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Nelson Dewey State Park

Nelson Dewey State Park offers a variety of recreation opportunities.

Boating, canoeing and kayaking

Nelson Dewey State Park does not have river access. A boat landing is in the city of Cassville at Riverside Park.


Camping at Nelson Dewey State Park


There is no fishing in Nelson Dewey State Park. Riverside Park in Cassville is a popular place to fish.


Nelson Dewey State Park offers over two miles of hiking trails. Trails may vary in difficulty. Use caution when on steep bluffs or near a cliff. Stay well away from cliffs, which are not protected by a barricade or barrier.

Nelson Dewey’s five trails are all less than a mile but offer a variety of scenery. Several trails in the park offer great views of the Mississippi River valley.

Cedar trail (0.2 miles)

A trail along the bluff with excellent views of the Mississippi River and Stonefield Village Historic Site.

Prairie trail (0.2 miles)

This trail goes through native prairie with a nice view of the Mississippi River.

Mound Point trail (0.6 miles)

This trail offers views of the Mississippi River and passes near Indian mounds. Benches are at the wildlife observation area.

Oakwood trail (0.4 miles)

A short, heavily wooded trail with an easy, gentle slope.

Woodbine Nature trail (0.3 miles)

This self-guided nature trail winds through woods, openings and near the prairie.

Hunting and trapping

Hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties. For more information, please see:

Picnic areas and shelters

Picnic Areas and Shelters at Nelson Dewey State Park

Winter activities

The roads at Nelson Dewey are not maintained during the winter months. The parking lot at the park entrance is plowed. Cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers are welcome to park in the parking lot and hike or ski into the park.