Lizard Mound County Park
Lizard Mound County Park
2121 County Highway A
Town of Farmington
|Park Hours: 6AM -9PM
Park is open April 1 - November 14
Lizard Mound County Park was established in 1950. The park was acquired from the State of Wisconsin in 1986. It is named for its most outstanding Indian mound shaped
like a gigantic lizard.
View of linear mound(above)
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NOTE: Lizard Mound County Park is currently closed for construction. Please watch this site for the anticipated date of opening for the season.
Lizard Mound County Park consists of 28 fine examples of effigy mounds. It is an unusually beautiful group of mounds, and one is especially impressed with the prominent height and careful construction of each mound. The majority of the mounds rise three to four feet above the surrounding ground level. Native Americans we now know as the Effigy Mound Builders lived in Wisconsin and bordering states between B.C. 700 and A.D. 1200. These Indians built mounds shaped like mammals, reptiles, birds and other creatures both real and mythical. They also constructed conical, oval and linear mounds. The custom of building effigy burial mounds died out about 800 years ago; it was a custom unique to this general area. Unfortunately, very little else is known about the Mound Indians. Even Native Americans who lived in Wisconsin when the first European settlers arrived didn't know why, or by whom, the mounds were built.
The earliest data concerning the mounds in the area of Lizard Mound County Park was in the form of a sketch map resulting from field investigations made by Professor Julius L. Torney of Milwaukee in 1883. In his sketch of the mound group, Professor Torney illustrated a total of 47 Indian mounds. Archeological explorations were conducted in 1960. Exploration of some of the effigy mounds has revealed that the dead were sometimes placed in pits and the effigy mounds were built over the pits. Artifacts such as clay pots, projectile points, pipes, bone harpoons and beads wee sometimes placed with the dead. It has been speculated that the shapes of the mounds had a religious or clan significance, but no one really knows for sure.
No other groups of mounds in Wisconsin is so well preserved, so diversified in form, or exhibits such outstanding examples of the prehistoric art of mound construction as do the mounds in Lizard Mound County Park. This park is an important monument to one of Wisconsin's most interesting prehistoric Native American cultures.
An Interpretive Center is available for all ages to learn about the Effigy Mound Builders, the mounds here at Lizard Mound, and other mound sites.
Note: Please stay on the trail, treat this area with respect and do not walk on the mounds. It is illegal to remove or otherwise disturb archeological sites on County lands without a permit.
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