Wisconsin State Parks & Campgrounds
Wisconsin is a perfect place for outdoor lovers. There are 66 state parks with over 6,000 campsites offering all kinds of recreation, opportunities to be in nature and more. We've listed some of our favorites.
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Peninsula State Park, established in 1909, is a 3,776-acre state treasure on Wisconsin's Door County peninsula. Recreational opportunities are boundless. Visitors can hike, bike, boat, fish, golf and swim during spring, summer and fall. Winter offers cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and snowmobiling. Camping, nature programs, and sightseeing are offered year-round. Come explore and see for yourself what Peninsula has to offer at Wisconsin's most popular camping destination
2,700-acre state park overlooking the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. One of Wisconsin's oldest parks. Indian burial mounds, canoe trail, bird watching, camping, canoe rental. Wyalusing has more than 14 miles of hiking trails, Bluff, Mississippi Ridge, Old Wagon Road, Sand Cave, Sentinel Ridge, Sugar Maple Nature, Turkey Hollow, Walnut Springs and Whitetail Meadows Trail. Trails may vary in difficulty. Steep climbs or descents and stairways may be encountered. Pets are welcome.
Two hours north of Chicago right along the shore of Lake Michigan, Harrington Beach State Park has 702 acres, including a mile-long sandy beach and scenic 25-acre quarry lake. Hike through the 80-acre lowland forest to see uninhibited wildlife and colors aplenty. Fish for trout, smallmouth bass and panfish at Quarry Lake and Puckett’s Pond. If soaking up the sun at the beach or watching the sunrise over the waves is where you belong, you won’t be disappointed with a stay at Harrington Beach.
Pattison State Park has the highest waterfalls in Wisconsin. Big Manitou Falls is 165 feet high and Twin Little Manitou Falls is 31 feet high. This 1,400-acre park also has a lake with a beach, nature center, camping and hiking trails. There are 59 regular campsites, 18 of them with electric hookups. There is a dump station but no sewer or water hookups. Showers and flush toilets are available in the summer. Pattison State Park celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020.
There is so much to do at Devil’s Lake State Park! The park boasts two large, sandy beaches, expansive picnic areas with charcoal grills, both reservable and non-reservable shelters, and over 29 miles of hiking trails, including one designated for mountain biking. Concessions offer kayak, canoe, paddleboat, and stand-up board rentals. Local outfitters provide rock climbing and bouldering instruction, and more.
Blue Mound State Park is highest point in southern Wisconsin at 1,719 feet of elevation. The park offers more than 20 miles of hiking and off-road biking trails. There are 77 wooded sites and 12 hike/bike-in sites. This park is unique because of its aquatic center that has a 1,950-foot swim pool and splash pad. The pool is warmed to 80 degrees and is three to four feet in depth.
Copper Falls is an impressive Wisconsin park that offers deep gorges, waterfalls, forests, and historic buildings when you visit. It was formed by ancient lava flows and is one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the state. You can come for camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, and picnicking.
Perrot State Park is a western park along the Mississippi River by the town of Trempealeau. From here you can enjoy the views from river banks and 500-foot bluffs. This is a prime spot for birdwatchers since migratory birds pass through there twice per year. You can rent equipment here like canoes, volleyballs, and horseshoes. Camp in the 102 campsites in the campground here that have flush toilets, showers, and a dump station.
Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with over 5,000 acres of steep hills, bluffs and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.
Mirror Lake State Park is named for its centerpiece, a lake which often is so calm that not a ripple marks its surface. The lake reflects a wooded shoreline with cliffs up to 50 feet high, a swimming beach and wetlands that are home to a variety of wildlife. The park's 2,200 acres include several picnic areas, wooded campsites, summer rentals and a cabin for people with disabilities.
The Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is in the middle of the Kettle Moraine, a strip of glacial landforms which extends through southeast Wisconsin. The forest is named after the 522-acre, spring-fed kettle lake. Powder Hill, a large glacial kame, provides terrific views of the landscape. Visitors can enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking and more.
Two forks of the Black River flow through this 68,000-acre forest comprised of pine and oak woods under high sandstone abutments. This central Wisconsin property offers many recreational opportunities, including camping, canoeing, hunting, hiking, skiing and ATV riding. Visitors may even see elk roaming the forest. Elk we released in 2015 and 2016 after being absent from the area for over 125 years.