Wisconsin’s state park system protects and provides access to incredible natural areas across the state. These three hidden gems are a bit off the beaten path but offer unforgettable scenic views and experiences. We want to remind travelers to follow public health guidance this summer and take necessary precautions for safe and responsible recreation.
Aztalan State Park – Jefferson
Offering a glimpse into this area’s history, Aztalan State Park is one of Wisconsin’s most fascinating archaeological sites as the location of an ancient Middle-Mississippian village. Aztalan is thought to have once spanned over 35 acres and established in approximately 1050 A.D. as a ceremonial and residential Native American town. Visitors can explore the remains of the town and view ceremonial mounds and ancient agricultural fields.
Straight Lake State Park – Luck
This 1,800-acre park that is open to foot traffic only, offering visitors a quiet and pristine natural area. Its stunning glacial features and lake views set a gorgeous backdrop for lots of outdoor recreation opportunities. Straight Lake State Park is home to a premier segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Fishing is allowed in the park, but anglers must carry in their boats. The park also has ten hike-in only campsites available for reservation.
Perrot State Park – Trempealeau
Nestled in the 500-foot bluffs along a narrow, only half-mile wide section of the Mississippi River, Perrot State Park is a gem of the state park system. The breathtaking scenic views are matched only by the vast opportunities for outdoor recreation – there’s campsites, boating and fishing access, hiking trails, and direct bicycle access to the Great River State Trail. Water recreation includes access to Trempealeau Bay and the 3.4 mile Voyageurs Canoe Trail. Perrot State Park also has adaptive kayak equipment available for use by guests with disabilities
We love helping listeners dream up their next Wisconsin trip, but please call ahead to businesses check if their hours or offerings have changed, book your reservations and set up tours, and learn what necessary health precautions are in place.
For more ideas and resources on scenic natural attractions, visit TravelWisconsin.com or call 1-800-432-TRIP.