Anvil Lake Recreation Area
If you are looking for a base camp to explore area trails or a destination rustic campground with a family atmosphere, try the Anvil Lake Recreation Area off Highway 70 east of Eagle River.
The Anvil Lake Recreation Area on the Eagle River District consists of a campground with 18 campsites equipped with fire rings and picnic tables, wheel-chair accessible with easy access to drinking water and vault toilets.
Day use facilities include a 377-acre lake with crystal clear water, swim beach, paved boat launch, year-round fishing and access to the Anvil National Recreation Trail, one of the most popular trail systems in the area, that includes hiking and mountain biking and converts to a winter cross-country ski trail.
So, if you like to swim, boat, fish, hike, picnic or enjoy being close to town, then the Anvil Lake Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located just 15 minutes east of Eagle River. The Anvil Lake Recreation Area is pet friendly; See restrictions below for more information.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Boat Landing Open - Dock Installed|
|Reservations:||There are no reservable sites at the Anvil Lake Campground. All sites are available on a first-come basis.|
|Open Season:||May 5 - October 11|
|Busiest Season:||Camping: Memorial Day - Labor Day|
|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. Campsite Capacity
|Closest Towns:||Eagle River, WI|
|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. Fees are half of price shown with use of Interagency Senior or Access Pass. Interagency Pass discounts apply only to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass holder. Pass information can be found on the Passes and Permits page of the website or the National Website|
|Operated By:||US Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Campground hosts greet visitors as they arrive, inform them of the campground regulations and assist them with their campsite. Eagle River - Florence Ranger District|
From Eagle River
- travel east 8.7 miles on Highway 70 to the campground entrance on the left (north) side of the road or the trails on the right (south) side of the road.
- Follow signs to the Anvil Lake Campground or Anvil Lake National recreational Trail parking areas.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
The Anvil Lake National Trail is a popular place to mountain bike in the spring through fall.
A trail map is available at the trailhead or by clicking here.
Bicycling on paved forest roads, or mountain biking on the Anvil Lake National Trail.
The campground is located on the south shore of Anvil Lake. The lake has extremely clear water and has beach. A log shelter with picnic tables adds to the rustic character of this campground. Some of the campsites are wheel-chair accessible.
|No. of Sites||18|
|Reservation Info||There are no reservable sites at the Anvil Lake Campground. All sites are available on a first-come basis.|
|Size Restrictions||Back-in sites unless indicated below:
25 Foot: 1, 13, 18
30 Foot: 12
35 Foot: 7
40 Foot: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11
Pull Through Tent: 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
|Pavement Type of Parking||Asphalt|
Lake and Pond Fishing
Anvil Lake has extremely clear water with great fishing walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch and panfish.
Anvil Lake has extremely clear water with great year round fishing for walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch and panfish.
Originally constructed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the system was expanded and made part of the National Recreational Trail System in 1978. The Anvil Trail system is adjacent to Anvil Lake Campground on the south side of Hwy. 70 and also connects with the Nicolet North Trail system, the larger Hidden Lake Trail System and to the Franklin Lake, and Luna-White Deer Campground via a connector trail.
This is one of the oldest and most popular cross-country ski trails in the Eagle River area. Trails are groomed for traditional style-skiing as well as ski-skating. Several loops are available over varied terrain from easy to difficult. There is also a snowshoe trail accessible from the Anvil #2 - Military Road trailhead. During the winter months, trail conditions are posted in the cross-country ski trail report.
Anvil is excellent for hiking and mountain biking in summer and fall. It is also a designated watchable wildlife area, especially for woodland warblers. A trail map is available at the trailhead or by clicking here.
If you want to increase your chances of seeing wildlife, head out early in the morning, right after sunrise. Anvil is a great place for bird-watching including the chickadees in the winter at the shelter along the ski trail.
The recreation area features picnic tables nestled under the trees. There is also a historic log picnic pavilion with picnic tables that can accommodate larger groups. There is a $5 recreation use fee for the picnic area. The Forest also has an annual pass available for $30. To learn more visit the Passes and Permits page. This does not apply to registered campers.
Boating - Motorized
Paved boat launch. There is a $5 recreation use fee for the boat landing. The Forest also has an annual pass available for $30. To learn more visit the Passes and Permits page. This does not apply to registered campers.
Boating - Non-Motorized
Canoeing, kayaking and paddling are some of the popular non-motorized water activities on Anvil Lake.
Come enjoy the swim beach at Anvil Lake, which is great for swimming.
There is a $5 day use pass for the beach. The Forest also has an annual pass available for $30. To learn more visit the Passes and Permits page. This does not apply to registered campers.
The Anvil National Recreation Trail is one of the most popular trail systems in the area, and converts to a winter cross-country ski trail.
Multiple loops ranging from 2 miles to 5+ miles. Most trails at Anvil are tracked for classic skiing. Tracks are not set on Devil’s Run. East, West, and Military trail are wide enough to accommodate classic and skate skiers. This trail system connects to the Nicolet North Trails.
A trail map is available at the trailhead or by clicking here.
Alerts & Warnings
- Safety reminders for hunting season
- Closure on Forest Road 1666 (Black Lake Road) for motorized vehicles
- Closure on Iron River Trail between FR236 and FR242
- Trail Closure Order 09-13-23-02 Terminated
- Closure on Pipeline 4x4 Challenge Trail
- Aquatic Invasive Species decontamination required at Lake Owen and Two Lakes
- Closure Order (Lakewood-Laona, 2019 windstorm)