This 73-acre park was part of an
undeveloped Lake Michigan Shoreline property in the Town of
Grafton, which contained a portion of the Lion’s Den
Gorge Natural Area. With the assistance of several
private donations and public grants, the property was
purchased by the County from Dr. Ghulum Dhar in 2002.
park offers tremendous viewing and educational
opportunities, including access to a Natural Area that has
remained untouched since before the European settlement of
Wisconsin. The park is also adjacent to a
44-acre Waterfowl Production Area,
owned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
An asphalt driveway/parking
lot, informational kiosk, gravel trails, trail
bridges and stairways, bluff vistas, and several
elevated board walk trails have been added to the
park between 2003 and 2008.
improvements serve as the “infrastructure” to
encourage nature education and appreciation, by
providing public access to many unique
public access includes almost 0.7 miles of 90 to 100
foot high bluffs looking out onto Lake Michigan and
a mixture of wetland/upland areas that provide
diverse habitats for native wildflowers, shrubs, and
trees that are useful for all types of wildlife,
such as migratory birds, game birds and waterfowl,
amphibians, and mammals. The park has quickly
become a favorite scenic, hiking, and picnic spot
for many residents and visitors.