Mirror Lake State Park, Baraboo

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Mirror Lake State Park is a 2179acre Wisconsin state park in the Wisconsin Dells region. The process of establishing the park began in 1962 and the park officially opened on August 19, 1966. It contains Mirror Lake, a narrow reservoir with steep sandstone sides up to 50ft tall. The lake has a surface area of and an average depth of 10to. Recessed out of the wind, the water of Mirror Lake is usually calm and often as glassy-smooth as a mirror, hence the name. Situated in a major tourist area, the state park has an extensive campground and other visitor amenities. Also located within the park is the Seth Peterson Cottage, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building available for public rental.Natural historyThe region is formed from Late Cambrian sandstone deposited 500 million years ago at the bottom of shallow inland seas. During the Wisconsin glaciation between 20,000 and 10,000 years ago a glacial lobe passed just east of the park. Dell Creek, a tributary of the Wisconsin River is believed to have been blocked by outwash sediments and diverted northeast. Over time it cut a deep, narrow ravine into the easily eroded sandstone. The steep cliffs indicate that this section of Dell Creek is much younger geologically than upstream, where the banks have eroded longer and are more gently sloping.
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  • I don't think you would enjoy Mirror Lake. It's too quiet, under-stated beauty, no dramatic views, a lake that doesn't allow boats that make a wake, no gift shop or restaurant, no loud boy scout troop...  more »
  • There are some lovely easy walks in this state park. I love the walk from the beach to the boat landing - and also the walk from Ishnalla to Echo Rock.  more »
  • The color refection in the lake was so beautiful. When you are hiking in the trail, you just felt walking in a oil paining fall pictures. The lake was so clam and you can see miles away. What a beauti...  more »
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  • Great camping, paths and Lakeview’s! I loved the hiking here it was absolutely stunning and fascinating! The only thing that drove me crazy was the lake that was really weedy for swimming. Other than that this place is very fun! Not too far from The Wisconsin Dells and Best of all The Wisconsin River! The scenery at Mirror Lake is awesome! Next year I hope to explore this lake with a kayak instead. :-)
  • Nice clean quiet spot, but the sofa/bed was awful. Other than that it's close to shopping (5min) and is centrally located to everything including the outlet mall (8min). Oh an beware of crawl space access in the closet (kinda spooky) they need to somehow secure it as it's dark and musty and a hazard for inquisitive children.
  • Gem of a part with great trails. Views of the water were beautiful through the trees. Since it was winter we had the best views without any leaves blocking.
  • Great state park! At the visitors center they had a note (and flags at half-staff) in honor of the passing away of Billy Graham. Lots of hiking trails, a beach, couple sets of bathrooms, campsites, boat launch, BBQ grills, canoes, picnic tables, playground, pavilion.
  • Beautiful park, plenty to do for all ages year round. Clean park, smells of fresh pine in the air and wonderful sounds of nature.
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