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Perrot State Park, Trempealeau

#25 of 111 in Nature in Wisconsin
Perrot State Park is a state park in Wisconsin's Driftless Area at the confluence of the Trempealeau and Mississippi rivers. The 1270acre park features spectacular views of steep limestone bluffs and the river valleys. It offers observation platforms for watching wildlife, especially the great variety of birds which inhabit or migrate through the park. Hiking trails and camping are available. Mountain bike trails penetrate deep inside the park.
The park protects two State Natural Areas including Brady's Bluff Prairie and Trempealeau Mountain, a cone-shaped mountain surrounded by water. The Native Americans of the area traditionally considered the mountain sacred and used it as a landmark for meetings. Some earthwork mounds made by ancient Native American cultures are located in the park.
This facility protects the site of one of the earliest encampments by European explorers in the upper Mississippi. The park is named for Nicolas Perrot, a French explorer who was the first to write about the area.

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  • Beautiful views from the bluffs and along the river, great place for a family hike. We look forward to coming back!  more »
  • Our site at Perrot State Park was a double so had lots of room with family to setup for camping. We hiked around the park, shopped in Winona and Onalaska ... had a great time. Shower facilities were.....  more »
  • Perrot State Park is right on the Mississippi River. You can rent canoes and kayaks from the Park. It's very nice to paddle inside the park; the park has a nice circuit that is adjacent to the Mississippi. However, if you should decide to go under the railroad bridge and out onto the Mississippi be ready for a strong current. I would advise paddling upstream; if you get tired the current can carry you back. Do not underestimate the power of the mighty Mississippi. I paddled through the whirlpools out on the Mississippi and I had to work very hard to make any forward in a very capable sea kayak. I would not venture out on the Mississippi with one of the rental boats unless you are a very experienced paddler. There is also a launch at the park for motor boats. This area is also nice for road bicycle riding. .
  • Really cool park and great trails for those seeking more difficult terrains. Of the parks I've been to in Wisconsin, the trails here are one of the best. Trails offer lots of rough terrain and steep hills with magnificent views of the Mississippi River from the top of the bluffs.

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