With Lake Superior to the north-east, Lake Michigan to the north-west, the Mississippi River in the south-east, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and many more lakes, state parks, and private locations to choose from, there are so many wonderful options for camping in Wisconsin, it’s incredible!
Wisconsin is a place that boasts incredibly beauty at nearly every turn, so you will likely be happy camping at any campground in this wonderful state. However, if you are looking for some of the absolute best places to go, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite places for the absolute best camping in Wisconsin.
Tent Camping in Wisconsin
Mirro Lake State Park is perfect for beautiful lake camping in Wisconsin and located conveniently off of main travel corridor Interstate 90-94. Obviously, the park’s main attractions is Mirror Lake. In the park, campers can rent rowboats, pontoon boats, paddle-boards, kayaks and canoes for use on the lake. The bonus of Mirror Lake is that is a no-wake lake, so the absence of high-pitched motors is music to the ears of campers.
With its 1.5-mile long beach, Big Bay State Park sits at the northernmost point in Wisconsin on Madeline Island. Miles of hiking trails and sitting on the shores of Lake Superior, the serenity of the park is just a ferry ride away from Bayfield County. Boat access is available at the park as well with access from a public landing in Bayfield County or a private landing on the island.
This park offers great Wisconsin State Park camping with just a short drive from downtown Milwaukee sitting only 25 miles north. The 702-acre park sits right on the shores of Lake Michigan, where a night camp along the shores provides a stunning sunrise view coming from the east. Fishing opportunities are plentiful in the park as well.
Located in Grant County and sitting at the meeting point of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers, tent campers can find a spot for the night directly on a bluff with stunning views of the rivers and valleys below. The camp has hiking trails, canoe spots and access to the rivers for fishing as well. For tent camping in Wisconsin, Wyalusing is hard to beat.
Wisconsin’s largest and most visited state park makes Devils Lake one of the most popular campgrounds in the state. The lake itself is small at only 360 acres, but the 500-foot bluffs that surround the lake, many with views from atop, and the sandy beaches make the park a summertime destination. Those items, coupled with the convenient location just north of Madison, drastically increase the popularity of the park.
Located in beautiful Door County, Penninsula State Park is packed with entertainment for the whole family from over 450 total campsites, a summer theater, golf course, sand beach and an old lighthouse. Camping spots are spread throughout the 4,000 acre parks and some have the modern amenities of showers as well. Read more about our family trip to Door County here.
Spanning 21 islands across the southern shores of Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands are part of the National Parks system. Camping is permitted on 19 of the 21 islands. The islands play host to avid kayakers looking to explore the island shores and they do not disappoint. Many see the Apostle Islands as one of the best places to camp in Wisconsin.
Located in the west-central part of the state and conveniently off of Interstate 94, Black River State Forest allows plenty of opportunities for campers to explore the wilderness while hunting, cross country skiing or riding ATV’s through the forest. The forest offers both primitive campsites, for folks looking to backpack in and camp, and more convenient modern camping amenities with electrical hook-ups and bathrooms/showers.
Sitting on the eastern shores of Wisconsin’s largest inland lake, Lake Winnebago, High Cliff State Park offers great views of the lake atop the limestone cliff overlooking the lake. The main attraction in the park is a 12-foot statue of Winnebago Indian Chief Red Bird, that overlooks the lake standing on top of a chunk of granite. The park also has a general store and museum on-site.
Outside of Gordon on the St. Croix Flowage, Gordan Dam Park Campsite sits right on the waterfront with picnic tables, fire rings and benches included on each site. The park has a boat launch, playground and picnic sites with grills for campers as well. Beautiful Superior, WI is a short drive away as well.
In the western part of the state along the banks of the Chippewa River, the park offers tent camping spots on an island in the river. Hiking trails galore line the banks of the river and canoe/kayak rentals are available from nearby vendors as well. Nearby Cornell and Chippewa Falls are great options to day-travel to as well as the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forests and the Ice Age Trails sitting nearby for outdoor adventure.
Situated in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest an along the Oconto River, wild adventure awaits campers at this campground. The river offers an excellent trout fishery and adventurers can canoe and raft the wilderness as well. The site is very remote, attracting people looking for total seclusion from city life.
