Read to Lead + Mill Bluff State Park

Mill Bluff State Park
Mill Bluff State Park, located on both sides of Interstate 90-94 near Camp Douglas, has more than two miles of hiking trails that offer views of the park's mesas, buttes and pinnacles. Stairs lead to the top of Mill Bluff. Pets are permitted on the hiking trails and in campsites when on an 8-foot leash. Pets are not permitted on the nature trail or in the picnic and swimming areas.

The park protects several sandstone bluffs between 80 and 200 feet (24 and 61 m) high which were islands 12,000 years ago in Glacial Lake Wisconsin. As a result these bluffs are steep and angular, dissimilar to the rounded terrain more typical of the eastern half of the United States. The bluffs served as landmarks both to early pioneers and to travelers today.

There are 10 named bluffs in the park. Mill Bluff, 120 feet high, is between the interstate and U.S. Route 12. The park office is at its foot, and the campground is just to the west. Bee Bluff, although smaller and only 60 feet high, is the most visible bluff from the interstate, as it stands adjacent to the westbound lanes. To the north is 170-foot Camels Bluff, actually two separate outcroppings which together resemble the humps of a camel. Nearby are Devils Monument and a 40-foot high pinnacle called Cleopatra's Needle. The other, less accessible bluffs are Round Bluff and Sugar Bowl Bluff to the south, 140-foot Wildcat Bluff and Bear Bluff to the north, and 199-foot Long Bluff to the northeast. Also in the northeast is Ragged Rock, an 80-foot  tall former bluff whose protective cap was worn away and is eroding into a conical mound.

Mill Bluff has two picnic areas, east and west of Funnel Road. Each area has a shelter, picnic tables, grills, water, toilets and parking. Pets are not permitted in the picnic areas.

This weeks Read to Lead book is Fireflies at Midnight, by Marilyn Singer.
Fireflies at Midnight
Fireflies At Midnight is an upbeat poetry picture book for children. Each two-page spread features a full-color illustration by Ken Robbins on one side, and a catchy free-verse poem perfect for reading aloud by Marilyn Singer on the other. Each poem has a theme around a certain time of day, from dawn to dusk, as well as a certain animal, from otters to bats to red foxes. Fireflies At Midnight is captivating, high quality book written for ages 6-12.

Read To Lead

Read to Lead
The Wisconsin State Park System is teaming up with the Read to Lead program to encourage kids and families to read everywhere—including in the outdoors! Kids, if you are 5 to 9 years old and read 20 or more books, you can enter your name in a drawing for a Kindle Fire and other prizes.Here's what you need to do.
  • Print out the Read to Lead checklist.
  • Visit the state parks listed to find the books, or check them out anytime from a library. Some State Parks will have special programs to go along with their book. Visit Wisconsin State Parks to learn more about the parks and events.
  • Read (or have someone read to you) 20 or more books. Check them off on the list.
  • Have your parent or guardian sign and send the form to the address on the checklist and you will be entered in the drawing for a Kindle Fire.