LOCAL OUTDOOR HIGHLIGHT : Kenosha County Veteran's Memorial Park, Paddler's Paradise

Kenosha County Veteran's Memorial (KCVM) Park is a relatively new park in the Kenosha County Parks system nestled in between Lake Geneva and Wilmot, Wisconsin. The County's website says, "Kenosha County Veteran's Memorial Park, 
a former gravel quarry, encompasses 234 acres of land on a 39-acre lake and is in the process of being developed with an emphasis on sustainable living education and recreation. Freedom Lake is the perfect atmosphere for non-motorized water activities or a leisure stroll through over 4 miles of maintained walking trails throughout the park." The site goes on to refer to more plans for the park's future, but the existing outdoor recreation infrastructure the County has already completed is an impressive beginning. 

^This picture above of KCVM Park's Freedom Lake, the jewel of
the park, displays the fantastic job the County has done already in delivering on a beautiful park prime for outdoor recreation. The lake is a paddling paradise. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards are the perfect tools to enjoy the lake. Also, as a designated non-motorized lake it is quiet and the water is often calm and clear in the deep cold lake surrounded by green prairie hills and woodlands.

^A nice grassy beach area complements the southern shore's parking areas, and also offers a good launch zone for non-motorized boats and stand-up paddle boards. 

^Paddle the shoreline listening to the birds in a kayak or canoe. 

^Bring the whole family! A sun shade for the kids and a leash for the dog made for a comfortable day for this whole family to be able to enjoy the park. This woman inflates her stand-up paddle board as her crew awaits the paddling fun. 

^Stand-up paddling is the fastest growing sport in the outdoor recreation industry, and with a place like KCVM Park perfect for the sport it makes sense why so many are trying it out. 

^Kayaks are another great way to enjoy the lake as well. Some hardcore fishermen will troll and cast from geared up fishing kayaks as many others simply enjoy a quiet paddle on the serene lake.  

^In this picture above a woman cruises the shoreline on a stand-up paddle board with her young son dangling his toes in the water off the nose of the board.  

^Even the youngest members of our families can enjoy the day watching everyone hike, swim, and paddle around KCVM Park Lake from a sun shade on the large grassy beachfront. KCVM Park is sustainability minded, dog friendly, kid approved, and poised to be a top-notch park in the Kenosha County Parks system for a variety of outdoor recreations including the paddler's paradise it is already.

For more information, maps, and directions from the Kenosha County Parks website, click here.