Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin Camping & Hiking

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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Camping Reservations

Reserve your campsite at these Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest camping areas:


1. BEAR LAKE CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area

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.


2. BEAVER LAKE >> Camping Area

Beaver Lake Campground is a small, secluded, family-friendly campground located on the shores of its namesake lake. The waterfront sites provide spectacular scenic views of the area and its location gives visitors access to several popular areas of the Chequamegon National Forest.


3. BLACK LAKE >> Camping Area

Black Lake is highly ranked as a family-favorite campground. It is spread out along the eastern shores of its namesake, Black Lake. The calm waters beckon to adventurers, offering fishing, boating, swimming and other recreational activities in the northwestern Wisconsin wilderness.


4. BOOT LAKE CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area

Boot Lake Campground overlooks its namesake — 263-acre Boot Lake. Bask in the sun on the beautiful beach and then take a relaxing dip in the lake, or enjoy the fishing. Boot Lake contains walleye, northern pike, bass, musky, and panfish. In addition, several nearby streams offer excellent trout fishing, and the Wolf River provides fishing, kayaking, rafting, and first-class canoeing opportunities. The Jones Spring Non-Motorized Area is nearby, and offers hiking, hunting, and cross-country skiing. Generally, use at this popular campground is heavy throughout the summer.


5. BOULDER LAKE >> Camping Area

Boulder Lake Campground is conveniently located near Boulder Lake in northern Wisconsin. It is the forest’s largest campground but campsites fill up fast. The campground is home to individual and group sites, making it an ideal location to relax with friends or family. Recreational opportunities abound.


6. CHIPPEWA >> Camping Area

Chippewa Campground sits on the eastern shores of the Chequamegon Waters Flowage, where the bass fishing is spectacular. Its location provides visitors of any age with access to a variety of recreation opportunities, including fishing, water sports, hiking and more. Chippewa Campground offers 78 campsties, 28 o f which can be reserved.


7. DAY LAKE >> Camping Area

Day Lake Campground is situated in northwestern Wisconsin, not far from the shores of Lake Superior. The spacious and peaceful Day Lake offers a family-friendly campground with swimming beaches, a boat launch and picnic area. Day Lake is a designated off-road vehicle campground, allowing off-road vehicle use to and from the nearby trails.


8. EAST TWIN >> Camping Area

Located on a sparkling 110-acre lake, the East Twin Campground is a known family favorite. The area provides access to a beautiful portion of the Chequamegon National Forest in northwestern Wisconsin.


9. EASTWOOD >> Camping Area

The Eastwood Campground is a family-friendly campground with access to a beautiful northern Wisconsin recreation area, complete with hiking trails and a scenic lake.


10. FRANKLIN LAKE >> Camping Area

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.


11. Kentuck Lake Campground >> Camping Area

Early settlers from Kentucky gave the name to Kentuck Lake. Kentuck Lake Campground is located on the east lake shore of Kentuck Lake in a stand of maple. The 955-acre lake is popular with anglers and has abundant walleye, bass, crappies and panfish. Kentuck lake is connected to Spectacle Lake Campground by a scenic 2.5-mile-long hiking trail.


12. LAKE THREE >> Camping Area

The lake is home to musky, bass and pan fish and offers an ideal spot to kayak, canoe, swim or enjoy a leisurely boat ride.

The North Country National Scenic Trail is adjacent to the campground, providing opportunities for visitors to enjoy day trips along the trail, which stretches approximately 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota.

The surrounding area offers miles of off-road vehicle, hiking and mountain biking trails, along with several lakes, ponds and rivers to cast a line or launch a boat. Springbrook, a Class 1 brook trout stream, is nearby, and is popular among anglers.


13. LAURA LAKE CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area

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


14. LAUREL LAKE CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area

Laurel Lake is part of the 28 lake Three Lakes and Eagle River Chain of Lakes giving the visitor water access to nearly 11,500 acres of water and 174 miles of shoreline. The campground is located in a stand of grand old pines and young oaks.


15. LOST LAKE CABINS >> Camping Area

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.


16. LOST LAKE CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area

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.


17. LUNA WHITE DEER CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area

Nestled between two deep clear lakes, Luna-White Deer Campground provides a north woods experience where you can hear the call of the loons at night and see lots of wildlife by day. Half of the campsites front on the two non-motorized lakes. A four-mile trail with great vistas circles the two lakes.


18. MINERAL LAKE >> Camping Area

The 256-acre Mineral Lake is surrounded by a mixed hardwoods forest. Several campsites overlook the lake and the area is home to a variety of birds, including eagles, and plentiful wildlife. Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome, the highest peak in the forest, are both located nearby and make excellent day trips.


19. MOOSE LAKE >> Camping Area

Moose Lake Campground sits along its namesake lake in the Chequamegon National Forest of northern Wisconsin. The serene lake and surrounding forest offer a spectacular location for families to enjoy nature.


20. MORGAN LAKE CAMPGROUND AND GROUP SITE >> Camping Area

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.


