Outdoors & Trails
Get Out There!

ATV Trail

Cheese Country Trail

Visit: http://www.tricountytrails.com

The trail runs 47 miles from Monroe to Mineral Point. Trail usage alternates between snowmobiles and ATVs, weather permitting. The Cheese Country Trail is part of the Tri County Trail system, with several additional "club" trails that can be accessed. Check the Tri County Trails website for more details on parking, lodging along the trail, and updates; for more info: 608.776.5706.

Bike Rentals

Bike Haus

480 - 14th Ave., Monroe 608.293.6791 New and used bikes for sale, repairs, rentals. Located right on the Badger Trail by Twining Park (just across the trail from the Trailhead shelter).

New Glarus Chamber

608.527.2095 Bike rentals - located in the depot at the trailhead on the Sugar River Trail.

Biking and Trails

Badger State Trail

Visit: www.friendsofbadgerstatetrail.org

The darkest trail tunnel in Wisconsin - the 1200-foot long Stewart Tunnel north of Monticello, and intersecting with the Sugar River State Recreation Trail in Monticello. Continue north through Belleville for a connection with the Capital City Trail in Madison. Along the way there are numerous opportunities for sight-seeing, plus lodging and dining options in the Green County communities of Belleville, Monticello, and Monroe.  At the Illinois border, the Badger trail connects to the Jane Addams Trail and continues to Freeport, Illinios. 

DNR WEBSITE: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/badger/

"Running from the state capital of Madison south to the Illinois border, the 40-mile route could well become the most popular of Wisconsin's 32 rails-to-trails conversions. It will skirt farm fields and visit small towns and wind amid the scenic hills and valleys that remain largely untouched by the urban sprawl that has gobbled much of the state's rural countryside."
-Silent Sports Magazine Mike Ivey

Bike the Back Roads

Six highlighted routes throughout the countryside. PDF:  Back Roads Bike Routes or click for online map.

Sugar River State Trail

Visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/sugarriver/

The Sugar River State Trail was one of the first rails-to-trails conversions in Wisconsin. The scenic trail wends its way 23 miles through picturesque countryside. Four Green County communities are linked: Brodhead, Albany, Monticello, and New Glarus. A trail pass is necessary for biking and can be purchased at Trail Headquarters located in the historic train depot in New Glarus or a variety of locations in Brodhead, Albany, and Monticello.

Birding

Birding

Visit: www.travelwisconsin.com/Birding.aspx

Green County is a birding paradise with numerous species found as winter and summer residents, and migratory transients. Bring your binoculars and wait for the show - good places to visit are the state parks and trails, and wildlife areas. (These are marked on the county map - request one via email or by calling 1.888.222.9111).

The bird population includes many colorful and unusual birds, including some threatened and endangered species. Here are just a few of the birds you will see throughout the Green County area: Pileated Woodpeckers, Red Tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Pelicans (at Lake Belle View in Belleville), Eagles (often seen along the Sugar River and its tributaries, and at Beckman Lake at Browntown Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area), migrating Whooping Cranes, various species of Owls, and many different song birds.

For additional resources and information on birding throughout the state of Wisconsin, visit http://www.travelwisconsin.com/Birding.aspx.

Canoe and Tube

Brodhead Park and Rec Dept.

Visit: http://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/pool.php

Several canoes available for rent during pool hours - pick up location is the Swimming Pool at Putnam Park (1106-4th Street, 608. 897.8091)

Crazy Horse Campground

Visit: http://www.crazyhorsewi.com/

N3201 Crazy Horse Ln.
Brodhead
608.897.2207
Canoe and tube rental, shuttle service, refreshments for sale.

Decatur Lake Mill Race

Visit: http://dlmra.org/

Decatur Lake Mill Race Association is dedicated to preserve, protect, and promote Decatur Lake and the Mill Race and its surroundings. The group supports projects that enhance water quality, fishery, boating safety, and aesthetic values.

