Details for Benchmark: OM1136

N 43° 25.220 W 089° 44.321 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 1411

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is SCALED and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In SAUK county, WI View Original Datasheet
Designation:
DEVILS LAKE
Marker Type:
triangulation station disk
Setting:
set into the top of a round concrete monument
Stability:

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Found this on a hike and doing the Devil's lake earthcache.

Found while hiking and geocaching

Found it with some buddies while geocaching. It's fun to stumble across these by accident sometimes!

<b>The disk with an arrow is a reference mark. </b>The arrow points to the main station, about 60 feet away. If you find the main disk, it will have a triangle in the middle. In all, there are three disks association with this triangulation station. These cool benchmarks are everywhere, so watch for them as you hunt for geocaches.

Dark Paycho (Darth Leviosa and myself), Odyn, and the Geofogies are prowling around Devil's lake because of the Big Yellow Bus Tour http://coord.info/GC4H3P0. As we were walking away from the Earthcache, I spotted a concrete monument with a benchie on it! No way! We took pics just in case it was real and here we are logging a find! Unplanned benchie finds are the best. Benchy is in good condition.

Edit 10-29-13: Looks like we only found part of the benchmark on our adventure.

This entry was edited by psychovw on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 at 21:52:53 UTC.

This entry was edited by psychovw on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 at 21:53:05 UTC.

Hiking the Devils Lake moderate trail with Paycho (psychovw), Odyn and the Geofogies as part of The Big Yellow Bus Tour on a gorgeous fall day. The ever observant Paycho (for thing that are on the ground) spotted this benchy! We took pictures and hoped it would be on the site, and here it is. Yay! It's in excellent shape and has a gorgeous view of Devils Lake (if it were animate).

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photoBenchy Devils Lake

Found this while doing the Earth Cache at Devil's Lake. We have been visisting this beautiful park for 30+ years; have not hiked this trail in a few years but when we did we did not notice this is the past. Excellent View.

Was hiking in the park and found the benchmark in a prominent location. Didn't get a chance to go for any geocaches, but figured I could log the benchmark. Got to explain what it was and its purpose to my daughter.

Found while logging the EarthCache here. What a beautiful spot! There were repellers here the day we visited. This was our first EarthCache ever! Not my first geodetic marker but still pleased to make the find, as some in our group had never seen one. We came on a caching/camping trip for mom's only, five of us made the hike here. Thanks!

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phototriangulation station...

Found the bench mark while i was there for boyscouts

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photorotation

spending a great weekend with Graska at beautiful Devils Lake.

Unexpectedly found this one while hiking the west bluff at Devils Lake. Also grabbed an Earth Cache from the same spot.

Found it while here for the EarthCache.

Spotted it after working on the EarthCache here. The benchmark is in good shape and in an awesome location, high above Devil's Lake on the west side. I was excited to find it and snapped a pic.

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photoDevil's Lake, No 1, 1935

Found while geocaching in the area. It is in great shape.

Found this while out caching in Devil's Lake with my wife and son. I am trying to keep an eye out for these more often. Will upload a picture when I can. It's in great shape.

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photoBenchmark at Devils Lake

Found this benchmark while climbing, sightseeing, and geocaching around Devil's Lake with my wife. Was happy to see one of these so clear and out in the open!

Found while climbing and geocaching at the lake.

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photoDSC_7676

Found while hiking the west bluff trail. I've viewed the reference marker several times in the past, but this year I hunted down the actual benchmark marker. This is my first benchmark log.

Found while doing some geocaching.

Spotted this one after enjoying the view and completing the nearby EarthCache. Easy to overlook when the surroundings above ground command one's attention, but it's in great shape.

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photobenchmark

Wife found this one for me. Still in great shape.

found this benchmark while completing EC requirements nearby with Smashing Ground

:)

Found with kungfuhippie & our boys while up enjoying Devils Lake today.

The family was out enjoying the west bluff and since you can't miss RM1, checked this one out. Enjoyed hunting around for it as I don't usually track down BMs unless they are right where we end up for a cache anyways.

Still there!

