A Nature-Filled Weekend in Marquette County Wisconsin

This post is sponsored by Marquette County and Travel Wisconsin. All words and images are my own.

Located in southcentral Wisconsin, Marquette County is made up of gently-rolling hills, small town charm, and a plethora of rivers and lakes. We recently spent a couple of days down in this beautiful area of Wisconsin and we had such a wonderfully-relaxing time!

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Montello, WI: Marquette County

Our homebase!

Where We Stayed

On Friday evening, we checked into Buffalo Lake Camping Resort. This family-friendly campground has campsites, rental units, an in-ground pool, playground equipment for kids, and so much more! We were in Cottage 80, a simple, two-bedroom unit with all the basics, plus an outdoor patio with a fire ring and dining table. Right across the road from the rental units is Buffalo Lake. We loved being able to walk right out our front door and down to the water. They even have canoe and kayak rentals!

For more accommodation options, head over to Travel Marquette County.

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Where We Dined

We enjoyed so many different restaurants during our stay! Here’s where we went:

Breakfast: Mama’s Cafe. A quaint diner with all the classics. I’d recommend the french toast!

Lunch: Rendezvous Paddle & Sports. They have a full menu plus they do canoe/kayak/tubing trips! We loved dining out on their covered porch.

Dinner: Mecan River Lodge and Blader’s Timberland Supper Club. I loved both of these restaurants. The Mecan River Lodge has a cozy, log-cabin atmosphere. While we were waiting for a table, we sat out of their covered porch and watched the hummingbirds! Blader’s Timberland has that classic Wisconsin supper club ambience, perfect for a night out. 

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cabins on clark lake door county wisconsin

What to do

Paddle + Hike at John Muir County Park: Within John Muir County Park is Ennis Lake, a beautiful, 29-acre lake with a boat ramp and a large dock. This lake only allows boats with electric motors so it offers paddlers a quiet and peaceful experience.

Circling Ennis Lake is a gorgeous hiking trail (it’s actually a completed segment of the Ice Age Trail!). It’s an easy, 1.7 mile loop that brings you through prairie and woodlands. During your hike, you’ll be able to marvel at the massive trees and the pretty wildflowers along the path.

Travel Info: Dogs are allowed on the trail and there are permanent outhouses near the parking area.

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cabins on clark lake door county wisconsin
cabins on clark lake door county wisconsin
cabins on clark lake door county wisconsin

Hiking + Bird-Watching at Grand River Locks: This was such a cool spot! As you drive south on Hwy 22 from Montello, you’ll turn left onto Lower Locks Road. This gravel road will take you back to a parking area where you can fish the river, hike the paths, or do some bird watching. We saw swans, eagles, terns, red-winged black birds, and ducks.

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cabins on clark lake door county wisconsin
cabins on clark lake door county wisconsin

Hike Observatory Hill: This spot is an absolute must! This is a state natural area with a gorgeous overlook at the top. From Montello, drive south on Hwy F, take the second 14th road (by the Buffalo Community Church), then turn right onto 13th Rd. Stay straight onto Gillette Ave. and the gravel parking lot will be on your left. The trailhead is to the west.

You’ll begin hiking in a lush, deciduous forest followed by a darker, wooded section of red cedar trees. The trail starts gaining elevation almost immediately but it’s a short, 0.6-mile out and back hike. When you reach the rocky outcropping at the top, you’ll be treated to a stunning view of Marquette County.

Travel Info: There are no restrooms at Observatory Hill.

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A few other things to do: Visit the Amish community, walk downtown Montello to see the waterfalls and to visit the candy shop, and watch the sunset over Buffalo Lake from Lakeshore Drive in Montello.

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If you’re looking for a relaxing, nature-filled getaway, Marquette County is a lovely place to explore! From hiking trails to paddling opportunities, it’s a great spot for the outdoor enthusiast.

A few things that stuck out to me about Marquette County:

1) Everyone – locals and tourists – were super friendly!

2) No matter where we went, it sounded like we were in an aviary! So many beautiful bird sounds! If you haven’t yet, head over to my Marquette Co. Instagram stories and turn up the volume. You’ll see what I mean!

3) We couldn’t believe how many people were fishing down there! Whether it was on the lakes, along the river, or even right in town on the bridges and shorelines. Then we realized that Montello is known as the “Shorefishing Capital of Wisconsin”. We’ll definitely have to bring our fishing poles next time we visit! 🙂

Buffalo Lake Camping Resort

Mecan River Lodge

Mama's Cafe

Rendezvous

Blader's Timberland Supper Club

John Muir County Park

Grand River Locks

Observatory Hill

Amish Community Shops

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