Nowhere else can you find a more perfect vacationland than right here in central Wisconsin. The Montello area is rich in history from the granite quarry to the homestead of the world-renowned naturalist John Muir, to the voyager Fr. Jacques Marquette. Wisconsin's largest tree - towering cottonwood - is in the front yard of the historic Le Maison Granit on Underwood Ave., just north of downtown next door to the Courthouse.
Besides its history, the Montello area is genuinely blessed with nature's wonders. Several sparkling lakes teeming with fish and wildlife surround Montello. Area wetlands and woodlands are home to many rare species of wildlife, including some endangered species.
Because of nature's bounty in the Montello area, it is a favorite vacation spot for the angler and sportsman. Nature lovers find Montello an ideal place for hiking and bird watching, with more than 300 species of birds visiting or living in the area throughout the year.
Boating and canoeing are favorite pastimes in summer, as are sailing, skiing and swimming. Golfing and softball on area courses and diamonds are a great way to spend a warm, summer day.
In winter, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers find the rolling hills and frozen lakes ideal places to enjoy their sports, while ice anglers bore holes to catch fish from the ice-locked waters.
Whether catching a big walleye, hunting deer or ducks, enjoying a splash in the cool, crystal water of Montello's area lakes and streams, hitting a golf ball, bird watching, snowmobiling, skiing, or dining at one of Montello's fine restaurants, your stay in the Montello area will be one you and your family will always remember.
Discover Montello and you won't want to vacation anywhere else.
DIRECTORY OF MONTELLO AREA ATTRACTIONS
Marquette and Green Lake Counties are home to a large Amish community. They are a throwback to days gone by, when transportation was one horsepower, water was heated on a wood stove and cows were milked by hand. One thing that has endured throughout the years is the Amish craftsmanship, quality of work and attention to detail.
The types of crafts available vary in many ways. Examples include wooden crafts and furniture, groceries, bulk foods, and flowers. But remember, all shops are closed on Sundays.
When traveling along the highways and back roads on your way to these shops, watch for the horse drawn-buggy. Drive slow and respect the road with them.
Take a wagon ride out into the bison herd and feed Teddy the Bull! Tour the breathtaking view of 900 acres of lush pastures, native grasslands, wetlands and woods. Visit the "bufftuff" corrals, handling facilities and view a short video of a bison round-up. Your tour will be completed with a visit to the leather workshop and the Bison Ridge Ranch Art and Gift Shop featuring Native American Inspired art and jewelry, bison gift items and healthy bison meat. Tours held twice daily from May 15 to October 15, Thursday thru Sunday, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Reservations are a must!
608-697-7798 cell http://www.bisonridgeranch.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Boating & Canoeing
Over 20 of Marquette County's lakes have public boat accesses, and most lodging facilities and campgrounds located on the water have boat rentals. Canoe and rafting trips on the Mecan and Fox Rivers are offered by Rendezvous Paddle & Sports & Mecan River Outfitters.
Canoe Waterways include Fox River - Germania Marsh - Lower Neenah River below Oxford - Grand River Marsh - Montello River.
Fresh, homegrown produce is abundant in our agricultural area. From late spring through autumn, seasonal fruits and vegetables can be found at farm markets, roadside stands, parking lots and street corners.
Spend a day visiting our flea markets to find many treasures. Visit the Montello 2 Mile Fair located a few miles South on Hwy 22.
South of Montello on Hwy F. The famous naturalist's boyhood home has been preserved and has been named a National Historic Landmark. The 125-acre park includes 30-acre Fountain (Ennis) Lake with a boat access, picnic grounds, restroom and hiking trails.
P.O. Box 84
Montello, WI 53949
Phone: (920) 293-8102
Located just a few miles north of Montello off Hwy 22.
You will enjoy a ride on one of their well-trained horses through this beautiful 160+ acre ranch.
Owner: Debbie Calnin
The fairgrounds are located approximately 10 miles west of Montello on Hwy M with 40 acres including a baseball diamond, horse racing track and exhibition buildings. The Marquette County Fair is held the second week of July at the fairgrounds with exhibits, carnival, food, refreshments, and games.
Scharenbergs’s White Lake Golf Resort, N4785 19th Ave, Montello, WI 53949, (608) 297-2278, e-mail: email@example.com Check it on the web: http://www.wisvacations.com/scharenbergs Friendly, fun family oriented resort with variety of lodging options, restaurant, lounge, 18-hole golf course, 100-acre lake and sandy beach.
The following campgrounds offer mini-golf:
Grand Valley Campground, Kilby Lake Campground, and Wilderness Campground
The Sandhill Cranes come to Marquette from far away, flying north in March from the swamps of Florida. Some stop only briefly in the county before scattering on to Minnesota or Canada while others stay on here and raise their new families. The Sandhill Crane almost became extinct in the early 1900's. Presently it is estimated that there are at least 1,000 Sandhill Cranes in Marquette County alone and some 35,000 throughout their flyway. The Sandhill Crane has made a dramatic comeback thanks to a better understanding of the value of preserving our wetlands and wildlife that depend on them for their very existence. For that reason, there are plenty of cranes around for everyone to enjoy - especially in the pristine marshes of Marquette County.
Ice fishing and ice skating are popular pastimes on Montello area lakes. Cross-country skiers can enjoy 15 miles of groomed and tracked trails at Mecan River Outfitters & Lodge, Sky Lodge Christian Camp or partake in winter's "silent sport" at one of the area public parks.
Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport in Marquette County - over 250 miles of marked and groomed trails criss-cross the county. Seven local clubs have helped to establish these trails, most of which are on private land. Trail locations are indicated on a brochure produced by the Marquette County Snowmobile Association. The brochure is available throughout the area.
TRAIL CONDITION HOTLINE: 608-586-6272
NAMES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF LOCAL CLUBS ARE:
· Briggsville Road-runners
· Endeavor Freedom Riders
· Montello Yetis
· Westfield White Trackers
(608) 296-2085 or 2203
· Neshkoro E-Z Riders
· Packwaukee Sno-Chiefs
· Oxford Sno-Mads (608) 586-4149
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Westfield Fish Hatchery
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Over a million salmon make their home in Marquette County each year raised from eggs collected in Lake Michigan. A visit to the Westfield Fish Hatchery is fun as well as an educational experience for the entire family.
Located on West Park Street, Box 44, Westfield, WI 53964
Contact: James Martin (Hatchery Foreman)
The hatchery is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Phone: (608) 296-2343
P.O. Box 219
Montello, WI 53949
toll free: (888) 318-0362