Willow River State Park
At 2,891 acres, Willow River State Park has varied habitats to explore. The prairies provide good looks at Grasshopper and Clay-colored Sparrows, Eastern and Western Meadowlarks, Bobolinks and Sedge Wrens. Along the edges of the prairies in the shrub layer, look for Gray Catbirds, House Wrens, and Indigo Buntings. Fields and woodlands hold Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, Scarlet Tanagers and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. The park itself offers a campground, Little Falls Lake, a boat launch, swimming beach, nature center and gift shop. Panoramic views of the Willow River waterfall and Willow River Gorge can be enjoyed from several trails and overlooks.
Directions: Exit I-94 at exit 4. Go north 3.2 miles on Hwy 12, Cty U and Cty A to the park entrance.
Gazetteer: Page 70, D-3 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 40, F-2 (10th edition).
Web site: WDNR Willow River State Park
Signature species: Henslow’s Sparrow, Yellow–rumped Warblers and Meadowlarks.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Parking: Parking lots provided.
Nearest food & lodging: Hudson, just south of the park.
Fee: Park fees apply.