|Thank You Mr. Latsch|
Perrot State Park was established in 1918 after a land donation by John A. Latsch of Winona, MN. Mr. Latsch was a nature- loving eccentric millionaire. He is credited with many land donations that are now state parks in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
|Pronounce it Pair-row|
The park is named for the French explorer Nicolas Perrot from the 1600's. Please it's not pronounced Parrot. The park encompasses 1,270 acres nestled among the 500 foot bluffs where Trempealeau and the Mississippi meet. The park offers breath taking river views and a variety of hiking, cross country skiing and snow-shoeing trails leading through woodlands to prairies. Also over 100 camping sites.
|Civilian Conservation Corps|
Many of the trails and shelter you see today were built by the CCC in the 1930's. This was a work relief program developed as a result of the depression to create recreational areas. Unfortunately some say nature lost out and original prairies, woodlands and waterways were changed forever. With today's appreciation for our environment it would have taken a different route, I hope.