Perrot State Park

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Perrot State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
PerrotStateParkWisconsinTrempealeauMountain.jpg
Trempealeau Mountain
Map showing the location of Perrot State Park
Map showing the location of Perrot State Park
Map showing the location of Perrot State Park
Map showing the location of Perrot State Park
LocationTrempealeau, Wisconsin, United States
Coordinates44°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
Area1,270 acres (5.1 km2)
Established1918
Named forNicolas Perrot
Governing bodyWisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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 views of steep limestone bluffs and the river valleys. It has observation platforms for watching wildlife, including the 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.

View from Brady's Bluff shelter, looking south across the Mississippi River to Minnesota. August 2003

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