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Beaver Dam offers year-round activities for families and people of all ages. If you’re searching for you next adventure, you’ve come to the right spot! Find the best spots to fish, swim, hike, skate, and snowmobile today. Outdoors not your thing? We’ve got you covered with indoor fun too! With so many activities available, you’ll never run out of things to do!

OUTDOOR RECREATION

Beaver Dam Lake & River

Beaver Dam Lake & River = Paddling Fishing Boating Skiing Swimming Fun!

With more than 6700 acres and 42 miles of shoreline, Beaver Dam Lake offers plenty of water adventure opportunities including fishing, boating, and paddling in the summer, duck hunting in the fall, and ice fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in the winter. With seven boat launches and three kayak launches, you will find the lake to be readily and easily accessible to explore. Our award-winning Beaverland Must-skis waterski team offers exciting, jam-packed shows throughout the summer at Tahoe Park beginning Memorial Day. View their summer show schedule here. Plan a day or weekend excursion paddling the Beaver Dam River; a class I rated river with known for its whitewater and lazy river sections that winds through the city, rural farmland, and scenic wooded corridors. Bring your own or rent a kayak, canoe, or SUP by the hour, half day or full day from Waterworks Park.

Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area

Just minutes from Beaver Dam, the Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the U.S. and brings hundreds of thousands of visitors every year who love bird watching and are captivated by the sights and sounds of wildlife in action. The Marsh is home to over 300 bird species, over 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, and 6 miles of kayak and canoe runs. The Explorium, located inside the Education and Visitor Center, offers the public a unique experience to explore the Marsh through time, from Ice Age to present, with state-of-the-art and hands on interactive, narrated exhibits. Air boat rides and mammoth smells await you, as well as regularly scheduled special events and outdoor activities.  

The Education & Visitor Center and Explorium 

Long before Horicon Marsh achieved international status as an important bird and wildlife area and a destination for outdoor recreation, glaciers carved a basin where a wetland would one day form. Today, guests of Horicon Marsh’s Explorium can get a glimpse of life at Horicon Marsh thousands of years before European settlement and witness how the current wetland came to be.

The experience is narrated by a Clovis spearpoint, who keeps visitors company throughout the journey as they view, listen to, touch, and even smell exhibits that document the changes to the marsh over time.  Videos and interactive displays greet guests at every turn, encouraging audiences of any age to learn more about the history and ecology of Horicon Marsh. 

There is a small fee to enter the Explorium museum. Education & Visitor Center Programs are free.  

Click here for their 2024 schedule of events. 

Outdoor Recreational Activities

Open year round, Horicon Marsh offers many outdoor recreational activities including: 

  • Wildlife observation
  • Photography
  • Hiking, including 1,400 ft. of boardwalk
  • Geocaching
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Bicycling (in specified areas)
  • Snowshoeing (rentals available)
  • Cross country skiing (no groomed trails)
  • Fishing
  • Waterfowl, deer and upland game hunting
Story Book Walk Horicon Marsh Programs

Educational Programs & Events

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Horicon Marsh Wildlife Education Program offers fun and exciting ways to explore the worlds of science and environmental education while meeting state academic standards. There are now classes offered in the winter and summer months too!

All programs are free, though donations are appreciated!

Dodge County Parks & Trails

Dodge County has 20,918 acres of federal recreation areas, 23,372 acres of state recreation areas and 1,131 acres of county recreation land. Known for its lakes, streams and small towns, Dodge County, Wisconsin offers a peaceful rural environment located within an hours drive of Milwaukee, Madison and Fox Valley metropolitan areas.

Park Information
Astico Park consists of 100 acres of developed and natural areas on the historic Danville Mill Pond of the Crawfish River about 3 miles east of the City of Columbus in the southwestern part of Dodge County. The park features 63 river’s edge and upland campsites including riverside campsites with 50 amp service available, Astico Castle Playground, a restroom/shower facility, a dump station, picnic areas and shelters, shoreline and wooded hiking trails, large open play fields and an expansive river shoreline which provides good canoeing and fishing opportunities in a scenic setting. A canoe launch and canoe/kayak rentals are available. 

