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Wisconsin State Park System Family/modern campsites

The majority of campsites at Wisconsin State Parks are family/modern campsites. A typical campsite is in a natural setting with road access, a fire ring, and a picnic table, and can be used by vehicle or tent campers. The campsites may have electricity. These campsites are for one to six people. A family/modern campsite may be occupied by a parent or parents with their dependent children and not more than two guests, or a group of not more than six persons, regardless of age.

Family/Modern campsites

Properties with family/modern campsites

State parks, forests, recreation areas and trails with family/modern campsites are listed below. Click on the property name for information about the property.

Property Sites Electric Sites Showers Dump Station Accessible
Amnicon Falls 36 N/A N/A N/A Yes
Big Bay 60 15 Yes Nearby Yes
Big Foot Beach 100 N/A Yes Yes Yes
Black River Forest 98 14 Yes Yes Yes
Blue Mound 79 25 Yes Yes Yes
Brunet Island 69 24 Yes Yes Yes
Buckhorn 54 1 Yes N/A Yes
Copper Falls 58 15 Yes Yes Yes
Council Grounds 55 19 Yes Yes Yes
Devil's Lake 412 129 Yes Yes Yes
Glacial Drumlin Trail (Sandhill Station) 15 N/A Nearby N/A Yes
Governor Dodge 273 82 Yes Yes Yes
Governor Thompson 53 16 Yes 1.5 mi from park Yes
Harrington Beach 71 32 Yes Yes Yes
Hartman Creek 103 27 Yes Yes Yes
High Cliff 112 32 Yes Yes Yes
Interstate 84 23 Yes Yes Yes
Kettle Moraine Forest--Northern Unit 336 52 Yes Yes Yes
Kettle Moraine Forest--Southern Unit 264 55 Yes Yes Yes
Kohler-Andrae 106 50 Yes Yes Yes
Lake Kegonsa 80 2 Yes Yes Yes
Lake Wissota 81 17 Yes Yes Yes
Merrick 65 22 Yes Yes Yes
Mill Bluff 25 6 N/A N/A Yes
Mirror Lake 152 33 Yes Yes Yes
Nelson Dewey 45 18 Yes Yes Yes
New Glarus Woods 32 1 Nearby Nearby Yes
Newport 17 N/A N/A N/A Yes
Northern Highland / American Legion Forest 871 N/A Yes Yes Yes
Pattison 62 18 Yes Yes Yes
Peninsula 468 103 Yes Yes Yes
Perrot 102 38 Yes Yes Yes
Peshtigo River State Forest 16 N/A Nearby Nearby Yes
Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine Forest 32 2 Yes Yes Yes
Point Beach Forest 131 73 Yes Yes Yes
Potawatomi 123 25 Yes Yes Yes
Richard Bong State Recreation Area 217 54 Yes Yes Yes
Roche-A-Cri 42 5 N/A Yes Yes
Rock Island 40 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rocky Arbor 90 19 Yes Yes Yes
Wildcat Mountain 42 11 Yes Yes Yes
Willow River 154 55 Yes Yes Yes
Wyalusing 100 33 Yes Yes Yes
Yellowstone Lake 128 39 Yes Yes Yes

All campsites at the following locations are first-come, first-served only:

Fees

Family/modern campsite fees

There is a reservation fee for reserving campsites. Fees are subject to change.

Reservation fees Per reservation
Reservation fee $9.70
Reservation cancellation fee $5
Fee for changing reservation site or dates** $5

Camping fees vary with campground amenities and campers' residency.

Property Wisconsin Resident
(Per site per night)
Non-Resident
(Per site per night)
Site Only With Elec. Water View Water View & Elec. Site Only With Elec. Water View Water View & Elec.
Amnicon Falls $12 -- -- -- $14 -- -- --
Big Bay $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Big Foot Beach $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Black River State Forest $12 / $15 -- / $20 -- -- $14 / $17 -- / $22 -- --
Blue Mound $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Brule River State Forest* $12 -- -- -- $14 -- -- --
Brunet Island $12 $17 $15 -- $14 $19 $17 --
Buckhorn $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Chippewa Moraine* $12 -- -- -- $14 -- -- --
Copper Falls $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Council Grounds $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Devil's Lake $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Property Wisconsin Resident Non-Resident
Site Only With Elec. Water View Water View & Elec. Site Only With Elec. Water View Water View & Elec.
Elroy Sparta State Trail* $12 -- -- -- $14 -- -- --
Flambeau River State Forest* $12 -- -- -- $14 -- -- --
Glacial Drumlin Trail (Sandhill Station) $12 -- -- -- $14 -- -- --
Governor Dodge $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Governor Knowles State Forest* $12 -- -- -- $14 -- -- --
Governor Thompson $12 $17 $15 -- $14 $19 $17 --
Harrington Beach $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Hartman Creek $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
High Cliff $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Interstate $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Kettle Moraine State Forest--Northern Unit $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Property Wisconsin Resident Non-Resident
Site Only With Elec. Water View Water View & Elec. Site Only With Elec. Water View Water View & Elec.
Kohler-Andrae $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Lake Kegonsa $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Lake Wissota $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Lapham Peak $12 -- -- -- $14 -- -- --
Merrick $12 $17 $15 -- $14 $19 $17 --
Mill Bluff $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Mirror Lake $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Nelson Dewey $12 $17 $15 -- $14 $19 $17 --
New Glarus Woods $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Newport $15 -- -- -- $17 -- -- --
NHAL State Forest $12 / $15 -- -- -- $14 / $17 -- -- --
Pattison $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Peninsula $15 $20 $18 $23 $17 $22 $20 $25
Property Wisconsin Resident Non-Resident
Site Only With Elec. Water View Water View & Elec. Site Only With Elec. Water View Water View & Elec.
Perrot $12 $17 $15 $20 $14 $19 $17 $22
Peshtigo River State Forest* $12 -- -- -- $14 -- -- --
Pike Lake Unit $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Point Beach State Forest $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Potawatomi $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Richard Bong State Rec Area $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Roche-A-Cri $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Rock Island $15 -- $18 -- $17 -- $20 --
Rocky Arbor $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Tower Hill* $12 -- -- -- $14 -- -- --
Wildcat Mountain $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --
Willow River $15 $20 -- -- $17 $22 -- --
Wyalusing $12 $17 $15 $20 $14 $19 $17 $22
Yellowstone Lake $12 $17 -- -- $14 $19 -- --

