The state of Wisconsin has a wide array of camping experiences to satisfy any lover of the great outdoors. With Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Mississippi River, and numerous other private campgrounds, state parks, recreation areas, lakes, and more, there are many excellent options for a fun and exciting camping experience for people of all ages. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures, memorable nights, recreation activities, and natural beauty at almost every turn throughout Wisconsin.

1. Anvil Lake Campground

Anvil Lake Campground
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The Anvil Lake Campground in Eagle River, Wisconsin is a great destination for camping, as well as other outdoor recreation activities, such as hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming, for anyone who wants to get out into nature but still be close to town. The clear waters make for a really good fishing experience in particular, and the family-friendly rustic campground provides a good home base for exploring the trails in the area. Located within the Anvil Lake Recreation Area, the Anvil Lake Campground features eighteen campsites with picnic tables and fire rings, as well as amenities like vault toilets and drinking water.

S Anvil Lake Rd, Eagle River, WI 54521, Phone: 715-479-2827

2. Blue Mound Campground

Blue Mound Campground
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Situated in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, the year-round Blue Mound Campground offers a total of twelve hike-in/bike-in campsites and seventy-seven wooded campsites, as well as two and electric sites and an accessible rustic cabin for campers with disabilities. Each site in the campground includes a fire ring and a picnic table, and amenities in the rest of the campground include water fountains and toilets. Blue Mound State Park itself provides amazing views from the highest spot in all of southern Wisconsin, along with some unique geological features. The park is also the only state park in the state with a swimming pool.

4350 Mounds Park Rd, Blue Mounds, WI 53517, Phone: 608-437-5711

3. Bonanza Camping Resort

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Centrally located within the famous Wisconsin Dells, the Bonanza Camping Resort provides a great base for exploring the “Waterpark Capital of the World.” The prime locations puts guests within close proximity to duck tours, restaurants, many waterparks, and much more. Offering a woodland setting, the Bonanza Camping Resort includes six camper cottages, thirty primitive ten campsites, eighty-three water and electric RV sites, and sixty full hook-up RV campsites. Each campsite also includes a picnic table and a fire ring. Amenities at the resort include a heated swimming pool, laundry facilities, modern restroom facilities, a playground, miniature golf, a country store, and more.

1770 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, Phone: 608-254-8124

4. Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
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The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest near Clam Lake, Wisconsin encompasses over one million acres of the state’s northwoods. Camping in the forest offers a camping experience for just about everyone, ranging from a developed tent or RV campsite in one of the campgrounds to campers creating their own campsite inside the general forest area. The forest also includes cabin rentals for a more comfortable camping experience. As for other recreation activities, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest offers approximately eight hundred miles of trails for hiking and biking. During the winter, visitors can go cross-country skiing or offroading along old military roads.

Clam Lake, WI 54517, Phone: 715-362-1300

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5. Chippewa Campground

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Located in the city of Medford, the Chippewa Campground is situated along the Chequamegon Waters Flowage’s eastern shores, where fishing enthusiasts can find spectacular bass fishing. Its location also provides people of all ages with access to an array of outdoor recreation activities, such as camping, hiking, water sports, fishing, and more. The campground consists of nearly eighty campsites, twenty-eight of which are able to be reserved ahead of time. Amenities at the Chippewa Campground include grills, fire rings, and picnic tables at each site, as well as accessible vault and flush toilets, showers, swimming beaches, and a playground.

850 North 8th St, Medford, WI 54451, Phone: 715-748-4875

6. Cliffside Park Campgrounds

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The Cliffside Park Campgrounds are located within the Cliffside Park near Racine, Wisconsin. The campground consists of almost one hundred campsites across more than two hundred and thirty acres. Each campsite at Cliffside Park includes water, electricity, and a fire ring, and amenities at the campground include a play area for children, an on-site dump station, and a comfort station featuring showers, toilets, and sinks. The sites are able to accommodate both tents and large RVs, including ones with slide-outs. Cliffside Park also offers recreation activities, such as access to a bike trail, basketball courts, picnic shelters, ball fields, and soccer fields.

