Wisconsin Area Attractions
Western Wisconsin is a cornucopia
of adventures. Some of the
many exciting destinations include:
exploring the scenic back roads you will enjoy discovering interesting
facts about the Land, the History and the Geological Resources of this
extraordinary county. The Pierce County Partners in Tourism offers a
marvelous self-guided tour of the counties numerous geological
formations on a CD. For
more details or to order this CD contact the PCPT (715) 821-7799
of the many exciting geological formations referenced on the tourism
geological CD tour is Crystal Cave located on the western edge of Spring
Valley on Highway 29. Crystal
Cave is the longest cave in Wisconsin and is open to the public from
early April through October. Crystal
Cave offers regularly scheduled hour-long guided tours of the cave, plus
visitors can browse the gift shop, sample fresh homemade fudge and
participate in lucky miner gem panning.
short drive from
Crystal Cave is the Eau
Galle Recreation Area located just north of Spring Valley.
Eau Galle Lake and its surrounding recreation area offers
camping, picnicking, a swimming beach, summer and winter fishing,
non-motorized boating, great scenery and five miles of hiking trails in
eastern Pierce County.
Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the park's huge
earthen dam was completed in 1969 to control drainage from a 64-square
mile area. Take Hwy 29 east to CTH CC north, and then follow the signs.
For additional information call (715) 778-5562.
family oriented parks in the area include:
LAKE COUNTY PARK
Lake Park offers a full-service campground, 116-acre fishing lake
(electric motors only) with canoe and boat rental, picnicking, six miles
of hiking and cross-country ski trails, nature programs throughout the
summer, and park staff to assist visitors.
Operated by Pierce County, the 752-acre park was created around a
large dam created in 1972 to control flooding in the Plum Creek
watershed. Located 30 miles
southeast of River Falls. Take
Hwy 29 east to Hwy 62; go south to Hwy 72, then east to CTH CC.
Turn south and watch for the signs.
An entry fee is required for every vehicle entering Nugget Lake
County Park. The fee
schedule is as follows:
Entrance (Per Vehicle/Per Day)
first hour $2.00 ea. additional hour
fees are paid in addition to entrance fees.
Prices subject to change.
Canoe/boat rentals include life jackets and paddles.
Fishing licenses are available.
Dogs on leash only.
Quiet hours exist after 11:00 PM. For additional information call
(715) 639-5611 or visit the website at
RIVER STATE PARK
thousand acres of rolling countryside includes three dams, three lakes,
a famous trout stream, sand beach and prairie remnants. Community
support resulted in a recent development of a nature center.
Facilities include camping, fishing, boating, canoeing, swimming,
picnicking and handicapped restrooms.
About 10 miles from River Falls.
Follow Hwy 35 to I-94.
CTH A north to the park entrances.
Call (715) 386-5931.
Buffalo Hills Ranch
Located near River Falls WI, less than 1 mile west of Circle K Orchard on 730th Street is
400 Native American Bison. In this pastoral setting one can view the
largest mammal in North America just as it was in the 1700's before the
land was settled. Owners, Mark and Kathy Gehl welcome visitors to the
ranch and offer complimentary tours for a close-up view of their
award-winning herd. While visiting the Ranch you may shop for fresh meat
and related Buffalo items in the Ranch store. Because this is a working
ranch, visitors are requested to call ahead for an appointmentKINNICKINNIC
Kinnickinnic, a cold water trout stream, forms a large, sandy delta
where it flows into the St. Croix River.
The park is devoted to boaters who swim and fish, then sleep in
moored boats or campsites. Offerings
include fishing, water-skiing, canoeing, swimming and picnicking.
About five miles southwest of River Falls. Follow Hwy 29 S to CTH F, Travel west to FF.
Call (715) 425-1129.
scenic recreation areas are second only to the World-Class pristine
fly-fishing sustained by the
Kinnickinnic, Rush and Trimbelle rivers
that traverse the county. For
Maps, Supplies, Licenses and other related information contact Fred
Benson at Lund's Hardware
Any trip to the
Western Wisconsin area
would not be complete without sampling the famous Wisconsin Cheeses.
Cady Cheese located east of Spring Valley, a short distance south
of I-94 on highway 128, is the countries largest producer of Longhorn
Cheese with over 25 tons of cheese being produced every day.
Cady Cheese also produces the world's "squeakiest" fresh Cheese curds.
There are over 100 different varieties of cheeses available for
sampling and the actual making of cheese may be viewed through one of
two viewing windows or with advanced notice, the knowledgeable staff
will conduct a tour. View a
video tour of the factory by visiting Cady Cheese is open daily all year.
The hours are January - April 9 am
to 5 pm and May to
weekdays 8:30 to 6 p.m. and on Sat and Sun, 9 a.m.
to 5 p. m.
For more information
772-4218 Or FAX (715)
favorite stop for Cheese connoisseurs is the Ellsworth Creamery to
sample the famous Wisconsin Cheese Curds.
Ellsworth located in the center of Pierce County has been
proclaimed the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin and is home to the
Ellsworth Creamery. Just
off Highway 10 on the East Side of town, the Ellsworth Creamery offers a
variety of onsite produced cheeses including 4 different flavors of
squeaky fresh Cheese Curds. The
Creamery is open Monday through Friday
many connoisseurs the perfect compliment for their cheese is
a glass of wine.
