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Places to Camp near Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Looking for the best campgrounds near Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, WI? There are tons of hikes and other fun activities to partake in, as well as sights to see and explore. At The Dyrt, campers like you share their favorite spots, plus tips and photos. No matter where you're headed in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, you'll find the best spot for you and your camping crew.

Best Camping Sites Near Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, WI (168)

    Camper-submitted photo from Bewabic State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bewabic State Park Campground
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    1.

    Bewabic State Park Campground

    19 Reviews
    35 Photos
    63 Saves
    Alpha, Michigan

    Michigan Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. The Michigan Recreation Passport does not cover local, county, municipal, or metropolitan parks or recreation areas. Learn more: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79134_79210---,00.html

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Lake

    2.

    Bear Lake

    7 Reviews
    20 Photos
    37 Saves
    Wabeno, Wisconsin

    Overview

    If you are interested in a quiet campground and excellent pike fishing, Bear Lake Campground is for you. Campsites are situated along the wooded shore and ridge with outstanding views of the lake.

    Recreation

    The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Those most enjoyed at Bear Lake are fishing, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. The Rat River trail is a good nearby hiking opportunity.

    Facilities

    The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Those most enjoyed at Bear Lake are fishing, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. The Rat River trail is a good nearby hiking opportunity.

    Natural Features

    This campground sits on the southwest corner of 68-acre Bear Lake. The campground is a mix of hardwoods and pine. The water quality of the lake is moderate at a maximum depth of 20 feet. Fish species found in the lake are northern pike, panfish, and largemouth bass. This campground is also popular with grouse hunters and fall color enthusiasts.

    Nearby Attractions

    Bear Lake is in close proximity to the Rat River Hike and Bike Trail. Trout fishing opportunities are also nearby on the Peshtigo and Rat Rivers.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Franklin Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Franklin Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Franklin Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Franklin Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Franklin Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Franklin Lake

    3.

    Franklin Lake

    8 Reviews
    27 Photos
    44 Saves
    Three Lakes, Wisconsin

    Overview

    Franklin Lake Campground is one of the most popular camping spots within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Northern Wisconsin. Its unique structures built by the CCC 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. In addition to its scenic landscape, the campground offers access to a variety of hiking trails.

    Recreation

    The lake provides visitors with ample opportunities for boating, fishing and swimming. Anglers can expect a catch of walleye, northern pike, large and smallmouth bass, rock bass, perch, and bluegill, among others. The lake is open to all types of boating, motorized and non-motorized. Numerous trails exist in the area, with some beginning within the campground, including a 6-mile hike to nearby Anvil Lake. The 1-mile Franklin Lake interpretive trail is partly accessible and tours the forest of trees, with some over 400 years old. It leads to the 13-mile Hidden Lakes Trail, which loops south, around Butternut Lake, passing several small lakes with scenic vistas and a remarkable stand of old hemlock trees, then back to the campground. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area and visitors are encouraged to keep watch.

    Facilities

    The lake provides visitors with ample opportunities for boating, fishing and swimming. Anglers can expect a catch of walleye, northern pike, large and smallmouth bass, rock bass, perch, and bluegill, among others. The lake is open to all types of boating, motorized and non-motorized. Numerous trails exist in the area, with some beginning within the campground, including a 6-mile hike to nearby Anvil Lake. The 1-mile Franklin Lake interpretive trail is partly accessible and tours the forest of trees, with some over 400 years old. It leads to the 13-mile Hidden Lakes Trail, which loops south, around Butternut Lake, passing several small lakes with scenic vistas and a remarkable stand of old hemlock trees, then back to the campground. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area and visitors are encouraged to keep watch.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated in a lush stand of mature pine and hemlock trees, at an elevation of 1,700 feet. Historic stone and log structures, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, are scattered throughout the campground. The adjacent Franklin Lake is 892 acres and boasts a beautiful sandy beach.

    Nearby Attractions

    The City of Eagle River is located about 15 miles west of the campground. A variety of services are offered there.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Morgan Lake Campground And Group Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Morgan Lake Campground And Group Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Morgan Lake Campground And Group Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Morgan Lake Campground And Group Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Morgan Lake Campground And Group Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Morgan Lake Campground And Group Site

    4.

    Morgan Lake Campground And Group Site

    4 Reviews
    20 Photos
    8 Saves
    Long Lake, Wisconsin

    Overview

    The Morgan Lake Campground and Group Site is a great place for families or a large gathering of people to camp in northern Wisconsin's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The campground is comfortably equipped and provides access to a number of recreational opportunities, including fishing, boating, swimming and hiking. A picnic area with beach is available, as well as an adjacent parking area and access to the lake.

    Recreation

    Proximity to the lake provides visitors with opportunities for fishing, boating and swimming. The clear waters make for a pleasant experience. Largemouth bass are abundant in the lake. Non-motorized boating is permitted as well as electric motors only.

