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Mercord Mill Park on the riverfront in downtown Prescott. A favorite spot to view the line where the blue waters of the St. Croix meet the muddy waters of the Mississippi. A public boat landing is located south of the park.

Freedom Park located on a bluff in Prescott features an overview of the Mississippi & St. Croix Rivers. Picnic & children's play area.

Bay City Campground in Bay City. 2-5 blocks south and southwest of Hwy 35. Features a river view, public picnic & children's play area, public boat launch.

Village Park in Maiden Rock. 1/4 block south of Hwy 35. Features a river view, picnic shelter, camping, fishing & boating dock.

Village Park on Main Street in downtown Plum City. Features a trout pond, fish food vending machines, picnic tables, shelter.

Nugget Lake County Park near Plum City. Large picnic area, hiking trails, canoe/boat rental, playground, swimming area. See below for details.

Eau Galle Recreation Area near Spring Valley. Has several picnic areas. See below for details.

Boat Camping/Hiking:

Kinnickinnic State Park between Prescott & River Falls.

A wooded area of 1,242 acres, Kinnickinnic State Park is a day-use park with camping limited to boats. It features 7 miles of hiking trails, trout fishing, picnic areas, swimming area along the beach (restroom & payphone), and an overlook of the valley. Winter use includes cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing. A park sticker is required on all vehicles.

It offers boat camping for up to 110 boats on the sand delta where the Kinnickinnic River enters the St. Croix. All boats must be self contained. $15 per boat/per night.

From I-94 at Hudson take Co. Rd. F/Carmichel Rd. (exit 2) 8 miles south; 8 miles from downtown Prescott Hwy. 10E to Hwy 29E to Co. Rd. F; 8 miles southwest of River Falls on Co. Rd. FF.

Kinnickinnic State Park, W11983 820th Ave., River Falls, WI 54022 (715) 425-1129

 Crystal Cave, located in Spring Valley Wisconsin has developed a new hiking trail that offers an opportunity for viewing native birds and wild flowers in western Wisconsin. This trail and adjacent picnic area are on private property but they are open to the public at no charge. 


Bluff Springs Fishing, Inc. N1350 385th St., Maiden Rock, WI 54750 $10/night. Located just north of Maiden Rock, 2 miles off the Great River Road (WI Hwy. 35) on 385th St.(715) 448-2515

Butternut Park. PO Box 26, Elmwood, WI 54750 Tennis, hiking trails. 8 electrical hook-ups for campers. Softball diamond, basketball court, playground equipment, picnic shelters and grills, restrooms. Nestled between the hills south of Hwy. 72 in Elmwood, County Road P. Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5 pm. (715) 639-3792

Nugget Lake County Park near Plum City.

Nugget Lake County Park was named for the gold mining that took place in the late 1800's. Open year round, it features 752 acres of semi-wilderness. The lake is 1.8 miles long and 550 ft. wide. Walleyes, bass, bluegills, and crappies are fished year round. Because only electric trolling motors are allowed, it is one of the most peaceful lakes you will visit in Wisconsin.

The park features a 55 site modern campground, drinking water, hot showers, flush toilets, dump station, two playgrounds, nature programs, horseshoe pits, hiking trails, picnic area, dock & boat launch, canoe/boat/kayak rentals, and wintertime in-line cross country skiing. DNR licenses, bait, ice, and firewood are available.

Camping fees are paid in addition to entrance fees. Free entrance for Senior citizens.

Daily entrance permit (per vehicle per day) $5 Annual entrance permit (per vehicle) $25 Camping w/elect. (32 sites) $20 Camping-no elect (23 sites) $17 Canoe/Boat/kayak rentals
$8-1st hr/$4 each additional hr.  Also available are 3 cabins at $45 per night.

Located 2 miles off Co. Rd. CC on Co. Rd. HH near Plum City, WI From the Twin Cities: exit 1-94E at Hwy 63S to Hwy 72E. From Eau Claire: exit 1-94W at Hwy 128S to Hwy 29W. From Red Wing: Hwy 63N to Hwy 10E or 72E. Info. & Reservations: Nugget Lake County Park, N4351 Co. Rd. HH, Plum City, WI 54761 (715) 639-5611 email: nugget@svtel.net

Eau Galle Lake Recreation Area near Spring Valley.   http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/recreation

The Eau Galle Flood Control Project with its dam, lake, recreation areas and channel improvements was initiated in 1958 to control flooding in the Spring Valley area The dam is the largest earthen dam in the Midwest.

Main Day Use Area: Features picnic shelters, large playground area, boat launch (only electric motors allowed), courtesy dock, and fishing dock. $3.00 parking fee. Walking path to the beach area.

Beach Area/Parking: Features picnic, beach & swimming area, 3 sand volleyball courts. Beach Parking Lot Fees: $1/head up to $3 (per vehicle), age 12 & under free. Registered campers get a free beach parking lot pass.

Northwest Day-Use Area: Located along the Eau Galle River and Lake. Picnic shelter, grills, port-a-jons, bank fishing, great sight-seeing.

Lousy Creek Access: Boat launch on Co. Rd. NN, close to campground. Only electric motors allowed.

Gas-Lite Campgrounds:  Situated on the banks of the Trimbelle River on the south side of Hwy 10 between Ellsworth and Prescott Wisconsin.  In addition to being a favorite trout fishing location, other amenities include a Softball diamond, playground equipment, picnic shelters, grills, and restrooms. Primitive campsite, $10.00/night.   Office hours: 10:00am-9 pm. (715) 273-4839 W8945 Hwy 10, Ellsworth WI 54011 For additional information click on the star.

Highland Ridge Campground: Located on the north end of Eau Galle Lake on Co. Rd. NN. Open May-Oct. Features 38 drive-on campsites; 35 sites with electricity, 7 tent sites (45 total sites). Flush toilets, hot showers, playground area, hiking trails, cross country ski trail, horse trail, free firewood & water, nature programs in air conditioned Interpretive Center. Campground host on duty. From Spring Valley, follow Hwy 29-E to Hwy 128-N then take first left onto 10th Ave., then N on Co. Rd. NN.

The Eau Galle Recreation Area is located north of Spring Valley, WI; 50 miles east of the Twin Cities and 40 miles west of Eau Claire. General Info: US Army Corps. of Engineers, PO Box 190, Spring Valley, WI 54767 (715) 778-5562

www.mvp.usace.army.mil/pp/umrp/nrs/eaugalle.htm Reservations for campground or picnic shelter: 1-877-444-6777

Everts Resort & Campground N1705 860th St., Hager City, WI 54014 8 fully equipped/ac cabins, 25 campsites with water hook-ups, electricity and hot showers. Daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal rates. Boat ramps, boat rental, bait shop. Located on the main channel of the beautiful Mississippi. Noted for the great fishing below Dam #3. (715) 792-2333 Fax: (715) 792-2462

Village Park in Maiden Rock. 1/4 block south of Hwy 35. Features a river view, picnic shelter, porta jons, general camping, fishing & boating dock. Pay at Village Office on Main Street & County Rd. S. (715) 448-2205. American Legion Park in Plum City. General camping, picnic shelter, ball park. (715) 647-3311.

Hoffman Park on the east side of River Falls. Sixteen overnight camping sites. Open April 1 to Oct. 1. Electric hook-ups, bathrooms, shower; pay phone. Camper-trailers, motor homes and tents: $12.00 per night first come, first served basis. (715) 425-0924.

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