Parks, Forests & Campgrounds
Lake of the Pines – This is a very rustic, quiet, and well maintained campground. It is located on a bluff overlooking the lake. Many of the sites are on the lake side, where you can watch the early morning sunrise. It has a nice nature trail connected to the campgrounds where you can hike and explore the area. Six sites are available on a first come, first serve basis and the remainder are reservable. New to the campground is a 50 ft. ADA accessible fishing pier for everyone’s enjoyment!
Connors Lake Campground – Has 3 reservable electric sites. A number of the sites are located directly on Connors Lake and are also very well maintained. Both campgrounds are gems, offering a wonderful camping experience.
Note: Be sure to reserve a site! Please visit our new reservation system, CAMIS, at https://wisconsin.goingtocamp.
com/ or call 1-888-947-2757 to do so. Walk ins can also be made in the office the day of. Please visit the office for reservations and walk ins to check into your site and purchase a vehicle sticker.
Flambeau River Campsites – The river sites are located along the North fork of the Flambeau River. This area includes 7 landings and 14 river camp sites that are diligently maintained. The river sites may have up to 3 camping units on them. The sites include a picnic table, fire ring, and bathroom facilities. We also have 3 group sites in operation. All river sites are free to the public, but are only to be accessed by watercraft.
Swimming, Boating, and Fishing Conditions: Folks are already out enjoying the summer-like weather camping, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing! Our advice is the same to everyone: be prepared with bug repellant and appropriate clothing. It’s that time of the year! The Connors Lake Picnic Area and boat launch will get very busy on hot days. People will be enjoying the 425 foot long beach and abundant picnic tables and grills. The Flambeau River and the surrounding lakes in the State Forest such as: Connors, Lake of the Pines, (walleye, bass, musky, crappies, northern and panfish), Bass Lake (largemouth bass, panfish), Swamp, Pelican, Mason and Evergreen Lakes, are great places to fish. The North and South Fork of the Flambeau has seen some sporadic fishing. The river level is high, but navigable. Fishing activity on the area lakes is certainly picking up now.
Nature Conditions and Observations: June is here and the kids are soon out of school. Asparagus is up, rhubarb is growing strong, and some gardens are still being planted. Loon chicks are hatching, turtles will be laying eggs, songbirds are nesting, and fireflies will soon be coming out. The forest floor is bursting with newness. Geese and ducks are nesting and groups of goslings can be seen. Song birds are defending their territories where the females are sitting on the nests and youngsters are appearing. Robins, Mourning Doves, Yellow Finches, Phoebes, Tree Swallows, House Wrens, Owls, Woodcock, Sandhill Cranes, Swans, Red Breasted Grosbeaks, Orioles, Myrtle’s Warblers, and Scarlet Tanagers in their glory may be enjoyed be all. The list goes on; moths and butterflies are flittering here and there. This morning (after a heavy evening downpour), a beautiful Cecropia moth was seen drying its large, spotted wings outside the office. The deer and elk have been birthing this year’s young. The elk cows have been making calf scouting moves, looking for a safe and quiet area to have their calves. The mosquitos and ticks are out! Bears and their cubs have been seen along the roadsides. Be sure to drive safely as the roads are full of elk calves, deer fawns, bear cubs, birds, and turtles! Take time to go see the splendor that nature offers. Have a good weekend!
More Information on Area Parks
Elk Lake Park and Disk Golf Course, Phillips, off of Cty. Rd H and Hwy. 13. Shelter kitchen facilities, running water and toilets. Playground equipment, volleyball court, basketball court, lighted paved walking trail, shelter, grills, handicap fishing pier, boat landing, boat dock. This park now features a 9-hole disk golf course with a bonus 10th hole that doubles as a practice putt basket close to the first tee box. The course is crafted around the available trees and landscape to make an enjoyable round for both beginners and experts alike.
Phillips Chain-O-Lakes Park & Campground, Phillips, off Cty. Rd. H. Picnic tables, benches, bathrooms, and changing area, city beach, no lifeguard on duty. Campground features 20 campsites along beautiful Elk Lake.
Little League Park, Phillips, First Street off of Flambeau Ave. Playground, shelter, pit toilets, grills.
Bostrom Park & Phillips Fire Memorial, Phillips, Hwy. 13. Picnic tables and benches.
Kennan Memorial Park, Kennan, W10309 Park Road. Baseball/softball diamond, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, shelter, volleyball.
Village of Catawba Park, Catawba, N4568 High Street. Baseball/softball diamond, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, shelter, volleyball.
VFW Memorial Park, Prentice, Turner Street. Picnic tables, benches.
Riverfront Park, Prentice, West of Railroad Avenue on the Jump River Reservoir. Picnic tables, fishing, grills.
Lions Park, Prentice, South Street. Playground, pavilion, picnic tables, bathrooms, water fountain, horseshoe pits, tennis court, volleyball court, baseball diamond.
Buccaneer Pond, Prentice, Town and Pine Street Intersection. Swimming, drinking water, toilets, picnic tables, fishing, grills.
Pioneer Park & Campground, Ogema, W4905 Holmes St., located just off Hwy. 86 in downtown Ogema on Mil Pond. This equestrian-friendly rustic campground has an open area large enough for 7 camping units with 6 fire rings, 3 grills and several picnic tables; pavilion, drinking water, flush toilets, carry-in boat access, shore fishing, playground, tether ball, sand box, nature trails, ball field, horseshoe pits, ATV, horse pull track, horse hitching post, access to the Pine Line Rail Trail.
