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Year-round camping is available at Wisconsin state parks, forests

Reservations are required, either online or by phone.

Wisconsin state park winter camping
Year-round camping reservations are now available at more than 20 Wisconsin state parks and forests. Contributed / Wisconsin DNR

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources this week announced year-round camping reservations are now available at more than 20 state parks and forests — including Brule River, Amnicon Falls, Big Bay and Copper Falls in Northwestern Wisconsin.

With 100% reservable campsites, winter campers can plan ahead and have peace of mind before hitting the road knowing that a site is waiting for them.

Campers will no longer find campsite self-registration envelopes at the campgrounds. Instead, make your reservations using the DNR’s online camping reservation webpage at wisconsin.goingtocamp.com or by calling 888-947-2757.

Reservation service agents can assist by phone or online chat seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 through Apr. 30. Campers can also reserve a campsite on the same day as arrival by either doing it online before leaving home or calling from a mobile phone while at the property.

Not all campsites or campground roads are plowed in the winter. Look for a message while booking your campsite or contact the specific property for more information on conditions.


Campers who have their eye on campsites can now use the new Availability Alerts feature on the DNR’s camping reservation webpage to let them know if a site becomes available.

Setting up alerts is simple:

  1. Go to the reservations webpage and locate the main campsite search feature.

  2. Select preferred location, dates, equipment and party size and hit “Search.”

  3. You’ll then be taken to the page for the campsite location selected. In the upper right corner select the “Notify Me” button to set up an email alert for the campsite and dates entered.

Although the campsite is available when the alert goes out, the alert does not guarantee a campsite reservation as reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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