Take a Walk
Walk Around Town
Walk in Your Area
Walk in the Park, at School or to the Playground
Ride Your Bike
Bike Clubs and Bike Shops
Canoe, Kayak, Tubing, Boating
Get in the Swim
Take a Class
Martial Arts and More
Adult Recreation Clubs and Programs
Take a Walk As a physical activity, walking is hard to beat: It’s free. It requires no special skills. And most people of any age can do it. It’s an activity a family can easily do together. But it’s also a great thing to do when you need time by yourself. Below you’ll find some fine places to take a walk in Waushara County. Walking to Get Fit *Walk with your chin up and your shoulders held slightly back. *Walk so that the heel of your foot touches the ground first. Roll your weight forward. *Walk with your toes pointed forward. *Swing your arms as you walk.
*Think of your walk in three parts. Walk slowly for 5 minutes. Increase your speed for the next 5 minutes. Finally, to cool down, walk slowly again for 5 minutes. *Aim to walk at least three times per week. Add 2 to 3 minutes per week to the fast walk. If you walk less than three times per week, increase the fast walk more slowly. *To avoid sore muscles, start gradually. Over several weeks, begin walking faster, going further, and walking for longer periods of time. *The more you walk, the better you will feel. For more information about walking, go to http://walking.about.com or visit your local library. Back to the TopWalk Around Town Playgrounds and parks are not the only interesting places to walk. Waushara’s towns and villages have many historical sites and beautiful houses to see. Family sight-seeing walks are a wonderful opportunity to learn about your community and teach your child about the past. Berlin Historical Society Museum 111 S. Adams St., Berlin, WI 920-361-2460 Witness Nathan Strong's discovery of the Fox River and Strong's Landing, later renamed Berlin. Quarry Park Redgranite In the late 1800's red granite was discovered in this site, and Sand Prairie quarry was established. The rock taken and cut from the quarry was used to construct streets… eventually earning the city its new title, Redgranite. Now the Quarry is a popular attraction for swimming and tourism. Clark Schoolhouse Riverside Park, Berlin 920-361-2460 The school began in about 1863 and was moved to its present location in 1963. Woodland Indian Mounds Whistler Mounds Park, Hancock The ancient Native American mounds of Whistler Mounds Park on 6th Ave were created by the Woodland Indians during 650 - 1200 A.D. Learn more about the Indian Mounds visit the Hancock Public Library. Pioneer Museum Main Street, Wild Rose Discover and learn the history of Wild Rose Pioneers. Museum tours run from 1:00 to 3:00pm on Wed & Sat from mid-June through Labor Day. Special group tours by advance arrangement. Waushara County Museum Saint Marie St., Wautoma Visit the Waushara County Museum in the old County Jail, where you can witness the scene of old sheriffs home, jail cells, school room, kitchen, parlor, jail office, war room, country store, and much more! Back to the Top
Walk in Your Area Waushara County is one of the most scenic natural areas of Wisconsin, home of clear blue lakes and full of wildlife. It’s easy to lose track of time and get your morning/evening exercise by walking peacefully around these areas. Be sure to layer on the bug spray!! Below are some of the most popular walking areas, recommended by our own local walkers. -Trails near Kusel Lake: restrooms and shelter area. -Trails at Mount Morris: restrooms and shelter area. - Wild Rose Boardwalk: A paved path, ADA accessible, wrapping around many scenic areas of Wild Rose: Millpond & Roberts Park. Contact Vicki Sage 920-622-4183 or http://www.villageofwildrose.com/boardwalkproject/ Click here for the County Parks for the list of some of the local lakes or contact the Parks Department for more information on the most accessible walking areas. Back to the Top
Walk in the Park If you want a place where you can really stretch your legs, go on a nature hike, throw a frisbee, fly a kite, or have a picnic, check out a community or county park! Click here for the County Parks list that are just some of the many local parks where you can hike and picnic. See how many parks you can visit in a year. Parks are open 5:30am to 10:30pm 7 days a week. All parks are open year round except Mt. Morris, only April– November. Shooting range hours are 8am to 7pm, daylight hours only from April—November. To make shelter reservations contact the Parks Department (920-787-7037) with at least two weeks notice. Walk at a School Is it too hot to walk? Too cold? Do you think it’s not safe to walk in your neighborhood? Try walking inside the local schools or with a local walking club. Call 920-787-7112 ext. 1300 for walking times at: Wautoma High School, Wild Rose School, and Parkside School.
