Kayakers on a fall color cruise on Loon Lake
Copper Falls State Park - Mellen, Wisconsin
This attractive northern Wisconsin state park is a little bit off the Lake Superior Circle route, but in our opinion worth the detour. . . particularly in the spring or fall. This value of this scenic detour is further strengthened by the fact you can also take in Potato Falls on the Potato River.
If you are visiting in the fall, the Copper Falls-Potato River Falls loop makes a nice addition to your wisconsin fall color tour.
The park's spacious picnic area covers 5 acres and offers several picnic tables and grills, a playground area, a large 1930's log shelter (pictured to the left), and a concession stand and gift shop. The picnic grounds and a part of the main waterfalls trail is handicap accessible.
Below are fall color pictures of Red Granite Falls and information on camping and hiking trails at Copper Falls State Park.
< < < Red Granite Falls in Fall Color! Reachable via an easy 2.5 mile round trip trail from the Loon Lake parking area.
PS. Unlike other hiking trails in the park, The Red Granite trail is pet friendly
More Copper Falls State Park waterfall pictures (Copper & Brownstone Falls) and pictures from along the Doughboys Hiking Trail.
The most popular trail is the 1.7 mile Doughboys Nature Trail loop that offers views of Copper Falls, Brownstown Falls, and other river views. Another popular hike is the mile long spur trail off the Doughboys Trail that leads to the park's 65 foot observation tower with views of the Apostle Islands and Lake Superior. The 2.5 mile Red Granite Falls trail is the only one that is pet friendly. There are three or four other trails that are primarily used for mountain biking or wintertime skiing and showshoeing.
See the complete Copper Falls Hiking Trail Descriptions.
Camping at Copper Falls State Park
Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are available on the park's secluded Loon Lake. An attractive 300 foot wide sand beach and a shallow drop-off make this an inviting spot for swimming and beach activities. The lake is for non-motorized watercraft only so there won't be any big waves or noisy jet skiis competing with you!
Link to Copper Falls State Park website for more campground information.
Some Ashland - Bayfield Area Links
The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is a must-see attraction for visitors to the Ashland and Bayfield areas.
SuperiorTrails.com - Reinhold Development - 2019
See the Best Scenic Fall Color Drives Around Lake Superior & when Peak Fall Color is expected to arrive.
Lake Superior Camping
& Campground Directory
Camping along the Lake Superior Circle Drive.
Take a scenic drive of
farms and orchards in the Bayfield area.
See the lighthouses on an Apostle Islands Cruise.