Wisconsin has a large selection of campsites. And if you live in northwestern region like me, there are options when finding a campsite for your friends and family. I have put a list together of some of the places I have visited and plan to visit this season. Have a great time, and don’t forget to be prepared when you go camping.
The first two sites range from $12 – $20 for the campsites and parking has an annual fee of only $25. Should you decide to visit them both or any other state park, you only need to purchase this sticker once for the entire year. The hours on state parks are all 6:00am to 11:00pm.
Located near the town of Ontario in the Kickapoo Valley is Wildcat Mountain state park and campsite. Known to some as “Home of the Virgin Timber” this park on Mount Pisgah has never been stripped of its wood and has been preserved since 1952. Visiting this State Park includes a beautiful 46-mile drive (from La Crosse) through the hills and bluff sides. Whether your group is smaller, consists of 75 people or even includes your personal horse, Wildcat Mountain State Park offers plenty of space and adventure. You can spend time canoeing or kayaking the state’s longest tributary, hiking the miles of the park divided among several unique trails, mountain biking, fishing the river home to 46 different species of fish, including brown trout and you can even take your horse for an enjoyable 15 mile tour through the park.
There is a wide variety of wildlife here for the nature lover that can be seen. If you are looking to get away this weekend on a camping trip, Wildcat Mountain is a great option. You can reserve a campsite at this park or any other campsite in Wisconsin via website (www.wisconsinstateparks.reserveamerica.com) a day in advance and enjoy relaxation or adventure tomorrow. There is a $10 reservation fee if you decide to reserve a site.
Perrot State Park
You will find this campground in the town of Trempealeau, WI no more than 26-miles outside of La Crosse. Perrot State Park has over 13 miles of hiking trails through the bluffs offering a scenic view of the Mississippi River Valley. Volleyball courts and horseshoe pits, shore fishing, kayaking, picnicking and nature watching are among the reasons many residents love this beautiful park. There is a landing for boating and canoeing and excellent picnic areas where a beautiful sunset over Trempealeau Bay can be seen.
This park on Trempealeau Mountain is home to over 100 species of birds in the summer and nearly 200 species throughout the year. At the top of one of the climbs called Brady’s Bluff you will find a shelter built in 1935 and a small cave from which you may often spot one of the area’s Bald Eagles. A multitude of other animals can be seen here such as deer, beavers, butterflies and turtles. You, your friends and family will love the nature and sight-seeing that Perrot State Park has to offer.
The clearest, deepest inland lake in Wisconsin can be found 60 miles from La Crosse and is the focal point of Wazee Lake Recreational Area (www.co.jackson.wi.us) It is kept pristine by not allowing motorized boats onto the lake as well as its small number of campsites, which total up to 12. Do not let its small number of sites fool you. This lake, which is part of a 1300-acre recreation area has a large beach, 9 miles of hiking trails, 3 miles of paved biking trails and is the one of the most popular diving sites in Wisconsin. There is a two-tier fishery with a handicapped pier for fishing and even ATV trails.
Unlike the other two campsites on this list, Lake Wazee is not a state park. 6 of the 12 campsites are on reserve (a $7 fee) and a campsite is valued at $36.00. You can reserve campsites at Jackson County’s website (www.jacksoncountyparks.us) Bring your family, some friends, and have an amazing time at the newest, biggest recreation area in the area. With campsites like these three, there is an exciting time to be had around the area. Remember not to bring firewood from other areas as it may transfer pest insects.