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Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area is set among the lovely rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin, and was created in 1980 when Cadiz Springs State Park was combined with the Browntown Wildlife Area.  Its 644 acres are centered around the two lakes, Beckman Lake and Zander Lake, and the park holds a variety of scenic beauty in its lowland marshes and streams, and upland fields and forests. The Recreation Area also has up to 11 miles of walking trails with a delightful array of wildlife and plant species. Open daily from 6 AM to 11 PM, the park offers many outdoor recreational opportunities.  

 

Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking 

Beckman Lake and Zander Lake total 95 acres. Beckman Lake has a handicapped accessible boat launch. Kayaks and canoes may be portaged into Zanders Lake. Both lakes have restrictions for electric motors only. 

 

Fishing 

A double ADA fishing platform overlooks Beckman Lake, which is home to some good sized largemouth bass and northern pike, as well as crappies, perch and bluegills.  Zanders Lake contains largemouth bass, crappies and bluegills.  Brown trout may be found in Zanders Creek.  Anglers 16 and older must have a fishing license. 

 

Swimming and Volleyball 

Find relief from the summer heat at Beckman Lake’s designated swim area!  Kids of all ages enjoy playing in the sand on the beach or playing volleyball in the nearby sand volleyball court.  The beach was renovated in 2008, and volunteers help to keep the beach and swimming area clean.  Pets and fishing are prohibited in the swimming area.  There is no lifeguard on duty.  

 

Playground 

Youngsters will enjoy the lovely, new playground that was installed near the beach in the fall of 2013!   

 

Hiking 

Zanders Lake Nature Trail is a one-mile self-guided nature trail encircling Zanders Lake.  The beautiful educational signs telling about the wildlife and plants in the park were installed in 2011.  The other 7 miles of hiking trails show you the variety of scenic beauty in the park: the lakeshore, marshes and streams, as well as the hills, oak forests and meadows, and the abundant wildlife and wild flowers. 

 

Picnicing 

The park has many picnic tables and cooking grills with a view of the lakes.  Two large open shelter houses with lights and electricity are available.  

 

Hunting 

A large part of the Recreation Area is open to licensed hunters during legal hunting and trapping seasons.  The same hunting regulations apply as for most of the rest of Green County. 

 

Geocaching 

There are two caches hidden at Cadiz Springs.  Go to www.geocaching.com and type 53522 in the postal code search.  You will find the coordinates for the Beckman Lake and Devil’s Tea Table caches.  You can use your GPS to find them! GPS coordinates  42°35′3″N89°46′19″W

 

Winter Activities

The ungroomed  trails provide a variety of scenic terrain for cross-country skiers.  Snowshoeing and winter hiking are enjoyed by many when conditions allow.  Both lakes are a popular destination for ice fishermen.  Staff do not monitor the ice quality, so use your own judgement concerning the safety of the ice.

 

 


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