Amnicon Falls State Park
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.
County and State Park
The special charm of the area had long brought visitors to the falls. In 1932, Douglas County purchased 60 acres of land and received another 65 acres as a gift from the Bardons and Bardon Park was established.
In the 1930s the Town of Amnicon took over operation of the park in cooperation with the county. During this period, much of the development was accomplished by the Works Program Administration (WPA). By the mid-1950s the Town of Amnicon had purchased land adjacent to Bardon Park that totaled 522 acres. By 1959 the park had become so popular and maintenance costs became such a load, the town suggested that they and the county consider transferring ownership to the state.
In 1961 Douglas County donated the original 125 acres of Bardon Park plus an additional 40 acres to the state of Wisconsin. In 1965 the Town of Amnicon sold its 522 acres to the state. Between 1965 and 1977 the state purchased another 138 acres of property completing the 828 acre park now know as Amnicon Falls State Park. The falls will be here for untold years to come and so, too, will be the people who walk the river banks and enjoy this special place.
If you need to get a fix of awesome waterfalls, this is your place. Make it part of a day of waterfall viewing by hitting Pattison State Park as well. The multiple cascades of Amnicon Falls are breathtaking, especially at high flows like we experienced this past October. The light filtering through the trees and mist from the falls made for magical conditions. There are great hiking trails along the river and waterfalls, quaint footbridges that crisscross it all, and ample parking on either side of the river to access the trails. You can climb up and down plenty of rock walls and follow trails that will take you all the way to the north end of the park.
Hidden gem of the Wisconsin Northwoods, just 15 minutes from Duluth. Well marked from road. Busier in summer than winter, but winter visitors will get to see the falls covered with snow and ice, which is spectacular in itself. State Park pass required, but hour-long passes are available and sufficient if you just want to see the highlights and not hike any of the longer trails. During winter season a dropbox system is used for purchasing passes, which is easy enough to figure out if you read through and follow the directions.
I love the many waterfalls here, my most visited of this kind. I come here all four seasons. Not too much in Jan and Feb though. Early or late winter is cool with ice formations.
Small park, great for a day trip. The falls are beautiful. Just know that there are currently no flush toilets but they are building a new office that will have them. There are also no showers (for campers).
Stunning waterfalls every direction. You can get very close to the water.