Rainbow Springs linked to state forest
Doyle dedicates $10.8 million parcel as ‘milestone’


October 23, 2008

Gov. Jim Doyle looks over Rainbow Springs Lake in the town of Mukwonago on Wednesday prior to dedicating a major stewardship purchase of land that includes the Rainbow Springs Golf Course. The 970-acre, $10.8 million purchase in Waukesha and Walworth counties will be added to the Kettle Moraine State Forest, and will be known as the Mukwonago River parcel.

TOWN OF MUKWONAGO - With the sun dropping low in the sky over Rainbow Springs Lake and a chickadee chirping in a bush, Gov. Jim Doyle’s on Wednesday dedicated a 970-acre parcel as part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Nancy Gloe, president of the Friends of Mukwonago River, was standing with a sign to welcome Doyle to the former site of the Rainbow Springs Golf Club. Her sign read: Thank you for saving this special place full of rare things.

Doyle said the Rainbow Springs Golf Club land, that was bought by the state from the Feker family with money from The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, will now be known as the Mukwonago River parcel of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The property, including parts of Waukesha and Walworth counties, has a price tag of $10.8 million.

Some have questioned the need for the state to borrow the sum for the land. However, those at the ceremony Wednesday were clearly in support of the preservation purchase.

"Today is about turning dreams into reality," said Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.




Vrakas said people have had dreams to preserve property’s resources and natural assets for future generations to enjoy.

"It fits into our greenway acquisition for Waukesha County," he said of the park land.

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This story appeared in The Freeman on October 23, 2008.