is to create the perfect three days in Dunn County for all outdoor lovers during the summer months. Not only are these activities and places fun and enjoyable for any kind of trip, whether it be a family outing or a romantic getaway, they also give back to local businesses and create an appreciation of nature in a safe and sustainable way. We as a society often forget about the importance of giving back to the communities we visit, but by doing so we create an environment that will be even better for those who visit after us. Follow us on these three days for great places on the land and in the water, to play, relax, eat, and enjoy yourself.
N6134 670th St, Menomonie, WI 54751
912 Brickyard Road
Menomonie, WI 54751
Strawberries U-pick: $1.75/lb
Strawberries Pre-picked: $2.75/lb
Visitors Center open beginning May 18th, 2017 to October 31st, 2017.
In the summer we all hope it's hot outside, but for the days when it gets to hot it's fun to go to the waterpark. Wakanda Waterpark is the best place to go with the family because the fees to get in are low and it's going to be fun for all ages. The park provides; water at all depths, water slides, diving boards and just a fun yet safe space.
The game park, owned and operated by the local Menomonie Lion's Club, showcases a variety of wild animals like whitetail deer, elk, and buffalo. The park is a short visit, with a 20-30 minute self-guided walking tour, but a visit that will be worth your while. Visitors will also be able to see great views of Menomonie's landscape on their nature trails.
Strawberry season varies, estimated to be open from June to early July
Hours: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Bikers only: State Trail Pass $5 per person (over 16) daily
After a fun filled day at the water park, a great way to finish it is by having a picnic with some of the food you bought at the Menomonie Farmer's Market at Wakanda Park, which is located right next to Wakanda Water Park. Wakanda Park offers a wide range of activities that the whole family will enjoy, including baseball and softball diamonds, disc golf, waterfront access to Lake Menomin, nature trails, picnic tables. For larger groups they have picnic shelters available for reservation. Enjoying the locally produced food and enjoying the beautiful landscape and atmosphere of Wakanda Park and Lake Menomin is the perfect way to end your three days in Dunn County.
County Road F, Menomonie, WI 54751
410th St, Menomonie, WI 54751
Day 2: Berry picking, incredible views, wine tasting, and animals.
Day 1 includes a visit to The Waterfront Bar & Grill, one of Menomonie's locally owned restaurants, for either lunch or dinner. The restaurant is located on the beautiful Lake Menomin, with a patio overlooking the lake, perfect for those summer days in Dunn County. They specialize in American foods such as burgers, sandwiches, and wings so it'll be sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Hours: Monday-Fridays from 11:30am-8pm, Saturdays 11:30am-6pm,
Fees: Infants (under age one) FREE
Youth (ages 1 through 5) $3.00
Youth (ages 6 through 17) $4.00
Adults (ages 18 and over) $5.00
They also provide season passes those fees can be found on their website.
This page was designed by Serena Westling and Amanda Nelson.
Begin your day by visiting the Menomonie Farmers Market. Here, you'll be able to enjoy locally produced foods, such as fresh produce, breads, and meats, as well as crafts created by local artists. The farmers market is the perfect place to not only give back to the local community and its farmers, it's also a great place to enjoy great food. We suggest buying some food, such as meat, cheese, and bread, to make sandwiches for a picnic in the park that will come later in the day. There will also usually be wonderful Hmong sandwiches, salads, and egg rolls available!
Note: Pets are not allowed at Wakanda Park
Hours: Thursday and Friday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Visitors 21 years and older will be able to enjoy the locally made wines here at the Cottage Winery and Vineyard. The Winery showcases a beautiful landscape as well as an adorable cottage, almost like you're walking in a fairy tale storybook. The owners are long time residents of Western Wisconsin and have created eight wines with grapes grown right at their vineyard, as well as other local Wisconsin vineyards. Whether you enjoy white, red, or rose, all wine lovers will be sure to find something they'll love. The wine tasting room is open to the public on Thursday and Friday, and they also have a beautiful patio to enjoy those summer days. From time to time they also have gourmet grill nights with outdoor dining, so be sure to check their website for dates and information.
Hours: 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM
740th St, Menomonie, WI 54751
E4176 County Rd D, Menomonie, WI 54751
Open May 1st to mid October
Note: Pets are not allowed at Hoffman Hills
512 Crescent St, Menomonie, Wisconsin, 54751
909 Pine Ave, Menomonie, WI 54751
The last activity for the day is exploring the Red Cedar River, on a canoe, kayak, or a tube. This unique experience will offer not only fun but breathtaking views of the riverside, and it is perfect for a hot summer day. The Irvington Campground offers rentals which include a shuttle back to the campground launch once you make it down the river. This is perfect for anyone in your party, whether you're looking for something where you can get a workout, like canoeing or kayaking, or something where you can just lounge your way down the river, like tubing. The Irvington Campground & RV Park is also a great option for those of you looking to camp while you're staying in Dunn County.
The Devil's Punch Bowl showcases some of the most amazing geological formations that Western Wisconsin has to offer. The punch bowl was formed by post-glacial flooding. Today, the Devil's Punch Bowl is home to a breathtaking waterfall, gorgeous plants, and animals. The park is used as a scientific study area, meaning visitors must respect the foliage and sandstone bluffs, but guests are welcome to hike around and explore the park! The park allows guests to really appreciate the nature of Dunn County in a safe way. The park is located on the Red Cedar Trail and it is a must stop whether you are hiking or driving on the rustic road.
Wine Tasting Price: $5.00 for 5 wines
If you're visiting Dunn County in June or early July, you're in luck! You'll be able to get the chance to pick your own fresh strawberries from Govin's Farm. Not only are these delicious, but you'll also be giving back to one of our local farms and become even more connected to your food because you'll be picking them yourself! If you don't want to pick the strawberries yourself, they also have pre-picked available for sale.
Hours: Wed 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Call 715-235-2267 before your trip to check on pickup times
Hours: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Game Park Rd, Menomonie, WI 54751
Wilson Ave, Menomonie, WI 54751
Open May through October
Hoffman Hills offers visitors some of the best hiking and nature walks in the area. The area showcases some of Dunn County's greatest landscapes, including forests, marshes, and prairies. Hoffman Hills also gives visitors the unique experience of being at one of the highest points in Dunn County with their 60-ft tall observation tower, offering a birds-eye view of not only Hoffman Hills but the surrounding countryside as well.
The Red Cedar State Trail is perfect for hikers of all skill levels. The trail follows the Red Cedar River and is in the shadows of the Red Cedar Valley. The trail will showcase many beautiful landscapes, including prairies, marshlands, and forests. The trail also provides some gorgeous geological formations due to the sandstone bluffs it's located on. Hiking or biking on the Red Cedar State Trail is the perfect way to become familiar and amazed by Western Wisconsin's vast variety of landscapes. If you are planning on biking, each biker over 16 is required to have a state trail pass, which can be purchased at the Menomonie Depot Visitors Center, conveniently located at the northern trailhead.
Trail Hours: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Rates: Canoes/Kayaks $25-$75
(Prices vary depending on pickup location for shuttle)
909 Pine Ave E, Menomonie, WI 54751