S & B Tubing

Visit: http://sandbtubing.com/

100 East Main St.
Albany
608.862.3933
Canoe and tube rental, paddle boat rental, cooler rental, shuttle service, refreshments for sale.

Sugar River Sports

7008 Little Lakes Rd.
Belleville
608.424.6045
Outfitter - call for details.

Sweet Minihaha Campground

Visit: http://www.sweetminihaha.com/

N4697 Hwy. E
Brodhead
608.862.3769
Canoe and tube rental, shuttle service, refreshments for sale.

Disc Golf

Bike Haus

480 - 14th Ave.
Monroe
608.293.6761
Rental of disc golf equipment.

Exeter Park

Visit: http://www.townofexeter.com/exeter-park

Along the Sugar River Dayton
608.424.1697
The park is 8 acres and sits on the Sugar River in Dayton. There is a shelter there that can be reserved through the Exeter Town Hall (608)424-1697. For questions, the town hall is generally open Monday - Thursday 9 am - 3:30 pm. At present there is no fee for reserving the shelter. Playground equipment was installed in 2010, and disc golf was added in 2011. There is a handicapped accessible porta-potty and parking. There is also a gravel trail leading down to the river, and a canoe/kayak landing. Great for fishing!!

Twining Park

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

425 - 14th Ave.
Monroe
46-acre park - basketball court, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, disc golf, sand volleyball, playgrounds, shelters, restrooms, electricity, horseshoe pits. Swiss-style bandshell with concerts and activities in summer.

Geocaching

Geocaching

Join the fun with Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) -  a world-wide outdoor hide-and-seek game with more than 5 million players who use Global Positioning System coordinates to lead them to caches. The caches are containers that hold a visitor logbook so the "finders" can add their names to the list of those who have successfully located it. These containers may also include trinkets to trade, "travel bugs" which are then moved on by the finders to other cache locations, or commemorative geocaching token coins.

Geocaching takes place all over the world - there are more than 1.7 million caches worldwide.  Plugging in a zip code from any Green County community on the website will take you to caches in the area.

Click here for a map of caches in Green County.  You'll notice two nearly solid green lines - representing the Green County Barn Quilt series of caches along the Badger and Sugar River State Trails.  This series placed by local geocaching enthusiast Wayne Stemple was recognized as the Wisconsin Geocaching Series of the Month in April 2012.

For more information specifically on geocaching in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin Geocaching Association website.

Golf & Mini Golf

Argue-Ment Golf Course

Visit: www.arguementgolf.com

N9603 Argue Rd.
New Glarus
608.527.6366
Bentgrass greens and fairways blended with blades of bluegrass and fescue connect across 3284 yards to form Argue-Ment Golf Course's nine-hole golf course. Located just northeast of New Glarus. From New Glarus, go north on Hwy. 69 and turn right on Argue Road.

Decatur Lake Golf Course

Visit: http://www.decaturlakegolf.com/

N3941 Golf Course Rd.
Brodhead
608.897.2777
Front nine among one hundred-year old oak trees. Back nine has more sand, more water, and an open layout.

Edelweiss Chalet Country Club

Visit: http://www.edelweissccc.com/

W4764 Edelweiss Rd.
New Glarus
608.527.2315 
18 holes on a course that features the rolling hills, mature landscape and the beautiful views that have made New Glarus a favorite with millions of tourists. The golf course has been designed and maintained to accommodate players of all skill and patience levels.

Windy Acres

N1005 Cty. K
Monroe
608.325.3240
9 hole course with 2 sets of tees for different skill levels.

Mini Golf - Crazy Horse Campground

Visit: www.crazyhorsewi.com

N3247 Crazy Horse Ln.
Brodhead
608.897.2207
Mini Golf.

Mini Golf - Swissland

700 Hwy. 69
New Glarus
608.527.5605
Located right across the road from Chalet Landhaus Inn.  With a resident goat in summer season.