7320 Michna Rd, Racine, WI 53402, Phone: 262-886-8440

7. Devil's Lake State Park

Devil's Lake State Park
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Devil's Lake State Park can be found near Baraboo and is arguably the most popular of Wisconsin’s state park with around three million people visiting the park every year. The park encompasses more than nine thousand acres and is a very popular choice for camping among park visitors, so it’s important to plan ahead for a camping trip at Devil’s Lake State Park. There are three different campgrounds available, offering a total of more than four hundred campsites. Only ten campsites, however, are available on a first-come, first-served basis, located at the Quartzite Campground, which is the only campground open during the winter.

S5975 Park Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913, Phone: 608-356-8301

8. Fox Hill Rv Park & Campground

Fox Hill Rv Park & Campground
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The sixty-acre Fox Hill RV Park and Campground is situated just four miles away from the famed Wisconsin Dells, making it a great base for exploring the vacation area. The campground features all sizes of RV sites with 20/30/50-amp service, as well as tent campsites and beautiful cabins. Amenities at the pet-friendly Fox Hill include a swimming pool, a snack bar, a playground, a mile-long nature trail, a nine-hole disc golf course, a bathhouse with free showers, laundry facilities, a game room, complimentary casino shuttle, hammock rentals, a swimming pond, weekend activities, complimentary wireless internet.

E11371 N Reedsburg Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913, Phone: 608-356-5890

9. Green Lake Campground

Green Lake Campground
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The Green Lake Campground in Green Lake, Wisconsin is a family-oriented camping resort offering a wide variety of fun activities for campers of all ages. Sites include full-hookups, pull-through sites, lakeside campsites, cabins, and a chalet. In addition to numerous campsites for families and groups, the Green Lake Campground also offers an array of amenities that are included in the camping daily rate. These amenities include nature trails, miniature golf, a stocked fishing pond, outdoor movies, hay rides, basketball, sand volleyball, karaoke, a swimming pond and beach, a playground, horseshoes, complimentary wireless internet, four swimming pools, and more.

W2360 WI-23, Green Lake, WI 54941, Phone: 920-294-3543

10. Hidden Valley R.V. Resort & Campground

Hidden Valley R.V. Resort & Campground
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Formerly known as the Hidden Valley RV Resort and Campground, the Milton KOA has been a part of the Milton, Wisconsin community for more than twenty years. Nestled within the valleys and rolling hills of the southern Wisconsin countryside, the campground offers a place of quiet, peace, and family fun. The Milton KOA features modern, very clean facilities, along with a more than 260 campsites, including 224 full hook-up sites, 32 pull-through sites, and 52 sites with water and electric hookups. Other features of the campground include grills, picnic tables, restroom facilities, a playground, a swimming pool, internet, laundry facilities, and more.

872 East Highway 59, Milton, WI 53563, Phone: 608-868-4141

11. Kohler-Andrae State Park

Kohler-Andrae State Park

The Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is a treasure along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan that provides a tranquil camping experience for guests of all ages. Pets are welcome on the park grounds, which include nearly one hundred and fifty family sites, a cabin for campers with disabilities, two group camping areas, one Tepee, and a little over fifty sites with electric hookups. Every site includes a picnic table and a fire ring, and canvas and pole tepees are available for rental during the summer months.The Sanderling Nature Center is open between May and October.

1020 Beach Park Ln, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 920-451-4080

12. Lake Arrowhead Campground

Lake Arrowhead Campground
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The Lake Arrowhead Campground is located in Montello, Wisconsin and offers an expansive camping destination for families and friends who want to spend a night or two out in nature. Daily campsites include one with electric and water or full hookups with sewer, electric, and water. All seasonal campsites include electric, sewer, and water, and every campsite throughout the property offers complimentary wireless internet. Lake Arrowhead also offers twelve deluxe cabins available for rental for campers who want a more comfortable camping experience. Amenities include a recreation field, a dump station, playground, video game arcade, a snack bar, and a convenience store.

