Jersey Valley is a 371 acre park near Westby. The park’s most prominent feature is a 52 acre man-made lake formed by a large flood control dam on Peaceful Valley Stream at the headwaters of the West Fork Kickapoo River. The lake is a popular fishing destination and is great for bluegill, crappie, perch, trout and largemouth bass.
Vernon County Land & Water Conservation Department is in the process of implementing a grant to make significant improvements to Jersey Valley County Park. Below is a list of improvements visitors will be sure to notice:
- New Park Entry Signs at Main Entrance & at Peaceful Valley Entrance
- Conversion of Pit Toilet to Modern Flush Toilets, new sinks, new roof & skylights, new paint interior & exterior.
- Beach and Swimming Area Development
- New waterless restroom for Peaceful Valley entrance to the park.
- New Parking Lot at the Peaceful Valley entrance to the park.
- New Picnic tables on park grounds and in the picnic shelter building.
- Accessible concrete sidewalk from the boat launch to the beach.
- Trailside benches along the new accessible sidewalk.
- Courtesy dock with solar lighting.
- Two fishing access decks off the new sidewalk (2014 Eagle Scout Project)
- Mountain Bike Trail Development.
- Additional Hiking Trails and Signage.
As part of the project, a new section of hiking trail has been developed that starts at the existing fishing pier and follows the western and northern lakeshore to near where Peaceful Valley Stream enters the lake. As a result, there are many more great fishing spots for adventurous hikers to access.
Jersey Valley County Park is located 3 miles northeast of Westby on County Rd. X. From Westby, travel north on State Hwy. 27, travel 3 miles and turn east (right) onto County Rd. X. Follow the signs to the park.