5 Favorite Quiet Activities On or Near Local Waters

Published On: Thursday, July 22, 2021By Categories: Blog, Explore Jefferson County, Outdoor RecreationTags: , , , ,

Everyone knows and loves the energetic fun of swimming, boating, and jet-skiing busy Whitewater Lake, especially around the 4th of July, but with the hustle and bustle of the summer holiday behind us, who’s seeking a quiet activity to reset you? Set aside a day (or weekend!) to indulge in one or more of the following quiet must-dos on or near peaceful waters. You’ll feel your calm instantly return to you.

Picnic on Dr. O.R. Rice Memorial Picnic Area

Rice Lake

We’ve highlighted this area for picnics in this past post, but it bears repeating! A picnic on this oak-filled peninsula is nothing short of magic. Throw your blanket down facing Rice Lake and the Kettle Moraine State Forest, kick back, and pop open a sparkling water while you nibble a picnic platter from Staller Estate Winery or The Black Sheep. *Insider tip: Arrive just before dusk and enjoy your goodies under an undoubtedly gorgeous sunset.

Listen to the Birds at Rice Lake or on Whitewater Creek

Rice Lake Lookout

From loons to cranes to marlins, this Bird City has a chorus to reset your soul. Whether in town on Whitewater Creek (Cravath Lakefront Park) or outside the city on Rice Lake (off of the Rice Lake Nature Trail), you can sit and relax with a book and be serenaded. Early morning is a coveted time to be out with the birds.

Whitewater Creek/Cravath Lakefront

Fish on Bark River

Bark River

A popular fishing hole and kayak drop-in spot, Burnt Village County Park offers a vista on the Bark River that’ll take your breath away. It’s easy to forget there’s a country road right behind you. This spot gets sunny, so bring your sunscreen, hat, and/or umbrella!

Nap beside Bluff Creek

Bluff Creek

For many people, a reset includes a nap and doing so near trickling water puts anyone to sleep. Bluff Creek (off of County Hwy P) is the perfect spot to set up a hammock and let the sounds of the water and surrounding nature preserve lull you into dreamland. *Insider tip: Enjoy mid-day when fishing isn’t as popular!

Kayak Rice Lake

Kayaking on Rice Lake

Kayaking Rice Lake is otherworldly. Drop-in at the boat launch off of State Park Dr. or Dr. O.R. Rice Picnic Area and drift into bliss. With the Kettle Moraine State Forest covering much of the shoreline, this lake offers more natural (and less residential!) views/sounds. Our advice, much like our tip for picnics, is to kayak at sunset. The colors are mesmerizing.

Here’s to the peace and quiet you crave!

Katy Daixon Wimer is a southern Wisconsin photographer, story-teller, soul dweller, and poet dedicated to telling your story and reconnecting you to yourself. Capturing who you are and telling your story while guiding you toward a deeper connection with yourself light Katy up. That’s where the magic happens.


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