Experience the Mouth of the St. Croix River
Prescott was settled in 1839 and was described as the “Mouth of the St. Croix.” It received its current name in 1851 in honor of Philander Prescott, a fur trapper who built a cabin on the site where the city now stands. Prescott held claim to 1,200 acres for soldiers from Fort Snelling, Minn. Prescott quickly became a center for river shipping, steamboat transportation and milling. Immigrants arrived via the steamboats and settled lands in Wisconsin.
This charming town, which is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, offers adventure enthusiasts boating, canoeing, golfing, hiking, biking, swimming, antiquing, shopping and dining opportunities. In the winter, snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding are favorite pastimes.
From the bluffs of Freedom Park, visitors can see the blue waters of the St. Croix flow into the Mississippi. The park’s Visitor and Learning Center features walking trails, interpretive exhibits, beautiful native plant gardens and shaded picnic areas. The famous Prescott Clock Tower, holding an historic clock that strikes on the hour and half hour, is located in downtown next to the bridge. The clock is adjacent to the renovated Welcome and Heritage Center which houses the Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce and Prescott Area Historical Society. The multi-dimensional Welcome Center offers exhibits highlighting local hertitage plus maps, brochures and information on Prescott, Pierce County and surrounding areas.
Near the Welcome and Heritage Center, a public dock sponsored by the city offers easy access to downtown. The public boat launch has adjacent parking for vehicles with trailers and is a short walk from downtown. The confluence of the sapphire blue St. Croix River, a National Scenic Waterway administered by the National Park Service, and the muddy Mississippi rivers is at Mercord Park in the heart of downtown Prescott. A public beach is available on nearby Lake Street.
Stroll the streets of Prescott and enjoy the ambiance of one of Wisconsin’s oldest town on the Great River Road!
- A public dock sponsored by the City of Prescott offers easy access to downtown and the public boat launch has adjacent parking for vehicles with trailers
- Visit the renovated Welcome and Heritage Center houses the Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce and Prescott Area Historical Society