Hodag Hunt Picnic
Each year in the fall, the Wisconsin Speleological Society sponsors a three day festival called a Hodag Hunt for all cavers and outdoor adventurists in Wisconsin and the surrounding states. A Hodag is a mythical creature found in caves, and possesses five legs and three eyes. A replica of a Hodag is placed in one of the caves in the area and whoever finds it receives a valuable prize. The three-day festival features camping, cave trips, science related trips, nature hikes, informal slide shows, yard games, Saturday night grill out, featured speaker, and numerous opportunities to socialize with friends, both new and old. The Hodag Hunt Festival is fun for all ages!
2023 WSS Hodag Hunt Picnic is September 8-10,
at Cherney Maribel Caves Park
-People can start showing up Friday afternoon and stay through to Sunday 5pm
-Tenting is allowed and up to medium sized travel trailers
-There will be a WSS sponsored grill out Saturday 12pm
-Cave trips to some caves off the park property and on park property
-Park has potable water and a shower for cavers
-There will be some WSS cave related souvenirs for sale
-There will be some silent auction items available
-Hodag will be hidden in a cave at Maribel Caves Park for a prize
There is no fee for camping or attending the event, we just ask that anyone that is planning on attending to just send send a RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to help up get a head count for food related supplies.
Below are some photos & information on past Wisconsin Speleological Society (WSS) Hodag festivals