Park Falls, Wisconsin

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Park Falls is a city in Price County, Wisconsin, United States. Located in the woods of north central Wisconsin, primarily the Chequamegon National Forest, Park Falls is a small community divided by the North Fork of the Flambeau River, a popular destination for fishing, canoeing and whitewater rafting. The population of Park Falls was 2,793 at the 2000 census.



The city began in the late 19th century as a small river village called Muskellunge Falls. It was later renamed Park Falls for the scenic beauty surrounding the former falls on the south side of town. With a pulp and paper mill, the town grew rapidly and was incorporated as a city in 1912.

At the height of the city's industrial success the city's population swelled to more than 4,000 residents. At the same time, commercial development fueled a sizeable downtown, which largely remains today.

Several residential neighborhoods, particularly along 1st Avenue North, were constructed of nearly identical homes and this affordable housing stock is one of the community's lasting assets.

Recent development, which mostly began in the early 1990s, has been primarily concentrated along Wis. Highway 13, a north-south highway that is the city's main thoroughfare.

Park Falls has been called the most geographically isolated community in all of Wisconsin.[citation needed] Several governmental offices are located there, including a school district, a National Forest Service office, an outpost of the Wisconsin Department of National Resources, and the northern office of the state governor.

Park Falls has two stoplight-controlled intersections, the only stoplights in Price County. The nearest neighboring community with a stoplight is at least 45 minutes away in any direction.


Park Falls is located at 45°56′5″N 90°26′55″W / 45.93472°N 90.44861°W / 45.93472; -90.44861 (45.934590, -90.448538)[3].

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