Why Wisconsin Should Be on Your RV Route this Summer

Why Wisconsin Should Be on Your RV Route this Summer
Five great family-friendly campgrounds to visit when exploring this beautiful state!
By: Dineo Dowd

Our Wisconsin adventure family has been exploring this state for five years – learning and discovering great family activities. While we are currently enjoying colder adventures now, it’s never too soon to start planning for summer RVing fun! 

Why Add Wisconsin to Your Summer RV Travels?

Wisconsin is rich with outdoor adventures, and we have endless hiking trails. Although, it is not a state with any iconic national parks, there are a few national scenic trails and lakeshores to discover as well as many great camping spots. 

These family-centered campgrounds are all about having fun things for families to do together throughout the day. Whether you want a more private campsite or to get the feeling of the Wisconsin retreat, you have plenty of options and you can even wake up right next to the Wisconsin River. 

For nature lovers, it is a bonus to spend all day in the water and end the day with a sunset and eating fish fry on a Friday night. 

Wisconsin will not disappoint any RV family looking to stop and explore!

Best Family-Friendly Wisconsin RV Campgrounds to Visit this Summer

I’m going to share five of the exciting RV campgrounds you need to put on your list for summer 2022 because we all know the best days are spent camping!

Note that to visit some of these campgrounds that are in state parks, you will have to make reservations with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). And all vehicles require a state park pass to camp and enjoy trails. 

1. Whispering Pines Campground 

Located in Holmen, not too far from the Mississippi River, is Whispering Pines Campground. My favorite time to go is in July, because they host Christmas in July – the campground will be fully decorated with Christmas lights and offers festive activities. Kids get to meet Santa and watch a movie under the stars. 

It's a fun, family-friendly, clean campground with lots to do! Our best moment was camping right next to the little pond. 

Excellent Wi-Fi and OTA channels but no cable. No sewer (dump station is available). This park has lots of seasonal/weekend campers, so it may be best to book ahead. If you love celebrating Christmas in July, this Campground should be on your list. 
 

2. Eagle Ridge Campground 

The Eagle Ridge Campground, located in Chippewa Falls, is tremendous. They have full hookups and clean showers. We did not run out of activities in this area: we went to the zoo every week because it was free, and Eagle Ridge is in the middle of great Wisconsin wineries. We also loved happy hour at Leinenkugel. 

What makes this campground extra special is that, if you enjoy water activities, you could wake up every day to go fishing or kayaking.
 

3. Bigfoot Beach State Park 

If you love camping in town, this campground is located in Lake Geneva in the middle of the city, but it is still just a short walk to the beach. 

While you're in town, plan a day to explore, by foot. The Shore Path around Geneva Lake offers you an up-close view of historic estates and stunning homes with beautifully landscaped yards and gardens. As you enjoy a walk along the lake's shore, you'll be mesmerized by the clear blue waters of the lake and the tranquility of the sailboats. 

Lake Geneva is also known for great dining. Downtown is only a five-minute drive away. I highly recommend a stop here.

Bigfoot Beach State Park is spotless, and campsites are large, separated by trees so that each camp has a bit of ‘privacy.’ Only electric hookups. 

4. Governor Dodge State Park 

Located in Dodgeville, Governor Dodge State Park is a great state park that offers quite a bit of variety: two big lakes, hiking trails of various difficulty, campsites and picnic areas, an exciting cave, a small waterfall, the list goes on! 

Governor Dodge is also very close to great destinations, such as the House on the Rock! We loved how vast and beautiful this state park is. The campsites are relatively large, and many of them have great privacy with all the surrounding trees. 

5. Devil’s Lake State Park 

One of Wisconsin's most-visited state parks, camping at Devil’s Lake State Park located in Baraboo is extremely popular. There are three campgrounds with 423 sites that can accommodate a family (one to six individuals).  

Quartzite Campground is a good option for large RVs because many sites are more open and spacious. The campground has a playground, modern shower building, and dump station. A bonus point is that Quartzite is also available during the winter season. 

There is a lot to keep RV families busy at Devil's Lake State Park with two sandy beaches, large picnic areas with charcoal grills, and over 29 miles of hiking.

We hope this list inspires you to visit Wisconsin in your RV! It won’t disappoint.

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