Movrich Memorial Community Park, Fifield, N14022 Willow Ave. A Wisconsin Historical Society Marker explains how this site on the South Fork of the Flambeau River was used as a sorting pond where logs were separated by logging company brand marks and then sent down river. A white spruce tree, a clone of the 1983 Capitol Christmas Tree taken from the nearby Riley Creek area in the Chequamegon National Forest, was planted as a memorial to the 50-year-old, 52-foot spruce that was cut down. Basketball, picnic shelters, playground, restrooms, volleyball.
Round Lake Logging Dam, Fifield, North of Phillips to Fifield, go 16 miles East on Hwy. 70 to Forest Road #144. Originally built in 1878 on the South Fork of the Flambeau River, stands as testimony to Wisconsin’s lumber boom of the 1800’s. In 1995 the dam was completely rebuilt using the historic timbers and original iron hardware. Listed on National Register of Historic Places.
Price County Parks
Smith Lake County Park & Campground, Park Falls, Hwy. 13 to Park Falls, West about 2½ miles on County E, then South about 1 mile on Omaha Road. 30 unit campground, all with electric hook-ups, year round. Plus 2 canoe/kayak-in only campsites. Open air shelter, shower/flush toilets, picnic tables, pressure water, boat landing, fishing, sand beach, hiking trails, playground, ATV trail access to the Tuscobia State Trail.
Solberg Lake County Park & Campground, Phillips, Hwy. 13 north to old 13, right on W. Solberg Lake Road. 60 campsites, playground, boat landing, public beach, shelter, electricity, drinking water, seasonal showers, flush toilets, RV dup station, ATV and UTV trail access.
Timm’s Hill County Park, Ogema, Hwy. 13 south, east on Hwy. 86, 14 miles. Wisconsin’s highest geographic point, at 1951.5 feet above sea level. The view from the observation tower is beautiful. Enjoy fishing hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing.
Big Falls County Park, Kennan, Hwy. 13 south to Hwy. 111 to Hwy 8 west, south 10 miles on Cty. Rd. N to Big Falls Road.Enjoy a beautiful stretch of rapids on the Jump River. Picnic grounds with a short walking trail which parallels the river offers a great view of the Big Falls scenic cascades. 6 rustic campsites, drinking water, shelter, vault toilets, hiking trail, shore fishing.
Flambeau River State Forest
Connors Lake, Winter, 21 miles West of Phillips on Hwy. W. 30 campsites, drinking water, shelter, swimming beach, pit toilets, boat landing, dump station nearby.
Lake of the Pines Campground,Winter, 30 rustic campsites, drinking water, pit toilets, fishing, handicapped facilities.
Little Falls/Slough Gundy, Winter, Located west of Phillips, take Cty. Rd. W 20.5 miles to Cty. Rd. M-7 ½ miles. View the rugged whitewaters of the South Fork of the Flambeau River. Enjoy a picnic or fish or just take in the spectacular sight of huge boulders and peaceful pine forest.
Flambeau River State Forest The Flambeau River State Forest covers parts of Price, Sawyer, Rusk, Ashland and Iron Counties. Often referred to as the home of the “premier white water river in the Midwest,” the Flambeau River provided a unique wilderness experience that people of all ages can enjoy. Camping is permitted at designated sites along the north fork of the river.
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Copper Falls State Park Copper Falls State Park is approximately 55 miles north of Phillips near Mellen. Established in 1929, the park carries the name of the 29-foot falls that marks the first drop of the Bad River as it flows through about two miles of steep-walled canyons of awesome and rugged splendor. There are marked hiking trails, two camping areas, swimming, fishing and cross country ski trail loops in the park.
Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome are located near Mellen. Hike the trail one-half mile from the parking area to this 70 ft cataract. Continue hiking from the falls for one mile to the top of St. Peter’s Dome. St. Peter’s Dome is a red granite summit about 1,600 ft. elevation. On clear days Lake Superior is visible about 20 miles to the north.
Fifield Fire Tower Located 5 miles east of Fifield on State Hwy 70. The tower will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is maintained by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Fifield fire tower stands 100 feet high and was built in 1932.At one time, nearly 40 towers stood vigilant in the Wisconsin Northwoods, lifting lookouts above the trees to detect and report forest fires.
Sailor Lake Campground Hwy. 70 East to Sailor Lake Rd. 25 rustic, shady campsites with tent pads, parking spurs, fire grills, and picnic tables; fee required; tents, trailers, and RVs up to 45+ feet; 11 sites can be reserved, 14 sites are first come, first served; one double campsite, 3 walk-in sites; drinking water, vault toilets, open-air shelter, developed boat ramp; access to the Flambeau Trail System (allows ATVs, UTVs and off-road motorcycles).
Smiths Rapids Campground & Covered Bridge Intersection of Hwy. 13 and Hwy. 70 in Fifield, drive east 12.5 miles on Hwy. 70 to Forest Road 148. Turn left (north) on FR 148 1.8 miles. The only glued laminated Town Lattice covered bridge in Wisconsin, constructed in 1991. Built for aesthetic & practical reasons, because of its location near Smith Rapids Campground on the South Fork of the Flambeau River in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Drinking water, vault toilets and picnic area, carry-in boat access for canoe/kayaks, access to the River Saddle Equestrian Trail, scenic view of covered bridge.
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The Chequamegon side of the forest covers about 858,400 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor and Vilas counties while the Nicolet side covers nearly 661,400 acres in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida and Vilas counties.