Peshtigo River State ForestCamping
The Peshtigo River State Forest offers 10 canoe campsites and one family campground. Fees are required for stays at the family campground and each vehicle 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.
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.
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.
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.