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If you're a keen angler or boating enthusiast, Merrick State Park might just be your dream RV camping destination. Located near Fountain City in western Wisconsin, this pretty park sits on the backwaters of the mighty Mississippi River.
Surrounded by rolling hills and home to abundant native wildlife, it's a beautiful and peaceful spot to stay for a few nights or more. With great boating and fishing on offer, not to mention hiking and cross-country skiing opportunities, Merrick State Park is one of the gems of the Wisconsin state parks system. And with two campgrounds that can accommodate RVs, once you set up camp at Merrick State Park, you may never want to leave.
You don't have to be a genius to work out that most of the activity in Merrick State Park revolves around the river. So if you're into water sports, you'll find plenty to keep you happy during your stay.
Keen anglers in particular will feel right at home, with a wide variety of species to be targeted here. From largemouth and smallmouth bass to crappie, bluegill, and a variety of other species, you never know what you might pull into the boat. Fishing equipment can be borrowed from the park office, but you'll need to make sure that you have a fishing license before wetting a line.
If you're not into fishing, you might prefer exploring the river at your own pace. There are two boat launching areas and a canoe launching area in the park, ensuring easy access to the water for everyone from kayakers to larger motorized boats.
The backwaters in particular offer a relaxing and peaceful environment for paddlers to explore. Canoes are available for rent from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. There's also a self-guided canoe trail that starts near the lower boat launch area.
While water sports are the main attraction, Merrick State Park also offers opportunities for exploration on land. For example, you might want to check out the two miles of hiking trails to be found in the park — the trail near the South Campground that leads to two scenic viewpoints is a particular favorite. Or if you visit in winter, you might want to bring your skis to go cross-country skiing along the trails or in the undeveloped areas of the park.
Would you like to go motorhome camping at Merrick State Park? If the answer is yes, you can book an RV in Buffalo County and then reserve a site in one of the park's two RV-friendly campgrounds. In total, the park boasts three campgrounds with 65 sites and one group campsite for tents only.
RV campers can choose from the following options:
There's an RV dump station near the park entrance, and firewood is also available for sale in the park. Campers are also allowed to moor boats overnight, while leashed pets are also permitted in both camping areas.
Finally, if you're traveling with friends or family who won't be camping in an RV, they might want to check out the Island Campground. Located on an island accessible by road, this campground features five walk-in tent sites and a group tenting site.
Your vacation doesn't have to come to an end when you've finished enjoying the best that Merrick State Park has to offer. With stacks of other great attractions nearby, it's worth hitting the road to do a little exploring.
For example, if you're keen to check out another Wisconsin state park, you might want to make the half-hour drive southeast to Perrot State Park. This pretty park nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River is popular with hikers and picnickers.
If you'd rather enjoy a cultural experience, you could cross the river into Minnesota and head for Winona, where the Minnesota Marine Art Museum is well worth a visit.
And if you'd rather head for somewhere a little more populated, Eau Claire is a little over an hour and 15 minutes away. When you get there, treat your taste buds with a trip to the city's distillery. If you're traveling with little ones, the city is also home to a few adventure parks and an excellent children's museum.
When you rent an RV near Merrick State Park, a huge and diverse range of adventures await. Whatever type of vacation you're seeking, you'll find what you're looking for in this beautiful part of the country.