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.
Camping in Big Bay Lagoon
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.
Harrington Beach Fishing
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.
Wyalusing State Park
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.
Devils Lake State Park
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.
Peninsula State 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.
Black River State Forest
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.
High Cliff State Park
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.
Camping St Croix River
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.
Brunet Island State Park
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.
Bagley Rapids Campground
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.
Buckhorn State Park
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.
Goose Island Campground
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.
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