    Facilities

    Proximity to the lake provides visitors with opportunities for fishing, boating and swimming. The clear waters make for a pleasant experience. Largemouth bass are abundant in the lake. Non-motorized boating is permitted as well as electric motors only.

    Natural Features

    The scenic campground is located in a heavily wooded forest surrounding the 45-acre Morgan Lake. It is situated at an elevation of 1,500 feet. The group campground is located near the general campground, but is separated from the other sites to ensure privacy. A small, sandy beach and boat ramp are located nearby.

    Nearby Attractions

    The closest town, Long Lake, is located just over 12 miles northwest of the campground. A variety of services are available there.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Governor Thompson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Governor Thompson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Governor Thompson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Governor Thompson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Governor Thompson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Governor Thompson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Cabins

    6.

    Lost Lake Cabins

    3 Reviews
    32 Photos
    5 Saves
    Long Lake, Wisconsin

    Overview

    Lost Lake Cabins offers (11) cabins available for rent in the remote forested area situated on the shores of Lost Lake. These cabins are located in a group setting and provide an excellent base for rent by individuals, families, family reunions or any large group. The entire facility can sleep up to 60 people and is a great base for water fun, swimming, non motor boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching, mushrooming, hunting and many day-trip locations into the Upper Peninsula. Cabins can be rented from mid-May through mid-October. Rental fees are per cabin, per day whether for one or six persons with an 8 night maximum stay and 2 night minimum stay on the weekend. Cabins can be reserved up to 6 months in advance. Cabins 1 through 8 are located adjacent to and along the shore of the lake, while the First Aid Cabin, Staff Cabin #2 and Staff Cabin #1 are a bit further away from the lake. The Lost Lake Campground located across the lake offers friends and family the opportunity to tent camp or RV camping and still be within a short 1/4 mile walk to the Cabins.

    Recreation

    The 92-acre Lost Lake is stocked with perch, brown and rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. No motors are permitted on Lost Lake, but there is a boat access area available at the Lost Lake Campground. For visitors looking to beat the summer heat with a cool dip in the waters of Lost Lake, there is a small beach located at the cabins. In addition, there is a larger, appealing swimming beach available at the Lost Lake Campground. The Lost Lake Trail, a 1-mile interpretive trail through a stand of 150-year-old hemlock and pine, is a short walk from the cabins. Trails also connect to the Ridge trail and Assesors trail. the Lauterman National Recreation Trail system is just over 1 mile from the cabins.

    Facilities

    The 92-acre Lost Lake is stocked with perch, brown and rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. No motors are permitted on Lost Lake, but there is a boat access area available at the Lost Lake Campground. For visitors looking to beat the summer heat with a cool dip in the waters of Lost Lake, there is a small beach located at the cabins. In addition, there is a larger, appealing swimming beach available at the Lost Lake Campground. The Lost Lake Trail, a 1-mile interpretive trail through a stand of 150-year-old hemlock and pine, is a short walk from the cabins. Trails also connect to the Ridge trail and Assesors trail. the Lauterman National Recreation Trail system is just over 1 mile from the cabins.

    Natural Features

    The cabins sit amidst a forest of old-growth trees consisting mostly of Hemlock and Maple within walking distance of Lost Lake. The 92-acre lake gets its name from the lack of apparent inflow or outlet of water. The lake is actually fed by springs and the lake is a "No-Motor Lake". Tall white pines, hemlocks and other evergreens border the lake, Loons can be heard singing across the lake. A watchful eye can catch the resident eagle or osprey as they search the waters for their next meal. The lake is stocked yearly with Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout and also has a good population of Smallmouth Bass and panfish. The cabins are a short drive to the Whisker Lake Wilderness. Learn more about the wilderness HERE .

    Nearby Attractions

    Numerous Lakes and Rivers nearby to explore, kayak or canoe. Several trails to hike and only about 10 minutes to the Whisker Lake Wilderness Area off of Highway 70. Great Biking trails located within an hour West near Eagle River, WI. Local Florence County Waterfall Tour and you could take in the Iron Mine Tour about 40 minutes away. From the Lost Lake Cabins you could do day trips to the Sylvania Wilderness, Bond Falls, Porcupine Mountains or Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superios all within a two hour drive in the Upper Peninsula.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table

    $80 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Campground (WI)
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Campground (WI)
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Campground (WI)
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Campground (WI)
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Campground (WI)
    Camper-submitted photo from Lost Lake Campground (WI)

    7.

    Lost Lake Campground (WI)

    3 Reviews
    23 Photos
    15 Saves
    Long Lake, Wisconsin

    Overview

    Please note, this is Lost Lake Campground located in northern Wisconsin on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Lost Lake Campground is located in northeastern Wisconsin on the north shore of Lost Lake in a maple, aspen and white pine forest. The clear, 86-acre lake is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. No motors are permitted on Lost Lake. The Assessor's Nature Trail, which passes through a 150-year old hemlock and white pine stand, is located adjacent to the campground. The 3.3-mile-long Ridge Trail is also accessed from the trailhead adjacent to the campground. This trail links Lost Lake to Chipmunk Rapids Campground and the Lauterman National Recreation Trail.

