Camping At Perrot State Park: Paradise On Earth

Seated on over 1,243 acres of bountiful nature, Perrot State Park lies among 500-foot bluffs and decked between the meeting point of the Trempealeau and the Mississippi River.

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There are countless times you want just to relax and not have a care in this world and the features and amenities at Perrot State Park are designed to grant this and much more.

The site features a wide array of historical sightings and resources, nature trails, lush vegetation, ancient artifacts, and breathtaking views. Your time spent at the park will give you enough challenges to satisfy your quest for adventure.

You can engage in so many activities with friends and family and also enjoy some good food while you’re at it. Want to bike on a nature trail with some good music bouncing in your ear? Well, take a trip to Perrot State Park on your vacation, and you will have no regrets.

Camping At Perrot State Park: Paradise On Earth

Perrot State Park offers a natural setting with the opportunity to explore plant life and freshwater bodies. Numerous landmarks also line the grounds of the campsite and enough green space to engage in recreational activities. There are activities open for all seasons, and no matter who you are (even if you have a disability), the park caters to your adventure-seeking needs.

In addition to the numerous fun amenities and activities you can engage in, there are also RV parking spots designed with electricity connections, showers, dump stations, and flush toilets (mainly during peak seasons).

Your Adventure at Perrot State Park

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Perrot State Park offers a lot of adventure for the entire family, and it will create a fun experience like no other. You will have no regrets adding this fantastic nature park to your bucket list for your next vacation as you can engage in a lot of off-season and in-season activities like:

* Bike Rides – Whether you want to explore the mountain areas or you want to stroll along the river is entirely up to you. There is no limit on the amounts of sightings you will see and just how lush and bountiful nature can get when you choose to unwind.

* Canoeing/boating along the river – There are canoe rental areas in close range where you can access to get sailing along the Trempealeau Bay. Slowly make your way across the stream as the morning or evening breeze dazzle across your face and create a mesmerizing feeling of inner peace.

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* Fishing & Hunting – Get the family down by the river and throw your fishing lines in and wait for nature to surprise you. You may also go hunting with the family (maybe a slight age restriction may apply) as there are various licenses available. Your hunting is not limited and also covers bird-hunting.

* Picnics – Are you searching for the perfect place that provides a quiet environment and serene setting to bond with the family over some freshly baked delicacies and fruits? Well, there are many areas in Perrot State Park that allow the family to enjoy some great food, fun, and games.

* Skiing & Snowshoeing – The winter season has as much fun as the sunny period as you can indulge in various activities like skiing and snowshoeing. However, there is an age restriction to 16 and above for skiing activities.

* Scenic Drives – Are you in for a grand tour to learn more about the history and resources Wisconsin’s Great River Road has to offer? Well, the area makes it easy for one to go for a drive (hours or days length!) and enrich your minds and eyes of the historical offerings of the environment. If you want to make the most of these drives, then going in the autumn period might be more satisfying.

Your “Home Away from Home” Experience

Camping is a must for some people, and Perrot State Park has a lot of resources to complement this vacation activity. Perrot State Park is covered with a lot to compliment your camping experience as their amenities and features are quite flexible to work around.

Just to note, if you desire to camp close to the waters, you will have to book early as these areas are mostly “first come, first serve.” Wisconsin is known for its excellent array of natural land space, so whether you choose to camp out under your tents or in your RVs, you will have no regrets.

Unlike many other campsites across the country, Perrot State Park offers campers access to a lot of amenities such as electrical connections, showers, and flush toilets. Also, in addition to these amenities, you have enough spacing to indulge in your family activities while still having your level of privacy.

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This national park sitting on the grounds of Wisconsin provides nothing less than authenticity as it takes you away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life.

Getaway to a calm and relaxing environment like no other and, in the process, meet and socialize with other camp lovers from all over the world. However, if you are looking for a quieter experience, then the winter would be the ideal season to book your stay as this time has fewer campers around.

There are also close-range entertainment spots you would like to visit (in town) to get your souvenirs, nightlife fun, or even some local cuisine. Perrot State is not limited to creating fun and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for you and your family.

Though the world is going through some level of crisis as we speak, it should not be the sole reason for you to pull the brakes on your plans. It will pass and life will get back to normal before we all know it!

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Embrace Nature at Fort Defiance State Park

Stretching 191 acres of rugged woodland, Fort Defiance State Park serves as a beautiful contrast against the gently rolled farmlands around it. With the availability of trails, picnics, and beautiful scenery, the Fort Defiance State Park is undeniably a great place to relax.

It has an abundance of vegetation which includes but not limited to plum, hawthorn, locust, and many oak species. In spring, slopes are sprinkled with trillium, violets, hepatica, and bloodroot. I was able to visit it with a group of fellow bloggers when we were exploring Estherville.

