April 12, 2011

Pack Your Picnic Basket!

Four Great places to go on a picnic in Wisconsin

There’s nothing like a bright spring day to whet your appetite. Going on a picnic is an age-old way to spend an afternoon in the beautiful outdoors. We’ve selected four of the best places to enjoy your lunch al fresco.


Hodag ParkRhinelander
Have lunch on the shores of beautiful Boom Lake at Hodag Park. The park is named for the green woodland creature that is said to lurk in the forests of the Rhinelander area. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a Hodag while you’re enjoying your picnic.

In Hodag Park, you’re surrounded with the best of life in the Northwoods. Enjoy waterscapes and fresh air. See boaters and anglers setting out for the day from the park’s boat landing. Plan your trip to Rhinelander at www.explorerhinelander.com.

Greens Coulee ParkOnalaska
Onalaska sits in the middle of Coulee Country, a landscape of deep valleys, crystal clear creeks and bluff-top vistas. Greens Coulee Park offers some of the very best views of this picturesque part of Wisconsin.

During the spring, the view is absolutely wonderful. The combination of rolling hills and newly green fields is soothing on the eyes. Birds flock to this natural area, attracted by the open spaces and wide variety of plants. It’s a delightful place to throw down a blanket, open up the picnic basket and take it all in. Learn about more things to see and do in Onalaska – visit www.discoveronalaska.com.

Biking in Lakeview Park, Middleton WisconsinLakeview Park Middleton
In this quiet corner of Middleton, you’ll find a little piece of classic small-town life. Lakeview Park is the quintessential community park, complete with sports fields, a large playground and a scenic pond.

Whatever patch of green grass you choose as you picnic spot, you’ll have a pleasant view of this wonderful park. Watch people bicycling and rollerblading along the winding paths. See children fishing in the pond and families playing on the playground. This is a little piece of paradise in a community that’s famous for its high quality of life. Learn more about Middleton at www.visitmiddleton.com.

Crystal Lake Beach – Boulder Junction
The perfect way to work up an appetite would be a bicycle ride on the paved trail from Boulder Junction to Crystal Lake Beach.

Along your way, you’ll pass along the eastern shore of beautiful Trout Lake. After seeing beautiful blue water, you’ll be ready for a swim when you get to Crystal Lake Beach at the end of the trail. After your swim, enjoy a Northwoods picnic, surrounded by pine trees and shimmering lakes. It’s as good as it gets. See a map of Crystal Lake Trail and learn more about Boulder Junction at www.boulderjct.org.

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