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Top 40 Best Camping Spots in Wisconsin (Near the Dells & State Parks)

Jade Jackson

Jade Jackson, Updated November 17, 2022

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Wisconsin is a popular camping location due to its abundance of breathtaking natural attractions, including roaring waterfalls, limestone cliffs, and vibrant meadows.

The Badger State has a wide variety of scenic parks and landscapes. Additionally, there are a lot of campgrounds close to or inside these parks where you can enjoy a nice vacation.

From rustic to RV, Wisconsin has plenty of campgrounds around the state that satisfies your need to be one with the wilderness. Whether you’re flying solo or have a whole group trip, there’s something on this list for you. Some, but not all, allow pets, so be mindful of the rules before reserving.

Below are some of Wisconsin’s best campgrounds. Choose one of these for your next adventure with your family, significant other, or even by yourself.

1. Pinewoods Campground

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The Pinewoods Campground has more than 100 campsites and is tucked away in a dense woodland. There are two distinct portions of the campground, one of which has a no noise policy in effect around-the-clock.

This campground has services like showers, restrooms, and a dump station. The Pinewoods Campground is close to the Kettle Moraine State Forest and is open from May to October.

You must book your site in advance if you want to stay here. No need to leave your pets at home as pets are allowed to accompany you. However, they must always be on a leash.

2. Indian Shores

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Indian Shores is located on Tomahawk Lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. It is a lake in the Minocqua chain.

This Wisconsin campsite offers its visitors a swimming beach, a boat ramp, and boat rentals. The grounds also include a heated pool and a restaurant/bar.

It’s easy to visit downtown Minocqua to browse the country stores and enjoy the summertime activities. So, whether you want seclusion or small town socials, this campground has it all.

3. Devil’s Lake State Park

In the southern part of Wisconsin, Devil’s Lake State Park is home to a variety of entertaining outdoor activities. Devil’s Lake State Park is one of Wisconsin’s biggest state parks.

The location of the lake is distinguished by its vivid blue color. The park offers miles and miles of hiking and biking trails, many of which pass via Parfrey’s Glen.

The Glen is one of the state’s oldest natural regions. Over 100 bird species nest inside the park, and there is a wide variety of wildlife here. Be sure to bring your binoculars.

4. Hi-Pines Campground

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Hi-Pines Campground offers a lot of extras such as an on-site park, trampoline basketball, inflated bouncy castle, free WiFi, and a dog park. It is located beside the lovely Eagle River.

The downtown area of Eagle River, which has a lot of gift stores and entertaining summertime events, is only a few kilometers from the campground. Also nearby is world-class fishing.

5. Hartman Creek State Park

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From Green Bay, it takes only a day to reach Hartman Creek State Park, which welcomes tourists with a range of activities and campsite options.

The state park, which spans more than 1,500 acres, includes a segment of the Chain O’Lakes. It also has a few paths for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

In addition, the Hellestad House Log Cabin, a historic building tucked away in the forest, is located in Hartman Creek State Park. The park’s cross-country skiing routes and sizable pond where ice fishing is permitted make it a popular wintertime destination.

Related Read: 25 Best Hiking Trails in Wisconsin

6. High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park, which is situated along the shores of Lake Winnebago, receives its name from a massive limestone cliff that rises within its boundaries.

A huge sculpture of Chief Red Bird is located not far from this cliff. It is perched high above the surrounding area on a hill. A marina and picnic sites can also be found in High Cliff State Park.

On the property, there are other paths, a nature center, and a swimming area. These areas are close to many lovely landscapes that are frequently home to flora and animals, like purple martins.

7. Whitewater Lake Campground

The Whitewater Lake Campground in the Kettle Moraine State Forest has 63 campsites with facilities like restrooms and a trash station.

The sites at this campground must be reserved in advance and are offered from May to October. And for your convenience, there is a station where you can get firewood.

The John Muir Trail System and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail are both close to the campground. The Palmyra Environmental Learning Center, which is situated in a former one-room schoolhouse, is also close by.

8. Fox Hill RV Park & Campground

One of the greatest places to stay to take advantage of everything Wisconsin Dells has to offer is Fox Hill RV Park & Campground.

In addition to being situated close to a golf course, it offers full hookup pull-thru sites, excellent facilities, and free WiFi.

One of the greatest conveniences is that there are complimentary showers, a playroom, and an animal play area at this campsite for RVs.

9. Willow River State Park

This Wisconsin campsite, which spans 3,000 acres near the Minnesota border, is ideal for RV campers. The enormous waterfall in the park’s middle is its biggest draw, although the area is also well-known for its many hunting and fishing options.

