Sitting pretty right where the Mississippi and Trempealeau rivers meet, Perrot State Park is a true geographic wonder. This 1,270-acre park was once inhabited by the native tribes in the area, who conducted important meetings (amongst other things) atop Trempealeau Mountain. The “mountain” is truthfully considered more of a bluff, as it is cone-shaped and surrounded by water. Trempealeau Mountain, as well as Brady's Bluff Prairie are the two main natural areas that the state park protects.
Another interesting factoid about this park is that it's located in Wisconsin's Driftless region. The Driftless region is characterized by the lack of glaciation that took place there during the last Ice Age. This makes it one of the few places in the world you can actually see that was left unaffected and uncarved by ancient glaciers. Luckily, the park's main attractions provide stunning views of the surrounding geography.
As far as recreation, this park offers plenty. There are over 12 miles of hiking trails that are great for mountain biking as well. Many of the trails provide great viewpoints from which hikers can enjoy the beautiful view of the Mississippi River with. Right over on the Trempealeau River is a boat landing where visitors can take their own private canoe or rented kayak out for some time on the water. Fishing equipment is available at the park office, and anglers can enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the shore.
During the winter, over nine miles of trails are groomed for cross country skiing, as well as snowshoeing and winter hiking. Visitors are urged to take caution as the rivers can be unpredictable and exposed to various ice conditions.
There are 2 campgrounds available for use at Perrot State Park. One is a family campground that features 102 campsites, 38 of them have electrical hookups. The other one features 4 walk-in campsites with water access. Both campgrounds offer easy access to trails and other attractions of the park.
Camped here in May and pretty much had our choice of sites; we were able to find one with a water view. (The campground is located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Trempealeau Rivers). Bring your own water; notices were posted that the water was not safe for drinking and that it should not be boiled due to high levels of nitrates - I thought this may have been temporary but after reading other reviews, it seems to be all the time. No host on-site before Memorial Day. Great hike up Brady’s Bluff and the wildflowers were beautiful in the spring. Close to the town of Trempealeau with a few bars and restaurants.
Camp sites were well spaced and private. Staff was busy but patient and helpful.
Very nice area, camped in a tent at the end of September. Firewood had very easy access. The campground was a pretty large layout, but still easy to navigate. Nice hiking spots with amazing views. Bugs weren't too terrible, I maybe had two mosquito bites the whole 4 days, and that was before I put bug spray on.
Rentals for canoes and kayaks are available. Unfortunately, when I went the current was too strong. We could still rent one but they warned us that if we weren't able to make it through the current, that we wouldn't be able to get our money refunded.
There were signs posted that the drinking water cannot be boiled, nor can it be given to babies or elderly due to high nitrates. But we brought our own water anyways.
We have a 30ft travel trailer and we had a tight fit into our campsite. But shady trees overhead and a nice fire pit. Best part about the campground are the trails! We had some stellar hikes, and there's kayaking nearby. Well maintained trails of increasing difficulty. Bring water!! We also saw lots of interesting wildlife, including a rattle snake at the top shelter. Trempaleau is a cute little town with great food at the Hotel and a bike trail for some distance. Like all state parks they are electric only. It took forever to fill out tank, so my only complaint was it took about 30 min per camper to get about 1/2 full with water. We used the pit and flush facilities. Skipped the showers and just went swimming instead.
The group campground was perfect for our event. The sites are spacious and private and the fire rings are massive! We even had a white raven spend a fee days with us which was wild! The bathroom is not plumbed so be prepared to diy a sink and check with the park service about drinking water quality ahead of time. Try Brady’s Bluff hike for a challenging path full pf stairs and gorgeous views pr go a little slower with the black walnut path.
Variety of sites - we had a very wooded one - semi private. The hiking is great - with wonderful views of the River - Also near Trempealeau and the old hotel, barge traffic, and the Great River Road - also the national wildlife refuge….
This place is so peaceful. There is so much hiking and kayaking to do! I still haven’t explored it all. I can’t wait to go back!
Located among driftless Wisconsin, Perrot SP is a great place to camp. The highlight of this park are the hiking trails created by the CCC. Brady’s Bluff is a must see trail that takes you to the top providing an amazing view of the Mississippi.
There is a lot of hiking (the view from the bluffs are amazing) you can rent kayaks canoes etc. and they have a boat landing. No shore fishing or swimming which is disappointing.
The nonelectric sites were a bit small (compared to many state parks I have been too) -especially considering the gravel spot they leave for pop ups - not great to tent camp on and takes up most of the space that is safely far enough from the fire pit.
The bathrooms were decent but quite a hike (which stinks late at night) the showers were clean but I never used them.
However, the bugs and mosquitos were almost unbearable. We fogged the site daily, had thermacells, and coated ourselves in bug spray - still came home completely bit up and trying to play cards at night the constant hum of bugs was a bit much.
This campground has beautiful views along the Trempealeau river flowage and the Mississippi River. Campground is along the Trempealeau river, and has river views but not river access. There is no beach on site, which is a downer for families that want to play in the water. The hiking trails are very well marked.
The bathroom and shower facilities are great, and well kept which makes this a great family friendly place.