Lake Wissota State Park, Chippewa Falls

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Lake Wissota State Park is a 1062acre Wisconsin state park near the town of Chippewa Falls. The park is situated on the northeast shore of Lake Wissota, a reservoir on the Chippewa River. Camping, boating, and fishing are the most popular activities. Park lands are covered in a mix of pine/hardwood forests and prairie. Visitors can access the Old Abe State Trail and bike or hike 17.5mi to Brunet Island State Park.
The bedrock beneath the park is two billion year old granite, which is overlain by 600 million year old Cambrian sandstone. An outcrop of this sandstone is visible south of the swimming beach. Otherwise these rock layers are blanketed by a thick layer of glacial sand and gravel. During the last ice age 15,000 years ago the Chippewa Lobe of the Wisconsin glaciation ended just six miles (10 km) northeast of the park. When the glaciers melted 10,000 years ago, rock debris settled in a 12mi wide outwash plain where the park is today. The prodigious meltwater also carved the valley of the Chippewa River.
It has been estimated that the Chippewa River Valley once contained one-sixth of the United States' white pine stands. The entire valley was extensively logged for this target species from the mid-to-late 19th century. Once the harvestable timber was gone farmers began settling in the cleared out land.
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  • Don't get me wrong - the park is a blessing, especially in COVID-19 era when anywhere outdoors is fine. But the park shows its age, and has not been invested into for a long time, especially under...  more »
  • This was a beautiful state park. We rode around and did some hiking here. Colors starting to turn. Beautiful fall day!  more »
  • This park has been one of my favorite places to visit and for camping! The grounds are kept in nice condition and the views of Lake Wissota are beautiful! The campground has many sites with a lot of character. The staff has always been friendly. The downside is that there isn't anything overly special about the park. No bluffs. No waterfalls. But it has a lovely lake and is still one of my favorite state parks!
  • We stayed a week camping and was able to hike just about every path in the park. The trails are in fantastic shape, the views from the last lake trail are nice. But on the eagle paraire trail we were able to see eagles flying overhead. My kids loved it. The camping sites are very private and clean. The restrooms are old but cleaned well every morning. So not the nicest I've ever seen but clean. All and all very nice park.

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