Related Read: 15 Best Waterfalls In Wisconsin

10. Kohler-Andrae State Park

The magnificent sand dunes that line Lake Michigan’s shore are what draw many people to Kohler-Andrae State Park. The park is regarded as one of the few natural areas close to Lake Michigan.

This park has a number of pathways that weave through imposing pine forests, which visitors can explore while swimming or beachcombing. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also permitted on several of these trails.

There is a small nature center in Kohler-Andrae State Park that provides further information about the local wildlife and plant life.

11. Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit

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One of the largest outdoor demonstrations of rural living in the country may be found in the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit. It is located close to Lake Michigan.

Visitors can see old log cottages that were constructed here by immigrants in the 1800s. The state forest features a number of routes with varying vistas and elevations in addition to its historical sites.

There is also a Natural Past Museum, which uses a few interactive exhibits to explain more about the region’s history.

12. Neshonoc Lakeside Camp

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The serene Neshonoc Lakeside Camp is located on lovely Lake Neshonoc just outside of lovely La Crosse in West Salem. There are two heated swimming pools, two playgrounds, and a basketball court.

The camp also allows golf cart accommodations, and boat and kayak rentals at these campgrounds. The grounds offer roomy blacktop roads for RVs, LP gas swaps and refills, and an on-site disposal facility.

13. Harrington Beach State Park

Harrington Beach State Park occupies roughly 715 acres on Wisconsin’s eastern border. Visitors to the park enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Michigan and have access to the water so they can kayak, swim, or fish.

This state park is renowned for its beautiful white cedar-filled woodland. The park’s lake, grasslands, marshes, and meadows are some of its other standout features. Additionally, there is an observatory with a 2,000-pound telescope that you can use to observe the night sky.

14. Blue Mound Campground

The Blue Mound Campground is tucked away inside Blue Mound State Park. There are 77 RV sites at this year-round campsite, each of which is surrounded by trees. There are cabins for rent, some of which are ADA-accessible.

There are also water fountains, showers, and facilities at the campground. Also available from May through September is firewood. Visitors to the Blue Mound Campground have access to the nearby state forest’s various hiking paths and the numerous wildlife that call it home.

15. Buffalo Lake Camping Resort

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The Buffalo Lake Camping Resort, which is in the middle of Wisconsin and close to Wisconsin Dells, has a lot to offer visitors. There are 110 RV, cottage, and tenting sites there.

Additionally, it offers visitors a washroom, picnic tables, fire pits, and a bathhouse. The resort offers pedal bikes, a playground, a gaga ball pit, and volleyball courts for guests who would like to spend a lot of time outside.

Depending on the kind of site you want to hire, reservations are typically necessary, and costs will vary.

16. Patricia Lake Campground

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The Patricia Lake Campground is a terrific RV campground for your Wisconsin activities and is situated on Patricia Lake not far from Minocqua. Large wood sites are very RV-friendly.

The campgrounds feature shuffleboard, basketball/volleyball courts, on-site laundry, and a lovely sand lakeside beach. This is one of the best Wisconsin campgrounds for the day in the city because of its close vicinity to downtown Minocqua.

17. Governor Dodge State Park

Governor Dodge State Park is located not far from Madison, the state’s capital. There is a very unique hiking track with a lovely waterfall, and unlike other hiking trails, the waterfall is right at the start of the hike.

The trails around here are excellent and resemble those in hiking magazines. Sometimes all we want is the ideal lake campground, and Governor Dodge certainly meets the bill.

With its lush surroundings, motor-free watercraft rentals, and sandy beaches, your children can end up spending the whole day on the lake.

18. Wisconsin Riverside Resort

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Wisconsin Riverside Resort is a private campground that is only a few miles north of Governor Dodge State Park. With a range of RV facilities like complete hookups at camping sites, an on-site restaurant, and a camp store, this is the ideal RV park campsite.

We don’t often get to eat on the patio while camping, so it is a really memorable occasion. Camping on a sandbank is one of the various river activities offered by Riverside Resort. That is definitely an experience to remember!

19. Copper Falls State Park

Your family will want to come here for a whole week because there are three waterfalls and two campgrounds! Beautiful waterfalls may be found in Pattison State Park and Amnicon State Park. Pattison possessing Wisconsin’s tallest waterfall.

Seventeen miles of hiking paths may be found in Copper Falls State Park, where you can enjoy the scenery of Northern Wisconsin’s flora and waterfalls.