*Property has non-reserervable campsites only.

**You may change the beginning date of your reservation or shorten your reservation, as long as least one day of your stay remains the same. If you want to extend your stay or camp at a totally different time, you will have to cancel the original reservation and make a new one.

There's an additional $5 fee for anyone who fails to pay the fee before using the campsite if there's a self-registration station available.

Reservations

Family/Modern Campsite Reservations

Reservations may be made for camping up to 11 months in advance or as late as two days before the date of occupancy. You can search for available state park campsites statewide and reserve a campsite by using the Internet or by calling the Reservation Call Center. Campsite availability for the date 11 months away become available at 9 a.m. Central Time for both Internet and telephone customers. Reservation frequently asked questions. Wisconsin State Parks is running a pilot program beginning May 12, 2014 for next day reservations.

Reserve a campsite online

The Wisconsin State Park System Camping Reservations website offers campground maps and details about each site. You can search for available state park campsites statewide and reserve a campsite using the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Using the website, you can zoom in on the maps and click on a campsite symbol, or click "All the Sites in this Campground" on the menu below a park map and then click the site number.

Reserve a campsite by phone

If you prefer a reservation agent to assist you, you can search for available state park campsites statewide and reserve a campsite by calling toll-free 1-888-WI-PARKS (1-888-947-2757. The toll-free TTY number for reservations is 1-800-274-7275. The call center hours are shown below.

Dates Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays Thursdays & Fridays Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays*
Nov. 1 - April 30 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CST 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST Closed
Dates Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays Wednesdays & Thursdays Saturdays & Sundays
May 1 - Oct. 31 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CST 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. CST 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST

*The call center is open on Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year's Eve (December 31) from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST. Closed holidays include Thanksgiving, Christmas Day (December 25), and New Year's Day (January 1).

Holiday weekend reservations

A minimum of a three-night reservation is required on holiday weekends.

  • Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, the camping stay must include Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
  • When July 4 falls on a Monday, the camping stay must include Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights of that weekend.
  • When July 4 falls on a Friday, the camping stay must include Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights of that weekend.

One-night reservations

One night reservations may be made through the call center (not the website).

  • Backpack and outdoor group sites may be reserved year-round, up to 11 months before the night you want to camp for one night.
  • Family Campsites may be reserved for one-night camping May 15 through October 31 only during that time period within the calendar year.

Customer service assistance

To change or cancel a reservation, call the Customer Service Line, 1-800-372-3607, during these hours:

Dates Mondays through Fridays Saturdays Sundays
Nov. 1 - March 31 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. CST Closed Closed
April 1 - October 7 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. CST 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. CST 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. CST
Oct. 8 - 31 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST Closed Closed

Paying for your site

Visa and MasterCard are accepted. If you do not have either, you must reserve by phone (not the website) and ask the operator how to pay by check or money order.

There is a nonrefundable $9.70 reservation fee per site per reservation, and a cancellation fee of $5 per transaction. Other forfeitures may also apply in case of cancellation.

You may change the beginning date of your stay or shorten your stay, as long as at least one day of your stay remains the same. There is a $5 fee for such a change. If you want to extend your stay or camp at a different time, you will have to cancel the original reservation and make a new one.

First-come, first-served campsites

You can identify first-come, first-served sites by going to the Wisconsin State Park System Camping Reservations website. First-come, first-served sites are shown as "Walk-up only" in campsite lists and "W" in availability tables.

Campers can reserve campsites at most Wisconsin state parks and forests. Some parks and forests do not accept reservations and have sites that are available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Check with the forest, park, or trail office for current availability. Due to unpredictable demand, we cannot guarantee that a site that's vacant when you call will still be available when you arrive. You can register for non-reservable family sites for up to 14 consecutive days.

Any reservable site that has not been reserved is also available to campers who arrive without a reservation. The maximum allowable stay will depend on the next date for which the site has been reserved.

All campsites at the following locations are first-come, first-served only:

Seasons

Family/Modern camping seasons

Some campsites are closed during winter, but many sites are open year-round. If you have the right equipment and warm clothes, winter is a great time for camping. Winter camping.

Last revised: Thursday August 21 2014