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Wisconsin State Park System How to reserve a campsite

Reservations may be made for camping up to 11 months in advance or as late as two days before the date of occupancy. Campsites can be reserved online 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. Frequently asked questions.

Reserve a campsite online

The Wisconsin State Park System Camping Reservation website offers campground maps and details about each site. You can search for available 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).

Reservation fees

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

Reservation fees Per reservation
Reservation fee $9.65
Reservation cancellation fee $5
Fee for changing reservation site or dates* $5

*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.

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 Reservation 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click below for some frequently asked questions.

Is there information about sites large enough for a motor home?

Yes. The website and call center operators have information about each site's maximum vehicle length, driveway length, double-wide driveways (pull-outs) and pull-through sites.

When making a reservation, what information should I have ready?
  • Your name, address and telephone numbers.
  • Whether you want a tent site, a backpack site or a wheeled camper site.
  • The length of your trailer or RV.
  • The number of people in your camping party.
  • Whether the reservation is for a family or a non-family group.
  • If it's a non-family group, the names of others in your group.
  • Whether you'll have a pet along.
  • The name of the park or forest where you want to camp.
  • When you plan to arrive.
  • How many nights you plan to stay.
  • If you have a campground and campsite preference, what they are.
  • Whether you want an electrical hookup.
  • Whether you want a site accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Your credit card number and expiration date.
What if I don't have a credit card?

A credit card is required for Internet reservations. The call center accepts a personal check if it is more than 21 days before you will camp or a cashier's check or money order if it is more than 10 days. Your reservation will be unconfirmed until your check or money order arrives. If the check or money order does not arrive within seven days, your reservation will be canceled.

Will I be notified when my reservation is confirmed?

Phone reservations made at least 10 days before arrival are confirmed by letter. Confirmation letters generally take seven to 10 days to be printed and mailed. Internet reservations are confirmed by e-mail.

We can make reservations 11 months ahead. Is that 11 months before the start or end of the camping period?

Eleven months before the start of the camping period.

Can I make a reservation for a campsite for the very next day?

Yes, for some parks – Big Bay, Devil's Lake, Kohler-Andrae, Peninsula and Perrot state parks.

How late may a reservation be made if I want to camp on a Friday?

To camp on a Friday the latest you could make a reservation would be the Wednesday before that Friday. There is an exception for Big Bay, Devil's Lake, Kohler-Andrae, Peninsula and Perrot state parks.

Can we reserve more than one site at a time, for a group of families that wants to camp together?

Yes, you can reserve up to six sites at a time provided:

  • you use the call center, (888) WI PARKS ((888) 947-2757, TTY (800) 274-7275) and
  • when you call you have the names, addresses and phone numbers for all of the parties for whom you are making reservations.

Using the website, you can reserve only one site for the same time period.

If we reserve more than one site, for our extended family, is the reservation fee charged per call or per site?

It's per site.

What if we want to cancel the reservation?

Cancellations may be made online or by calling 888-947-2757.

If you cancel no later than 3 p.m. Central Time two days before the day of the reservation, you'll be credited a full refund of camping fees, but not the reservation or cancellation fees.

If you cancel after that, you'll be credited a refund of camping fees for all but the first night. You will not be refunded the reservation or cancellation fees or the first night's camping fee.

No refunds are made for any part of a three-night holiday reservation once the site has been occupied.

Is there a waiting list in case of cancellations?

The centralized reservation database does not have a waiting list. In the event of a cancellation, the site goes back into inventory and is available to the next caller. The Internet "check availability" feature can be very useful to see if previously booked sites are now open.

Parks that used the waiting/transfer list process in the past for non-reservable sites can still do so manually and then update the computer inventory when they are through. However, the more sites that are booked through the reservation system, the smaller the opportunities for transfers.

Are discounts or fee waivers available via the Internet?

No. Fee waivers for nonprofit groups serving people with disabilities and discounts for nonprofit Wisconsin youth organizations are available only through the call center, (888) 947-2757, TTY (800) 274-7275. To be eligible for a waiver, a group must have a a Camping Fee Waiver Request [PDF] approved in advance.

I forgot my Reserve America password. What should I do?

Go to Reserve America's "Forgot Your Password?" page

Some sites are only open at certain times of year. Do the call center operators know that?

They have information about each site that shows when it is open and when it is reservable.

Last revised: Friday February 16 2018