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Roche a Cri State Park
Roche a Cri State Park © Bridget smith
Roche a Cri State Park © Bridget smith
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1767 Hwy 13
Friendship, Wisconsin   53934

Phone: 608-565-2789
Reservations: 608-339-6881
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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.
A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required on all motor vehicles stopping in state parks, forests and recreation areas, please visit the VEHICLE ADMISSION STICKERS web page.
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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.
Trout can be caught in Carter Creek. These waters may contain some fish species on the State Health Advisory List that may have higher than acceptable levels of mercury or PCBs. For current information please check with the park office.

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
April 8 Amazing trails by Bridget_s
park review stars; one to five Ive been to many state parks and I absolutely loved this one, a bit upset that the stairs and trails were closed to the big rock areas so thats why I give it a four star, I feel they could have put it on the website before but beautiful state park, amazing trails, cool teepee near park and toilet area, forestry and dense at points
November 3 Buena Vista
park review stars; one to five 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
park review stars; one to five I love going to this park. Are the stairs completed yet?
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