Amnicon Falls State Park features a series of delightful waterfalls and rapids along the Amnicon River. You can view them from a covered foot bridge or trails along the river, or-if you're sure-footed-from the rocky shore of the river. The park is a place to picnic, camp, walk in the woods and learn about the Douglas Fault, the geological formation that created the falls. Amnicon Falls State Park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Activities and recreation:
The park has 1.8 miles of trails. There are a number of short trails along both sides of the Amnicon River, offering varied views of the falls and surrounding scenery. A 0.8-mile self-guided nature trail provides scenic views of the river as well as access to the river bed down stream from the falls area.
Amnicon Falls State Park has 36 campsites, including one that is accessible for people with disabilities and two walk-in sites, 100 and 150 feet from the parking area. There is a swing set and sandbox in the campground, as well as a large field perfect for family activities.
While swimming and wading are permitted, caution is urged. Water levels and flows fluctuate and river conditions change from day to day. Rocks may be slippery. Never allow children to swim unsupervised. Amnicon Falls State Park has no designated beaches and no lifeguards.
No diving or jumping. Jumping from rock walls into the river is dangerous and not permitted. River levels vary, resulting in unknown water depths and current changes. In addition, rocks fall from the gorge walls and are hidden in the dark water.
Three picnic areas can be found along the river starting at the park office. Picnic tables and grills are also available in the area of the covered bridge parking lot.
Although better known for or its scenery than its fishing, the Amnicon River sometimes produces excellent catches. A warm water stream, it flows north into Lake Superior. Below the park it changes from a fast-flowing river to one that is slow, wide and meandering. A variety of species that live in the lower river and Lake Superior migrate up the Amnicon to spawn each year. The best fishing is downstream from the Lower Falls. All anglers 16 years and older must have a fishing license. In addition, anyone fishing for or keeping trout must have a trout stamp.
Hunting and trapping
Hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties.
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