Outdoor Recreation

 

Merrick State Park

Adjacent to one of the most picturesque towns along Wisconsin's Great River Road, is Merrick State Park This park is named after George Byron Merrick, noted Mississippi River pilot and historian, is located just north of Fountain City on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Every year thousands of people come here for hiking and ski trails, swimming, boating  fishing and a nature center.  The park is a year-round haven for anglers. It's marshy bayous are home to egrets and herons. The park also offers campsites with electricity, showers, dumping station, and handicapped accessible picnic and camp areas.

S2965 State Rd. 35
Box 127
Fountain City, WI 54629-0127
608-687-4936

Goose Island Memorial Park

While in Cochrane, Stop to enjoy a picnic in park shelter watch the Canadian Geese, or take a swim in the heated outdoor pool.

Eagle Bluff

Overlooking Fountain City, Eagle Bluff is the most breathtaking sight on the river. Eagle Bluff stands 550 feet in elevation and is the highest point on the Mississippi River.

Lock & Dam 5A

Watch the barges lock through and view the dam close up. Alma is also the district headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who manage the navigation on the river.

 

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