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Description - Mill Bluff is a unique 203-foot bluff that is flat-topped in nature and rises abruptly from surrounding flat, sand plain. Large mesas and small buttes characterize the park's region. Slender pinnacles range in height from 80 to over 120 feet. The bluffs have withstood the test of nature's elements due to their dense, hard rock cap. All once stood as islands in Glacial Lake Wisconsin that extended over 70 miles long and 150 feet deep. Stair steps provide a path for visitors to reach the heights of Mill Bluff where memorable views include Ragged Rock (80 feet), Bee Bluff (60 feet), the two-hump Camel Bluff, Volk Airfield, the city of Camp Douglass and Interstates 90 and 94.

Plant life is particularly interesting at the park due to the steadfast shade resulting from the tall rock formations. Morel mushrooms and lady slipper's are just two of the shade-loving species found in the park. Other interesting wildflowers observed in the park include false wild indigo, blue lupine, starflower, and prickly pear.

Attractions - Scenic Mill Bluff State Park offers the usual state park amenities. A campground invites tenters, RVers, and those with physical impairments. All sites are first-come, first-served. Firewood is for sale seasonally.

Several hiking opportunities exist including the 185-step stairway to Mill Bluff. A 1.25-mile loop trail winds around one of the Camel Bluffs and a 0.4-mile nature trail offers insights to the surroundings.

Picnic opportunities and a swimming beach attract warm-weather visitors. The beach is located on a 2.5-acre pond with enhancements that include changing area, picnic tables, grills, and toilets. The beach and easy water entrance is particularly suitable for families with small children.

The park naturalist holds scheduled programs throughout the summer months.

Recreation - Visitors come to Mill Bluff State Park for hiking, viewing scenery, swimming, camping, and nature study.

Climate - Southwest Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. January's average temperature is above 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). Average July temperature is 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Southwest Region can range from 20 - 40". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.

Location - Mill Bluff State Park is located several miles west of New Lisbon off Interstates 90 & 94.

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ICON Picnicking Tables, Grills, Restrooms
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Changing Area. Particularly suitable for families with small children.

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Contact Information:
Mill Bluff State Park, c/o Box 99 , Ontario, WI, 54651, Phone: 608-337-4775

Additional Information:
Southwest Wisconsin - Southwestern Wisconsin is well known for the Norwegian descendants that farm the region and maintain many Scandinavian traditions.
Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas & Trails - Wisconsin showcases 86 state park system properties offering visitors an opportunity to hike, camp, swim, fish, and simply relax.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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