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Willow River State Park, Hudson

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Willow River State Park is a 2,891-acre (1,170 ha) Wisconsin state park located five miles (8 km) north of Hudson. The centerpiece of the park is Willow Falls, a powerful cascade in a 200-foot (61 m) deep gorge. Another popular feature is Little Falls Lake, a shallow reservoir on the Willow River. Because of its proximity to Minneapolis-St. Paul it is one of the most visited state parks in Wisconsin. Trilobite fossils found in the lower layers of the gorge indicate the rock is around 600 million years old.
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  • Trails were well maintained . Easy to navigate. They had maps that were very helpful self-service kiosk top pay for day pass to the park 
    Trails were well maintained . Easy to navigate. They had maps that were very helpful self-service kiosk top pay for day pass to the park  more »
  • This is a beautiful WI state park within about an hour from Minneapolis. The water falls are impressive. Be forewarned that the trail down to the falls is quite steep 
    This is a beautiful WI state park within about an hour from Minneapolis. The water falls are impressive. Be forewarned that the trail down to the falls is quite steep  more »
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  • Great place to hike and camp. Be warned that weekends in the summer are very busy, especially at the Willow River falls. This is one of the most popular state parks in WI. Recommend reserving a campsite well ahead of time on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300 campground is a traditional wooded area and the original campground. The 100 and 200 campgrounds are newer and more open with far less tree cover. The lake has been drained to fix the dam. As such the road is rough in spots as trucks bring in materials to restore the dam. *Edit: The dam is finished and the lake has been restored. The parks main road has also been replaced
  • Absolutely beautiful! So many trails, both main and little foot paths carved by people and animals wandering. The waterfall is gorgeous, and it's a great work out getting back up that hill! For an even better work out, there's stairs on the other side of the falls that overlook the waterfalls, tributary, and a lot of the park. Very beautiful. The beach is nice and large. The only gripe I have is dogs off of leashes all over down by the falls and in the park area (where is specifies no pets). They were all friendly dogs, but the thought made me nervous with many children around. That is my only complaint, and that's towards the people visiting who aren't being safe or following rules, not the park itself. It's a gorgeous place to adventure, camping is also available.

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