With nearly 3,000 acres of prairie, forests and panoramic river scenery, Willow River State Park offers year-round recreation opportunities in western Wisconsin. The park is about five miles northeast of Hudson and has a campground, a boat launch and a 400-foot beach and picnic area centered on 172-acre Little Falls Lake.
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- For information, contact:
- Willow River State Park
1034 County Highway A
Hudson, WI 54016
Wisconsin State Park System Willow River State Park
Notice: A drawdown of Little Falls Lake in progress. The draw down is in response to safety issues identified with the dam structure. Currently the lake has been drawn down approximately 8 feet. The entire lake basin is expected to be drained.
The river will continue to flow through the lake bed throughout this process; however, the water will no longer be impounded to create the lake. This is a significant project, that is expected to last several years. While the lake is drawn down, the swimming beach will not be available but the sand area at the beach site is open for public use. Due to the receding water level, the boat launch is closed to trailer use. Canoe and kayak rental is not available. At this time, visitors may access the remaining impoundment by carrying in their own non-motorized boats.
The waterfall, camping and hiking trails are unaffected by this project.
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For more detailed information about the drawdown, see the Little Falls Dam information page.
Rev. Monday August 03 2015
- The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
From downtown Hudson, at the Vine Street stoplight turn east. Follow Vine Street up the hill to County Highway A (Carmichael Road). Turn left and follow County A to the park entrance. From Interstate Highway 94, take Exit # 4 and go north on US Highway 12 for about 1.6 miles. Go straight on to County Highway U for about 0.3 mile to County Highway A. Continue north on Highway A 1.5 miles. The park entrance will be on the left.
- Vehicle admission sticker is required.
- Camping fees for the Wisconsin State Park System.
- Hunting and fishing licenses apply.
Concessions and rental equipment
During summer the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Park rent out canoes and kayaks to provide boating access to the lake.
Friends group and volunteering
- Willow River State Park map
- Winter trails map
- 300 campground map
- 200 campground map
- 100 campground map
- Hunting and trapping map