Best Winter State Parks Wisconsin

Daniel Brown
• Friday, 18 December, 2020
• 7 min read

Winter brings a different kind of beauty to Wisconsin landscapes, including state parks. The popular swimming and sunbathing beaches at parks like Kohler-Andrae, Peninsula and Devil's Lake turn into on-ramps for ice fishermen and winter walkers.

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Head to the mountain from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 for a candlelight hike or snowshoe, followed by warm refreshments and marshmallows around a campfire. Whitefish Dunes features 1.5 miles of sandy beach that's hopping in the summer but much quieter when temperatures drop.

Nordic Specialists offer onsite ski and snowshoe rentals from a hut near the Evergreen parking lot. Winter is a good time to take in the ridges and sales landscape of this 3,000-acre state forest along six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

A 5-mile stretch of the Ice Age Trail travels through the forest for hiking and snowshoeing the winter. The park's campground stays open through the winter, with a small segment plowed.

Winter hit us hard and there’s only so much time a Wisconsinite can spend inside before they get a little fed up with the same four walls. Whether it’s a bracing hike to breathe fresh air or a moonlight cross-country skiing trip, there’s plenty to do and every reason to get up off the couch, bundle up and head on out to the trails.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date.

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There is a lighted ski path, a heated picnic area, and access to the Green bush loop system on the Ice Age Trail. There are also 60 miles of snowmobile trails through the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

With a 1.7 and 3.1 mile option and the ability to hike or ski, this trail has lots to recommend it. Parts of the park offer Mississippi River views, while others are well known for the wildlife they support.

No matter where you are up north, you're near a place worth lacing up the boots to see. They have a whole list of winter activities, including ice fishing.

The trail's proximity to Lake Michigan and travels through unique wetlands make this a fun trip. Open year-round from 6 am to 11 pm, this park is just 25 miles west of Madison.

There are multiple trails for every experience level and a few groomed for skiing, as well. At this point you've probably figured out I'll include the Apostle Islands ice caves any time I can.

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Wisconsin Devil's Lake State Park, nearly 10,000 acres has a full range of recreational activities and beautiful views. During the winter, trails are not maintained or closed, so you can cross country ski, snowshoe or ice fish.

There is an abundance of flora and fauna here, making it the perfect place for birding and wildlife viewing. The Devil's Lake Nature Center also consists of informative exhibits and a park naturalist.

Wisconsin Willow River State Park is located northeast of Hudson on County Road A. This park contains a campground, a place to launch boats, a beach and also a picnic area close to Little Falls Lake.

During the winter, the park has trails for dog sledding, hiking, snowshoeing, and skate skiing. This park offers three group camps, 468 campsites, a summer theater, and an 18 hole golf course.

Go hiking to see close up views of the Niagara Escarpment or check out Web org Point, a migration stopover for warblers in mid-May. Unlike other parks, visitors can watch professional actors at the Northern Sky Theater or go in line skating on the rolling terrain.

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Visitors can also do other recreational activities such as: swimming, fishing, boating, sight seeing/touring, picnicking, and biking. During the winter, cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and sledding are popular activities to do.

Check out the hiking trails that will lead you to several waterfall overlooks or Loon Lake, where you can swim, kayak, or launch a boat. There are many fishing opportunities at Lake Winnebago and Butterfly Pond, try your luck on catching pan fish and large mouth bass.

Wisconsin Located on the beautiful St. Croix River, Interstate State Park visitors can climb the cliffs of the St. Croix River Dallas, canoe the flat-water, watch kayaks rush through the rapids, or relax on an excursion boat. Spring brings a great diversity of wildflowers and in fall, the St. Croix River Valley forest is ablaze in the autumn colors of red, gold, and orange.

At least 10 different lava flows are exposed in the park, along with two distinct glacial deposits, and traces of old streams valleys and faults. During the summer, hike the trails and explore the glacial potholes that make this park unique.

Wisconsin Rib Mountain State Park contains a billion-year-old hill which is said to be one of the oldest geological formations on earth. Check out the observation tower that's 60-foot-high for splendid views of the Wisconsin River and Wausau area.

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Visitors can also go hiking with their pets (dogs must be on leash at all times), go picnicking, see a show at the amphitheater, or go hunting and trapping. With many scenic acres of steep hills, bluffs, lakes and a waterfall, this park has much to offer.

Amnion State Park also features waterfalls and rapids, making these areas great places to view nature. The wetlands and river banks are a magnificent host for migratory birds that travel through this area.

Check out the hardwood forests of oak, mature black walnut and hickory which are also homes to a variety of flora and fauna. Go hiking at Parrot State Park as many of the trails take visitors up to the top of the bluffs with scenic views of the Mississippi River valley.

Visitors can also enjoy themselves at the 6 picnic areas Parrot has to offer, grills, bathrooms and water are provided at each location.

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