The Best Camping in Wisconsin

Looking for the best camping in Wisconsin? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Wisconsin. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Wisconsin

  • Bayfield, Wisconsin

    Kayak to the Sand Island Sea Caves

    4.5
    Sand Island is a part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore near Bayfield, Wisconsin. You can (and will want to) explore the sea caves of Sand Island for hours, and this adventure will leave you wanting to explore more of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.GETTING THEREYou will start your...
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  • Dodgeville, Wisconsin

    Camp at Governor Dodge State Park

    4.8
    You can make campground reservations ahead of time or drive into the park to talk to a ranger, and reserve a hike-in campsite for the a night.Once you're all set up, you can hike to the beach of Cox Hollow Lake to hang out, go for a swim, or snap a few sunset photos.There are beaches on both Cox...
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  • Superior, Wisconsin

    Hike to Big and Little Manitou Falls in Pattison State Park

    4.0
    2 mi
    Pattison State Park is a Northwoods paradise. Home to Big and Little Manitou Falls, water is a main attraction here. Big Manitou Falls is across the highway from the main park (accessible by a tunnel) and is the fourth tallest waterfall east of the rocky mountains. This is a great place to start ...
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  • Baraboo, Wisconsin

    Camp at Devils Lake State Park

    3.0
    Devil's Lake State Park has 29 miles of trail that vary in difficulty. The most popular trails are the East and West Bluff trails that circle Devil's Lake and offer some of the best views in the park. If you want a more relaxing day, head to the beach! It's a family-friendly spot that is the perf...
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  • Baraboo, Wisconsin

    Hike the Perimeter of Devil's Lake

    5.0
    5 mi / 500 ft gain
    Devil's Lake State Park has over 22 miles of trails for all hiking skill levels. To hike the perimeter of the lake, Begin with West Bluff Trail, hook into Balanced Rock Trail, and finish with East Bluff Trail. The bluffs surrounding the lakes reach elevations up to 500 feet. West Bluff Trail is a...
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  • La Pointe, Wisconsin

    Camp on Stockton Island

    5.0
    To get out to the Apostle Islands you have to travel by boat. Many people choose to sea kayak, but with small kids we opted to take the ferry/taxi through the Apostle Islands concierge (apostleisland.com ). However, there was one man who brought his kayak over on the ferry and then paddled around...
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  • Necedah, Wisconsin

    Camp at Buckhorn State Park

    3.5
    Buckhorn State Park is located just off of Interstate 94, halfway between Milwaukee and Minneapolis. The park occupies the end of a large peninsula that cuts into the Castle Rock Flowage of the Wisconsin River.Forty two backpack sites line the outer ring of the peninsula, arranged in clusters of ...
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  • La Pointe, Wisconsin

    Hike the Point Trail at Big Bay State Park

    1.7 mi
    Located at the tip of Wisconsin on Madeline Island, Big Bay State Park is a must see for any Wisconsinite. To get to Madeline Island, you'll need to purchase a round trip ferry ride in Bayfield. The ferry is a quick 20 minute trip across Lake Superior. Once you get onto Madeline Island, head out ...
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  • Kewaskum, Wisconsin

    Backpack the Milwaukee River and Butler Lake Segments of the Ice Age Trail

    16.8 mi
    The Milwaukee River Trailhead for the Ice Age Trail (IAT) is located on WI-28, east of the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive. Before the hike, make sure to pack water, or hike off-trail to the New Fane trailhead (1.1 mile round trip, we got caught doing this) for an early water source on the trail. The...
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  • La Pointe, Wisconsin

    Camp on Madeline Island

    5.0
    The largest of Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, Madeline Island is about the size of Manhattan, but extremely sparsely populated and a great place to explore a north woods ecosystem. The best way to get to the island is by ferry from Bayfield to La Pointe. From La Pointe, it is about a ten minute dri...
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  • La Pointe, Wisconsin

    Camp at Big Bay State Park

    5.0
    Make a reservation (fees here) to secure a campsite. Find your campsite by entering GPS coordinates 46° 47' 18" N, 90° 40' 25" W or by using this map. Take advantage of the beautiful setting you are in! Take a dip in Lake Superior or go for a trek through beautiful Wisconsin nature. 
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  • Ellison Bay, Wisconsin

    Backpack the Europe Bay Trail at Newport State Park

    7.6 mi
    Hidden on the northeastern side of Door County, Newport State Park offers 16 secluded, hike-in only campsites throughout its 20-plus miles of hikable terrain. The Europe Bay Trail Loop encompasses the northern portion of the park, and leads to three campsites bordering Europe Lake or the Lake Mic...
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  • Bayfield, Wisconsin

    Camp at North Fork Campground

    1.0
    North Fork campground isn't the most sought after campground, but it is a diamond in the rough and a great alternative if Brooklyn Lake Campground and Sugarloaf Campground are full. It is reservable, but they also have an abundance of first come first serve sites available. At 8,600 ft the campgr...
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  • Woodruff, Wisconsin

    Hike or Bike the NHAL Raven Trails

    5.0
    The Raven Trails are located adjacent to Clear Lake Campground in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. Start at the Woodruff Road entrance for access to some of Wisconsin northwood's best Mountain biking trails as well as 4 looped hiking trails. The 1.2mi Nature Yellow Trail is gre...
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  • Bayfield, Wisconsin

    Camp at Little Sand Bay Campground

    5.0
    On a road trip from Kanasas City, MO to explore Lake Superior we stumbled across this amazing campground right on the shore of Lake Superior, Little Sand Bay Campground (34155 State Highway 13, Bayfield, WI 54814). After a long drive, you may want to take a nap :) Once you wake up, check out Mort...
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  • Fish Creek, Wisconsin

    Camp in Peninsula State Park

    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    Peninsula State Park is a sought after campground in the state of Wisconsin, usually booked months in advance. This is where you have to put in the work. You book your campsites through the main state park website here. Now if you're a bit of a rebel, there are ALWAYS walk-in campsites available,...
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