Yellowstone Lake State Park and Yellowstone Savanna State Natural Area
Together, this State Park and Natural Area total nearly 1,000 acres. The SNA can be accessed from the Blue Ridge, Green Valley and Savanna Trails. (The Savanna is located along the shoreline of the lake.) Nearly 100 avian species nest here, so you should have no trouble adding to your birding list. You can hike a trail through lowland forest and marsh to a dike built out into the lake. It’s a good place to see waterfowl, herons, rails and Great Egrets. In the shrub areas, look for flycatchers and the Blue-winged Warbler. The upland hardwood areas in the park are places to see woodpeckers, thrushes, vireos and warblers. Yellowstone Lake is 455 acres in size and is a good fishing lake. Many bathouses harbor thousands of bats that help keep the mosquito population low.
Directions: From Blanchardville, travel west 8 miles on Cty F, then south on Lake Road one mile to the park office.
Gazetteer: Page 26, B-3/4 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 91, B-7 (10th edition).
Phone: 608/523-4427 (Yellowstone Lake State Park).
Signature Species: Little Brown Bat, Whip-poor Will, Willow Flycatcher and Blue-winged Warbler.
Rare Species: Great Egret, Henslow’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel.
Parking: Parking lots.
Nearest food & lodging: Darlington and Argyle.
Fee: Park fees apply.