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Copper Falls State Park, Mellen
(4.8/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
Copper Falls State Park is a 3068acre state park in Wisconsin. The park contains a section of the Bad River and its tributary the Tylers Forks, which flow through a gorge and drop over several waterfalls. Old Copper Culture Indians and later European settlers mined copper in the area. The state park was created in 1929 and amenities were developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration. In 2005 the park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a site with 10 contributing properties.Activities and amenitiesLoon Lake: The lake offers swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and boating with electric motors only. Trout fishing can be found on the Bad River and Tylers Forks.Trails: The park has of trails including a portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail. Trails are used for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.Camping: The campground has 24 sites with electric hookups. A camper cabin is accessible to persons with disabilities.Images
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  • Hiked the falls for the afternoon. Was beautiful to see with the fall colors. Very well taken care of trails and spectacular views of the falls. The only disappointment was the lookout tower. It was a...  more »
  • Well run and maintained plus the falls and other sites are gorgeous. As others note, the tower isn't outstanding due to the height of the trees, but I'm glad we did the hike and climb. Falls are super...  more »
  • We were first time visitors to this park and just loved it. The fall colors around Loon Lake were just beautiful! Loved the Doughboy trail around the falls. We were expecting it to be more strenuous, ...  more »
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  • Man, if this park wasn't 5 hours away from me, I would be here every single weekend! It is hands down, the cleanest state park I have ever been to. That may not mean much to some, but I am a huge fan of unadulterated, pure natural beauty, and this park has it in spades! Copper falls itself is breathtaking, and Brownstone falls is not to be missed either. You can actually boulder hop along the falls at Brownstone and enjoy intimate views of the river. The color of the water itself is incredible. A deep, ruddy brownish red. If you are a backpacker, don't miss the opportunity to stay at the hike in campsite. It is a hike, but absolutely worth it! I have never seen such an ideally located, isolated campsite. It is right on the river, and across from the river is an almost sheer rock face that shoots up what must be a hundred feet. On top of that, previous dwellers at the site seem to add their own luxuries, like branch made tables suspended between trees, multiple seats made of rocks and logs, and even a sign in notebook to record how much you loved the site. GO NOW!
  • The park desk person was excited to help us. The tower is fun to walk up but the view is not great because the trees are now higher then the tower. Your best view would be during fall or winter. Nice side walks. Campsites are flat. The fire wood is a good deal at the park.
  • My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon this is one beautiful park, everything was clean and well maintained. We walked the trails to the falls amazing. Looking for place to get away, this is it
  • Price aside, this is a fantastic Wisconsin state park. The premier trail is a loop that crosses over the Bad River and Tyler's fork offering some spectacular views; however, the great views really start during the second half of the trip, or if you've got kids or mobility challenges, take the handicap accessible path and enjoy some of the great (but limited) views right away. If you'd like to get a little more hands on take their second most popular trail to hike to the Red Granite Falls, where you are able to walk among the rocks and get up close to the water. Be safe though.
  • Beautiful state park with stunning waterfall views and easy access to the North Country Trail. Like any state park you run into folks who come to party and ruin the wilderness experience for others. I wish they had more backpacking and walk-in sites. Showers and swimming beach are nice. Pavilion is first-come-first serve and is not reservable.