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Governor Knowles State ForestCamping information

Reserve campsites at Governor Knowles State Forest.


Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.


Natural wood from the forest may be gathered for use in your campfire as long as it is both dead and on the ground. Bundles of firewood are for sale in the family campgrounds or from vendors within the forest. We prefer that you do not bring your own firewood because of the chance of bringing in plant diseases and pests with the wood. Bringing firewood from more than 10 miles from the park or from quarantined areas is prohibited. Consider buying your firewood from a Wisconsin certified dealer [exit DNR]]. This wood has been treated to eliminate pests and diseases and is allowed on all state properties.


A vehicle admissions sticker is required to camp at the family and horse campgrounds. The current camping fees are updated annually. There are no fees for either backpack or hunter camping, but filling out a free permit is required.


St. Croix Family Campground

Open the first Friday of May through October 15
Campground map [PDF]

A National Park Service ranger gives a talk at the St. Croix Campground.
A National Park Service ranger gives a talk at the St. Croix Campground.

Located a quarter mile east of the beautiful St. Croix River, on State Hwy. 70, this facility offers 30 rustic campsites, some with electrical hook-up. Enhance your stay by taking a stroll on the St. Croix Recreational Trail System, overlooking the Wood and St. Croix Rivers.

Trade River Campground

Open April 15 to November 15
Trade River Equestrian Campground map [PDF]
Trail River Equestrian Trail System [PDF]

Aerial view of the new Trade River campground.
Aerial view of the new Trade River Campground.

Located near the Trade River, six miles west of Highway 87 at 2988 Evergreen Avenue, this facility offers 40 campsites, some with electrical hook-up, each with horse tie posts. From here, visitors can access 40 miles of equestrian trails. Parking is available for riders that come for the day.

Sioux Portage Group Campground

Sioux Portage Group Campground map [PDF]

Located in the north end of the forest, this facility can accommodate up to 60 campers. Users can access the facility by vehicle or by canoe from the St. Croix River. Spend the day hiking or biking the surrounding trail system.

Remote camping


Governor Knowles State Forest offers nine primitive campsites along the hiking trails. A special camping fee can be obtained by contacting the forest headquarters at least two days prior to occupying the site.

Camping fees

Vehicle admission rates

  • Wisconsin residents: $28 annual OR $8 daily
  • Wisconsin senior residents (65+ years of age): $13 annual OR $3 daily
  • Non-residents: $38 annual OR $11 daily

Camping rates

  • Wisconsin residents: $16/night
  • Non-residents: $21/night
  • Electrical sites: $10 additional/night

Group camp rates

Group camp fees vary with the number of people:

  • 1-20 people: $40/night
  • 21-30 people: $60/night
  • 31-40 people: $80/night
  • 41-50 people: $100/night
  • 51-60 people: $120/night.

Trail passes

Trail passes are required for all riders age 16 and older:

  • Daily trail passes: $5
  • Annual trail passes: $25

Note that all annual stickers and annual trail passes are good through December 31 of that calendar year.

Last Revised: Thursday June 13 2019