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
Hillcrest Rd, Sister Bay, WI, USA Sunrise Sunset Times Visit - Creator- Edward Engler -Flickr.jpg

Wisconsin Campgrounds perfect for kids fun

If you are not interested in primitive camping, there are many campgrounds in Southwest and Central Wisconsin which have fun activities and accommodations. Below are campgrounds in southwestern and central Wisconsin which have tent and RV sites and are good for families with kids who are looking for accommodations like swimming pools, mini golf, basketball courts, beaches and more! Check out each of these for more info on reservations and prices.

Black Hawk Lake – Highland, WI

Wisconsin Riverside Resort – Spring Green, WI

Lake Joy Campground – Belmont, WI

Lake Joy Campground in Belmont, Wisconsin

If you prefer primitive camping or a quiet camping experience, hop the Mississippi River to camp at over 50 Counties in Iowa or in Wisconsin, check out: