Besides the wonderfulness (pardon our enthusiasm) of Glacier Valley Campground, there is a lot to do in the area.
Visit with the Amish.
Both Columbia county (in which GVC is located) and Green County have large Amish populations. The Dalton area, nine miles north of Glacier Valley Campground, is one of the largest Amish communities in the state. There are bakeries, woodworking shops, candy stores, restaurants, and craft stores, among many others. See our Amish page for more information.
Eat out or in.
Have lunch or dinner inFox Lake, Pardeeville, or Portage.
The Boathouse Pub & Eatery is right on the lake in Fox Lake. It has outdoor seating and takes reservations. The Boathouse is casual, often crowded, and has good food. N10575 Chief Kuno Trl, Fox Lake, WI 53933-9526 (920)928-3470 http://www.boathousepubandeatery.com/
Quit N Time in Fox Lake has very good burgers. Right on the main drag through town. 317 W State St. Fox Lake, WI 53933 (920) 928-2808.
The Shaumberg Supper Club has a nice room, views, and good food. it is a classic Wisconsin Supper Club. N11935 County Rd A Randolph, WI 53956 (920) 928-3348. Randolph is north of 33 between Glacier Valley and Fox Lake.
If you are looking for a root beer float (and it is summertime!), go to Mullin’s Drive In in Fox Lake. 102 Spring St, Fox Lake, WI 53933 (920) 928-2040.
State Street Pizza. Good pizza. 319 W State St. Fox Lake, WI 53933 (920) 928-2929. http://mystatestreetpizza.com/
MJ’s by the Lake has a very nice landscaped patio with wide-set tables. Be aware it is not ON the lake but across the road. Don’t let this stop you from enjoying their very good food! N10351 Howard Drive Fox Lake, WI 53933 920-928-2281. mjsbythelake.com
Caddyshack offers good food. We love a Caddyshack burger and their chicken basket! For those of you who love Wisconsin craft beers (like we do), Caddyshack has both a good IPA and a Wisconsin porter on tap. Be aware that Caddyshack is cash only. 138 North Main Street, Pardeeville, WI 53954 (608) 429-3606 http://www.caddyshackpardeeville.com/
For breakfast try On the Way Cafe! Down home, good cooking, big plates, big menu! Be aware the service can be a little slow at times… Have another cup of coffee! 321 S Main St. Pardeeville, WI 53954 (
DELIVERY! Dominick’s Place in Pardeeville delivers to Glacier Valley – we see them a lot! Especially for pizza, but they have lots of other stuff too. 109 N Main St. Pardeeville, WI 53954 (
You can get a very good burger at The Dump in Cambria. Don’t be put off by the name! 105 W Edgewater St, Cambria, WI 53923.(920) 348-5733 thedumpbar.com
In Portage we recommend the Corner Pocket as having unusual and very good burgers. 301 De Witt St # 1, Portage, WI 53901 cornerpocketpub.com
If you have a hankering for Mexican food, try La Tolteca in Portage. 2653 New Pinery Rd. Portage, Wisconsin 53901 (608) 745-6776 http://www.lastoltecas.com
For Chinese, right in downtown Portage is Cathay Garden. 238 W Cook St, Portage, WI 53901
Visit nature areas.
Swan Lake Wildlife Area is a 2,466 acre property located one mile east of Portage off of Highway P in Columbia County. The property consists of approximately 2,000 acres of wetlands, 100 acres of grassland and 366 acres of wooded habitat.
Lots of places to hunt! (Please be aware there is no hunting in the Glacier Valley grounds – our insurance won’t allow it).
DNR areas include: Shaw Marsh State Wildlife area, 900 acres, outside Beaver Dam.
The DNR website says of Shaw Marsh:
“Shaw Marsh Wildlife Area is 900 acres of state owned lands comprised mostly of wetlands with scattered upland prairie. The marsh is a shallow wetland basin that was formed by the Wisconsin Glacier. Shaw Brook runs from north to south through the heart of the wetland where it eventually joins the Beaver Dam River. The marsh is part of the Crawfish-Rock River system and is located about one mile south of the City of Beaver Dam. Find it from Beaver Dam: east 1 mile on Hwy 33, then south 2 miles on South Crystal Lake Road, then west on Parker Road. There are access points with parking areas along the Parker Road, Shaw Hill Road, County Road S, Blackbird Road and South Crystal Lake Road.
Pine Island State Wildlife Area, Portage. Mud Lake, near Rio, half hour south on 22. All are listed on http://dnr.wi.gov/
There are Voluntary Public Access (VPA) hunting areas near Glacier Valley. A couple of the largest include:
VPA219. From Cambria 3/4 mi s on hwy 146. East on Cemetery Road 1/2 mile. parking on right. 139 acres.
PVA211 Juneau (About 25 minutes from GV) SE of Beaver Dam. From Juneau 4.75 mi s on 26. 60E .25 mi. They have 167 acres. GPS 43.3416 -88.738052.
Fox Lake Golf Club. N10500 Indian Point Rd, Fox Lake, WI 53933 (920) 928-2508
www.foxlakegolfclub.com/ Course is in very good shape. Diverse – some holes are in wide-open grassland, others through the woods. A good course for golfers of all levels. Some nice views of the lake. Clubhouse and bar. The turnoff to get to the golf club is in the middle of town.
Portage Country Club. Country Club Rd, Portage, WI 53901 608-742-3553 www.portagecc.net Mature course. Some sharp doglegs. Beautiful mature trees. Rolling hills and some views of the lake. The course is in very good shape. Casual restaurant overlooking the water.
Pine Trail Golf Course at Saddle Ridge (9 holes)
100A Saddle Ridge Portage, WI 53901 (608) 742-2181 http://www.saddleridgegolf.com/
Amish in Columbia County: click here
Swan lake nature area; click here
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