The 170-acre Waakikižu Natural Resource Area is located in the Town of Westport along Six Mile Creek. Natural Resource Areas are lands designated for the protection of a valuable natural environment, wildlife habitat, open space, and/or greenbelt corridor. The property protects wildlife habitat and preserves part of the Six Mile Creek wetlands. A paved bike path goes through the property along Woodland Drive that connects to the North Mendota Trail along Hwy M to the south.
Waunakee Community Middle School students worked with the Dane County Park Commission to name the property Waakikižu (pronounced WÄ – ke – ke – zhü) Natural Resource Area. View the Dane County Parks Naming Video the students shared with the Park Commission. Waakikižu is a Ho-Chunk language word that means community or togetherness.