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Sitting on the eastern bank of Lake Wissota lies 1,000 acres of dense forest and open prairies, otherwise known as Lake Wissota State Park. Located just twenty minutes away from the city of Eau Claire, and even closer to the charming town of Chippewa Falls, Lake Wissota State Park is the perfect stop for anyone exploring Wisconsin with their RV rental.
The state park was formed in 1917 when a local company built a dam on the Chippewa River. Used for its hydroelectric power for over one hundred years, Lake Wissota State Park was finally opened in 1972 to allow public access to the waterways and beautiful surrounding forests.
With plenty of young forests to explore, open prairie land and a vast man-made lakes, there are endless opportunities for recreational activities when you book an RV in Chippewa County.
With a 6,000-acre lake on its doorstep, there are numerous water activities for you to partake in when you rent an RV at Lake Wissota State Park. Boating is one of the most popular ways to spend time on the lake. Whether you have your boat in tow, or you need to rent a canoe, kayak or fishing boat from park’s visitor’s center, it is possible here. Make use of the two-lane launching ramp at the southern end of the park to start enjoying Lake Wissota State Park.
Fishing enthusiasts camping with an RV here will be pleased to know that fishing is permitted on the lake. Either fish from the comfort of your own boat, or make use of the 25-foot fishing pier that is also ADA-accessible. During the summer there is a healthy population of largemouth bass and walleye up for grabs. For those camping with an RV at Lake Wissota State Park during winter, why not try a spot of ice fishing to catch anything from crappie to bluegill! Be aware that the park does not monitor ice thickness, so anglers should take all safety precautions before choosing a spot to fish.
Hiking is also a popular activity in Lake Wissota State Park. With nearly 20-miles of multi-use trails to choose from, there is something to suit every type of walker. Take a leisurely stroll along one of the paved, self-guided nature trails that provide a great introduction into the native flora and fauna in the park. For those that wish to venture a little further afield, why not complete a section of the Old Abe State Trail, that runs for around twenty miles until it gets to Cornell After an arduous walk, reward yourself with a trip to the small swimming beach, tucked away in a sheltered section of the park.
Motorhome camping could not be easier at Lake Wissota State Park thanks to the large family campground that can accommodate over one hundred rental RVs. This scenic campground organizes its sites along the shores of Lake Wissota, meaning every single camper will have direct access to the water.
Modern campers will be pleased to know that nearly sixty of these sites come equipped with electrical hookups for your luxury Eau Claire camper. Although there are no water hookups available, the park provides well-maintained, modern washrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets, as well as a sanitary dumping station.
Alternatively, head to the Pine Harbor Campsite for a campground that provides sites with full hook up facilities. Also situated on the edge of Lake Wissota, Pine Harbor provides a similar backdrop to Lake Wissota State Park with a few more creature comforts such as WiFi and a laundry room.
Having an RV rental near Lake Wissota State Park not only gives campers access to some of the county’s diverse landscapes but also put campers within driving distance of some of the local city attractions.
The central driving force behind preserving Chippewa County’s history is the Chippewa County Historical Society. This community-led society runs a small museum that is open on select days throughout the months and is a must-visit for any history buffs renting an RV nearby. Their sole aim is to educate the public on the area’s history, providing varied exhibits that chronologically showcase the area’s involvement in the logging industry, railroad history and during the civil war.
A great place to see this rich history come to life is the Cook Rutledge House, a historic manor that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. This huge house now serves as a dedication to Edward Rutledge, a well-known lumber baron in the area. Whether you are interested in the lumber industry’s history or not, a tour around the 55-room mansion is worth it, simply to marvel at the impressive restoration works.
End your vacation in Lake Wissota State Park with a visit to Irvine Park Zoo. This free city park can be found in the center of Chippewa Falls and provides visitors with an exciting insight into the lives of tigers, bobcats, cougars, black bears, and so much more! The Red Barn Petting Zoo is particularly popular among the kids where they can get hands-on animal experience!