Walk to the Playground If you have small children, you may want to walk to a neighborhood park or play lot that has play equipment. Once you’re there, don’t just watch your kids play at the playground—play with them! Push the swing, run beside the merry-go-round, and climb the monkey bars! Look on the next page to find playgrounds for your children and you!! Vary your playground routine: Bring a bottle of bubbles to the park and chase the bubbles with your toddler. Bring a jump rope and teach your child how to use it. Take along a pack of sidewalk chalk and play hopscotch. There are dozens of simple outdoor games kids can play that require little or no equipment. If you can’t recall how to play these games from your own childhood, check out a book on kids’ games from your local library. For more information about the local parks, playgrounds, and recreation areas in Waushara County contact: PO Box 300, N2402 S. Townline Rd. Wautoma WI 54982 Phone: 920-787-7037 Email: [email protected]Website: Waushara County ParksBack to the Top Ride Your Bike Remember the feeling of freedom you felt when you first learned how to ride a bike? It can still feel that way! Like walking, biking is a fun, easy, affordable way to get active and fit. If you can ride a bike instead of driving a car to work or to go shopping, you can save money on gas while you get your exercise. And it’s good for the environment! If you prefer to ride your bike purely for pleasure, Waushara County has miles of scenic country roads and marked bike paths and trails. Click Here for a list of trails. Biking can be a fun family activity, too. Children as young as 5 years old can safely ride their two-wheelers on paved paths. Younger children can ride tricycles or sit in bike trailers or safety seats. If you enjoy companionship on your rides, you can join a bike club and go on group rides on the weekends. See Bike Club Section below for bike club information and where to find calendars of biking events. Biking is usually more strenuous than walking, so you can burn more calories in less time. The more often you bike, the easier it becomes—and the farther you can go! Back to the Top Bike Safely The biking rules of the road are the same for children and adults: Ride on the right side, with the traffic. Obey all traffic signs and signal your turns. Bikes should have light reflectors. Bikers should wear clothes that make them visible day or night. Children should not ride a 2-wheeled bike until they are ready, at about age 5 or 6. Stick with coaster (foot) brakes until your child is older and more experienced for hand brakes. Buy your child a bike that is the right size, not one your child has to "grow into." Oversized bikes are especially dangerous. Bikers of all ages need to wear a helmet on every bike ride, no matter how short or how close to home. Many accidents happen in driveways, on sidewalks, and on bike paths, not just on streets. Your children learn best by observing you—whenever you ride your bike, put on your helmet. When purchasing a helmet, look for a label or sticker that says the helmet meets the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) safety standard. A helmet should be worn so that it is level on the head, not tipped forwards or backwards. The strap should be securely fastened, and you should not be able to move the helmet in any direction. If needed, the helmet's sizing pads can help improve the fit. Waushara Area Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) WAMBA is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers in Waushara County and surrounding areas, and to create a bicycle friendly community through cycling awareness, safety, advocacy and promotion of bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. WAMBA seeks to preserve, protect, and promote mountain bike access and diverse riding opportunities on Wisconsin’s public and private lands through education, communication, and unified action. For information, contact RJ Wickham at 920-915-4489, see them on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/WausharaAreaMountainBikeAssociation Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin (BFW) 409 E Main Street, Suite 203, Madison, WI 53703 608-251-4456 www.bfw.org The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin is an education and advocacy group dedicated to making Wisconsin a better place to bicycle. The BFW provides biking maps, calendars of organized bike rides and information about bike safety and commuter biking. Call to get a free copy of Bike Sense: A Wisconsin Bicycle Operator’s Manual. This booklet can also be downloaded from the BFW website.
Back to the TopBike Routes The chart below lists just some of the many great places to bike in Waushara County. A complete map of all the bike routes in Waushara County can be accessed from the Parks Department by calling 920-787-7037. Or you can download the maps and complete routes booklet. This map is usually also available for sale at bike stores. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism offers a free Wisconsin Biking Guide, a detailed ride guide to 44 Wisconsin bike touring trails, on-road routes, and mountain bike trail systems. Call 1-800-432-TRIP. PLAINFIELD - OASIS - 30.1 MILES - Access at Veteran's Memorial Park - Features: Relatively flat and easy ride, past Sand Lake, farms, Veterans Memorial Park facilities. HANCOCK-DEERFIELD - 26.9 MILES - Access at Hancock Village Park - Features: Flat to Rolling Hills. Through parks and lakes. COLOMA - DEERFIELD - 23.6 MILES - Access at Coloma Community Park - Features: Crosses Mecan River and Curtis Lake Community Park. WILD ROSE - ROSE - 22.8 MILES - Access at Roberts Park in Wild Rose - Features: Quiet Ride, with side route to Wild Rose Fish Hatchery. WILD ROSE - SAXEVILLE COVERED BRIDGE - 30.3 MILES - Access at Roberts Park in Wild Rose - Features: Lake views and stream crossings. With side routes to Big Hills Lake & Kusel Lake Parks. WAUTOMA - MT.MORRIS - WHITE RIVER - 27.7 MILES - Access at Bird Creek Park in Wautoma - Features: Challenging Route with climb to top of Mt Morris Hills Park. WAUTOMA - RICHFORD - DAKOTA - 35.5 MILES - Access at Bird Creek Park in Wautoma - Features: Longer Route PONY CREEK - TUSTIN - WEST BLOOMFIELD - 25.7 MILES - Access at Pony Creek County Park - Features: Flat route with scenery from cropland and farms to marshland. POYSIPPI - PINE RIVER - 25.8 MILES - Access at Poy Sippi Park - Features: Challenging route with steep grades. BANNERMAN TRAIL - 7 MILES - Access on Hwy 73, 7 miles south of Wautoma - Features: Almost completely off-road, relatively flat.
