Tag Archive | Columbia County

Pardeeville – City of Lakes


Pardeeville is located in Columbia County, three miles north of Wyocena and home of their famous Watermelon Festival.  The village was founded by Yates Ashley and John S. Pardee. It was incorporated as a village in 1899. The village has two large lakes, Spring and Park Lake, so plenty of water recreation.

Pardeeville Sign

The downtown has several historic buildings and even a water tower like the one in Oregon

Pardeeville water tower

Here is a mural.

Pardeeville mural

One of their most impressive structures is the Angie Williams Cox Library. These plaques are affixed to the outside of the building.  It also has a beautiful courtyard and clock to mind your time while you read your book!

Angie Williams Cox Library

Angie Williams Cox library historic marker

Angie Cox plaque

Angie Cox Library courtyard

Another historic building is the former Belmont Hotel, now the Myrtle Lintner museum.

Myrtle Lintner Spear Museum

Pardeeville Water Sports will help you make the most of your visit enjoying the lakes. If you like camping,  Indian Trails Campground has lots of activities.

Pardeeville Watersports

If you are hungry, the On the Way Cafe has delicious food.

On the Way Cafe in Pardeeville

Labor Day weekend the popular Car and Truck show takes place.  The next Saturday after that is the Watermelon Festival.

Stop by Pardeeville, it’s a fun place with plenty of things to do!

Gibraltar Rock near Lodi


This is another beautiful state rock formation in Southern Wisconsin.  Gibraltar Rock towers over the countryside and farms below. It’s located  in Columbia County, not far from Lodi in the Town of West Point. Approaching the site is a large tree-covered hill, bright with autumn colors when we went.

Lodi (167)

We  arrive at the small parking lot, it’s a steep hike up so wear suitable footwear.

Gibraltar Rock Map

We began our hike, lots of colors to see on the way up.

Hike to Gibraltar Rock

We made it,  on top was a historic plaque on a rock.

Gibraltar Rock plaque

The view was breathtaking!

Framed Farm from Gibraltar Rock

The Wisconsin River below.

Gibraltar Rock

What a great place to visit, make this a stop if you are in the area, and bring your camera!

Gibraltar Rock County Park