21. NAMEKAGON >> Camping Area

Namekagon campground is a family-friendly campground that runs alongside its namesake lake, at the headwaters of the Namekagon River. It is the perfect spot to kayak, canoe, jet ski, swim or take a boat ride to one of the many restaurants along the shoreline.

With its close proximity to mountain bike trails and the North Country hiking trail, Namekagon campground is an ideal location for making a base camp.


22. NEWMAN LAKE SHELTER >> Camping Area

Newman Lake Shelter is a day-use picnicking shelter available for large groups. It is situated within the Newman Lake Recreation Area. A variety of recreational opportunities abound.


23. PICNIC POINT (WI) >> Camping Area

Picnic Point Campground is a quaint campground, where a large group can enjoy a peaceful escape in northern Wisconsin. The rustic nature of the campground draws campers in for a respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby cities and towns. The campground’s shaded group campsite is nestled under towering pine trees along the western shore of Mondeaux Flowage. Sites sit right on the edge of the scenic lake, where boats can also be anchored.


24. RICHARDSON LAKE CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area

Richardson Lake Campground sits on its namesake lake in beautiful Forest County Wisconsin. This campground’s 26 sites are located on the south shore of Richardson Lake, well known to anglers for its bass, northern pike, and pan fish. Relax on the sandy swim beach or take in the views of the lake from the picnic area above the beach. Take your boat or canoe out on Richardson Lake in search of wildlife along the shoreline.


25. SAILOR LAKE >> Camping Area

Rustic Sailor Lake Campground sits on the northwestern shores of scenic Sailor Lake. Its scenic views and secluded location make it popular for campers and explorers alike. The campground offers access to the lake as well as a beautiful picnic area and access to off-road vehicle trails.


26. SAILOR LAKE PAVILION >> Camping Area

Sailor Lake Pavilion is located near Sailor Lake Campground, both adjacent to scenic Sailor Lake. Its secluded setting makes it a popular location for family and group events. The pavilion is located on Sailor Lake which is popular for fishing. Nearby off-road vehicle trails are also quite the draw.


27. SMITH RAPIDS >> Camping Area

Smith Rapids Campground is located on the South Fork of the Flambeau River. With campsites designated to accommodate equestrians, it is an ideal location for horseback riding. Hiking, river fishing and canoeing are popular activities.


28. SMITH RAPIDS PAVILION >> Camping Area

Smith Rapids Pavilion is day-use picnicking area contained within Smith Rapids Campground. Both accommodate equestrians and are situated near a variety of scenic spots in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. The pavilion is popular for its access to miles of horseback riding trails.


29. SPEARHEAD POINT >> Camping Area

Spearhead Point Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds on the scenic Mondeaux Flowage. Unique family-oriented campsites and access to panoramic views of the lake are unprecedented elsewhere in the forest. The campground provides numerous opportunities for recreation and enjoyment of the surrounding area.


30. SPEARHEAD POINT SHELTER >> Camping Area

Spearhead Point Shelter is a day-use picnic site for large groups. It is located in one of the most popular areas surrounding Mondeaux Flowage in northern Wisconsin. Nearby, visitors can access the lake and numerous trails.


31. SPECTACLE LAKE CAMPGROUND >> Camping Area

With a 500-foot swim beach and the crystal clear lake, Spectacle Lake Campground is a family favorite. Come fish for a variety of gamefish species or hike the trail to Kentuck Lake Campground. This 2.5-mile trail utilizes part of the old Thunder Lake Railroad bed and is a pleasant hike.


32. TWIN LAKES (WI) >> Camping Area

Tucked in a forest of pines, evergreens and hardwoods, Twin Lakes campground overlooks the sparkling blue Twin Lake, offering a secluded oasis for both tent and RV campers. Twin Lakes is 19-acres in size and has a boat ramp for activities like canoeing and fishing. The campground is adjacent to the Round Lake Non-motorized area for biking and hiking. Grills, drinking water and vault toilets create an ideal atmosphere for parties and family get-togethers. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The sparse population of the area and low visitor use, make the wild and scenic beauty of the forest that much more enjoyable. Hundred of miles of maintained trails make this area a hikers paradise.

The pristine Twin Lake provides a breathtaking backdrop for a traditional camping experience.


33. TWO LAKES >> Camping Area

Two Lakes Campground is nestled between Lake Owen and Bass Lake. Campsites are spacious and shaded by pine and mixed hardwoods, and most sites offer sweeping lake views. Two Lakes is adjacent to the Porcupine Lake Wilderness in Chequamegon National Forest. The forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

Some of the Porcupine Lake Wilderness contains rolling hills covered with oak, maple, hemlock and white pine.

Hiking Trails

Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails:

Wisconsin Hiking Trails

Rainbow Lake Wilderness

Lakewood – Laona District

Washburn Ranger District

Great Divide District

Medford – Park Falls District

Eagle River – Florence District

Porcupine Lake Wilderness

Lake Owen Recreation Area

Horseshoe Lake Recreation Area

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