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Ancient lava flows, deep gorges and spectacular Locationwaterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park.

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Contact information
For information, contact:
Copper Falls State Park
36764 Copper Falls Road
Mellen, WI 54546

Wisconsin State Park System Copper Falls State Park

A view of Copper Falls in the fall.

© Michael Knapstein

Reserve campsites at Copper Falls State Park.

COVID-19 Update

Wisconsin state park system properties are operating 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Most campgrounds are open with special conditions.

An annual park sticker or trail pass is required to visit state parks and trails. Buy before you go: annual and daily passes are NOT available for purchase at individual properties.

Office buildings, visitor centers, observation towers, shelters and playgrounds remain closed. For more information, please see:

Properties may be limiting admission based on capacity. Please make sure to seek out current property information on our website before visiting:

Park information


  • Copper Falls is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Copper Falls is about two miles northeast of Mellen in Ashland County. Take State Highway 13 to the north side of Mellen and turn (northeast) on State Highway 169. Go about 1.8 miles. The park entrance will be on your left. Geographic coordinates are 46° 20' 51.8" N, 90° 38' 34.0" W.


Concessions and rental equipment

The park's concession stand is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and on weekends through mid-October. The concession stand offers a small gift shop along with soft drinks, light lunches, ice cream and ice. Sunday mornings are popular at the concession as a pancake breakfast is held.

Friends group and volunteering

Copper Falls State Park is looking for campground hosts for 2020 to assist and inform campers of regulations, help keep the campground presentable and assist with nature programs. If interested in this volunteer position, please contact Park Superintendent Chris Bender at 715-274-5123.

Pets reminder

Responsible pet owners and their pets are welcome in Wisconsin State Parks. There are a few simple rules to ensure that you, your pet and other visitors will enjoy the park. Pets are not allowed on the Doughboys Nature trail.

Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020