LAKE WISSOTA STATE PARK
This park northeast of Chippewa Falls has 1,062 acres of primarily young, rich forests and open prairie on a 6,300-acre manmade lake. It attracts hikers, campers, recreational boaters and anglers after walleyes, muskies, bass, panfish, northern, catfish, and sturgeon. The park offers secluded campsites and a 285-foot swimming beach.
The lake was created in 1918 when the Wisconsin-Minnesota Power and Light Company built a dam on the Chippewa River. The region's early history goes back more than 150 years to 1836, when Frenchman Jean Brunet built the region's first sawmill at the falls of the Chippewa River. Within a year it was ranked as one of the world's largest sawmills. The Chippewa long since has been harnessed to provide electrical power.
Pine forests, mixed hardwood timbers, prairie, and marshes are found in the park. The park has a permanent fishing pier especially designed to provide easy access for anglers with disabilities.
Among the wild animals often seen at Lake Wissota State Park are white-tailed deer, badger, red fox, woodchuck, mink, otter, muskrat, and beaver. More than 200 species of birds have been sighted, and geese and other waterfowl often stop on the lake during the spring and autumn migrations. Serious birdwatchers may pick up species checklists at the park office.
"Wonder Walk" packs may be checked out at the park office. These backpacks are full of activities for children and adults alike to learn more about the nature and environment surrounding Lake Wissota. Ask at the park office for more information!
Campers will find 81 wooded, secluded family campsites; 17 have electricity. There are showers, flush toilets and a sanitary dumping station. Two tents-only group campgrounds can accommodate up to 100 people each. Reservations are accepted for both individual group campsites.
The park's boat launch and trailer parking area offer anglers and boaters excellent access to the lake. The 6,300-acre lake allows ample space for anglers, water skiers, and pleasure boaters. There is a permanent accessible fishing pier along the shore just west of the boat launch. A few fish cribs in front of the pier help attract the largemouth bass and walleye that are sought by anglers.