Friendly and Unique Places

Friendly and Unique Places

Wisconsin is filled with a variety of fun-filled destinations that would make for the perfect family vacation. With such diverse regions and landscapes, the Dairy State has a lot to choose from when it comes to picking out the perfect trip. If you’re on the lookout for unique places to stay in Wisconsin for families, we’ve created the friendly and unique places that will make for a family vacation your kids will never forget.

Wisconsin currently has 49 state park units, covering more than 60,570 acres, 44 State Trails open to the public, covering more than 1,700 miles, and more than 6,000 campsites in the Wisconsin State Park System.

All of us have a favorite. Whether it’s a state park along the bluffs of the Mississippi River or along the shores of Lake Superior, or the Southern Kettle Morraine, or near the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Wisconsin has so many choices.

Each month, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Friendly and Unique places will introduce a trail, a state park, a forest, or a recreation area that may become a family favorite.

Pattison State Park - 

Friendly and Unique State Park

Pattison State Park features the highest waterfalls in Wisconsin and the fourth highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Big Manitou Falls is 165 feet high and Twin Little Manitou Falls is 31 feet high. This 1,400-acre park also has a lake with a beach, a nature center, camping, and 
scenic hiking trails.
Pattison State Park has 59 regular (family) campsites, 18 of them with electric hookups and three backpack sites.
There is a sanitary dumping station but no sewer or water hookups. Showers and flush toilets are available during the summer. Pets are welcome in Wisconsin State Parks but must be on a leash and under control at all times.

Activities and amenities
  • Nature center: The Gitche Gumee Nature Center features exhibits about the park's cultural and natural history, including its wildlife and geology. Guided nature walks are offered, and children's nature exploration backpacks are also available.
  • Swimming: The park has a 300-foot (91 m) sand beach on Interfalls Lake.
  • Trails: The park's 9 miles (14 km) of hiking trails include trails that are used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Beaver Slide Nature Trail is 2 miles long and circles Interfalls Lake. Logging Camp Trail is 4.7 miles long from which some of the remains of Pattison's old logging camp by the Black River, can be seen.
  • Camping: The park has 59 family campsites, 18 of them with electric hookups, and 3 backpack sites.