W781 Fox Court, Montello, WI 53949, Phone: 920-295-3000

13. Lake Wisconsin Campground, LLC

Lake Wisconsin Campground, LLC
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The Lake Wisconsin Campground offers a great campground along the scenic lake shores in Poynette, Wisconsin to both weekend campers and seasonal campers alike. Seasonal campers at Lake Wisconsin come from all over the country to enjoy the state’s cooler summers, including campers from Illinois, Florida, Arizona, and Alabama. The campground can be thought of being on the small side compared to others, with just shy of 150 campsites across the 40-acre property, but it still provides a pleasant destination in a wooded setting, giving the feeling of an old-style camping experience. Lake Wisconsin is open year-round.

N3204 County Road V, Poynette, WI 53955, Phone: 608-635-0348

14. Pineland Camping Park

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Located in Arkdale, the Pineland Camping Park is a family-friendly campground that offers an exciting and fun getaway for a camping trip. Campsites are able to accommodate tents to pull-thru motorhomes, and permanent campsites, trailer rentals, and cabin rentals are available at the park as well. A variety of amenities are also offered at the modern campground, such as a camp store, an outdoor pavilion featuring a big-screen television, a game room, a clubhouse with food and cocktails, shower and bathroom facilities, and more. There is also “Pinezilla,” the campground’s 42-foot inflatable water slide and a wide array of other activities.

916 State Road 13, Arkdale, WI 54613, Phone: 608-564-7818

15. Pinewoods Campground

Pinewoods Campground

The Pinewood Campgrounds in Dousman, Wisconsin features a little more than one hundred campsites, along with shower facilities, vault toilets, and flush toilets. Campers should note that the campground doesn’t offer any sites with electricity. There is also a playground, a designated area for campers to enjoy nature’s quiet and peaceful setting, a dump station, and a garbage/recycling station. For visitors who prefer camping without a lot of noise, Loop 1 of the Pinewoods Campground is a “24-hour quiet zone,” with no mechanical devices, radios, or pets allowed. Pets are permitted, however, in the other two camping loops.

S59 W36630 County Rd ZZ, Dousman, WI 53118, Phone: 262-594-6200

16. Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Situated around nine miles away from Interstate 94, the Richard Bong State Recreation Area spans across more than 4,500 acres and features two modern family campgrounds, six campsites for large groups, nearly thirty miles of hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking trails, snowmobile parking, horseback riding trails, and three connected ATV trail loops. A variety of activities can be found on the grounds as well, such as swimming, fishing, boating, a nature center, hunting area, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, and more. The campgrounds include an accessible cabin, seasonal showers and flush toilets, and some campsites with electric.

26313 Burlington Rd, Kansasville, WI 53139, Phone: 262-878-5601

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17. Sandhill Station Campground

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The Sandhill Station Campground in Lake Mills, Wisconsin is a small campground with only fifteen tent-only, walk-in campsites situated within a secluded savannah of oak along the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. Toilets and drinking water are provided in the Sandhill Station Campground, with shower facilities located at Glacial Drumlin Headquarters. Campers can often hear the sandhill crane calls in the morning and can find opportunities for fishing at Mud Lake. For camping at the Sandhill Station Campground, a self-registration station is located by the entrance near the parking lot. Firewood isn’t available in the campground, but from local nearby vendors.

N5584 Mud Lake Rd, Lake Mills, WI 53551, Phone: 920-648-8774

18. Smokey Hollow Campground

Smokey Hollow Campground
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Located in Lodi, the Smokey Hollow Campground is nestled among the state of Wisconsin’s beautiful hollows. The family-friendly campground includes campsites with electric and water hookups, picnic tables, fire pits, free wireless internet, a swimming pond and beach, a fishing cleaning facility, and a dump station. Guests will also find miniature golf, two playgrounds, volleyball, a game room, a pavilion, recreation hall, basketball, a skate park, space ball, horseshoes, bocce ball, water toys, a jumping pillow, wagon rides, and much more. Smokey Hollow also hosts a variety of planned activities and themed weekends for campers throughout the year.

