Best Camping in Wisconsin

Camping in Wisconsin

By Alex Murphy

There are plenty of options when it comes to camping in Wisconsin. Many may not realize the Midwestern State has access to two Great Lakes. Lake Michigan to the east and Lake Superior to the north with a long list of spots to check out.

Besides two major cities to visit with Madison and Milwaukee, the state also has the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, two National Scenic Trails, and the St. Croix River.

Get ready to meet some Cheeseheads in the Badger State with some great campgrounds.

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Wisconsin State Parks

Wisconsin has dozens of State Parks to choose from, covering all different regions, and have some surprising scenery many would not expect to see in Wisconsin, like boulder fields and large rock walls that give way to lakes.

Some of the most popular include Devil's Lake State Park with a lake surrounded by large boulders and rocky bluffs, Mirror Lake State Park where true to its name, the water is smooth and reflects the surrounding woods, and Buckhorn State Park where you can camp on a peninsula with great views of the surrounding area.

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RV Parks in Wisconsin

When it comes to RV Parks in Wisconsin, you have a lot to choose from and options for cities like Madison and Milwaukee or more remote areas like the northern part of the state.

Check out Badgerland Campground outside Madison or Jellystone Park Caledonia, a short drive from Milwaukee for close access to cities. Explore islands in Lake Superior by camping in Apostle Islands Area Campground or stay in an actual marina and have easy boat access in Lakehead Boat Basin. Visitors can also stop in the heavily wooded Door Peninsula surrounded by Lake Michigan and find campsites at Hy-Land Court RV Park.

Wisconsin National Parks

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a popular destination made up of 21 islands on Lake Superior off the northern coast of the state. Many visitors choose to kayak from island to island to explore the entire area.

Some heavily visited campgrounds include Little Sand Bay Recreation Area which is a short walk to the beach or you can try your luck and camp next to a casino at Buffalo Bay Campground.

Free Camping in Wisconsin

For a state where most of the northern part is fairly rural, there is less free camping than one would think, but there are still a few spots that make travel easier. One of those includes the Black River Falls Rest Area, conveniently located right off I-94 between Eau Claire and Madison. You can also park your RV for free near Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel and get access to the hotel's amenities for a small additional fee.

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Wisconsin National Forests

More than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin is made up of National Forests and is split into two sections, Chequamegon and Nicolet. Due to the proximity, the U.S. Forest Service works collectively with these two areas in the northern part of the state. In the summer, visitors will find easy access to hiking and fishing spots, while in the winter, people can enjoy ski trails and other outdoor fun.

When it comes to camping, many popular sites can be found near lakes, including Franklin Lake in Nicolet, where campsites are available on the water. In Chequamegon, you can find similar spots at Black Lake.

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Recent Wisconsin Campground Reviews

Spring Valley, WI

Highland Ridge Campground

Sep 16, 2021

"Very quiet "

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This was a lovely quiet campground. Owls at night. Sites will spaced. My site (21) was perfect- nothing but woods for my view. You just go to your site on arrival. There’s a fantastic butcher in Spring Valley called A Butchery Shop and Cady Cheese Factory is just minutes away.

Amanda Evans
9 reviews
Spring Valley, WI

Highland Ridge Campground

Sep 16, 2021

"Very quiet "

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This was a lovely quiet campground. Owls at night. Sites will spaced. My site (21) was perfect- nothing but woods for my view. You just go to your site on arrival. There’s a fantastic butcher in Spring Valley called A Butchery Shop and Cady Cheese Factory is just minutes away.

Amanda Evans
9 reviews
Sep 12, 2021

"Loved this place, would stay here again."

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Had a hard time finding a place to stay near Duluth! After several phone calls to campgrounds that were booked, I found this one. Ratings weren't the best and after stay here I can see why. It's "dated" could use some "tender loving care." But, it's a "gem in the rough!" I would definitely stay here again! Lots are large with trees and...
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Karl Erickson
8 reviews
DeForest, WI

Madison Campground

Sep 12, 2021

"Friendly people very helpful."

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This is a typical, commercial, campgrounds, like most KOA's and such. You have water, sewer and 50, 30 and 20 amp electrical at your site. site were on the small side but you weren't "on top of each other." There were small trees on some of the lots but not big enough for shade. We were site seeing and gone most of the time so it worked out...
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Karl Erickson
8 reviews
Sep 12, 2021

"Arch at entry!!!"

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There is an arch at the entrance of this park that has no clearance height listed! We almost pulled in but decided not too in case it was too short, it LOOKED short and we have a very tall fifth wheel. It’s listed as big rig friendly but we weren’t about to chance it in case we had to back out onto the busy highway. I bet the campground is nice...
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