Loon Lake in Copper Falls State Park features a sandy beach for sunbathing and is a fantastic place for boating (only electric motors are allowed on the lake.)

20. Wisconsin State Fair RV Park

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Want to stay in a city camp? Then Wisconsin State Fair Park’s camping is the place for you. This RV park is a part of metro Milwaukee. It is only a few minutes from all of downtown’s top attractions and is located just off Interstate 94.

There are 70 campsites with full hookups, including electric, water, and sewer, at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Additionally, campers have access to hot showers, laundry facilities, and a propane filling station.

21. Egg Harbor Campground & RV Resort

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The Egg Harbor Campground and RV Resort in Door County, Wisconsin, is a great spot for RVers. It is situated close to the historic town of Egg Harbor.

Families with children can enjoy the playground, gaming room, and swimming pool at the resort-style RV park. Additionally, there are volleyball courts and horseshoe pits.

In addition to having a ton of activities, the park is close to downtown Egg Harbor, which has a ton of dining, shopping, and golfing options.

22. Whistle Stop Campground

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In Marshall, Wisconsin, a brand-new campground called Whistle Stop Campground debuted in 2017. The general manager and staff are committed to providing excellent customer service.

The campsite offers tent sites, group tent sites, pull-through spots with full hookups, and back-in sites with water and power.

The cabins are gorgeous and spacious. The largest can accommodate 10–12 people and is ideal for camping with buddies. This campground offers a sizable perk that none of the others can!

This campground’s abundance of family-friendly activities will make it a favorite among campers with families. The swimming pond has a lot of inflatables, as well as a dunk tank, bikes, wide asphalt roads, a Space Ball, and other things. This is where we spent most of our time.

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23. Peninsula State Park

It is necessary to make a reservation for this campground eleven months to the day before your visit because everyone seems to love it. Families have traveled to this incredibly popular Wisconsin State Park for countless years.

It is situated in the community of Fish Creek on Green Bay, a bay that is part of Lake Michigan. In addition to nearly 400 campsites, this state park features three group campgrounds, an 18-hole golf course, and a summer theater.

There’s also a sand beach, bike trails, a lighthouse, and eight miles of shoreline. Every year, hundreds of families pour through and camp here because it’s home away from home.

It is situated in Door County, Wisconsin, which has 300 miles of beaches, bays, bluffs, and rocks along the edge of Lake Michigan. Door County also has lovely tiny towns, shops, art studios, boating, ice cream, and vineyards.

24. Hucklberry Acres

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This modest, privately owned campsite is a true treasure in the middle of Wisconsin. It caters to weekend camping families while still retaining its seasonal families through constant improvements.

The fully stocked bar and Tiki bar, where you may hear island music calling your name, may be enjoyed by adults.

Great restaurants and adorable stores may be found in the nearby tiny town. For some campers, March may be a bit early, but you should never skip the New Dublin Irish Fest in New London,.

25. Wyalusing State Park

One of Wisconsin’s oldest state parks offers camping 500 feet above the convergence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. There are two campgrounds in Wyalusing: Wisconsin Ridge and Homestead.

Pitch your tent along the bluff for the greatest views, and soak in the miles of scenery. There are many activities available when camping.

Travel down the canoe trail or see one of the many Native American burial sites located inside the park. You may access the mighty Mississippi from a boat ramp.

26. Big Bay State Park

This campground is a lovely place to stay because it is next to a mile-and-a-half-long isolated beach. This park, which is hidden away in a cove on Madeline Island’s Lake Superior shore, is a must-visit.

It boasts some of the state’s untouched environment. Watch a breathtaking sunset on the beach or wake up to the sound of the waves outside your tent.

You can get to Madeline Island from Bayfield by taking a beautiful ferry journey. The ferry increases the adventure even further as there isn’t a bridge.

27. Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

RV campers will find the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to be a great location, however tent campers also enjoy it. The RV spots are scattered across the forest and around lakes. Numerous campsites have hookups.

Related Read: 20 Best Romantic Getaways In Wisconsin

28. Rock Island State Park

Even the trip to Rock Island itself is remarkable. Take the ferry from Washington Island to the Door County peninsula, then the Karfi Ferry to Rock Island. You won’t soon forget the breathtaking vistas while skimming across Lake Michigan.

A wealthy genius who once owned the island constructed the whole stone architecture on Rock Island. Since cars are not permitted on the island, you can spend all of your time outside.

Get as much time in the water as you like by pitching your tent directly along the island’s Green Bay or Lake Michigan sides. On an island, who wouldn’t want to camp?

