Homestead Parklands

Homestead Parklands SignHomestead Parklands is located in Northwestern St. Croix County, approximately 9 miles north of Hudson and five miles south of Somerset. Homestead Park is situated around the northern half of Perch Lake, right off Perch Lake Road Perch Lake is the central feature of the park. The lake reaches 90 feet deep in some areas. The land area includes steep slopes covered by oak woodlands and pine plantations.

Homestead Parklands PhotoHours

May 1 - October 31

  • 8 am - Dusk

November 1 - April 30

  • Upper-level parking closed to vehicle access. Open to walk-ins. Parking is available at the lower level parking lot (near the entrance gate). Daily or annual pass required.


  • Fishing Pier
  • Accessible Fishing
  • Picnic Areas (Reserve a shelter)
  • Playground
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Swimming Beach
  • Trails for Hiking and Cross-Country Skiing
  • Watercraft Rentals $10 per Hour (Canoes, Paddleboats, Kayaks, Paddleboards)

Education and interpretive facilities may be provided at the Visitor Center, as well as in key locations throughout the park. Don’t forget to take a walk on our bookworm trail!

There have been unconfirmed, undocumented reports of Blue-Green Algae in Perch Lake. The water in the lake is monitored regularly by County and State Public Health agencies and the public will be notified if and when an algae bloom occurs that might be harmful to people and/or animals.

Park Passes

Annual park passes are available for purchase at the following locations:

  • Online
  • Community Development Department - St. Croix County Government Center (Hudson)
  • Community Development Department - St. Croix County Ag Center (Baldwin)
  • The park entrance building

*daily park passes ($10) may be purchased at the park

Winter Activities

  • Ice Fishing
  • Skating on Perch Lake
  • Sledding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-Country Skiing (trails are not groomed and skiers will need to break their own trails)

Map of Homestead Parklands

Map of Homestead Parklands (PDF)

Bookworm Trail 

Bookworm Trail (PDF) is a community supported literacy and "no child left inside project".