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Save Some Cheddar by Taking a Wisconsin Camping Trip



With two great lake coastlines, acres of dense forest and several rivers running throughout, Wisconsin is more than meets the eye when it comes to outdoor adventure.

Fishing is a popular pastime among Wisconsin natives and tourists alike. Visitors also enjoy rafting, boating, hiking birdwatching in Wisconsin’s many great camping destinations.

But don’t take our word for it… read on to see the 10 best camping spots in Wisconsin.

1. Devils Lake State Park

Fall foliage at devil's lake state park in Wisconsin.

Spectacular scenery, a full range of recreational activities, and a full-time naturalist make this a very popular park. Devil`s Lake State Park has 29 miles of hiking trails and 6 miles of mountain biking trails. Nature programs and walks are offered at the Nature Center. Learn more.

2. Harrington Beach State Park

A rocky shoreline at Harrington Beach State Park, Wisconsin

Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds and a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish or practice astronomy. An observatory is open to the public for monthly viewings. Learn more.

3. Bagley Rapids Campground

A low-hanging tree branch stretches across the Oconto river in Wisconsin.

About one-third of the park’s 30 campsites are located adjacent to the Oconto River. Trout fishing, berry picking, rafting, canoeing, swimming, and sightseeing can all be done in or near this campground. Learn more.

4. Blue Mounds State Park

04 blue mounds state park

Perched atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin, Blue Mound State Park offers spectacular views along with unique geological features. The only Wisconsin State Park with a heated swimming pool is equipped with a lift for persons with disabilities. All campsites are wooded. Learn more.

5. Mirror Lake State Park

Mirror Lake State Park in Wisconsin.

Mirror Lake State Park covers over 2000 acres and is just three miles south-west of Wisconsin Dells. Sandstone bluffs surround half of the lake which offers excellent fishing, swimming and canoeing, kayaking and birdwatching opportunities. Learn more.

6. Franklin Lake Campground

Franklin Lake, Wisconsin.

Franklin Lake Campground is one of the most popular camping spots within the Nicolet National Forest of northern Wisconsin. Its unique structures land it on the National Register of Historic Places. The campground is in a beautiful setting, among tall pines and hemlocks, perched on the edge of the clear blue waters of Franklin Lake. Learn more.

7. Buckhorn State Park

The sun sets over the pond at Buckhorn State Park, Wisconsin.

Buckhorn State Park and Wildlife Area has over 4600 acres by the Castle Rock Flowage of the Wisconsin River. Unique cart-in campsites offer a rustic flavor. Some key features of the park is a 300 foot beach and plentiful wildlife. There are two accessible wildlife observation/hunting blinds on the shoreline as well as two accessible boat boarding piers, an accessible fishing pier, and a two story wildlife observation blind. Learn more.

8. High Cliff State Park

A rock walkway bordering the lake at High Cliffs State Park, Wisconsin.

High Cliff State Park is situated on limestone cliffs, sacred to Native Americans, that overlook the largest inland lake in Wisconsin. History and geology buffs will enjoy the park`s effigy mounds, lime kiln and quarry. Learn more.

9. Amnicon Falls State Park

A river rushes through Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin.

Amnicon Falls State Park features a series of delightful waterfalls and rapids along the Amnicon River which can be viewed from a covered foot bridge. Learn more.

10. Peninsula State Park

Fall foliage in Peninsula State Park in Wisconsin, USA.

High bluffs and cobblestone shoreline, an 1860’s lighthouse, a challenging 18-hole golf course, a professional summer theater, a sandy swimming beach, bike trails and a year-round Naturalist program make this 3,776-acre park extremely popular. All sites are within a five minute walk to the shoreline. Learn more.

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best Wisconsin campgrounds! Did we forget one? Let us know in the comments!

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