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Willow River State Park
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1034 County Road A Hudson, WI 54016
1034 County Road AUSWIHudson54016
(715) 386-5931dnr.wi.gov
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3,000-acre riverside park encompassing Little Falls Lake with a waterfall, swimming & canoeing.- Google
People talk about cross country ski, ski trails, picnic area, scenery and canoing
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Aaron Dennis
reviewed 4 months ago
I love coming here to hike all year long. The new trails on the north side of the park are great and usually deserted during the week. Check out the waterfall area as it is very cool. The hills provide one heck of a workout!!! I've only camped in the 300 campground area and it is great. With regards to the review written by Mark Leisman I sincerely doubt there are "a ton of Copperhead snakes" in the camping areas and along the trails as there are no copperheads within hundreds of miles of this area. There is a very slight chance of an encounter with either of the 2 species of rattlesnakes (both protected) that live in this area. Any other snake encountered would be nonvenomous and therefore harmless.
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Thomas Martin
reviewed 9 months ago
Willow River is a great campground with a amazing waterfall and lookout tower to the east, and a lake beach and fishing docks to the west. There is a nature center, and some very good hiking trails for those not looking for very long hikes. There are 3 camping areas, the 100s, 200s and 300s and my recommendation would be to stick to the 300s if you want shade since it is very wooded - but spots vary. There is also a kid's playground in the 300s. The 200s are sparser, but have some growth (planted trees still growing), but the 100s are positively barren and I would only recommend if you can deal with camping in an open field. Kids love this campground, but like most state parks, a bit short on kid activities like some private campgrounds provide.
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Crystal Poeschel
reviewed 11 months ago
I Love Being Able To See The Deer And The Babies Up Close. And The Dam And Trials
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Mark Leisman
reviewed 8 months ago
Willow River is a beautiful Park, however there are some definite problems there. The bathrooms and showers are filthy and it is obvious no one really checks them if they are cleaned well and cares if they ARE clean and sanitary for campers roughing it not expecting perfection. They pour a little toilet cleaner in the toilets and swish but there is mildew in the showers at times and bugs crawling on the walls everyday. The walls of the restrooms and floors haven't probably been cleaned in the 300 park since it opened in for Spring 2013. The campsites are nice and shaded in the 300 area but if you are unlucky to camp in the 100 or 200 areas, be prepared to be hot as hell and not have any shade. The 100 and 200 areas have a ton of Copperhead snakes so watch for them in that area and on the trails. The deer are everywhere. The flowers in the prairie area are gorgeous all through the summer. The nature centers programs appear to be run by someone who is a bit lazy. We showed up at 11:00 am Saturday July 19th for a"How to make different kinds of camp food" class there and the instructor showed up two minutes before we did. It had stopped raining at 10:30 am from the night before. But the sun was shining at 11:00 am. The sidewalk was starting to be dry. No fire started, nothing ready for us, the girl said she was told to cancel the days program by the Nature director if there was less than 7 people and it rained the night before. Their food budget was not high so they would do it another day. There was 4 kids and two adults and herself, how much more people were needed? People DO COOK AFTER IT RAINS WHILE CAMPING OUTSIDE! She instead decided she would take out Lanie the snake instead ... :( What a change of plans.. I would of left before it rained in the morning instead of taking my tent down wet waiting for the class AND I would of brought the ingredients for everyone to learn. You get the feeling the nature center programs are unorganized and the room was decorated pretty and interesting but not taken care of by the staff. The counters and walls obviously have not been taken care of by the staff to insure they stay nice. It is a mess. One thing I have to say is that the beach water is warm and nice when you wade in it, however everywhere you walk is a pile of crap from either geese or dogs to get there, so you do this hop dance to get out to the beach from the parking lot and then decide Yuck, no place to lay a blanket down anyway without feces so you leave. People take their dogs all over the beach are even though they aren't supposed to because there is no enforcement for no dogs on the beach. Regarding the fishing, it sucks really it does. 4 times we have went there different times of the day and caught nothing and the people we have talked to caught nothing. Camped 8 times there for the weekend in a tent during the summer of 2013. Bring a rake to sweep away rocks from the gravel put down for RV'S THAT go onto the tent area in the different campsites. THE WATERFALL IS PRETTY by the way but not safe and supposed to be restricted,there is caution tape because of people falling on the rocks and spraining ankles so you have to climb over the fences to get in and venture around. No patrolling of the area. Oh and there are some huge and I mean huge raccoons that about 2-3 am come up from the lake in the 300 area, they look like little bears they are so big and they can knock your coolers over and get into everything looking for food, just sayin ;) be sure to put your food away. The deer are pretty brave walking in the campsites also...All in all it is close to Hudson and a hop skip and a jump from the Twin Cities.. That is why we go there to relax..
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Jeff McCabe
reviewed a year ago
one of the most visited parks in the state and for good reason: ITs AWESOME (they) took out the frolf course for a few reasons...poltical stuff, but still plently of fun to be had here!!!
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Jacob Larson
reviewed a year ago
I was able to sit underneath a waterfall. Breathtaking.