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Wisconsin State Park System Outdoor group camps

Wisconsin state parks and forests offer outdoor group campsites in a variety of environments and sizes for organizations and groups of more than six people. There also are three indoor group camps. Most of the sites accommodate 20 to 60 people, but the maximum number of people allowed ranges from 12 to 200 people. Outdoor group campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. Most of the sites are for tents only, but some sites allow wheeled camping units. A few sites have electrical hookups. Juvenile groups must be accompanied by at least one adult for each 10 members of the group.

Outdoor group camps

Properties with outdoor group camps

State parks, forests and trails with group sites are listed below. Unless marked otherwise, the following group campsites are for tents only (no wheeled camping units) and do not have electricity.

Property Group Site Capacity (people per site)
Big Bay State Park 1 - One wheeled camping unit is allowed. 40
2 - Non-reservable. One wheeled camping unit less than 20-feet in long is allowed. 20
Black River State Forest 1 50
Buckhorn State Park B1 40
B2 40
B3 40
Copper Falls State Park
The site is set on a series of terraces on a grassy gentle slope. There is some shade but mostly full sun.
Murphy Lake Group Camp. One wheeled camping unit is allowed. 40
Council Grounds State Park
All three sites have electric hookups and paved pads.
A - Electric 32
B - Electric 32
C - Electric 32
Devil's Lake State Park
Sites 7, 8 and 9 are rustic. They have not been cleared of trees or shrubs, but each has picnic tables and a fire ring.
1 60
2 20
3 40
4 20
5 20
6 20
7 - Rustic 20
8 - Rustic 20
9 - Rustic 20
Governor Dodge State Park
Hickory Ridge Campground - One wheeled camper is allowed per site and must be parked in the vehicle parking area at the campsite.
A 30
B 20
C 30
D 30
E 25
F 40
G 40
H 40
Governor Dodge State Park
Horse Campground - The two horse group sites in the horse campground are not reservable. They have pit toilets. Contact the park for fee information.
13 12
14 20
Hartman Creek State Park
All wheeled units must park on the paved parking areas.
1 50
2 50
3 50
4 50
5 50
High Cliff State Park 201 20
202 20
203 20
204 20
205 20
206 20
207 20
208 20
Interstate Park EP 20
WP 40
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit
Greenbush Campground - One wheeled camper is also allowed per site; it must be parked in the vehicle parking area next to the site. Sites are near the Greenbush Trail, where campers can enjoy hiking or biking. A shelter house, drinking water and pit toilets are available nearby.
1 40
2 40
3 40
4 40
5 40
6 40
7 40
8 40
9 40
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit
Horseriders Campground
A 20
B 20
C 20
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit
Hickory Woods Campground - One wheeled camper is also allowed per site; it must be parked in the vehicle parking area next to the site.
J 20
K 20
L 20
M 20
N 20
P 40
R 40
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit
Pinewoods Campground
A 40
B 40
C 40
D 40
Kohler-Andrae State Park A 25
B 25
Lake Kegonsa State Park A 20
B 20
C 20
Lake Wissota State Park Group 1 100
Group 2 - Electricity in shelter, $5/night extra 80
Merrick State Park A 50
Mirror Lake State Park
Blue Water Bay Campground - No vehicles are allowed on the campsites. Parking lots are available nearby.
301 20
302 20
303 20
304 20
305 20
306 20
307 20
Nelson Dewey State Park
Walnut Grove Campground - All group sites have electricity and allow wheeled campers.
97- Electric 40
98 - Electric 40
99 - Electric 40
New Glarus Woods State Park 51 25
52 - Pop-up trailers, RVs and motor homes allowed 25
53 - Pop-up trailers, RVs and motor homes allowed 25
54 - Pop-up trailers, RVs and motor homes allowed 25
55 - Pop-up trailers, RVs and motor homes allowed 25
56 25
Newport State Park Group Site 25
Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest Jag Lake Group Camp - Tents only 80
North Muskellunge Group Camp 80
Peninsula State Park Lakeshore 60
Meadow 60
Orchard 60
Perrot State Park A 50
Point Beach State Forest OGC 40
Potawatomi State Park A - Tents only 36
B - Tents only 36
C - Has six back-in pads for wheeled camping units 36
D - Has six back-in pads for wheeled camping units 36
Richard Bong State Recreation Area
Sunrise Campground
A 50
B 25
C 25
D 50
E 25
F 50
Rock Island State Park I 60
2 40
Wildcat Mountain State Park 1 25
2 25
3 - Wheeled campers allowed 50
Willow River State Park A 30
B 30
C 30
D 40
Wyalusing State Park A 40
B 40
C 20
D 20
E 20
Yellowstone Lake State Park 201 - Electric, tents only 25
202 - Electric, tents only 25
203 - Electric, tents only 25
204 - Non-electric, tents only 50
206 - Walk-in, tents only 25


Outdoor group camp fees

Nightly Fees for outdoor group camp fees are based on the size of group. There is a $9.65 per reservation fee for reservations. Fees are subject to change.

Group camp fees—non-electric sites

Number of people Nightly fee
1-20 $40
21-30 $60
31-40 $80
41-50 $100
51-60 $120
61-70 $140

For groups of more than 70, add $20 for each increment of 10 people, to a maximum of $300 per group site.

Council Grounds electric group sites

Site Number of people Electrical pedestals Nightly fee
A 1-32 3 $150
B 1-32 3 $150
C 1-22 1 $85

Nelson Dewey and Yellowstone Lake electric sites

Number of people Nightly fee
1-20 $65
21-30 $85
31-40 $105

Fees for Wisconsin nonprofit youth organizations

Number of People Nightly Fee
1-20 $10
More than 20 $10 for the first 20 people plus 50 cents for each additional person; $300 maximum per night.

Wisconsin nonprofit youth organizations may qualify for reduced camping rates. Discounts are only available only through the call center, not the website. For more information, call toll-free (888) WI-PARKS ((888) 947-2757. The toll-free TTY number for reservations is (800) 274-7275.

Group camping fee waivers for persons with disabilities

Wisconsin nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is improving the mental or physical health of people with disabilties may be eligible for a camping fee waiver. To apply for a waiver, the group must submit a Camping Fee Waiver Request [PDF] to:

Camping Program Manager
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921

The group must apply before arriving at the property and must have a camping reservation. Memorial Day through Labor Day, waivers are available only Sunday through Thursday nights.


Outdoor group camping 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 for next day reservations at Big Bay, Devil's Lake, Kohler-Andrae, Peninsula and Perrot state parks.

Reservation Notice: Effective August 1, 2017 new regulations regarding camping will affect customers making reservations 11 months in advance. This change will not allow a customer to make any changes to a reservation for 18 days after the initial reservation is made on all 11-month window camping reservations in order to provide a fair and equal opportunity for all of our customers. The regulation states: "Any camping reservation transaction made 11 months prior to arrival may not be altered in any way for a minimum of 18 days from the original transaction date." (NR 45.10(1)(r). For questions, please email Wisconsin State Parks.

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, MasterCard and Discover 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 $9.65 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:


Outdoor group camping seasons

Outdoor group campsites are typically open May through October.

Last revised: Sunday July 09 2017