Governor Thompson State Park
Opened in 2005, this extensively forested, 2,187-acre state park includes two small lakes and numerous trout streams and seeps. About 6.5 miles of Caldron Falls Flowage pristine shoreline are within the park. A mix of upland and wetland forest provides diverse habitat that host a variety of birds. A restored pine barrens – a plant community once common in Wisconsin but now rare – might provide you with a Northern Harrier for your birding check list. This property is an excellent place to see Broad-winged Hawks and Red-shouldered Hawks, as well as Ruffed Grouse, Red-headed Woodpeckers, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
Directions: Located about 15 miles northwest of Crivitz via Cty A to Cty X to the High Falls Reservoir bridge. Cross the bridge, then north on Parkway Rd., west on Ranch Rd., and north on Paust Ln. to the park.
Gazetteer: Page 79, B-6 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 49, C-5 (10th edition).
Web site: WDNR Governor Thompson State Park
Signature Species: Bald Eagle, Scarlet Tanager, and Common Nighthawk.
Rare Species: Osprey.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Nearest food & lodging: Crivitz.
Fee: State Park fees apply.