Dunn County Attractions
With over 3,364 acres of lakes and located 60 miles east of Minneapolis, Dunn County is known as " A Good Life For You and Your Family". Its name was derived from Charles Dunn, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Wisconsin territory, appointed by President Andrew Jackson in 1835.
Recreational areas and activities are plentiful in Dunn County. From public hunting grounds to fishing, from golf to hiking and snowmobiling, you pick the activity and Dunn County has the place to do it. There are 15,823 acres designed for recreational use, with
over 864 acres that are developed. There are numerous launching sites in Dunn County for the boating enthusiast. Canoeing is also a favorite pastime in Dunn County. Since the time of the early explorers, Dunn County waters have been traveled by canoe. At present, there are three canoe trails covering over 77 miles of beautiful scenery, with many public access points. Whether it's water skiing, sail boarding, fishing, or just a scenic ride, Dunn County will fill your needs.
The Dunn County Recreation Park is home to the Dunn County Fair in July, hockey tournaments from October through March, Red Cedar Speedway Races from April through September, and many other weekend exhibits all year round ranging from horse shows to home shows. Facilities may be rented.
The 14.5 mile Red Cedar State Trail follows the Red Cedar River from Menomonie to
Dunnville where it joins with the 20 mile long Chippewa Valley Trail to Eau Claire. The Red Cedar Trail, with its crushed limestone surface, is perfect for hiking, biking or cross country skiing. Bike and ski rentals are available in Menomonie.
Several historic sites of note include the Mabel Tainter Memorial, Wilson Place Museum, and the Dunn County Heritage Museum in Menomonie, the Caddie Woodlawn Roadside Park and the Empire in Pine Lumbering Museum in Downsville.
Visit Dunn County and you'll enjoy "A Good Life for You and Your Family."
Museums and Historical Sites
Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum
1820 Wakanda St., Menomonie
Headquarters of the Dunn County Historical Society, the Heritage Museum interprets the history of Dunn County through its extensive collection of artifacts and new exhibit areas. Located in Menomonie's Wakanda Park
Wilson Place Mansion
101 Wilson Circle, Menomonie
Constructed in 1859 by Captain William Wilson, founder of the City of Monomonie and the Knapp, Stout & Co. Get a glimpse into the lives of the Wilson family legacy and each of the house's three generations.
Parks and Nature Centers
Red Cedar State Trail
Route 6, Hwy 29 West, Menomonie
Stroll, bike or ski along the scenic Red Cedar River on the route of the 1830s Red Cedar Junction railroad line. The 14.5 mile Red Cedar State Trail features a crushed limestone surface which is perfect for hiking and biking and in the winter it is open for cross-country skiing.
Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area
(715) 235-9087 or 1-800-283-1862
Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area provides a great hiking experience. A 60-foot tower provides viewing of a four county area. Hiking trails traverse prairie, woodland, or wetlands.
Special Things to Do
Dunn County Fair
Dunn County Recreation Park, Menomonie
1-800-283-1862 or 715-234-9087
Bring the whole family and enjoy a real county fair experience at the Dunn County Fair in July. Speedway races are held from April to September as well as other activities. Call for specific activities and dates.
Bullfrog Fish Farm
N1321 Bullfrog Rd. 566th St., Menomonie
"Dedicated to the genius of Bullfrog Fresh Rainbow Trout"and smoking good fish and more, the Bullfrog Fish Farm is proud to offer the ultimate in fresh water fish.
N4698 - 90th St, Menomonie
The Connell family has been growing apples in Wisconsin for over 100 years. They purchased this orchard in 1939 and it is still managed by the family today. The Connell Orchard is also known as "Home of the Connell Red Apple."