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