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River Country Region
Roche a Cri State Park
1767 Hwy 13
Friendship, Wisconsin   53934

Phone: 608-565-2789
Reservations: 608-339-6881
Roche-A-Cri State Park, established in 1948, includes a 605-acre park area. Roche-A-Cri comes from French words meaning "crevice in the rock." The park has a 300-foot-high rock outcropping with a wooden stairway to the top. There are Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. The park has 41 rustic campsites within a forest of large oaks and pines. Carter Creek within the park offers trout fishing opportunities.
Nature of the Area
Roche-A-Cri Mound State Natural Area (No. 183) is a 25-acre parcel within the park that contains Roche-A-Cri mound with a mixed forest of old-growth pine and oak on the surrounding sandy terrain and talus slope. This mound is a late Cambrian sandstone outlier mesa rock outcrop and was once a rocky island in Glacial Lake Wisconsin. The summit now stands about 300 feet above the central sands plain. Its distinct long, narrow shape, the large cleft in the southern face, and flat-topped ridge bordered by craggy, precipitous cliffs made it a landmark for early travelers. A variety of early Native American petroglyphs and pictographs at the base of the southern face are easily viewed from an accessible platform. Turkey vultures use this high mound as a summer roost site.

Roche-A-Cri Woods State Natural Area (No. 362) is both within the park and adjoining it on the East side State Highway 13. Large white pine, white oak, black oak, red pine, and red oak dominate this 442-acre parcel. A diverse ground layer is present and contains at least 220 plant species. A forest of silver maple, green ash, and basswood border Carter Creek, a class II trout stream, which meanders through the area. Two native species prairies have been established in the eastern portion of this natural area.
History of the Area
Roche-A-Cri State Park was established in 1948 along with Governor Dodge and Wildcat Mountain State Parks. The park is on State Highway 13 just north of the City of Adams and Village of Friendship in central Wisconsin,.

The area was originally acquired as a roadside area by the State Highway Commission in1937.
Day-UseSwimming Beachyes
 Electric Sitesyes
Roche-A-Cri has 41 rustic camping sites. One site is accessible to people with disabilities and has electricity available.

Camping is available May through mid-October. Call the park office regarding the exact dates. Campers must register at the park office or use the self-registration box in the office parking lot before setting up. There is a dump station near the office building.

Campsite reservations:

Most sites are reservable, but sites 1 through 4 are first-come, first-served. Though not required, the campsites fill on most summer weekends, so reservations are recommended. Reservations are available by calling a toll-free reservation number (888) WI-PARKS or visiting the web site.

This centralized reservation system provides "one stop shopping" for any reservable site in the Wisconsin Park System. Campers may take site-specific reservations, reservations for multiple dates and/or multiple properties, and will receive immediate confirmation of their selections. A credit card is required for Internet reservations. The call center accepts a personal check if it is more than 21 days before you will camp or a cashier's check or money order if it is more than 10 days. Your reservation will be unconfirmed until your check or money order arrives. If the check or money order does not arrive within seven days, your reservation will be canceled.

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There are three picnic areas in the park. They are near the office, near the mound stairway, and by the Chickadee Rock Trailhead. A reservable picnic shelter is near the mound stairway. This shelter has electricity and a large cooking grill on site. Reservation forms are available on the DNR web site (PDF, 7 KB) or at the park office. Group vehicle admission discounts are also available for your next family event, group outing, or company picnic.
Nature Programs
Roche-A-Cri offers weekend interpretive programs conducted by park staff and volunteers throughout the summer. Check at the park office for a schedule of upcoming programs.

The goal of the interpretive program is to help visitors learn more about nature within the park setting. Hikes, evening programs, displays and roving contacts are among the tools our staff uses to reach this goal.

Activities are designed for visitors of all ages and are fun as well as educational. Special guest speaker presentations are also arranged. Program schedules are posted around the park and are available upon request at the office.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 3 Buena Vista
Four of us went in October 2012 and we were delighted with the fabulous stairs with railings and the Fall view was just absolutely beautiful in every direction.
April 23 Stairs
I love going to this park. Are the stairs completed yet?
December 29 No xx-skiing by Donna
Drove from Appleton to xx-ski only to find no trails have been groomed for skiing. Considering we have a state parks sticker, we could not use the park as it is designated in the Wisconsin Travel Guide. This information should have been listed on the park website.
September 7 stairs are closed
yes the steps are closed and it is posted on the DNR website, at the office, and at the steps. Steps are missing and the wood is in very bad shape. They hope to start replacing them this fall and hope to have them open mid summer 2011. Check the Wi DNR website under Roche-A-Cri to know they are open. To you who is mad that you got a fine of $175 you should be happy the max fine is $263. Maybe you should think before going into a closed area!
September 6 Just Read..... by Whatever
It clearly states in several places that the stairs are closed, and long before you have to pay any fee. Oh, and wood does have a tendency to rot....so that makes it a bad park? Wow.
August 16 One of our favorite state parks by bac1713
This is one of our favorites and we go to state parks all over the state of WI. We enjoy the small number of sites, quiet, well kept. The stairs are not the only attraction - and it is posted online that they are closed until further notice.
August 6 Dont go the stairs are closed. by Roche-a-Cri is a bad park.
Went Aug 2010, paid park fee, stairs closed, they wait for you to use them and give a $175 fine per person. Will be closed at least another year.

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Pineland Camping Park
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Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Wisconsin River Retreat - Mazomanie, WICottages and Cabins
Vacation cottages, fully furnished, located on the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Clean 1100 sq. ft. two bedroom cottage with huge granite fireplace. Close to canoe rental, hiking trails and bike paths. Come and enjoy our backyard Wisconsin River shoreline.
Web Site: wisconsinriverretreat.com
56 miles from park*
Edge o' The Woods Motel - New Lisbon, WIHotels/Motels
The Edge O' the Woods Motel is a family owned and operated motel close to major highways, yet in a comfortable country setting. Edge O' the Woods Motel was established in 1973 with 9 units with 4 more added 3 years later. The entire property was upgraded and remodeled in 2000 along with the addition of 8 new units.
Web Site: edgeothewoods.com/
16.2 miles from park*
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