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Explore Sauk Prairie Recreation Area Formerly Badger Ammunition Plant

  • May 3, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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The area is currently open to the public through May 27th when it will close for additional cleanup and deconstruction. Let's meet at the museum and drive around and wander some of the grounds. There are porta potty facilities at the entrance. Bring water.

Some of the areas we could explore:
- The "caves" where they test shot into the bluffs
- Observation deck on the hill
- Old cemetery
- Storage bunkers
- Train platforms

If you would like information on the area before you go, here are a few links - Area Map: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/MasterPlanning/SaukPrairie/documents/SPRA2014Hunt.pdf

info: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/masterplanning/saukprairie/

Museum info: http://www.badgerordnancehistory.org/Museum-Current.html

History:
The Badger Army Ammunition Plant manufactured nitrocellulose-based propellants during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It was the largest munitions factory in the world during World War II.

Originally over 10,000 acres in size, in 2004 Badger consisted of 7,275 acres of land in Sauk County. It is bounded by Devil's Lake State Park and the Baraboo Hills to the north, the Town of Merrimac and the Wisconsin River to the east, the Town of Prairie du Sac to the south, and the Town of Sumpter and the Bluffview community to the west. Badger is located on the terminal moraine of the outwash plain of a glacier that stopped in the area during the Wisconsin Glaciation approximately 12,000 years ago. The bedrock in the area consists of quartzite, sandstone, shale, and limestone. Groundwater flow is influenced by the Baraboo Hills to the north and the Wisconsin River to the east.

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  • Diane S.

    I found too links that describe the tiger salamander situation at Badger. Interesting little critters. I'll keep you posted about where to write letters, etc. http://www.devilslakewisconsin.com/2014/03/26/the-fate-of-the-salamanders/

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-salamanders-that-refuse-to-grow-up-64827289/

    May 4, 2014

  • Lorna

    Thanks, as well. A beautiful day to be outside and feel the sunshine and breeze on my skin. You did some good scouting work for all of us, Diane, finding some cool and interesting spots.

    1 · May 4, 2014

  • Diane S.

    Thank you Diane for the great tour of Badger. I really enjoyed it.

    May 3, 2014

  • Stacy

    I had a really good time learning about the ammunition plant with a wonderful group of women. Thank you Diane and Diane S.

    May 3, 2014

  • Diane S.

    Thank you Diane for hosting this meet up. I had a great time. What a fascinating place.

    May 3, 2014

  • Diane S.

    There is also the question of whether the museum will be open. I emailed the museum to find out. You can read more about this here. http://www.wiscnews.com/news/local/article_6fff878b-6837-51cc-9b0c-4d8981501828.html

    April 27, 2014

    • Diane S.

      I agree, let's just meet there. Was there turkey hunting when you were there the last time?

      April 27, 2014

    • Diane S.

      I got a note from the museum. They are not open. I'm still going though.

      April 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn, this sounds fun but I just realized I'm headed to a seminar Saturday. Sorry to RSVP yes and then switch right away!

    April 27, 2014

  • Kathy

    Is it still turkey hunting there on this date?

    April 27, 2014

    • cindy s.

      I do believe it is. I think it runs through May.

      April 27, 2014

    • Diane S.

      Yes, turkey season runs through May 27. Perhaps our leader can provide details. My guess is that we are not going to be in the areas where there is turkey hunting. Turkey hunting is a bit different that deer hunting in that hunters sit still and wait for turkeys. Turkey hunters need to be in the woods. I think there are plenty of places to walk that do not provide good cover for turkey hunters. It's a huge place. Diane, please add you comments since you've already been there.

      April 27, 2014

  • cindy s.

    Sorry I'm going to miss this :(
    We will be out of town.

    April 23, 2014

  • Diane S.

    What about dogs and kids?

    April 22, 2014

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