The many lakes of Wisconsin provide ample locations for fine camping. Although it's better known for its cheese than its lakes, Wisconsin used to be covered by a glacial sheet of ice. When that ice receded, numerous smaller lakes remained.
Today, there are ideal campgrounds near many of the lakes and camping is one of the best ways to fully enjoy the landscape.
Wisconsin's campgrounds hug the state's edges largely because water borders so much of the state. There are plenty of campgrounds along the edge of Lake Superior, and on the western edge the St. Croix Scenic Riverway, a nationally recognize
attraction, pulls in many campers and a large number of campgrounds have been built.
The St. Croix riverway is accessible by boat or car, the canoe trip down the St. Croix and the Namekagon is a popular way to see the lush forest that lines both sides of the river for more than 250 miles. Class I rapids add some extremely gentle excitement to the trip. There are campsites along the St. Croix that are accessible by car, but the majority are built for campers on a canoe trip and are available on a first come basis. At the campsites that do take reservations, booking online before you arrive will allow you to guarantee a spot.
Also hogging a bunch of the state's campgrounds, Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin holds the honor of being the third largest natural freshwater lake completely within one state. Sounds auspicious? The campground provides access to the lake's beaches, marina, several historic sites and play areas. Not the most rugged camping, but perfect for RV campers.
Wisconsin's weather varies wildly throughout the year, with hot and humid summers and cold and snowy winters. Camping during these times is still possible but with extra precautions against heat and cold. Check with the campground before arriving in the winter, some camps close for the winter and only operate May-October. And when the weather gets too tough for camping, you can retreat to some local Wisconsin Motels.
More information is available about Wisconsin's parks and attractions here.