Willow River State Park*

p1Willow River State Park will leave an impression on you. It may leave you with a sense of awe and wonder when you experience its beauty. The primary attraction is Willow River Falls. However, you will miss so much if you only go to the falls. Dive deeper into the park. There are great hiking trails and a lake that offers an abundance of recreational opportunities. There are several campgrounds in the park. I can assure you they are all s’mores friendly.
Willow River Falls is special, though. I have seen it in varying stages based on water level. At lower levels, it is a great place to swim and cool off on a hot summer day. You can rub noses with it at this level. A word of caution, if I may, is to offer you the advice of being mindful with how close you get to the falls. I got so close once that there was nothing but moving water in front of my eyes. It was moving so fast and being the only I could see began to make me dizzy. There was one part where you could walk through the waterfall and onto a small ledge behind the waterfall. You can go around the side of the waterfall and onto this ledge too.
On my next visit, the water was much higher and moving faster. It would have been nigh impossible to stand where I had previously stood. On the prior occasion, I had swimming company. On the latter occasion, no one would swim including I. The water would have crushed anyone who dared to trespass on its might falls. Hiking down from the road parking lot is very steep. Pack light because the uphill climb is a good workout. The path from the campground is much more level and easier. Therefore, you should camp there and walk to the falls.Location
With nearly 3,000 acres of prairie, forests, and panoramic river scenery,Willow River State Park offers year-round recreation opportunities in western Wisconsin. The park is about five miles northeast of Hudson, and has a campground, a boat launch and a 400-foot beach and picnic area centered on 172-acre Little Falls Lake.
Friends of Willow River State Park
***** 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