Copper Falls State Park

Copper Falls State Park, Mellen, WI

Canyons, streams and waterfalls to delight photographers, hikers and cross-country skiers; just north of Mellen in Ashland County.

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges, and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Much of the park's natural beauty is a result of flowing lava that formed into erosion-resistant columnar basalt. The cornerstone of the park is the Bad River, which weaves its way northward to Lake Superior penetrating scenic hemlock and maple stands. Two branches of the Bad River converge in the park and host Copper and Brownstone Falls and the Tyler Forks Cascades.

The Vahtera Trail rolls through a beautiful forest of birch and maple. The North Country National Scenic Trail, skirts Loon Lake and crosses the marshland and woods to Mellen. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. Swimming beach at Loon Lake, miles of trails, small lake (no motors allowed), backpack sites, group sites, mountain biking trails, absolutely beautiful hiking trails by the river, and Copper Falls, family campgrounds, plus walk-in and backpack campsites available.

The North Country Trail is 7.8 miles long in this park. Beautiful hemlock, sugar maple, white pine, and yellow birch forests may be seen. Second-growth forests with red oak, ironwood, paper birch, aspen, basswood, red pine, and other trees blanket many parts of the park. Animals most commonly seen in the park area include deer, fishers, black bears, raccoons, chipmunks, skunks, and red squirrels. Gray squirrels, gray wolves, and porcupines also live in the park and may be seen.

Copper Falls State Park Private Campgrounds and Camping Reservations

Friends of Copper Falls State Park

Copper Falls State Park in the City of Mellen - Ashland County (Northwest WI).


Copper Falls State Park
36764 Copper Falls Road
Mellen, WI 54546
United States
(715) 274-5123

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