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Milwaukee Hikers discover Ozaukee County this weekend - June 16, 2012

The Treasures of Oz is this weekend. Do not forgot to download your passport here. As you visit each of the eight parks that Ozaukee County is highlighting, be sure to get your passport stamped. Before you go back home, make Forest Beach Migratory Preserve your last stop somewhere between noon and 6 p.m. for food, music, fun and silent auctions and a raffle.

Parks being highlighted this weekend are located in Grafton, Saukville, Town of Belgium and Thiensville and Mequon as follows. If you want to try to hit all eight of them, a recommended route from Milwaukee would be:

The fishway at the Mequon Thiensville Dam located at the Thiensville Village Park at 250 Elm Street, Thiensville.

Pop over then to Grafton and visit:

The Grafton Historical Corner/Chair Factory Dam located at the NE corner of 12th Avenue (Green Bay Road) and Falls Road.

The ULAO Waterfowl Production Area is located by the Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve at 511 High Bluff Drive. Park in the parking lot for the park and follow the signs going east. This is an awesome park to visit also as it follows the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.

Visit the Bike Path Island which is located under the Interurban Bike Trail bridge over the Milwaukee River in the Town of Grafton. It is adjacent to the Bratt Woods (located at 1541 East Cedar Creek Rd in Grafton) and just off of Green Bay Road. Parking is between the Grafton pool and the bike trail. Bratt Woods Nature Preserve is also part of the treasures of Ozaukee County so if you don’t have a chance to visit it (not part of the event celebration this year) it would a place to put on your must visit list for another day.

Saukville is west of Grafton with the southernmost location being the Cedarburg Bog Trail located on Hwy 33 just west of Lakeland Road. If the parking lot is full, park on the south side of Hwy 33.

From Cedarburg Bog go to the Riveredge Nature Center which can be reached by heading north on Hwy 33 to 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Drive on the GPS normally works). As you follow Hwy 33 north, watch for the NoNos Restaurant and turn left.

Tendick Park is located at 3919 County Hwy O in Saukville. It has an east and west entrance. The west entrance is north of the east entrance. There are separate passport stamps for each location so be sure to visit each.

After visiting these seven wonders of Ozaukee County head over to the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in the Town of Belgium for the afternoon celebration offering food, fun, music and a silent auction and raffle. Forest Beach Migratory Preserve is located at 4970 Country Club Road, east off Hwy LL at Hwy P (Dixie Rd). Watch for the old billboard for the Squires Golf Course on the NE corner of this intersection.

The weather is going to be perfect to check out the parks and other areas on this trail of Ozaukee County treasures. Be sure to apply sunscreen and spray for bugs and mosquitos in case it is needed.

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