Smith Rapids Recreation Area


Closed for 2021.

If you are looking for a base camp that is popular for Horse Riding and Camping or a destination campground with a rustic atmosphere, try the Smith Rapids Recreation Area off State Highway 70 east of Fifield.

The Smith Rapids Recreation Area on the Park Falls District consists of a campground with 10 sites and is located on the South Fork of the Flambeau River. It provides an ideal focal point for hiking, river fishing, and horseback riding (campsites are equipped with tie stalls and trailer parking designed for horse camping) and canoeing. Seven campsites are designed to accommodate horse trailers with extra-long parking spurs (campsites: 5-11), hitching rails, picnic tables, and fire grills. All campsites may be reserved through

Day use facilities include a carry-in boat access, vault toilets, drinking water and day use picnic area are also provided. There is also an additional parking lot across the road from the picnic area for equestrian use. A special feature near this campground is the Smith Rapids Covered Bridge.

If you like horse riding, stream fishing, hiking, picnicking or enjoy the convenience of being close to town, then the Smith Rapids Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located 15 minutes east of Fifield. Smith Rapids Recreation Area is pet friendly; see restrictions below for more information.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground opens May 5, 2022
Reservations: Closed for 2021.
Area Amenities: Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $15 per night
Open Season: May 27 - October 16
Busiest Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Restrictions: 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.
ATVs & UTVs over 65” in width are prohibited on Flambeau ATV Trail, and operation of all ATVs & UTVs are prohibited in campground. Trail open to ATV/UTVs 65" or less annually from May 1 to March 14 (closed during spring break up)
Closest Towns: Fifield, WI.  
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Medford - Park Falls District

General Information

Directions: Travel east from Fifield, on State Highway 70 for 12.5 miles and turn left (north) on Forest Road 148 for 2 miles. 

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