REDGRANITE - AURORA MARSHLAND - 23.2 MILES - Access at Redgranite Village Park - Features: Views of Marshland and Aurora Mill pond and dam. Back to the Top Bike Clubs and Bike Shops Coloma Cycling Club Saturday mornings at Coloma Hotel 132 East Main Street, Coloma, WI
715-228-2401May-Sept. 8:30-11:00am, riding approximately 12-15 miles.
Riders should bring bikes and helmets. Bikes are available to rent from the hotel. High Level Biking Group Wade'z Bike and Adventure Shop
Tues. & Thurs. at 5pm riding at a fast pace for 25-40 miles
Call Wade'z Bike and Adventure Shop 920-787-3282
Baggy Shorts Ride Wade'z Bike and Adventure Shop Wednesday laid back 10-18 mile ride at a 12mph pace Call Wade'z Bike and Adventure Shop 920-787-3282 Mountain Bike Ride Ride throughout Nordic Mt. trails, all skill & fitness levels, meet at Wade’z to carpool to Nordic Mt. or meet there at 6pm. W5806 County Rd. W, Wild Rose. Mountain bike necessary. Contact Wade'z Bike Shop to find out what day ride takes place on 920-787-3282 Wade’z Bike and Adventure Shop: Bike Rentals, servicing all models, bicycles & accessories 920-787-3282 www.wadezbike.com 415 East Main St. Wautoma Back to the Top ENJOY THE WATER??? Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing, Boating... Explore the options for a hot day or hard workout. Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to get exercise exploring the outdoors with both strength training and cardio. It makes for a great family outing!! If you don't have your own canoe or kayak check out a local store or campsite where you can rent or buy water equipment. Some camping facilities, and businesses provide guided tours or rental equipment with mapped out routes. Mecan River Outfitters and Lodge: Canoe & Kayak Trips, Pheasant Hunts October- March, 10 miles of Marked & Groomed Ski Trails, Ski Rentals, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Lodge & Cabin rental also available 3 miles West of Princeton on Hwy 23 W720 State Road 23, Princeton, WI 54968 920-295-3439 www.mecanriveroutfitters.com Marks Quality Marine & Sport Shop: Service, Sales, Rentals, Rafts, and Bait for a variety of outdoor water activities W7488 State Road 21 & 73 Wautoma, WI, www.marksqualitymarine.com/ 920-787-LURE(5873) Johnson’s Boats and Motors: Service, Sales, Rentals for Water Sports: Pontoons, Fishing boats, Trailers, Docks, Outboards Mon-Sat 8-5, Hwy 23 West Montello, www.ThePontoonCapital.com 608-297-2562 Blackhawk Marine: Boat sales and Rentals, Repair and Service N2231 State Road 73 Wautoma 920-787-0033 Back to the Top GET IN THE SWIM Since it’s a no-impact sport, swimming is a great physical activity for you if you are pregnant, overweight, or have joint pain. You can burn energy without sweating, and the water can soothe and relax you. There are plenty of places to swim in Waushara, especially at the county parks and campgrounds. Contact the county parks dept. (920)787-7037 for more information. Additionally, the local campgrounds and resorts provide many beaches and swimming pools for public access at low cost, find them below. Berlin Aquatic Center Hours: Mon-Sat 12-7pm Sun 12-5pm. Enjoy all kinds of family fun with waterslides, games, activity, and fun for hot weather, 225 Webster St. Berlin, 920-361-5426 Splashpad at Bird Creek Park Kids can have hours of fun and love this virtual playground/water park experience!! Location: Corner of 16th Ave & HWY 21, Wautoma DID YOU KNOW?: A hour of fast swimming burns 315 calories per hour! Back to the Top Take a Class How long has it been since you learned a new sport or a new way of being active? Part of the joy of living is learning how to do new things! When you discover an activity you love, whether it’s yoga or step aerobics or weightlifting, you stop thinking of exercise as a chore. You look forward to lacing up your athletic shoes, because it’s your time to play! See below for your local fitness center, community center, or school for