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Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake

Justin Townsend
Friends of Perch Lake Pamphlet
550 Perch Lake Road Hudson (Town of St. Joseph) WI 54016

Very few places enjoy a history so representative of this region. Come to Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake to find out how so much history can be encompassed in natural beauty. The land where the park is now located was inhabited by the Dakotas of the Sioux Nation followed by the Chippewa of the Ojibwa Nation. The Homestead Act of 1862 brought settlers, among them the Aggie and Thomas Davidson who settled the area in 1890. The Davidson’s farmed the area where the Ski Club Trail is now located. They also leased this land from 1938-1941 to the local ski club who hosted international ski meets. The Tom Seim family, Descendents of the Davidson’s, established a successful picnic and campground area in the 1950’s which ran until 1995. The Seim Family, along with Town of St. Joseph residents and citizens of St. Croix County, then worked with the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors to purchase the land as park in 1996. Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake was dedicated in 2003.

Today you can enjoy the park as generations have enjoyed this beautiful convergence of land and water. 85 acres of park encompasses 2/3 of Perch lake shoreline. The most popular features include a sand beach, playground, fishing piers, and canoe/rowboat/kayak/stand up paddleboard rental. This particularly deep lake is also very popular SCUBA divers. Other amenities include more than 3 miles of trails and picnic areas with grills. Homestead has something for all visitors. Please come out and explore the history and natural beauty of this hidden gem.

Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake along with all other St. Croix County Parks enjoy hosting a variety of events birthdays, reunions, weddings, and especially school groups. For more information visit us online at under departments click parks. Or call

Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake- 715-549-6515
Glen Hills County Park (campground)- 715-265-4613
Administration- 715-531-1923

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