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    I’m going to be spending a few days in the Dousman, WI. area in the near future. All I really know about the area is that it’s near the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Anybody here know the area and know of any scenic drives or other things to do there? I may be too busy to do anything but fool with horses while I’m there but I’m hoping for some free time.

  • #2
    Lots of lakes and golf courses in that area (far west suburbs of Milwaukee).

    Lake Geneva (about 40 miles south) is a nice area to road trip too. Bit touristy, but very pretty with some nice roads in the area. Devil's lake is about an hour northwest of there; very cool place to hike and sight see. I'd discourage swimming if you don't like itching for a few days (the lake's name is well deserved).

    You're right by I94, so getting to Madison or Milwaukee would be a quick jaunt. Madison is a pretty cool mid size town. Milwaukee is... Milwaukee.

    You're also not too far from Chicago (hour and a half to downtown), so if that interests you it's an option - and I'm sure some of the locals may be around to host you for an evening.


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    • #3
      Kettle Morraine is host to one of Wisconsin's scenic drive routes. When you get into Dousman, find a "Welcome Center" on one of the highways. Pick up a map from there to find where you can start the Kettle Morraine drive route. Once you're on the route, you can just follow the brown scenic route signs.

      Madison is a nice college town (home of the Badgers) and is quite active for off-school season.

      There's also some good shopping just 45 minutes south in Brookfield.

      Make sure you don't leave WI without having some frozen custard and butter burgers from Kopp's. It's the In-N-Out Burger of Wisconsin.

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      • #4
        Dousman-

        You will be near one of the best kart sprint tracks in the country, called, oddedly enough, Dousman and run by the Badger Kart Club.

        You will be near King Motorsports. Drop in and wave to the boys.

        The southern Kettle Moraine State Forest is one of the prime stomping grounds of the Trek R&D team to shake down new bike designs. There are trails for all ability levels there.

        You'll be two hours away from Road America.

        Brookfield also has Brookfield Acura, one of the bigger NSX dealers in the area.

        If you go towards Lake Michigan, in Kenosha, along I94 there are a bazillion outlet stores for "low" price shopping. Slightly south, in Gurnee, IL there is Six Flags Great America if you need a coaster fix.

        I personally recommend the Kettle Moraine trails for biking. Have fun!

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        • #5
          Thanks guys, I'm heading that way in just a few minutes. I'm hoping to get some free time to go exploring Saturday.

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          • #6
            So, to keep in the spirit of wandering... , after fwt, my wife and I are planning to spend about a week in Wisconsin and the UP. Any other thoughts on places we just have to visit (or drive)??

            Thanks in advance.
            Not all who wander are lost...

            We are part of that group of folks who have driven their S2000 more than 100,000 miles.

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            • #7
              I can give you a slew of ideas. Just give me an idea of what your interests are - shopping, unusual attractions, outdoorsy things, etc?

              As far as drives, the last 10 miles of US41 in the Keweenaw are very - hilly, windy road descending towards Lake Superior with forest about 3' off the road on either side. The road ends and there's a sign marking the "end of the road".


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              • #8
                Originally posted by WestSideBilly
                I can give you a slew of ideas. Just give me an idea of what your interests are - shopping, unusual attractions, outdoorsy things, etc?

                As far as drives, the last 10 miles of US41 in the Keweenaw are very - hilly, windy road descending towards Lake Superior with forest about 3' off the road on either side. The road ends and there's a sign marking the "end of the road".

                Not sure what you mean by "unusual attractions". We have relatives in the Milwaukee area. We've already been up thru Door county and did the ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington.
                As far as interests go, no, we're really not into the shoping thing and the water and lake shore is nice but, as non swimmers, we would rather ride the boat than splash around in the water. We do enjoy sight seeing and are firm believers in the fact that if you are somewhere like Rocky Mountain National park and you never venture a walk farther than 200 feet from the road, you've not seen the park.
                We do enjoy the drive. I still remember the first time I took Lonnie on a mountain drive. She was so excited, she kept saying that I should look this way, then another. I reminded her that the road we were on had rather steep drop offs and there were no guard rails anywhere... After that, it was "On wow look at that. No wait, don't look!!"


                Thanks again WSB for the help
                Not all who wander are lost...

                We are part of that group of folks who have driven their S2000 more than 100,000 miles.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Wanderer
                  Not sure what you mean by "unusual attractions". We have relatives in the Milwaukee area. We've already been up thru Door county and did the ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington.
                  As far as interests go, no, we're really not into the shoping thing and the water and lake shore is nice but, as non swimmers, we would rather ride the boat than splash around in the water. We do enjoy sight seeing and are firm believers in the fact that if you are somewhere like Rocky Mountain National park and you never venture a walk farther than 200 feet from the road, you've not seen the park.
                  We do enjoy the drive. I still remember the first time I took Lonnie on a mountain drive. She was so excited, she kept saying that I should look this way, then another. I reminded her that the road we were on had rather steep drop offs and there were no guard rails anywhere... After that, it was "On wow look at that. No wait, don't look!!"


