Nelson Dewey State Park RV & Campground Guide
Camp on the banks of the mighty Mississippi at Nelson Dewey State Park. Campsites here are located on the bluffs overlooking the water, ensuring spectacular views. Located on the Wisconsin-Iowa border, about 100 miles west of Madison and a few minutes from tiny Cassville, this lush park features thick forests and rugged rock cliffs. Hike five different trails past ancient Native American mounds, or bring a meal to one of the park's three different picnic areas. After a day of adventure in the region, come back to your quiet, breezy campsite for a campfire and a gorgeous sunset over the Mississippi. In the winter, bring skis or snowshoes to explore the unplowed park roads and forests.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Nelson Dewey State Park
RV camping is a fantastic way to experience the lush forests at Nelson Dewey State Park. If you don't own a motorhome, an RV rental is an excellent alternative. Use RVshare to find the perfect RV for your family and enjoy camping with all the comforts of home.
Nelson Dewey State Park Campground
The family-friendly Nelson Dewey State Park campground features 45 sites tucked into the forest. Most spots are basic, but 18 offer electric hookups. The campground offers a bathhouse with flush toilets and hot showers, and you can buy firewood from the camp hosts. Campsites are open for reservations from the beginning of May through mid-October; after that, they're first-come, first-served. Rates start at $26 per night.
Sandy Bottoms-Up Campground
Located about four miles from Nelson Dewey State Park, Sandy Bottoms-Up Campground is a fun, friendly place to set up camp. Of the 50 sites, 43 offer full hookups, and three have pull-through access. During the open season from May to September, the owners host frequent concerts, gatherings, and community meals. Watch out for the tubing events, which include an innertube rental and a shuttle service to a put-in point on the river. Bring your little ones because the playground, hiking trails, and fishing areas are fun for everyone. Rates vary; call for details.
Whitetail Bluff Campground
If you love amenities when you're camping, head to Whitetail Bluff Campground. This well-maintained campground features large, open RV sites with full hookups, modern restrooms, a shower house, and a laundry room. That's only the start; you can also take a swim in the pool, play on the water playground in the pond, relax on the beach, or let your kids run free on the playground. The campground has its own hiking-trail network, jump pad, sports court, arcade, and gaming machines. Pick up a snack in the clubhouse and rent a golf cart to enjoy the breeze. A full schedule of summer events amps up the fun. Rates range from $49 to $84 per night depending on the date.
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Nelson Dewey State Park
Inside Nelson Dewey State Park
Nelson Dewey State Park is made for rest and relaxation. Hiking is the most popular activity in the park; during your stay, explore the two miles of trails that run along the steep bluffs. The Cedar Trail provides some of the best views while the Oakwood Trail is an easy, safe option for families with kids. If you're interested in nature, check out the Woodbine Nature Trail. Within the park, you'll find Native American mounds. To reach them, take the 0.6-mile Mounds Point Trail, and if you're looking for a day of relaxation in the sun, head to the Mound Point, Dewey Heights, and Cedar Point picnic areas.
Outside Nelson Dewey State Park
Nelson Dewey State Park sits in the lush landscape around the Mississippi River, just over the border from Iowa. During your trip, spend time in the great outdoors at one of the local preserves and parks. The towns nearby offer modest shopping and dining, all with a dose of friendly service and small-town Midwestern charm.
Located in a historic building, the Cassville Cafe is a warm and welcoming spot for breakfast or lunch. Expect traditional egg-and-toast breakfasts and hot sandwiches for lunch, all served in an airy restored space.
Location: 101 W Amelia St, Cassville, WI 53806
Come for a beer and a burger at Moon's Town Pump. With its dive-bar vibe and friendly service, this spot is a great place for wings and pub fare. Check the schedule for the daily specials, including Noodle Night and weekend prime rib nights.
Location: 118 E Amelia St, Cassville, WI 53806
Dig into a huge plate of loaded fries or deep-fried cheese curds at the Anker Inn Smokehouse. Known for its exceptional sandwiches, including the pulled pork mac and cheese and the Hung Over Burger, this spot is ideal for lunch or dinner.
