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Located along the lazy Mississippi River and surrounded by the hills of LocationWisconsin's Coulee Region, the 322-acre Merrick State Park is popular with anglers and boaters. The marshy backwaters are home to a variety of fish, birds, animals and plants. Rising and falling river levels, though controlled some by dams, are part of the natural environment.

Camping Hiking Canoeing and kayaking Boating Picnicking Shelters Fishing Hunting Trapping Winter Activities

Contact information
For information, contact:
Merrick State Park
S2965 State Road 35
P.O. Box 127
Fountain City, WI 54629

Wisconsin State Park System Merrick State Park

Canoeing in the Mississippi River at Merrick State Park.

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Reserve campsites at Merrick State Park.

Mississippi River: Heavy rains on July 11 in northwest Wisconsin have resulted in rising water levels on the Mississippi River. The river is expected to crest on July 20 and remain at that level through the weekend. The South Campground, Island Campground and Group Campsite are closed until the water levels recede. The boat launches are also currently under water. (updated 7/19/16).

Park information


  • The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Go about 2.8 miles north from Fountain City or 5.5 miles south from Cochrane on State Highway 35. The park entrance is on the west side of the highway.


Concessions and rental equipment

The Friends Group sells firewood in season. Canoes, including paddles and life jackets, may be rented Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Contact the park for rates and equipment.

Friends group and volunteering

  • The Merrick TURTLES is a nonprofit organization that raises money for the park, volunteer for projects and sponsor naturalist programs. Contact Merrick State Park for more information or to join the TURTLES.
  • State Park System volunteering opportunities


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Last revised: Tuesday July 19 2016