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There’s always something to do in Green Lake! Whether you’re looking for a scenic bike trail or kayak launching point, these helpful maps highlight Green Lake’s favorite natural areas and the roads that will take you there!

Jun
16
Sat
Green Lake Association Annual Meeting @ Goose Blind Grill & Bar
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Green Lake Association Annual Meeting @ Goose Blind Grill & Bar | Green Lake | Wisconsin | United States

Saturday, June 16 from 9 – 11 AM | Goose Blind Grill & Bar, 512 Gold Street, Green Lake

Summer in Green Lake is just unfolding, but the Green Lake Association is already busy implementing robust strategies on behalf of a cleaner Big Green.

The public is invited to attend the Green Lake Association’s annual meeting on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 9-11 AM at the Goose Blind Grill & Bar, 512 Gold Street, Green Lake. This is an opportunity to celebrate and assess the previous year and to launch new programs and initiatives. Complimentary refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Find out how we plan to increase our lake management momentum this year!

Feb
16
Sat
Moonlight Walk to Sugar Island
Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Discover the splendors of Green Lake in the winter with a moonlight walk with the Green Team on Saturday, February 16 from 6:30-8:30 PM.  Candles illuminate the way as participants make their way across the ice to Sugar Island.

Following a short hike, participants can warm up and chat with friends and neighbors in front of a roaring bonfire, while sipping hot chocolate. Hot chocolate will be provided by the Green Team, but please be sure to bring along your own cup or thermos. Make the experience complete Moonlight Walk3 1-11-14by bringing along your own sandwiches, s’ mores, or hot dogs to cook over the fire.

A nearly full moon and a candlelit trail will provide light, but participants might want to bring a flashlight for additional light while walking.  Please note that the walk to and from Sugar Island is about half a mile.  Have snowshoes?  Want to bring a sled for children?  Bring them along!

Stay up to date on these event details by checking out the Events Calendar of the Green Lake Association at www.greenlakeassociation.com.

 

GEAR TO BRING

Bring a cup or thermos for hot chocolate, and a flashlight for hiking.  Feel free to bring snowshoes, though they are not required. Sleds are also welcome.

PARKING

Parking will be at Sunset County Park along CTH A in Green Lake, located next to the Green Lake Sailing School.  From there, cross CTH A onto the frozen Silver Creek Inlet and follow the candlelit luminaries that form a walking path.  Volunteers will also be there to help guide participants. The walk is conducted at each individual’s leisure.

NOTES

This event is weather dependent. In the event that conditions are unsuitable for the event, the event will be rescheduled. Please visit our Event Calendar for the latest updates.

Apr
27
Sat
Bird watching at Sunnyside
Apr 27 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am

Start your day early with the Green Team and discover the sights and sounds of Green Lake’s birds. Birder Tom Schultz will share bird watching tips, and the group will look for resident and migrant species that utilize these woods and stream side habitats. Participants will walk the trails through this 40+ acre Conservancy Partnership property located along the Silver Creek Inlet and several dug channels.

Note: This event is part of the Green Lake Bird Festival, with additional festival activities taking place at Town Square immediately after this bird hike.

GEAR TO BRING

Be sure to bring your binoculars for better views and bird guides for reference.

PARKING

Participants can park in the parking lot off of Lakeview Drive (south of Sunnyside Road).   Please contact Tom Schultz for more information at (920) 960-1796.

Jun
1
Sat
Stream Bugs and Monitoring Tour at Dakin Creek
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Stream Bugs and Monitoring at Dakin Creek

Ever wonder what classifies a stream as healthy or unhealthy? Or what impact our streams have on larger bodies of water like Big Green Lake? Join the Green Team on this stream tour and use your detective skills to discover the answers for yourself through a hands-on exploration fit for all ages!

Learn about stream health through a sampling session with Tom Wagner on Dakin Creek. This tour will include an exploration of the creepy crawly critters that live in streams and tell us a thing or two about stream health.

GEAR TO BRING:

Participants should wear hip waders or knee-high boots if planning to go in stream. Otherwise, wear sturdy hiking shoes.

PARKING:

Participants should park on Maug Road, near the intersection of Skunk Hollow Road, on the east side of Green Lake.

Jun
8
Sat
Paddle and Hike at Tichora
Jun 8 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Paddle and Hike at Tichora

Saturday, June 9, 8:30-10:30 AM

Acquired in 2018 by the Green Lake Conservancy, this 40 acre parcel of undeveloped land was formerly operated as Camp Grow. Located along Green Lake’s unspoiled south shore in Dickinson Bay, it also borders Spring Lake to create a riparian habitat for a large diversity of wildlife. An exceptionally scenic property with sandstone cliffs, shallow caves and towering trees, Tichora features hiking and other allowable uses under the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant program.

This leisurely tour is good for all skill leveled paddlers and hikers. Go your own pace, race your friends and meet other Green Lake nature enthusiasts on this tour of Tichora.

GEAR TO BRING:

Bring your kayaks/canoes, equipment, life vests, drinks, and good walking shoes.