classes in yoga, karate, tennis, dance, swimming, weight lifting, step aerobics, body sculpting, tai chi, even kick-boxing or martial arts. Fees vary. UW-Extension Waushara County offers: Tufts University’s Strong Bones™ strength training program. The Strong Bones™ Program is based upon years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of men and women of all ages. The program is appropriate for both sedentary and very active men and women. The program is taught three times a week in Hancock, WI. For more information on the programs above contact, UW-Extension at 920-787-0416. Back to the Top Fitness Centers/Clubs Tri-County Area School Community Fitness Center: 409 S. West Street, Plainfield, WI 54966 715-335-6366 ext. 4910
M-T-W-TH-F 6-8pm Saturday 8-10am Sunday 5-8pm If you don’t have a membership the walk-in charge is $2/visit. You must have correct change, the Fitness Center Supervisor will not have access to change. Wautoma Fitness480 South Townline Rd Wautoma 920-787-5207 Silver Sneakers program for the elderly, personal trainers, memberships, aerobic classes Wautoma Area Women’s Club Meets at Senior Center in Mt. Morris. Free opportunities to exercise as a group and with your friends, with video exercise: stretching, warming up, aerobics, weightlifting, cool down. 7:45am-9am Mon, Wed, Fri - Contact: Adeline Robbins 787-4019 Back to the Top Yoga CoreQuest Yoga and Spa 205 E. Main St. Suite 4, Wautoma Contact: Cathy Favelle, RYT 920-787-7800 www.corequestyoga.com Yoga and functional fitness classes for all levels. Also, check out our de-stressing spa services. Individual and drop-in rates available as well as discounted packages and beginner workshops. Rock Your Chair Yoga/Sculpt for seniors Wautoma Senior Center, W8220 Cottonville Ave Just off of Highway 22 in Wautoma 8:45-9:45am Mon & Wed Contact Cathy of CoreQuest Yoga and Spa 920-787-7800 Yoga For Health and Stress Reduction Contact: Jyoti Bratz 920-787-4222 Email: [email protected] American Martial Arts Academy, 208 W. Main Street, Wautoma, WI Classes: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:15pm Back to the Top Martial Arts and More American Martial Arts Academy Contact Joanne Nelson at 920-787-4222 208 W. Main Street, Wautoma Costs will vary contact AMAA for details Classes: Childrens Beginner Class: Mon & Wed 4:00pm Childrens Advanced Class: Mon & Wed 4:45pm Adults Class: Mon, Wed & Thura 5:30pm Mighty Ninjas: (4-6 Yrs Old) Tues 4pm Tae Kwon Do Trial Course: $69/month plus free uniform Tai Chi: Tues & Thurs 6:15pm Fitness Kickboxing: Mon & Wed 6:30pm Seniors on the Move (senior citizens): Tues & Thurs 8:30am & 9:30am
Lomi Lomi massage: by appointmentBack to the TopZumba
Tuesday and Thursday at Wautoma High School 6pm - 7pm
Wednesday at Parkside Middle School 6pm - 7pm
Zumba at Poy Sippi First Lutheran Church
Self taught through video, Free for Everyone!! Starting Sept-May Tues & Thurs 6pm Contact: 920-987-5151 [email protected] Retreats “Life is a Beach” Yoga and Outdoor Adventure Retreat. August event, www.corequestyoga.com Call Cathy Favelle 920-787-7800 “Snoga” Snowshoe and Yoga Adventure Retreat. January event, www.corequestyoga.com for details or call Cathy 920-787-7800 Spinning Wade’z Bike and Adventure Shop 415 East Main St. Wautoma Call to check prices and class day/time as schedule changes seasonally 920-787-3282 or visit www.wadezbike.com *First class is free Back to the TopAdult Recreation Clubs/Programs Summer/Fall Volleyball League recreational Tues. night volleyball for adults and young adults. Contact Moose Inn Supper Club W6846 State Hwy. 21, Wautoma, WI 920-787-2241 Adult Basketball League- (18yrs or over) Wed nights held at Wautoma High School. Late winter/early spring, 15 weeks long, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm. Contact Mike Reilly at Reilly Motors 920-787-3305 Slow Pitch Softball- Wed night slow pitch softball league contact Aaron Grimm at Grimms Bar 920-787-7374