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Things to Do


Hartman Creek State Park

This 1,417-acre quiet and friendly natural gem is located near the beautiful spring-fed Chain O' Lakes. Year-round camping. Hillestad House Log Cabin, Whispering Pines day use area on crystal clear Marl Lake on the upper "Chain." Tucked away in the Chain O' Lakes/Waupaca area is a pleasant introduction to off-road riding on glacial terrain. At Hartman Creek State Park you can ride on the leavings of the Green Bay Lobe of the last great continental ice sheet. As that glacier melted, it revived several times; pushing forward, again and again, it left a series of debris-strewn ridges called recessional moraines.

Ice Age Trail

The Waupaca segment of the Ice Age Trail starts within Hartman Creek State Park, running north of the park to Indian Valley Road, and south of the park through the Emmons Creek Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Area. The trail is marked by yellow blazes on trees and yellow signs. The segment is part of the 1,000-mile National Scenic Ice Age Hiking and Skiing Trail. Trail is for hiking and cross-country skiing - no biking.

Weis Earth Science Museum

Take a break from walking through nature to learn about it! The Weis Earth Science Museum is an interactive hand's on learning experience perfect for any family. Exhibits include many fun activities such as moving continents, making earthquakes and even making it rain. This small local museum has a lot fun learning activities to offer and quite the collection of rocks to learn about.

South Park Beach

At the south end of Waupaca's Main Street, South Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities including picnicking, a playground, two shelters, restrooms, a sandy swimming beach (guards on duty daily Memorial Day-Labor Day), bath house, fishing pier, boat launch, and Hutchinson House Museum.
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