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Crystal Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest

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Crystal Lake Campground is located in the central portion of the forest and is one of the most popular. The entire shoreline is a designated beach with picnic areas on the west side, and is only a small walk or bike ride to this area from the campground. This lake is perfect for canoers and kayakers who can launch at the small craft landing within the campground – no motors allowed. A fishing pier offers a chance to practice your casting skills. Stop in and check out the Nature Center or use the reservable picnic shelter for large gatherings. The Tom Roberts ADA accessible trail is also located near this campground.

Crystal Lake Campground (sites 401-501) is located in the central portion of the forest. All sites in the campground are reservable. The entire Crystal Lake shoreline is a designated beach so there are no pets allowed anywhere on the shoreline. There are also no motorized boats allowed on the lake. The campground surrounds most of the lake with access to Muskie Lake Campground. There are five vault toilet buildings, three hand pumps for drinking water, one flush toilet building with showers, a sanitary dump station and separate trash and recycling dumpsters. There is a small craft boat landing within the campground. Sites 463 and 438 are designated ADA accessible.

Near the campground, there is a large marked swimming beach, picnic area and enclosed reservable shelter. The facility also features access to a paved bike trail which goes to Firefly Lake Campground and on to Boulder Junction in one direction, and past St. Germain in the other. There is also a nature center and a hard-surfaced nature trail for the mobility impaired.

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Access

  • Drive-In
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  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Big Rig Friendly

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LThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2024

Annual camping trip

I have been camping at Crystal Lake every year for 20+ years. It is by far our favorite in the area. The showers and toilets are clean. The pit toilets can get pretty ripe by the end of the season, but if people would learn to keep the lids closed, it wouldn’t be so bad. The bike trails are endless! What fun. The water and beach is clean. The staff is friendly and helpful. I cannot say enough good things about this area and the campsites. Worth the trip for sure.

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Crystal Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest by Laura L., January 7, 2024
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Mike R.
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2023

Great Campground

This is a great campground. The best sites are lake sites (obviously), but there are some better than others. Look along the east side of the lake for a sandy beach off of your site. Those on the south side don't have a sandy shore, but still have a sandy bottom. 

Roughly 1.5mi trail around the lake and you can walk from the campground to Fallison Lake to do a hike there. 

Great to camp anytime of year. Though there aren't really electric sites, having showers and flush toilets is a huge plus.

We have Verizon service and it is spotty in areas, though given that you can see a cell tower towards Sayner it should be a lot better than it is. I think it is the heavy tree cover that impacts the reception. Even when we had 3 bars, it wasn't much better than the 1 bar at our site.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Crystal Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest by Mike R., June 28, 2023
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Scott M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2022

Smaller Campground

This is a great campground in a group of the campgrounds in the area. Lots of water sites so I would highly suggesting getting one so the you can paddle right from the shoreline. Good fishing as well. No the rules when you come onto the lake as motors are not allowed which is why I chose it as it made paddling much easier. Lots of sites on the water and have some privacy. Really a nice campground in the busy area.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Crystal Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest by Scott M., November 11, 2022
  • Review photo of Crystal Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest by Scott M., November 11, 2022
  • Review photo of Crystal Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest by Scott M., November 11, 2022
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Location

Crystal Lake Campground — Northern Highland State Forest is located in Wisconsin

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Coordinates

46.00245436974643 N
89.62390315299011 W

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