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Wisconsin State Park System 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.
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 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:
- Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area, three remote sites
- Elroy-Sparta State Trail, 20 hike-in or bike-in sites
- Governor Knowles State Forest, 30 family sites, 30 equestrian sites, four backpack sites
- Tower Hill State Park, 15 sites