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November 14, 2018

The Best Geocaching in West Bend

West Bend is the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest with over 1,600 caches within a 10-mile radius. The area has beautiful parks with tons of great trails. I was lucky enough to visit in October, my favorite month both for weather and geocaching. It was a great time to get out and explore West Bend.

If you don’t know what geocaching is, you should try it! It’s basically a treasure-hunting game you play using a GPS receiver or smartphone. You use the map to search for caches hidden in all kinds of places. One of the best parts of geocaching is it forces you to explore places beyond your regular stomping grounds. I’ve discovered some of my favorite places ever while geocaching.

Here are some great options for geocaching in West Bend:

West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour

When you take on the Four Seasons GeoTour, what you really get is a tour through West Bend’s coolest historic sites, parks, museums and more. It includes 20 geocaches around the city, and it’s an awesome way to get introduced to the area and discover hidden gems. If you complete the tour, you earn a collectable geocoin!

West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h

This is a one-of-a-kind event featuring family-friendly activities and a weekend of activities for new and experienced geocachers. The event had over 700 teams participate last year, so it’s a pretty big deal. The Cache Ba$h offers a $1,000 raffle prize along with a bunch of other freebies, so you’re guaranteed to leave with something awesome whether it’s a prize or a great memory.

Shalom Wildlife Zoo

We were excited to hear there was a geocache just outside this super unique zoo. It’s home to over 400 animals including raccoons, minks, brown bears, wolves, elk, bison and more. The cool thing is that they’re housed in natural environments, so you get to see them in their natural habitat versus in small enclosures like at other zoos.

Sandy Knoll Park

We ended our trip at Sandy Knoll, the largest park in the county. It was the perfect place for a fall walk through the trails. The park also has snowmobile trails, a playground, basketball court, soccer fields, a disc golf course (Riverside Disc Golf is right there on site with supplies) so it’s a great place to hang out year-round. We got to enjoy the fall color and find our last geocache of the weekend there.

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May 11, 2018

14th Annual Northwoods Birding Festival

The North Lakeland Discovery Center invites you to experience the best of birding in Wisconsin’s Northwoods during peak spring migration. Warbler walks, field trips, workshops and programs. Great for anyone interested in learning more about our feathered friends. Contact: Discovery Center, (715) 543-2085 or discoverycenter.net

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September 13, 2013

Two Fall Paddling Trips

Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to enjoy fall color. The trees and vegetation that line the river burst into dazzling shades, giving the paddler a breathtaking color show. These rivers are two of the very best for enjoying this annual display.

Kayaking in the fall color

A Plover River Paddle

The Plover River might be the most under-rated paddling river in the state. This winding river cuts its way through central Wisconsin, finally joining the Wisconsin River at Stevens Point. One of the best sections for paddling is the stretch between Stevens Point’s Jordan Park and Iverson Park. This flat-water paddling trip begins at the canoe ramp on the south side of Highway 66 in Jordan Park. The wooded landscape on both sides of the river make this an excellent stretch for viewing wildlife and fall color. At Iverson Park, stretch your legs by walking a short segment on the Green Circle Trail, which makes its way through the park.  Get complete details for this paddling trip.

Wandering the Willow Flowage

Some of the best fall paddling in Wisconsin can be found on lakes and flowages. The Willow Flowage in western Oneida County is enormous, totaling 6,400 acres. Largely undeveloped and with 117 islands, you can spend hours exploring this wilderness treasure. The flowage can be accessed on its east side at the Willow Flowage Dam. On the west side, paddlers can use landings located at the end of several improved roads. Find complete information about landings and other area paddling trips.

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August 26, 2013

Wild Walks: Four Fantastic Fall Nature Trails

Woman Hiking

The best wildlife viewing of the year – as well as the best scenery – can be found in the fall. The colorful days of autumn, when the oaks, aspens and maples blaze with color, are a magical time for a walk in the woods. However, it’s when the leaves fall from the trees that the wildlife viewing really gets good.

The bare trees and the shrinking vegetation allow hikers to see into the forest, giving them a chance to see wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer and other wildlife. The woods and wetlands are especially peaceful during this time, as well. And, the ground is generally dry and most trails are in top condition. You can’t beat this time of year for a walk in the woods.

Fall brings hunters into the forests, although you probably won’t see them. As a precaution, wear bright colors, such as blaze orange, just to be sure you’re visible.

Get out there this fall for a walk on the wild side on one of Wisconsin’s many trails. Here are some of the best:

Schmeeckle ReserveStevens Point

The trails on this 280-acre natural area offers a wonderful mix of forests, fields and wetlands.

Raven Nature Trail – Oneida County

Hike and enjoy picturesque waterscapes along 13.5 miles of hilly Northwoods trails.

Holmboe Nature Trail – Rhinelander

This short but scenic trail runs for 0.75 miles along the Pelican River.

Blue Hills Trail System – Rusk County

Explore 23 miles of outstanding trails running through one of Wisconsin’s most breathtaking landscapes.

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