Wisconsin State Parks

Park NameCounty or CountiesSizeYear establishedWater Body(s)Remarks
Amnicon Falls State ParkDouglas8253341961Amnicon RiverContains a series of waterfalls and a historic covered bridge.
Aztalan State ParkJefferson172701947Crawfish RiverInterprets a partially reconstructed Mississippian culture village that flourished 1000–1300 CE. The site is a National Historic Landmark.
Belmont Mound State ParkLafayette  1961NoneFeatures a 64-foot (20 m) observation tower atop a 400-foot (120 m) hill. Operated by the Belmont Lions Club.
Big Bay State ParkAshland2,4189791963Lake SuperiorIncludes a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) beach on Madeline Island, largest of the Apostle Islands.
Big Foot Beach State ParkWalworth2721101949Geneva LakeOffers camping and fishing adjacent to a 100-foot (30 m) beach.
Blue Mound State ParkDane1,1534671959NoneContains observation towers atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin and the state park system’s only swimming pool.
Brunet Island State ParkChippewa1,2254961936Chippewa and Fisher RiversPreserves a 179-acre (72 ha) island and backwater channels popular with canoeists.
Buckhorn State ParkJuneau6,9902,8301971Castle Rock LakeProtects a scenic peninsula on a reservoir formed at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Yellow Rivers.
Cadiz Springs State Recreation AreaGreen6442611970Beckman and Zander LakesOffers water recreation on two spring-fed reservoirs in the mostly lakeless Driftless Area.
Campbellsport Drumlins State ParkFond du Lac3,6001,5001971NoneA unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve.
Capital Springs State Recreation AreaDane3,0001,2002000Lake WaubesaEncompasses park properties just south of Madison unified in the centennial year of the state park system. A Native American archaeological site is on the NRHP.
Chippewa Moraine State Recreation AreaChippewa3,2721,3241971Numerous kettle lakesInterprets varied glacial landforms. The park is a unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve.
Copper Culture State ParkOconto42171959Oconto RiverInterprets a burial ground used by the Old Copper Culture from 3000–2000 BCE. The site is a National Historic Landmark.
Copper Falls State ParkAshland3,0681,2421929Bad RiverContains 7.5 miles (12.1 km) of the Bad River, including a 2-mile (3.2 km) gorge with several waterfalls. The park is listed on the NRHP.
Council Grounds State ParkLincoln5092061938Wisconsin RiverLies on a riverbank where Native Americans were said to have once held councils.
Cross Plains State ParkDane1,5006101971NoneA unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve.[19] Consists of land owned by Dane County, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Devil’s Lake State ParkSauk10,2004,1001911Devil’s LakeProtects a 360-acre (150 ha) endorheic lake in the Baraboo Range, hemmed in by moraines and 500-foot (150 m) quartzite bluffs. The park is a unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve.
Fischer Creek State Recreation AreaManitowoc124501991Lake MichiganPreserves a mile of shoreline flanking the mouth of Fischer Creek. Managed by the Manitowoc County Park System.
Grand Traverse Island State ParkDoor5.052.041970Lake MichiganProtects 5 acres (2.0 ha) of land.There is currently a movement for this and surrounding lands to be established as a national lakeshore.
Governor Dodge State ParkIowa5,2702,1301948Two man-made lakesPreserves Driftless Area topography in memory of Henry Dodge, settler and first governor of the Wisconsin Territory.
Governor Nelson State ParkDane4221711975Lake MendotaContains a 500-foot (150 m) beach, restored prairie, and ancient Indian mounds.
Governor Thompson State ParkMarinette2,6001,1002000Peshtigo River, Woods LakeIn development around a series of lakes and streams.
Harrington Beach State ParkOzaukee6372581966Lake MichiganFeatures a mile-long beach, a white cedar swamp, and a 26-acre (11 ha) quarry lake.
Hartman Creek State ParkWaupaca and Portage1,4175731962Hartman Creek, seven lakes 
Heritage Hill State Historical ParkBrown48191973Fox RiverComprises an open-air museum of 25 historical structures and over 11,000 artifacts managed by a non-profit organization. Six of the buildings are on the NRHP.
High Cliff State ParkCalumet1,1474641954Lake WinnebagoStraddles the cliff of the Niagara Escarpment on the northeast shore of Wisconsin’s largest lake. A group of effigy mounds is on the NRHP.
Hoffman Hills State Recreation AreaDunn7072861980NoneFeatures trails and a 60-foot (18 m) observation tower among hills covered in forest, prairie, and wetlands.
Holzhueter Farm Conservation ParkJefferson175712009NoneUnder development. Managed by Jefferson County, owned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Interstate State ParkPolk1,3305401900St. Croix River, Lake O’ the DallesPreserves a basalt river gorge jointly with an adjacent state park in Minnesota. The park is within the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve and contains the western terminus of the Ice Age Trail.
Kinnickinnic State ParkPierce1,2395011972St. Croix and Kinnickinnic RiversOffers boat-in camping and overlooks at the sandy river delta at the mouth of the Kinnickinnic.
