First Ever Full Caving Tour Weekend!

The Great Outdoors | July 5, 2019

By Bryan Kleist, Wisconsin Speleological Society

In 2013, Governor Scott Walker signed a proclamation designating August as show cave and caving month in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Speleological Society is celebrating this proclamation by adding their first ever Saturday Cave Tour of Maribel New Hope Cave. This special tour will be held on August 17; regularly scheduled tours on Sunday, August 18 will also
be held.

Learn the answers to these fun facts and more:


What makes this place so special that since the late 1800s people from Chicago and Milwaukee would travel up to see it? During prohibition did well known gangsters really stop at the Maribel Hotel?


What creatures live in this underground world?


Is this area part of the Niagara Escarpment? What type of rock is the cave formed in that makes it different from other caves?


How was the cave formed? How does the movement of water through the karst-type rock affect our community and surrounding communities?

Plan to get out and enjoy a full weekend of caving fun!

Enjoy the many park trails; you can walk along a natural stone cliff, take a stroll along the west twin river with its mature cedar trees, and see an underground stream as it exits the bluff. These are just a few of the many things you can see and enjoy.

Cave tours are from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Tours are free, however, donations are appreciated. Donations are used for equipment needs and other expenses.

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