This 6.13 acre property is located in the Town of Watertown, within the City of Watertown’s extraterritorial boundaries. It lies between the City of Watertown and the Village of Johnson Creek in the north-central part of the County.
Property address: N8625 Jefferson Road, Watertown, WI 53094
The park provides two primitive walk-in camping opportunities . The two primitive camping sites are open for walk-in camping only.
Effective January 1, 2022 a Boat Launch Permit is required to launch your boat at this Park.
Each of the two campsites contains the following amenities: One picnic table Primitive seating Fire ring with grill Food hang Vault toilet Level area for tent placement.
- Campsites are $20 a night for each site. Maximum of six persons per site.
- NO MORE THAN NINE TOTAL CAMPERS will be allowed at the two sites.
- Reservations can be made by contacting the Parks Department for a reservation form.
- Campsite check-in 3pm, Campsite check-out 11am.
- Off season reservations made by special permit through the parks department office.
- All reservations must be made at least one week (7-days) in advance of desired check in date.
- Payment (cash or check) is required at the time of reservation.
- Cancellations made within 7 days of your scheduled reservation will result in forfeiture of your fee.
To reserve your campsite call 920-674-7260 or, stop by the Parks Department Office, Jefferson County Courthouse, 311 S Center Ave, Room 204, Jefferson.
The property’s vegetation is primarily mowed turf grass with some low, riparian woods and wetlands. It is fairly level to gently rolling from the east to the lower areas in the west. Approximately two thirds of the property is subject to seasonal flooding. The Rock River is the western boundary of the property and comprises about 600 feet of river frontage.
Currently there is a shallow lagoon adjacent to the boat landing/launch at the site. The area was dredged decades ago to create a protected area to moor boats owned by the Watertown Outboarders Club members. With each flood event, the silt from the river has filled the lagoon creating a very shallow area greatly reducing the effective use of this area for boat mooring or fishing. Department water regulation and zoning staff have evaluated the site and made a recommendation that the lagoon be returned to wetland status as it was prior to the creation of the lagoon.
A primary purpose of the property is to provide non-motorized and motorized access to the Rock River. The site will also be developed and maintained to accommodate low intensity, park-like day use opportunities. Shore fishing will be abundant with 600 feet of river frontage and the development of a fishing pier. The open turf areas will serve as gathering and free play places for users. Picnic tables will be provided in strategic locations throughout the property. Additionally, a limited number of primitive camp sites will be developed for visitors who arrive by non-motorized watercraft allowing for extended trips on the river for water enthusiasts.
INTENDED RECREATIONAL USE AND MANAGEMENT
The property amenities will include the following:
- a motorized/non-motorized boat access ramp (existing)
- ADA accessible floating boat launch pier
- parking area for 20 vehicles with or without trailers (existing)
- picnic tables
- roofed open shelter building (existing)
- street pole lighting (existing) and possibly additional lighting
- shore fishing opportunities (existing)
- ADA accessible hard surface parking stall near launch with walkway to pier
- 2-4 primitive campsites-water access sites only. Fire ring, picnic table and tent pad
- drilled well with a hand pump
- single stall vault toilet
- small gravel parking area off entrance road out of the floodplain