Copper Falls State Park

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Copper Falls State Park


(715) 274-5123

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Ancient lava flows, deep gorges and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Stone buildings from the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) add a special charm. 2,676 acres. Features 55 campsites, 13 electric sites, winter camping, showers, a dumping station, backpack camping, handicap- accessible picnic area and campsites, concessions, seasonal naturalist programs, lookout tower, vistas, shoreline with marked beach area, canoeing, boating, fishing, 1.7 miles of nature trails, seven miles of hiking trails, seven miles of bicycle trails, and 13.7 miles of cross-country ski trails.

Map of Copper Falls (WI)

Latitude, Longitude: 46.376242, -90.645558



  • Boating

    Small car-top boats and canoes can be launched at Loon Lake. Only electric motors are allowed.

  • Bicycling

    Copper Falls has networks of one-way mountain bike trails heading out east, northeast, and west from the North Camp area.

  • Camping

    Copper Falls State Park offers two campgrounds with a total of 54 individual sites, group camp accommodating up to 40 people, one backpack site, a rustic accessible cabin for people with disabilities and winter camping

  • Fishing

    Copper Falls is in the heart of prime fishing area, with scores of lakes offering all kinds of sport fishing within easy traveling distance. In the park, the Bad and Tyler Forks rivers both offer fishing for rainbow, brown, and brook trout. You can catch largemouth bass , northern pike , and panfish in Loon Lake.

  • Hiking

    Doughboys' Nature Trail The Doughboys' Trail has places for viewing the waterfalls. This 1.7-mile trail starts near the concession building and follows the Bad River and Tyler Forks around the scenic heart of the park, Copper and Brownstone Falls and the cascades. A half mile is accessible for people with disabilities. Note: Because this trail is a designated nature trail, pets are not allowed on the trail.

    Red Granite Falls Trail This 2.5-mile trail is in the southern part of the park, beginning at the Loon Lake Beach parking lot. Two loops mean very little retracing of your steps as you hike or snowshoe to the Red Granite Falls area and back.

    North Country National Scenic Trail The North Country National Scenic Trail, part of a hiking trail that eventually will stretch from New York to North Dakota, extends nearly the entire length of Copper Falls State Park, a total of more than 4 miles. You can pick it up near the entrance station, the group camp, the North Camp area, or the picnic area near the concession building. The North Country Trail coincides with the east part of the Doughboys' Trail and continues northward across Little Creek and past the backpack campsite.

    Hiking Trail: The part of the Doughboys' Trail west of the Bad River also is part of a loop trail that takes you to an observation tower, where you can get a panoramic view of the area.

  • Picnicking

    Copper Falls has 21 acres of picnic area, with 55 picnic tables, 27 grills, a spacious log shelter, a concession stand, and a generous play area.

  • RVing

    Twenty-four sites have electrical hookups. One is accessible for people with disabilities. Three electrical campsites are kept open for winter use.

  • Water Sports

    There's a 300-foot sand beach for swimming at Loon Lake. A beach wheelchair is available for people with disabilities. No lifeguard is on duty.

  • Winter Sports

    Eight miles of cross-country ski trails are available, heading out east, northeast, and west from the North Camp area.


Open year-round



Copper Falls is about 2 miles northeast of Mellen in Ashland County. Take State Highway 13 to the north side of Mellen and turn (northeast) on State Highway 169. Go about 1.8 miles. The park entrance will be on your left.

Phone Numbers


(715) 274-5123