Friends of blue mound state park

Friends of blue mound state park, Blue Mounds, WI

A volunteer group, the Friends of Blue Mound State Park, are a group of volunteers working together to benefit Blue Mound State Park by enhancing and preserving it's natural resources while offering activities and projects that improve the park guests' visit.

Members have the opportunity to share skills and talents with others while enjoying the group as their schedules permit. There is boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, basketball, painting, obstacle courses or you can try flying through the air on a zipline!

For campers of all ages, there's time to relax, talk with new friends and hang around with people who love and respect you for who you are. Spend each day on a different Wander Wisconsin adventure and sleep in your own bed at night. Monday, explore the Driftless Area of Wisconsin with a tour of Cave of the Mounds and an afternoon of hiking and swimming at Blue Mound State Park.

Tuesday, travel to Wisconsin Dells and experience Wizard Quest, an interactive fantasy game played in a 13,000 square-foot, themed labyrinth called the quadrasphere. Then top off the day with an afternoon at the “fun zone” at Pirate’s Cove. Wednesday, get a canoe lesson and paddle down the Wisconsin River from Sauk City to Ferry Bluff State Natural Area.

Thursday, explore the Milwaukee County Zoo, one of the best zoos in the nation and home to more than 1,800 animals representing over 350 species. Friday, finish off your week together at Noah’s Ark water park in the Dells. At Noah’s Ark you will divide into groups according to “adventure level”, so you will get to swim and slide on the attractions YOU are comfortable with.

Join with them for some mid-summer fun in the sun! The Friends play a key role in many special events, including the annual Candle Light Ski, annual campout, trail construction and interpretive presentations.

Throughout the years, the Friends of Blue Mound State Park have made significant and generous contributions to the park. Some examples of the group's involvement include:

  • Play equipment in the campgound purchased by the FriendsPurchased new play equipment for the campground
  • Playing a key role in funding and building the rustic accessible cabin
  • Purchased fire protection gear for prairie burn participants
  • Constructing a sun arbor for the swimming pool
  • Contributed funds for the park entrance sign
  • Coordinate the annual Candle Light Ski events
  • Bike trail clean-up
  • Aiding in Prairie and Oak Savanna RestorationPleasure Valley prairied restored with the help from the Friends
  • Contributed funds for exhibits in the park nature center
  • Bridge and culvert repair on park trails
  • Purchasing trail and cross-country ski equipment
  • Selling firewood, T-shirts, mugs, stickers and concessions for fund raising

New Shelter for the Park
Another shelter would be a great addition to the park. There is currently one open shelter with electricity on the east side of the picnic area. This shelter is usually rented out every weekend in the summer, leaving no place else for other picnickers to avoid the sun or rain. There is also somewhat of a demand for another shelter in order to rent.

The recent ideas for the new shelter would include electricity, a fireplace (either indoors or outdoors), and it would be at least partially enclosed. Being enclosed would give greater protection from the elements, even into the fall or possibly winter. It would also provide an excellent space for interpretive programs.

Right now, we are in the planning stages and welcome all comments. This is an attainable goal, but we still need all the help we can get. We are looking for major donors, volunteers to help spread the word and more people to join the Friends group.

Suggested Projects

  • New storage building for the park
  • Raising funds for a new contact station
  • New play equipment for the picnic area
  • Purchasing larger fire-protection suits for members participating in prescribed burns
  • Purchasing a new trail vehicle - Gator/Mule/Ranger
  • Increase the size and repair the Nature Center
  • Repair the outdoor fireplace near the Nature Center

For for info contact Blue Mound State Park office.