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a campsite at Peshtigo River State Forest.



The Peshtigo River State Forest offers ten canoe campsites, four boat-in campsites and one family campground. Fees are required for stays at the boat-in campsites and the family campground and each vehicle at the family campground must have an admission sticker.

Old Veteran's Lake Family Campground

Located on Parkway Road approximately 3.5 miles north of County Road X, the Old Veteran's Lake Family Campground has 16 sites and is open year-round. While the campground is open year-round, the campground road is not plowed. Once the snow is too deep, the more rugged campers park their vehicles on Parkway Road and hike the three-fourths mile into the campground. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and parking for two vehicles. Pit toilets and a solar-powered drinking fountain are available.

Eight sites are reservable during the summer, from the Thursday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day on a first come, first served basis. Make an online reservation or call 1-888-947-2757. After Labor Day, all sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

Old Veterans Campground map [PDF]

Firewood notice: Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, firewood from out of state or from more than 25 miles away is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park or Forest properties. Also, firewood that has been in the Wisconsin emerald ash borer quarantined area 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, 1-877-303-WOOD (1-877-303-9663) for information before packing for a trip. For more information, see firewood facts, rules and advice or ask the park or forest office. Maps are available to view the 25-mile radius of allowable firewood on state properties.

Canoe camping

The state forest has 10 designated canoe campsites. Three sites are located on the Johnson Falls Flowage and canoeists can launch from boat landing #14. Seven additional sites are located on the Peshtigo River between the Johnson Falls Dam and Spring Rapids. Various launches are available downstream from the dam.

Yellow signs visible from the water indicate each campsite's location on the state forest [PDF].

Each site consists of a tent pad and fire ring, and a privy is available nearby. There is no potable water available. The sites are accessible by watercraft only and stays are limited to one night.

Note: A permit [PDF] is required to be filed with the forest office before camping on a canoe site.

Please do not leave your garbage or recyclable items for the next camper. This is not appreciated by your fellow canoe campers and can distract from the rustic setting. Please leave the forest cleaner than when you arrived.

Boat-in camping

New for 2014 are four boat-in sites on High Falls Flowage (see map [PDF]). These sites can be reserved, are located on two islands in the southern part of the flowage and provide a very unique camping experience. Be one of the first to try them!

Each site consists of a tent pad, picnic table, benches, canoe rack and fire ring, and a privy is available nearby. There is no potable water available. The sites are accessible by watercraft only.

Please do not leave your garbage or recyclable items for the next camper. This is not appreciated by your fellow campers and can distract from the rustic setting. Please leave the forest cleaner than when you arrived.

Last revised: Friday April 04 2014