Straight Lake State Park*

LocationA pristine natural area and quiet beauty are found at Straight Lake innorthwest Wisconsin. This 1,800-acre park is open to foot traffic only. Lake views and glacial features provide great vistas on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail within the park. Fishing is allowed and boats may be carried in to fish.
Straight Lake State Park is a new park still being developed. It plays host to a section of the Ice Age trail. The trail moves through the forest until it reaches Straight Lake. The lake is so beautiful and relaxing to sit next to. There is one island photoin the middle of it for day use. It would be a great place to bring a canoe to and paddle. That is precisely what two men were doing that we greeted on the way back to the trailhead. They had an absolutely beautiful day for it and I’m sure they had a great paddle. This park has a lot of potential and it will be interesting to see what becomes of it.
Straight Lake is about 12 miles northeast of St. Croix Falls. Take State Highway 35 north through Luck or south from Frederic in Polk County. Straight Lake is about 3.5 miles east of Highway 35 via 270th Avenue. The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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***** Jonathon Ringdahl visited all of Wisconsin’s 64 State Parks, State Forests, and recreational areas in 2012. This is another in a series of articles he is writing for the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. Opinions expressed in this blog are the author’s.