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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, January 18, 2020 to Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Free Fishing Weekend

256 days old

Time: 12:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Free Fishing Weekend
Location: Statewide

January 18-19 is the winter Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin. No fishing licenses required for the weekend, but all size and bag limits apply. Free fishing clinics will be held at locations across the state.

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Statewide information

All DNR park, forest, trail and recreation area properties.


Mailing Address: 101 S. Webster St, PO Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Candlelight Hike

256 days old

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

Hiking by candlelight, a roaring bonfire, roasted marshmallows and warm refreshments await everyone at the 10th annual Horicon Marsh Candlelight Hike. There are two trails available. One trail is 1.5 miles and another "Family Loop" is only 0.36 miles. The Education Center will be open for people to warm up, view the 20 minute "Horicon Marsh Story." The Northern Cross Science Foundation astronomers will be on site to help you view the night sky through telescopes or to talk about the stars if it is cloudy. Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will line the trails with candle-powered luminaries to welcome and guide hikers. Admission to the event is free; however, please consider bringing a non-perishable food item or hats/gloves/mittens for our food drive and mitten campaign. Parking is limited at the education center so please consider using the shuttles. Free shuttles will be available from Mayville and Horicon from 4:30-9:30pm. The Mayville Shuttle will be located at Theiler Park, N8282 County Road TW, Mayville. The Horicon Shuttle will be located in the Bethesda parking lot at 620 Washington St, Horicon. For information: 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.


Mailing Address: N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

256 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Night event, Snowshoeing
Location: Rib Mountain SP

The Friends of Rib Mountain State Park invite the public to explore Rib Mountain State Park on snowshoes. There will be hot chocolate, hot cider, and special goodies, as well as marshmallows to roast around the campfire.Start your hike at the new Friends Gathering Space, just past the Park office.Some snowshoes are available to borrow but we suggest you bring your own snowshoes if you have them. Flashlights and headlamps are recommended.Donations to cover costs are welcome.A park annual or daily admission sticker is required. Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling.

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Rib Mountain SP information

This billion-year-old hill is one of the oldest geological formations on earth. Rib Mountain State Park is a premier day-use facility with picnicking, hiking trails and a reservable amphitheater. The top of the 60-foot observation tower offers spectacular views of the Wausau area and Wisconsin River. Granite Peak Ski Area is on the north face of the mountain and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding during winter.


Mailing Address: 4200 Park Road, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401

Saturday, January 18, 2020

21st Annual Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe

256 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Ski, hike, or snowshoe a trail lit with glowing candlelight. Warm up by the bonfire after enjoying the trail.Snacks and hot beverages will be available for purchase. Weather and snow conditions determine trail location. If there is not enough snow, event will be held as just a hike. Sponsored by the Friends of Governor Dodge.Sorry, no pets please. Park admission stickers required. The new 2020 annual stickers will be available for purchase at the park.


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Governor Dodge SP information

Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 acres of steep hills, bluffs, and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.


Mailing Address: 4175 State Highway 23 N , Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Candlelight Ski and Hike

256 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Ski or hike the 1.6-mile purple loop through the woods  illuminated by 450 candles! Bonfire and charcoal will be available if you would like to roast marshmallows or cookout. Leashed dogs are allowed on the ski trail-at this event only. State park stickers and day passes will be available for purchase when you arrive. No skate skiing and no skijoring. The Nordic Trails are on Cty. Hwy. H about 4 miles south of Palmyra and 1.5 miles north of LaGrange.

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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.


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

Note: Event dates and times are subject to change or cancellation. Please verify event status, dates and times prior to attendance. Some events, such as candlelight skis/hikes are very popular, and access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached.

Last revised: Sunday, August 09, 2020