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About Wisconsin Camping

With the well-known water borders of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Mississippi River, and the natural wonders of The Dells, stunning island sea caves, and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the hardest part about camping in Wisconsin is deciding where to go.

There are over 5,000 campsites in the state park system, and many more options for remote rustic camping, family campgrounds, and wilderness cabins. It’s important to think about what kind of experience you want. Trust that the Badger State will live up to its outdoor recreation reputation – but for those looking for a tame trip camping in Wisconsin’s forests, hopefully not its nickname.

Factoid: Wisconsin got its nickname, The Badger State, because of lead miners in the 1800s that often lived in tunnels burrowed in the hillsides to shelter in the winter. The miners were nicknamed “badgers.” Actual badger encounters are incredibly rare in Wisconsin.

For those who might be mildly disappointed by the lack of badger action, you’re probably the type looking for a rustic wilderness experience. Some of the best options for more remote camping in Wisconsin include Bagley Rapids Campground, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Rock Island State Park, Big Bay State Park, and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

One of the most visually stunning and unique places to experience in Wisconsin is the Apostle Islands archipelago off the southern shore of Lake Superior, with camping available on 19 of the 21 islands. Great options are available for all levels of tent or wild camping, with traditional sites, group campsites, and remote backpacking zones. One of the main attractions is the sea caves. They’re best viewed by a kayak, and unless you know the area, it would be smart to get a guide or take part in a tour to find the best spots, and more importantly, stay safe amongst the spectacular geological formations, sculpted by the same unpredictable water that needs to be respected when visiting the area.

If you’re looking for the true family fun experience while camping in Wisconsin, that doesn’t necessarily require wilderness survival skills, check out the Wisconsin Dells. This 5-mile glacially formed gorge is carved in sandstone on the banks of the Wisconsin River, with incredible naturally formed sculptures and canyons. The area has become one of the primary destinations in the state for outdoor recreation and family fun. There are a multitude of Wisconsin Dells cabins available for a memorable trip to “The Waterpark Capital of the World.”

When you’re looking for Wisconsin Dells cabins to rent, there are several cabin resorts boasting nearby outdoor activities, access to the Dells, and comfortable accommodations. Pay attention to the actual distance between your accommodations and The Dells, and be aware of the wide ranging term “cabin”, as some might not fit your definition. Just remember, go for the scenic views and natural beauty, stay for the water slides and food.

When camping in Wisconsin, it’s hard to go wrong with the state or national park system, with so many options and levels for all types of campers. With state’s like Wisconsin that have such variety, stick with us at The Dyrt for on-the-ground information about the region.

Recent Reviews In Wisconsin

2707 Reviews of 944 Wisconsin Campgrounds

Bob M.
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Great hiking trails to Lake Michigan

Spent a night here. Wish I had more time. Took a wonderful hike to Lake Michigan saw a lot of wildlife including deer.

Month of VisitSeptember
B
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Nice quite sites

We went late in the year in October the place was full but still peaceful. Did some biking and walking along the trails.

Site110
Month of VisitNovember
Dana K.
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Great place

The facilities were clean and accessible. The campsite offered privacy and solitude. Can’t wait to go back.

Site226
Month of VisitNovember
Bob M.
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

Lacrosse fall colors

Here for a soccer tournament this weekend. Have a spot right on the river. Wonderful campground

Site116
Month of VisitNovember
Anthony L.
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2021

Hidden Gem

One night at a tent spot booked through VRBO. The check-in process was a bit confusing, but that was forgotten with the location. Beautiful trout stream along the sites. Great place for star gazing as well. Definitely returning.

Wi-Fi available. However, you should bring your own wood. None was…

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Month of VisitOctober
B
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2021

Site doesn’t exist

I should have known. One reviewer said this was overlooking Lake Superior and the phone number is for somewhere in Bayfield Wis. drove to the site thru google maps and dropped us off in a culdesac somewhere in Plover. Nice neighborhood but nary a campground in sight. Went to Big Eau Plaine park…

Sitedalrymple
Month of VisitNovember
Wade W.
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2021

Very quiet, clean, enjoyable experience.

When we first pulled up to the camp grounds, we could tell it would be a spot we would stay again. In October, it's not so populated to where the closeness of the sites would be bothersome. There's on site laundry and showers. Electrical hook up. And being out of season, was a little cheaper.…

Site40
Month of VisitNovember
Wade W.
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2021

In city camping kind of not enjoyable.

Couldn't have any fires, sites are easily visible from one end to the next, virtually no privacy from neighbors. Sirens all the time, no wildlife outside of squirrels and birds. Didn't feel like a vacation.

Sitethe site in the dead middle.
Month of VisitJuly
Wade W.
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2021

Great primitive camping

No running water, no bathrooms, no crowded plots. It's as primitive as can be. Very ample space except near the water. Multiple small lakes around the area. Can set up camp anywhere but the road really. As long as the previous campers clean up after themselves is fairly clean and a nice spot to…

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Sitewaterfront
Month of VisitAugust
Wade W.
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2021

Very clean park

Very clean, nice amount of wildlife. Disc golf course and decent fishing. Plenty of trails to hike.

Site29
Month of VisitSeptember
River T.
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

No longer exists

This campground may be listed on this app but it has not existed for over 10 years.

Site0
Month of VisitNovember
Brian O.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

Canoe in, very primative and isolated

 Only two sites, one is much nicer than the other. Canoe/ kayak  in only with a steep bank up to the sites. No water, no facilities. Just two fire rings and two picnic tables about 100 ft apart. But the grass is mowed and well kept

  • the nicer, secluded site
  • the wide open site, nearer the marsh visually
Month of VisitNovember
Brian O.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

quietest we've ever been to (October)

Very remote, although Hatfield, which is on the nearby lake, seems like it's a party town for Motor boaters, ATVers and Hunters, Depending on the season.
We were there in October, and the campground wasn't full, and was extremely quiet. So much so that there weren't even many birds in the…

  • site 104, seen from the road, river through the trees
Site104
Month of VisitNovember
Ashley N.
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2021

Its amazing

Thee best camp ground ive been too to date!! The bathrooms are AMAZING compared to others, everything is new and well maintained. Theres a park, game room, adult lounge, amazing trails and all breed of dogs are welcomed! They have a dish washing area by the bathrooms and they make sure soap and…

Sitetent and then yurt
Month of VisitNovember
LThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2021

Nice campground on Mississippi River with downside

Stayed August 4, 2021.

Campground was neat and tidy.  Vault toilet was clean.  Most sites had view of river.  Some sites were fairly close.  A railroad mainline ran along the campground.  Our site was about 100 ft from rail and campground was where train would blow their whistle.  Until midnight,…

Month of VisitSeptember

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