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Native American encampments once occupied the site of Council Grounds LocationState Park. Located along the Wisconsin River and Lake Alexander, this park is a favorite for water enthusiasts. This 508-acre park also offers camping, hiking, hunting and fishing opportunities.

Camping Hiking Canoeing and kayaking Boat launch Swimming Picnicking Shelters Fishing Hunting Trapping Winter Activities

Contact information
For information, contact:
Council Grounds State Park
N1895 Council Grounds Dr
Merrill WI 54452

Wisconsin State Park System Council Grounds State Park

Fall colors over a trail at Council Grounds State Park

© Sara Gossfield-Benzing

Reserve campsites at Council Grounds State Park.

Park information


  • The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Council Grounds is conveniently located just west of Merrill. From U.S. Highway 51, exit onto State Highway 64 (Main Street) and go west about 2 miles through downtown Merrill. Turn right on State Highway 107 (Grand Avenue) and go about 1.8 miles. Turn left on Council Grounds Drive and go about 0.5 mile to the park entrance station. Geographic coordinates are 45° 11' 4.0" N, 89° 44' 4.6" W.


Concessions and rental equipment

The Friends of Council Grounds State Park rent canoes, kayaks and paddleboards in season. There is also an adaptive kayak available for rental. Items can be rented at the park office when the office is open. Rentals are for the day in 4- or 8-hour increments, and prices are between $17 and $30. There are no overnight rentals - rentals must be returned prior to sunset and the equipment turned into the office prior to close. Contact the park at 715-536-8773 for more information.

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Last revised: Friday October 04 2019