Wisconsin campgrounds for the family

Rolling hills, picturesque lakes, towering forests, teeming rivers, captivating wildlife — the natural beauty of Wisconsin is meant to be enjoyed, and there’s no better way than by camping. Whether you prefer primitive tent camping, relaxing in cabins or you’re an avid RV-er, Wisconsin has a campground with activities and amenities to please any family.

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts

Hang onto your picnic baskets and call the Ranger — Yogi Bear’s on the loose at Wisconsin’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts! Jellystone Parks have all the Yogi-themed fun your family desires — from swimming pools and waterslides, to campfires and hiking, to mini-golf and train rides. Kids will love the special appearances by Yogi and his gang, plus all the kid-friendly activities such as hayrides, movie nights, potato sack races and hula hoop contests. Jellystone’s equipped to handle campers of all kinds, whether you’re looking for a spot to pitch your tent, a place to park your RV or a cabin to rent — either rustic or full-service.

Locations: Bagley, Caledonia, Fort Atkinson, Fremont, Sturgeon Bay, Warrens, Wisconsin Dells

Rates: Vary by location and dates, ranging from approximately $20-70 for tent and RV sites, or $70-150 for cabin rentals.

Website: CampJellystone.com

Green Lake Campground

The family-oriented vacation resort that is Green Lake Campground offers the best of outdoor activities at an all-inclusive rate. Green Lake caters to fun for the whole family — go golfing together on the par 3 nine-hole golf course with free, unlimited play for both kids and adults, or go for a hike on the miles of trails in the campground’s 50 acres of forest. For water fun, take the kids for some wet and wild fun at the splash park and family pools, get a game of water volleyball going in the sport pool or spend some alone time in one of the adult pools while the kids are off playing. There’s also a beach, swimming pond, stocked fishing pond (no license required), sand volleyball, basketball, mini-golf, horseshoes, a playground and a game room. The resort has a busy activities schedule with family-friendly activities including hayrides, outdoor movies, karaoke and live music.

Location: W2360 State Highway 23, Green Lake, WI 54941

Rates: $38 tent, $45 water & electric, $50 full hookup, $54 pull-thru hookup, $125 cabin (Also check the website for specials, like five nights for the price of four.)

Website: GreenLakeCampground.com

Stoney Creek RV Resort and Campground

Situated south of Eau Claire in central Wisconsin, Stoney Creek has all the amusements you need to keep kids entertained, whether you’ve got a family of teens or toddlers. Older kids will love the resort’s skate park and nearby ATV trails, as well as the 18-hole mini-golf course, the volleyball and basketball courts, the game room and the swimming pool basketball. For the little ones, there’s a kiddie pool with splash pad toys and on-site train rides. Parents will appreciate Stoney Creek’s many amenities such as free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, DirecTV on full-hookup sites, Sunday services on-site, and the short-order kitchen serving everything from pizza, burgers, salads and sandwiches to popcorn, nachos and fried cheese curds.

Location: 50483 Oak Grove Road, Osseo, WI 54758

Rates: Vary per season and type of site — $20-22 tent sites, $24-38 water & electric, $24-40 full hookups, $69-99 one-bedroom cabins, $105-179 two-bedroom cabins.

Website: StoneyCreekResort.com

Plymouth Rock Camping Resort

Billing itself as the “Disneyland of Wisconsin,” Plymouth Rock Camping Resort prides itself on providing the most diverse fun you can find at a Midwest family campground. Book your site for the season or come for one of the park’s many themed weekends — Hollywood, Dinosaur, Willy Wonka, ’50s, Pirates and Princesses, Western, Medieval and Dragons, Hawaiian Luau or Western. There’s plenty of fun to be had during the week at the campgrounds many amenities which include two heated pools, an 18-hold mini-golf course, paddle boats, a full basketball course, a sand volleyball course, a fishing lake, a dance hall, a bocce ball court, several large playgrounds, a baseball diamond and canoes.

Location: N7271 Lando Street, Plymouth, WI 53073

Rates: Rates vary per season and site type — $20-44 tent/primitive, $30-52 water & electric, $35-56 full-hookups, $45-161 cabins (varying in size and amenities from one-room primitive to eight-person deluxe).

Website: PlymouthRock-Resort.com

Nordic Pines Campground

Nordic Pines Campground is all about providing a peaceful, relaxing camping experience for the whole family — including the family pet! Enjoy toasting marshmallows and singing songs around the campfire on the large tent camping sites that come with convenient picnic tables — just don’t bring any alcoholic beverages as they are not allowed to ensure the grounds stay family-friendly. Nordic Pines’ cabins also have outdoor campfire areas, while inside you’ll find small kitchens, comfortable beds and private bathrooms with individual hot water supply. But come prepared to handle any weather as the cabins do not have heating or air conditioning. For fun, enjoy local activities such as scuba diving, rock climbing, nature trail hiking, canoeing, sailing, swimming, fishing, biking and golf. You can also visit nearby attractions, including Circus World Museum, Devil’s Lake State Park and Wisconsin Dells.

Location: E11740 County Road DL, Baraboo, WI 53913

Rates: $21 basic tent site, $25 tent site with electric, $59 sleeping cabin without kitchen, $86 one-bedroom cabin with kitchen, $102 two-bedroom with kitchen (larger cabins and duplex units also available).

Website: NordicPines.com

Beantown Campground

When you’re looking for family camping in Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County, Beantown Campground is one of the best. Promising to make every guest feel like a kid, Beantown begins by providing level, grassy sites — all equipped with electricity, water, a picnic table, a fire ring and Wi-Fi. Beantown’s got plenty to keep the family entertained including a heated pool, a playground and a game room with arcade games, foosball and a pool table.

Location: 8398 County Road F, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

Rates: $25 tent sites, $30 water & electric, $35 full-hookups, $98 deluxe cabins, $85 camper rental, $65 sleeping cabin.

Website: BeantownCampground.com

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