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Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Bonfire and Candlelight Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Nelson SP

Join us for some Halloween fun for the whole family. Take a night hike on the 1.5-mile Woodland Trail - lit with luminaires! A bonfire will be at the shelter near the lake, and there will be marshmallows, hot dogs and hot chocolate while supplies last. Remember to bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Costumes encouraged! Event is weather permitting.


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Governor Nelson SP information

Located on 10,000-acre Lake Mendota, reecreation and nature mingle within sight of the State Capitol. Governor Nelson is a day use park offering a sand beach, boat launch, fish cleaning facility, picnic areas and playground equipment, prairie restorations, and over 8 miles of trails. Native American effigy mounds can be seen on the Woodland Trail.

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Mailing Address: 5140 Cty Hwy M, Waunakee, Wisconsin 53597

Saturday, October 21, 2017

"Not So Spooky" Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Merrick SP

Join us for a "Not So Spooky" self-guided night hike on one of our trails lit by jack-o-lanterns and tiki-torches. Try your hand at making fall decorations or just hang out by the bonfire and roast a hot dog or marshmallow! We will have s'more-making materials on hand along with hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Bring a flashlight, if you wish, and please dress appropriately for the weather. This program will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the contact station. Meet at the Nature Center.


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Merrick SP information

Located along the lazy Mississippi River and surrounded by the hills of Wisconsin's Coulee Region, the 322-acre Merrick State Park is popular with anglers and boaters. The marshy backwaters are home to a variety of fish, birds, animals and plants. Rising and falling river levels, though controlled some by dams, are part of the natural environment.

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Mailing Address: S2965 State Road 35 , P.O. Box 127 , Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Halloween Mystery Candlelight Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Children's program, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Along with the Park Staff, the Friends of Mirror Lake are hosting our annual Halloween Event. We will have an easy 1-mile torch lit trail to hike. Kids of all ages can help us find clues and discover our mystery guest - start at the beach, read the clues and try to identify the Mystery Guest you will see at the Amphitheater. There will also be an activity for the kids at the Amphitheater. The Friends will have food and beverages available for purchase, and everyone can enjoy the roaring bonfire. Meet at the beach area.


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Mirror Lake SP information

This park is named for its centerpiece, a lake which often is so Locationcalm that not a ripple marks its surface. The lake reflects a wooded shoreline with cliffs up to 50 feet high, a swimming beach, and wetlands that are home to a variety of wildlife. The park's 2,200 acres includes several picnic areas, wooded campsites, summer rentals, and a cabin for people with disabilities.

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Mailing Address: E10320 Fern Dell Rd., Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Friends Halloween Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Insect study, Music, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join us for lots of Halloween fun! There's a lot to do at this annual event sponsored by the Friends of Devil's Lake. You can go on a 1-mile torch lit hike; show off your costume by the campfire while roasting a marshmallow or two, and listen to the songs of Campfire Kevin; enjoy some tasty treats sold by the Friends group; and find out about snakes! You can even make an snake to take home with you. The event is held at Chateau (North Shore Concessions).


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Devil's Lake SP information

Founded in 1911, Devil's Lake is the third oldest state park in Wisconsin, the largest, and the most visited. Devil's Lake offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails, or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil's Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

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Mailing Address: S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913-9299

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Copper Falls Candlelight Walk

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Copper Falls SP

Enjoy an autumn night walk under the stars at Copper Falls State Park. The Red Granite trail will be lit with pumpkins and luminaries to guide your way. After your walk, warm up at the bonfire and roast some marshmallows. Brats, hot chocolate and apple cider will be available for sale. Flashlights are optional. State park admission required. Sponsored by Friends of Copper Falls State Park. A great, fun outdoor experience for all ages. The stars and moon await you!


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Copper Falls SP information

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges, and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park.

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Mailing Address: 36764 Copper Falls Road, Mellen, Wisconsin 54546

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Candlelight Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Lake Kegonsa SP

Spend a beautiful fall evening hiking along the 1.2-mile White Oak Nature Trail, which will be lit with hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns and luminaries. When you are finished, warm up by the bonfire and enjoy refreshments sold by the Lake Kegonsa State Park Friends Group. There is no fee for this event, but a valid park admission sticker is required. Sorry, pets are not allowed on this trail.


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Lake Kegonsa SP information

Lake Kegonsa State Park offers a natural, peaceful setting beside a glacier-hewed lake. The lake offers swimming, fishing, water-skiing, sailing and motor boating. The lake covers 3,209 acres and is more than 30 feet deep. Park visitors enjoy the lake's excellent fishing. Prairie, forest and marsh habitats offer a variety of camping, hiking, picnicking and skiing opportunities.

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Mailing Address: 2405 Door Creek Road, Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fall Harvest Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Harrington Beach SP

Enjoy a tiki-torch-lit hike around Quarry Lake and enjoy music by the String Along Band. The Friends of Harrington Beach will offer food and hot beverages to warm visitors on a crisp night. Sponsored by the Friends of Harrington Beach. Meet at the Ansay Welcome Center.


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Harrington Beach SP information

Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds and a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish or practice astronomy. An observatory is open to the public for monthly viewings.

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Mailing Address: 531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Campers Halloween

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Candlelight events, Festivals, Hike
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Celebrate Halloween early at Kohler-Andrae. Campers are encouraged to decorate their campsites for this 9th annual event. The best way to see it is by walking. Due to the large numbers of pedestrians, the North campground will be closed to vehicles from 5-8 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 28. Children are encouraged to "Trick or Treat" While walking through the displays.


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Kohler-Andrae SP information

Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, shimmering blue Lake Michigan water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife, and recreational activities for everyone. Kohler-Andrae State Park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore, and is open for everyone to explore and enjoy.

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Mailing Address: 1020 Beach Park Lane, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53081

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fall Night Hike and Bonfire

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Food, Hike, Night event
Location: MacKenzie Center

Come on out to the MacKenzie Center for an evening hike through the trails. The illuminated trail will begin at the MacKenzie Center lodge and will include a bonfire with s'mores. After your hike enjoy some hot chocolate by the fireplace in the lodge. Come for a quick hike or stay all evening. Please park in the lodge parking lot and dress for the weather!


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MacKenzie Center information

The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is one of the most diverse education centers in Wisconsin. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups, MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world. The State Game Farm is connected to the MacKenzie Center and is adjacent to the arboretum on the western half of the property.

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Mailing Address: W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette, 53955

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fall Candlelight Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Enjoy the smell of leaves in the air while walking a 1.1-mile candlelit trail under a full moon. Join us for Naturalist crafts and activities and a bonfire. There will be some snacks and beverages available for sale. Meet at the McMiller Trailhead-Hwy NN, about a half mile west of Hwy 67 (South of Eagle). Get Directions.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit information

More than 22,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pine woods and hardwood forests can be found in the Southern Unit, making this a popular area for a wide variety of visitors. The Forest is 30 miles long, extending from the village of Dousman, almost to the city of Whitewater. The forest headquarters is 3 miles west of the village of Eagle on State Highway 59.

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Mailing Address: S59 W36530 County ZZ, Dousman, Wisconsin 53118

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Candlelight Hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

For more information visit: www.horiconmarsh.org.


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Horicon Marsh Education Center information

Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. This renowned marsh is now home to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the marsh since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management.

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Mailing Address: N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Thompson SP

Join us at Gov. Thompson State Park for a fun-filled evening of candlelit skiing and hiking. Warming fires and hot chocolate provided! Meet at the Woods Lake Picnic Area. The park and trails will be lit by candle luminaries and accented with ice sculptures. Skiers can take an easy 1-mile loop candlelit trail groomed for both classic (diagonal striding) and skate skiing as it weaves through the woods. Hikers are welcome to hike another 1-mile candlelit trail with scenic views over Woods Lake. Hikers, snowshoers and pets are not allowed on the ski trail, but are welcome on the hiking trail. Vehicle admission (park sticker) is required and can be purchased at the park office. Trails start at the Woods Lake Picnic Area off of Paust Lane, 1.5 miles west of Parkway Road off Ranch Road.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Governor Thompson SP information

Governor Thompson State Park was established in 2000, the Wisconsin State Park System's centennial year. With more than 2,800 acres of woods, a family campground, picnic area on Woods Lake, skiing and hiking trails, and six miles of shoreline on the Caldron Falls Flowage, visitors will find an atmosphere that is perfect for solitude, reflection, and recreation.

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Mailing Address: N10008 Paust Lane, Crivitz, Wisconsin 54114

Note: Event dates and times are subject to change or cancellation. Please verify event status, dates and times prior to attendance.

Last revised: Monday, February 27, 2017