- Estimated Cost: $15
- Deposit: $10
- Max Trip Size: 25 people
Camp, hike, bike, paddle, or relax and explore the fall colors and migrating birds along the Mississippi River flyway.
- Merrick State Park (Merrick State Park | Wisconsin DNR) is located on the beautiful backwaters of the Mississippi River about 2 hours south of St Paul. Our campsite has a shelter, river access for mooring watercraft or fishing directly from the site. There are 3 miles of hiking trails within the park and several more miles at nearby Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.
- There are numerous road cycling routes along quiet country roads, up and down scenic hills (http://www.tourdetremp.com/loops/). Fall harvest will be underway, and apple picking will be wrapping up.
- The Mississippi backwaters at Merrick are huge and intricate, part of the Mississippi River flyway, and ideal for migrating waterfowl and other species to rest. Merrick State Park has a water trail we can paddle. I’ve invited thousands of birds to stop by on their way south, but they’re a fickle flock and refuse to RSVP.
- On a rainy day, we have a shelter on the campsite, and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (Minnesota Marine Art Museum (mmam.org)) is 30 minutes away in Winona.
A Wisconsin State Park sticker is required ($11/day, $38 annual (Jan – Dec)).
We’ll do a potluck on Saturday night.
Further details to registrants as the date draws near. I’ll do refunds for cancellations if I can fill your spot.