Governor Thompson State Park

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Governor Thompson State Park
Wisconsin State Park
Woods Lake
Named for: Tommy Thompson
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Marinette
Location Crivitz
 - coordinates 45°20′4″N 88°14′52″W / 45.33444°N 88.24778°W / 45.33444; -88.24778Coordinates: 45°20′4″N 88°14′52″W / 45.33444°N 88.24778°W / 45.33444; -88.24778
Area 2,800 acres (1,133 ha)
Founded 2000[1]
Management Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape

Governor Thompson State Park is a 2,800-acre (1,133 ha)[1] Wisconsin state park in development approximately 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Crivitz. The park contains 6.5 miles (10.5 km) of shoreline on the Caldron Falls Reservoir, part of the Peshtigo River, and 5,300 feet (1,600 m) of shoreline on two small kettle lakes. Adjacent lands are part of the Peshtigo River State Forest. The park was created in 2000, the centennial year of the Wisconsin state park system, and named after then-Governor Tommy Thompson. The main parcel creating the park is the former 1,987-acre (8.04 km2) Paust Woods Lake Resort and about 200 acres (0.81 km2) of wild-looking lakefront bought from Wisconsin Public Service Corporation on Caldron Falls Reservoir.

The park opened in 2005 for day use activities. As of 2008, the park contains a headquarters, 16 miles (26 km) of hiking trails, a boat landing (#13) on the Caldron Falls flowage, and a picnic area along the west shore of Woods Lake.[1] Further amenities are being installed.[1] Planned activities include: a campgrounds, indoor and outdoor group campgrounds, playground, and an amphitheater.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d "Governor Thompson State Park official flier". Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 
  2. ^ "Master Plan for Governor Thompson State Park" (PDF). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. September 2004. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 

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