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Flambeau River State ForestCamping information

Overview

Firewood

Natural wood from the forest may be gathered for use in your campfire as long as it is both dead and on the ground. Bundles of firewood are for sale from venders within the forest. We prefer that you do not bring your own firewood because of the chance of bringing in plant diseases and pests with the wood. Bringing firewood from more than 25 miles from the park or from quarantined areas is prohibited.

Firewood restriction

Due to potential emerald ash borer infestation, firewood from out of state, or from more than 25 miles away from a Wisconsin State Park or Forest property, is not allowed. Also, firewood that has been in the Wisconsin emerald ash borer quarantined area [exit DNR] is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area. Please buy firewood at or near the park or forest where you are going. Call the DNR toll-free firewood hotline, 877-303-WOOD (877-303-9663) for information before packing for a trip.

Trash

Wisconsin State Parks and Forests have a "carry in, carry out" policy on trash. You should plan to bag all your trash and carry it home to dispose of. However, for registered campers there are dumpsters in the campgrounds with separate recyling for glass, plastic, aluminum and tin.

Electricity

There are currently no electric campsites.

Telephones

There is one outdoor pay phone in the forest at the Flambeau Forest Inn. Cell phone service can be poor or nonexistent in many locations of the forest. Do not depend solely on your cell phone for meeting with other members of your group.

Self-registration

There are self-registration stations at both Connors Lake and Lake of the Pines campgrounds. Connors Lake Campground opens Thursday at noon prior to Memorial Day weekend and closes the Tuesday after Labor Day. Lake of the Pines Campground is open from April 15th to November 15th. Registration procedures are provided at the campground entrance and must be followed before occupying a site.

Off-season camping

Lake of the Pines Campground is open until December 15th for fall and winter campers. In the case of heavy snow only the lower loop is plowed.

Safety precaution

The forest is open to small game and deer hunting. To ensure your safety during the hunting seasons, avoid wearing brown or white clothing while in the woods. Instead, wear blaze orange or bright colors, including a blaze orange hat.

Campgrounds

Lake of the Pines Campground

This rustic family campground is open from April 15 to December 15. There are a total of 30 sites, all are non-electric and there are no ADA designated sites.

The campground includes two vault toilet buildings, a hand pump for water, a garbage and recycling station, boat access to Lake of the Pines and access to a half-mile nature trail. There is a designated swimming area also accessible from within the campground. Firewood is available within the forest by private vendors.

Campground map [PDF]

Connors Lake Campground

This rustic family campground is open at noon on the Thursday before Memorial Day and closes the Tuesday after Labor Day. There are a total of 29 sites with 2 ADA designated sites. All are non-electric.

The campground includes two vault toilet buildings, hand pump water, garbage and recycling station, boat access to Connors Lake and access to a short 0.3 mile nature trail. There is a designated swimming area also accessible from within the campground. Firewood is available within the forest by private vendors.

Campground Map [PDF]

River camping

There are 14 primitive canoe campsites available along the Flambeau River. Campsites at most landings provide room for two or three groups at a time and include a picnic table, fire ring and pit toilet buildings. The sites are available on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis and limited to a one night stay. There is no fee required.

Canoe camp area # of Sites Vault Toilet Site Description
County Line Camp 2 Y Sites have about 75 feet of wooded vegetation between them and both view the river. Pit toilet is about 100 ft. beyond sites.
Oxbo Canoe Camp 3 Y Beautiful camp with very large white pines. The three sites are secluded from each other by woody vegetation. Only two sites have a river view. Pit toilet is between 75-125 ft. beyond sites.
Log Creek Camp 2 Y Sites sit fairly close to one another with no vegetation between and both have a view of the river. Pit toilet is around 60 ft. beyond sites.
Mason Creek Camp 2 Y Sites sit fairly close to one another with no vegetation between and both have a view of the river. Pit toilet is around 50 ft. beyond sites.
Babb's Island Camp 2 Y Sites are very secluded with high vegetation and trees which prevent a view of the river. Pit toilet is about 50 ft. beyond the sites.
Headquarters Camp 3 Y All sites are visible to one another with a good distance between them and all view of the river. Pit toilet is about 60 ft. beyond sites.
Boy Scout Camp 3 Y Large trees make this camp a favorite. Two of the sites are next to each other and have a view of the river. Pit toilet is about 100 ft. from these sites. The third site is separate and set back from the river with pit toilets only 50 ft. away.
George's Island Camp 3 Y All sites are in close proximity to another with no vegetation between. A slight drop off separates these sites from the river but it is still visable. Pit toilets are about 50 ft. beyond sites.
Camp 41 3 Y All three sites are secluded and all have a view of the river. Pit toilets are between 60-75 ft. beyond sites.
Wannigan Camp 2 Y Closed for renovations starting July 9, 2012. The first site is very rocky and challenging to camp on making it better for day use. The second site is secluded but does not view river. Pit toilet is between 50-75 ft. beyond sites.
Forks Camp 2 Y Historical and beautiful landing at crux of north and south forks. Both sites are very secluded with lots of vegetation between them. Pit toilet is between 50-75 ft. beyond sites.
Bear Run Camp 2 Y These sites are about 30 to 40 ft. apart and have no vegetation between them. The pit toilet is between 50-75 ft. beyond sites.
Hervas Landing Camp 3 Y, accessible toilet and drinking water First two sites are a good distance apart but with no vegetation between. The third site is very secluded with trees and vegetation but does not have a view of the river. The pit toilet is about 70 ft. beyond the sites.
Cedar Rapids Camp 3 Y Beautiful and scenic spot with rapids. Sites are some distance apart but only one is slightly secluded. Pit toilets are about 50 ft. beyond sites.

Remote camping

Backpacking

The forest offers a great primitive camping experience though backpack camping, which is allowed anywhere on the forest with the exception of the Native Community Management Areas. For exact location, contact the headquarters for more information. We encourage first-time backpackers to use the Flambeau Hills Hiking/Biking Trail. Drinking water and toilet facilities are available at both of the family campgrounds and most landings. For locations where you can find drinking water or toilet facilities, please see the table under river camping as well as the table of landings.

Please observe the forest's Carry In/Carry Out policy by packing out your trash and recyclables out with you. You may use dead and downed wood as firewood, but do not cut live trees or brush. Make sure your campfire is out before you leave.

Backpackers must camp at least one mile away from your vehicle and 100 feet from any designated trail or road. You may park your vehicle at any of trail heads. Printed versions of our trail map, required free Special Camp permit, and parking locations can be found at the forest headquarters.

Hunter camping

Similar to backpacking, hunter camping provides another way to camp primitively. To camp during the nine-day gun deer season, hunters must obtain a camping permit prior to October 31st of each year.

Permits are free and can be picked up at the state forest headquarters or can be mailed out if time permits. Also, please review the DNR's hunting regulations when planning your hunting trip.

Last Revised: Friday July 27 2012