Campground Review: Grant River Recreation Area – Potosi, Wisconsin
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Grant River is one of our favorite Corps Parks. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, it has nice mature trees offering lots of shade options for the camp sites. Modern full service washrooms with showers kept spotlessly clean. Lots of frontage along the river with benches every 100 feet or so offering a pleasant places to sit and watch the river roll by. There isn’t a lot of activity on the river itself, largely free of the sound of jet skis and power boats charging back and forth disturbing the tranquility. But there is an adjacent boat launch for fisherman and a large parking area for trailers.
The sites are level and concrete and the road throughout park is paved. The heavy, substantial picnic tables are well-maintained and stand on a well-drained gravel pad with a fire-ring and grill. The sites are electric-only with 20, 30, and 50 amp service. No water hydrants at each site, but several hydrants are sprinkled throughout the campground for convenient refilling. There is adequate spacing and green space between the camp sites. A few of the camp sites are dedicated for tent campers and provide very adequate spacing away from other camp sites.
Just north of the campground is a day use area with a picnic pavilion, a boat ramp and dock, and lots of parking space.
Besides hanging out at the campsite, we enjoy hiking around the park, enjoying the scenic views of the river, and biking both around the park and to the Potosi Brewery for a brew or food (see our review). The National Brewery Museum is also located at the Brewery and is a fun and interesting look at the history of brewing with stories and pictures from former breweries in Wisconsin and across the nation.
For bikers, the rustic rural road that runs from Potosi’s main street to the park isn’t that busy with traffic and is a scenic bike ride over a mostly level terrain. More enthusiastic bikers can take the return trip along Brewery Hollow Road (a Wisconsin scenic rural road) back to the campground. And even more enthusiastic bikers can take the scenic River Road 20 miles north to Cassville and the Stonefield Village Historic Site.
When we have the grand kids or grand nephews/nieces with us they enjoy fishing from the banks of the river and the park playground that has slides, swings, climbing gym, volleyball court, and horse shoe courts.
Provisions like ice, beverages, and basic groceries are available at the Pine Point Store 4 miles away in downtown Potosi.
While we consider Grant River an A+ campground, some campers would downgrade that vote due to the fact of frequent trains running by. A neat experience for kids and train aficionados, but can disrupt what are otherwise a very peaceful nighttime atmosphere. All along the upper Mississippi River there are railroad tracks with active freight trains running day and night, so one downside of any campground near the Big River are the periodic trains that run overnight.
Links to Nearby Visitor Attractions:
- Potosi Brewery – Restaurant-Tap Room, Brewery Museum, Brewery Tours (3 miles)
- Birchwood Golf Course, Kieler, WI (14 miles) – no website
- Golfing in Dubuque and East Dubuque – 2o miles
- Dubuque, Iowa Attractions – River Museum, River Walk, Winery, Restaurants, Scenic Views, etc. (20 miles)
- Stonefield Historic Village, Cassville, WI (20 miles)