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Brunet Island State Park
Brunet Island State Park is a 30 minute drive east from Chippewa Moraine. The park features two scenic, family campgrounds in a hardwood and pine forest at the confluence of the Chippewa and Fisher Rivers. The State Park features a shaded, 20-acre day-use area with plenty of scenic views of the Chippewa River. Facilities include: picnic tables, grills, a child's playground, reservable shelters, restrooms, drinking water and a boat ramp.
The park has eight miles of hiking trails including a segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. There are excellent opportunities to canoe, kayak or SUP on the calm waters of the Chippewa River among a chain of undeveloped islands and quiet bays. Bring your bicycle and peddle the Old Abe State Trail, a 20-mile paved bicycle path that connects Brunet Island with Lake Wissota State Park. The Old Abe follows an abandoned railroad grade along the east bank of the Chippewa River.
The rustic, North Campground has 45 sites situated along the Chippewa River. Many of the sites offer views of the river or one of two bays. Most sites are reservable. There are no electric sites. Amenities at the North CG include drinking water and vault toilets. The South Campground has 24 sites with electric hookup in a forest setting. One site is accessible, and most of the campsites are reservable. There is a shower building with flush toilets.
Lake Wissota State Park
About a 35 minute drive to the south is Lake Wissota State Park. The park features 1,062 acres of second-growth forest and open prairie next to a large, 6,300 acre, man-made lake. There is a family campground with 116 individual sites, and two group sites that can accommodate 100 people each. All of the sites are reservable and 58 of the individual sites have electric hookup. Amenities include a large child play area, drinking water, two shower buildings with flush toilets, and two accessible campsites.
“Lake Wissota State Park offers secluded campsites, hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, picnic and playground areas and a 285-foot swimming beach. Boating, canoeing, kayaking and water skiing are popular summer activities on Lake Wissota.” _Wisconsin DNR
Website: Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area
Phone Contact: 715.967.2800
Trail Access Fee: Yes, WDNR Vehicle Admission Sticker or Day Pass Required.