Lake Kegonsa State Park Wisconsin

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Some GEOLOGY!
Before the last ice age, which began about 1 million years ago, a large river ran through this area. Many geologists believe it was the ancient Wisconsin River. This large river carved a deep, wide valley into the thick layer of Cambrian sandstone, which was deposited on the bottom of a great inland sea that covered most of Wisconsin over 6 million years ago.
Although this area has been overrun with four distinct giant glaciers originating from Canada, the last of these glacial ice blankets called the Wisconsin Great Glacier did most of the work.
As the glacier retreated, it filled in the Old River Valley with lots of sand, gravel and boulders that dammed the melting ice and formed the famous Four Lakes of the Madison area: Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa.
This chain of beautiful lakes has only existed during the last twelve thousand to fifteen thousand years and is located on glacial debris many feet above the old, buried valley floor. The four lakes are connected by the present day Yahara River.
The large marsh northeast of the park was part of the lake right after the glacier left this region and for the last 12,000 years it has accumulated sand, silt and marsh vegetation, filling it.
Lake Kegonsa now covers 3,209 acres and its deepest point is 32 feet.

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Yarrow or Achilles

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Monarda

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Mullen

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Milkweed
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I actually saw this spider as I walked the path.  It was about the size of a quarter.
About all I know it is in the crab spider family. Freaky!!

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There is a dog beach/swim area.  The dogs are allowed off leash in the water.

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Oreo attemped swimming with mommy holding the harness up.

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Breck says belly height is where I draw the line.

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Who threw a Frisbie? Daaang! Almost worth learning to swim!  I think I will try doggy water wings… surely Amazon sells them,  they have everything.

© Ilex – Midwestern Plants

11 thoughts on “Lake Kegonsa State Park Wisconsin

  1. that’s really a freaky spider-thingy, looks like it would glow in the dark :o) I’m a non-swimmer too, I always think I could melt away in the water, because I’m made of sugar :o)

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    • It would be a tragedy for your sweetness to melt away while swimming! However, I’m sure you still look stunning on the beach in your thong. .. I think I remember a post a bit back with you modeling your new man-kini! 👙

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  2. Thank you for posting a little bit of home for me. I nearly dissolved into a puddle of happiness in my chair seeing the marshy flowers of my childhood. I miss my homeland, but it feels so good to get a solid dose of it right here.
    Beautiful, beautiful post. 🙂

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  3. You shoulda let the two dogs off the leash. They are Border Collies after all and they ARE THE MOST INTELLIGENT DOGS IN the world, and they wouldn’t have drowned or is mommy a helicopter parent?

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    • Ha! You’re funny. Yes, they are smart, however they are also a bit headstrong… Oreo would have taken the other dog’s ball. .. Not cool. I hope to think I’m not a helicopter parent! There were also many unruly dogs/parents who were not following the rules and not having dogs on leash in the park, I guess I might have been hovering!

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  4. I’d totally helicopter those two gorgeous dogs. I do with my Doberman. I let her loose (at husband’s suggestion) on a trail in Newport Beach’s Back Bay. I didn’t want to but I thought, “He’s right. She’ll have fun.” She ran like crazy straight into a marsh. We lost sight of her and I was just sick. I kept calling her name thinking she’s stuck in mud, she’s going to drown (not a water dog), she’ll run up onto the road. I prayed. Probably a minute later she came blazing toward us from a completely different direction. She was filthy. She did not look happy, but stressed and panting. Trust your gut. If you want them on leash, there’s a reason they should be on leash.

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    • I totally agree with you about keeping them leashed. First, the place required dogs be on leashes. Second, they are friendly, but if I’ve got Breck on leash and a large, unleashed dog runs at me, he will take a protective attitude.
      Because we do mostly follow rules, we’ve not let them off leash enough to be 100% sure they’d listen to us. We did go to the dog park for the first time right after this. We let them run, dragging leashes. Oreo listened 99.9%, Breck… Well, he’s a bit head strong at 95% . They did meet other dogs and all went well.
      Leashes are funny. . They protect your innocent dogs from harm, but it also gives them a sense of power that allows them to think they are the boss and I’m just the muscle back-up! Ha! So, if everyone is on leash, we’re good. 😉

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