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Copper Falls State Park


Copper Falls is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Copper Falls is made up of ancient lava flows that created deep crevices to make up an amazing waterfall. These falls are considered to be one of the most scenic parks in Wisconsin. The park has a very interesting history. Throughout the last several thousand years many different Native American tribes have lived in this area. In the early 1860s and before that time mining of copper was common in the canyon of the Bad River that sits between Copper Falls and Brownstone Falls.

Those that love nature are sure to enjoy Copper Falls State Park. The park consists of a 500-acre area around the area. Some of the mammals that are common to see in the area of the park include deer, fishers, black bears, raccoons, chipmunks, skunks, and red squirrels. There are also animals like grey squirrels, grey wolves, and porcupines. The birdlife at the park is something to behold. There are maybe 200 species of birds living in or passing through the park throughout the year. Guests of the park can listen to the caw of the big northern raven. It is common to see a great pileated woodpecker. At times guests of the park also hear from ruffed grouse, eagles, turkey vultures and loons in the park. If you are interested in reptiles, amphibians, and insects there are plenty of those to check out as well. There are five species of snakes, with none of them being poisonous, turtles, wood frogs as well as many other amphibians. 

The geology is a very interesting part of the area. Lava formed deep fissures where Lake Superior now lies. The lava was spread in all directions which built on the layer of sediment, with a thickness that reaches up to 60,000 feet. You can still see these lava formations in the park. So much lava was spilled that the Lake Superior basin was formed.

If geology or animals are not your things check out some of the outdoor activities. The park has over 17 miles of trails to hike and a lot of them overlook the waterfalls. There are also biking trails, swimming, boating canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, and trapping.