Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Greetings From Devil's Lake




Greetings from Devils Lake! On Easter Sunday my husband and I took a trip to Devil's Lake State Park located near Baraboo, Wisconsin. Devil's Lake was originally a gorge of the Wisconsin River prior to the last ice age. During the ice age, a portion of the glacier passed to the east of the Baraboo Hills and came up the river valley. It deposited materials and then melted, leaving a terminal moraine blocking the river, forming an earthen dam. Another moraine was deposited at the north end of the lake. The river eventually found a new course to the east of the Baraboo Hills, where the glacier had been, leaving a portion of the river gorge between the moraines filled with water. This body of water is Devil's Lake. (source: Keith Montgomery)





Most of the terrain in our area is formed by limestone and sandstone bluffs. The Baraboo Range, as these hills are known, is the ridge of an ancient and highly eroded, exposed mountain range. It extends for 25 miles and is 5-10 miles wide in places. The hills are composed of metamorphic rock: Baraboo pink quartzite and red rhyolite. The rocks are said to be as much as 1.6 billion years old. They are some of the oldest exposed rock in North American. This quartzite was formed by heated compressed sand an estimated 5 miles below the earth's surface.You can see evidence of ancient sand dunes in the metamorphic rock located through out the park.

This area also holds the largest stand of decidous forest in the Midwest.



This is a place we will visit again and again. There are so many places to explore.

9 comments:

Lynn said...

Looks like a beautiful peaceful place to spend a weekend. Glad you had a good time Chris. All the pictures are so inviting.

karenfae said...

it looks beautiful - is there a campground there too?
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Jude said...

Wow, as I've said before there's so much I don't know about America.
What a wonderful place, everywhere you look there's something to look at ( if you know what I mean!)

Jackie said...

Looks like a beautiful spot for a walk and a picnic!

Piecefulafternoon said...

I love those big rocks - the top one looks like a monster eating his salad.

Lovely lake and photos.

Joyce said...

Devil's Lake is a place I've always wanted to visit and now I want to go even more. Maybe this summer.

bindu said...

That's such a pretty lake!

Jackie said...

You live in such a beautiful place.

Sydney said...

Wow -- gorgeous. I lived on the north shore of Chicago and never knew that was there! We went up to Door Country a lot when I was a kid. Zillions of pleasant memories of that lake, but I don't remember anything as big or blue as this one. Thanks for taking pictures for us to see.