It is always great to see a disc, write down the info, and then try to determine if it is a logable benchmark. Fantastic

Found it

found this while camping with venture crew 2177 for Badger Trails weekend. Thanks for the hunt.

Well, my grandson Evan and I found Reference Mark 1 for this one, but not the actual benchmark. Lots of weeds and junk in the area where we were looking.

Found this benchmark on my first trip to Wisconsin while hiking with a buddy. This was a way off the trail so I believe it is the correct one, based on the prior log notes.

Found on a beautiful morning.

Nice day at the "Lake".

I found this while on the Badger Trails Anniversary Hike with my son's Boy Scout troop. I hate to say it, but I would bet that almost everyone who has logged this mark should not have done so. The mark that you can easily see from the trail is Devils Lake Reference Mark 1, a mark that points (the little arrow in the middle of the disk) to the Devils Lake bench mark. It is NOT the actual bench mark. According to the rules, this can't be logged as a find, unless you've found the actual Devils Lake bench mark, which lies to the WEST of the trail about 60 feet WSW of Reference Mark 1. When we visited, there was some construction going on immediately adjacent to the actual bench mark. We also found Reference Mark 2, which lies NNW of the bench mark just north of some rocks and a brush pile. My GPS readings for the bench mark were N 43 25.221 W 089 44.322. For RM2, they were N 43 25.238 W 089 44.325

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photoNOT the bench mark
This is Reference Mark 1 which points the way to the actual benchmark, about 60 feet away. Don't log this as a find.
photoClose up of Reference Mark 1
The arrow points the direction to look for the actual bench mark.
photoThe actual Devils Lake Bench Mark
Note the triangle in the middle of the disk. This tells you that is is the actual control point.
photoReference Mark 2
photoView from Reference Mark 2 to the Bench Mark
photoConstruction around the bench mark (circle)
photoRM2 behind brush and rocks

Was there on the 45th Annual Badger Trails Devil's Lake Hike for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Venture Crews. How could I not log this as I had to walk by it? Fun weekend, nice day for hiking.

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photoDL Benchmark

We were nearby grabbing a cache and noticed this while checking out the beautiful view!!!! You can't miss it, placed in a foot high monument. Will post pix soon.

Found it many times. This is above a tall climbing area.

Stumbled across while hiking the West Bluff trail. Great view!

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photoCIMG2727

After rock climbing near the south end of the west bluff, took 12 kids (from our group of 54 4th & 5th graders) on a hike up and over to find a geocache. Literally stumbled over this one. My first benchmark!

:)

Found this one while hiking around Devil's lake.

Beautiful area.

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photoDevils Lake

I am pretty sure this is the right one. It is team-redbone's first benchmark. Just happened upon it.

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photoon the west bluff trail, devils lake

Spent the weekend in the park for our 32nd annual family camp-out and found this benchmark.

Found with my family. I got my own account now, so I have to start logging my finds.

Found with the whole family

On a family hike on the west bluff and found this benchmark.

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photoPip*squeak hugging a benchmark

Wonderful view hiking with the family. Grabbed a nearby cache on the way to this benchmark.

Found by accident while hiking on West Bluff Trail.

N 43° 25.223 W 089° 44.310

This benchmark is within sight from the West Bluff trail. It is set in concrete about 1 foot above the surface. There is a very panoramic view of Devil's Lake from an outcropping of rocks. The coordinates I listed are an average of 250 readings. The elevation reading was 1493 feet, but I do not know the accuracy of that reading.

Found this while hiking the West Bluff Trail. This will also be our first recorded benchmark.

Found this accidentally while hiking the upper path

4:50pm - My Garmin Legend was definitely off on this one. When I finally looked up from the GPS and actually scanned the area I saw the Benchmark immediately. Because I didn't find OM1141, Chiseled Cross I am considering this to be my first Benchmark find.

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photoDSC03604.JPG

Our first benchmark find and we weren't even looking. Like others here have said, we just came across while hiking. Very cool. We'll have to actually start looking for more benchmarks!

Happened on this by pure luck and took its picture. Great views from there.

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photoDevils Lake Geodetic Survey
photoDevils Lake Geodetic Survey Closeup

Out with the GF moutard building up our log numbers one find at a time.

