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Pattison State Park, Superior

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • We were just a bit early (October 2-4), but the hiking was great. Camping is great this time of year in Minnesota- no mosquitos, not hot and muggy, crisp cool evenings. 
  • Extra special state Park. Clean and well maintained. The views are breath taking with great observation ledges. Good walking trails. 
  • This is an amazing place to go to see. There is a lot of walking but well worth the walk especially if you enjoy falls. 
  • 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.
  • Kind of a let down. Went expecting a more nature intensive experience to see Wisconsin's tallest waterfalls. Was also surprised to see the iron tinted brown color of the falls, which was interesting to see.
  • Great place to bring the family. Excellent walking trails with some beautiful areas for photos.
  • Definitely a place to check out! Great hiking and some great waterfalls. What more could one ask for?
  • Absolutely beautiful park. The waterfalls are worth the trip alone. Add a great beach for kids and fall colors and it's a definite must see.
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