Perrot State Park

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Perrot State Park
Wisconsin State Park
Trempealeau Mountain
Named for: Nicolas Perrot
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Trempealeau
Location Trempealeau
 - coordinates 44°1′7″N 91°28′3″W / 44.01861°N 91.46750°W / 44.01861; -91.46750Coordinates: 44°1′7″N 91°28′3″W / 44.01861°N 91.46750°W / 44.01861; -91.46750
Area 1,270 acres (514 ha)
Founded 1918
Management Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape

Perrot State Park is a state park in Wisconsin's Driftless Area at the confluence of the Trempealeau and Mississippi rivers. The 1,270-acre (514 ha) park features spectacular views of steep limestone bluffs and the river valleys. It offers observation platforms for watching wildlife, especially the great variety of birds which inhabit or migrate through the park. Hiking trails and camping are available. Mountain bike trails penetrate deep inside the park.

The park protects two State Natural Areas including Brady's Bluff Prairie and Trempealeau Mountain, a cone-shaped mountain surrounded by water. The Native Americans of the area traditionally considered the mountain sacred and used it as a landmark for meetings. Some earthwork mounds made by ancient Native American cultures are located in the park.

This facility protects the site of one of the earliest encampments by European explorers in the upper Mississippi. The park is named for Nicolas Perrot, a French explorer who was the first to write about the area.


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