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The Peshtigo River State Forest offers ten canoe campsites, seven boat-in campsites, one backpack campsite 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.

Peshtigo camping [PDF]

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 from April 15 through December 15. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and parking for two vehicles. Pit toilets and a solar-powered drinking fountain are available.

Twelve 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: As of June 1, 2014, firewood from more than 10 miles away is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park or Forest properties. Also, firewood that has been in an 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 10-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.

A free permit is required to be filed with the forest office before camping on a canoe site. Download our canoe campsites [PDF] map for site details.

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.

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

Eagle's Nest boat-in site on High Falls Flowage (photo courtesy Sara Pearson)The state forest now offers four boat-in sites on High Falls Flowage [PDF] and three boat-in sites on Caldron Falls Flowage [PDF]. These sites require fees, can be reserved and provide a very unique camping experience.

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. Campers must check in at our office within Governor Thompson State Park prior to setting up on the boat-in sites.

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: Thursday April 02 2015