Lake Wissota

Lake Wissota, Chippewa Falls WI

Lake Wissota was formed in 1915 from a small pond into a 6,024 acre lake with a depth of 72' by the Wisconsin Minnesota Power Company as a tool in producing hydroelectric power. Located on the north shore is Lake Wissota State Park noted for its camping and boating activities. Swimming, picnicking, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Picnic/Day Use, Launch Ramp and hiking are also available at the park. There are 81 well-spaced campsites with flush toilets, showers and electrical hookups. There are two boat launches, and motors are allowed. Canoes can be rented at the park from the Friends of Lake Wissota State Park. The park has a bathhouse at the 100-yard beach.

Chippewa County has some of the most beautiful recreational land and water in all of Wisconsin! It is home to the famous Ice Age Trail Recreational Area, Brunet State Park, Lake Wissota State Park, the Chippewa and Flambeau Rivers, numerous deep clear lakes, and the granddaddy of them all, Lake Wissota. Just a short 2 hour drive from the Twin Cities and you'll arrive at this pristine clear water lake.

Lake Wissota State Park has 18-hole, par 71 Championship course, two picnic areas and four shelters. There are two ball diamonds and a volleyball court. Two group campsites for up to 80 tents can be reserved for large group camping. Open year round, the park offers a variety of winter activities including cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, tackle crafting, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.

Along the last 15 miles of Chippewa River course, the main channel forms the county boundary between Pepin and Buffalo Counties. Major Lakes along the river's route include the Radisson and Holcombe Flowages, Lake Wissota and Dell's Pond, all of which are reservoirs. The river's primary tributaries include the Couderay, Thornapple, Flambeau, Jump, Fisher, Yellow, Eau Claire, Red Cedar and Eau Claire Rivers.

Lake Wissota State Park has about 1,062 acres of rich forests. The park is located on the Northeast side of the lake and a great place for hiking. As you are walking through the forest you might get lucky and see animals like white tailed deer, badgers, red fox, woodchuck, otter, beaver, muskrat, and mink. Also there are over 200 different species of birds that have been sighted there.

Location and direction:

Located on the north shore of our largest lake and only six miles east of Chippewa Falls, Lake Wissota State Park has a marked beach on Lake Wissota. From State Highway 27, about 2 miles north of Cadott turn west on County Highway O. Continue on Highway O about 8.4 miles. The park entrance will be on your left.


Lake Wissota State Park
18127 County Highway O
Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Phone: (715) 382-4574
Fax: (715) 382-5187