Kohler-Andrae State ParkSheboygan9884001928Lake Michigan, Black RiverPreserves dunes, golden sand beaches, and pine woodland.
Lake Kegonsa State ParkDane3431391962Lake KegonsaAdjoins a 3,209-acre (1,299 ha) glacial lake in rural Dane County.
Lake Wissota State ParkChippewa1,0624301962Lake WissotaFeatures forest, prairie, and a 285-foot (87 m) swimming beach on a reservoir of the Chippewa River (Wisconsin).
Lakeshore State ParkMilwaukee228.91998Lake MichiganProvides urban green space on Milwaukee’s lakefront.
Menominee River State Park and Recreation AreaMarinette6,5632,6562010Menominee RiverProtects several miles of the Menominee River in conjunction with Michigan’s Menominee River State Recreation Area.
Merrick State ParkBuffalo3201301932Mississippi RiverOffers fishing and boating on quiet backwaters of the Mississippi.
Mill Bluff State ParkMonroe and Juneau1,3375411936NoneContains unusual steep sandstone bluffs that formed as islands in Glacial Lake Wisconsin.
Mirror Lake State ParkSauk2,1798821962Mirror LakeSurrounds a reservoir whose wooded shores and 50-foot (15 m) cliffs often keep the water mirror-smooth. The Seth Peterson Cottage designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is on the NRHP.
Natural Bridge State ParkSauk5302101972NoneContains the largest natural arch in the state and an NRHP-listed rock shelter once used by Paleo-Indians.
Nelson Dewey State ParkGrant7563061935Mississippi RiverEncompasses a 500-foot (200 m) river bluff that was once part of the estate of Nelson Dewey, Wisconsin’s first governor. Stonefield estate is on the NRHP.
New Glarus Woods State ParkGreen4311741934NonePreserves mature forest and restored prairie.
Newport State ParkDoor2,3739601964Lake MichiganComprises Wisconsin’s only wilderness-designated park.
Pattison State ParkDouglas1,4765971920Black RiverContains 165-foot (50 m) Big Manitou Falls, the highest waterfall in Wisconsin and the fourth-highest east of the Rocky Mountains.
Peninsula State ParkDoor3,7761,5281909Green BayContains a golf course, summer theater, group camps, and lighthouse on nearly 7 miles (11 km) of shoreline on the Door Peninsula. The 1868 Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is on the NRHP.
Perrot State ParkTrempealeau1,2705101918Mississippi and Trempealeau RiversFeatures 500-foot-high (200 m) bluffs bearing rare goat prairie communities on their southwestern faces.
Potawatomi State ParkDoor1,2254961928Sturgeon BayProtects steep-to-sheer shoreline on the Door Peninsula.
Rib Mountain State ParkMarathon1,5286181927NoneStraddles 1,924-foot (586 m) Rib Mountain, one of the highest points in Wisconsin.
Richard Bong State Recreation AreaKenosha4,5151,8271963Several small lakesSupports recreational activities, including ATVs, falconry, hunting and sled dog training, and model aircraft on the site of the abortive R.I. Bong Air Force Base.
Roche-a-Cri State ParkAdams6042441948NoneContains a 300-foot (91 m) outcropping bearing the NRHP-listed Roche-a-Cri Petroglyphs.
Rock Island State ParkDoor9123691965Lake MichiganEncompasses most of vehicle-free Rock Island, accessed by two ferry rides at the tip of the Door Peninsula. Four listings are on the NRHP, including the 1836 Pottawatomie Lighthouse and inventor Chester Thordarson’s 20th-century estate.
Rocky Arbor State ParkJuneau225911932 Preserves sandstone outcroppings similar to the nearby Dells of the Wisconsin River along one of the river’s former channels.
Straight Lake State ParkPolk2,7801,1302002Straight LakeIn development around a lake surrounded by mature forest and glacial landforms.
Tower Hill State ParkIowa77311922Wisconsin RiverInterprets a reconstructed shot tower where lead shot was manufactured 1832–1860. The tower is on the NRHP.
Whitefish Dunes State ParkDoor8633491967Lake Michigan, Clark LakeProtects dunes that formed across the mouth of a bay. A district of eight habitation sites dating from 100 BCE to 1800 CE are on the NRHP.
Wildcat Mountain State ParkVernon3,6431,4741948Kickapoo RiverComprises a steep ridge overlooking the Kickapoo Valley.
Willow River State ParkSt. Croix2,8911,1701967Willow RiverContains a waterfall in a sandstone gorge and a 172-acre (70 ha) lake.
Wyalusing State ParkGrant2,6281,0641917Mississippi and Wisconsin RiversOccupies a 500-foot-high (150 m) bluff overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. The park’s hardwood forest is a National Natural Landmark and a district of prehistoric mounds is on the NRHP.
Yellowstone Lake State ParkLafayette9683921970Yellowstone LakeSurrounds a 455-acre (184 ha) reservoir built in the lake-poor Driftless Area.