Browntown-Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area
Swim, fish, boat on two spring-fed lakes in this day-use recreation area in Green County. Two reservoirs created by damming a spring-fed creek provide water recreation opportunities in the Driftless Area, a region with few natural lakes. Here the bogs, marshes and many lakes so characteristic of most of the state are replaced by rolling hills and spring fed valleys streams.
The off Gray/off white coloring designates the region dominated by white, black, and bur oaks. Light pink is used to mark the areas covered by marsh and sedge meadows. These areas surrounded the many spring fed streams that wander through the valleys, including the area now called Cadiz Springs State Park. The color yellow designates prairies. While minimal in Cadiz Township, the "rolling prairies" spread extensively into neighboring townships and counties. The recreational demand that developed around the lakes led in 1970 to the establishment of Cadiz Springs State Park. In 1980, the Browntown Wildlife Area and Cadiz Springs Park were merged into a state recreation area. Enjoy nature trails and explore a 600-acre wildlife area.
Area Size Of Cadiz Springs State Park (Total: 18.04 acres):
- Picnic and Open Play Area - 4.50 acres
- Beach and Sunning Area - 0.75 acres
- Residence .and Service Blog. - 3.04 acres
- Roads and Parking Areas - 1.38 acres
- Pine Plantation - 4.00 acres
- Undeveloped Area - 4.37 acres
Today, the park has 966 acres and two main hiking trails, which circle the two lakes, Zander's Lake and Beckman Lake. Families from surrounding towns come regularly in the summer and fall months to picnic, swim, fish, and collect wild berries. Both Beckman and Zander's Lakes are man-made lakes, fed by Cadiz Springs, a natural spring located just north of the park.
The impoundment of one of these streams in Green County has formed two small lakes. Two lakes provide an array of recreation from paddles ports, to electric boat trolling, to shoreline fishing. Zander and Beckman lakes have populations of largemouth bass, northern pike, and pan fish. There are 10 miles of hiking trails that become cross-country ski trails in the winter. The Zander Lake Trail circles the lake and has interpretive stops along the way. Beckman Lake has a sandy beach for swimming. Both lakes provide canoeing, kayaking and sailing opportunities.
Cast out a line and reel in some trout, northern pike, catfish, bullheads, largemouth bass or perhaps pan fish. Park goers can picnic, swim or sun on Lake Beckman’s sandy beach, or bring your boat and enjoy water activities like canoeing, kayaking or sailing. Tables, grills and shelters provided. In addition to wonderful bird watching, especially sights of the belted kingfishers, walking the area is a lesson in natural history. Feel free to shoot deer, birds, cranes, turtles, and frogs...with your camera so you can take home something really wild to hang on your wall.
Friends of Browntown-Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area:
The Friends group was created to support, improve, and promote the entire recreational area. In addition to organizing fundraisers for park improvements.
On Pine Tree Rd, 1/2-mile S of SR 11, 7 miles W of Monroe, Green County. Browntown-Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area - Cadiz Springs State Park in the City of New Glarus - Green County (Southwest WI).