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The 10 Most Charming Campgrounds in Wisconsin

by Holly Riddle  |  Published July 15, 2020

In a nature-abundant state such as Wisconsin, you’ll have no problem finding a place to pitch your tent. From beautiful lakes perfect for fishing to dense forests seemingly made for hiking, Wisconsin offers campers a natural bounty, ensuring you can find just about any landscape for a memorable camping adventure. And you certainly won’t be alone: Wisconsin attracts seasoned and new campers alike from across the globe, who come enjoy its many natural attractions and hot spots, as well as the multitude of campgrounds offering a range of amenities.

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Whether you want a remote, rustic campground with just the basics or something a bit more luxurious and outfitted with everything you need to park your RV, you’ll find it here. So, what are you waiting for? Some of the most charming campgrounds in Wisconsin await, and here are 10 of our favorites.

Wisconsin Riverside Resort

A resort-style campground, Wisconsin Riverside Resort offers the best of both worlds. You get all the amenities of a higher-end, privately-owned campground, but you’re just a short drive away from Governor Dodge State Park, allowing you to enjoy the public land’s hiking and swimming opportunities with ease. The resort offers plenty of activities and even some unique dining options and a camp shop. RV owners will appreciate the full hookups, and tent campers will enjoy the option of setting up right on a sandbar.

S13220 Shifflet Road, Spring Green

Wisconsin Riverside Resort

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Mississippi Bend Campground & RV Park

Mississippi Bend Campground & RV Park is a lovely, easy getaway within short driving distance from Madison, right on the Mississippi River. The campground is primarily shaded, thanks to its wooded setting, meaning you’ll always stay cool, even on the hottest summer days. The riverside locale offers plentiful water activities, such as fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Better yet, if you don’t have your own camping gear, no problem: the campground rents out teepees and even a vacation home, all on-site.

251 Hillside Drive, Lynxville

Merry Mac’s Campground

Merry Mac’s Campground derives its name (cutely) from the nearby town of Merrimac, Wisconsin. The 40-acre campground puts you right next to both Devil’s Lake and Lake Wisconsin. The amenities are ample and perfect for the busy traveler without the bandwidth to fully prep for a camping trip. They include an on-site grocery store and free WiFi, among other things.u Fun activities include swimming in the pool or lake, challenging the family to a round of miniature golf or testing your mental skills at the life-size chess board.

E12995 Halweg Road, Merrimac

Patricia Lake Campground

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Fox Hill RV Park & Campground

A favorite with the locals, Fox Hill RV Park & Campground knows how to cater to its travelers. While on the quiet and relaxing side, if it’s adventure you seek, the campground’s location puts you within easy reach of both the Wisconsin Dells and several hiking trails. And if you’re more likely to get your excitement from the slots than a trail, Ho-Chunk Casino is also nearby. On-site amenities range from a heated swimming pool to weekend pancake breakfasts to a dog park.

E11371 North Reedsburg Road, Baraboo

Stoney Creek RV Resort

Stoney Creek is an excellent camping spot – but it’s also so much more than that. Outfitted for even the largest RVs, it truly is a resort. Families will love its plentiful amenities and activities throughout the summer. There’s no end to the fun, with available activities including laser tag, skating, wagon rides, miniature golf, basketball and more. Like to spend your time a little more leisurely? Then you can simply throw in a line at the fishing pond. Fun seekers of any age will have a good time camping here.

50483 Oak Grove Road, Osseo

Wisconsin Riverside Resort

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Smokey Hollow Campground

A small, family-friendly and family-owned campground, Smokey Hollow is a popular Wisconsin stop for locals and visitors alike (the neighbouring town, also named Smokey Hollow, is similarly family-friendly). The campground offers both traditional camping and cabins, as well as kid-friendly activities such as dance parties, water fights, bouncy inflatables and more. Group camping is also permitted, in case you’re traveling with multiple people. One of the coolest sites in the campground is the large, circular lake surrounded by a beach and dotted with sun loungers.

W9935 McGowan Road, Lodit

Surewood Forest Campground

Surewood Forest Campground sits right on Lake Alice, surrounded by the woods, and offers plentiful boating and rafting opportunities on the connecting Wisconsin River. Seasonal campsites are few, meaning you won’t have to worry about crowds here, and all of them are set right on the water. Your space will have water and electric hook-ups, a fire pit and a picnic table, which is all pretty standard fare for a campground. But one amenity that definitely isn’t run of the mill is that each campsite comes with its own boat dock. A beach and public boat dock are nearby, too.

W4249 Pine Pointe Lane, Tomahawk

Surewood Forest Campground

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Huckleberry Acres Campground

Huckleberry Acres Campground is a small, family-owned campground in the middle of the state, offering seasonal camping to families from both the local area and further afield. There are activities for both adults and kids to enjoy, including a large pond for swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Regulars at the campsite report that the pond is well-stocked, meaning even the most amateur fishers can expect an easy catch. Adult campers will appreciate the on-site bar, and you’re also within easy reach of the charming city of New London, which plays host to fun-packed festivals throughout the year.

E9005 Huckleberry Road, New London

Patricia Lake Campground

Patricia Lake Campground is on the quieter end of the campground spectrum, situated in northern Wisconsin and in the middle of the woods, near a lake and adjacent beach. While the amenities and activities are what you’d likely expect from just about any campground, it’s the high-quality experience and overall serene environment that keeps campers coming back for more each season. Whether you want to wander the woods, play a relaxed game of shuffleboard or lie in the sun by the beach, you can do it here.

8508 Camp Pinemere Road, Minocqua

Patricia Lake Campground

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Rustic Timbers Door County Camping

One of Wisconsin’s most famous and popular summer destinations is Door County. The rustic, family-friendly region features plenty of outdoor activities and local charm. At Rustic Timbers Door County Camping, you’re within easy reach of Door County’s 250 miles of shoreline, five state parks and 10 historic lighthouses. The campground boasts 160 acres of fun, with both cabins and traditional campsites at the ready. Campground amenities and activities include a food and supplies shop, heated pool, sports, gem and fossil mining, and more.

4906 Court Road, Egg Harbor