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A well-forested park on the Wisconsin river

This park is heavily forested except for a few spots, like the beach. Boats are allowed on the... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2018
Park Ridge, Illinois
Great State Park

Stayed over night on a stopover to Michigan. Nice park, we will go back. Lots of trails to walk or... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
Madison, Wisconsin
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1895 Council grounds drive, Merrill, WI 54452
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

This park is heavily forested except for a few spots, like the beach. Boats are allowed on the river, but I would stay away from the dam (it doesn't seem like a powerful flow there, but I could be wrong). There are many trails through...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RobertW2h483MD
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Stayed over night on a stopover to Michigan. Nice park, we will go back. Lots of trails to walk or bike. Would be a great kayaking place as well.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jljabrekke
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Love going to this park. Have camping sites that can even have amenities if wanted, rv hook-ups and a nice finished bathroom to use. Great boat landing on a great big lake that has tons of places to fish, ski, tub or just ride. There...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mark S
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Council Grounds is a paved 3 mile loop winding through the woods, up and down hills, along the Wisconsin River. Going counter-clockwise (against the one-way) leads up a challenging climb to the beach. I have seen lots of wildlife including a family of otters, fox,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank tammykevin
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to go camping swimming hiking bike riding or just go for a picnic has many many things to do boating you can go tubing fishing the list is unlimited

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Amy P
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Excellent walking, hiking, swimming and picnic park. Very nice campground. Updated bathrooms, a playground and boat landing.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank TrixieWI
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Calming and many options to enjoy outdoors at this park. Family friendly. Great boat launch for kayaks. Nice swimming beach, picnic areas, lots of parking, awesome campground. Great birdwatching.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Derek B
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

I have driven by the signs for this park for years. One of my coworkers wanted to hold a group picnic here. I finally stopped to check it out. It is a park on the Wisconsin river next to a dam. The lake is just...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank therealcyclops
Reviewed 24 August 2017

We decided to camp at this park with another family based on a review I read last year...a family that canoed to the middle of the lake and enjoyed a day on the island, sounded like a lot of fun. The campground had a little...More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank Pam H
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We've been coming to Council Grounds State Park for years and we always enjoy ourselves here so we keep coming back. The campsites are all pretty nice with electric sites on the inside and non-electric along the outside. The one thing that does need to...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank WIamyjk
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