Camping at Wisconsin State Parks: Discover the Unexpected Joys of Camping

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Camping at Wisconsin State Parks is a great way to get back to nature and experience camping in all its glory. People often associate camping with sleeping on the ground, but there are so many options these days, down to rentable cabins!

Camping at Wisconsin State Parks: Discover the Unexpected Joys of Camping

With miles of trails, incredible recreation areas, and a nature center or an observation tower or two, hands Down Wisconsin has some of the best state parks you will find anywhere! With the panoramic views from their sandy beaches, when added to picnic areas that are all located at a great spot, you simply can’t go wrong!

Whether you are looking at a short hike or going cross-country skiing in the open prairie during the winter, you will soon see why these not-so-hidden gems are favorite places to any Wisconsinite who loves to spend time in natural areas.

From the great lakes to Southern Wisconsin we have spectacular views from the Wisconsin State Park system for you to have a wonderful time.

Most of these camping sites have facilities like showers and bathrooms available as well, so you don’t need to worry about getting dirty or going too long without using the bathroom when you go camping. There are many places in Wisconsin where people can find campsites, such as Devil’s Lake State Park Campground and Wyalusing State Park Campground.

Let’s take a look at which of Wisconsin’s State Parks might be the perfect spot for you to enjoy the natural resources that all Wisconsin residents already love!

Camping at Wisconsin State Parks: Discover the Unexpected Joys of Camping

We’ll share more information about what it’s like to stay at one of these camping sites in our blog post! With 49 AMAZING Wisconsin State Parks, there is literally a place for everyone and something for all to do!

There’s camping for every type of weather, camping to suit your interests, and camping with amenities like showers and bathrooms. If you’re looking for a camping experience in Wisconsin that will make sleeping on the ground feel luxurious, then check out these campsites!

If you need any more information about camping at Wisconsin State Parks or want details on a camping site near you, then simply check out our list below. We are working our way through all 49 Wisconsin State Parks for a Complete Guide series!

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Camping Wisconsin State Parks

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1. Amnicon Falls State Park

2. Aztalan State ParkAztalan State Park is considered to be the largest and most important archeological site in Wisconsin. It is located in Aztalan town, Jefferson County. The park is renowned as the grounds where tribes of Native Americans thrived between AD. 1,000 and AD. 1,300.

3. Belmont Mound State Park

4. Big Bay State Park – At 2,350 acres, Big Bay State Park is the largest tract of land in Madeline Island, Lake Superior, Ashland County. Madeline Island is the largest island in the Apostle Island chain.

5. Big Foot Beach State Park – The Big Foot Beach State Park is a 271-acres piece of land located on the shores of Lake Geneva in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest. This is a busy vacation destination during the summer season, with campers, hikers, and outdoor lovers coming to enjoy the fantastic attractions found in the park and Lake Geneva nearby.

6. Blue Mound State Park – If you’re looking for a place to spend the day outside with family and friends, then look no further! Blue Mound State Park has everything from hiking trails, fishing lakes, campgrounds, and more. Read on for more information about what this park has to offer.

7. Brunet Island State Park – Want to know about the natural beauty and wonders of Brunet Island State Park? From hiking, kayaking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, camping, and more we have it all covered!

8. Buckhorn State Park – Spread over8000 acres, Buckhorn State Park is one of the largest state parks, packing in 1600 acres of Buckhorn Wildlife Area and some 2200 acres of Yellow River Wildlife Area. This state park packs in many recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and is nothing short of a paradise for nature lovers. 

9. Copper Culture State ParkCopper Culture Mounds State Park may not be very popular but it has a lot of historical significance. It was home to the first inhabitants of this region, who are believed to have existed within 4000-2000 BC (over 5000 years ago!).

10. Copper Falls State Park – Imagine spending a weekend exploring spectacular cascading waterfalls, hiking beautiful trails that offer the most fantastic views, staying in old log cabins, a chance to see the creation of ancient lava flows, hardwood forests, gorges, and cliffs in a 3,068-acre piece of land?

11. Council Grounds State Park – Located below the dam at Lake Alexander and along the Wisconsin River, this 508-acre park is a delightful haven for outdoor lovers. There are ample camping facilities here, and a wonderful wilderness that is etched in what used to be Native American territory.

12. Cross Plains State Park

13. Devil’s Lake State Park – The largest state park in Wisconsin, Devil’s Lake State Park is about thirty-five miles northwest of Madison and is on the western edge of where the last glacier stopped, right in the heart of the River Country.

14. Governor Dodge State Park

15. Governor Nelson State ParkGovernor Nelson State Park was initially named after a former Wisconsin Governor, Gaylord Nelson. It covered 422 acres just outside of Waunakee, Wisconsin, in Westport and located in the northern region of Lake Mendota.

16. Governor Thompson State Park

17. Harrington Beach State Park

18. Hartman Creek State Park

19. Heritage Hill State Park

20. High Cliff State ParkHigh Cliff State Park is one of Wisconsin’s most popular state parks. Located in the scenic Kettle Moraine, on the northeast corner of Lake Winnebago in the town of Sherwood, it offers a wide variety of activities for visitors year-round. From camping to hiking and biking to weddings; this guide will tell you everything there is to know about High Cliff State Park!

21. Interstate State Park

22. Kinnickinnic State Park – On the Minnesota edge of Wisconsin’s Western Region, Kinnickinnic State Park is a 1,242-acre park in which the Kinnickinnic River, locally known as Kinni River, joins the St. Croix River. The mouth of the Kinnickinnic River forms a sandy delta upon which boaters can picnic and camp. Kinnickinnic State Park is a large park that offers something for everyone. It has over 1,000 acres of land with trails to enjoy and forests to explore.

23. Kohler-Andrae State Park

24. Lake Kegonsa State Park – A unique blend of a lake that occupies 3,200 acres and a 342-acre forest makes Lake Kegonsa State Park one of the best recreational parks for outdoor lovers in Madison.

25. Lake Wissota State Park

26. Lakeshore State Park

27. Lost Dauphin State Park

28. Merrick State Park

29. Mill Bluff State Park

30. Mirror Lake State Park

31. Natural Bridge State Park

32. Nelson Dewey State Park

33. New Glarus Woods State Park

34. Newport State Park

35. Pattison State Park

36. Peninsula State Park – Nestled in the heart of Door County, Peninsula State Park is hands down one of the most popular states for camping. With its extensive hiking trails and scenic views, is a favorite destination for campers and hikers alike in the East Wisconsin Waters area.

37. Perrot State ParkPerrot State Park is a Wisconsin state park on the Mississippi River in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. This 1,212-acre park offers visitors over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails with scenic views of the river valley.

38. Potawatomi State Park

39. Rib Mountain State Park

40. Roche-A-Cri State Park 

41. Rock Island State Park

42. Rocky Arbor State Park

43. Straight Lake State Park

44. Tower Hill State Park

45. Whitefish Dunes State Park

46. Wildcat Mountain State Park

47. Willow River State Park

48. Wyalusing State Park

49. Yellowstone Lake State Park


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