Spring and summer are just around the corner. The in-between season has its own rewards. Take it down a notch and enjoy the slow travel movement in this serene central Wisconsin location. Tap into your inner child drifting slowly in a kayak or canoe. Hike the trails up the east fork. Explore the rocky outcrops and watch turtles sunbathing. Also it is directly across the lake from Arbutus Oaks State Natural Area.
There is abundant wildlife on this property - otters, deer, raccoon, bobcat, skunk, porcupine, beaver, turkey, coyote, mink, squirrels, rabbits have all been caught on the trail cam. Eagles and osprey can be seen soaring overhead.
Levis/Trow Mound Recreational Area is just a few miles away and consists of 15 miles trails and an additional 19 miles of backcountry routes for hiking or snowshoeing. The tops of the mounds offer a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.
Bruce Mound Winter Sports Area is also just a few miles away. It has 10 scenic slopes for skiing and snowboarding and 5 snowtubing runs with a rope tow.
The East Fork is the original outlet of Ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin. If you are into geology Late Cambrian granite and gneiss rocks lie beneath the sandstone and are exposed on the property and in a few places in the rapids on the East Fork.
This property lies on the western end of the Central Sand Plains Ecological Landscape. The low population density of this area has numerous species of many mammals, birds and insects. It also lies in Clark County which has more dairy farms than any other county in the state at over 900. There are also many cheese factories to sample.
A recent article reported that there are 4 cows for every person in Clark County, and an equal number of deer as humans.
Enjoy a quiet, peaceful getaway at a this secluded cottage located on a 50 acre lake front property. Perfect for nature observers and bird watchers, located where the East Fork of the Black River enters Lake Arbutus. The property includes miles of trails, lake and river front, with several islands and inlets in Lake Arbutus to kayak or canoe in the spring, summer and fall.
In summer relax with a good book and binoculars on the boat house deck or at the end of the dock. Enjoy non-motorized sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, fishing, ice-skating, and swimming or walk the Yellow Ribbon trail along the East Fork. At night listen to the owls and whippoorwills and see the light of the moon illuminate the lake and woods.
The town of Hatfield is located on the west side of the lake. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from, as well as an indoor roller skating rink. Or head up to Neillsville and explore small town restaurants, an art center, a history museum, many restored Victorian homes, a quilting shop, Carnegie Library, golf course, and the Saturday market where many Amish bring in produce by horse and buggy.