PARKING AND LAUNCH SITE:

The event will start and end at Spring Valley County Park located at the east end of Spring Lake. To get to the launch site turn north from CO K onto Lakeview RD. Once on Lakeview Rd in a short distance you will turn left at the Spring Valley Park sign onto Spring Lake Rd. The park and launch site are located at the end of Spring Lake Rd.

 

This event is weather dependent. In the event that conditions are unsuitable for the event, the event will be rescheduled. Please check back for the latest updates.

Jun
29
Sat
Mitchell Glen Tours-2019 NOW FULL
Jun 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Mitchell Glen Tour (2019 Now Full)

Saturday, June 29, 8:00-10:00 AM or 10:00-12:00 PM

***THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL. Space is no longer available for 2019’s summer or fall tour. If you’d like to reserve a spot for tours in 2020, call the Green Lake Sanitary District at (920) 295-4488. ****

Explore Mitchell Glen for the first time or revisit this popular Green Lake Conservancy Partnership Property with the Green Team.  Local biologist and educator, Tom Eddy, will lead participants down to the glen that features 12.2 acres of maple-basswood climax forest, unique geological formations, outstanding biodiversity, and spring-fed waters flowing into Green Lake.

This tour includes walking about 80 steep, steps into and out of the ravine. Please call if you need to cancel to make room for others to attend. Participants will enjoy a short bus ride to Mitchell’s Glen. Meeting info will be given upon reservation.

 

 

Aug
24
Sat
History Tour at Green Lake Conference Center (Exact Date & Time TBD)
Aug 24 all-day

History Tour at Green Lake Conference Center

Saturday, August TBD, TBD

The Green Lake Conference Center’s history dates back to the early 1800s. Winnebago Indians, Pioneer Settlers, a wealthy Chicago couple, a Chicago development company, American Baptist visionaries and religious leaders of today are all part of this special place.

One of the more famous moments in the Conference Center’s history is known as the Lawson Era. Learn about Victor and Jessie Lawson and how they influenced the landscape – from paved roads to unique buildings to several towers – on the Green Team’s historic tour!

GEAR TO BRING:

Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing to hike in.

PARKING:

The Green Lake Conference Center entrance is located at W2511 WI-23, Green Lake, WI 54941. Follow entrance road (Lawson Drive) all the way to the lake and park in general parking lot.

 

Oct
5
Sat
Mitchell Glen Tours-2019 NOW FULL
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Mitchell Glen Tour (2019 Now Full)

Saturday, June 29, 8:00-10:00 AM or 10:00-12:00 PM

***THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL. Space is no longer available for 2019’s summer or fall tour. If you’d like to reserve a spot for tours in 2020, call the Green Lake Sanitary District at (920) 295-4488. ****

Explore Mitchell Glen for the first time or revisit this popular Green Lake Conservancy Partnership Property with the Green Team.  Local biologist and educator, Tom Eddy, will lead participants down to the glen that features 12.2 acres of maple-basswood climax forest, unique geological formations, outstanding biodiversity, and spring-fed waters flowing into Green Lake.

This tour includes walking about 80 steep, steps into and out of the ravine. Please call if you need to cancel to make room for others to attend. Participants will enjoy a short bus ride to Mitchell’s Glen. Meeting info will be given upon reservation.

 

 

Oct
19
Sat
Native Prairie Seed Collection
Oct 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Native Prairie Seed Collection

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:30AM – Noon

Lisa Reas will be leading volunteers on a late morning (to avoid morning dew/frost) prairie flower and grass seed collection event at Dawson Prairie in the Green Lake Conference Center. We will be collecting seed from a variety of native plants such as purple coneflower, blazingstar, compass plant, milkweed, asters, little bluestem, Indian grass, and prairie dropseed. Seed collection is a popular event among gardeners as participants will be discussing prairie plants and their function in the ecosystem (habitat, erosion control, etc.) and such things as native plant use in garden settings. The seed collected will be dried and used at sites such as Winnebago Trail and Sunnyside as we further work to restore lands once overrun by buckthorn. The event is open to all ages; children are welcome. We will provide paper bags for the seed and refreshments will be provided.

 

Location: Dawson Prairie in the Green Lake Conference Center

Nov
1
Fri
Buckthorn Cleanup on Conservancy Properties (Exact Date TBD)
Nov 1 all-day

Buckthorn Cleanup on Conservancy Properties

October-November TBD

The Green Team is ready to tackle another year of fall buckthorn removal on Saturday mornings. This fall is the team’s 12th year cleaning up various Conservancy properties. Everyone is welcome to participate in the work and the fun!

The team will be working each and every Saturday morning this fall until the weather shuts them down. Work site locations will vary from week to week, so stay tuned for location adjustments.

GEAR TO BRING:

Be sure to wear long pants and sleeves, as well as leather gloves and solid shoes, to each cleanup event. Anyone with access to chainsaws is encouraged to bring them along to aid in the buckthorn removal.

 

NOTES:

If you think you can make a Saturday morning or have any questions, please contact Jerry Specht at jjspecht@aol.com or by phone at 920-229-4468 so the team can plan accordingly!