This multi-stage consists of only 2 stages. The first stage is a pill container. In the container are the coordinates for the main cache which is a small container. Public parking can be found off of E at N43 54.787 W088 50.430. The cache is in the Warnke/Clausing/TNC-Gromme Restoration Area which is a 417 acres. The first stage is about a half a mile hike from parking. The hike to cache is mainly through tall grass. There is a dirt access "road" which can be walked on for part of hike. Lower areas might be wet. Dogs will love this hike as well (though they might need a bath afterwords). You will cross the Winnebago County Recreation Trail about a quarter of a mile from parking. You will then go through an area where the DNR is doing wetland restoration. I recommend that you skirt to the south of the pond.
The second (or main) cache is about a quarter of a mile from the micro. Depending on which way you hike, the round trip for both stages will be 1.5 - 1.75 miles.
You will have a view of Rush Lake to your east on your hike. Rush Lake is a 3,070-acre prairie pothole marsh bounded by two low hills. Its size makes it the largest prairie pothole east of the Mississippi River. The past 30 years witnessed a dramatic decline in the lake’s aquatic vegetation, water quality, and wildlife populations. Research has attributed these declines to artificially stable and high water levels, carp infestation, and nutrient/sediment runoff. A restoration project of the lake was started in 2005 and water levels will begin to be lowered in March 2006 and raised to current "normal” levels beginning in the fall of 2007. Lower water levels will allow regeneration of native wetland plants, consolidate bottom sediments, improve water clarity, and facilitate winterkill of non-native carp. Update Feb. 2012: The restoration of Rush Lake has been a success. I have spent many hours on the lake since the restoration and much of the vegetation has come back and the clarity of water is much better. Thank you CodeJunkie for helping with this Cache! You are awesome!