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The Homestead Parklands beach on Perch Lake is a popular place during the summer. The clean water has earned the lake designation as an outstanding water resource by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)

Hidden gems: Homestead Parklands and Troy Beach offer summer fun

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With the Lakefront Park beach in downtown Hudson closed because of high water and erosion from the June 21 storms, area residents might consider two St. Croix County parks as alternatives for swimming.


Troy Beach is a lightly used county park on the St. Croix River, just south of YMCA Camp St. Croix on County F.

What it lacks in amenities, it makes up for in setting. The park has an expansive sand beach that visitors can drive right up to.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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