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Perrot State Park

Great River State Trail- Following the Mississippi River, the 24-mile Great River State Trail goes north from Onalaska through Trempealeau, Perrot State Park, and the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.

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Description - Named for the 17th century French explorer, Nickolas Perrot, Perrot State Park lies at the confluence of the might Mississippi and the Trempealeau. At the turn of the last century, John A. Latsch donated the land for the park and in 1918 the historic area was preserved thus becoming Perrot State Park.

Early inhabitants included the ancient Indian cultures of Archaic, Early Woodland and Effigy Mound Builders. Numerous mounds were initially destroyed by agricultural efforts but remaining mounds have been identified from the Hopewell culture.

Perrot State Park is home to one of Wisconsin's unique natural features, Brady's Bluff Prairie. This dry prairie is situated on a steep bluff rising 400 feet above the Mississippi River. At top the wind-swept bluff over 100 plant species including big and little bluestem, northern dropseed, and rough blazing star have been identified.

Attractions - Adjoining the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Perrot State Park, Trempealeau NWR provides important habitat for a variety of migratory birds including bald eagles, osprey, black terns, American white pelicans, sora rails, nineteen species of ducks, and numerous species of warblers. Visitors to this abundantly rich wildlife area may fish, hike, boat, off-road bike, ski, and camp. Shower buildings and flush toilets provided. Camping reservations are available online or by calling a toll-free reservation number. Contact information is listed below. Canoes are available for rent from the park office. Paddles and personal flotation devices are included in the rental. Trail passes are required for mountain bikers 16 years and older.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities at Perrot State Park include boating, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing, and cross-country skiing.

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 - Perrot State Park is located three miles north of Trempealeau in Wisconsin's southwest area.

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Contact Information:
Perrot State Park, Rt. 1, Box 407 , Trempealeau, WI, 54661, Phone: 608-534-6409

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Great River State Trail - Following the Mississippi River, the 24-mile Great River State Trail goes north from Onalaska through Trempealeau, Perrot State Park, and the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.
Southwest Wisconsin - Southwestern Wisconsin is well known for the Norwegian descendants that farm the region and maintain many Scandinavian traditions.
Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers - Wisconsin is a land of lakes and rivers. The state boasts over 15,000 lakes, national and state protected rivers, and famed borders with the Mississippi, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.
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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