About This Campground
Located in Manitowoc County, on the western shores of Lake Michigan, Point Beach State Forest is 2,900 acres of rolling dunes and mixed woodlands. Established in 1937, the forest is home to Point Beach Ridges State Natural Area and National Natural Landmark. This area of alternating ridges and…
Located in Manitowoc County, on the western shores of Lake Michigan, Point Beach State Forest is 2,900 acres of rolling dunes and mixed woodlands. Established in 1937, the forest is home to Point Beach Ridges State Natural Area and National Natural Landmark. This area of alternating ridges and swales reveals the lake’s ancient shorelines over the last 8,000 years, with unique and varied woods representing each of the lake’s historic levels. Also located within the park, the Rawley Point Lighthouse is a one-of-a-kind structure that was erected in 1893, and is still operational today. The area is also known for several historic shipwrecks that occurred in the waters nearby.
The campground at Point Beach is the perfect location for exploring many of these natural and historical features—or just kicking back on the lakeshore and soaking up the sun. The campground offers more than 120 wooded sites that can accommodate both tent and RV campers. About 70 sites feature electrical hookups; a few of these also have water. There are two group camps, and one ADA accessible site. Each campsite is equipped with picnic tables and fire pits, and water faucets, flush and vault toilets, and shower facilities can be found throughout the campground. A dump station and recycling center is located nearby. Most campsites can be reserved up to 11 months in advance; some are held for first-come, first-served campers. Dogs are permitted in some areas, and must remain leashed. Seasonal rates are $15–$37/night.
There is plenty to see and do on a visit to Point Beach State Forest. There are several picnic areas located along the lakeshore, all within walking distance from the campground, and a nature center and lodge that offers area info, seasonal interpretive programs, and sells sandwiches and picnic supplies. The forest features 11 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails for exploring the dunes, woods and lakeshore, from a 0.5-mile nature trail to a 7-mile ridge trail. Some trails are also open for winter snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The forest area does not offer a boat launch, but kayaks and SUPs can be launched from the lakeshore. Fishing is permitted in Lake Michigan, and some hunting and trapping is permitted in season. The Rawley Point Lighthouse is not open to the public, but can be seen along the beach.
- ADA Access
- Picnic Table
- Firewood Available
- Sanitary Dump
- Sewer Hookups
- Water Hookups
- Max Length: 45 ft.
- Drive InPark next to your campsite
- Walk InPark in a lot, walk to your campsite
- Hike InHike a trail to your campsite
- Boat InBoat to your campsite
I’ve hiked into the Ice Age Trail/Kayak sites for three summers in a row now, and I’ve been pleased each time. The hike is roughly 1 mile from the lots, and the sites are beautifully placed in dunes right on Lake Michigan. There are pit toilets near the sites. These sites offer some of the best…
This is a great state camp ground right on the lake. We stayed in site 123 with an RV and you could hear the waves! There was even a private trail leading out to the beach from our site. Highly recommend one of the 3 spots on the water but all the spots seemed nice and decently private. They also…
This was a great place to camp. Excellent bike trails, beautiful scenery, and a separate beach that allows dogs.
Point Beach State Forest is located in Wisconsin