Moose Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

If you really want to get away from it all, then this is the place for you. Moose Lake Recreation Area sits along its namesake lake on the Great Divide Ranger District. This serene lake and surrounding forest offer a spectacular location for families to enjoy nature on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

This small and semi-secluded Moose Lake Campground offers 15 campsites, 3 of which are tent only. The rest can accommodate RV's from 25-40 feet. Campsites may be reserved through Each site is equipped with a parking spur, picnic table and campfire rings. Accessible vault toilets, drinking water, and dumpster is  provided for registered campers only.

Moose Lake is a 1,670-acre body of water that is popular for fishing, boating, and swimming. Elk, eagles, loons and other wildlife are often viewed in and near the campground. This location provides access to a variety of activities, including miles of off-road vehicle, hiking, and mountain biking trails.

Bring your trailer with your OHVs and access the Fishtrap Motorized Trail from the nearby Camp Loretta Trailhead just 17 miles away. OHV use in the campground is prohibited.

Anglers will find an abundance of musky, walleye, bass and panfish in the lake. It is ideal for kayaking, canoeing and swimming. A sandy beach and a boat ramp provide convenient lake access.

So, if you like to camp, swim, boat, or fish, then the Moose Lake Recreation Area is the place for you, just 20 minutes east of Hayward.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Area Status: Campground open: May 2 - Oct. 31
Reservations: The reservation system provides visitors the opportunity to reserve their favorite spot during specific times, ensuring a place to stay, which will be beneficial to local users as well as users traveling from afar. Sites can be reserved at or by calling at 1-877-444-6777 or TDD 1-877-833-6777. The campground will still have first come first served sites available for those who prefer a more spontaneous adventure. 
Fees Individual campsite fee is $15/night, payable at the fee envelope tube at the site. Camping fees are $7.50 with use of Interagency Senior or Access Pass. Pass discounts apply only to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass holder.
Open Season: Campground open: May 2 - Oct. 31
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Camping: June - August
Restrictions: Restrictions for all National Forest System lands can be found by visiting Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261 by clicking here. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest specific restrictions can be found in the Occupancy and Use Restrictions for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest please click here. Campsite Capacity
  • Maximum of 8 people and 4 vehicles at each camp site.
  • Vehicle capacity limit includes vehicles, wheeled camping units and trailers.
Pets and Animals
  • Pets must always be restrained or on a leash while in developed recreation areas.
  • Pets (except guide dogs) are not allowed in swimming areas.
  • Saddle or pack animals are allowed in recreation sites only where authorized by posted instructions.
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 originate 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.
Operation of all ATVs & UTVs are prohibited in campground.
Closest Towns: Hayward, WI
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: 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 to decide which pass is right for you.

General Information


From Hayward drive east on Highway 77 twenty eight miles to the intersection with FR 174. Turn right (south) and drive 1 mile to the intersection with FR 176. Turn right (south) on FR 174 and continue 5.1 miles. Turn right on the campground road and drive 1.5 miles to the campground.

From Loretta/Draper drive west on Highway 70 five miles to Highway B. Turn right (north) on B and drive 4.5 miles to Highway W. Turn right (north) on Barker Lake Road and drive 4.7 miles to the intersection with Fishtrap Road. Continue straight on FR 172 1.2 miles, turn left (north) on FR 174. Go 3.5 miles turn right (northeast) on FR 164 and drive 1.2 miles. Turn left (north) cross the Moose River and turn left (west) on the campground road. Drive 1.5 miles to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Show detail SHOW

Camping & Cabins

Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW

Nature Viewing

Show detail SHOW

Water Activities

Show detail SHOW
Areas & Activities



  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 



Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Link opens in a new window logo

Visit Link opens in a new window