December 6, 2022
Big Manitou Falls and some of the spectacular rock formations near it.

Year-round campsite reservations now available at these Wisconsin State Parks & Forests

Do you love camping in Wisconsin State Parks and Forests? Then this week kicked off with good news! The Wisconsin DNR (Department of Natural Resources) announced Monday that year-round camping reservations are now available at a large number of state parks and forests.

Campers will no longer find campsite self-registration envelopes at state properties. Instead, you can make your campsite reservations using the DNR’s online camping reservation webpage or by calling 1-888-WIPARK.

The state parks and forests where you can make a camping reservation any time of year include:

  • Amnicon Falls State Park
  • Big Bay State Park
  • Big Foot Beach State Park
  • Black River State Forest
  • Blue Mound State Park
  • Brule River State Forest
  • Brunet Island State Park
  • Buckhorn State Park
  • Copper Falls State Park
  • Council Grounds State Park
  • Devil’s Lake State Park
  • Elroy-Sparta State Trail
  • Flambeau River State Forest
  • Glacial Drumlin State Trail
  • Governor Dodge State Park
  • Governor Earl Peshtigo River State Forest
  • Governor Knowles State Forest
  • Governor Thompson State Park
  • Harrington Beach State Park
  • Hartman Creek State Park
  • High Cliff State Park
  • Interstate State Park
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest (Northern, Southern, and Pike Lake Units)
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park
  • Lake Kegonsa State Park
  • Lake Wissota State Park
  • Merrick State Park
  • Mill Bluff State Park
  • Nelson Dewey State Park
  • New Glarus Woods State Park
  • Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest
  • Pattison State Park
  • Peninsula State Park
  • Perrot State Park
  • Point Beach State Forest
  • Potawatomi State Park
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Roche-A-Cri State Park
  • Rock Island State Park
  • Rocky Arbor State Park
  • Straight Lake State Park
  • Tower Hill State Park
  • Wildcat Mountain State Park
  • Willow River State Park
  • Wyalusing State Park
  • Yellowstone Lake State Park

Reservation service agents can assist by phone or online chat seven days a week from 9am – 5pm November 1st – April 30th and 9am – 11pm May 1st – October 31st.

Campers can also reserve a campsite on the same day as arrival by either doing it online before leaving your home or calling from a mobile phone while at the property. Same-day reservations will not be charged the additional $7.95 reservation fee.

Visitors will no longer need to use campsite self-registration envelopes to secure reservable campsites on-site. Self-registration envelopes for daily admission and annual pass purchases are still available.

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

New Feature: Campsite availability alerts

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

Setting up alerts is simple:

  • Go to the reservations webpage and locate the main campsite search feature on the homepage.
  • Select a preferred location, dates, equipment, and party size and hit “Search.”
  • You’ll then be taken to the webpage 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.
  • Once alerts are set up, an email will be sent when a campsite matching your search becomes available.

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. At this time, alerts cannot be sorted for specific features such as electric sites.

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