Council Grounds State Park RV & Campground Guide

Wisconsin

Council Grounds State Park

has an interesting history that begins with pre-settlement times and goes on to today. Native Americans reportedly used the area to hold councils before colonists moved into the region. By 1978, the park moved from being a Merrill, WI, city park to a designated state roadside area, after which it became a state forest, and then finally, a state park. The park is covered in planted forest, replacing the original trees that were harvested and floated on the Wisconsin River to mills located up and down the river. Today, the park is covered by 35 varieties of deciduous trees. Council Grounds State Park lies alongside Lake Alexander, a reservoir created by damming the Wisconsin River. With Merrill so close, supplies are easy to purchase while visitors stop on their way from Green Bay, WI, after seeing a Packers game or visiting Madison, WI, the state capital. Nearby, you will also find the cities of Wausau and Perkinstown.

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Fall 24-69 F
Winter 6-28 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Council Grounds State Park

There is much to say about the convenience of using an RV to travel the area surrounding Council Grounds State Park. Wisconsin is full of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, parks, fantastic sights, and beautiful rolling farmlands. Going from one place to the next is an easy task as everything is already packed and ready to go. To find an RV rental near the park that you can use in this area of the country, try RVshare.

Council Grounds State Park Campground

Council Grounds State Park Campground offers 55 RV back-in campsites. Though the campground is open to RV camping year-round, several amenities — dump station, showers, and watercraft rentals — are offered mid-April through September 30 only. During the rest of the year, the sites are primitive, requiring RVs to be self-contained. The road to the campground is narrow and winds through the surrounding forest. At the campground, nearly every campsite is heavily shaded, with mature trees providing a thick canopy. There is a playground that operates during the summer and a sandy beach alongside Lake Alexander.

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, warm showers, dump station
  • Fee: $15 to $35 per night

Marathon Park

Located about 12 miles south, Marathon Park offers 35 RV campsites with a few more amenities than you find at Council Grounds State Park. Sitting in the middle of Wausau, WI, this county park is near an amphitheater, close to restaurants, and has a few recreational trails. There is a snack bar nearby and two playgrounds. Outdoor basketball and volleyball courts sit side-by-side with a horseshoe pit.

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, picnic tables, dump station
  • Fee: $21 to $40 per night

Sure-Wood Forest Campground

Sure-Wood Forest Campground, located 17 miles north of Council Grounds State Park, offers eight overnight RV campsites. Every campsite is a back-in site. The campground sits beside the Wisconsin River and has a boat dock and ramp for easy access. A fish cleaning station is available for successful anglers.

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facility
  • Fee: $30 per night

Terrace View Campsites

About 21 miles north of Council Grounds State Park is Terrace View Campsites, a privately owned campground that offers 20 RV camping sites alongside Muskellunge Lake. The campground is open from mid-April to mid-November. There are a sandy beach and boat launch area. Jet-skis are not allowed to launch or land at the boat ramp or the boat dock. Water-skiing, fishing, swimming, tubing, kayaking, and canoeing are permitted on the lake. Muskellunge Lake is stocked every spring with crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, northern pike, and muskie pike. A playground is available for kids. Volleyball and basketball courts and horseshoe pits are available for adults. A camp store sells firewood and ice and rents boats, kayaks, and canoes. A clubhouse holds a recreation room with an arcade. Hiking trails run around the lake and through the campsite area.

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: 30 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facility
  • Fee: $45 per night

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Council Grounds State Park

Inside Council Grounds State Park

The campground at Council Grounds State Park sits beside Lake Alexander, a reservoir noted for its clear water and boating, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities. Anglers love the lake for its native population of bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie, walleye, and yellow perch. The park has a 271-foot swimming beach with a gradual drop-off into the lake. During the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on the hiking trails, which are crowded during the summer months with hikers and bikers.

Outside Council Grounds State Park

Council Grounds State Park is in the center of a vibrant region that attracts visitors from far-flung areas. Though the nearby communities are not large urban areas, they house a mix of restaurants, shops, memorials, monuments, and museums. A visit to this area features a unique wonderland of lakes and rivers where watersports are the order of the day.

Restaurants

Chips Hamburgers

When you are looking for a good hamburger that drips with taste, drop by Chips Hamburgers. Their oversized burgers, including hamburgers, chicken burgers, and turkey burgers, will satisfy any hunger.

Type: American

Location: 1203 East 3rch Street, Merrill, WI 54452

Culver’s

Along with the burger experience, Culver’s provides an extra taste. Hearty soups, crisp salads, and seafood baskets accompany the burgers, providing a menu that will satisfy everyone in the family.

Type: American

Location: 3349 East Main Street, Merrill, WI 54452

Ed and Sharon's Restaurant

Though Ed and Sharon's Restaurant specializes in fried chicken, the buckets of chicken are augmented by dinners like broasted pork chops and beer-battered shrimp.

Type: American

Location: North 1294 Highway 64 and 107, Merrill, WI 54452

Shopping

Merrill Ridge Plaza

Merrill Ridge Plaza is a small but convenient shopping mall located in downtown Merrill, WI. The shops include bakeries, oil-change specialists, and chain restaurants.

Location: 3430 East Main Street, Merrill, WI 54452

Rivers Edge

When you are looking for gifts to send to friends and family, visit Rivers Edge. This shop specializes in stained-glass items. Choose from several designs, including lampshades, chandeliers, diamond trees, and crystal balls.

Location: 1505 Champagne Street, Merrill, WI 54452

Sightseeing

Northwoods Zipline and Adventure Tours

Thrill-seekers looking for a safe place for their family to experience an introduction to the adventures available in life should visit the Northwoods Zipline and Adventure Tours. Located 51 miles north of Council Grounds State Park, this business features 17 zip lines, five bridge adventures, and 14 aerial treks that kids and adults love.

Location: 7849 Highway 51, Minocqua, WI 54548

Wildwood Wildlife Park and Nature Center

The Wildwood Wildlife Park and Nature Center is an interactive zoo. Here children get closeup and personal with animals such as camels, giraffes, parakeets, deer, and goats.

Location: 10094 Highway 70 West, Minocqua, WI 54548

Historic Pointe Basse

Visit Historic Pointe Basse where you and your family take several interactive tours to discover the way pioneers lived once they settled in Wisconsin. You can tour the home of a pioneer family, a schoolhouse, and a trapper's cabin.

Location: 300 Wakeley Road, Nekoosa, WI 54457

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How to Get to
Council Grounds State Park

The nearest large urban area to Council Grounds State Park is in Green Bay, WI. Many people who visit Green Bay take the northern tour through Wisconsin to reach Minnesota and beyond. The quickest route from Green Bay to Council Grounds State Park is to get onto Interstate 43 North (I-4 N) and travel for 6.7 miles. Then, merge left onto Interstate 41 (I-41) and drive for 2.1 miles before taking the right ramp to get onto Wisconsin Highway 29 (WI 29). Take WI-29 for one mile and merge onto Wisconsin Highway 32 (WI-32) and go for 15.6 miles. Merge back onto WI-29 and drive for 91 miles. Take the right ramp to get onto Wisconsin Highway 64 West (WI-64 W). The park is three miles ahead.

Entering Council Grounds State Park

Council Grounds State Park is a day-use area that is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Entry fee (vehicles with Wisconsin plates) : $8

Entry fee (vehicles with Wisconsin plates, residents aged 65 or older) : $3

Entry fee (vehicles with out-of-state plates) : $11

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