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“Beautiful Campground”

Lake Wissota State Park
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Beautiful Campground”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

I am from Canada and head to the U.S. for camping, birding, and shopping and 'R&R. Our Provincal Parks are nice but the price is high. We have camped at many Minnesota Parks and wanted to explore another state. The campground at LWSP is beautiful with only 116 lots, some electrical, showers, flush toilets, and pit toilets. The lots are separated by trees and bush so privacy is no issue and you feel like you are out in the wilderness. There are a few sites which are open between sites to allow more than one trailer/family/group camping. They have a couple group camping sites, a decent boat launch and wilderness center. It rained heavy the second day of a six day camping trip, so we didn't do any walking trails due to the swampy, muddy mess we ran into our first trex out. Not sure if it's the result of the economy, but we walked to the ampitheatre (for a short walk) to find nothing. It opened up to a small clearing. An electrical box was sticking up from the ground, a few lumber pieces sticking up from the ground (as if something was mounted there) and that was it.
Said earlier we camp in the U.S. because it's ceaper...however I should have researched Wisconsin's Park Pass better. In Minnesota when you purchase a Park Pass, say in August, it is good for a complete year - till the end of the following August. You could purchase a pass on August 5th, 2014 and go camping again on August 20th, 2015. In Wisconsin however, when you purchase a pass it is only good till the end of the calender year, Dec. 31. Even the girl working the camp entrance had wished it worked like Minnesota. I would return to Wisconsin for future camping if it worked that way. That is the only negative I found. The camp is beautiful, the roads in and around are paved. Bike riding is nice because of the paved roads. For people traveling with a trailer, the lots look easy to back into or there are a number of pull-thru sites. We use a large tent and had no problem finding a somewhat level position for the tent.
The campground is a short 10-15 min. drive to Chippewa Falls - food, ice, supplies are not too far away. Also Eau Claire is about 30 min. drive away.
If I could use my park pass for next year I would return to Wisconsin and check out another park but will be returning to Minnesota next year...not that I am cheap, but just an added benefit to draw me back.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Chichi15
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Brooklyn, New York
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Perfect Day Hike During the Week”
Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

We went here on a Tuesday during late morning. The park was easy to find due to the amount of park signs on the adjacent highways. The day parking fee is $7 for residents and $10 for non-residents.
There are a number of trails, which offers the hiker a decent variety of mileage and scenery. The wildflower trail goes through the a meadow with blooming flowers, while the lake trail takes you along the coast of Lake Wissota.
Our group chose the interpretive Beaver Trail. This trail was about a 1 mile loop. It took you though quiet pines, a marsh, and offered facts about the parks glacial origins along the way. It was a perfect trail for kids, because it offered a lot to look at. We saw lots of mushrooms, a field of ferns, and even illusive ghost plants.
This trail is mostly in the shade and very buggy, so make sure you bring your bug spray.

Visited August 2014
Thank Steffyk225
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72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Attention Boaters and Hikers”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Lake Wissota State Park is located on Lake Wissota by Chippewa Falls, Wi. The campground bathrooms / showers are adequate. The west (sites 1-45+) bathroom - shower house also has a laundry room. Newer sites have been added to both campground areas. These are less shaded, but our site #45 had an area by the fire pit that was tucked around behind some trees affording a nice cozy area for a nice fire and time to read through a couple of books!

There are a number of marked and maintained hiking, biking and horse trails in the park and that one can take to the nearby (about 3-4 mile ride) to the Old Abe State Trail - a biking / running / roller blading must do. Keep the binoculars handy if you hike the trails as there are plenty of birds to watch and listen to.

Lake Wissota is a great place to boat, tube, and fish!! For a pretty cool picnic, head to the southeast corner of the lake where you will find a good sized island to park the boat and picnic or swim. The weekends and during out July 4th weekend, the weather was perfect, so there were a lot of boats and tubers on the lake!

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Michael V
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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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167 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice visit.”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Kayaking up to the yellow river is quite a distance and you can't get up the river too far, first you have to rough portage over some rapids and then not too far up you'll need super human strength to get past a fast moving bend. Otherwise the boat landing is nice and the rest of the park is great .

Visited May 2014
2 Thank ST715
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Little Chute, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“you have to go here”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

beautiful,just gorgeous.the sites are superb and well kept up.Bathrooms are handy and the showers are fantastic.Can get noisy especially with kids but worth the trip.The staff is very accommodating.Remember tick season and take precautions,especially with pets..

Visited May 2014
1 Thank tiny450876
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