Best Tent Camping Wisconsin  by Johnny Molloy and Kevin Revolinski

Best Tent Camping: Wisconsin Guide Book

by Johnny Molloy and Kevin Revolinski (Menasha Ridge Press)
Best Tent Camping Wisconsin  by Johnny Molloy and Kevin Revolinski
It seems that tent campers from Wisconsin and points beyond like to go “up Nort,” as it is often said. And there are so many fine campgrounds up north—it was difficult to choose the best. Not only are there many state parks but also county parks, state forests, and national forests. Two common themes to the campgrounds of the Northwoods are water and natural beauty, from Big Bay State Park in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, to Amnicon Falls in Douglas County, to serene Laura Lake, where the loons provided the background music to those long, long summer days. And I can’t forget the fantastic rivers of the Northwoods, the Bois Brule, the Flambeau, and the Peshtigo, as well as the Namekagon. But singling out the Northwoods rivers would leave out many fine paddling rivers throughout the state. Wisconsin is paddling country—from the East Fork Pecatonica down south, to the Black River of the central region, and to the federally preserved St. Croix astride the Minnesota border. And there are still other rivers— the wild lower Wisconsin, the Kickapoo, the Chippewa, and the Eau Claire near the city of Eau Claire. Campgrounds in this book are along or near all the above rivers.

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Trails from the "Best Tent Camping: Wisconsin" Guide Book
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It is hard to believe how many times I drove past Amnicon Falls without stopping, but one day I decided to see just what this place might have to offer. I’m glad I did. Anyone traveling in north ...
Superior, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
If you look at a map of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, you will see many private inholdings, denoted in white, amid the holdings owned by the U.S. Forest Service, shaded in green. While scou ...
Lakewood, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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Isn’t life great when we are faced with a win-win choice? Bear Lake Campground provides three distinct camping options: walk-in camping, lakeside camping, or blufftop camping. Each option oʂ ...
Lakewood, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
The biggest of the Apostle Islands chain (and the only one not under the protection of the national lakeshore), Madeline Island is also the only isle inhabited year-round. During the winter, the islan ...
Bayfield, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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Birch Grove Campground lies on an isthmus of land between two attractive Northwoods lakes. This setup makes for twice the water, twice the fishing, and twice the beauty. The small size of the ca ...
Washburn, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Whoever laid out Black Lake Campground made the most of the lakeside woods. Twentyone of the 29 campsites abut this attractive lake in the Northwoods, which is completely encircled by national forest ...
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Blackhawk Memorial Park isn’t exactly the most publicized place around, and yet it is on both the National and Wisconsin Registers of Historic Places. This Lafayette County park, located on the small ...
Woodford, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Canoers and kayakers develop a certain reverent tone when they talk about paddling the Bois Brule River. I don’t know if it is the history, scenery, trout fishing, rapids, or what, but a trip on ...
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The Chippewa River is a historic waterway, used for travel by Wisconsin’s first peoples long before voyageurs, loggers, and settlers arrived in Chippewa Valley. One fellow, a Frenchman named Jea ...
Cornell, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Buckhorn is an evolving park in a wild area that keeps improving over time. For starters, it has backpack campsites. I call them extended walk-in sites. These walk-in sites range from less than 100 fe ...
Necedah, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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This park’s namesake is just one element of the beauty found at this Wisconsin jewel. The Bad River and its feeder branches gain water from lakes and streams to the south. Then they begin cutting thro ...
Mellen, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
The beautiful 640-acre lake that the campground sits on serves as a haven for wildlife. Waterfowl, especially loons, congregate on the lake’s many floating islands. But the first thing you ...
Hayward, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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All Wisconsinites should see the Dells of the Eau Claire. After all, the state deemed them significant enough to be preserved as a state natural area. The park’s name might confuse folks trying ...
Aniwa, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
The timber wolf has returned to the forests of the Black River in Jackson County. So should you, especially with a campground as nice as East Fork, set on the banks of East Fork Black River. From here ...
Black River Falls, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) originally developed Goodman Park in the 1930s. Their handiwork added a rustic touch to an already scenic location. Strong Falls loudly crashes among big boulders ...
Marinette, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
About 450 million years ago, this region of Wisconsin was all under the sea, and the sediment deposited at that time built up the colorful layers of sandstone that peek out through the forest covering ...
Dodgeville, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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With its marvelous beaches along Lake Michigan and easy hiking trails, Harrington Beach State Park is quite popular with families and day-trippers. The park has some of the best sandy beaches so close ...
Belgium, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Harstad Park is definitely an overlooked destination. The amenities aren’t immediately obvious on first arrival. While other parks might have a buoyed swim beach with a groomed, grassy law ...
Augusta, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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If you want to pass the tent-camping tradition on to your kids, other family members, or friends, take them to Hartman Creek State Park. Camping here is sure to be good, with myriad attractive sites. ...
Waupaca, WI - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Here’s a state park with a lot to offer: the state’s largest internal lake with a beach and marina, a stellar long view of the surrounding counties, easy and challenging hikes, American Indian h ...
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