Chippewa County is known for its natural beauty. The Northwoods hold so many hidden gems that are waiting to be explored by you. Whether you adventure out into the winter wilderness on foot, snowmobile, snowshoes, skis, or fat bike, you will find yourself in a breathtaking winter wonderland. Here are just a few of Chippewa County’s parks waiting for you to explore.
1. Lake Wissota State Park
Offering over 11 miles of scenic trails that follow the shorelines of Lake Wissota, there are plenty of adventures to be had at Lake Wissota State Park. Venture out onto the frozen lake to set up ice fishing camp, or throw on your snowshoes to travel swiftly through the snowy trails. You will be in awe of the pristine landscape – almost as if you are in a painting. A must-do activity is to catch a sunrise or sunset settling over the lake to snag a glimpse of the dazzling snow in the sunlight.
2. Brunet Island State Park
You will find six trails at Brunet Island State Park ranging from .75 to 4.3 miles in length. There are opportunities to snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike, and fat bike through the beautiful trails. Keep your eyes peeled as you hike to catch sight of the various wildlife thriving in the state park. If you’re lucky, you might see beaver, mink, herons, or deer. One hike in Brunet Island State Park and you will not want to re-enter civilization.
3. Erickson Park
Take a break from the real world and escape into Erickson Park where you will be lost in the beauty of the winter scenery. With 15 acres to explore and 400 ft. of shoreline, hours will feel like minutes as you experience a new world within Erickson Park.
4. Irvine Park & Zoo
Established in 1906, Irvine Park & Zoo is a staple to the Chippewa County. You can enjoy 318 acres of serene natural beauty with no admission fee. Discover the winter scenery, visit the zoo and petting zoo, step into the past at the preserved schoolhouse and log cabin, and experience the beautiful sights of the Glen Lock Dam overlook. There is no shortage of activities in Irvine Park. One day will not feel like enough time to explore the variety of activities within Irvine Park.
5. Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Interpretative Area
Located along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area offers a new perspective on Chippewa County’s beautiful landscape. With land features sculpted by the Ice Age, you will find breathtaking trail systems, kettle lakes, and unspoiled wildlife. Stop by the David R. Obey Ice Age Interpretive Center to find first-class glacial, cultural, and natural history displays.
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