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Greater Mauston offers an abundance of year-round recreational and leisure opportunities that are available to residents and visitors alike. Water-based activities include great fishing, boating, swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding and tubing on our lakes and rivers. Other superior recreational opportunities include horseback riding, camping, snowmobiling, hiking and biking.

Recently, the Mauston Room Tax Committee launched its new tourism brand and campaign to tell more potential visitors about the area. Mauston is naturally connected to the natural beauty of south central Wisconsin that was extolled by two of America’s iconic conservationists – Aldo Leopold and John Muir. Greater Mauston also encompasses Elroy, Lyndon Station, New Lisbon, Wonewoc, Camp Douglas and Hustler and Necedah, all within a 45-minute circle.

Here are just some of the reasons why visitors should discover what local residents already appreciate about Greater Mauston:

— The Necedah National Wildlife Refuge with its breath taking photo ops is a 44,000-acre preserve for wildlife that includes eagles, pheasants, gray wolves, coyotes, foxes, cranes and more. The refuge is open year-round and is just a 20-minute scenic drive north of Mauston.

— Juneau County Castle Rock Park, situated on the 16,000-acre Castle Rock Lake, has 16 acres, a sandy swimming beach, great fishing, boating and 300 campsites. Buckhorn State Park is also located on Castle Rock Lake.

— The Cruisin’ Turtle party boat, based at the Dirty Turtle pub in New Lisbon, offers scenic tours for groups and private parties.

— Castle Rock Golf Course is a scenic 18-hole public course located at the gateway of Castle Rock Lake and Petenwell Lake, just north of Mauston.

— Mauston’s Historic Boorman House offers a step back in time to the founding of Maugh’s Town as a sawmill settlement in the late 1800s. Special thematic open houses are held during the Christmas holidays, and a quilt exhibit and sale is held there in September.

— The entrance to the Elroy-Sparta biking trail is 20 minutes from Mauston on the back roads. Plans are in the works to directly connect our biking trails to this nationally known rails-to-trails system.

— Wisconsin Dells and its renowned waterparks are just 20 minutes south of Mauston on I-90/94.

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