Sailor Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

If you are looking for a base camp that is popular for campers and explorers alike or a destination campground with a rustic atmosphere, try the Sailor Lake Recreation Area off State Highway 70 east of Fifield.

The Sailor Lake Recreation Area on the Park Falls District consists of a campground with 25 sites that can accommodate RV's up to 45 feet. There is one double site and three walk in sites. One group site is available for larger groups and can be reserved through a campground reservation service. Campsites are equipped with a parking spur, fire grill, picnic table, and tent pad. Drinking water and vault toilets are provided.

Day use facilities include a 170 acre Sailor Lake, which is popular for boating, year round fishing and access to the popular Flambeau ATV Trail . The Flambeau ATV Trail is multiple-use and open to ATVs, off-road motorcycles, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking and hiking. Accessible vault toilet facilities, picnic tables and grills are located at the nearby Sailor Lake Picnic Day Use Site.

So, if you like to boat, fish, hike, ATV, picnic or enjoy the convenience of being close to town, then the Sailor Lake Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located 10 minutes southeast of Fifield. The Sailor Lake Recreation Area is pet friendly; See restrictions below for more information.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The open season typically starts the Thursday before the May fishing opener, which is the first Saturday in May.
Reservations: This campground mixes first-come, first-serve, and reservable sites. For reservation information, visit or call 877-444-677 (TDD 877-833-6777).
  • $15 per night for a single site. $7.50 with the use of an Interagency Pass (access or senior).
  • $30 a night for a double site. Interagency pass discounts do not apply to the double site.
  • Day use is $5 per day for non-campers.
Open Season: May 2 - October 31
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Restrictions: Campsite Capacity
  • Single sites have a maximum capacity of eight people and four vehicles.
  • Double sites have a maximum capacity of 16 people and six vehicles.
  • Vehicle capacity includes vehicles, wheeled camping units, and trailers.
Pets and Animals
  • Pets must be crated, caged, or on a leash less than 6’ in length while in developed recreation areas.
Firewood Closure Order Quiet Hours
  • Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am.
  • The use of generators is not allowed during quiet hours.
  • ATV/UTV operation is allowed in the campground only to access the Flambeau ATV Trail. The trail is open to ATV/UTVs 65" or less from May 1 to March 14 (closed during spring break up).
Occupancy & Use 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 on the Occupancy and Use Restrictions page.
Closest Towns: Fifield, WI.
Water: Solar well for drinking water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: A variety of recreation passes are accepted. More information is available on our Passes and Permits page.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Medford-Park Falls Ranger District

General Information


Sailor Lake Recreation Area is located approximately 11 miles southeast of Fifield. Follow State Highway 70 east from Fifield and turn right (south) on Forest Road 139 for 3 miles. 


Campground Camping

The rustic Sailor Lake Recreation Area is next to the 168-acre Sailor lake. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. Garbage and recycling dumpsters are available in the campground for campers only. While some sites have a view of the water, none of the sites are near the water. Three sites are tent walk-ins only. Many sites are spacious, and some are over 45’ long.

No. of Sites 25

RV Camping

Most sites are back-in and not specifically designed for RVs. Hookups and dump stations are not available. Sites 19 and 21 are pull-through.

No. of Sites
Reservation Info Reservable Campsites at Sailor Lake Campground: 1-12, 24, 25 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 Reserve America at 1-877-444-6777 or TDD 1-877-833-6777.
Size Restrictions

Maximum RV/ Trailer Length of Campsites at Sailor Lake Campground:

(Back in sites unless indicated below)

  • Tent Only: 23, 24 & 25
  • 35 Foot: 1, 2, 5, 7, 11 & 20
  • 40 Foot: 3, 4, 6, 10 & 22
  • 45+ Foot: 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
  • 45+ Foot: Pull Thru: 8, 12(Double Site), 19 & 21
Fire Information Campsites are complete with picnic tables, tent pads and fire grills.
Corrals RV up to 35 Feet
Pavement Type of Parking Gravel and grass

Group Camping

Site 12 is a group site that allows up to 16 people and six vehicles. This site can also be used as a pull-through.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Sailor Lake has good fishing opportunities. A shallow boat landing is located at the picnic area 1/2 mile from the campground on Forest Road 139. Some lakes have special fishing regulations, so please check the regulations for your fishing area.

Fish Species Perch, bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and northern pike

OHV Trail Riding

The Flambeau Motorized Trail System is accessible from the campground. ATVs and UTVs can only operate in the campground to access the trail from their campsite.


The Sailor Lake Recreation Area has plenty of space to enjoy a picnic near the water. There is also a shelter to provide shade. The designated picnic area is located on Forest Road 139 near the boat landing.

Boating - Motorized

Motors are allowed on Sailor Lake, but the landing is shallow. The paved boat landing is at the picnic area 1/2 mile from the campground on Forest Road 139.

Boating - Non-Motorized

The shallow waters of Sailor Lake are great for canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. The paved boat landing is at the picnic area 1/2 mile from the campground on Forest Road 139.

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