Activities

 
Biking Biking at Yellow Smoke Park
Biking is a great family activity that can be done on our 4 mile paved trail around the park
Boating Boating at Yellow Smoke Park
A 40 acre man- made lake with depths up to 36 feet.
Only trolling motors may be used on all county owned lakes
Boating Boating at Nelson Park
Nelson Park has an 11 acre man made lake where you can try your luck at angling for channel catfish, bass, bluegill, or crappie.
Only trolling motors may be used on all county owned waters.
Cabins Cabins at Yellow Smoke Park
2 cabins that sleep 6
Camping Camping at Yellow Smoke Park
61 site campground
Camping Camping at Nelson Park
Nelson Park campground has 85 sites including one large modern campground with hot water, showers, flush toilets, dump station, and electric hookups.
Ther are also two smaller campgrounds and one for tents only.
Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Nelson Park
Canoeing and kayaking
Education Education at Yellow Smoke Park
The Neal Moeller Environmental Education Center is a 2592 square foot facility with exhibit areas and classroom facilities.
Facility Rentals Facility Rentals at Yellow Smoke Park
One large enclosed "Lookout" Shelter and two smaller open shelter houses
Facility Rentals Facility Rentals at Nelson Park
Four shelter houses are available on a first-come, first-served basis, if not reserved.
Fishing Fishing at Nelson Park
Try your luck angling for channel catfish, bass, bluegill, or crappie on 11 acre Stern Lake.
Fishing Fishing at Ahart Rudd Natural Resource Area
This area has a 7 acre fishing pond
Fishing Fishing at Yellow Smoke Park
40 acre man-made lake, with depths up to 36 feet, is stocked with bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass.
Historic Visits Historic Visits at Dow House Historical Site
This is the historic home of Simeon E. Dow, founder of Dow City, which depicts the life of a prominent upper middle class citizen and his family in the early 1870's.  It provides an excellent view of the Boyer River Valley and surrounding farmlands. 
Hunting Hunting at Hanover Wildlife Area
In 1996, the Pheasants Forever assisted in purchasing this .75 mile former Milwaukee Railroad right of way that provides wildlife habitat and public hunting. 
Hunting Hunting at Milwaukee Road Habitat Prairie
This is a 1 mile stretch of former railroad property that provides wildlife habitat, prairie, and has a public hunting area.
Hunting Hunting at Ahart Rudd Natural Resource Area
This area has 20 acres of reestablished prairie which is ideal for wildlife habitat.  This is a public hunting area.
Other Activities Other Activities at Ahart Rudd Natural Resource Area
This is a 92 acre natural resource area that is ideal for bird watching and those that take time to notice the native prairie flowers
Other Activities Other Activities at Otter Creek Nature Area
This 5 acre site is a prime example of a native oak/hickory hardwood forest and provides good habitat for woodland wildlife.
Picnicking Picnicking at Nelson Park
Many ridges and knolls overlooking Stern Lake provide picnicking and camping areas as well as a scenic view.
Picnicking Picnicking at Yellow Smoke Park
Yellow Smoke has many picnicking areas to enjoy.
Swimming Swimming at Yellow Smoke Park
Beach area with volleyball net
Swimming Swimming at Nelson Park
Sand beach, dressing rooms and showers are also available in the swimming area.
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Nelson Park
One and a half miles of hiking trails wind their way through the densely timbered hillsides allowing hidden views of deep ravines and cautious wildlife.
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Yellow Smoke Park
A 4 mile paved Wheels to Heels biking/hiking trail winds around the park and over 6 trail bridges
Winter Activities Winter Activities at Yellow Smoke Park
Winter activities include ice fishing, ice skating,snowmobiling, and deer hunting during the special zone season
Winter Activities Winter Activities at Nelson Park
Ice fishing, hiking, and snowmobiling