Get great views of Wisconsin's Driftless Region, the Mississippi River, and lots of wildlife by paddling Perrot State Park!

Perrot State Park, located in Wisconsin's Driftless Region, is home to many tall bluffs, including Brady's Bluff and Trempealeau Mountain. Many elevated hikes give you a wonderful view of the Mississippi River and its surrounding bluffs, but the real treasure is seeing this area from the water by canoe. This state park marks the confluence of the Trempealeau and Mississippi Rivers.  

Start by renting a canoe, paddles, and PFDs from the State Park Headquarters or simply bringing your own canoe or kayak.  

Head past the headquarters and go north toward the Nature Center parking lot. Launch at the canoe/kayak launch just west of the parking lot. You'll know you're in the right place when you see canoes stacked near a dock. 

Paddle the 3.4 mile Voyageurs Loop through the backwaters of the Trempealeau River. Start by heading north through the narrow, canopied waters.  Eventually the loop winds west and then back south toward Trempealeau Mountain. This area of the park is filled with beautiful wildlife including beaver, muskrats, mink, otters, and over 200 species of birds. Eventually, just before the river pours into the Mississippi, you'll take a quick turn north and head back to where you started.    

Pack List

  • Canoe or kayak (or rent from the park headquarters)
  • Paddle(s) (or rent from the park headquarters)
  • PFDs (or rent from the park headquarters)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Water and snacks
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Activities Canoeing, Kayaking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
River
Scenic
Wildlife

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