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In addition to the seemingly endless shores of Lake Michigan, Wisconsin may surprise new visitors with landscapes full of rolling hills, lush forests, vast farmland, and clear lakes. RVers will love the variety offered by the state, between the metropolitan city of Milwaukee, world-class water parks, and a vibrant farm-to-table and craft brew scene throughout the state—it’s no wonder Wisconsin is a popular destination. There is something for everyone, from family fun to unparalleled wildlife viewing, horseback riding, backcountry hiking, and open-water kayaking.
Wisconsin’s state parks provide an opportunity to experience natural beauty and outdoor activities. For the most part, campgrounds are rustic, with a focus more on nature and quiet than on amenities. Only electric hookups are available, generator use is prohibited, and WiFi nonexistent. Wisconsinites love camping in their state parks, which means summer and holiday weekends can get crowded, so book accordingly.
To make a reservation, visit wisconsin.goingtocamp.com or call 888-947-2757. Reservations are required and can be made up to 11 months in advance of arrival. A minimum of 3 nights is required over holiday weekends.
Campsite sizes vary per campground. The reservation system allows you to search for campsites by a range of trailer or RV lengths, from up to 20 feet to over 50 feet.
ADA-accessible campsites are available to persons with disabilities and intended for use by visitors with qualifying conditions and their families and guests. ADA sites are searchable and reservable through the reservation system.
Only electric hookups are available at Wisconsin state park campgrounds.
WiFi is generally not available in Wisconsin state parks. If connectivity is a priority, contact the specific park for more information about WiFi coverage and cell phone service.
The maximum stay is 14 days in a 21 day period.
Wisconsin state park campgrounds are rustic, delivering a peaceful experience in nature. A typical standard, or “family,” campsite is located in a natural setting with road access, a fire ring, and picnic table and is suitable for RV or tent camping.
Basic campground facilities may include restrooms, showers, drinking water, and dump stations. Details are available on each park’s website. Note that water facilities are weather dependent and may not be available at points from October through May. If you’re traveling during this time, contact the campground directly for details.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has a Junior Ranger “Explorer” program, with books for different age levels. These are available at the ranger station or check-in booth.
Summer campsite rates for out-of-state visitors range from $20 for a nonelectric site during the week to $37 for a site with electricity over the weekend. Prices are displayed on the specific park campground website and in the reservation system per campsite. The summer season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Spring and winter rates are discounted where available.
Nonrefundable reservation fee: $7.75.
Cancellations within 2 days prior to arrival also forfeit the first night’s fee.
A daily vehicle admission sticker is required. The cost for nonresidents is $11 per day or $38 for an annual pass. For residents, the cost is $8 per day or $28 for an annual pass. Towed vehicles are given free stickers, along with the purchased sticker for the driving vehicle.
Pets are allowed as long as they’re kept on a leash no longer than 8 feet. Some campgrounds have designated pet-free sites. Of course, campers should always pick up after their pet.
- Maximum occupancy per site: 6 people and 1 vehicle.
- Check-in time: 3 p.m. Check-out time: 3 p.m.
- Quiet hours: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Alcoholic beverages: Permitted.
- Generator use: Prohibited except with a written permit.
- Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
- Drone use: Prohibited except in designated, posted areas.
Peninsula State Park
9462 Shore Road, Fish Creek, WI 54212
This peninsula-on-a-peninsula is ideally situated for exploring the beautiful and beloved getaway destination of Door County. Covering almost 4,000 acres, 8 miles of pristine Green Bay shoreline, scenic drives, extensive hiking and biking trails, and five campgrounds, it’s easy to see why this is one of Wisconsin’s most popular state parks. The views of the Niagara Escarpment cliffs and the clear waters of Green Bay are breathtaking from all vantage points. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent one at the park for an unforgettable experience. Campsites are a mix of no hookups and electric only, with restrooms and showers available. Check site details on the reservation system, and book early to experience the magic of Door County at this high-demand state park campground.
Harrington Beach State Park
531 County Road D, Belgium, WI 53004
Harrington Beach State Park has a prime location on the shores of Lake Michigan, easily accessible from both Milwaukee and Green Bay. The spectacular beach is the main attraction for swimming, kayaking, beachcombing, or just relaxing and taking in the view. In addition to the shoreline, Harrington Beach has acres of wooded parkland, with nature trails and a peaceful walk around the beautiful Quarry Lake. Open seasonally from May through October, the basic campground has more than 60 sites with or without electricity, restrooms, and showers. The sites are spacious and spread out for maximum privacy, which is notable for a Wisconsin state park.
Devil’s Lake State Park
S5975 Park Road, Baraboo, WI 53913-9299
Another popular park among Wisconsinites, Devil’s Lake, delivers with incredible views, an endless range of outdoor activities, amenities, and a great location in the city of Wisconsin Dells, which is close to the state capital of Madison. Two large sandy beaches, 29 miles of trails, boat rentals, rock climbing, mountain biking, and backcountry hiking will keep every visitor engaged. A nature center, store, and concessions are available. The campgrounds offer a range of sites with electricity. Larger rigs can be accommodated, but be aware that site ground cover and levelness vary. The campground does get busy and reservations are required, so try to visit midweek. But even with a crowd, it’s easy to escape into nature in this sprawling park.
Wisconsin state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping
- Amnicon Falls State Park
- Big Bay State Park
- Big Foot Beach State Park
- Black River State Park
- Blue Mound State Park
- Brunet Island State Park
- Buckhorn State Park
- Copper Falls State Park
- Council Grounds State Park
- Devil’s Lake State Park
- Flambeau River State Park
- Governor Dodge State Park
- Governor Knowles State Park
- Governor Thompson State Park
- Harrington Beach State Park
- Hartman Creek State Park
- High Cliff State Park
- Interstate State Park
- Kettle Moraine – Northern Unit
- Kettle Moraine – Pike Lake Unit
- Kettle Moraine – Southern Unit
- Kohler-Andrae State Park
- Lake Kegonsa State Park
- Lake Wissota State Park
- Merrick State Park
- Mirror Lake State Park
- Nelson Dewey State Park
- Newport State Park
- Peninsula State Park
- Perrot State Park
- Point Beach State Park
- Potawatomi State Park
- Richard Bong State Park
- Rock Island State Park
- Wildcat Mountain State Park
- Willow River State Park
- Wyalusing State Park
- Yellowstone Lake State Park