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Wisconsin State Parks

USA Parks
Hidden Valleys Region
Tower Hill State Park
Tower Hill State Park Shot Tower Sign © Allen A. Barger
Tower Hill State Park Sign by Tunnel © Allen A. Barger
5808 Cty. C
Spring Green, Wisconsin   53588

Phone: 608-588-2116
Beautifully sited above the Wisconsin River, 77-acre Tower Hill State Park provides campsites, nature and hiking trails, and picnicking facilities. The upland forests, a wide variety of plants, shrubs, birds, and animals, and a 175-foot Cambrian sandstone cliff make the park attractive for those who enjoy natural settings.

The location has special significance in Wisconsin history as the site of the lead region village of Helena and the place where Green Bay entrepreneur, Daniel Whitney, and his partners built a tower to make lead shot, hence the park name. An energetic Yankee entrepreneur who had come to Green Bay in the 1820s, Whitney delved into a wide variety of potentially profitable ventures ? lumbering on the upper Wisconsin (long before Indian title had been extinguished), fur trading, and town-site speculation. He formed a business partnership to manufacture lead shot in 1830 at a time when Wisconsin had no shot tower and he hoped to market lead in the East. Construction began in 1831 and was completed in 1833, having been interrupted by the Black Hawk War.
Nearby Accommodations
Wisconsin River Retreat - Mazomanie, WI
Cottages 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.
14.3 miles from park*

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
December 14 beautiful by not ok
its the prettiest place i ever saw
June 3 Start a Wisconsin River Trip Here
We stayed at the park before starting a trip down the Wisconsin River. It was right on the river, which made it perfect for our purposes. The campsites are an average size for a Wisconsin state park and all wooded. Facilities were clean and well maintained. Since it is a smaller campground, it was very quiet and peaceful at all times. Bring your bug spray-- the mosquitoes also like to camp out next to the river.
May 20 Rare Piece of History
History buffs, do yourself a favor and visit this park. A bit of a climb to tower and to shot tunnel but well worth the effort. Frank Lloyd Wright museum nearby.

Area Campgrounds
Wisconsin Riverside Resort
S13220 Shifflet Road
Spring Green, WI
Tom's Campground
2626 Spring Road
Dodgeville, WI
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
Savanna - Savanna, IL
Located just 30 minutes from Galena and 2 hours from Chicago, Savanna is a great place for renewal and regeneration. We invite you to browse through our web-site and plan your getaway today.
73.3 miles from park*
You will feel right at home when you reach Carroll County, our corner of beautiful Northwest Illinois. The magnificent Mississippi River and outdoor spaces will refresh your spirit and touch our soul.
70.2 miles from park*


Wisconsin State Parks