In recent years, western Wisconsin has blossomed with several
new vineyards and perhaps one of the finest and most unique
is Vino in the Valley located south of Spring
Valley on the banks of
the Rush River in Maiden Rock Wisconsin just off of State Highway 10. Vino
in the Valley not only offers an excellent assortment of quality wines,
the vineyard offers a succulent outdoor dining experience with a
complete gourmet dinner of pasta and pizza prepared in an open hearth
oven. Visitors are invited to visit the gift shop, stroll along the
river and through the vineyard or simply relax and enjoy acoustic music
from local artisans near one of the bonfires. Open June through
September on Thursday and Saturday evenings. For directions and details
on current events
minutes from the Ellsworth Creamery between Ellsworth and River Falls
you will find Circle K Orchard, home of the Annual Lions Club Apple
Festival. Circle K Orchard
is open to the public from early August until October 31 for u-pick as
well as prepackaged apples. In
addition to the ever popular “Honey Crisp” apples, Circle K Orchard
offers 13 other varieties of Apples, fresh pressed “pasteurized”
Apple Cider, Caramel Apple Pies, custom made Caramel Apples, Jam,
Jellies and gift items. For directions and additional information on
tours call (715) 273-7799 or visit the website at www.Circle-K-Orchard.com
the Golfer, the Pierce County area offers a plethora of challenging
opportunities from Championship courses like Kilkarney Hills www.kilkarneyhills.com
to the pastoral 9 hole course at the Ellsworth County Club (Open
to the public). For a
detailed list of area golf courses visit
over 220 miles of groomed trails, Pierce County is a favorite
destination for the snowmobile enthusiast. For maps and trail conditions contact Nugget Lake Park at (715)
639-5611 or visit the website at www.co.pierce.wi.us
Farm Markets in
St. Croix County provide an excellent opportunity to acquire locally
grown produce as well as specialty items such as: organic meats,
honey, maple syrup and fresh cut flowers. There are markets in all
the major communities that open in early summer and continue into the
early fall. For a complete listing and details on specific markets
go to: www.stcroixcountywi.com/farmersmarket.htm
Bike Trail Maps
This year will mark the eighth annual
ride through the beautiful St. Croix
River Valley. It will embark Sunday,
September 21st, 2008, at Hoffman Park.
Ride registrations will begin at 7:30AM
with a tentative ride completion time of
The Autumn Trek
Well marked routes and trail maps
Sag wagon support
Beautiful rest stops with great food
Circle K apple festival and civil
Raffle for a Gary Fisher Tiburon
Four scenic country routes from family
friendly to the ultimate challenge
25 Mile Kinnickinnic River Amble: Easy
to moderate rides that meander around
the Kinnickinnic River with ample rest
stops along the way. Included in the 25
mile ride is a rest stop at Earth Works
45 Mile Trimbelle River Ramble: A
moderate ride that travels south of
River Falls to the Circle K Apple
Orchard before doing a short-cut from
the Trimbelle River/Gas Light ride to
take you back to Hoffman Park.
65 Trimbelle River Rumble: A moderate to
challenging ride along the Trimbelle
River to the Gas Light. The route
includes a beautiful 18 mile loop, from
the Gas Light, that has some long hills
on its route to the Great River Road,
Mississippi River bluffs and its return
to Hoffman Park.
100 Mile Ultimate Challenge: For the
rider who wants the ultimate experience.
This ride adds an extra loop to the 65
mile ride. (no SAG support on the extra
Proceeds from the Autumn Trek will be
used to promote bicycle safety and
education, bike/pedestrian trail
enhancements and interconnected
bike/pedestrian routes in the West
Central Wisconsin River Valleys. The
Wisconsin DOT Transportation Grant
awarded through our efforts, to the Town
of Troy in 1999 covers the cost of bike
shoulders on both side of South Glover
Road and North Townsvalley Road. On
completion of this and County Road FF
and MM bike shoulder projects, there
will be a continuous linkup of
pedestrian/bicycle trails that connects
Hudson and River Falls.
Wednesdays, 5:30 PM, Hoffman
Park, River Falls. Usually there are
enough riders to form an "A" & a "B"
ride. The "A" ride is usually 30 to 40
miles while the "B" ride is 25 to 30
miles. We usually meet back at Hoffman
Park to socialize.
River Valley Trails accepts no
responsibility or liability for this
Fridays, 9:00AM, Place to be
determined. SEE WISCONSIN FROM A BIKE
Friday B level ride 45-60 miles through
Western Wisconsin countryside. We will
meet at 9:00 AM Friday morning and then
drive to the starting point for the
ride. We will be back in Hudson around
The rides are designed to maximize the
scenic value of lakes, rivers and scenic
overlooks. The routes will be slightly
to moderately hilly. But, distance and
difficulty are negotiable.
We will stop for lunch at a café or
resort and then loop back to the
starting point. The overall average
speed will be about 14 mph.
For details on the next trip and meeting
call Jerry or Deanne at 715-386-6272.
River Valley Trails waiver forms are
provided for all riders.