Lake Ahquabi State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Ahquabi, a Sauk and Fox word for “resting place,” is an apt name for the park, given its popularity among migratory songbirds. Warblers arrive in multitudes in early spring to take a breather on their journey north, and at least eight species stay for the summer to raise their young. A 4.0-mile loop traverses the forested hills around the lake, and several spur loops add nearly 3 additional miles to explore.
Visit Lake Ahquabi during early spring and you’ll witness the forest emerging from winter in a brilliant display of violet and indigo. In April, before any trees have leafed out, the eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) produces brilliant pinkish-purple flowers. At the same time,Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginiana) blanket the forest floor, adding another hue of color to the drab early-spring landscape. A flash of yellow flitting in the trees will remind you to keep your eyes out for the many wood warblers that shoot through in spring and fall on their way to and from breeding grounds."