Parks & Recreation

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Beloit Parks & Outdoor Activities

We live life large in Beloit. And play with enthusiasm! Whether you are strolling along the animated riverfront or enjoying a variety of recreational attractions there’s always new ways to play year 'round in Beloit. 

Boating | Canoeing, Kayaking and Tubing | Fishing | Swimming | Sledding & Ice Skating | Golfing | Equestrian Facilities | Baseball & Softball | Bowling | Flying |Snowmobiling |  
Birding | Geocaching | DOWNLOADS & LINKS

 


Parks

You'll find many parks of all sizes throughout Beloit. We've highlighted a few below.

Big Hill Park

Afton Road & Big Hill Road
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2929

Big Hill Park is one of Beloit's most scenic sites. Located on the bluffs of the Rock River, this 190-acre park boasts nature and hiking trails, an environmental education center, a picnic shelter, restrooms, play equipment, cross-country ski trails and a scenic overlook with spectacular vistas. Free Admission.


Riverside Park

Riverside Drive, Hwy 51
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2929

The crown jewel of Beloit is Riverside Park, located on the banks of the Rock River. The park buzzes with activity all through the year, but it really comes alive during summer with Beloit Riverfest, Music at Harry's Place, Dancin' at Harry's Place and the Fourth of July Festival. In addition, this 23-acre park is home to famous Turtle Island Playground; Beloit River Walk, a 3.5 mile paved walk-bike path around the Rock River; the Harry C. Moore Pavilion and the Rotary River Center. Paddle boats and tandem bicycles are available for rent. The park also features fishing, ice skating on the lagoon, two picnic shelters, play equipment, lighted tennis courts, concessions and restrooms. Free Admission.


Turtle Island Playground

1200 Riverside Drive, Hwy 51
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2929

Come for an adventure ...The park is designed around the adventures of Beloit native Roy Chapman Andrews. Dig for fossils, climb on dinosaur bones or splash in the fresh water "creek". Free Admission.


Turtle Creek Greenway Recreation Area

Milwaukee Rd
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2929

Turtle Creek winds its way through this recreation area, offering opportunities for fishing, hiking and cross county skiing. A trail meanders throughout the area offering frequent sightings of wildlife, wild flowers and water fowl. During winter take advantage of the groomed cross country ski trails offering five different loops varying in length from 4/10 to 1.5 miles. Free Admission.


Pearl Lake

1220 Dearborn Avenue
South Beloit, IL 61080
P: 815-389-1479

Pearl Lake's natural gentle slope boasts one of the best kept beaches for swimming and summer fun, including a large deck with beach bar and music on weekends. Pearl Lake, renowned for its startling clarity and depth, hosts dive masters and those just learning to scuba dive throughout the long summer season. Depths of up to 85 feet ensure clear viewing of underwater objects and freshwater habitat. Pearl Lake's natural gentle slope also boasts one of the best kept beaches for swimming and summer fun, including a large deck with beach bar and music on weekends. Pearl Lake Supper Club, open weekends April through October, occupies an all-glass building overlooking the lake...a perfect place to unwind after a day's dive or swim.


Beloit Dog Park

2425 Springbrook Court
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2929

Visitors and residents alike can enjoy special time with their dogs during normal park hours from dawn to 10:00pm. The 2.5 acre enclosed fenced-in facility is located at the northwest intersection at 2425 Springbrook Court. Access to the Dog Park is available through Leeson Park at 2200 Milwaukee Rd. A walking trail along Springbrook Creek at the east end of Leeson Park leads to the park entrance. Users of the park should park cars in designated area in Leeson Park and walk their dogs on leash and only release dogs off-leash once they have entered the park. The park also offers areas for both large and small dogs. Dog owners are required to either pay the daily fee to be placed in a designed drop-box at the entrance gate, or purchase an annual dog tag which is worn by the dog and can be purchased at the City Treasurer's office, 100 State St.


