At Linden campground in Apple River, IL

Winter camping near southern Wisconsin

If you looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors during winter months in southern Wisconsin, look no further! Many campgrounds offer year round camping and in 2021, the WIDNR announced reservations only requirements for winter camping is Wisconsin State Parks! Check out our favorite winter campgrounds, located near Southern WI, below.

Governor Dodge State Park -Twin Valley Lake Campground, Dodgeville, WI

Over 30 campsites in the Twin Valley Campground at Governor Dodge State Park are available for winter campers. Some are plowed, plus electricity, pit toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings are available. Water is also available at the park office.

Kettle Moraine Southern Unit – Ottowa Lake, Eagle, WI

Ottawa Lake campground is the only year-round campground in the Kettle Moraine Southern Unit. In winter, a limited number of sites are plowed. The only open bathroom is the vault toilet located near site 359. Water is available from a spigot on the side of the contact station.

Blue Mounds State Park – walk ir ski-in campsites only, Blue Mounds, WI

Winter camping at Blue Mound State Park is walk or ski in only. There are a several sites open year round. Plus, firewood and tap water is available. You can park at the campground entrance, but you cannot bring your vehicle to the campsite.

Apple River Canyon – Walnut Grove Campground, Apple River, IL

Winter camping is available from 11/1 – 4/15 in the Walnut Grove Youth Campground. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the campgrounds.

Apple River Canyon State Park Group Campground
Apple River Canyon State Park Group Campground

Other Notable Winter Camping near southern Wisconsin

  • Nelson Dewey State Park
  • New Glarus Woods State Forest

Fun things to do in the Winter with Kids when its cold outside

With the weather being cool, do you find yourself looking for fun things to do outside in the wintertime with kids? Look no further and explore the cold weather activities ideas below.

  • Go sledding
  • take a hike in the snow with boots and long johns
  • build a campfire on the snow and roast marshmellows and make hot cocoa
  • make a lean-to house with found branches
  • make a snowman if the snow is packable
  • build a snow fort
  • Chop wood with a maul
  • Go eagle watching
  • Go see a movie
  • Take scenic drive
  • Bake and decorate cookies or brownies or cupcakes
  • warm up in a sauna or hot tub
  • Go bowling
  • Take photos of beautiful things or each other in nature
  • Play video games and stay inside!
  • Make rock people or shell artwork, these can be left around trails or campsites for the next visitor to find!
  • Have the kids help with a big puzzle