Attention: The law described below is expected to change to 10 miles on June 1, 2014.

Firewood Notice: Currently, firewood is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park, Trail or Forest properties from out of state or from more than 25 miles away from the destination campground.
In addition, firewood that has been in a Wisconsin EAB quarantined area is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area. Please buy firewood nearby or at the property you are going to. Call the DNR toll-free Firewood Hotline 1-877-303-WOOD (9663) for information before packing for a trip.
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Status: Closed through Wed Apr 30 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Mar 18 2015   Later Dates


Located along the beautiful Wisconsin River near the site of Native American encampments, Council Grounds State Park is a favorite for water enthusiasts. The park offers many recreational opportunities including wooded trails, beach area, and an accessible fishing pier. A boat landing offers access to Lake Alexander plus there are several areas for shore fishing.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Boat Launch
  • Comfort Station
  • Disabled Access Only
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Flush Restrooms
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pit Toilet
  • Ranger Station
  • Shelter
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Water Drinking
Alerts and Important Information
  • On each site, there is a large grassy area for tents, a centralized fire pit, a water hydrant, and a grill along with several picnic tables. No hoses may be attached to these hydrants; they are for bucket fill-up only.
  • Showers and Flush Toliets are Closed for the 2010 Season on September 20, 2010. Water fountains and Dump Stations will remain open weather permitting. Vault Toliets are open.
  • The fill-up and dump station are located on the left side of the road before the Family Campground (see map); a dumpster and recycling bin are also located there. There is also a dumpster and recycling bin located near the entrance to the Group Campground on the north side of the road.
  • Vault bathrooms are located near the parking area for Sites A and B and near the parking area for Site C. Showers are available in the Bathroom Building in the Family Campground.
Reservations are available from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day each year. From Labor Day to October 31, sites are 1st-come, 1st-serve basis only. October 31 to May 1 the campground is closed to all camping. May 1 to the Wednesday before Memorial Day all sites are 1st-come 1st serve. All campers must register before setting up. All vehicles in the park must have a vehicle admission sticker which can be purchased upon arrival at the park. Click here for cost of the sticker. Vehicles in the campgrounds must park on the gravel driveways or in designated parking areas. Pets must be kept on a leash no more than 8 feet and under control at all times. They cannot be left alone at the campsites.

Campground is open from May 1, 2014-May 21, 2014 on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Reservation season May 22, 2014 through September 30, 2014
Campground is open from Oct 1-Oct 31, 2014 on a first-come-first-serve basis. Campground closes on November 1, 2014 for the season.
Shower/flush toilet buildings open approximately May 15, 2014.
Shower/flush toilet buildings close approximately October 15, 2014.
Dump station open approximately May 1, 2014.
Dump Station Closes approximately October 15, 2014.
These facilities are weather dependent and dates can change. Check with the property if you have questions.

For information regarding hunting in Wisconsin State Parks follow this link to the DNR web site Click here for more information

About the Admission fees, please Click Here for reference.

Getting There:

Council Grounds State Park is located on the northwest edge of Merrill, on Council Grounds Drive. Exit Hwy 51 at the Hwy 64 Exit. Take Hwy 64 west 3 miles to Hwy 107 North. Take Hwy 107 north 1.8 miles to Council Grounds Drive. Take Council Grounds Drive south 1/2 mile to the park entrance.

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Project Office:(715)536-8773