Derge Park consists of 13 acres and is located just five minutes northwest of the City of Beaver Dam, on the west-central shore of Beaver Dam Lake. Derge Park contains 25 campsites with 30 amp electric hookups and asphalt pads, picnic shelters, a shower/restroom building and a dump station.

Harnischfeger Park is a 132-acre park – the largest in Dodge County! Camping is available with nine sites and a group site. Active and passive recreation abound with several miles of hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing trails, snowshoeing, sledding, fishing areas, mini-golf course, disc golf course, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, baseball field, playground and a canoe launch with canoe and kayak rentals available. An 800 foot boardwalk provides additional shoreline fishing, wildlife and wetland viewing opportunities.

Ledge Park is an 82 acre park that lies along the Niagara Escarpment, a natural rock ledge which divides the park into upper and lower areas and provides a breathtaking overlook of the famous Horicon Marsh and surrounding countryside. It offers picnicking areas, a shelter, hiking trails, 45 campsites, a restroom/shower facility, a dump station and the Fort Ledge Playground. 

Nitschke Mounds Park is located near the center of Dodge County adjacent to the Wild Goose State Trail and just west of the Horicon Marsh.The property contains 37 preserved animal effigy, conical and linear mounds believed to have been constructed around 800 AD – 1100 AD.  Nine additional mounds identified in 1927 are no longer visible or have not been found. The preserved mounds represent one of the best surviving examples of the Mound Builders culture that once occupied the Dodge County area. A natural and grassed surfaced trails wind around the mounds and through the park.

Wild Goose State Trail is a 34 mile compacted limestone trail on an abandoned railroad grade traverses oak woodlots, fertile farm fields, prairie remnants and sparkling streams as it runs through the rural country sides of Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties and skirts the western edge of the internationally known Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

Gold Star Memorial Trail will eventually connect the cities of Mayville and Beaver Dam. The trail is currently open for use but is undergoing construction in phases and will eventually provide important trail links to the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area and its world class Education and Visitor Center, the City of Horicon, the Wild Goose State Trail and Nitschke Mounds County Park.

Ice Skating & Sledding

Sledding Hills at Crystal Lake Park and Waterworks Park in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Welcome to a winter wonderland of family fun at Crystal Lake Park, Tahoe Park, and Waterworks Park! Embrace winter by bringing the whole family for a delightful day of downhill sledding and ice-skating opportunities, all set against the picturesque backdrop of our beautiful parks.

Crystal Lake Park stands as a premier destination for winter enthusiasts, offering a mix of activities. Glide across the ice on our groomed rink, experience the thrill of our sledding hill, or take on the challenge of the toboggan chute for an extra dose of excitement. At Crystal Lake Park, we provide ice skates free of charge on a first-come basis when the warming house is open, ensuring everyone can join in the frosty festivities.
 
Tahoe Park invites you to lace up your skates and hit the ice on our well-maintained rink.

Waterworks Park, another gem in our winter playground, beckons thrill-seekers to its thrilling sledding hill. Feel the rush of the wind as you coast down the slopes, surrounded by the natural beauty of the park

Please note that these activities are weather-dependent, so be sure to check for updates before planning your winter adventure. For more information or to confirm the availability of the ice rink, sledding hill, and toboggan chute, contact the Recreation Department at 920.887.4639 ext. 703. You can also stay connected with us on the Beaver Dam Recreation Department Facebook page for the latest updates and announcements.

Disc Golf

Woman playing disc golf at Crystal Lake Park Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Discover the thrill of disc golf amidst the scenic beauty of Crystal Lake Park. Our 18-hole disc golf course offers a challenging and enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels. This course provides a perfect blend of nature and recreation. Key Features:

  1. 18-Hole Course: Immerse yourself in the game on our thoughtfully designed 18-hole course. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, each hole presents a unique challenge that adds excitement to your disc golf journey. Click here for a scorecard. Click here for a map.

