WI State Symbols – Fruit LbNA # 30833
|Placed Date||May 4 2007|
|Location||Camp Douglas, WI|
Last found/checked: 29-JAN-09 (box was replaced on this date)
Location: A state park located northwest of Camp Douglas. From Interstate Highway 90/94, take Exit 55 and head southwest on Hwy C for a short distance. Then take Hwy 12/16 north for approximately 3 miles until you see the park entrance on the right. Turn onto Funnel Road, cross over & under I-90/94 and watch for a small gravel parking area on your right.
Hiking Distance: 1.25 miles
Terrain: Fairly level, wide, grassy trail most of the time. Off trail to find box.
Note: A valid Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is required and may be purchased at the park. In 2007 the daily rate is $7 for WI residents or $10 for non-residents. Annual state park stickers are $25/$35.
Adopted as Wisconsin's official state fruit in 2003, this has long been Wisconsin’s number one fruit crop. Some 250 growers in 20 different counties continue the tradition of cultivating this unique fruit, maintaining an agricultural heritage that began in the mid-1800s. Some marshes have been successfully producing a crop for more than 100 years. It is one of three of North America’s native fruits. Wisconsin is the nation’s leader in farming this fruit and produces more than 300 million pounds annually – more than half of the estimated 575 million pounds that Americans consume each year.
Since a marsh is not the best place for a letterbox, you won’t see any of this fruit along the way. However here’s how to find the box:
Take the lemaC ffulB trail until you reach the first bench. Then take the north trail and pass a bench on your right, then one on your left and then another on your left. You’ll then come to a wide side trail on your right. Go to the apex of the fence near the tower and take a bearing of 310 degrees. Walk 55 steps in this direction to reach a bent fallen pine. The native fruit waits underneath, where the trunk touches the ground and near a small forked pine.
Please reseal, replace and rehide everything carefully so this box is available for future visitors.
Return to the main trail and continue around the loop to return to your vehicle. If you have more time to explore, you can head north about 20 miles to check out Warrens, WI. They have a museum, marsh tours and hold an annual festival in September to celebrate this fruit.
Since we don’t live in the area, status reports would be greatly appreciated!