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Cambridge, Wisconsin, has become one of the best kept secrets
 in the state for outdoor recreational opportunities from birding,
foraging walks, hiking, biking to water skiing and sailing.

Parks & Recreation     Trail Systems    Lakes/ Beaches

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Area Attractions  

Cambridge Historic School Museum

213 South Street, Cambridge

(608) 423-3327

to learn a brief history of Cambridge click here.

  Cambridge Winery
700 Kenseth Way
(608) 819-6672
  Dancing Goat Distillery
located in the vineyards of Cambridge -
909 Vineyard Dr.
(608) 423-248
pumpkin picking on the farm

Hinchley’s Dairy Farm Tours

2844 State Road 73, Cambridge

(608) 423-5090

karberg barn Karberg Apple Orchard
Hwy 12 & 18, Cambridge
historic school

Koshkonong Prairie Historical Society
213 South Street Cambridge



Jefferson Speedway Race Track
W8135 US Hwy 18, Cambridge
(920) 648-2705
Parks & Recreation


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Cambridge Activities Programs
PO Box 54, Cambridge
The Cambridge Community Activities Program encourages and promotes life-long wellness by providing a variety of high-quality recreational activities, learning opportunities, aquatics programs, and services to the broad Cambridge area community.

Cambridge Community Pool
 is managed by the Cambridge CAP. This beautiful facility offers eight lanes and a thirteen foot diving well. The pool is open year round to both residents of the Cambridge School District and non-residents. We offer swim lessons, certification courses, open and lap swim, water fitness classes, swim team and much more!
802 West Water St.
(608) 423-8097
camrock park 2

One of the Wisconsin's best kept secrets - CamRock County Park and Trail System.

Cam-Rock Park I, II & III
This 422-acre park is located  along Koshkonong Creek between the Village of Cambridge and Rockdale. This park has three separate use areas with shelter facilities and play areas. The trails are suitable for hiking, cross-country skiing, and CamRock area 3 has a single-track mountain bike trail.

Dogs are welcome as long as they are on leash. CamRock Park can be reached via U.S. Highway 12 and 18 onto County Highway B and Highland Drive through the Village of Rockdale
Map of park trails click here

For more information, call: 608.423.4438

For Shelter Reservations, call:  608.246.3896
Rentals available to Bike, Kayak, Canoe, Cross-country Ski, snowshoe and ice skate in Cambridge at trail head.

Lake Ripley Lanes ( Bowling Alley)
W9534 Hwy 12, Cambridge
(608) 423-3233
  Lake Ripley Country Club
Private Golf Course

Hwy 12, Cambridge
playground westside park Westside Park
On the west edge of town, and bordered by Koshkonong Creek and a pleasant neighborhood lies this gem of a park.  Playground equipment, bathrooms and a wonderful hill for winter sledding, plus some large old trees make this park a great place to relax.
fishing deck

Cambridge Wildlife &
Fishing Area

Located on the site of the former water treatment ponds just north of Cambridge, off Highway 134, the area is geared to provide a shore fishing experience for youth and handicapped fishermen.  Stocked fish from fathead minnows to largemouth bass and hybrid bluegills fill the ponds, this population is to be self-sustaining in to the future. Youth under 16 years of age and handicapped anglers will be allowed to keep fish within those set bag & size limits. All other age fishermen will be welcome to fish on a catch and release basis. No Wisconsin fishing license or other permit will be needed to fish in these ponds. The area will be open in the spring, summer and fall during daylight hours. No swimming or wading will be permitted and dogs will be welcome


Cam-Rock Park I, II & III
This 422-acre park is located  along Koshkonong Creek between the Village of Cambridge and Rockdale.  The trails are suitable for hiking, cross-country skiing, and CamRock area 3 has a single-track mountain bike trail. CamRock Park can be reached via U.S. Highway 12 and 18 onto County Highway B and Highland Drive through the Village of Rockdale
Map of park trails click here
biking the trail
Photo courtesy of Mad City Dirt

mad bike race
Mountain Bike Trails - CamRock
Some of the most technical singletrack in the area lives on Cam-Rock 3’s expert loop and the brand new Area IV expert trail. Last year saw the completion of a connector loop to Cam Rock IV