Found this one by chance. I was actually geocaching in the Baraboo area and was staying at Devil's Lake for the weekend. Found while hiking the West Bluff, a point on the trail where you stop to take a breath-taking view.

Ran into this one on a beautiful hike

Found while caching at Devils lake.

We found this benchmark during our hike to the West Bluff cache. Great view from this location.

Found this on the way to another spot....great view if you like to climb

nice little stop on an excellent trail.

This is the first marker I found with my GPS. Marked the waypoint at Elevation 1451 ft, N43 25.222' W089 44.309'

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photoPICT1739.JPG

Found this on our hike over the West Bluff of Devil's Lake. Realized that we should be looking for the West Bluff Cache from the lower trail, not the bluff trail, and finally found the West Bluff Cache after climbing a good 450+ feet up from the lower trail. This marker located at N43 25.233 and W089 44.309 on my Etrex, with Altitude 1481 ft. Ranks among the best Wisconsin Day hikes... 3 mile round trip with infant, 3 year old and Geocaching stops takes about 4 hours. We found West Bluff (GCGYKF) and Rock Lobster (GCKC4N) on this trail.

couldn't find the west bluff cache so decided i had to get something for walking up all those stairs!

[This entry was edited by hogrod on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 1:50:49 AM.]

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photodevils lake

Hooray! Didn't find the Devils Lake West Bluff geocache, but found this!

While hiking around the lake, I was surprised to see a brenchmark up on the bluff. The only reason I had my gps with me was I was taking elevation readings. My coodinates were N 43 25.225", W 089 44.307". I believe this is the first benchmark I've found. One of these days I'll get a new camera. Stratus, Dundalk, MD.

Found this one while Geocaching in Devils Lake with the Swashbucklers. Our first benchmark.

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photoBenchmark OM1136 Devils Lake

First bench mark! We found it while hiking with the scouts. boB

(Ran) across this one while hiking the West Bluff with Team Badger. ~Cachew

Found it while travelling with a team of Geocachers. I know who's foot that is in rubeeslpr's photo!

I think this is the benchmark. We came across it on the way to the west bluff cache.

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photoIMG_2113.jpg
N 43° 25.223 W 089° 44.299

Found while hiking the West Bluff Trail.

Found while vacationing. Also Mama Geopink's birthday. Lady's in the pic are Sara, Audrey and Elizabeth. - Team GeoPink - Jeff, Judy, Sara, Audrey, Elizabeth, Cassandra and baby

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photoGirls by the benchmark.
Great hike to an absolutely beautiful area.  Found Reference Point #2 immediately, as it was in the open near the edge of the bluff, and after going to the exact coordinates the triangular station was found.  The brass disk is in good shape and the concrete surrounding it, still projecting almost three inches, is covered with moss.  From the 1935 notes we paced and searched for at least a half hour before locating Reference Point #1 under leaves and dirt.  The concrete is ground level on three sides and about an inch out of the ground on the third side, but the disk is in good condition.  A great fun locate with spectacular views of the lake nearby. 

Documented History (by the NGS)

