Dorothy Carnes County Park and Rose Lake State Natural Area

Dorothy Carnes Park is located on the west, south, and east shores of Rose Lake Marsh, one of the most diverse waterfowl areas in the county. Rose Lake is a shallow, hard water seepage lake surrounded by wetlands, oak openings, and steep hills that provide fantastic views of the lake. Ducks, shorebirds and American White Pelicans use the site. Prairie, savanna and wetland habitats being restored attract additional grassland birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Two miles of trails, an effigy mound and accessible viewing platform give good access to the best parts of this Jefferson County Park.

Directions: From Fort Atkinson, go west 1.2 miles on Hwy 12, then north .6 miles on Radloff Lane, then east to the parking area.

Dorothy Carnes County Park and Rose Lake State Natural Area map

Gazetteer: Page 29, A-5 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 86, F-4 (10th edition).

Phone: 920/674-7260 (Jefferson County Parks).

Web site: Dorothy Carnes County Park | WDNR Rose Lake State Natural Area

Signature Species: American White Pelican, Virginia Rail and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Rare Species: Black Tern and Great Egret.

Parking: Parking lot.

Nearest food & lodging: Fort Atkinson.