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Firewood Notice: Firewood is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park, Trail or Forest properties from more than 10 miles away from the destination campground, unless it is certified by WI DATCP. The certified wood has been processed to kill harmful pests and diseases they may have hidden inside.
In addition, firewood that has been in a Wisconsin EAB quarantined area is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area. Please buy firewood nearby or at the property you are going to. Call the DNR toll-free Firewood Hotline 1-877-303-WOOD (9663) for information before packing for a trip.

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Status: Open year round.
Max reservation window: Mon May 02 2016


Merrick State Park is located on the beautiful backwaters of the Mississippi River. All Island Campground sites and some sites in the south campground have river access for mooring watercraft or fishing directly from the sites. There are 2.5 miles of manicured trails which are easily traveled with very few hills. Two boat landings provide easy launching for all sizes of boats. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the office. Shore fishing is very accessible for visitors without watercraft. A pet picnic area offers visitors a place to enjoy the parks with their pets. Pets must be on a leash at all times while in this picnic area and must be picked up after.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Boat Launch
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Comfort Station
  • Disabled Access Only
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Flush Restrooms
  • Handicap Access
  • Information Center
  • Parking
  • Pet Picnic Area
  • Pit Toilet
  • Showers
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Water Drinking
Alerts and Important Information
The Headquarters is located .2 of a mile off the main park road and marked by directional signs. From Memorial Day through Labor Day it is open Monday through Friday. The Contact Station is only open Friday nights, Saturday and Sundays from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Labor Day through Memorial Day self-registration is available when the Headquarters is closed.

Reservations must check in before setting up camp. All vehicles in the park must have a vehicle admission sticker. Stickers can be purchased upon arrival at the park. Click here for cost of the sticker.Vehicles in the Campgrounds must park on the gravel pads or in designed parking areas. Pets must be kept on a leash not more than 8' long under control at all times. They cannot be left alone at the campsites.

The North Campground is located near railroad tracks. Trains travel 24 hours a day along these tracks.

Reservations for North Campground Closed to camping December - March.

Island Campground - The island is connected to the main park area by bridges and is accessible by motor vehicles.

The South Campground, Group Camp and Island Campgrounds may be open for first come/first serve camping earlier than July 1 depending on weather/river conditions.

For information regarding hunting in Wisconsin State Parks follow this link to the DNR web site Click here for more information

About the Admission fees, please Click Here for reference.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.15167, -91.74806
44°9'6"N, 91°44'53"W

From Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago areas: follow I-90 west to Exit 4 (Hwy 35). Follow Hwy 35 north through Fountain City. The park is 2 miles north of Fountain City on the left side of the road.

From the Twin Cities: take Hwy 61 south to Wabasha, MN. Cross the Mississippi River on Hwy 25. Take Hwy 35 south through Cochrane, WI. The park is 6 miles south of Cochrane on the right side of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BOX 127
FOUNTAIN CITY  WI  54629-0127

Phone Number:

Information:  (608)687-4936