Embrace Nature at Fort Defiance State Park
Fort Defiance State Park

There is so much to rave about here but to start with? The park is FREE. If I am getting my facts from our tour correct, the charter was set up so that there would never be an entrance fee. This is rare in my travels, and more than worth the price you don’t have to pay for the chance to visit and enjoy the perfection of the imperfections of nature. Our group had a tour from one of the caretakers of the grounds and we hiked an incredible trail as we learned about the area.

Embrace Nature at Fort Defiance State Park

The primary shelter, The Fort Defiance Lodge is built to resemble an old military outpost. It is a great place to host meetings, wedding receptions, and reunions. You could envision the Civilian Conservation Corps of FDR getting the place in shape for the visitors.

You can see the old bobsled run (no longer available for sledding) down to the wooden footbridges that cross the streams. The park has an online reservation system which makes it easy for anyone to reserve the Fort Defiance lodge at any time. The open shelter is given on a first-come-first-serve basis with no additional charges.

Embrace Nature at Fort Defiance State Park

Famous for cross country skiing, during winter, the Fort Defiance state park has trails that you can take to move around the park, through the hill, and out to the woods which make up the park.

On three trails, equestrian use is permitted. They do post signs requesting that horses do NOT use the wooden footbridges as it simply isn’t safe too. We noticed that a few riders opted to ignore the warning signs and had actually caused a problem with the stability of one of the bridges.  

Embrace Nature at Fort Defiance State Park

Camping at Fort Defiance State Park

The Fort Defiance Park has a designated Camping area that embraces the authentic natural experience and puts away modernity as there are showers or flush toilets in the area. On eight sites there are electrical hookups.

Camping permits are made on the campground at the site through self-registration. There are fees for camping and those fees can also be paid on the site.

Embrace Nature at Fort Defiance State Park

The beautiful park, which is located at 3642 17th street Estherville, IA 51334, has a fantastic environment and serene atmosphere that will help you embrace nature’s warmth. You may be out in nature, but civilization isn’t unreachable.

Less than a mile away, there is a Boat Launch ramp, Boat, Dock, Church, Fish Cleaning Station, Hospital, Ice, Retail, Snack, Bait and Tackle, Drinks. You might want to keep an eye on the special events like a Fright Hike in October (1/2 mile hike through the haunted woods of Fort Defiance) and a Defiance Trail Run in May (A challenging 5K).

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Play in Nature at Peninsula State Park

After a few weeks in Indiana, it was nice to get back to our home state for camping! We zipped to the Door County Peninsula for a week and played in Door County! Peninsula State Park is the most popular state park in Wisconsin, with great reason.

Play in Nature at Peninsula State Park

The state park in the heart of famous Door County offers over 460 family campsites scattered over 5 campgrounds. Peninsula State Park has over 3,700 acres with eight miles of Green Bay shoreline, making it the third-largest state park in Wisconsin. It is a great place to visit if you like to find perfection in the imperfections of nature.

When taking a group there are three reservable areas strictly for tent camping. There is a camping host for any questions or concerns you may have throughout your camping trip.

The camping sites are not all electrical hookups so you’ll need to pick up some firewood if you plan to cook. As usual, outside firewood is prohibited inside the park, firewood is available at the wood yard and some local businesses.

Moving firewood into the park has the potential to carry diseases or tree pests that are harmful to the park. Plan ahead though, the in-park wood sale is only 4 to 7 pm each day.

Play in Nature at Peninsula State Park

North Nicolet Bay campground has amenities like hot water, a shower, and a flushable toilet system. You’ll find additional showers at the beach area. Peninsula has only one sand swimming beach which Nicolet Bay is a part of. Nicolet Bay has a playground, two volleyball courts, and a camp store.

The campground offers a boat launch and the camp store offers boat and bike rentals. This is where we parked our pop-up, close to the pit toilets. That is why each morning, while the chickadees were sharing their morning song, Miss Sarah and I would briskly walk a few rows over to the flush toilets.

Both bathrooms need a little updating with all the cracked tiles, etc and only one of the two showers in the ladies’ room was working.

Play in Nature at Peninsula State Park

All areas have nice roads between the sites and are perfect if you bring that bucket of chalk for the littles!

South Nicolet Bay campgrounds have 140 campsites with over 50 campsites having power, 25 of which are not reservable. The area has two amenities for hot water, flush facilities, and showers for campers.

It didn’t matter where we were, we had a poor signal for making calls – see the Mr standing on the picnic table for the nightly call with his dad, LOL!

