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Wisconsin Camping a Great Outdoor Experience

June 14, 2013 by

Wisconsin Camping

The Wisconsin State Park System offers Wisconsin camping grounds perfect for outdoor recreation, learning about nature and conservation, and feature plenty of trails to explore.

For those ready to take advantage of all Wisconsin camping has to offer in the Wisconsin State Park system, campsite reservations are encouraged – especially between May and October. Those who want a campsite equipped with electricity, reservations are recommended anytime of year.

To help you decide on a park, you can visit the official website and search by activity to find the park right for you.

Devil's Lake State Park

Devil’s Lake State Park

Reservations for Wisconsin Camping Sites

Reservations for Wisconsin camping grounds can be made up to 11 months prior to your visit or as late as two day before you arrive. Reservations can be made online for campsites statewide or can be made through the Reservation Call Center.

A credit card is required for Internet reservations, while the Call Center accepts payment by personal check if the reservation is made more than 21 days before arrival.

Wisconsin Camping Sites

The Wisconsin State Park system has almost 50 parks to choose from. This list offers a short sample of possibilities. For more information visit the state’s website for the complete list.

  • Amnicon Falls State Park: Open year-round, this park features abundant bird life and other wildlife including deer, coyote, fox, raccoon, porcupine, ruffed grouse, and plenty of other small wildlife. Keep your eyes open as you walk park trails and you have a good chance of spotting some of them.
  • Big Foot Beach State Park: Open year-round. This Wisconsin camping site is a great opportunity for kids to take part in the Wisconsin Explorer Program. You can preview or download the explorer book online and select the cover that matches the age of your child. Children can earn a patch for taking part.
  • Devil’s Lake State Park: Devil’s Lake is one of the most popular camping grounds in Wisconsin. Kids can join the Explorer Program, and it’s a great place for budding geologists with hills formed of quartzite rock. Those who enjoy wildlife will find it abundant with nearly 100 species of birds and 880 plant species.
  • Peninsula State Park: This park also provides the opportunity for kids to partake in the Explorer Program. Peninsula State Park is dominated by two landscape features: water and rock. Dolostone bluffs soar 150 feet offers breathtaking views, and 8 miles of shoreline is nestled amid the rocky promontories.

Camping Lower Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a large state with varying landscape from the Western Upland and Northern Highland, and Central Plains. The lowlands stretch to the shore of Lake Michigan. Wherever you plan to camp in Wisconsin you’ll find it offers a great outdoor experience.

Photo credits: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Aff1737, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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