Mirror Lake State Park Work Play Earth Day

LocationMirror Lake State Park is named for its centerpiece, a lake which often is so calm that not a ripple marks its surface. The lake reflects a wooded shoreline with cliffs up to 50 feet high, a swimming beach, and wetlands that are home to a variety of wildlife. The park's 2,200 acres includes several picnic areas, wooded campsites, summer rentals, and a cabin for people with disabilities.

The Friends of Mirror Lake began in the late 1990’s with a small group of volunteers who over the next 20 years has grown to a group of 25+ volunteers making a big difference for the guests and campers at Mirror Lake State Park, located in Baraboo, Wisconsin. As a result of their commitment, hard work, and dedication, the group was awarded the Hero Award from the State organization Friends of Wisconsin State Parks  as the Outstanding Friends Group in 2011 and were awarded one of three Friends Group of the year awards in 2013 by the DNR.

MLSP_WPED_amphitheaterMore than 30 volunteers turned out for a Work*Play*Earth Day event at Mirror Lake State Park on Saturday, April 19, 2014, to  clean up the park’s new amphitheater built, thanks to contributions from the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park. The amphitheater will be formally dedicated at a ceremony June 12 at the park.

On this warm, beautiful spring day, the volunteers divided into groups and  another successful group effort was underway. Each of the groups worked to ready the park for the upcoming season. In addition to cleaning the amphitheater, the volunteers worked on cleaning up the boat landing, raked campsites.

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After a morning of work, the volunteers “played”. The Mirror Lake State Park Ranger, Ryer Will prepared brats, hot dogs, and salad for the hungry volunteers. 

Each of the volunteers received small tokens of appreciation from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, who are sponsoring this event in 13 additional parks, and trails throughout Wisconsin during the remainder of April and May. For a complete list of activities in which you, to, can participate see fwsp.org.

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*Photos courtesy of:

Paul Holtan

DNR News & Outdoor Report Editor

Public Affairs Manager - Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation