Prairie Du Sac
The two Wisconsin River towns of Prairie du Sac and Sauk City are so close together they are often referred to as “Sauk Prairie." The towns are a favorite winter destination for birders, as a power plant just north of town keeps a large pool of the river open in winter attracting dozens of eagles who fish those waters. Just across the river, the Wollersheim Winery is a favorite stop for wine lovers any time of year. Follow Highway 12 north of town about 5 miles to the site of the old Badger Army Ammunition Plant. Built at the start of WWII, the plant operated through the Korean and Vietnam Wars but today is being dismantled and the land returned to nature. Across the highway from the plant’s main gate, visit Dr. Evermore’s Sculpture Park. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen; filled with giant, whimsical welded creations – steel animals, birds and spiders made from junk, plus his most famous work, the “Forevertron.” Two miles further north, Devil’s Lake State Park is a favorite for all who love the outdoors. This 10,000-acre gem offers 423 family campsites, 29 miles of hiking trails, 6 miles of mountain bike trails, and views of its lovely namesake lake from high atop the park’s 300-foot bluffs.
Classic scenic drive.
Take Scenic Byway 60, the Lower Wisconsin River Road, down to Spring Green, Boscobel, or even all the way to the Mississippi. You'll experience all that south-central Wisconsin has to offer, from prairies to river views to bluffs and cliffs, along with small towns to charm you on the way.
Fishing? You’ll catch the big one if you...
Try your luck at the VFW Park, the Prairie du Sac Hydroelectric Dam, or Lake Wisconsin.
Top photo opportunity is...
Historic Wollersheim Winery's buildings and gardens are the perfect place for photos along the Sauk Prairie Riverway. When you visit this landmark, you may feel as if you have been transported out of Wisconsin and into Europe.
Mark these events on your calendar:
Wollersheim Winery hosts several wine tasting events each year, and if you're in town for Labor Day, you can't miss the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Festival.
Only have one day to play here?
Start with a winery tour and tasting at historic Wollersheim Winery, set in the bluffs along the Wisconsin River. To catch a glimpse of the river, talk a walk along the new Riverwalk in Sauk City, a comfortable one-mile trail. The Blue Spoon Cafe can't be missed - a Euro-style restaurant featuring food with personality and outdoor riverside seating. After you eat, walk next door to River Arts on Water Gallery, a gallery dedicated to regional artists. If it's birding season, check out the VFW Park and Boat launch area, or the Prairie du Sac dam to catch a great view. If you are craving more art, see if Dr. Evermor's Forevertron Sculpture Park is open on Highway 12. Or continue shopping in the great local boutiques!