This circuit includes the largest city within one hour of Ferryville. For those looking for a city with metropolitan conveniences with Midwestern charm you'll find it on this circuit. There's even lots of opportunity to shop at familiar stores as well as local shops. Check out the picnicking and swimming opportunity offered at Blackhawk Park.
Operated by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, this natural area is an example of a "goat prairie" and is an important habitat for numerous rare plants and animals. Access to the park is convenient from either Highway 35 (at the roadside) or from Rush Creek Road. Located only 3.5 miles from Ferryville. Access to the natural area is free.
Rare plants include purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens), hairy meadow-parsnip (Thaspium barbinode), broad beech fern (Phegopteris hexagonoptera), and Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioica). Rare animals include wing snaggletooth (Gastrocopta procera), Kentucky (Oporornis formosus) and cerulean warblers (Dendroica cerulea), Acadian flycatcher (Empidonax virescens), red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus), and the gorgonne checkerspot butterfly (Chlosyne gorgone). Rush Creek is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1981.
Additional information available at the Wisconsin DNR website.
Blackhawk Park (WI)
E590 CTY RD BI
Located 15 minutes north of Ferryville.
Genoa National Fish Hatchery raises over 10 species of fish to contribute to sport fish restorations, including walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, brook trout, rainbow trout, yellow perch, sauger, black crappie and bluegill. Lake sturgeon are also raised for stocking in Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin waters.
This facility is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stop by for a self-guided tour. Group tours are available upon request for school and civic groups. Kids' Fishing Day is held in Spring - see VisitFerryville Events calendar for this year's date. The hatchery grounds is also noted by bird watching enthusiasts.
S5689 State Road 35
Genoa, WI 54632-8836
Located 20 minutes north of Ferryville.
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