INTERSTATE STATE PARK
Whatever outdoor activities you enjoy, you'll find that a variety of recreational opportunities await you at Interstate State Park. It's Wisconsin's oldest state park, established in 1900.
The park has two campgrounds with a total of 85 family campsites, and a primitive group camp that accommodates 60 people. Advance reservations are recommended and also can be made by calling toll-free (888) WI PARKS ((888) 947-2757).
Picnic in any of several different areas of the park. Picnic tables and grills are available, as well as open shelters that can be reserved for group picnics.
There are an excellent swimming beach and Beach House at scenic Lake O' the Dalles.
The best way to discover all that Interstate has to offer is by hiking some of the nine miles of trails found throughout the park. Scenic overlooks provide the hiker with views of the spectacular scenery, while along the way Interstate's abundant wildlife, wildflowers and birds may be seen. A new 2-mile snowshoe trail starting at the Ice Age Center leads to an area of the park not easily accessible other times of the year.
To enhance your visit to the park, join the naturalist for a nature program. Summer naturalist programs are offered from the Friday before Memorial Day, through Labor Day. Explore the trails, ponder the potholes, or hear the colorful history of the St. Croix River valley during a guided hike or activity.
The Junior Ranger and Wisconsin Explorer program offers another opportunity for adults and children (grades kindergarten and up) to learn about nature together. Activities are clearly described in the free Junior Ranger and Wisconsin Explorer booklets, available at the Park Office and the Ice Age Center. Children completing at least half of the activities will receive a free award and iron-on wildlife patch.
At the Ice Age Interpretive Center, open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can view exhibits to learn about the frozen history of Wisconsin and the gifts of the glacier. In the auditorium a 20-minute film, "Night of the Sun,"the story of glaciation in Wisconsin, is shown daily at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m.
Shop for a souvenir in the Glacier's Gifts gift shop in the lobby.
A vehicle admission sticker is required. National Park Service (exit DNR) passes are accepted.
Please become a new member of the Friends of Interstate Park or renew your annual membership. Proceeds from all sales and membership dues benefit the friends group, a nonprofit organization that helps support the naturalist program at the park.