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Lake Wissota State Park, Chippewa Falls

(4.3/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • On a family road trip stopped at the park and had a family picnic. Had great views of the lake. The kids had fun playing on the playground equipment.  more »
  • Usual government park, adequate facilities, even though most but not all of the areas and rest rooms had been closed for the season when we were there in early October. All the sights were still there...  more »
  • I've camped here since I was a kid, and made some great memories. You can rent canoes at the park, there is a beach and it's also a great place for snowshoeing. However, the playground equipment by th...  more »
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  • Lake Wissota is an awesome state park! The lake is cool and clear with a well-maintained, sand beach. The water is perfect for swimming, kayaking, and boating. Tons of gorgeous hiking trails and 100+ campgrounds. Overall great park!
  • The camp sites here are very nice. The trails are great, and the lake is beautiful. The only big downside is the fishing from the pier itself. The fishing from the park is pretty bad. While I can't comment on the fishing from a boat (there were tons of people who brought boats to fish from), the actual lake access at the park was dismal.
  • Great and open campground. Been going here for over 8 years with our explorer group for Oktoberfest in Chippewa Falls. Multiple campsites, make sure to get there early of you want the site with electricity!
  • Well maintained park with a lot of hiking, biking, and horse trails.
  • Great hiking and biking trails. Camping too. The lake is beautiful. Only 4 stars because it's not quite separated from civilization.