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Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916

Marquette Park,   pp. 93-95 PDF (630.6 KB)

Devil's Lake Park,   pp. 95-97 PDF (691.8 KB)

Page 95

Signal Hill, Eagle Eye, Black Hawk Monument, Roll-away, Linden Valley,
Winnoshick and Glen Grotto, a brilliantly colored sandstone cave, with
water falls tumbling over its sides, making it one of the beauty spots of
the park. About 450 acres of the park land have been cleared. The balance
is well wooded, consisting of such species as white, red and black oak,
basswood, sugar maple, aspen, and white birch on the upland and slope
types. In the hollows may be found ash, basswood, slippery elm, black
walnut, butternut, mulberry, and honey locust. The bottom land type is
composed mainly of silver maple, white elm and river birch.
  The many points of interest on the park are being made accessible by
the construction of three miles of standard road, which lead to Point Look-
out; to Sentinel Ridge, winding in and about several Indian mounds, and
down through a long hollow to the Burlington Railroad, where a station
will be erected by the railroad company, thus making it possible for
pleasure seekers to reach the park in the shortest possible time. Further
appropriations should be made to extend the road system to Walnut
Eddy on the Wisconsin river, a distance of one and one-fourth miles.
Many trails should be laid out, the superintendent's house repaired, fences
built and other improvements necessary to the comfort of visitors.
                       DEVIL'S LAKE PARK.
  The Devil's Lake Park contains 1040 acres surrounding the lake, and
is the most centrally located of the state parks, being accessible both by
rail and automobile from all points. It has long been a playground of
the people and the summer hotels have had a large number of guests
annually. It is located in Sauk county, near Baraboo. The surface of
the lake lies 600 feet below the east bluff, which is itself some 1400 feet
above sea level. It is a beautiful sheet of water, without a visible outlet,
fed by springs, and surrounded by great crags and bluffs of rock, thrown
up by volcanic action of some former age.
  The lake is one and one-fourth miles long, one-half mile wide and 4:3
feet deep, and is enclosed on the east, west and south shores by rugged
bluffs of Baraboo quartzite. The north and southeast ends are filled with
glacial drift, in fact this glacial drift has formed the lake basin by dam-
ming up both ends of the older gorge. The bluffs are without glacial
drift, and the limit of the driftless area, is sharply defined. The geology
classes of the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago snend
several weeks in field work on the park and the surrounding country
annually. President Van Hise of the University of Wisconsin, one of the
most distinguished geologists in the country, has said, "I know of no
region of the state which illustrates so many principles of the science of
  There are several interesting rock formations, the most remarkable ones
being known as the "Doorway," the "Needle" and "Turk's
Head." Some
interesting Indian mounds are found on the park, the most striking being
an eagle mound on the southeast shore.
  The rough topography of the park and the surrounding region prevented
clearing, so the percentage of forest area is large, and the native flora
fauna has survived remarkably well.

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