1/1/1935 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1935 (CAS) STATION IS ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTH OF BARABOO ON THE WEST BLUFF OF DEVILS LAKE ON LAND BELONGING TO DEVILS LAKE STATE PARK, 38 FEET SOUTHWEST OF BLAZED WHITE OAK TREE, 16 FEET EAST-NORTHEAST OF TRIANGULAR-BLAZED WHITE OAK, 16 FEET SOUTHEAST OF SQUARE-BLAZED 8-INCH WHITE OAK, 70 FEET FROM WEST EDGE OF ROCK BLUFF OF DEVILS LAKE, 22 FEET SOUTHWEST OF WHITE STAKE MARKED DEVILS LAKE, 24 FEET WEST OF FOOT TRAIL ALONG BLUFF, 148.40 FEET NORTHWEST OF UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SURVEY MARK. STATION IS SURROUNDED BY THICK SECOND-GROWTH WHITE OAKS. PROJECTS 3 INCHES. SURFACE, UNDERGROUND, REFERENCE, AND AZIMUTH MARKS ARE BRONZE TABLETS SET IN CONCRETE. AZ. MK. IS ON NORTHEAST SIDE OF DEVILS LAKE, ON EAST SIDE OF ROAD 60 YARDS SOUTH OF CHICAGO NORTH WESTERN RAILROAD CROSSING, 39 FEET NORTHEAST OF NORTHEAST RAIL OF CHICAGO NORTH WESTERN RAILROAD, ABOUT 60 YARDS NORTHEAST OF NORTHEAST SHORE OF DEVILS LAKE, 2 FEET NORTHWEST OF 2-FOOT WILLOW TREE. PROJECTS 1 INCH. TO REACH FROM STATION GO WEST DOWN HILL ON WOODS ROAD TO BLACK TOPPED MACADAM ROAD. THENCE NORTH ON MACADAM ROAD 0.8 MILE TO JUNCTION WITH STATE ROUTE 123, THENCE SOUTHEAST 0.3 MILE TO DEVILS LAKE PARK ENTRANCE, THENCE FOLLOW PARK MACADAM ROAD 1.1 MILES TO CHICAGO NORTH WESTERN RAILROAD CROSSING. MARK IS ABOUT 60 YARDS SOUTH OF CROSSING. MARK IS APPROXIMATELY 1.0 MILE NORTHEAST OF STATION. R.M. NO. 1 IS NORTHEAST OF STATION ON WEST BLUFF OF DEVILS LAKE, 37 FEET FROM EDGE OF ROCK BLUFF, 32 FEET EAST OF 10-INCH BLAZED WHITE OAK TREE, 5 FEET SOUTHEAST OF FOOT PATH ALONG BLUFF. PROJECTS 5 INCHES. R.M. NO. 2 IS 112.75 FEET WEST OF R.M. NO. 1, 12 FEET NORTH OF WOODS ROAD LEADING TO STATION, 12 FEET SOUTH OF THREE 8-INCH RED OAK TREES, 105.67 FEET NORTH NORTHWEST OF STATION. PROJECTS 3 INCHES. TO REACH STATION GO SOUTH FROM THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE SQUARE IN BARABOO TO JUNCTION OF U.S. RT. NO. 12 AND STATE ROUTE NO. 123 AT SHELL SERVICE STATION. TURN EAST (LEFT) ON ROUTE 123 AND GO EAST AND SOUTH 1.8 MILES TO JUNCTION WITH STATE ROUTE NO. 159. CONTINUE ON ROUTE 123, 0.1 MILE TO ROAD FORKS. LEAVE ROUTE 123 AND CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD ON BLACK TOPPED MACADAM UP HILL 0.8 MILE TO A DIM WOODS ROAD UP HILL TO THE EAST JUST SOUTH OF A WEATHER-BEATEN HOUSE. LEAVE MACADAM ROAD AND GO UP HILL ON WOODS ROAD 0.5 MILE TO TOP OF BLUFF AND STATION. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SURVEY MARK IS CROSS ON OUT CROPPING ROCK SURROUNDED BY A THREE INCH WIDE CIRCULAR WHITE PAINT MARK. THE CHISELED CROSS IS VERY DIM. THE MARK IS 148.40 FEET SOUTHEAST OF THE STATION. A LIGHT 100 FEET ABOVE STATION BARABOO IS VISIBLE AT 64 FEET. A LIGHT 100 FEET ABOVE STATION DUNSE IS VISIBLE AT 50 FEET. A LIGHT 47 FEET ABOVE STATION MERRIMAC IS VISIBLE AT 50 FEET. A LIGHT 10 FEET ABOVE STATION S.E. BLUFF IS VISIBLE AT 50 FT. BOTH STATIONS MERRIMAC AND S.E. BLUFF WOULD BE VISIBLE GROUND TO GROUND WITH SLIGHT LOCAL CLEARING. HEIGHT OF LIGHT ABOVE STATION MARK - 87 FT.
1/1/1990 by USPSQD (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US POWER SQUADRON 1990 (DAH) RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in November 1991.
  • The orthometric height was scaled from a topographic map.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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