    Recreation

    The lake provides opportunities for fishing, swimming and non-motorized boating. Anglers can expect to catch bass, trout and panfish. No motors are allowed on the lake including electric motors. Numerous trails exist in the area, many beginning in the campground and extending miles to other trail systems. The Lost Lake trail loops the lake itself and travels through old growth hemlock forests. The Assessor's Nature Trail also extends from the campground and provides views of 150-year old pine stands. The Ridge trail extends from Lost Lake Campground to Chipmunk Rapids Campground and eventually on to the Lauterman National Recreation Trail. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area, including resident American bald eagles and loons. The sounds of your visit will not be soon forgotten.

    Facilities

    The campground offers 27 single family campsites, available for tent and RV camping. The campground offers both first-come, first-served campsites as well as sites which can be reserved in advance. Sites are equipped with tables and fire rings with grills. Vault toilets are available at the site, as well as drinking water, from a pressurized system or a hand-pump.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on the shore of crystal clear Lost Lake in a stand of maple, aspen and towering white pine trees. Lost Lake, at 86 acres, offers a relaxing paddle as no motors are allowed on this lake. A sandy beach area is available to enjoy the water.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Town of Florence is located east of the campground approximately 20 miles. Florence offers a variety of services and visitor information.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Cabins

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Chipmunk Rapids
    Camper-submitted photo from Chipmunk Rapids
    Camper-submitted photo from Chipmunk Rapids
    Camper-submitted photo from Chipmunk Rapids
    Camper-submitted photo from Chipmunk Rapids
    Camper-submitted photo from Chipmunk Rapids

    8.

    Chipmunk Rapids

    3 Reviews
    13 Photos
    13 Saves
    Long Lake, Wisconsin

    If you are looking for a base camp to explore area trails or If you want solitude, but also want to be able to drive up to your campsite, try the Chipmunk Rapids Recreation Area off Highway 70 west of Florence. The Chipmunk Rapids Recreation Area is a small campground on the Florence District that consists of a campground with 6 campsites equipped with fire rings, a vault toilet and drinking water. Upon entering, you will come across an artesian well that flows throughout the year and produces excellent drinking water! The area is popular for trout fishing, with a variety of other fish species in nearby lakes. A carry-in canoe access is nearby and is a popular starting and ending point for canoe trips on the Pine River, a state wild and scenic river. Come enjoy all the trails; there is a one-mile trail that connects the campground with Lost Lake Campground. Just north of the river is the south trailhead of the Lauterman Lake National Recreation Trail. So, if you like to hike, mountain bike, fish or enjoy a variety of water activities, then Chipmunk Rapids Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located just 20 miles west of Florence. Chipmunk Rapids Recreation Area is pet friendly; See our restrictions for more information.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Ada Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Ada Lake Recreation Area
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    Camper-submitted photo from Ada Lake Recreation Area

    9.

    Ada Lake Recreation Area

    4 Reviews
    9 Photos
    32 Saves
    Wabeno, Wisconsin

    Ada Lake Recreation Area is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of some of the more popular recreation sites on the Lakewood-Laona District. It has many amenities of the other recreation areas, just not all the crowds. There are plenty of sites to see on the district and Ada Lake Recreation area can serve as a home base. Clear water, a sandy beach, and a blue sky are all it takes for many to have a memorable camping experience. Ada Lake Campground offers this and more. The exceptionally clear water makes it great for swimming, and the lake contains northern pike, bass, rainbow trout, and panfish. Another nice feature is the boat landing which makes the lake easily accessible to non-motorized boats. The Ada Lake Recreation Area is near popular local site-seeing spots Quartz Hill, Jone’s Springs Area, Cathedral Pines and Knowles Creek Interpretive Trail. So, if you like to camp, swim, boat and fish then the Ada Lake Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located just 5 minutes southwest of Wabeno. Ada Lake is one of our dog friendly recreation areas.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Laura Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Laura Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Laura Lake Recreation Area
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    Laura Lake Recreation Area

    1 Review
    12 Photos
    9 Saves
    Armstrong Creek, Wisconsin

    With two beautiful clear water lakes, undeveloped shoreline, Laura Lake Campground provides an exceptional camping opportunity.

    Campsites are located on the southwestern shore of 110-acre Laura Lake. The picnic and swim beach are located on the adjacent 50-acre Gordon Lake. Both lakes have developed back-in boat landings. Please note these lakes are restricted to electric motors only.

    Laura Lake Campground has 41 sites. A majority of sites can accommodate campers as long as 30 feet and longer. Drinking water, vault toilets, swim beach, picnic area and a boat landing are also provided at this location. All roads are paved with blacktop.

    Both Laura and Gordon Lakes provide good fishing opportunities.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
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