Waukesha County treats

Posted by Doug Shidell, July 8th, 2012

In part, Waukesha county is frustrating because it has so many treats. But it is often hard to put them together. Here are some off the top of my head:

  • Lakes: I like lakes where one can get close to the water. Two big ones include La LaBelle and Oconomoc Lake. Smaller ones where the road is at the water’s edge include Middle Genesse Lake and Silver Lake.
  • Woods and moraines: Waterville Road and the area around Palmyra.
  • Farms and fields: the area southwest of Dousman (flat and quiet), the area northeast of Mukwonago starting with Maple Ave (surprisingly rural), and Saylesville.
  • Artesian springs: Waukesha county used to be famous for its artesian springs that bubbled from the ground. Despite overpumping of groundwater several still exist and attract people with jugs. One I encountered along the marked routes is just south of Big Bend. Another is on Parry Rd just east of Dousman.

There are also a number of attractive routes. One I like is going from Delafield to Oconomow via Mill Rd and Oconomowoc Lake. One can return via the Lake Country Trail or continue on to Lac LaBelle.

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