Slip into nature with a trip to 2,200-acre Mirror Lake State Park. The park got is name because Mirror Lake’s surface is often perfectly calm. The park features three picnic areas; +150 wooded campsites; a swimming beach; hiking and Nordic ski trails; fishing; and bike, canoe, kayak and boat rentals (boating is slow, no-wake). For those with disabilities, there’s an accessible cabin, wheelchair-accessible fishing pier and specially-adapted kayak. A concession stand near the boat launch sells soda, ice and firewood.
Rimming the park’s scenic lake are 500 million-year-old sandstone cliffs that stretch 50 feet skyward. The rest of the park contains wetland, sandy prairie and pine and oak woods.
One highlight of the state park is the Seth Peterson Cottage. A rental designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1958, it was one of his last commissions.
The 2009 movie “Public Enemy,” starring Johnny Depp, contains several gunfight scenes and car chases that were filmed at Mirror Lake and its environs.