Parks, Trails and Recreation Areas

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June 17, 2020- Until Further Notice


  • Ball Field
  • Pavilion
  • Playground
  • Vault Toilet BATHROOMS

No Cleaning or Disinfecting Practices are in Effect

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

St. Joseph Town Park

1337 County Road V
Hudson, WI 54016
Owner: Town of St. Joseph

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
  • Vault Toilets

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


St. Croix River Crossing Bike & Pedestrian Loop Trail

Maintenance on the Wisconsin portion is  by:  St. Croix County

This 4.7-mile interstate loop trail, opened in August 2018 with final completion and a grand opening celebration in May 2020. Parking is available in Minnesota locations and at Exit 1, Houlton WI at designated  St. Croix County  parking lots.

Eckert Bluffland on the St. Croix
Owner: St. Croix County
February 2020 This 170-acre  park is  currently under development by St. Croix County.


Homestead Park

550 Perch Lake Road
Hudson, WI 54016
Hours and Contact Information
Owner: St. Croix County

This  St. Croix County 80 acre park is situated around the northern half of Perch Lake. The 45 acre lake, reaching 63 feet in some areas, is the central feature of the park.  The land area includes steep slopes covered by oak woodlands and pine plantations.

Motorized boats are Prohibited!


Perch Lake Road Boat Launch Hudson, WI 54016

Owner: Town of St. Joseph

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


Town of St. Joseph Preserve Valley View Trail near 50th Street

Owner: Town of St. Joseph

The Town of St. Joseph has 80 acres of parkland that is being planned for future uses.

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

Wisconsin State Park Admission Fees
Owner: Wisconsin DNR

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 Landing 745 153rd Avenue Somerset, WI

Owner: Maintained by St. Croix County


The Department of Natural Resources owns approximately 2 acres of land on Bass Lake in the Town of Somerset. St. Croix County has a 20 year maintenance agreement for the site with the DNR.

Bass Lake’s maximum lake depth is 35 feet. Species found in the lake include bluegill, walleye, crappie, northern pike and largemouth bass. Three to four pound fish are not uncommon.

  • Parking: Paved lot for 17 vehicles and/or boat trailers.
  • 1 Handicap Stall
  • Fees: none
  • 2 Launches
  • 2 Courtesy Docks

This 2-acre site owned by the  Department of Natural Resources.  More information, including regulations in effect, can be found at  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Houlton Elementary School Playground

Owner: Hudson School District #834

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

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


Thelen Cemetery

Owner: Town of St. Joseph

This 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