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In the Shadow of John Muir


John Muir, one of our nation’s most recognized conservationists, grew up on a modest farm in rural Marquette County.  The rolling glacial hills covered with native prairie and wetlands surrounding his boyhood home left a lasting impression in John Muir’s mind, even as he left Wisconsin after college to spend later years in California.

Visitors to the Ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin have the opportunity to visit the John Muir Memorial Park north of Portage that encompasses much of the original Muir farmstead.  The Park features a memorial sign dedicated to John Muir, a picnic area, and a lovely walk around Ennis Lake, the centerpiece of the Park.

rare fringed gentian at Muir Park (Photo: Aaron Carlson)

rare fringed gentian at Muir Park (Photo: Aaron Carlson)

The diverse landscape includes marshes, woodland and prairie.  Enjoy a day at Muir Park, and watch for wildlife across the street at the Fox River National Wildlife Refuge.