Hollandale is the perfect location for outdoor recreation. With The Pecatonica River and Yellowstone Lake right here, there are opportunities for fishing, camping, canoeing, boating, biking and hiking. Hollandale is home to Valley View Park and the Hollandale Rockies who host Home Talent baseball games on Sundays.
In 1937, after his children were grown, Nick Engelbert began to build an elaborate arched porch of concrete around the front entrance of his farmhouse, ultimately covering every inch of the outside surface of the house with concrete inlaid with shards of china, glass, beads, buttons, and sea shells. Over the next 15 years, Nick created more than 40 concrete sculptures in his yard, combining patriotic themes with imagery from history, fairy tales, mythology and his own imagination. At the age of 70, no longer able to make sculptures, he turned to painting, producing over 200 oils before his death in 1962.
The Grandview site is now owned and operated by the Pecatonica Educational Charitable (PEC) Foundation, Inc. Many of the statues have been restored or recreated. The house, now a museum, contains many Engelbert artifacts, family memorabilia, and copies of Nick’s paintings.
Visit the Grandview site.
Yellowstone Lake State Park is in the driftless area of southwest Wisconsin. This 1,000-acre park, with an additional 455-acre lake offers visitors ample space to enjoy camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking and picnicking. In winter the park is open to ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
The 120-mile-long Pecatonica River, as well as its 50-mile East Branch, originate in and flow through southwestern Wisconsin, where remnants of oak savanna and tallgrass prairie provide glimpses of pre-settlement Wisconsin.
Hollandale offers plenty of opportunities for the canoeing the Pecatonica River. With boat landings above and below the Pecatonica River Dam, there is easy access in traveling from the north or traveling downstream. Canoe rentals are available for rent by contacting Husies at 608.523.4085.
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ADDITIONAL NEARBY ATTRACTIONS
Governor Dodge State Park, Dodgeville
Blue Mounds State Park, Blue Mounds
New Glarus Woods State Park, New Glarus
Brigham County Park, Blue Mounds
Folklore Village, Dodgeville
Shakerag Alley Center for Arts and Crafts, Mineral Point
Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds