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Parks, Trails & Recreation

The Town of St. Joseph is rich in outdoor recreational opportunities.

St. Joseph Town Park
1337 County Road V
Hudson, WI 54016

This Town of St. Joseph park is a 24 acre natural area south of the Town Hall and St. Joseph's Emergency Services facility.


  • Ball Fields with Bleachers
  • Parking
  • Picnic Pavilion with Tables and Charcoal Grill
  • One Mile of Hiking Trails through restored Prairie and Wetlands
  • Playground
  • Restrooms

For more  information on renting the pavilion or the ball field  send an email to

Homestead Park
550 Perch Lake Road
Hudson, WI 54016

Hours and Contact Information

This  St. Croix County 80 acre park is situated around the northern half of Perch Lake  and is the central feature of the park. The lake reaches 90 feet deep in some areas. The land area includes steep slopes covered by oak woodlands and pine plantations.

Perch Lake Road Boat Launch
Hudson, WI  54016

Town of St. Joseph 0.5 acre site provides Perch Lake visitors with parking and non-motorized boat launch.

Willow River State ParkFalls at Willow River State Park
1034 County Road A                                                    
Hudson, WI 54016                                            

Wisconsin State Park Admission Fees

This Wisconsin State Park includes a dam, lake, trout stream, sandy beach, prairie remnants and a nature center.  All features of the Willow River State Park's 2,891 acres of rolling countryside. Enjoy spectacular views of the historic Willow Falls and the Willow River Gorge.

Bass Lake Boat Launch
745   153rd Avenue
Somerset, WIBasslake

Parking: Paved lot for 17 vehicles and/or boat trailers.

Fees: none

This 2-acre site owned by the  Department of Natural Resources.  St. Croix County provides maintenance services.   More information including regulations in effect can be found at  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Houlton Elementary School Playground

This playground is owned by Hudson School District # 834 School.   The approximately 10 acre area includes play equipment, a field with a backstop, basketball hoop, restored prairie and gardens.

Kolliner Park

Located on the western boundary of the Town of St. Joseph, on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.      The City of Stillwater  in Minnesota has owned Kolliner Park since 1917, when the East Side Lumber Company donated the property to the city. 

Nelson Farm Road Park

Settler's Glen Pedestrian Pedestrian Pathway

St. Croix Crossing Bike/Pedestrian Loop Trail

The 4.7-mile interstate loop trail is now under construction, with all segments of the Loop Trail expected open in 2019.  June 2018 the newly completed parking lot in Wisconsin is accessible from County Road E.

Thelen Cemetery

Historic Cemetery, 1-acre in size, is  located in the Settler's Glen neighborhood.  

John and Hermina Thelen settled the land in 1863 that eventually held this cemetery. They had seven children. Their son Edwin died at three years of age in 1886. They had left the Catholic church and so decided to set aside a one acre plot in the woods on the highest point on their land. The home, cemetery and land stayed with the family until 1965.   In 2001, 150 acres, including the cemetery, were sold to a developer. Prior to the sale the owner cut 65 large trees on the grounds leaving it in a sad state. The Town of St Joseph obtained the ownership and care of the cemetery. The grounds were cleaned of the timber slashing and a design proposed many years ago by a son, Andrew Thelen, was put in place.  Five monuments are on site.  

It was and still is a beautiful example of a family cemetery. Credit~Keith Relyea