                  Thanks again WSB for the help
                  My 'unusual' suggestion was going to be the Paulding Light (near Watersmeet, MI). It's a 'mystery' light that floats around after sunset. Very cool (in an eerie way) when it shows, pretty silly when it doesn't. I've been out there twice, once when it was sorta there (full moon didn't help), and another in the dead of winter during a new moon - it was the only light for miles.

                  Other UP suggestions (all in the western half, since that's where I spent my time. If you do the UP thing, I'd recommend staying in Houghton, I can give you some good recommendations for hotels and restaurants)

                  - If you do the US 41 drive, loop back on M-26 after you've seen the end of the road (M-26 and US41 meet in Eagle Harbor), just west of Eagle Harbor you can catch Brockway Mountain road which takes you up about 700 feet and gives you a pretty impressive view of Lake Superior. It looks straight on maps but it's not. (it's not a very good road if memory serves, though) You'll come down and meet up with M-26 again which follows the west coast of the keweenaw and takes you back to Hoton.
                  - Go to the porcupine mountains, and especially to Lake of the Clouds. About an hour and 30 minutes southwest of Houghton. Possibly the most scenic area in the midwest (not saying thatmuch :LOL: ). Good hiking trails, including about 20 miles along lake superior, a mostly uninterrupted stand of old-growth forest, and a slew of waterfalls. If memory serves, you can rent sea kayaks in Ontanagon if you want to tackle Lake Superior. Read this if you're interested in hiking
                  - Just north of Houghton (actually in Hancock) is a pretty neat mineshaft left over from the copper mining era which left the region in the 1930s. The tunnel itself goes down 2+ miles, but I don't remember how far you go down in the tours.
                  - Along this lines, there's some interesting remnants of the mining industry scattered throughout the UP. There's a partially sunken dredger along M-26 east of Houghton (on Torch Lake). If you explore you can find railroads that were left to decay, etc.
                  - If you lake light houses... there's a bunch, and most give tours.

                  OK, my brain hurts now. The UP does offer a lot of wildnerness to explore. You don't have to go far from and of the few towns to find desolate areas. Words of caution, though - first, a lot of roads... aren't. You'll come across gravel logging roads and whatnot, some are safe for cars, many aren't especially if it's rained recently. Second, gas supply, 93 octane is few and far between. If you stay in houghton, Marquette, or Duluth and venture from there, always fill up in the morning.


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                  • #10
                    My $.02 for northern Wisconsin and Lake Superior is to head a bit west from where WSB has given you detailed info, and stick with Lake Superior and go to the Ashland/Bayfield Wisconsin area. The Apostle Islands and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are interesting. There are excursion boats that will take you out among the Islands, and one of the Islands, Madeline Island, has a Ferry Boat Service and you can drive your car on the Island (typically the roads are pretty good on Madeline Island -- asphalt, largely, but some of the roads on the far end of the island are gravel).

                    This is not realy anything like the Door County/Washington Island experience. The ferry ride is only about 20-30 minutes and Madeline ISland is only a few miles off of the mainland. There are about 200 people who live on the ISland year round. It is a bit less touristy compared to Door County/Washington Island. The island has a handful of places to eat and a Marina, a golf course, and a few shops. The Island also has a very interesting museum which has lots of Voyageur/ fur trade, timber, fishing, information and history. There is a state park on the island with some hiking trails and some interesting views out toward the other islands from cliffs.

                    The Island is mainly a summer vacation home location for midwesterns, mostly from the twin cities, etc. However, one of the Island's first summer visitors in the early part of last century was a "Colonel Woods" and he was from Lincoln Nebraska (I see that you are too). His family still comes to the Island. In fact, Woods and others from Nebraska built a row of large stately homes/mansions along the southwest edge of the Island in the early 1900s which still exist and which is now known as "Nebraska Row." Woods' large place is presently a B&B.

                    Bayfield on the mainland is a small town of around 400-600 people and has been identified as the best place to visit in the Midwest by the Chicago Tribune. Lots of B&Bs, and little stores and restuarants. As eateries go, Maggies and the Egg drop cafe are very good, and so is a place outside of town called Wild Rice (this place is architecturally interesting and sits back in a stand of Birch over looking the lake -- one of the nicenst and most unique places to eat dinner in the region). Nearby Ashland is an old timber town, and one of the most interesting places is "Timeless Timber" which is a company that pulls off the bottom of Lake Superioe old growth timber that sank when being floated to Ashland 100+ years ago The cold of the Lake has preserved the old growth wood over the past 100 years or so. Once the wood is dried out, given the tight growth grain pattern, it is sold for veneers and/or to be used to make musical instruments, etc. Some of the wood is used to make cutting boards, and bowls and other knick-knacks, which are sold in the adjacent gift shop.

                    There is also a Lake Superior Visitors Center near Ashland which is interesting.

                    Between the UP and Ahsland is an Ojibwa Indiana Reservation, and there is a casino if you find that sort of thing interesting. However, the highway through the Indiana Res. is usually a good place to floor it, and there are some hilly and a few twisty areas (be sure to have a radar detector though).

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                    • #11
                      Thanks WSB and Karwath.

                      I spent a year stationed at KI Sawyer AFB near Marquette, but that's been more years ago than I care to remember. We like your ideas.

                      We are planning to get up into the Houghton area as well as Marquette. It was a couple of years ago that we took the ferry across lake Michigan. That time, we drove up north and took in Macinac Island as well as Sault Ste Marie. From there it was into Canada and a drive along the north shore of lake Superior and down through Thunder Bay back to the US. Funny thing, we took our passports, "just in case" and when we were at the border checkpoint near Grand Portage, the fella took a look at mine and noted several visas for Brazil. He immediately started to talk to me in Portugese... Well, since I don't speak Portugese... Oh well, he did let us back into the country At any rate, we like your ideas and will be incorporating some of them into our plans

                      Thanks again for the help

                      Dick
                      Not all who wander are lost...

                      We are part of that group of folks who have driven their S2000 more than 100,000 miles.

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                      • #12
                        I never really made it west of the Porkies, so I can't vouch for Karwath's suggestions... but all this talk makes me want to go back to the UP for a while


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                        • #13
                          Though I should note that I only want to go back in the summer


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                          • #14
                            Getting in the water before July and August is insane in the Northland around Lake Superior, but having been in Northern Wisconsin and parts of the UP in July and August and having been there in late May and June, I can say that the driving and visiting is easier in May and June (not so congested with summer visitors trailing things, etc.) and its probably a nicer time to enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the area. Only the truly insane would visit Lake Superior in January/February, and I am included in those ranks. The Lake freezes over and you can drive your car on Lake Superior the 2.5 miles to the island I was telling you about.

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                            • #15
                              We just want to add that you need to visit Tahquamenon Falls. We are originally from Michigan. They had a neat brew pub the last time we where there and we enjoyed the pastie they offered on the menu. We are looking forward to seeing you at FWT in a couple of weeks.
                              Fred Eldridge
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by karwath
                                Getting in the water before July and August is insane in the Northland around Lake Superior, but having been in Northern Wisconsin and parts of the UP in July and August and having been there in late May and June, I can say that the driving and visiting is easier in May and June (not so congested with summer visitors trailing things, etc.) and its probably a nicer time to enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the area. Only the truly insane would visit Lake Superior in January/February, and I am included in those ranks. The Lake freezes over and you can drive your car on Lake Superior the 2.5 miles to the island I was telling you about.
                                What does that make those of us that lived there for 4 years? :LOL:

                                A good point is made; even if the air temperature is 80 in early June, the water will still be <50°, and I don't know that the lake ever gets over 60° (though some of the bays do). I swam in the portage canal a few times in late August and it wasn't much warmer than the water was in April.

                                http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/sswt-00.html


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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Fredric
                                  We just want to add that you need to visit Tahquamenon Falls. We are originally from Michigan. They had a neat brew pub the last time we where there and we enjoyed the pastie they offered on the menu. We are looking forward to seeing you at FWT in a couple of weeks.
                                  If you're in that area, add Pictured Rocks to the list of things to see.


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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by WestSideBilly
                                    Though I should note that I only want to go back in the summer

                                    Yea, I know about winters in the UP. I had snow removal detail to get the driveway to the engine shop opened up each morning. I had a good snow blower and by the time we got to the end of winter, the snow was so high that I could not blow it any higher...
                                    Not all who wander are lost...

                                    We are part of that group of folks who have driven their S2000 more than 100,000 miles.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Fredric
                                      We just want to add that you need to visit Tahquamenon Falls. We are originally from Michigan. They had a neat brew pub the last time we where there and we enjoyed the pastie they offered on the menu. We are looking forward to seeing you at FWT in a couple of weeks.
                                      Thanks Fred. We too look forward to seeing you and Rosemary. Will look up the falls to see exactly where it is. Oc course, food is always high on our gotta do list!!!

                                      Thanks also WSB Pictured Rocks needs to also be added to the list.

                                      Now it is starting to look like I need more time off...

                                      Again thanks to all
                                      Dick
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                                      We are part of that group of folks who have driven their S2000 more than 100,000 miles.

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