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Recreation

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll be right at home in Platteville. We are located in the heart of the “Sportsmen’s Paradise” of southwest Wisconsin. With rolling hills, tree-filled valleys; and trout streams; this area is perfect for hunters and fishermen year round. Deer, duck, and turkey are plentiful; plus, the streams and rivers offer ample opportunities for anglers.

Platteville Trails | Wisconsin State Parks | Boating/Fishing | Canoeing/Tubing | Swimming Golf | Bowling | Tennis | Baseball | Skateboard/Rollerblade/BMX | Disc Golf | Birding | Snowmobiling | Skiing

Hiking & Biking

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Platteville’s Famous “M”

 

The “M”
The “World’s Largest M” is constructed of limestone and measures 214’ by 241.’ The letter represents the first mining school in the United States. Visitors to the area can climb the steps beside the “M” and enjoy a panoramic view of the tri-state area. Don’t forget your camera!

 

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Rountree Branch Trail enjoyed by locals and UW- Platteville students.

 

Platteville Trails

Rountree Branch Trail: The Rountree Branch Trail winds through our entire community and connects to the green-way at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Military Ridge State Trail: A 40 mile military trail from 1855 is now used for hiking and biking north of Grant Count, connecting Dodgeville and Madison.

Pecatonica Trail: A 10 mile trail situated in the Bonner Branch Valley connects Belmont with the Cheese Country Trail, another 47 mile long trail heading east.

Hirsch Farm
For the “extreme biker,” join like-minded souls at “The Farm” on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. until dark. The Hirsch Farm is located southwest of Platteville and is home to some of the best mountain bike trails around including a challenging single track.

 

Wisconsin State Parks
Three of Wisconsin’s finest state parks are within an hour’s drive of Platteville:

 

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One of the many beautiful features at Governor Dodge State Park.

Governor Dodge: Governor Dodge State Park is a 5,270-acre Wisconsin state park outside Dodgeville, Wisconsin; about 40 minutes from Platteville.

Nelson Dewey: Located in Cassville, this 756-acre Wisconsin state park is situated right on the Mississippi River. The land was once part of the Stonefield estate of Nelson Dewey, the state’s first governor, and is about 45 minutes from Platteville.

 

Wyalusing State Park: With 2,628-acres, this Wisconsin state park is at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers in the town of Wyalusing, just south of Prairie du Chien; one hour from Platteville

Miscellaneous

 

Boating/Fishing
Platteville is located within 15 miles of the Mississippi River, 30 miles of the Wisconsin River, and just 10 minutes from Lake Joy for those that love being on the water.

Canoeing/Kayaking/Tubing
Canoe or tube the Platte or Grant Rivers, which meander through our scenic area.

Pec Time Tubing, Inc.– Located directly on Hwy 81 in the hear of Argyle, WI. Located 45 Minutes from Platteville. 

Grant River Tubing, Co.: A by reservation only company allows groups to plan a day of tubing down the Grant River, located between Beetown and Potosi.

Y’ALLBEE TUBIN: Offering tubing and kayaking rentals on the Grant River, Y’allbee Tubin’ has many different options for your river experience. 

Swimming
Platteville Family Aquatic Center: bath house, concession stand, zero depth entry, 40-foot slide, competitive pool, and diving boards. The facility also features a 900 square foot sand box called “The Big Dig”.

 

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One golf team from the Platteville Chamber’s 2016 Golf outing, hosted at the Platteville Golf and Country Club.

 

Golf
Platteville Country Club:
An award-winning 18-hole course, featuring a full-service restaurant and proshop. The public is welcome.

 

 

 

 

Bowling
Pioneer Lanes:
Located in the heart of town on Hwy 151, this bowling alley provides fun for the whole family. Food and full bar as well as banquet options available for parties.

Tennis
Westview Park:
A public tennis court at a city park with lessons held by the city Park and Recreation department.

Baseball
Legion Park: Baseball diamonds are available to the public as well as to the leagues hosted by the Park and Recreation department. Lights for evening ball games provided for at the majority of the fields.

Skateboard/Rollerblade/BMX
Platteville Skate Park:
Located on East Main Street and open to the public.

Disc Golf
University of Wisconsin- Platteville:
Located in on the University of Wisconsin -Platteville campus, this challenging course starts at on the West side of Glenview Commons and is free of charge.

Westview Park: Another free Disc Golf Course; smaller, but a fun course with plenty of trees.

Birding
There are a large variety of birds that can be seen in the area. Eagles maintain a constant presence and spotting one is always an awe-inspiring experience.

Upper Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge: Areas in Cassville and Potosi allow for spectacular bird watching as well as hosts special birding events such as Bald Eagle Days.

Snowmobiling
Arthur Snowmobile Club:
Snowmobile trails are accessible to the public with purchase of WI Trail Pass and valid snowmobile registration. Contact Arthur Snowmobile club for more information or to purchase your Trail Pass.

Skiing
Cross-Country Ski Trails wind through the area. Downhill skiers can check out the powder in nearby Galena, at Chestnut Mountain Resort, and Dubuque, at Sundown Mountain Resort.

Chestnut Mountain Resort: 50 minutes from Platteville, Chestnut Mountain Resort is home to some of the best Midwest skiing as well as to an award winning Terrain Park.

Sundown Mountain Resort: 45 minutes from Platteville, Sundown Mountain Resort boasts 21 trails and 2 terrain parks for winter sport enthusiasts.