W9935 McGowan Rd, Lodi, WI 53555, Phone: 608-635-4806

19. Two Lakes Campground

Two Lakes Campground
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Situated between Bass Lake and Lake Owen near Drummond, Wisconsin, the Two Lakes Campground offers numerous spacious campsites that are shaded by mixed hardwoods and pine trees, with the majority of campsites boasting sweeping views of the lakes. The campground provides vault toilets, drinking water, and an RV dump station, and every site also includes its own grill, a fire ring, and a picnic table. Other amenities at Two Lakes Campground include a fishing pier, two boat ramps, and two swimming beach, with possible outdoor activities consisting of an interpretive nature trail, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, power boating, sailing, and fishing.

Drummond, WI 54832, Phone: 715-739-6334

20. Whitewater Lake Campground

Whitewater Lake Campground
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Located within the Kettle Moraine State Forest, the Whitewater Lake Campground is a primitive camping area consisting of more than sixty beautiful woodland campsites. The campground offers a garbage/recycling station, a sanitary dump station, and vault toilets, however, there are no on-site shower facilities. Shower facilities are available though at the Ottawa Lake and Pinewoods campgrounds about fifteen to twenty miles away, but still within the state forest, for campers who really feel the need for them. The Whitewater Lake Campground is open from Memorial Day in the middle of May through Columbus Day weekend in the middle of October.

W7908 Kettle Moraine Dr, Whitewater, WI 53119, Phone: 262-594-6200

21. Wilderness Campground

Wilderness Campground
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The Wilderness Campground in Montello, Wisconsin is a family-owned and operated camping facility that’s only a short drive away from the state’s popular Wisconsin Dells vacation area. The campground strives to provide a safe, clean, and fun camping environment for friends and family to have a memorable and enjoyable camping trip. Nestled among three peaceful lakes, the Wilderness Campground includes campsites for RV, trailer, and tent camping, accommodating a variety of camping needs. There are plenty of activities at the campground as well, such as miniature golf, a jumping pillow in the lake, fishing, karaoke, and much more.

N 1499 State Hwy 22, Montello, WI 53949, Phone: 608-297-2002

22. Wisconsin Ridge Campground

Wisconsin Ridge Campground
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Situated within the Wyalusing State Park near the small town of Bagley, the Wisconsin Ridge Homestead Campground features two family campgrounds and a total of more than one hundred campsites, along with a group camping area and a modern indoor camping facility. Along with the many campsites for tent camping, the Wisconsin Ridge Campground offers several amenities for campers, including electrical outlets at several campsites, shower facilities, a dump station, and a 24-hour laundry facility. Firewood is available for purchase from the concession stand at the park. Amazing sunsets and views are highlights of the Wisconsin Ridge Campground.

13081 State Park Ln, Bagley, WI 53801, Phone: 608-996-2261

23. Wyalusing Hardwood Forest

Wyalusing Hardwood Forest
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The Wyalusing Hardwood Forest is located within the grounds of Wyalusing State Park near Bagley, Wisconsin. Visitors can enjoy a unique camping experience five hundred feet above where the Mississippi River and the Wisconsin River converge at one of the oldest state parks in Wisconsin. The two campgrounds here are the Wisconsin Ridge Campground and the Homestead Campground, offering a more than one hundred sites for campers of all ages. For the best views, campers should pitch the tent on the bluffside. There are also several sights to see and things to do within the forest, like hiking, canoeing, and boating.

