Amnicon Falls State Park

Quick Facts

Amnicon Falls State Park

Wisconsin

(715) 398-3000

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Things To Do

Overview

Amnicon Falls State Park features a series of delightful waterfalls and rapids along the Amnicon River. You can view them from a covered foot bridge or trails along the river, or-if you're sure-footed-from the rocky shore of the river. Among the attractions at Amnicon Falls State Park is the 55-foot long bridge that spans the river at the Lower Falls. Originally it had no covering and was a highway bridge that crossed the Amnicon River not far from the park.

Map of Amnicon Falls (WI)

Latitude, Longitude: 46.614774, -91.899815

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Activities

  • Camping

    Amnicon Falls State Park has 36 campsites, including one that is accessible for people with disabilities and two walk-in sites, 100 and 150 feet from the parking area. It's a quiet, mostly rustic campground, with tall trees partly or fully shading all the sites. There are no electric hookups, showers, or dump station. No generators may be operated in the park.

    Rest rooms: Three sets of vault toilets. The buildings near sites 8 and 18 are wheelchair accessible. There are no flush toilets.

    Drinking Water: There are two faucets with drinking fountains.

    Firewood: Self-service honor system across from park office. Firewood Notice: Due to the potential of carrying harmful emerald ash borer firewood from out of state or from more than 25 miles away is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park or Forest properties. Also, firewood that has been in the Wisconsin emerald ash borer quarantined area is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area.

  • Fishing

    Although better known for or its scenery than its fishing, the Amnicon River sometimes produces excellent catches. A warm water stream, it flows north into Lake Superior. Below the park it changes from a fast-flowing river to one that is slow, wide and meandering. A variety of species that live in the lower river and Lake Superior migrate up the Amnicon to spawn each year. Thus, the best fishing is downstream from the Lower Falls. One of the native fishes that is occasionally caught in the park is the famous Wisconsin muskellunge. The best time to catch one is midsummer. Another warm water resident of the river is the walleye. In addition to native fish in the river, spawning runs of Lake Superior walleyes takes place in the spring. During the summer, Lake Superior fish move in and out of the river at various times. Although the population is not large, fishing for walleyes can, at times, be good. The northern, cousin to the musky, is sometimes caught in the river also. Be certain you know the difference between the two species since size and bag limits are different. If unsure, check at the park office before trying your luck. Rainbow trout that live in Lake Superior are often called steelhead. They migrate up tributary streams in spring to spawn. Stocking of this trout has been done in the river in the past. Occasionally small rainbows are caught in the river indicating possible reproduction. As any angler knows, success is mostly luck, though being in the right place at the right time is important. Get current information on seasons, size and bag limits and check at the park office. All anglers 16 years and older must have a fishing license. In addition, anyone fishing for or keeping trout must have a trout stamp.

  • Hiking

    The park has 1.8 miles of trails. There are a number of short trails along both sides of the Amnicon River, offering varied views of the falls and surrounding scenery. One goes over the covered bridge.

    The .8-mile Thimbleberry Nature Trail is the place to observe a variety of trees, flowers, non-flowering plants, birds, and animals. A side spur leads to a pond which once was a brownstone quarry. A booklet keyed to numbered signposts tells more about the things you'll see.

  • Picnicking

    Please do not feed the wildlife; be aware of your surroundings when choosing a spot to picnic.

  • RVing

    There are no electric hookups, showers, or dump station. No generators may be operated in the park.

  • Water Sports

    While swimming and wading are permitted, caution is urged. Water levels and flows fluctuate and river conditions change from day to day. Rocks may be slippery. Never allow children to swim unsupervised. Amnicon Falls State Park has no designated beaches and no lifeguards. No diving or jumping. Jumping from rock walls into the river is dangerous. River levels vary, resulting in unknown water depths and current changes. In addition, rocks fall from the gorge walls and are hidden in the dark water.

Seasonality/Weather

The Now and Then Falls often have no water in late summer.

Park Partners

Friends of Pattison and Amnicon Falls State Parks

The collective voice of members of the friends group is important to maintaining services and is growing to meet the public's needs. This nonprofit organization raises money for special projects and provides volunteers to help both Amnicon Falls and Pattison state parks.

(608) 264-8994

Directions

Driving

Amnicon Falls State Park is about 7 miles east of the Superior city limits in Douglas County. Take US Highway 2/53 to to the southeast out of Superior. From the junction of highways 2 and 53, take US 2 about 1 mile east to County Highway U. Turn left (north) on Highway U and go about .3 mile. The park entrance is on your left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(715) 398-3000

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