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Castle Rock is a massive 16,640-acre lake in the Central Sands Prairie region of Wisconsin, in Adams and Juneau Counties. It, together with Lake Petenwell, was created by impounding of the Yellow and Wisconsin Rivers when the Castle Rock Dam was created. The dam is still used by the Wisconsin River Power Company to generate power for the area. The coastline is largely undeveloped and natural, offering a home to many species of wildlife and birds. The shore is sandy, creating a number of lovely beaches. The Castle Rock County Park offers 300 campsites, a beach, and a boat launch. There are great hiking trails through the surrounding wilderness. Another park in the area is the Buckhorn State Park and Wilderness Area, located on a peninsula, where it is easy to spot Canada geese, sandhill cranes, herons, ducks, muskrats, otters, beavers and, in higher elevations, whitetail deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, and the occasional black bear.
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