Leeson Park

Milwaukee Road
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2929
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Location: Entrance at Milwaukee Road and Leeson Drive. Leeson Park offers a variety of leisure activities for the community to enjoy. Located just off of Milwaukee Street nestled in the woods. These baseball diamond is open to the public and offers a wonderful place for practicing. The park offers shelters for picnickers and visitors. There is a wonderful creek that runs throughout the heavily wooded area. The road runs throughout the park allowing easy access to all of its amenities. The road is also perfect for bike rides, walks, and pet walks. The scenery is inviting and peaceful. Facilities: 39 Acres 2 Reservable Shelters 2 Baseball Fields Recreational Trail Play Equipment Activities, Programs, and Special Events: Popular Picnic Site Excellent Roads for Hiking and Running


Boat Launches

Rock River offers opportunities for fishing, skiing or a leisurely boat ride along its scenic banks. After a day of boating, wet your whistle or sample some tasting offerings dockside at The Rock restaurant and bar. The Rock's famous fish fry and hamburgers, dockside Tiki Bar and sand volleyball courts are a just a few reasons boaters have made this one of their favorite river stops. A sandbar north of Beloit offers a popular stop along the river, where boaters gather on a hot summer day for socializing, playing a game of frisbee or just relaxing. Put your boat in at one of the several convenient launches located in or near Beloit.

Wooton Park

Fourth Street
Beloit, WI 53511


Armstrong Eddy Park

Highway 51
Beloit, WI 53511


Perservation Park

3444 Riverside, Highway 51
Beloit, WI 53511


Canoeing, Kayaking & Tubing

The Beloit area offers over 30 miles of navigable waterways! Choose to paddle down the Rock River or Turtle Creek. The Turtle Creek meanders right through the Beloit, offering nature lovers an opportunity to see the quieter side of the city. A lazy afternoon of tubing is also a favorite summer pastime on the creek. Note: during low water times portions of the creek are not entirely navigable, requiring very short portages. The Rock River flows along gently through Beloit offering scenic kayaking and canoeing opportunities and a new canoe & kayak launch in Beloit's downtown offers an excellent place to access a quiet & wooded portion of the Rock River as it heads into Illinois.

Beloit Area Water Trails

Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-365-4838
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Information on all Beloit water trails Paddle in Beloit, Wisconsin - Put in and take out points for kayaking or canoeing the Turtle Creek and Rock River in Beloit, WI and surrounding communities.


John Rose Canoe & Kayak Launch

136 West Grand Avenue
Beloit, WI 53511

Rock River access - Located in downtown Beloit on the Rock River.


Turtle Creek - Sweet Allyn Park

7149 S. Co. Trunk Hwy J
Shopiere, WI 53511

Turtle Creek Access - located just outside Beloit in Shopiere.


Schollmeyer Park

2767 East Trail Drive
Beloit, WI 53511

Turtle Creek Access - put in and take out point.


Scuba Diving


Fishing

The scenic Rock River winds its way through Beloit from its source at Horicon Marsh. Some of the species of the Rock River include Channel Catfish, Black Bullheads, Smallmouth Bass, and Carp with the occasional Walleye, Northern Pike and Panfish. Local fishermen may have their own special place to wet their line, but there are a few public areas to try your luck along the river. The Turtle Creek empties into the Rock River in Beloit from its source, the Turtle Lake in Walworth County. The Turtle Creek is home to such species as Walleye, Catfish, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Panfish.

Wood Family Fishing Bridge

South of Portland Avenue Bridge
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2929

A civic donation of the Wood Family, the fishing bridge was designed by artist Siah Armajani. The modern structure rests on top of an old railroad trestle, which served Beloit's industries from 1926 to 1986. The handicap accessible Fishing Bridge boasts an aluminum shell replica of a Fairbanks-Morse locomotive engine Handicapped accessible fishing.


Armstrong Eddy Park

Highway 51
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2980

Handicapped accessible fishing.


Sweet Allyn Park

7149 County Trunk Hwy J
Shopiere, WI 53511
P: 608-757-5451


Schollmeyer Park

2767 East Trail Drive
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-757-5451


Swimming

Cool off at this in the summer at this facility featuring a large main pool, diving pool and a "sprayground" area featuring interactive amenities and spray attractions. Fee charged.

Krueger Municipal Swimming Pool

1611 Hackett Street
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2877

The facility has a large main pool, diving pool and a "sprayground" area, featuring interactive amenities and spray attractions. Admission charged.


