Mill Bluff State Park
The tall sandstone bluffs rising from the flat plain amaze travelers passing through this park. These buttes were islands in glacial Lake Wisconsin during the Ice Age, some 12,000 years ago. Hardwood and pine forests here draw many species of warblers, woodpeckers and hawks. Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles ride the warm air currents rising from the plain – vultures likely nest in the rock formations of the bluffs. Warbling Vireos, Least Flycatchers and White-breasted Nuthatches are found in the wooded areas while Cliff Swallows are seen in large numbers near the bluffs where they nest and hunt for insects on the wing. This 1,600-acre park offers 25 campsites, two miles of hiking trails and a swimming area.
Directions: The park is located on both sides of I-90/94. Take the Camp Douglas exit (#55) to Hwy 12/16 west 2 miles to the park.
Gazetteer: Page 42, A-1 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 76, A-1 (10th edition).
Web site: Mill Bluff State Park
Signature species: Northern Raven, Turkey Vulture and Eastern Bluebird.
Rare species: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Blue-headed Vireo.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Parking: Parking lots.
Nearest food & lodging: Camp Douglas.
Fee: Park fees apply.