Pattison state park has gone through some hard trials over the past few years. Heavy storm and food damaged washed out the main freeway to the park, destroyed the river side trails from Little Manitou to Big Manitou falls and shut down the public beach and campgrounds for some time.
The state has been pouring a lot of money into the repair and improvement of the park since then. They undertook the building of a new shower house facility, repairing all the hiking trails and restoring the observation decks and trails around Big Manitou Falls.
Pattison features the 4th highest waterfall east of the rockies (highest in WI/MN). Even the "Little" Manitou falls is 31 feet in height. It is also within a one hour drive to several other amazing parks with waterfalls.
The family camp sites are small, sometimes not the greatest with tree coverage and a bit of a walk to the shower house facilities.
The staff there are nice. There is lots of parking available. Easy and quick access to see both of the falls from parking areas. This is a nice weekend camping location. The trail system is limited in miles so more than two or three days may be too long for those that like to hike and explore.
The area around Big Manitou Falls and the swimming area are too developed and close to the road for my taste and many of the less developed trails are still closed - but the backpack campsites are gorgeous and worth the trip. It’s only a 1.5 mile hike and there is a vault toilet so it’s a nice compromise between convenience and true backcountry camping. The White Birch site is almost right on top of Little Manitou Falls and it’s an easy trek from the campsite to some boulders where you can sit and watch the water. There is access to the opposite side of the falls from a parking lot so it’s not completely secluded but we only heard one or two visitors during our entire stay.
Good hiking trails, beautiful nature, quiet and tucked away…I like it.
Great campground! Most of the sites are perfect for tent camping or glamping. Clean and each site is well separated and lots of trees. Manitou Falls is a short walk away and is incredible. Bring firewood.
Waterfalls, large well maintained sites, hiking trails, clean restrooms/showers.
Tallest waterfall in Wisconsin! We’ve camped here many times, a good place to try and snag a first come first serve site if you’re camping last minute. The fall colors are AMAZING to witness at this park!
We have started at Pattinson State Park a total of three times.
Our first time was at a backpacking site and we did not arrive till after the office had closed. We found a map at the park office and set off on our trek. The park had a major flood Father’s Day 2018 and we were staying in September 2018 which meant many trails were washed out. The trails leading into the backpacking sites were not marked and there was construction everywhere making it very difficult to find out site. Once we found the site we discovered the backpack site was a very secluded site with nobody else in site. The site has ample space with a two picnic tables and a nice bench.
We returned this year in May to the backpack sites and found the trails were still as torn up as before and with just as little navigational markers on the trail to tell us where to go. At the backpack sites you can use whatever wood is down at the site for your fire.
We again returned in June this time to stay at the Main campground with our camper. Our site was located on the left side of the loop. The site is designed as a pull through site however if you do this your door will facing the road and the back of the camper will be to the fire pit and picnic table. Other than that the site was great with LOTS of space. We could have parked two campers on the site and still had room for a tent.
The hike to the falls is amazing as well. This park has the 4th highest waterfall east of the Rockies at 165 feet which is only 2 feet shorter than Niagara Falls. They have a nice selfie station where you can set your phone to take photos of you and whoever your with.
There is a lot of construction at the park due to the flooding that occurred in 2018 but it is well worth it.
Beautiful beautiful state park for hiking and swimming for children the beaches enclosed on a man-made lake with no motor boats allowed perfect for kayaking and canoeing for hiking through the woods to see the waterfalls campgrounds are nice and secluded but I have minimum utilities Vault toilets the definition of a beautiful Northern Wisconsin Campground the only downside is the beach has been closed for swimming as of 2018 due to flooding
This is a this is a beautiful Wisconsin state park with some of the largest waterfalls in the state beautiful Trails for hiking and a nice man made beached in Lake for swimming as of 2018 due to flooding the beach has been closed the campground is nice with private sites
Bbeautiful spot. Great hikes. Nice showers and her peaceful.