Address 1: 13608 Fox Road
Open all Year: Yes
Full Hook: YesA pool of clear bubbling water which sparkles like silver on sunny days provides the basis for the name of Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area. Even on extremely cold days, this pool does not freeze, and visitors marvel at the bordering beds of watercress. Majestic oaks and prairie grasslands provide a panorama of natural beauty to park visitors. The Fox River runs through this picturesque area which is also home to several small manmade lakes. A natural prairie restoration project gives visitors a feeling of the original landscape with native wildflowers, songbirds, waterfowl and upland game. Picnicking, fishing and hiking are popular pastimes in summer, with ice fishing, sledding, ice skating and cross-country ski trails available for the winter sports lover. For relaxing, exercising or just enjoying nature, Silver Springs is the perfect get away location. Picnicking For a family outing, bring your picnic basket to any of several areas along the Fox River. Picnic tables, charcoal grills, water and toilets are conveniently located. If a shelter is desired, three are located in the main park area. A refreshment stand is located east of Loon Lake to help you complete your picnic lunch, or provide light snacks and soft drinks. Fishing If you like fishing, two small lakes in the park offer catches of channel catfish, large and small mouth bass, bluegill and crappie. Rainbow Trout are stocked twice annually in Loon Lake. All fishing is prohibited in Loon Lake from March 15 until the first Saturday in April, at which time the trout are stocked and fishing may begin. Boating If you like to feel the spray of water on your face, bring your canoe and enjoy a trip down the Fox River. For lake anglers and those who like to just relax on the water, boating is permitted on Loon and Beaver lakes. Gasoline motors are not allowed, however. Trails If exercise or nature study is your goal, a scenic four-mile trail winds along the river and through wooded areas overlooking the lakes-perfect for an exhilarating walk or a relaxing stroll. If horseback riding is more to your liking, a seven-mile equestrian trail is located in the wildlife management area and is available except for hunting season. Hunting Sportsmen will find a variety of game, including pheasant, rabbit, deer (archery only), dove and squirrel. For practice before the hunt, trap and archery ranges may be used when hunting is not taking place. Dog training areas are also available, with a permit. Hunter Fact Sheet Hunting Sportsmen will find a variety of game, including pheasant, rabbit, deer (archery only), dove and squirrel. For practice before the hunt, trap and archery ranges may be used when hunting is not taking place. Dog training areas are also available, with a permit. Hunter Fact Sheet Winter Sports When cold weather sets in, Silver Springs offers a variety of activities for the winter sports enthusiast. Cross-country skiing, sledding and ice skating can be enjoyed when conditions permit. Ice fishing is a popular change of pace. A four-mile snowmobile trail begins at the picnic shelter and is open when snow cover is adequate. Check at the park office for maps and regulations.