Rates vary and are based on residency, season, location and campsite type. If you don’t have your own boat, a few outfitters operate in the area, including Wisconsin Canoe Company in Spring Green (608-432-5058, thebestcanoecompanyever.com) and WI River Outings in Boscobel (608-375-5300, canoe-camping.com). The system isn't broken, just busy. For up-to-date availability, visit recreation.gov and search for Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. There are a lot of private campgrounds in Wisconsin, from franchises like KOA and Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park to mom-and-pop campgrounds. See marinettecounty.com/parks. For more information and reservations, see waukeshacounty.gov/camping. In southeastern Wisconsin, Waukesha County has campgrounds in Menomonee, Mukwonago, Naga-Waukee and Muskego parks. There is a reservation fee for reserving campsites. Where to Camp in Wisconsin. Use the Travel Wisconsin website (travelwisconsin.com) to search for campgrounds around the state. Contact Chelsey Lewis at [email protected] Whether you're looking for majestic mountains and stunning ocean vistas, thrilling backcountry adventures or the perfect place to make s'mores with the kids, we want to help. Free permits are required and are available on the DNR website. Here are some ways to find a spot to camp for the rest of the summer and this fall, including Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4-7). DOWNLOAD THE APP: Get the latest news, sports and Everyone should reduce their contact with others by staying home when possible, practicing physical distancing, and being alert for symptoms of COVID-19. As of Aug. 17, 12 camping areas in the CNNF still had reservable sites available for Labor Day weekend. Wisconsin nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is improving the mental or physical health of people with disabilities may be eligible for a group camping fee waiver. See koa.com. La Crosse Campgrounds. There are six Jellystone campgrounds in Wisconsin — all of which also rent cabins — in Caledonia, Fremont, Fort Atkinson, Sturgeon Bay, Warrens and Wisconsin Dells. Related: 10 remote campsites in Wisconsin for peace and quiet, Related: 8 places to go backpacking in Wisconsin, Related: 12 places to camp along water in Wisconsin. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin has campsites at 45 recreation areas, both reservable and FF sites that are often easier to get than state park sites. If you’re willing to rough it, there is public land in Wisconsin where you can pitch a tent just about anywhere — what’s known as dispersed or backcountry camping. Vital State-istics: Meet America's Dairyland Cows! Madison Campgrounds. Viewing You must be at least half a mile from your car and not within sight of a trail or body of water. For more on dispersed camping in the forest, see fs.usda.gov/cnnf. Day passes are not available, and annual passes are not available for purchase at properties. The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest also allows backcountry camping. Choose from our fabulous selection of camping destinations, and go to camp. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and a gravel pad for tents. KOA has campgrounds in both the Dells and Door County, plus Glenbeulah, Hayward, Alma Center, De Forest, Milton and Oakdale. Two weeks before Labor Day weekend, 85% of the Wisconsin state park system campsites were booked for the weekend, including all electric sites. Occupancy is up 12% compared to 2019, according to Missy VanLanduyt, recreations partnership section chief for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Other counties with public campgrounds include Dodge, Lincoln, Marathon, Marquette and Racine. The Muskego Park campground was upgraded this summer and now includes some electric and ADA-accessible sites. Wisconsin campgrounds will not disappoint any family looking to get out-doors to experience some family time. All campsites at state parks, recreation areas and southern forests require reservations this year, but last year the DNR began a program allowing campers to make same-day reservations for campsites. They cost $28 for vehicles with Wisconsin plates and are available online at yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/wi or by calling (888) 305-0398 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. They all also rent cabins with bathrooms (and some with full kitchens). Bayfield Campgrounds. See parks.ruskcounty.org/parks/camping. Even if it looks like there are no sites available at state parks, there are options for finding a last-minute campsite. 48