Area Status: Closed
This summer the majority of our recreation sites will be open providing a safe and enjoyable recreation experience, however, due to decreasing visitors and increasing operational costs we will be reducing and eliminating services at roughly 11 percent of the Forest’s developed recreation areas.
The Kathryn Lake campground is one of the 11 percent and will be closed for the 2015 camping season. This closure impacts the campground - their will be reduced services at boat landing and picnic area – no swim buoys or water sampling at the beach, no public water supply available, vehicle access/parking available, toilet building available, picnic grounds, boat landing and accessible fishing pier will be mowed, garbage service available, and day use fees will continue to be charged. Chippewa Campground is a nearby Forest Service campground that is near Kathyrn Lake. To find additional camping opportunities in the Medford area please visit http://medfordchamber.org/taylor-county-tourism/.
The campground has eight sites equipped with fire grills and picnic tables and is located along Kathryn Lake near Medford, Wisconsin. Drinking water, and vault toilets are provided. A boat access to the 62-acre Kathryn lake along with a small swimming beach are also located at this national forest recreation site.
Read the site’s Recreational Opportunity Guide here:
At a Glance
||Campground Closed for FY 2016 season. Reduced services at boat landing and picnic area – no swim buoys or water sampling at beach, no public water supply available, vehicle access/parking available, toilet building available, picnic grounds, boat landing and accessible fishing pier will be mowed, garbage service available, day use fees will continue to be charged.
Individual Campsite fee is $12, or $6 with use of Interagency Senior or Access Pass. Interagency Pass discount applies only to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass holder, not to any additional fee or campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass holder's party.
||Operation of all ATVs & UTVs are prohibited in campground.
Firewood Closure Order
Our firewood closure order prohibits the possession, storage, or transport of any firewood that originates from more than 25 miles from your campsite. Firewood certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Transportation and Consumer Protection can orginate from more than 25 miles from National Forest destination. Both certified firewood and Kiln-dried, untreated/unpainted/unstained/construction/dimensional lumber that is free of any metal or foreign substance is approved. Pallet boards are not approved.
||The USDA Forest Service honors all four Interagency Recreation Passes that may be applied at National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife sites charging recreation use fees. Visit http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/rec-fee.shtml to decide which pass is right for you.
||Medford - Park Falls District
Directions: Travel north from Medford on State Highway 13 for 4 miles, then turn left (west) on County Trunk Highway M for 15 miles. Turn left (south) for 0.5 miles on Forest Road 121 campground entrance.