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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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TripAdvisor
  • I went here to cross country ski and check out the waterfall. Cross country trails were groomed (quite icy when I went) and were a little on the narrow side with some tighter turns. Was a nice trail t...  more »
  • Nice hiking trail to lower level of the falls. Beautiful scenery, great picnic areas, beach. Great vacation destination or just to spend an afternoon exploring nature.  more »
  • this Park is pretty amazing! the height of the falls is impressive. The trails are beautiful in Autumn. There is a beach and swimming area, camping and gorgeous grounds. it is worth the trip!  more »
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  • This is great camping and has several miles of accessible hiking trails. There is a nice beach, which is the only place dogs are not allowed. Otherwise it is an extremely dog friendly park. The waterfalls all have convenient road access if you don't want to hike. The campsites were nice and private.
  • Great trails with awesome views of Wisconsin's tallest waterfall, and it's smaller sister falls. Awesome CCC buildings and bridges. Very nice swimming beach too.
  • Definitely a place to check out! Great hiking and some great waterfalls. What more could one ask for?
  • Great place to take a hike in the woods. Camping available and a nice beach with swimming.
  • Fun, beautiful and great place for hiking, swimming and camping not the best for fishing