Hudson / Prescott / River Falls, Wisconsin

About the Area

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have traditionally belonged to Minnesota since their beginnings as riverboat towns in the early 1,800s.  But during the last few decades, the sprawling cities have grown new tentacles that reach into many areas of Northwest Wisconsin,  giving residents of these locations the opportunity for a wide variety  of real estate options throughout the vast expanses of open lands that  stretch through Pierce County, St. Croix County and Polk County, Wisconsin. 

From the northern reaches of Northwestern Wisconsin, the lakes are abundant around communities like Hayward, Siren, Spooner and Balsam Lake, creating a vast supply of lakefront cabins and homes.  But as you travel further south into the middle of St. Croix County  and beyond, most of the lakes disappear in favor of inland creeks,  small rivers…and the most famous river of all: The Mississippi.    

Straight east of Downtown St. Paul, about twenty miles on Interstate 94, lies Hudson, Wisconsin, one of the most populous communities in this northwestern area of the state.  At  around 12,000 residents, the city has grown substantially over the last  decade because of its scenic riverfront setting and its proximity to  the Twin Cities.   Here you can find plenty of homes along the St. Croix River, from those sitting high up on bluffs to others at the water’s edge.  The  downtown area is a blend of waterfront restaurants, marinas,  interesting shops and core businesses, with most of the newer  commercial growth just to the south and east of the town.

If you follow the river about a dozen miles south, you will end up at the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers.  This is Prescott, Wisconsin, a sleepy looking river town that originated in 1840 because of its strategic setting on these busy waterways.  About a third the size of Hudson,  and with real estate values quite affordable, it is a great place to  live if you enjoy the small town atmosphere with endless boating out  your door.  Prescott has a bustling downtown filled with character, available only in historic communities such as this.  For those who work in Minneapolis or St. Paul – about 25 miles away – there is a direct route across the river into Hastings, Minnesota and on to the metro area.

Equidistant from Hudson and Prescott, and a few miles of the river’s banks, is River Falls, Wisconsin, home to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  The community boasts about 12,000 residents and is cut in two by the Kinnickinnic River,  which is a popular trout stream.  It has a strong business climate, and  a vibrant atmosphere due to the college and its plentiful scenery. 

Whether you enjoy the riverfront lifestyle in historic towns like Hudson, Prescott, or Hager City  – or the rural atmosphere of Ellsworth, Baldwin or Robert – you will  have plenty of real estate options to choose from in this expansive  area of Northwest Wisconsin.


  • Baldwin
  • Beldenville
  • Boardman
  • Burkhardt
  • Centerville
  • Cylon
  • Diamond Bluff
  • East Ellsworth
  • El Paso
  • Ellsworth
  • Elmwood
  • Emerald
  • Emerald Station
  • Erin Corner
  • Forest
  • Glenwood City
  • Hager City
  • Hammond
  • Hersey
  • Hudson
  • Jewett
  • Lawton
  • Martell
  • Moeville
  • New Richmond
  • North Hudson
  • Ottman Corners
  • Prescott
  • River Falls
  • Roberts
  • Rock Elm
  • Smith Landing
  • Somerset
  • Spring Valley
  • Trimbelle
  • Troy Park
  • Wildwood
  • Wilson
  • Woodville


  • Bass Lake
  • Big River
  • Bright Lake
  • Bushnell Lake
  • Bushy Lake
  • Casey Lake
  • Dry Dam Lake
  • Eau Galle River
  • Gantenbein Lake
  • Glen Lake
  • Kinnickinnic River
  • Lake Mallalieu
  • Little Falls Lake
  • Mill Pond
  • Mississippi River
  • North Bass Lake
  • Perch Lake
  • Pine Lake
  • Rush River
  • Shank Lake
  • St. Croix River
  • Three Lakes
  • Trimbelle River
  • Twin Lakes
  • Willow River
  • Wind River

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