Copper Falls

Setting Up Base Camp at Copper Falls State Park

I swear I’m going to get through last summer’s vacation recaps before I hit the one-year-later mark. I’m cutting it super close …

After a couple of days exploring the Chippewa Falls area from Lake Wissota State Park, we continued north, further north in Wisconsin than I’ve ever been before. Another solid day of driving landed us at our next destination — Copper Falls State Park near Mellen, Wisconsin.

Copper Falls State Park sign

We had heard good things about Copper Falls State Park, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s another park where you really feel like you’re in the great outdoors — it’s wooded, secluded, peaceful. Aside from the rocks covering the ground (those suckers hurt the feet!), we loved our campsite!

Campsite at Copper Falls State Park in Wisconsin

We were adjacent to the main road, but it barely mattered with so little traffic. And our site was a prime deer crossing location. I think we saw the same deer walk by our site at least half a dozen times that first night.

Deer in Copper Falls State Park

We went into our first full day without a solid plan. We just went where the day took us, which directed us first to Ashland, Wisconsin.  Thanks to Ellen seeing my check in at the Deep Water Grille, she gave me the heads up that the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center was just outside of town. And with that, we had direction. The National Park Service was calling our names!

After exploring the visitor center and getting our bearings, we drove further north to Bayfield, Wisconsin. Our Bayfield assessment: It’s like Door County with fewer people. In short, we loved it! We quickly found the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitor Center, did some all important NPS shopping, and got information on Apostle Islands Cruises, which we promptly picked up tickets for the next day.

Bayfield, Wisconsin

{Our cruise warrants its own post, so I’m going to jump ahead to the next afternoon.}

We did find a little time to explore Copper Falls State Park itself after our Apostle Islands cruise. We hiked out to Copper Falls (along part of the North Country National Scenic Trail), and I believe it was the first waterfall we’ve seen in Wisconsin. The falls were pretty, but we’re obviously accustomed to much grander waterfalls at this point.

Copper Falls

The highlight of the hike was spotting my first bald eagle in the wild! He was super far away, but it was a thrilling sighting all the same.

Bald eagle sitting on tree branch in Copper Falls State Park

There is so much more to explore in Northern Wisconsin, and we’ll make our way up that way again with the camper. Can’t wait!

Laura with Copper Falls in background

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  • Reply Jennifer June 7, 2016 at 9:39 am

    This is on our list! Can’t wait to spend a week up there!

    • Reply Laura June 9, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      It’s a great state park!

  • Reply ellenhatfield June 7, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Happy to help! 🙂 I love Bayfield. Ever since my first time there, I try to hit it at least once a summer.

    • Reply Laura June 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      We’ll get up that way again and hit up the Duluth area 🙂

  • Reply Julie Jacobs June 9, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Have a great time Laura and Jason!

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