Sledding & Ice Skating

We love winter in Beloit and there's no better way to enjoy fresh snow than ice skating or whizzing down one of our sledding hills.

Krueger Park

Olympian Boulevard and Elm Street
Beloit, WI 53511

This sledding hill offers a bit steeper slope and a bit more challenge for older youth.


Edwards Ice Arena

2101 Cranston Road
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2890
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Refrigerated ice skating rink, open October through March. Home of the Beloit Youth Hockey Association. Beloit Memorial hockey games, public skating, lessons and special events.


Riverside Park Lagoon

Riverside Drive, Hwy 51
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2929

Ice skating outside, weather permitting.


Cunningham Elementary School Hill

910 Townline Avenue
Beloit, WI

Another great hill for the younger set and those that appreciate a less steep walk back up the hill. The hill is located South of Cunningham School.


Krueger Park (Hospital Hill)

Olympian Boulevard & Elm Street
Beloit, WI

This hill offers a bit steeper slope and a bit more challenge for older youth.


Roller Skating & Rollerblading


Beloit River Walk

Riverside Drive
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2929

This 3.5 mile paved walking and biking trail encompasses the rock River within the City of Beloit. Free to public.


Skatin' Station

1230 East Inman Parkway
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-365-2666

Admission charged.


Skateboarding


Telfer Park

2101 Cranston Road
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2890

If fakie, ollie, half-pipe and grind are part of your vocabulary, then you'll want to come catch some air at Beloit's Skate Park. Its unique hybrid design contains both modular ramps elements for "transition" skaters and concrete stairs with metal rails for "street" skaters. Public facility. Free to public.


Golf


Krueger Municipal Golf Course

1611 Hackett Street
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-362-6503

This 18-hole, challenging course will provide you with an enjoyable golfing experience, each and every time you're out. Before and after the game, relax in the clubhouse featuring food and beverages, lockers and a pro shop. 18 hole, 70 par, 6,103-yard course. Admission charged.


Turtle Greens Golf Course

7901 South Schroeder Road
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-676-4334

9 hole, 34 par, 2,400-yard course. Admission charged.


Glen Erin Golf Club

1417 West Airport Road
Janesville, WI 53511
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Featuring the Cursing Stone Pub, a full service restaurant and pub. 18 hole, 71 par, 6806 yards. Admission charged.


Macktown Golf Course

2221 Freeport Road
Freeport, IL
P: 815-624-7410

18 hole, 71 par, 5,770-yard course. Admission charged.


Red Barn Golf Course

12379 Wagon Wheel Road
Rockton, IL 61073
P: 815-624-8037

9 hole, 28 par, 1,568-yard course. Admission charged.


Sugar River Greens Golf Course

7330 Yale Bridge Road
Rockton, IL 61072
P: 815-629-2227

Admission charged


The Ledges Golf Course

7111 McCurry Road
Roscoe, IL 61073
P: 815-389-0979

18 hole, 72 par, 6,740-yard course. Admission charged.


Barwood Golf Course

11369 North Main Street
Rockton, IL 61073
P: 815-624-2280

9 hole, 31 par, 1,938-yard course. Admission charged.


Disc Golf


Dr. George Hilliard Park

Athletic Avenue and Hancock Street
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-364-2929

9 hole public course Here's your chance to play golf in a whole new way. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf but instead of a ball and club, players use a flying disc or Frisbee. The course is located at a 6.6 acre park nestled among some of the largest trees found in Beloit.


Equestrian Facilties


Beloit Horseshoe Club

2605 Haborn Drive
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-879-2304
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The Beloit Horseshoe Club brings some of the world's best ringer-tossers to Beloit each May for Team World Championships. The club also hosts a number of events every week on their 13 outdoor courts and 6 sets of indoor pitching pits. The Wisconsin Horseshoe Pitchers' Hall of Fame is located at this facility.


Ledges Equestrian Facility

12250 Love Road
Roscoe, IL 61073
P: 815-623-2700
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Located a few minutes from Beloit in Roscoe, Illinois, Ledges boasts a spacious, heated 72,000 square foot indoor facility, and 4 outdoor arenas. Numerous equestrian shows and hunter jumper shows are held throughout the year.