Parks & Natural Areas

Badger State Trail

Visit: www.friendsofbadgerstatetrail.org

The darkest trail tunnel in Wisconsin - the 1200-foot long Stewart Tunnel north of Monticello, and intersecting with the Sugar River State Recreation Trail in Monticello. Continue north through Belleville for a connection with the Capital City Trail in Madison. Along the way there are numerous opportunities for sight-seeing, plus lodging and dining options in the Green County communities of Belleville, Monticello, and Monroe.  At the Illinois border, the Badger trail connects to the Jane Addams Trail and continues to Freeport, Illinios.

Browntown Cadiz Springs

Visit: www.cadizsprings.com

N2241 Cadiz Springs Rd.
Browntown
608.966.3777
Park features a new playground, handicap accessible boat launch, nature trails with educational signs, beach area, shelter house, and a 78 foot pole with an osprey nesting platform on top. The DNR is reminding everyone not to "stock" Beckman Lake with fish caught in Zanders Lake or anywhere else. The DNR has plans to manage the proportions to keep the predator/prey balance, and to allow the existing fish to form a cycle of breeding that is self-perpetuating. Meetings of the Friends of Cadiz Springs are held on the second Monday of every month at 6:30 pm at Trailside Inn in Browntown, or in warmer weather at the east shelter in the park.

Decatur Lake Mill Race

Visit: http://dlmra.org/

Decatur Lake Mill Race Association is dedicated to preserve, protect, and promote Decatur Lake and the Mill Race and its surroundings. The group supports projects that enhance water quality, fishery, boating safety, and aesthetic values.

Decatur Park Dam

Visit: http://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

Park Road
Brodhead
Decatur Dam Park is home to some of the best fishing around for walleyes and small mouth bass. Many people will take a walk at the trails' entrance from Decatur Road to the Dam enjoying the wildlife and beautiful scenery.

Exeter Park

Visit: http://www.townofexeter.com/exeter-park

Along the Sugar River Dayton
608.424.1697
The park is 8 acres and sits on the Sugar River in Dayton. There is a shelter there that can be reserved through the Exeter Town Hall (608)424-1697. For questions, the town hall is generally open Monday - Thursday 9 am - 3:30 pm. At present there is no fee for reserving the shelter. Playground equipment was installed in 2010, and disc golf was added in 2011. There is a handicapped accessible porta-potty and parking. There is also a gravel trail leading down to the river, and a canoe/kayak landing. Great for fishing!!

Forest Prairie

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

Take Hwy. 59 east from Monroe toward Albany, go past airport exit.
90-acre park with mowed paths for hiking.  Dogs ARE permitted. 

Head Gates Park

Visit: http://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

Golf Course Road
Brodhead
Boats, pontoons, jet skis and canoes/kayaks enter the water here. Many people will head north to Decatur Lake to enjoy a day of fishing or relaxing boat ride up the Sugar River.

Honey Creek Park

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

1000 - 4th Ave. West
Monroe
Ball field, electricity at shelter, playground, restrooms, skate park, soccer fields.

Jaycee Park

Visit: http://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

4th St. and East 7th Ave.
Brodhead
Jaycee Park is located on the north east side of town and is the location of four sand volleyball courts that entertain Tuesday and Thursday night volleyball leagues during the summer.  There is also a wonderful playground to keep youngsters busy. 

Lake Montesian

Visit: http://www.monticello-wi.com/

Hwy. 69
Monticello
Small lake with island accessible by footbridge. The lake is popular with those who like to fish, canoe, and kayak. The lake is framed on the north side with a row of crab apple trees that are generally alive with vibrant pink blooms in late April to early May.

Legion Park

Visit: http://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

Hwy. 11 and Cty. Rd. E
Brodhead
Baseball diamonds.

Lincoln Park

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

1900 - 15th Ave.
Monroe
Playground, shelter, electricity, restrooms.

