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Nevin Fish Hatchery in Fitchburg – Since 1876


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I think I might have visited here once MANY years ago, I don’t know for sure when.  In fact, I had forgotten you could visit here. It was time to come back and see things in early spring.  If you bike here, there is a cute fish-shaped bike rack.

The Nevin Fish Hatchery is the oldest DNR managed land in Wisconsin, acquired in 1876. The Capitol City State Trail passes through part of the property also. We pass through the gate here to enter the grounds.

Take a look at my visit here, you can see the fish swimming too.

Here is a map of the grounds, there are many signs placed throughout explaining the different areas of the fish hatchery. Let’s go for a walk! Spring is awakening here. The water never freezes though, they keep it warm over the winter. They have a sign describing winter activities here.

View of the area.

And the raceway below, in the morning the staff clean the water and feed the fish.

Walking a little further, we come to a peaceful pond, reflecting the trees.

We also find a marker on a large rock across from a bench by the creek, dedicated to Tom Palmer. A great place to sit and relax.

This is the Spiral Building, only staff can enter it.

As I walk back to the entry, I read the many signs talking about the history of this fish hatchery.

I had a great visit here, I plan on returning. I learned a lot about the crucial service this and all fish hatcheries provide.

Shawano – City on The Wolf River


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Shawano sign

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Enjoy the ride to Shawano, plenty to see on the way!

Shawano  is located in Shawano County, Barn Quilt Capitol of Wisconsin.  The city has a population of 9,305 and has plenty to offer.

Stop by the Chamber of Commerce on Hwy. 22, close to the barn sign above.   Read the visitor guide here and/or have them send you one before you come to visit!  We got a lot of great info here.  The goldfish in the tank at the Chamber has a story of his own. It was originally put into the tank as food but it decided it wasn’t going to be food. Cute fish, also quite large at about 3 inches long!

Shawano Chamber of Commerce

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Since it is hard to see all the barn quilts in one trip,  we picked up the book “The Barn Quilts of Shawano County Wisconsin”. It costs $15 and a great memento of our visit.  Buy the book here. Learn more about the Barn Quilt Project.

The Barn Quilts of Shawano County, Wisconsin

Even more behind the scenes story here.

Our first meal in town was lunch at The Launching Pad Bar and Grill, a casual restaurant across from the municipal airport (see video).

The Launching Pad Bar and Grill in Shawano

Downtown Shawano

Downtown Shawano

The Shawano Post Office has a mural inside, painted by Eugene Higgins.

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A city clock too!

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 Winters can get cold in Shawano.  It’s no surprise the famous Stormy Kromer™ winter hat is sold  here.  Buy one at Town and Country Cleaners. They are made in Milwaukee.

Stormy Kromer Mercantile in Shawano

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 We also noticed that fudge is popular here, just like on Mackinac island.  We got some at Old Glory Candy just off Main St. Lots of old-fashioned favorites here, friendly staff too!

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Visit the Veteran’s Memorial on the Courthouse grounds.

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 Shawano has some beautiful parks to visit as well.  Launch your boat or fish at Huckleberry Harbor, on the banks of the Wolf River.  See this and other parks on this map you can print.  There is a windmill there too. It was repainted in 2015, great job!

Huckleberry Harbor in Shawano

 Windmill in ShawanoSpirit of Shawano Park at the intersection of Main and Green Bay Street greet people with metal sculptures representing various industry in the area.

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Another great place is Sturgeon Park. This is the epicenter of Sturgeon spawing in Shawano.  They usually spawn in May.

Record-size Sturgeon have been caught here.  This Stella, caught in 2012.

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 The water pouring over the dam, intensified by frequent rains.

On Sundays there is also a great Farmers Market here, we stopped by and found a great variety of items for sale. It’s at Franklin Park.

Shawano Farmers Market sign

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The market’s first year was 2007 and has been a great success in the community. Learn more about it below.

We took a stroll through the market too, take a look!

Pay a visit to Heritage Park and Sunset Island too. It was not open since the season had ended, but you could still walk the grounds.  The Shawano County Historical Society produced a video of the historical village.  Hopefully we can make it back in 2017 and be here when it’s open!

Heritage Park sign in Shawano

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Bridge at Heritage Park in Shawano

We may have been too late to explore this place in further detail, but we were right on time for the Shawano Octoberfest.  Lots of music and fall crafts to be had here!

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Shawano is also home to Sundrop™ soft drink, we also enjoyed a self-guided tour at Sundrop University™, the factory in town.  This vending  machine is downtown if you need your Sundrop fix!

Sundrop vending machine

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We enjoyed dinner about 15 miles north on the Menominee Indian Reservation at the War Bonnet Bar and Grill, they serve Indian Tacos on authentic fry bread, delicious!

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A great place to stay if you plan on spending the night here is the Super 8.  Comfortable room and great free breakfast!

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We had a lot of fun here and plan on returning in 2017.

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Manitowoc Lincoln Park Zoo


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We were in Manitowoc for the day for Al’s class reunion. It wasn’t until evening so we went to Lincoln Park Zoo for a few hours.

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Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted here.

Donation box at Lincoln Park Zoo in Manitowoc

The walk through the zoo was fun, and the animals looked well cared for, many were taking a nap when we were there  🙂

Cougar at Lincoln Park Zoo

Asiatic Bear at Lincoln Park Zoo

Scattered throughout the grounds are footprints of many animals on concrete squares. Great idea!

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The zoo also has a fish hatchery dedicated to Dean H. Heili, a man dedicated to preserving Great Lakes sport fishing.  He also invented the diving plane for lures.

Fish Hatchery at Lincoln Park Zoo

In the structure is a monitor  linked to an underwater camera so you can see the fish.  It also gives water temp. Sorry, it is difficult to photograph.

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Fish Pond sign at Lincoln Park Zoo

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A beautiful gazebo too.

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There also is a platform overlooking a wetland, you might be lucky enough to see a crane or heron here!

Viewing Platform at Lincoln Park Zoo

Platform view at Lincoln Park Zoo

A look at some of the other animals here.

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We went into the Education and Animal Care building last.  In here are reptile exhibits and an aviary.

Animal Care building Lincoln Park Zoo

 

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Also a honeybee home. The Queen is painted white, I tried to find her but couldn’t.

Honeybees at Lincoln park Zoo

There is also an inner room for classes, etc. Also an exhibit of fish in Lake Michigan.

Fish display at Lincoln Park Zoo

We enjoyed our visit here, what took us so long? Enjoy the park too.

Cabbage White butterfly at Lincoln Park Zoo