The path around the Lannon quarry at Menomonee Park is a great walk.
The path around the Lannon quarry at Menomonee Park is a great walk.
The beach is a major draw, though it closed for the season this past weekend.
The beach is a major draw, though it closed for the season this past weekend.
Along the path, you'll find this ruin.
Along the path, you'll find this ruin.
In the ruins, there is little to see beyond this remnant.
In the ruins, there is little to see beyond this remnant.
Old quarries are, unsurprisingly, very deep. This spot has a bit of a ledge before it drops off.
Old quarries are, unsurprisingly, very deep. This spot has a bit of a ledge before it drops off.
A close-up of the ledge.
A close-up of the ledge.
A section of path is paved, naturally, with Lannon stone.
A section of path is paved, naturally, with Lannon stone.
The old stone crusher sits idle, as a reminder of the park's history as a quarry.
The old stone crusher sits idle, as a reminder of the park's history as a quarry.
Did I mention it's beautiful?
Did I mention it's beautiful?

Area parks boast quarry lakes that offer fun and history

I have long been a fan of the "lake" at Harrington Beach State Park. That's in quotes because really, the body of water is an old quarry that has filled with water.

The old Stonehaven quarry at Harrington Beach, up in Belgium, has a great, if precarious for little children, path encircling it and it makes for a peaceful walk. I also love that the foundations of some of the quarry-era buildings for workers have survived. A visit is fun and opens a window on Wisconsin and immigrant history.

Recently, I went to Menomonee Park for the first time and got a peek at Lannon Quarry, which is very similar to the one at Harrington Beach, except that this quarry lake, in addition to having a path around it, has a beach with swimming for families, a dog swimming area and you can even go scuba diving in it, which sounds cool.

On my visit, I took some photos of the old quarry lake, the beach, the old, idle stone crusher and the ruins of a building executed, as you'd expect, in Lannon stone, probably quarried right there on site.

The beach house has an amazing floor to ceiling fireplace made entirely of the local Lannon stone.

As a fan of Lannon stone, this quarry was really fun to visit.

Apparently Fox Brook Park – also a popular inland beach destination – is also a former quarry, but I haven't been out there to check it out yet.

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