Willow River State Park

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Willow River State Park

Wisconsin

(715) 386-5931

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Overview

With 2,891 acres of prairie, forests, and panoramic river scenery, Willow River State Park offers year-round recreational and scenic attractions in western Wisconsin. The park has a campground, a boat launch, and a 400-foot beach and picnic area centered on 172-acre Little Falls Lake. Willow River State Park draws more than 300,000 visitors each year. The Nature Center, located near the main picnic area, features exhibits on animal and plant life, and park naturalists host many interpretive programs there throughout the year. There is also a gift shop is in the Nature Center.

Map of Willow River (WI)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.022938, -92.676859

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Activities

  • Boating

    The lake is used for canoeing, kayaking, sculling, and sailing. No motorized boats are permitted. Thirty-eight percent of the lake is less than three feet deep, and much of that is less than 6 inches deep. The deepest part of the lake is 18 feet, just upstream from the dam. The lake is entirely within Willow River State Park.

  • Camping

    Willow River's campground, on the southern shore of Little Falls Lake, is very popular and has one of the highest occupancy rates in the Wisconsin State Park System.

    The 300 campground has 70 tent, trailer, or motor home sites, flush toilets, and showers.

  • Fishing

    Park staff has installed fishing stations and supports fishing access from the dam. An amazing number and variety of fish are taken from Little Falls Lake each year.

  • Hiking

    The park's 13 miles of hiking trails that vary in difficulty. The most popular hiking trail destination is the Willow Falls and the scenic overlooks of the river valley.

  • Hunting

    Over one thousand acres are available for deer and turkey hunting.

  • Picnicking

    The picnic area is located near the lake's 400' beach.

  • RVing

    RVing sites available.

  • Water Sports

    The lake is used for canoeing, kayaking, sculling, and sailing. Thirty-eight percent of the lake is less than three feet deep, and much of that is less than 6 inches deep. The deepest part of the lake is 18 feet, just upstream from the dam. The lake is entirely within Willow River State Park.

  • Winter Sports

    The views of Willow Falls become even more spectacular in the winter when drifts of ice and snow make the Willow River seem to appear out of nowhere. The constant flow of water from the falls and dam account for the abundant wildlife found at the park. During the winter, the park becomes the domain of the deer, chickadee, cardinal, red fox, bald eagle and crow. Even so, there is plenty of room for the outdoor enthusiast to partake in their favorite winter activity.

    The park has 2 miles of hard packed trails on the north side of the river available for pet owners and for activities like snowshoeing, dog sledding, and hiking. The park's 9 miles of cross-country ski trails on the south side of the river are groomed and tracked by volunteers for skate and traditional stride style skiing. The Nature Center classroom is opened for use as a warming house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

    Other winter activities include sledding, ice fishing or winter camping. A whole new experience is waiting for those who use and appreciate the park in its winter splendor.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round.

Park Partners

Organization for Wildlife Learning (OWLS)

Non-profit friends group of the Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks in Wisconsin. OWLs is dedicated to assisting the Department of Natural Resources at the parks and promoting Environmental Education at Willow River.

Directions

Driving

From Hudson, take County Highway A about 5 miles. The park entrance will be on your left.

From Interstate Highway 94, take Exit # 4 and go north on US Highway 12 for about 1.6 miles. Go straight on to County Highway U for about .3 mile to County Highway A. Continue north on Highway A 1.5 miles. The park entrance will be on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(715) 386-5931

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