Remote Camping on DNR Lands
There are a limited number of opportunities for very primitive, remote camping on DNR lands that are not associated with a campground and do not require a reservation fee. These non-reservable sites or areas are not regularly maintained and may require the user to obtain a special permit.
Singular remote sites or areas are often located on lakes and rivers and are only accessible by watercraft. Remote primitive backpack camping is allowed using the existing permit system on some northern forest properties. Permittees obtain a permit and then hike-in at least one mile to the camping location. No vehicles or trailers are allowed.
Many of these camping opportunities will specify where you can park, as part of a permit or reservation process. In other cases, campers should follow guidelines for overnight parking on DNR lands.
Below is a list of some of the properties offering this type of camping. Contact the property for more information and before planning your trip.
- Black River State Forest
- Brule River State Forest
- Chippewa Flowage
- Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area
- Dunnville Wildlife Area
- Flambeau River State Forest
- Governor Earl Peshtigo River State Forest
- Governor Knowles State Forest
- Lower Wisconsin State Riverway
- Meadow Valley State Wildlife Area
- Namekagon and Upper St. Croix Riverway [exit DNR]
- Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest
- Pine and Popple Wild Rivers
- Tiffany Wildlife Area
- Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area
- Van Loon State Wildlife Area
- Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area