Baseball & Softball

Beloit loves baseball! Whether it's Beloit Snappers Minor League, girls fast pitch, American Legion Baseball or watching the youngsters tear around the bases at the Sports Complex--we have it all in Beloit!

Stateline YMCA Youth Sports Complex

3301 Prairie Avenue
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-365-2261

4 baseball and 8 softball diamonds, soccer and football fields. Concession stand


The Bat Cave Batting Cages

2960 Prairie Avenue
Beloit, WI
P: 608-362-3489

Located near the Sports Complex.


Bowling


Rex Lanes

2547 Park Avenue
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-365-5331

32 Lanes


Diamond Lanes

1218 Cranston
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 608-632-9166

16 Lanes


Viking Lanes

210 Oak Grove Avenue
South Beloit, IL 61080
P: 815-389-2238

24 Lanes


Soaring


Sylvania Soaring

4046 East State Highway 67
Beloit, WI 53511
P: 262-210-2835
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For the ultimate adventure, experience the thrill of powerless flight in a glider. The experience is unparalleled and the view is spectacular at 3000 feet. Rides or instruction are available. Admission charged.


Flight Instruction & Airplane Rides


Wisconsin Aviation Academy

1716 W. Airport Road
Janesville, WI 53546
P: 608-373-0904
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Beloit area youth soar with Wisconsin Aviation Academy's free aviation education and flight training. The academy's goal is to introduce as many students as possible to the exciting world of aviation. Adult flight instruction, plane rental and excursion rides are also available. Call for more information.


Snowmobiling

From mid-December through March, Wisconsin’s snowfall beckons outdoor sports enthusiasts to rev up the engines and hit the trails. Enjoy the groomed trails in Rock County. Call the hotline 608-757-5451. You can also find out snow conditions for Wisconsin at TravelWisconsin.com.

Wisconsin law requires those who use Wisconsin snowmobile trails to display either Wisconsin registration or a snowmobile trail pass. DNR trail passes are available in Beloit at Cornellier's Superstore, 2970 Milwaukee Rd.

 


Birding in Beloit     

Take a walk on the wild side of Beloit!

Beloit is for the birds! With the Rock River slicing through the middle of Beloit and Turtle Creek meandering through the heart of our community, spotting wildlife is not hard to do in Beloit. Watch an eagle nesting along the shores of the Rock River, or a Great White Egret perched on a tree along the river. Walk along the trails in the Turtle Creek Greenway and you’ll soon see a heron searching for food in Turtle Creek, or a Kingfisher on the wing.

Bird lovers from all over the country flocked to Beloit in 2007 to see a rare hummingbird.

The Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail is your invitation to observe the fascinating and diverse world of wildlife that exists in every corner of Wisconsin.

Beloit has three natural areas listed in the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail -Southern Savannah Guide.

Big Hill Park

Rock River Prairie State Natural Area  

Avon Bottoms State Wildlife & State Natural Area

Recommended Regional Birding Sites: Turtle Creek Greenway Recreation Trails, Beckman Mill County Park, Big Hill Park, Colored Sands Forest Preserve, Nygren Wetland Preserve.


Geocaching in Beloit     

Geocaching is a high-tech version of ‘hide & seek”, where participants obtain exact GPScoordinates that lead them to a “cache”, usually a container that holds trinkets and a visit logbook. It’s really not about what’s inside the cache that makes it fun, it’s about the joy of the hunt! Catch the new global craze and step into an adventure in geocaching in Beloit! 

Visit www.geocaching.com for more information about geocaching and to learn geocaching “etiquette”. While you're there you can also find coordinates for more fun caches hidden by other folks in the Beloit area-there’s over 80 of them!

Visit Wisconsin Geocaching Association for all that is FUN in Wisconsin geocaching arena.


DOWNLOADS & LINKS

Geocaching Brochure

Beloit Waterway Trails interactive Google Map

Beloit Waterway Trails Map

Kayaking on Turtle Creek - 5 minute YouTube Video

Park Guide

YMCA Baseball Program

YMCA Girls Softball Program

Beloit Girls & Boys Club

Snappers Minor League Baseball

Adult Softball Leagues - City of Beloit