29. Gala Resort

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Gala Resort has more than 3,000 feet of water frontage and is situated on the banks of the renowned Wolf River in eastern Wisconsin, just outside of Fremont.

The river’s superb walleye, catfish, and white bass fisheries make it a fisherman’s dream. Fremont, which is close by, offers family-friendly water ski shows, boat rentals, and fishing guide services.

30. Mirror Lake State Park

A lovely lake bordered by sandstone bluffs can be found close to the well-known Wisconsin Dells. The campsites are close to the water but privately wooded for your seclusion.

Cross the deep-blue lake by boat, canoe, or kayak to see the prehistoric rock formations that were inhabited by early civilizations. The park’s major attraction, the lake, is completely wake-free.

The lake’s mirror-like image is due to the no-wake zone, which is combined with the large bluffs that shield it from wind and make paddling simple. Here, you may enjoy the serenity of nature without being disturbed by booming boat motors.

31. Apostle Islands

The Apostle Islands, a group of 21 islands scattered along the southern coast of Lake Superior, offer some of the best tented camping in Wisconsin. On 19 of the 21 islands, camping is allowed.

Kayakers who want to discover the island coasts frequent the islands. They don’t let you down. One of the top camping locations in Wisconsin, in the opinion of many, is the Apostle Islands.

32. Black River State Forest

Black River State Forest offers plenty of chances for campers to experience the outdoors while hunting, cross-country skiing, or riding ATVs through the forest. It is conveniently located off of Interstate 94 in the west-central region of the state.

The state forest provides both constructed campsites and rustic campgrounds, making it ideal for backpacking and dispersed camping. Many of these sites even have electrical hookups for RVs.

33. Gordon Dam County Park

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Gordan Dam County Park, which is located outside from Gordon on the St. Croix Flowage, has picnic tables and fire rings at every campsite.

A boat dock, playground, and picnic areas with grills are all available at this Wisconsin campsite for campers. The lovely town of Superior is also not far away by car.

34. Bagley Rapids Campground

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Wild adventure is waiting at Bagley Rapids Campground, which is located along the Oconto River in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Voyagers can canoe and paddle through the woods, and the river has good trout fishing. This campsite is more than 15 miles away from the city. For those seeking complete solitude from city life, it is ideal.

35. Brunet Island State Park

Brunet Island State Park has fantastic tent campsites, many of which have river views. The park is situated in the western region of the state all along the shores of the Chippewa River.

There are countless hiking paths in the area. There are canoe and kayak rental options. Don’t forget to visit the surrounding towns of Chippewa Falls and Cornell.

36. Sure-Wood Forest Campground

Sure-Wood Forest Campground, located just outside of Tomahawk, is renowned for its tranquility. The 1,400-acre lake is a component of the Wisconsin River system. Large populations of bass, panfish, walleye, musky, and pike are present.

For its annual Pow-Wow Days festival over the Fourth of July holiday, nearby Tomahawk is a must-see. Near La Crosse, it offers nearly 400 campsites and is situated on the banks of the great Mississippi River.

In the park, you may rent some canoes and kayaks. Additionally, there is a bait shop there. Nothing beats spending a night or two tent camping along the Mississippi River’s banks.

37. Kickapoo Valley Reserve

There are 25 different camping options. Although some require a canoe or a trek, most are accessible by car. In Kickapoo Valley, there are few campgrounds.

There are no restrooms available (so make sure you know how to go to the bathroom in the woods). Also there is no running water. So, you might be confused as to why it’s on here. The camping spots are so beautiful, it’s the perfect place for those who love rustic camping.

38. Buckhorn State Park

The fourth-largest lake in Wisconsin, Castle Rock Lake, borders Buckhorn State Park. The campground offers standard RV campsites, walk-in camping, and even paddle-in waterfront spots.

Visitors to the park can also rent canoes, kayaks, and bicycles throughout the summer. There’s lots of fun to be had at this location, especially if you love the water.

39. Goose Island Campground

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Three miles south of La Crosse on Highway 35 is Goose Island Campground. This sizable campground, which is situated along the Mississippi’s backwaters, features fantastic fishing and stunning sunsets.

The camping season here starts on April 15 and lasts through October 30. The first working day of the year is when Goose Island begins to accept reservations.

40. Northern Highland American Legion State Forest

A bird watcher’s heaven exists in this Wisconsin woodland. All year long, eagles, hawks, loons, geese, and other species visit this area.

The Willow Flowage Scenic Waters are close to this particular campground. One of the state’s most secluded fishing lakes is a perfect place for fishermen to get away.

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