Located in central Wisconsin and sitting on the 4th largest lake in the state, Castle Rock Lake, Buckhorn State Park sits on miles of beautiful shoreline. The park has booked drive-up sites, hike-in site, and paddle-up sites right on the water. Canoe, kayak and bicycle rentals are also available to park-goers in the summertime as well.
Sitting just outside of La Crosse, Goose Island Campground is located right on the backwaters of the mighty Mississippi River. A very large county operated campground, there are over 400 sites at the part with some right on the river. Canoe and kayak rentals are available in the park along with a bait shop right on-site. Camping in Wisconsin almost requires a night or two along the Mississippi River.
Located in a remote portion of southwest Wisconsin and along the winding Kickapoo River, Kickapoo Valley Reserve offers primitive camping options at 25 different spots. Some spots have vehicle access, some are canoe access only and others require you to hike-in, but there are options for everyone. Sites are remote and do not include water or toilet facilities, but the beauty of the river and surrounding country are worth the trek.
Sitting outside of the town of Tomahawk, the campground is known for its north woods serenity. The lake is 1,400 acres and part of the Wisconsin River system and boasts fine numbers of walleye, musky, bass, panfish, and pike. Nearby Tomahawk is a must-see for its annual Pow-Wow Days celebration over the July 4th holiday.
With the serene beauty of the park, this is often considered one of the best campgrounds in Wisconsin. The southern unit of the park is conveniently close to the Milwaukee area for a quick backpacking camping trip. The forest offers simple campsites or more remote pack-in sites for guests. The National Ice Age Trail runs through the park and attracts many visitors every year.
Located in the north-central portion of the state near Mellen, Copper Falls State Park’s main attractions are the beautiful cascading waterfalls and deep gorges. Hiking and biking trails run throughout the park and log buildings that were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s can be found on the property as well.
This forest is a bird watchers paradise, where eagles, osprey, loons, ducks and almost 75% of the state bird species visit throughout the year. The park also sits near the beautiful Willow Flowage Scenic Waters area where a fisherman can get away to one of the most remote fishing lakes in the state.
Spanning a large part of the northern part of the state, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest not only offers some deep woods, remote camping for tent campers but also RV camping spreading throughout the entire range of the forest. The RV spots range from lakefront to deep woods and can offer great RV camping in Wisconsin options for families of all sizes.
A great option in historic Door County, Rustic Timbers sits just a few miles to downtown Egg Harbor in the heart of the county. The park includes a water slide, peddle carts, trampoline, and a nearby boat launch onto Lake Michigan. The large property is 160 acres and includes beautiful wooded sites with a store right on the campsite as well.
Located just outside of historic Egg Harbor in Door County and providing some of the best camping in Wisconsin, this resort features a swimming pool, game room and a playground area for the kids. As well, the property has horseshoe pits and volleyball courts for its guests. The local area is flush with shopping, wineries, region-famous fish boils and golfing.
Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wissota, Lake Wissota State Park offers both RV and tent camping. The park features a beach, great biking and horseback riding trails and a close proximity to downtown Chippewa Falls where campers can tour the history Leinenkugel’s brewery. The park offers a variety of explorative programs during the summer months that can be inquired about at the park office upon entrance.
Featuring 3,000 beautiful acres along the Minnesota border near Hudson, WI, the park offers both RV and tent camping in three different spots throughout the park. The park’s main attraction is a giant waterfall in the center of the park. Fishing and hunting opportunities also attract many visitors to the park all year long.
Sitting in Wisconsin’s Northwoods on Tomahawk Lake, part of the entire Minocqua chain of lakes. Indian Shores campground has a swimming beach, boat ramp and boat rentals for its guests. The grounds also have an on-site resaurant/bar and heated pool as well. The downtown Minocqua area is close by for a trip to town to see the rustic shops and summer fun.
Located in the heart of northern Wisconsin lake country, the Hayward KOA campground features a heated pool that includes a waterslide. The campground also has onsite mini-golf, two playgrounds, and a movie pavilion. Close by in the Hayward area are numerous fishing and hunting opportunities as well as a beautiful downtown area with rustic shops.
Situated in beautiful Eagle River, the campground features many amenities like the on-site waterpark, trampoline basketball, inflatable bouncy castle, free wi-fi in the clubhouse and a dog park make this one of the best campgrounds in Wisconsin. Sitting just two miles from the downtown, Eagle River provides many gift shops, world-class fishing and fun events like the Paul Bunyan Fest in August, the National Championship Musky Open Tournament in August and Cranberry Fest in October.
Wisconsin Dells is the most popular vacation destination in the state and the campground is close to all the feature attractions in the town. Fox Hill RV Park and Campground sits next to a golf course and features free WIFI, bathrooms, full hook-up pull-thru sites. As well, the campground has free showers, game room and a pet play area for the furry friends.
Near the “Waterpark Capital of the World”, Wisconsin Dells, Bonanza Campground features picnic tables and fire rings on each site. The park also has a heated pool, modern bathrooms, a country store game room, playground and laundry facilities for the guests. Stays at the resort also include discounted passes to area attraction, including Noah’s Ark Waterpark.
Just outside of beautiful La Crosse, WI in West Salem sits Neshonoc Lakeside Camp on Lake Neshonoc. The grounds feature two heated pools, two playgrounds, basketball court, golf cart rentals and boat/kayak rentals. For RV’s, the grounds have blacktop roads, LP gas refills/exchanges and a dump station on-site. Close by is the mighty Mississippi River as well.
Near Bagley, WI between the beautiful bluffs and the Mississippi River, this kid-friendly park is obvious from the name. The park features sites with water, electric and sewer with on-site LP available and a laundromat. There is mini-golf course, walking/biking trails, swimming pool and two playgrounds on the site for the little ones as well, along with visits from the Yogi Bear characters at the outdoor theater.
Sitting outside of Manitowoc on the shores of Lake Michigan, the park features close proximity to the city of Manitowoc and a short drive to Green Bay. RV sites have water, electric and sewer hookup availability. Campers also have access to the indoor pool, hot tub, and shower facilities as well. Excellent nearby charter fishing on the Great Lake is fun for the whole family as well.
Located conveniently outside of Madison in Lodi, Smokey Hollow Campground features tons of fun for the entire family in mini golf, candy store, convenience store, large pool area, dunk tank and plenty of fun scheduled activities throughout the summer. A day trip to Madison is easily in the cards for campers as well to see the state capital.
Sitting outside Minocqua on Patricia Lake, Patricia Lake Campground has close proximity to many area lakes and the Chequamegon National Forest. Large wooded lots are RV friendly and the grounds have basketball/volleyball courts, shuffleboard, on-site laundry and a beautiful sand beach on the lake. Close proximity to downtown Minocqua make this one the finest Wisconsin campgrounds.
Located within metro Milwaukee is what makes this RV park unique. The park sits right off of Interstate 94 and sits minutes from the downtown area, Miller Park, Bradley Center and the Milwaukee County Zoo. The park has 70 hookups with sewer, water and electric on-site, laundry, showers and propane filling station available for use by the campers.
Located on the banks of the famous Wolf River in eastern Wisconsin outside of Fremont, Gala Resort offers over 3,000 feet of water frontage. The river is a fisherman’s paradise with its awesome walleye, catfish and white bass fisheries. Nearby Fremont offers fishing guide services, boat rentals and water ski shows for the family to enjoy.
For campers seeking remote serenity by boat, the flowage offers some of the most beautiful camping in Wisconsin. Featuring 66 free campsites accessible by boat only, the sites have steel fire rings and open-air pit toilets. The fishing on the flowage is top-notch and the wildlife around the area is abundant as well. The flowage also features six large group sites that are available by reservation and have an associated cost to them.
For the primitive camper looking to backpack in, northwest Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail offers many free opportunities for campers on an adventure. Many small lakes can be found along the trails and campers can find a remote spot to spend a night or two in the wilderness. Hunting, fishing, and hiking opportunities await on this free camping in Wisconsin adventure.
Small and remote, Wood Lake Campground provides serenity with just nine campsites. Situated on 62 acre Wood Lake, great panfish and bass opportunities await on a lake that does not permit internal combustion engines. This will help lend to quiet evenings by the lake and mornings in the tent.
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