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With nearly 3,000 acres of prairie, forests and panoramic river scenery, LocationWillow 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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Contact information
For information, contact:
Willow River State Park
1034 County Highway A
Hudson, WI 54016

Wisconsin State Park System Willow River State Park

Four scenic overlooks provide spectacular views of the water falls and Willow River gorge.

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Reserve campsites at Willow River State Park.

Notice: Little Falls Lake has been drawn down in response to safety issues identified with the previous dam structure. The river will continue to flow through the lake bed throughout this process; however, the water is no longer impounded to create the lake.

The dam has been approved to be replaced, but this is a significant project that is expected to last several years. For the summer of 2016, the swimming beach will not be available but the sand area at the beach site is open for public use. Due to the low water level, the boat launch is closed to trailer use. Canoe and kayak rentals are not available. The waterfall, camping and hiking trails are unaffected by this project.

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For more detailed information about the Little Falls Dam Project, see the Little Falls Dam information page.

Park information


  • 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.


Concessions and rental equipment

While the lake is drawn down, canoe and kayak rentals are not available at the park.

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Last revised: Wednesday July 27 2016