  2. Year-Round Availability: Crystal Lake Park Disc Golf Course is open to enthusiasts all year round. Experience the changing seasons as you navigate through the course, enhancing your gameplay with the beauty of nature in every season.

  3. Free of Charge: We believe in making disc golf accessible to everyone. Enjoy the game without worrying about fees – Crystal Lake Park Disc Golf Course is free for all players. It’s our way of fostering a welcoming community of disc golf enthusiasts.

  4. BYOD (Bring Your Own Discs): Crystal Lake Park Disc Golf Course encourages players to bring their own equipment.

  5. Early Morning Access: For those eager to start their day with a round of disc golf, Crystal Lake Park opens its gates at 6 am. Experience the tranquility of an early morning game as you navigate the course with the rising sun.

Join us at Crystal Lake Park Disc Golf Course for a memorable disc golf experience. Whether you’re a solo player looking for a peaceful round or a group of friends seeking outdoor fun, our course is the perfect destination for disc golf enthusiasts.

A Day at the Fair & Racetrack

Dodge County Fair Grounds

The Dodge County Fair begins Wednesday, August 14th through Sunday, August 18th. Affordable family entertainment as low as $7 per day with the purchase of a $35 season pass or just $15 daily gate admission with FREE stages and grandstands. The annual music festival and county fair entertains and is the largest outdoor event in the area with national touring artists concerts, two demolition derbies, a Horse pull, tractor pull, and truck pull at the grandstand plus food, fun and exhibits for the whole family. 

Other events at the Dodge County Fair Grounds include once a month flea market and craft fair and motorsports races.

Beaver Dam Raceway

Racing enthusiasts will enjoy this exciting 1/3-mile oval dirt track racing venue featuring IMCA Sanctioned Stock, Modified and Sport Modified cars, INEX Sanctioned Legend cars, and Unified Street Stock cars. Be sure to make a pitstop at the concession stand, be the frontrunner for pit passes, and ready for another thrilling race season at the track Tuesday nights April through September!

Before you go, check out race day info, ticket info, directions and their full schedule of events for 2024 on their website:  Beaver Dam Raceway

Pumpkin Patches, Orchards & Wineries

Waldvogel's Farm

Plan a day to visit Wisconsin’s largest pumpkin farm! Enjoy many memorable activities including the Underground Mine, Haunted Granary, corn mazes, farm trains, world’s largest inflatable pumpkin, animals, special weekend entertainment & much more. Waldvogel’s also has tasty treats including build your own caramel apples & mouth-watering turnovers.

Apple Picking Orchards

After you visit Waldvogel’s pumpkin farm, be sure to bring the whole family for a stroll through the rows of sweet smelling apples at one of the many apple orchards in Dodge County, some of them just minutes from Beaver Dam. Choose one or more and begin your search for finding the perfect apples for eating, baking, cooking, freezing, or canning. Apple Picking Orchards in Dodge County. 

Edwin Brix Vineyard

Edwin Brix Vineyard & Sell Family Wines is located outside of Juneau, Wisconsin and is Dodge County’s first licensed winery. They grow a variety of red and white cold hardy grapes to produce their high quality wines. 100% of their wines are made from grapes they grow. 

Their tasting room is open every day! Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Beaver Dam Splash Pad

Through generous donations, grants, and support from the local community, the Splash Pad located in Swan Park opened July 2023 and has been a wonderful addition and amenity to the community. 

This interactive splash pad encourages the user to “keep moving” with spinning wheels and moveable parts that trigger water to flow through the many different water toys, sprinklers, etc. It also recycles the water, adding a cost savings and reduce water usage when not being used. 

The Splash Pad is free and open to the public. There are also many activities held at Swan Park throughout the year including live music during the summer months. Check back here for dates for their 2024 season. 

Old Hickory Golf Club

old hickory golf club

Established in 1920, Old Hickory Golf Club is one of the oldest and most respected golf courses in Wisconsin. In addition to the outstanding golf course, Old Hickory offers a full-service restaurant and banquet facility with the best views in the area. Every aspect of the facility is open to the public, and we look forward to serving you. The new owners have made substantial upgrades to the golf course, clubhouse, pro shop, and dining facilities to make your experience even more enjoyable.