13295 State Park Ln, Bagley, WI 53801, Phone: 608-996-2261

24. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Caledonia

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Caledonia
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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Caledonia is a camping destination full of family fun for guests of all ages. One of the state’s highest rated campgrounds, the camp resort is just a short drive from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with the Jelly Belly Factory, the Harley Davidson Museum, Miller Park, and Six Flags nearby. Jellystone Park offers a variety of camping styles, including tent camping, camping cabins, and RV sites. Activities at the camping resort include a large jumping pillow, inflatables, the Water Zone, an Outdoor Mini Theatre, Ice Cream Shoppe, Espresso Bar, miniature golf, archery, laser tag, and more.

8425 Hwy 38, Caledonia, WI, 53108, Phone: 262-835-2565

25. Yukon Trails RV & Camping Resort

Yukon Trails RV & Camping Resort
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The Yukon Trails RV and Camping Resort in Lyndon Station, Wisconsin offers spacious campsites surrounded by massive oak trees and large pines, providing a rustic setting for a true Wisconsin family camping trip. The resort provides more than just campsites, such as hot breakfast buffet during the weekends, the Friday Night Fish Fry, and modern amenities and facilities. Guests can explore the backwoods trail either by foot, golf cart, or bike, ride a train, play a round of miniature golf or disc golf, watch a movie, play on the playground, compete in a game of cornhole, and much more.

N2330 County Rd HH, Lyndon Station, WI 53944, Phone: 608-666-3261

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Attraction Spotlight: Tall Ship Red Witch

Visitors and locals alike can come aboard the Tall Ship Red Witch in Kenosha, Wisconsin from the middle of the month of May until the beginning of the month of October. The community of Kenosha has shown a great amount of support for the wooden tall ship. The Red Witch is docked at the South Seawall of Kenosha Harbor, near 5th Avenue and 54th Street, only steps away from Kenosha’s downtown area, the Metra stations, parks, and museums.

A cruise aboard the Tall Ship Red Witch is a great way to see the beautiful Kenosha harbor. A sailing trip aboard the Tall Ship Red Witch provides passengers with a more hands-on experience than many ships. Guests can assist in raising the sails if they wish, or they can choose to just sit back, relax, and take in the skyline, sea, and wind from the ship’s very spacious deck.

A sailing trip on the wooden ship is also unique venue for a private event, with room for a maximum of forty-nine passengers aboard the tall ship. The Red Witch is one of the hard to come by authentic, wooden, sailing schooners of the country that was used as a commercial vessel at one time. Windy days are ideal for any sail of a tall ship. This offers guests a one-of-a-kind sailing experience, whether it’s aboard the ship for a public cruise around the harbor, or a special event.

The Tall Ship Red Witch makes for an excellent space for business meetings for either staff or clients, as well as weddings, receptions, family reunions, or really any party. A sailing experience aboard the wooden tall ship is great for people of all ages, and works well for outings during summer camps, school outings, and other gatherings.

Wooden sailing schooners such as the Tall Ship Red Witch were prominent in America’s Great Lakes during a time one hundred years ago. A schooner is a type of sailboat, such as the Red Witch. The ship features two masts, with the mast at the rear being taller. The sails of the ship are, like what you’ll see with most sailboats, fore-and-aft rigged. This is what makes the Tall Ship Red Witch a schooner, and the design she is based on was drawn up by John Alden, a famous naval architect.

The Tall Ship Red Witch got its name from Wake of the Red Witch, a story of the sea by Garland Roark. In 1986, the hull of the wooden tall ship was laid in Bayou la Batre in Alabama by Nathaniel Zirlott, which was done specifically for charter travel of passengers. The Red Witch is based on design #716 by John Alden, and features the same design as the schooner Keewatin. The ship’s spacious salon contains of the film from 1949 that stars Gail Russell and John Wayne. Red Witch’s deep and dramatic red hull was built from mahogany wood placed over frames made from oak. The ship also features cabin tops made of cypress, and a deck built with Florida Juniper.

Kenosha Harbor South Seawall, Kenosha, Wisconsin, Phone: 312-469-0233

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