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Interstate ParkActivities and recreation

Hiking Hiking

There are more than nine miles of hiking trails in the park that offer the walker many opportunities for viewing the spectacular scenery and natural attributes of the park. Guided hikes are offered during the summer months. Pets must be on a leash 8 feet or shorter at all times. Hiking trails vary in difficulty. Not all trails are surfaced; use caution on steep bluffs and near cliffs. Trail surfaces can become slippery when wet, leaf-covered or where there is loose gravel.

Biking Biking

There is no bicycling in the park, but in nearby St. Croix Falls, the Gandy Dancer State Trail is open for bicycling.

Camping Camping

Camping at Interstate Park

Swimming Swimming

There is a swimming beach with a beach house at Lake O' the Dalles. Lifeguards are not provided. Use caution when wading in unknown waters as water depth may change abruptly. Cliff jumping is prohibited on the entire St. Croix River and swimming is not allowed up river from the boat launch.

Boat Launch Canoeing & Kayaking Boating, canoeing and kayaking

Only nonmotorized craft are allowed in Lake O' the Dalles. There is a boat launch on the St. Croix River and Lake O' the Dalles. Canoe rentals are available outside the park.

Picnicking Shelters Playgrounds Picnic areas and playgrounds

There are several different areas within the park with picnic tables, fireplaces, grills, water and restrooms. There are reservable picnic shelters at Interstate for group outings.

Rock climbing Rock climbing

The park is not maintained for rock climbing; climb at your own risk. Climbers may encounter loose rocks and surfaces can become slippery when wet or leaf covered. Individual climbing permits are not required; however, climbing instructors should contact the park office regarding a use permit. Particular areas or climbing routes are not reservable and some areas are closed to all use.

Fishing Fishing

Two kayakers on the St. Croix RiverThe St. Croix is a top-notch fishing river for almost every kind of game fish including walleyes, northern pike, muskies and small-mouth bass. Youngsters will find that the Lake O' the Dalles provides fine shore fishing. There is also a handicapped accessible fishing pier on Lake O' the Dalles.

Hunting Trapping Hunting and trapping

Hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties. For more information, please see:

Winter Activities Winter activities

Interstate has about 12.5 miles (20 km) of winter recreation trails available for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking. One intermediate level trail 2.8 miles (4.5 km) is groomed for cross-country skiing only. The park does not monitor ice conditions on Lake O' the Dalles or the St. Croix River.

Last revised: Monday April 23 2018