The Old Hickory Golf Club Golf Shop is a full-service Golf Shop, stocked with top of the line apparel and equipment. It is the hub of golf activity at Old Hickory Golf Club and a friendly gathering place before the start of your round.

The restaurant at Old Hickory Golf Club has developed a reputation for the best food in the area. The dining room is open for dinner service every Friday throughout the year. 

Beaver Dam Country Club

BD Country Club

Beaver Dam Country Club sits just a few miles from Horicon Marsh, the largest freshwater refuge in the U.S., on rolling hills  and Beaver Dam Lake.  The golf course originally opened as a nine-hole layout in the 1960’s but now we feature 18 manicured golf holes.

The layout has a traditional design with small, elevated greens and tree-lined fairways. At just over 6000 yards, length is not the deciding factor.  Being in the right spot to attack the greens is critical. The course features small manicured turtle back greens nothing is guaranteed just because you reached the green. Strategically placed bunkers lurk beside the greens and the rolling terrain guarantees some tricky lies.

The third and eighth are two of our particularly memorable holes. These drivable par 4’s provide you with the opportunity for an eagle, granted you play skillfully and are blessed with a little luck.

INDOOR FUN

Tower Lanes Bowling

tower lanes

Tower Lanes offers bowling, food, bar, and fun! Open 7 days a week, order dine in or carry out from their extensive menu that includes appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and pizza. Don’t forget about Friday Fish Fry!

They also feature: 

  • 16 Bowling Synthetic Lanes
  • Open Bowling
  • League Bowling
  • Junior League Bowling
  • Automatic Bumper Bowling
  • Full Service Bar
  • Full Grill Menu & Homemade Pizza
  • Birthday Parties For Children & Adults
  • Pool and Darts
  • Enclosed outdoor deck & bar
  • Bag Toss Leagues
  • 2 Volleyball courts
  • MAD Interactive bowling games
  • Karaoke Nights

The Bank Esports

The Bank Esports gamers playing video games

The Bank Esports is a new esports and technology business with top of the line gaming PCs available for rent. Visitors can compete, collaborate and develop their gaming skills with 28 cutting edge gaming computers available for pay-to-play sessions. 

Immerse yourself in your favorite games knowing that their gaming PCs have the latest hardware and consoles and graphics capabilities, and a vast selection of game titles. There is something for everyone! 

Console gaming rooms are also available – with space for up to six people. They also have a state-of-the-art virtual reality room, equipped with Value Index – one of the leading virtual reality systems. 

Looking for something with a little more thrill? Try your hand at their state-of-the-art flight and racing simulators. 

Their Green and Gold cafe offerings range from snacks to a delicious meal, to give you sustenance for the duration of your game play! 

Visit their website for availability, hours and pricing: The Bank Esports

Family Center Ice Arena

ice rink

The Beaver Dam Family Center Ice Arena is home to the Swan City Skaters and Beaver Dam Hockey Association. The Family Center offers many opportunities for the public to enjoy skating from weekly open skates to a variety of fun, special events – such as “Spooktacular” Halloween Skate, Skate with Santa, New Year’s Eve Open Skate, and School Day Off. You can find their open skate schedule and information about their admission fees here. 

The Swan City Ice Skaters is a USFS figure skating club that offers classes, competitions, and spectacular performances. View their schedule of events and Order your tickets today!

Dodge County Historical Museum

Take a walk into a bygone world with the Dodge County Historical Society Museum‘s special exhibits of famous personalities from Dodge County including Fred MacMurray, Raymond Zinke Gallun, and Delia Denning Akeley and their permanent exhibits including:

  • Caboose
  • The Swan Room
  • One Room School House
  • Our Community at War
  • Harold Hemple Rock Collection
  • 1902 Rambler
  • Era Jewelry Collection
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church Steeple

Admission is free and open Wednesdays through Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm.