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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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Notice: A draw down of Little Falls Lake is being evaluated in order to complete an inspection and any identified repairs needed to Little Falls Dam. This is a significant project and the drawdown would be expected to last several years. While the lake is drawn down the swimming beach, boat launch and canoe and kayak rental would be closed. The waterfall, camping and hiking trails would be unaffected by this project.

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For more detailed information about the drawdown and dam repair, see the Little Falls Dam repair information page.

WILLOW RIVER STATE PARK, WI

Status: Open year round.
Max reservation window: Tue May 03 2016

Description

A dam, lake, trout stream, sandy beach, prairie remnants and a nature center are all featured on Willow River State Park's 2,891 acres of rolling countryside. Enjoy spectacular views of the historic Willow Falls and the Willow River Gorge.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Flush Restrooms
  • Handicap Access
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Vault Toilet
  • Water Drinking
Alerts and Important Information
Beginning June 1, 2015 Little Falls Lake at Willow River State Park will be drawn down, which will limit water recreation at the park.
Little Falls Lake is for non-motorized boats only, no gas or electric motors allowed.
Vehicles pulling trailers over 30 feet will have problems maneuvering within the 300 campground.
Vehicle admission stickers are required. Click here for cost of the sticker.
Park is on 1st come / 1st served basis from 11/01 until the last Friday of the following April.

  • All water systems in all campgrounds will be turned off and buildings closed October 01 every year. Water turn on / buildings open is approximately May 1st in the 300 and Group loops. The 100 and 200 water turn on / buildings open will be by approximately May 15 every year.
  • Water is available at the service building from October 1st to May.
  • Pit toilets are available when flush toilets are closed.
  • The dump station is available to unload only (no running water) while the 300 loop road is open in October and April.
  • The reservation season runs from mid-May through the end of October in all of the campgrounds at Willow River State Park.
  • The 100 campground loop is closed for camping and vehicle access from November 1st through mid-May. The 200, 300, and Group Camp loops are open for spring and fall walk-in camping. Vehicle access to the 200 and 300 loops will be dependent on weather since these sites are not plowed in the winter months. Winter camping is allowed in the 200 loop only with hike-in or ski-in access. Parking is available near the vault restroom building and camping equipment must be carried into the site. None of the sites or roads are plowed for vehicle or camper access. There are no reservations for winter camping and sites are first come first serve.
  • Group campers may share the gazebo area; no reservations.


  • 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):
    45.0125, -92.68333
    45°0'45"N, 92°41'0"W

    From Wisconsin or St. Paul, MN: take I-94 to exit #4 and turn north on East Hwy 12. Follow the signs north on East US Hwy 12. Go straight at County Rd U, then straight on to County Rd A. On County Rd A drive approximately 1.5 miles to the park entrance.

    From Stillwater, MN: cross the bridge to Wisconsin Hwy 64. Turn right on County Rd E (the right fork after crossing the bridge). Follow County Rd E to County Rd I (as in Ida). Turn right on County Rd I and go south to County Rd A. Turn right and go about 1 miles to the park entrance.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    WILLOW RIVER STATE PARK
    1034 COUNTY HWY A
    HUDSON  WI  54016

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (715)386-5931