Bike Park - CamRock
A Nature-based play space for mountain bikers from beginner and skill features to a pump track. Located on North end of CamRock 1 by Koshkonong Creek Bridge and  Westside Park.


camrock bike trail 


Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail
 Developed in 1986 on an abandoned railway corridor, the Glacial Drumlin State Trail is one of Wisconsin’s best bicycle trails.  Starting in Cottage Grove, the trail goes east through farmlands and glacial topography for 52 miles where it connects with other trails in the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha
608/266-2181  www.glacialdrumlin.com
view overlook camrock park 3 Glacial Heritage Area
This project would link parks, preserves, wildlife and natural areas and other conservation lands to nearby cities and villages with different types of trails.  This network aims to connect people to the outdoors providing readily accessible opportunities for resident and visitors to get outdoors, plus to protect and native habitats and improve water quality.
for more information email: friendsofgha@gmail.com or visit www.glacialheritagearea.org

kayaking creek 

Koshkonong Creek

On the west edge of downtown runs this quiet creek which is favorite for canonists and kayakers.  The creek takes you from Cambridge to Rockdale through the CamRock Park system.

historic rockdale Rockdale
Just south of Cambridge on Cty Hwy B, lies the historic village of Rockdale.  Home to the CamRock park system, which just recently hosted
The Battle of Cam Rock, the seventh race of the Subaru-sponsored 2011 Wisconsin Off Road Series.

Learn more about Rockdale and see commemorative t-shirt - click here



Rock River Water Trail - a National Water Trail
The Rock River Water Trail links 11 counties in both states along the 320-mile river course, from the headwaters above the Horicon Marsh in Fond du Lac and Dodge Counties to the confluence with the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois.  The water trail is a delineated path on the river that connects access sites, resting places and attractions for users of water craft.
Local area access sites in Jefferson and Fort Atkinson


Lakes/ Beaches

lake ripley from afar 
Lake Ripley
Lake Ripley is a 420 acre lake located in Jefferson County. It has a maximum depth of 44 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings, a public beach; which is great for swimming, kayaking, or boating.  Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. The lake is most famous for producing Wisconsin's largest largemouth bass. Caught by Robert Milkowski on November 12, 1940 the state record largemouth bass weighs in at 11 pounds and 3 ounces.  Located 1mile East of Cambridge off Hwy 12 to Left on Park Rd. - take connecting roads to right - circles around Lake.  You may access the Lake by boat from either private piers or the Marrina located 1 mile east of Cambridge off Hwy 12 to Marina Lane, ends at Lake.

Lake Ripley District Preserve
A 167 acre natural prairie and wetland with
restored shallow and deep-water marshes that now provide sanctuaries for frogs, turtles, cranes, wood ducks, herons and other wetland-dependent species. In addition, upland portions of the property were planted to become a native, tall-grass prairie. A 1 mile, nature trail winds through the western half of the property where several interpretive signs and links to an elevated boardwalk that spans a shallow pond, and a hilltop observation deck featuring panoramic views of the marsh. Located east of Cambridge and Lake Ripley on both sides of County Highway A.

   park entrance sign

One of the states cleanest beaches for swimming

Lake Ripley Park / Beach
Ripley Park, located on the west shores of Lake Ripley, is an 18 acre park. Bring your family and friends to the park to enjoy a day at the beach,  play tennis, volleyball or basketball , plus a children's play structure, and much more. new for 2012 a nine-hole recreational to intermediate level disc golf course.
Ripley Park is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Daily fee or season pass.

Located 1/2 mile East of downtown Cambridge and turn left onto Park Rd
  call to rent shelters 608.423.8108
        Red Cedar Lake
Red Cedar Lake is an irregularly shaped 370 acres, with extensive surrounding wetlands. This relatively undisturbed marshy shallow lake provides excellent habitat for numerous waterfowl and marsh birds. Designated a State Natural Area in 1984 and owned by the DNR, no motors are allowed. Located 2 mile east of Cambridge off Hwy 12 and accessed by dead end road (Borsig Ln), park and kayak or canoe the scenery , there are no hiking trails but fishing is allowed with bag limit. 
more information / DNR


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