Wisconsin October 09, 2017
This Wisconsin Restaurant Is So Remote You’ve Probably Never Heard Of It
Way off the beaten path, in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, sits Rushing Waters Fisheries. These folks have been farming trout in spring-fed waters since the 1940s. They sit on 80 acres with 56 ponds and those deep springs help keep the ponds cool – ideal for growing trout.
The smokehouse located right on site and the restaurant serving the very freshest of fish make Rushing Waters a spectacular place to visit year round.
Drive out along the Kettle Moraine scenic drive. No matter the season, there’s something to see and the beauty is astounding.
Rushing Waters is a bit of a one-stop-shop tucked in the Kettle Moraine State Forest in the southern part of the state. What started as a fishery and trout farm has grown into not one but two restaurants. It's a meandering drive along a state scenic route to get there, but totally worth the time.
The stunning restaurant on site is full of windows to view the surrounding forest and wildlife.
In warmer weather, sit outside and soak in the ambiance. Make sure you sign up for their newsletter so you can be the first to find out about their fish, crawfish and lobster boils as well as numerous other special events. The folks here are always cooking up something new and interesting and you'll want to know about it. It's never boring at Rushing Waters.
If sitting down to dinner isn't on your itinerary, make plans to stock by and stock up on a wide variety of fish and seafood to take home with you.
Every time we've had a meal here, I've gone home with enough fish to make dinner for the next week and we've never been disappointed. From on-site smoked meats to fresh fish for the grill, you cannot beat the prices and you'll be a happy camper the rest of the week.
Fishing in the ponds here is a great way to get introduced to the sport. There is no fee or license required to set out and the caught fish fee includes the cost of a rod, cleaning and icing. It's $8.75/lb. live catch weight or take it home and clean it yourself for $7.75/lb.
For a truly unique experience, plan to come for a catch-and-eat lunch. Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, you can ask the Farm Store Clerk to have your fish sent to the Chef and enjoy the traditional Shore Lunch at The Trout House. The lunch is $11.00 each plus the the price of your catch. You can have your trout either battered and fried or pan seared and it's served with seasonal vegetables, potato pancakes and apple sauce, and freshly baked rye bread.
But if carry-out or catch-and-eat isn't exactly your cup of tea, you can always just show up for one of the lovely meals made right here on site. Rushing Waters has recently opened a second restaurant location in Delvan, but Palmyra is the original.
From the house-made trout spread to smoked salmon plates, from steamed mussels to whole prepared fish, dinner here is a seafood-lover's dream. Of course there are options on the menu for carnivores as well, but the fish is exquisitely prepared and the menu is seasonal and well thought out. A meal here is an experience.
Rushing Waters is open year-round for both fishing and dining at the restaurant. The retail store where you can grab-and-go all types of fish and seafood, plus local beers and accompaniments is also a must-stop. Public fishing hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. The retail store is open Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Trout House Restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Rushing Waters is located at N301 Co Rd H, Palmyra, WI 53156.
Have you ever fished or eaten here? Let us know about it in the comments.
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