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Get a Head Start on Summer: 5 of our Favorite Wisconsin Camping Destinations

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It's officially spring and the perfect time to plan for the warmer camping days ahead! With the increasing demand for outdoor getaways, popular camping spots tend to fill up quickly so it would be a good idea to secure your slice of summer sooner rather than later.

We’ve put together 5 of our favorite Wisconsin camping destinations (and some fantastic companies to make your camping experience truly memorable!)

1. Eagle River, WI

Nestled in the Northwoods, Eagle River is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. It may be known as “Snowmobile Capital of the World®” but the pristine lakes, dense forests, and charming small-town vibe make it an ideal camping destination. In fact, it’s “home to the World’s Largest Chain of 28 Connected Lakes”. From fishing to atv-ing to biking, you’re sure to have a great time in Eagle River.

Explore a wide range of RV options to make your camping experience comfortable and convenient with Eagle Country RV.

2. Conover, WI:

Just down the road from Eagle River (and an equal distance from the Wisconsin-Michigan border) Conover is an easy add on to your Northwoods adventure. Rent a pontoon or Jetski from 4 Seasons Powersports and enjoy the nearly 6,000 acres of lakes in the area. If you're not ready to end the fun, extend your adventure by renting one of their trailside or waterfront cabins.

3. Rhinelander, WI:

Known as the "Heart of Hodag Country," Rheinlander is surrounded by forests, lakes, and trails. The Hodag, a legendary woodland creature, adds a touch of mystery to the region. Keep your eyes peeled, and you might just catch a glimpse while engaging in all the activities the Rhinelander area has to offer (like hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, shopping, dining, or simply relaxing by your campsite in an RV from Shoeder’s Marine or camper from H and M Rentals). Renowned as the "Ice Fishing Capital of the World," Rhinelander Area lakes offer some of Wisconsin's premier fishing experiences, regardless of season. Rent a boat from Shoeder’s Marine and see what you can reel in. 

4. Hayward, WI:

Hayward is a bustling hub of attractions. Recognized for hosting two globally acclaimed racing events – the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race and the Chequamegon Fat Tire bicycle race – it also takes pride in organizing the largest powwow in North America by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe. Adding to its fame, Hayward is home to the world's largest musky – a colossal fiberglass fish statue embellishing the exterior of the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

Secure a campsite at Camp Namekagon, nestled in the heart of Northwest Wisconsin's Vacationland, and indulge in its extensive network of ATV and mountain bike trails. You’ll be surrounded by hundreds of outstanding fishing lakes and rivers, fine dining establishments, and golf courses. It’s a great way to partake in family-friendly fun!

5. Ontario, WI:

Proudly claiming the title of the "Canoe Capital of the Kickapoo", Ontario is the perfect spot to camp and canoe. Explore the Kickapoo River by a canoe or kayak from Mr. Ducks, the longest continually operated livery on the Kickapoo River. And after a day of fun, relax at one of their family-friendly campsites!

If just reading this list has you yearning for summer, you're not alone. By planning and reserving early, you ensure a spot at your preferred destination (and dates), avoiding disappointment as the summer rush approaches. Whether you're seeking the tranquility of nature, the thrill of outdoor activities, or simply a peaceful retreat, early booking guarantees you the best options and ensures that you won’t miss out on the best that Wisconsin’s summer has to offer.

Woman sitting near a tent on a lake

So, shake off the winter blues and start planning your Wisconsin camping adventure on!

What are some of your favorite Wisconsin camping spots? Share them with us in the comments below!


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