Location: 11008 WI-133, Cassville, WI 53806
With a menu featuring massive steak dinners and prime rib dip sandwiches, Bootlegger's Restaurant & Bar demands that you bring your appetite. While you're there, make sure to try one of the bar's famous bloody Marys.
Location: 36835 Noble Rd, Guttenberg, IA 52052
If you're visiting Guttenberg during your trip, stop into Joe's Pizza. Popular with families, this spot also offers a full selection of ice cream.
Location: 608 S River Park Dr, Guttenberg, IA 52052
Stock up for your camping trip at Okey's Market, which is located just a few miles from Nelson Dewey State Park.
Location: 213 W Amelia St, Cassville, WI 53806
Pick up all of the supplies you need for fishing, camping, and boating at Great River Sportsman. Leave time to chat with the friendly, experienced staff; they can help you choose the right product and point you in the direction of the best local fishing and hiking spots.
Location: 113 E Amelia St, Cassville, WI 53806
If you need anything for your RV during your trip, stop by Hardware Hank Cassville. Small and well-stocked, it has supplies for every season.
Location: 200 E. Amelia St, Cassville, WI 53806
Get access to the Mississippi River at Riverside Park, which is located just two miles down the road in Cassville. Bring your tackle box and fish from the shore or take a boat and launch it from the boat landing. The park also offers a pleasant walking path along the water and a large, grassy picnic area. At one end, you can take a seat in the observation gazebo to watch the local wildlife and see historic steamboats chugging by.
Location: 100 E Crawford St, Cassville, WI 53806
In the late 1800s, Wisconsin's first governor, Nelson Dewey, bought the Stonefield estate. Today, you can experience farming life in Wisconsin at the turn of the century at the Stonefield Village Historic Site. Check out a farmhouse, examine the reconstructed Dewey estate, and watch historic reenactors at work in the agricultural village. While you're there, make sure to stop by the Wisconsin State Agricultural Museum to learn more about the history of farming in the region.
Location: 12195 Co Hwy VV, Cassville, WI 53806
Located across the Mississippi River in Guttenberg, Iowa, the Lockmaster House Museum is the last of its kind on the upper section of the river. The interior of the home has been restored, furnished, and decorated to look as it would have in the early 1900s. Book a tour to learn about the role and life of the lockmaster, and don't miss the antique medical supplies in the Dr. Carson Palmer Room.
Location: 100-198 N. River Park Dr., Guttenberg, Iowa 52052
Lose yourself in the beauty of the Mississippi River at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The refuge's trail network takes you through the area, providing access to observation decks and scenic overlooks. Hike or bike the trails or bring a canoe and paddle among the marshes and backwaters on the many different water trails. The refuge is popular with anglers; fish for walleye, bass, catfish, and other species. In the winter, you can try ice fishing.
Location: N5727 County Rd Z, Onalaska, WI 54650
Turkey River Mounds State Preserve
Located directly across the river from Nelson Dewey State Park, the Turkey River Mounds State Preserve is the home of multiple ancient Native American mounds. Make sure to check out the preserve's single effigy mound, which is shaped like a 90-foot panther. Archaeologists estimate that the mounds were built between 500 B.C.E. and 900 C.E. They were used in ceremonies and burials.
Location: Estes Point Road, Guttenberg, IA 52052
How to Get to
Nelson Dewey State Park
From Madison, the fastest way to get to Nelson Dewey State Park is to take Highway 18 west to Dodgeville and Highway 151 to Potosi. Then, take WI-133 west to the park entrance. From Dubuque, Iowa, take Highway 61 to Potosi and continue onto WI-133 west.
Entering Nelson Dewey State Park
Nelson Dewey State Park is open every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. In the winter, the park gates are closed and the roads are not maintained; however, you can park near the front entrance and walk, snowshoe, or ski around the park.
Per vehicle with WI license plates : $8
Per vehicle with WI license plates (resident age 65+) : $3
Per vehicle with out-of-state license plates : $11
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