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It was hot this week…
I can say this with absolute authority as I spent Wednesday on the road visiting many fabulous members in Columbia, Marquette & Waushara counties. If you’re not familiar with this area of south-central Wisconsin, you’re missing out on amazing, unspoiled natural beauty.

Check out the video below on Marquette county…

From boating & fishing to hiking & biking to bird-watching & golf, there’s something for everyone in Marquette county.  Don’t miss some of the unique local attractions either!

Tour Bison Ridge Ranch in Packwaukee where you’ll get the chance to see wild bulls, calves & their mamas on a wagon ride through their pastures.  Bison meat is also available for purchase on the ranch.

Free tours are available at Prairie Nursery near Westfield.  With nearly 200 acres, Prairie Nursery sells and ships native prairie seeds and plants.  Self-guided and public tours are available through their display gardens.

Finally, don’t miss Maggie Mae’s Cafe featuring “some of the best homemade dishes around”.  If you’re in luck, you’ll even get to hear Maggie Mae sing while you’re there – and be sure to ask about their next old fashioned Barn Dance.

Where to stay:
Montello – Be-Jax Sundowner Motel or TNT Ranch Bed & Breakfast
Oxford – Crossroads Motel & Cabins
Westfield – Pioneer Motor Inn


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JacksFirstFishFull disclosure:  I don’t fish.

Putting the words Wisconsin & Fish into the same sentence to me means three things:
1.  Fish Creek (great place to vacation in Door County)
2.  Fish Fry (that Friday night dinner phenomenon)
3.  Fish Boil (again in Door County, but this time it’s great food)

However, I have family who adore the sport of fishing and so I try to remain open-minded.  For those of you anglers who’ve been awaiting the official start of the season, mark you calendars for May 2nd as the Governor’s Fishing Opener.  In anticipation we’ve assembled the following resources…

If the cool, wet weather has you only dreaming of fishing, check out these articles, blogs & sites for inspiration:

Upcoming April fishing events include:

This DNR page features color pictures of Wisconsin’s fish species, print off & take along for the kids (or anyone) new to fishing.  Also, see this site by for great kid activities, stories & links.  Finally, features their list of Ten things an angler would NEVER say:

  1. Does my catfish stink bait smell too rank?
  2. I have all the fishing tackle I’ll ever need.
  3. That fish is too big, throw ‘em back!
  4. Take me to the shore, so that I may use the restroom.
  5. The one I caught was a lot smaller than yours.
  6. Sure, you can have the last nightcrawler!
  7. Fishing is so bad today, I’d rather be at work.
  8. I’ll ask my mother-in-law to go along fishing next week.
  9. I can’t make the tournament – I have tickets to the ballet!
  10. (Had to leave you in suspense, click to their site to see)

As always, don’t forget to head on over to to plan your fishing trips- find over 200 properties throughout Wisconsin with fishing available onsite!


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