Juneau County was featured in a Wisconsin Public Television premiere on April 17th, “Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Juneau County.” This excellent documentary provides a narrative and graphic of how the ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin was formed and describes the carving of the Wisconsin Dells as the glacial lake drained dramatically. The documentary highlights Native American culture and early European settlement, including the drainage of the Great Swamp of Central Wisconsin. The once-extensive wetlands of the region were drained and subsequently farmed. The land proved generally to be of poor quality and many farms failed, especially during the drought of the 1930s.
Many Juneau County farms were purchased by the federal government to be restored again to wetlands by the nascent Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp Necedah. The restored wetlands became part of what is now Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in 1939.
Visit the WPT website to watch this interesting historical perspective on Juneau County in the heart of the Ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin.