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Home away from home

My father came here with his family growing up and brought us kids for the last 20+ years. Three different generations have seen this place and it will continue to be passed down. There are several different campground spaces that are all different. Some provide camper access, walk in private access and water access. Cunard Lake allows non motorized watercrafts and has a great swimming area. You will wake up to the sound of loons and go to bed with the sound of them.

Weekend stay

Loved the water view from our campsite, unfortunately on the other side was the main entrance and a highway so vehicular traffic sound was prominent. Sites are large, with some tree coverage. Many families with kids and dogs. Well maintained and great walking and biking trails in the park and surrounding area.

Enjoyable for the whole family

My family have been camping here many years.The KIds always ask to stay here.The campground is family oriented.If you camp here you get free entrance to the gigantic water park.The park caters to little children to big kids. They sell food,or bring a picnic.Plenty of tables.If you not part of the campground,pay a small price to get in.They have the zip line.The western show is worth taking the day to see.They have an ice cream store,and golf,and arcades.Inside the campground,they have a pool,crabbing and fishing pier.Maybe rent a boat or kayak. They have a nice store,with a deli,supplies,beer,and soveniors.They have a laundry mat,and a cheap restaraunt.They also have cabins.But if you want to see the ocean,they supply a bus all day, The sites are shaded and easy to pull in


Very nice Campground that is clean. Bathroons very clean. We had a very large lot in the back of the park opposite the water. By the water it was very windy.

Wooded Sites Along the Lake

Musky Lake Campground is a nice campground. We camped mid-late June and had a nice little trip. Here's the good and the bad.

The good:

A surplus of dragonflies means that mosquitos were NOT a problem. As someone who gets eaten alive this is important.

Deer are rampant in the area. The loons on the lake are the epitome of the north woods! I camp to enjoy wildlife, so this is a plus.

Nice hiking trails nearby. Numerous bike paths as well.

Large bathroom facility with flush toilets and showers.

The bad:

Sites are close together. I prefer a bit more privacy than they allow.

Lake access from the site is…existent at best. I was able to launch my inflatable kayak very carefully between the sticks and weeds, though I'm not sure anything bigger or heavier would be worth launching from the site.

No beach swimming areas for dogs. There's a dog friendly picnic area, but it is certainly no place to let your dog swim.This was disappointing. Many of the trails are also off limits for dogs which is beyond me, though this is unrelated to the actual campground I'm sure.

All in all Musky Lake is worth checking out. There is a nice human friendly beach at nearby (you can walk there) Crystal Lake. The location is good, not too far from civilization for those who like a grocery store nearby.The sites were level and had plenty of room for our 2 tents. This area has to be on your list if you are a bike rider! I felt out of place because everyone up there had their bikes, and I could see why.


Spent 4 nights motorcycle camping the week after labor day. Very quite and peaceful. Large, private sites. Beautiful, great riding.

Beautiful Beach Camping

We stayed for a week in the Indian Mounds loop camground. This site is a few miles from the camp registration but worth it. There is a paved bike path through the woods all the way to the registraion area. We arrived at our campsite, unloaded the bikes, then proceeded to ride to check in. However, this is easily driveable as well. This is one of my favorite campgrounds for our lifestyle. Several of the most desired sites are on the water. These are particularly great because we can park our boat right at our site, they face west for sunsets, and the beach is absolutely perfect. The campground is on a large chain of lakes. I recommend heading into the town of Minocqua for shopping or just a night on the town. Hiking/biking trails are very close by. In fact,some of the best ones are right next to 5e camp registration. The lake is one of the cleanest ive ever been on. Campmsites are reasonably far from each other for privacy. Two swiming beaches are within a 2 minute walk from all camsites. Keep in mind, this review is onlynfor the indian mounds loop.

Nice hiking and waterfalls

Two campgrounds in this state park - South and North but only a total of 56 sites between them, 23 of them with electric. Saw it was filling up even on a weekday in September so made a reservation but still could not get an electric site. Sites were generous in size and most has good separation with lots of trees. Nice hiking on the North Country Scenic Trail to Red Granite Falls and the Doughboys Trail to see the park’s namesake falls plus another and a cascade. We came from camping in Michigan State parks which are much nicer so we were a bit spoiled. My rating would have been higher if there was a bath house with showers in the North campground; the pit toilets were ok but it was too long of a walk to the south campground where there are flush toilets and showers. They were ok but not great (not as nice as Michigan State parks). Lots of hungry mosquitoes as it has not gotten chilly yet so bring bug spray! Very spotty cell service.

Beautiful all sports lake

Nice large grassy sites - we were in site 50 which is waterfront. Park has two bath houses, this southern most has the hotter showers :), nice boat launch if you need it and a nice beach area. With M28 closed there is a detour that runs right along the park, this contributes to a bit more traffic noise but it is very light for the most part. Pick up supplies on your way as there are not a lot of close options but it is well worth the drive.

Endless nature

There is many different areas to this park. A nice trail leading you around the falls, with an area for you to cool off in and search for cool rocks. Easy to hike with kids, my girls were 4 & 10, they both enjoyed seeing the waterfalls for the first time. There is also a lake nearby to swim in, which was clear and cool. We also visited Ashland which was about a 30 minute drive north.

Already Planning Next Visit

We decided to spend one night in the north campground here in our sprinter van earlier this month. It was $45 for the night and worth every penny. We had Site 8 which was right across from the bathroom. Very quiet, but most sites were booked! We loved how it was dog friendly in the campground. I thought there was a decent amount of space between sites, and the bugs weren’t bad once we got the fire going and some bug spray. My husband and I took our toddler on the Doughboy’s Trail (parts of a couple trails) and the views were stunning! We cannot wait to go back and explore other parts of the park, especially Loon Lake!


Beautiful and well worth the drive! Prepare for it to be packed on the weekends, but week day camping is pretty serene. Since Watersmeet is a VERY small town, groceries and other essentials are costly, so come already packed.

Christian family camping at its best

this is a wonderful place offering programs for families, teens, couples, etc. lots of organized activities to choose from, family style dining (you don’t even need to worry about food), and a beautiful secluded setting.

Hi Pines meets expectations

Visit was ok and did meet expectations. They do have a great bike path that's maybe.5mi. Pond toys and inflatables

Excellent campground

Excellent campground! The lots are very big and plenty of space. Everything is clean bathrooms showers hot and cold and the bathrooms/bathhouses are climate controlled so your not jumping onto a cold toilet in the morning or jumping out of a hot shower to cold concrete bathroom. The beach is nice big and beautiful also have a water trampoline out a ways from the shore to jump on or off of. Not sure how deep it is out there but I couldn't touch bottom but nor did I jump off but my kids did they are 4 & 5 but had puddle jumpers on. They also have a mini store for all your necessities from mustard, ketchup, tent stakes, tarps, and of course beer. Also have a mini concession stand in store with hot dogs and stuff but also a game room with pool tables arcade games. Also had a bingo night will were are up there and let us know that the football game would be on the big screen if we wanted to watch which would be nice if I was a Packers fan. The only thing I did not like is they were pricey $38 a night but soon realized why they have water and electricity's every site available which is nice but not necessary for us. Definitely be coming back here we had fun.

True Up North!

Beautiful Up North Wisconsin! Over 300 islands, camp sites for groups, families and even a quiet area. Availability for gas, bait or a drink and meal. Diverse fishing, multiple wildlife for viewing and hiking trails. Amazing area with few houses along the water to keep that natural feel. If you love secluded camping along the water this is a must!

The most beautiful campsite we have ever stayed in!

Their are so many different options of sites to stay in! You can literally camp right next to the falls! The sites are very big and have beautiful views of the river that leads to the Turtle Flambeau Flowage! If you have a boat, certain sites have it so you can pull your boat right up to your site! Theirs very nice walking trails all over. They have a fishing dock. A shelter right on the falls. Also has a boat launch. If you love camping, take the trip to lake of the falls county park and you will not be disappointed!

Currently closed!

Due to budget cuts, this campground is not open.

Easy canoe camping for the beginner

Loved my first experience at canoe camping. We did it the easy way, loaded our canoe, crossed the lake to our campsite and set up camp. No portaging with our gear.

We rented our canoe and and a bear barrel from the Sylvania Outfitters, and they dropped the canoe off lakeside for us.

It was very peaceful and we didn't see any other people except when we were on the lake canoeing.

First to Review
Isolated. Great views. Peaceful!

Love staying here. Sites are nice and secluded. In the national forest so lots of places to find wood. Very close to the boat launch. Lots of wildlife.

Quiet Camping Getaway

State park, clear water, big, quiet sites, motor free swimming lake and additional fishing lakes, nearby small town with cute shops and good food

Quiet Peaceful Place to Escape

I grew up on this lake from the early 90s to about 2012. The campground was always very peaceful and all the campsites on the lake had plenty of space for multiple tents or campers. The people that live/have cabins on the lake are all extremely friendly. There is excellent fishing mostly consisting of Bass and Bluegills and Perch. It’s a no wake lake so plan on just using a trolling motor or even a canoe to fish. There are outhouses close to the campgrounds but that’s about it for amenities. Mondeux dam isnt far away which serves food and Is a nice swimming hole.

Reserved and quiet

I love returning to this campground every year, it has some great walk in campsites and a good amount of privacy if that's what you're looking for. You can come here on the 4th of July without reserving ahead of time and still find plenty of open sites.


what a place to camp. Go here if you want good food, drinks, amazing fishing, and NO service. That is the best part. This place takes you away from everything. Welcome to real camping

Tight sites, amazing beach

On Lake Superior near Ironwood. Close to waterfalls and right on the Lake.

Amazing group tent site on Mondeaux

Tent only, reservable group site at Mondeaux recreation area. Boat landing, Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Part of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

National Forest camping at its best

On the Mondeaux Flowage. Near glacial spring and historic camp lodge. Ice Age National Scenic Trail goes through camp. Everything you want in a USFS camp

Bring You Bicycle!!

Big Muskellunge Lake is one of many campgrounds situated in the North Highland American Legion State Forest and one of three in a two mile radius that offers modern facilities with showers and flush toilets. You enter this campground at the same entrance as Crystal Lake campground. The park headquarters building is at the entrance and is an excellent place to stop in and get information on all trails, campgrounds and conveniences you need. I would suggest that if you need fire wood that you purchase it at the time of check in at this building as well. They will give you a ticket for the woodshed and you will be able to pick your wood up between the hours of 4-7pm. You will drive through Crystal Lake Campground on your way to Big Musky. Big Musky is a little further back and seems to be a bit less crowded. I do prefer the atmosphere of Big Musky and camping under the Jack Pines. Big Musky has flush toilets and showers For swimming, there is a walking trail that takes you from Big Musky Campground to Crystal Lake. The lake is crystal clear as the title states! There are two beahes on the lake and parking is available at each beach incase you want to throw a picnic or bring swimming toys! Picnic tabels and grills are available at each beach. Not far from the beach there is also a wonderful nature center that can supply kids and adults with education materials and activities.You can not visit the area without bringing your bicycle! If you don't bring one you will wish you had! This is the bicycle capital area in the state!

If you need conveniences Suh as food, shopping, etc….you have multiple towns with in 10-15 min. drive. Be prepared though that they are tourist towns and traffic can be hectic at times.

First to Review
Beautiful,relaxing, beware of mosquitos!

Make sure to be equipped with lots of powerful mosquito repellant. Other than that, it was beautiful, had nice warm swimming water, was relaxing, and not heavily populated. 15 bucks for a campsite

Camping with the bare Minimum

Take a canoe down the Turtle Flambeu Flowage and you will be surprised at how many campsites are available but also you will notice most times it's like having an Island to yourself. It is relatively easy to navigate but you may want a handheld GPS if your not the best at reading maps. I wouldn't count on your phone for service. You can easily find a map on the Wisconsin DNR Website which shows an abundance of campgrounds and coordinates. It is peaceful and relaxing watching the wilderness transform hourly around you or waking up and going to sleep with the song from the Loons. It can get a little loud on weekends when you have a Flowage full of campers as noise echoes off the trees water. If your real sensetive you might get annoyed by the sounds of boats which come and go often as this is a fishing hot spot as well as many campers have motor boats instead of canoes. Overall, when your out there your feel like your on your own little piece of paradise! This is definitely a camping getaway for the romantic or family fun adventure. Don't forget a water filter for drinking water and some toilet paper for bathroom uses. All sites have a pit toilet but be aware they are not covered and your literally sitting on a toilet seat in the middle of the woods. Wildlife is abundant with Bald Eagles, Loons, deer, coyotes, and sounds of wolves. I was lucky to enjoy nice weather but can imagine watching a beautiful rain storm passing through while sipping on a cup of coffee and living on Paradise Island! These islands are all first come first serve so you take your chances but there are plenty and I have been there in the middle of July with no problem finding one.