Play in Nature at Peninsula State Park

At Tennison Bay 97 campsites out of the 144 are electric with all sites being reservable, The campgrounds on this site are safe for campers with disabilities. There is no swimming at Tennison Bay but the nearest beach is at Nicolet Bay which is a mile away from Tennison Bay. During the winter a portion of Tennison bay campgrounds is kept open for winter camping with electrical hookups.

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Weborg Point is an all-electrical campground but this site doesn’t have a campground host. The site offers a hot shower and a building with flushable toilets. A concrete fishing pier is located west of the campground you can relax and do a little fishing or you can catch dinner for the night.

Weickers Point located north of the campground has a reservable shelter, the shelter is enclosed on all sides but has no electrical service, with a fireplace, and fluorescent lighting making it perfect for a group function or a family reunion.

Peninsula State Park has the White Cedaar Nature Center – with a ton of programs for the littles! It is slated to be added on to – and with good reason! The program we dropped in on was packed!

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The Nicolet Beach made for a great way to relax in the afternoon. It twas Miss Sarah’s favorite place to cool off – she even went full-on with the swimsuit a few times instead of with her short and t-shirt!

Peninsula State Park has coastal wetlands, forests, bluff’s, and meadows with breathtaking colors from July to August, that makes it a great park to view local wildlife. A nature center with nature programs you can check out until you’re ready to head back to camp.

The state park is home to over 120 different bird species like Orioles and beautiful Red-Winged blackbirds. You might catch a glimpse of a raccoon but beware he may want to dig through the cooler for snacks to call his own, let the lullaby of a barred owl sing you to sleep; these owls can be found in the Tennison campgrounds.

Other wildlife that may make an appearance are rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, skunks, and porcupines so it’s a good idea not to leave food outside of your tent or in the campsite.

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Experience History and Nature at Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park overlooks the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers, the park is roughly 2,700 acres scattered with Indian burial grounds. It is one of the oldest parks in Wisconsin, the park offers bird watching, camping, hiking, and canoe rentals.

Wyalusing has over 14 miles of hiking trails spreading throughout Sand Cave, Mississippi Ridge, Turkey Hollow, and Sugar Maple Nature just to name a few.

Experience History and Nature at Wyalusing State Park

So Many Choices at Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park offers several different choices when it comes to camping for any outdoor adventure. Wyalusing has three different campgrounds to choose from, each with its own unique flare.

You and the family or group can choose from two family campgrounds, the Hugh Harper indoor camp, or an outdoor group camp. Wyalusing State Park can fulfill each need for campers while providing reassurance of safety.

Wisconsin Ridge and Homestead campgrounds boast 33 electrical campgrounds and a total of 109 campsites. Holding tank and dumping station or close by the campground for convenience and safety for the campers.

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Wisconsin Ridge campsites offer hiking trails that have magnificent views and discoveries. No matter if you plan to stay for a weekend or extend the stay to a week, the laundromat is close by and is open 24 hours a day for campers’ convenience.

The outdoor group camp is made up of five different campsites that can accommodate up to 130 people, The outdoor group camp is located near the Wisconsin Ridge campsite, giving occupants the option to use the holding tank and dumping site too.

Hugh Harper indoor camping site is designed for organized groups making the space great for family reunions, weddings, scout group meetings, and school functions. The modern facility offers a commercial kitchen equipped with commercial dishwasher, utensils, and silverware for guests to prepare and enjoy meals together, the indoor camping site offers a recreational room, large meeting room, cafeteria, and dining area.

The sleeping arrangements for the Hugh Harper indoor campsite are four separate heated dormitories able to hold 108 guests. There are two bathrooms for each dormitory with showers, sinks, and flushable toilets. Between the lodge and dormitories, there is an amphitheater, a large fire ring, and large charcoal burning grill right outside the kitchen.

Common Eco-Safety at Wyalusing State Park

There is to be no outside firewood brought in for use at the campsites, firewood can be purchased at the concession stand. Outside firewood has the potential to bring diseases or pests that can harm the parks plant and tree life.

Pic-Perfect at Wyalusing State Park

Wisconsin State Parks have set up selfie stations for campers and visitors to brush up on their selfie skills. There are selfie stations located throughout the Wyalusing State Park set up to capture the most amazing views and for an unforgettable trip that you can share with your friends and have to keep for years to come. Use the hashtag from the selfie station to share your unique selfie with others that have used the selfie station.

Check out this hard to find Male Luna moth! They only live about 7 days and we were lucky to find him!

With the beauty of the Wyalusing State Park all around you, spend the night with nature and open your eyes to gorgeous once in a lifetime sunrise that is cast across the trees and rolling hills. You will find yourself close to Prairie du Chien and all that it has to offer too!

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