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Lake Wissota State Park, Chippewa Falls

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Lake Wissota State Park is a 1062acre Wisconsin state park near the town of Chippewa Falls. The park is situated on the northeast shore of Lake Wissota, a reservoir on the Chippewa River. Camping, boating, and fishing are the most popular activities. Park lands are covered in a mix of pine/hardwood forests and prairie. Visitors can access the Old Abe State Trail and bike or hike 17.5mi to Brunet Island State Park.GeologyThe bedrock beneath the park is two billion year old granite, which is overlain by 600 million year old Cambrian sandstone. An outcrop of this sandstone is visible south of the swimming beach. Otherwise these rock layers are blanketed by a thick layer of glacial sand and gravel. During the last ice age 15,000 years ago the Chippewa Lobe of the Wisconsin glaciation ended just six miles (10 km) northeast of the park. When the glaciers melted 10,000 years ago, rock debris settled in a 12mi wide outwash plain where the park is today. The prodigious meltwater also carved the valley of the Chippewa River.HistoryIt has been estimated that the Chippewa River Valley once contained one-sixth of the United States' white pine stands. The entire valley was extensively logged for this target species from the mid-to-late 19th century. Once the harvestable timber was gone farmers began settling in the cleared out land.
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  • The trails have excellent signage and are well-maintained. We were only there part of an afternoon, but certainly saw areas we wanted to return to and explore.  more »
  • This state park has seen better days. It has or had potential but funding must be so limited that there's nothing in the budget to make improvements. And the park needs lots of improvement. Of particu...  more »
  • this is a very popular Wisconsin State park located on lake Wissota near Chippewa Falls Wisconsin. there are many camp spots and a variety of entertainment for kids and old kids alike.  more »
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  • The new building at the entrance to the park is nice. It appears as though many of the sites are decent size but the parking pads are narrow and short. Our site was very level but a tad small for a camper and a screen tent. All the sites are wooded, and you are isolated on both sides and behind you quite well. Sites across the road are not offset so you look across the road to another campsite. The bugs were no worse then our house in the city. The beach is nice, the playground by the beach was rated 5-12 however our 5 year old conquered the majority of the activities quickly but he had fun. Overall an ok campground.
  • We spent a great weekend camping here. Camp sites differ in size and some offer more privacy than others. Beach area is in 0.4 mile walking distance from the campgrounds. If you bring a kayak or a boat with you, you will have to drive them down to the beach or a boat areas. Park has kids playground area that is next to the beach area. Facilities are fairly well maintained and bathrooms and showers are kept clean.
  • Overpriced camping fees with poor dirty bathrooms/ shower and a gross lake. Go to Minnesota the parks have much nicer facilities.
  • The park is clean, well taken care of, and there are plenty of activities to do for kids.
  • Awesome place...18 a night for a tent site though?

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