Lake Wissota State Park is set within 1,062 acres of dense forest and open prairie overlooking the gorgeous Wissota Lake in Wisconsin. Located to the northeast of Chippewa Falls, this popular state park offers access to a lake, swimming beach, and miles and miles of hiking, biking and horse riding trails.
Campers can look forward to secluded campsites for both tents and RVs. Set on the edge of a 6,300-acre manmade lake with boat landing area, the campground is a great base for enjoying swimming, picnicking and boating in the summer, and snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing in the winter.
There is so much to keep you busy here. Guests can enjoy interpretive programs between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends and families will love the “Wonder Walk” backpacks available from the park office filled with nature activities and information about the park. Pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the park's scenic picnic spots, or spend a day sunbathing on the swimming beach beside the lake. The sunsets are phenomenal!
RV Rentals in Lake Wissota State Park
Transportation in Lake Wissota State Park
The entrance to Lake Wissota State Park is located along County Highway O. Guests can access the park by car, RV, or by boat. The roads in and around park are paved and easy to navigate, but larger RVs and trailers have to take extra care.
Once you’ve parked your RV, you can get around by bicycle, boat, horseback, or on foot. If you have your own boat, there are several campsites with their own boat dock. There is also a boat launch area.
A vehicle admission sticker is required for any motor vehicles entering the park. If you don’t have an annual sticker, you will need to purchase a daily sticker for each night of your stay.
Parking is available at several spots in the park, including horse trail parking. Those who are staying the night can park inside the campground.
Campgrounds and parking in Lake Wissota State Park
Campsites in Lake Wissota State Park
The Group Campground is located in the southern end of the park. It consists of just two tent-only group sites that can accommodate up to 100 people each.
The Family Campground is home to 116 secluded family campsites, 58 of which have electricity hookups for RVs. There are showers, flush and vault toilets, water spigots, and a sanitary dumping station available. Kids will also love the large playground located in the middle of the campground loops. There is no maximum length for RVs and trailers.
Campsite reservations are available up to 11 months in advance. The camp is open to day visitors between 06h00 – 23h00. Generators are typically not permitted in Wisconsin state parks and use is subject to permission from the manager. The park is pet friendly and has a designated leashed pet use area.
Seasonal activities in Lake Wissota State Park
There are four picnic shelters at Lake Wissota State Park, two of which are available for hire. There are various picnic areas along the lake and near the beach and fishing pier for both day visitors and campers to use. Families can enjoy a large playground, a ball diamond and a volleyball court in the park.
Visitors and campers alike can enjoy swimming at Lake Wissota State Park’s 285-foot swimming beach. The 6,300-acre manmade lake is also a popular spot for water sports of all sorts. During the summer, guests enjoy power boating, water-skiing and tubing on the waters of the lake and there are canoes, fishing boats and kayaks for hire. A boat launch area and trailer parking area is available in the southern end of the park. Plus, if you’re planning on bringing your own boat, there are several campsites with their own boat dock.
There are over 18 miles of hiking and biking trails to explore at Lake Wissota State Park. There are two self-guided nature trails where you can spot over 200 species of birds. A total of 11 miles of park trails are open to off-road cycling, such as the Old Abe State Trail – a paved railroad trail that runs 20 miles towards Brunet Island State Park in Cornell. Horse riders can enjoy nine miles of trails for horse back riding, but please note that there are no overnight horse camping facilities at Lake Wissota.
There are eight miles of cross-country ski trails to enjoy within the boundaries of Lake Wissota State Park. The trails are groomed for both traditional stride and skate skiing. The park also has about ten miles of trail open for snowshoeing as well as five miles of snowmobile trails that connect to the extensive Chippewa County snowmobile trail system.
Anglers can enjoy fishing for all sorts of fish at Lake Wissota, such as walleye, muskies, bass, catfish sturgeon, and pan fish. A permanent fishing pier is available along the shore of the lake and there are fish cribs to attract largemouth bass and walleye.
During the off season, ice fishing is popular. Please note that the park doesn’t monitor ice conditions so using the ice is at your own risk. Please note that a Wisconsin fishing license is required to fish at a Wisconsin state park. Basic fishermen equipment is available at the park office.
There are over 200 species of birds to be found within Lake Wissota State Park during the spring and autumn migrations. In fact, you don't even have to leave the campsite to see them though many waterbirds can be found along the lake's shoreline. If you’re interested in bird watching, you can pick up a species checklist from the park office.