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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  • Large state park with modern facilities. Located on a large Flowage, Lake Wissota, with a beach and boat access. In the campground areas the bank is very high, don,t expect a lakeside spot. Nice hikin...  more »
  • My wife and I spent a nice, relaxing day here hiking and enjoying nature. The park has miles of beautiful trails and it also includes a well-maintained little beach.  more »
  • The staff is very friendly and there is a very welcoming environment. Great hiking trails and beautiful views. The campground is lovely and very secluded. Awesome place!  more »
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  • Enjoyed time with my family at the Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe, hiking night. We laughed a lot during our hike through the trails. Somehow we started at the end and ended at the beginning. Along with several other people. The trails were candle lit along one side making it evident where the trails were. There was a long & short ski trail, and a shorter trail for those snowshoeing or hiking. The only problem we had was the trails weren't very well marked. Then again it may have been we simply missed them. Outside of that we had a great time. I know we'd mostly definitely go Lake Wissota State Park again. It was fun.
  • Great camping. Lots of trails. Huge group sites
  • We stayed at Group Site 2. We only had 4 families, but the site holds 80 people. Probably one of the nicest group sites in a State Park we have ever camped in! Site had multiple pads for tents of all sizes and fire rings and picnic tables at each spot. We were pleasantly surprised to find a huge permanent shelter on the site, and for $10 extra a day, we had electricity in the shelter. Site had it's own pit toilets. Literally the last stop on the road, the site was right off some trails, though we only saw a few hikers venture back our way. No mosquitos or raccoons, but had deer grazing on our site. Kids had a great time with scooters around the loop and in the shelter. Dated bathrooms in the family campground, but functional. Wasn't terribly impressed with the fishing or the beach (lots of algae, kids were green when they got out), but enjoyed the hiking and hanging out on our site immensely.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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