Montesian Gardens

Visit: http://www.monticello-wi.com/

Hwy. 69
Monticello
A community garden project with plots planned and maintained by various groups and businesses - with some areas established in memory of area residents. Blooming from spring through frost. Picnic tables, large gazebo perfect for weddings or just relaxing with a great view.

Muralt Bluff Prairie

From Albany go 2 miles south and west on Hwy. 59, then north and west on County Trunk 'F' for 1.8 miles to the parking lot at the north end of the area.

Muralt Bluff Prairie is a 62 acre site that blankets a long, sweeping ridge in an area of older glacial drift. Grasses of this dry-mesic prairie include little blue-stem, side-oats grama, Indian grass, prairie drop-seed, and plains muhly. Spring viewing: outstanding displays of pasque-flower, shooting star, prairie smoke, wood-betony, and bird's foot violet. Fall viewing: asters, goldenrods, blazing starts, and gentians. Several uncommon species are present - prairie thistle, kitten tails, and one-flowered broomrape. Butterflies, insects, and grassland birds are common. A Bell's vireo nests here. It is a sandstone bluff, capped with a rocky layer of limestone on which the prairie developed. The long sweeping ridge lies atop an area of older glaciated drift. With its irregular shape, bird populations of cuckoos, house wren, catbird, brown thrasher, idigo bunting, rufous sided towhee, and vesper and field sparrows are common in the prairie. Due to controlled burning and brushing, increasing numbers of bobolink and grasshopper sparrow can be found.

New Glarus Woods State Park

Visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ngwoods/

Over 400 acres, which are predominately forest with approximately 80 acres of prairie. Because of its hilly terrain, most of the park was never logged, leaving many trees untouched, some of which are over 250 years old. Six trails wind throughout ranging from .2 miles to 4.2 miles, totaling 7.3 miles. There are 18 drive-in campsites and 14 walk-in sites along with 6 group sites available for groups of up to 25 people.

The Friends of New Glarus Woods State Park developed an "outdoor classroom" project, which includes a BISON TRAIL with a life-size bison statue in the North Prairie, as well as 17 interpretive signs describing the historical, cultural, and educational significance of the prairie restoration begun in year 2000.  For more information on Friends of New Glarus Woods:  http://www.newglaruswoods.org.  

Northeast Park

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

2700 - 5th St.
Monroe
Ball field, shelter, electricity, playground, sand volleyball court, tennis courts, restrooms. 

Putnam Park

Visit: http://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

5th Street and W. 3rd Ave.
Brodhead
Located along the Race with fishing, boating and canoeing activities. Putnam Park is also home to the Brodhead Municipal Swimming Pool.

Recreation Park & Swiss ALPS Playground

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

1700 - 22nd Ave.
Monroe
Ball field, shelters, restrooms, electricity, swimming pool and wading pool, playground, horseshoe pits, tennis courts. 

Sugar River State Trail

Visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/sugarriver/

The Sugar River State Trail was one of the first rails-to-trails conversions in Wisconsin. The scenic trail wends its way 23 miles through picturesque countryside. Four Green County communities are linked: Brodhead, Albany, Monticello, and New Glarus. A trail pass is necessary for biking and can be purchased at Trail Headquarters located in the historic train depot in New Glarus or a variety of locations in Brodhead, Albany, and Monticello.

Sunset West Park

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

401 - 3rd Ave.
Monroe
Shelter with electricity. 

Twining Park

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

425 - 14th Ave.
Monroe
46-acre park - basketball court, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, disc golf, sand volleyball, playgrounds, shelters, restrooms, electricity, horseshoe pits. Swiss-style bandshell with concerts and activities in summer.

Veteran's Park

Visit: hhttp://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

1st Center Avenue and 12th St.
Next to the Depot Museum
Brodhead
The perfect place to enjoy your concerts in the park on Sunday nights in the summer months.  Picnic shelter, playground equipment.

Village Park

Visit: http://albanywi.org/

Intersection of River Parkway and Mineral Street
Albany
Playground equipment, shelter, baseball diamond across the street. Adjoining is a wooded preserve with trails perfect for jogging, cross country skiing, or a leisurely stroll.

Snowmobile Trails

Badger State Trail

Visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/badger/

The Badger State Trail allows snowmobiling from Purcell Road (northern part of trail) to the Illinois stateline. Snowmobiles are not permitted in the Stewart Tunnel, OR on the portion of the trail between Monroe and Monticello when that area is open to ATV use. Snowmobiles are required to slow to 10 mph and yield the right of way within 100 feet of any person not on a snowmobile.  Call 608.527.2910 for trail updates.

Club Trails

Visit: http://www.statelinetrailblazers.com/home0.aspx

Several area snowmobile clubs maintain approximately 120 miles of groomed trails: Monroe Stateline Trailblazers and Brooklyn Sno Hornets. Call 608.527.2910 for trail conditions.

Sugar River State Trail

Visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/sugarriver/

Four Green County communities are linked by the trail: Brodhead, Albany, Monticello, and New Glarus. The Sugar River State Trail also links with various other snowmobile trails in the county. Trails are always closed when there is less than 6 inches of snow. Call the trail hotline at 608.527.2910 for updates.

State Parks

Browntown Cadiz Springs

Visit: www.cadizsprings.com

N2241 Cadiz Springs Rd.
Browntown
608.966.3777
Park features a new playground, handicap accessible boat launch, nature trails with educational signs, beach area, shelter house, and a 78 foot pole with an osprey nesting platform on top. The DNR is reminding everyone not to "stock" Beckman Lake with fish caught in Zanders Lake or anywhere else. The DNR has plans to manage the proportions to keep the predator/prey balance, and to allow the existing fish to form a cycle of breeding that is self-perpetuating. Meetings of the Friends of Cadiz Springs are held on the second Monday of every month at 6:30 pm at Trailside Inn in Browntown, or in warmer weather at the east shelter in the park.

New Glarus Woods State Park

Visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ngwoods/

Over 400 acres, which are predominately forest with approximately 80 acres of prairie. Because of its hilly terrain, most of the park was never logged, leaving many trees untouched, some of which are over 250 years old. Six trails wind throughout ranging from .2 miles to 4.2 miles, totaling 7.3 miles. There are 18 drive-in campsites and 14 walk-in sites along with 6 group sites available for groups of up to 25 people.

The Friends of New Glarus Woods State Park developed an "outdoor classroom" project, which includes a BISON TRAIL with a life-size bison statue in the North Prairie, as well as 17 interpretive signs describing the historical, cultural, and educational significance of the prairie restoration begun in year 2000.  For more information on Friends of New Glarus Woods:  http://www.newglaruswoods.org.  

Trout Fishing

Trout Fishing

Visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/documents/trout/trout_maps/GreenColorPortrait.pdf

Anglers have nearly a dozen streams scattered across the county where they can cast a fly for brown and brook trout. Our designated sport fishing sites are listed below.

Click here for a map of Town of New Glarus Stream Improvements.

Bushnell Creek (Brown trout) Near County Highway J, northeast of Monroe

County Road FF (Brown trout) Near the road in S10, T3N, R7E

Hammerly Creek (Brown, Brook trout) Southeast of Monroe, north of Highway 39

Liberty Creek (Brown trout) South of Brooklyn, north of Highway 59

Marsh Creek (Brown trout) Southeast of Albany

New Glarus Branch (Brown trout) Between S23-24, T4N, R7E

Sawmill Creek (Brown trout) West of New Glarus, south of Highway 39

Smock Creek along Smock Valley Rd.

Sylvester Creek (Brown trout) Near the road in S22, T2N, R8E

Tipperary Creek west of Brooklyn, intersecting with Hwy. 92

Ward Creek (Brown trout) East of New Glarus