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Pattison State Park, Superior

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Pattison State Park is a 1436acre Wisconsin state park south of the city of Superior, Wisconsin. Pattison State Park is located on the Black River and contains Big Manitou Falls, the highest waterfall in Wisconsin at 165ft. It also contains Little Manitou Falls, which is 30ft. Pattison State Park was established in 1920.HistoryPattison State Park is named after Martin Pattison, an early lumber man and miner. In 1879 the company he was working with moved to Superior. After becoming wealthy in the iron mining business, he purchased an entire city block on the harbor where he built the 42-room Martin Pattison House, which is now the Fairlawn Mansion and Museum. In 1917 there was a plan to build a "power dam" on the Black River. The dam would have destroyed what is known as the Big Manitou Falls. Pattison took the initiative to save the falls by secretly buying land, 660acre in total from different land owners along the river. In 1918 he donated the land to the state which led to Wisconsin dedicating its sixth state park to Martin Pattison on January 20, 1920. Until 1935 Pattison State Park consisted of a small picnic area, some wooden overlooks, pit toilets, and a ranger cabin. On July 25, 1935 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began renewing the park. The Corps quarried rock and chiseled it into blocks to create the park shelter building, nature center, bathhouse, and former office building. It also drained Interfalls Lake, rerouted the river channel, hauled sand from Lake Superior's shore to make the beach, installed sewer and water systems, removed old roadbeds, planted trees, and landscaped and built three miles of foot trails.
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  • On the recommendation of a woman at the Superior, WI, Welcome Center, we drove to this park, paid the $5 self-parking fee in Lot B, and walked to view the Big Falls. Rest rooms were closed for the sea...  more »
  • This is one of my favorite places to go for a hike, or to take my grandson for a swim. It is a beautiful beach. The trails are great and the falls are beautiful and mesmerizing. Love it!  more »
  • We found this gem on way back from Duluth to St Paul. Paid $5 for an hour visit. Time to admire the lake and take pictures at the waterfalls. (We drove down to the carpark for the smaller waterfall). ...  more »
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  • Beautiful campground! We lucked out by having only a few neighbors, but even with more people it would have been pretty private. Flushers and showers were awesome, clean, and easy to get to from every site. The beach is large with tons of benches. The trails are also beautiful and the waterfalls are easy to get to.
  • Pretty park close to Duluth/Superior. Trails are very manageable for anyone, the falls are really pretty and sizeable for this part of the country. The park isn't that crowded at all if you time it right - wife and I went on a weekday afternoon and practically had it to ourselves. You DO have to pay when you register with the park office, which is a bit of a disappointment considering that nearby parks in MN are free to the public​ (including Gooseberry). The nearby highway can disturb the otherwise very peaceful setting depending on how close you are within the park. Overall a nice park with some nice views and features. I don't think we'll be paying to visit again anytime soon, but we weren't disappointed with our first visit.
  • The two falls are very scenic, for different reasons. I just wish there was a way to see the big Falls from the bottom but there is not. I did not camp.
  • Wonderful simply wonderful. The kids as well as the adults loved it.
  • Very nice. No trash cans, which is weird.

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