilled acrobats, horses, jugglers, dogs, clowns, aerialists and elephants in 10 shows daily, May 18 to September 2. Witness the new The Tristan Crist Illusion Show with jaw-dropping illusions that capture the imagination. Explore vast collections of authentic circus wagons, advertising posters and big top memorabilia for a full day of family fun, history and entertainment. 550 Water St., Baraboo, (608) 356-8341
Find out more about the Circus World Museum here.


Ho-Chunk Casino & Bingo

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells - Baraboo, Wisconsin, offers a full-service casino that lets you enjoy 24-hour slot machines, bingo, blackjack and other games 365 days a year. Experience a Wisconsin luxury hotel with the gaming excitement of a Vegas vacation! You’ll experience the best in Wisconsin casinos at Ho-Chunk. S3214 US 12, Baraboo, (800) 746-2486
Find out more about Ho-Chunk Casino & Bingo here.


Wisconsin Dells

Did you know Wisconsin Dells was named the #1 family vacation destination in the U.S. and #3 in the world in the 2010 Travelers' Choice Awards from We were thrilled and stunned (in a good way) and humbled. We think it has everything to do with, well, everything there is to do here in the Dells. Find out more about the Wisconsin Dells here.


Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society-also known as Mid-Continent Railway Museum-is 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 of restored rolling stock. Mid-Continent has operated at North Freedom, Wisconsin since 1963. E8948 Diamond Hill Rd., North Freedom, (608) 522-4261
Find out more about Mid-Continent Railway Museum here.





Yellow Thunder Snowmobile Association

Established in 1968, the Yellow Thunder Snowmobile Association is located in Lodi, WI near Lake Wisconsin. The members of our club come from Lodi, Dane, Harmony Grove, Okee, and even central Illinois. Our members enjoy sharing adoration for Wisconsin’s wonderful white winters and snowmobiling. In addition to the social interaction our members enjoy they also partake in the following: Maintain and access a wonderful trail system of over 65 miles, Participate in workshops, meetings, and social events, Volunteer in community activities, Influence on state and national legislation, Access to annual snowmobile safety class, Meet fellow enthusiastic snowmobilers. Find out more about Yellow Thunder here.



Ice Age Trail Snowshoeing

The Ice Age Trail is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails in the United States. This thousand-mile footpath highlights Wisconsin’s world-renowned Ice Age heritage and scenic beauty. The Trail meanders through 31 counties and is within 15 miles of nearly two million Wisconsin residents. For information about the Ice Age Trail Alliance go to or call 1-800-227-0046. Find out more about snowshoeing here.


The Lodi Area Cross Country Ski Club

The Lodi Area Cross Country Ski Club maintains 8 Kilometers of groomed trails at the Lakeland Golf Course.  More & more people travel from out of town to ski, as some of the trails our north facing there is snow on the trails when other trails have melted. Find out more about the cross country ski club here.


Skiing and Snow Tubing

Cascade Mountain Resort

With our innovative Flex Ticket your time to ski or ride starts when you purchase your ticket and is valid for up to 8 consecutive hours. Snow Tubing is a great activity for the whole family. Imagine the thrill of sliding down a snowy, 1000’ long chute and then effortlessly riding a surface lift back up. Tubes are provided and no experience is needed. Just hop in our tube and enjoy the ride. W10441 Cascade Mt. Rd., Portage, (800) 922-2754
Find out more about Cascade Mountain here.


Devil's Head Resort

Devil's Head Ski Resort in South Central Wisconsin attracts skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels because of its 500 vertical feet of excitement. Devil's Head has a variety of perfectly- groomed ski runs that sit on top of one of the highest mountains in Wisconsin. Winter vacationers visit this Wisconsin ski resort because it also offers a variety of day and night recreational outlets for all ages. Devil's Head also has exquisitely comfortable ski/in-ski/out accommodations for just the right winter getaway. S6330 Bluff Rd., Merrimac, (608) 493-2251
Find out more about Devil's Head Resort here.




Fishing, Boating and Swimming

Devil's Lake State Park

There are so many things to keep you busy here in the Devil’s Lake State Park Region!  Devil’s Lake has 2 huge sandy beaches, miles of hiking & biking trails, canoe & kayak rentals and so much more.  The park is also a popular  rock climbing destination. Devil’s Lake has over 29 miles of trails for any skill level. S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, (608) 356-8301
Find out more about Devil's Lake here.


Lake Wisconsin

Lake Wisconsin-Columbia and Sauk Counties. Find out more about Lake Wisconsin here.




Ski-Hi Fruit Farm

Open Aug through Nov, 8 to 5 pm, seven days a week. The apple orchard in the Baraboo Bluffs is next door to Devil’s Lake State Park. We raise 35 varieties of apples. Home of the World’s Best Homemade apple pie, apple turnovers, caramel apples, unpasteurized cider, comb honey, regular honey, jams, maple syrup, XL potatoes, sweet onions, pot roast onions, squash, Indian corn, and gourds. Self-guided tours. Picnic area. No pick-your-own apples. Located 4 miles south of Baraboo on Hwy 12, turn on Ski-Hi Rd, E11219A Ski-Hi Road, Baraboo, Sauk County. Call 608-356-3695. Find out more about Ski-Hi here.


Slack's Jams & Jellies

Taking pride in producing "home-made" quality jams, jellies, salsas and relishes.W12153 Slack Rd., Lodi, (608) 592-4804
Find out more about Slack's here.


Treinen Farm Corn Maze
EXPLORE our 200-acre farm nestled in the beautiful driftless area of Wisconsin near Lodi (just 20 miles north of Madison.). CHALLENGE yourself, friends and family to Wisconsin 's largest corn maze--15 acres (14 and1/2 football fields) of outdoor adventure. SEARCH for the perfect pumpkin in our thirteen-acre pumpkin patch, with hayride provided by our gentle draft horses. RELAX by the shimmering pond and savor the experience.  Bite into a crisp caramel apple, enjoy the fall colors, watch the kids play in the Tractor Tire Playground or launch pumpkins from the giant slingshot, meet a chicken, pet a goat. CONNECT to family, friends, the land, and Wisconsin 's farming heritage.  Our family welcomes you our third generation family farm. Create magical memories, and enjoy the fleeting summer and fall in the beautiful countryside. W12420 SR 60, Lodi, (608) 592-3481
Find out more about Treinen here.


Wollersheim Winery

Wollersheim and Cedar Creek wines are sold at the two wineries, and in stores and restaurants throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Wollersheim Winery has gained recognition as a leader in the Midwest wine industry where they are crafting award-winning regional and varietal wines at their national historic site and vineyards along the bluffs of the Wisconsin River. 7876 SR 188, Prairie du Sac, (800) 847-9463
Find out more about Wollersheim here.




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