Kentuck Lake Recreation Area


Area Status: Open

If you are looking for a base camp to explore area trails or enjoy a variety of water activities with the family, try Kentuck Lake Recreation Area off Highway 70 east of Eagle River.

The Kentuck Lake Recreation Area on the Eagle River-Florence Ranger District consists of a convenient campground with 31 campsites equipped with fire rings, grills and picnic tables. The area features some accessible sites/facilities and paved roadways. There is also a pressurized water system available for drinking water.

Day use facilities include a 955-acre lake, paved boat launch, year-round fishing and access to many area trails. Enjoy a scenic 2.5 mile (5 mile round trip) hiking trail connecting Kentuck to Spectacle Lake campgrounds. In the spring, get up early and go birding or try your hand at identifying wildflowers along the trail.

Boat, fish, hike, picnic or enjoy viewing scenery and wildlife, then the Kentuck Lake Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located 15 minutes east of Eagle River. Kentuck Lake recreation area is dog friendly; see our restrictions below for more information.   

At a Glance

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 www.recreation.gov or by calling Recreation.gov 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 $18, or $9 with the use of an Interagency pass (access or senior) for lakeside sites and $15, or $7.50 for non-lakeside sites. The interagency pass applies only to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass holder, not to any additional fees or campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass holder's party. 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 https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/cnnf/passes-permits/recreation. This does not apply to registered campers.
Open Season: May 5 - November 28
Usage: Medium
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. 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: Eagle River, WI 
Information Center: Campground hosts greet visitors as they arrive, inform them of the campground regulations and assist them with their campsite.

General Information

Directions:

From Eagle River travel east 13.4 miles on Highway 70 to FR 2176 (Divide Road). Turn left (north) on FR 2176 and continue 2.7 miles to the campground.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Early settlers from Kentucky gave the name to Kentuck Lake. Kentuck Lake Campground is located on the east shore of Kentuck Lake in a maple stand. The Kentuck Lake Recreation Area consists of a convenient campground with 31 campsites equipped with fire rings, grills and picnic tables. There is also a pressurized water system available for drinking water. Enjoy the view from one of our waterfront sites.

RV Camping

Reservation Info Reservable sites at Kentuck Lake Campground: 2-3, 6, 8-9, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23-31
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 www.recreation.gov or by calling Recreation.gov at 1-877-444-6777 or TDD 1-877-833-6777.
Size Restrictions

Maximum RV/Trailer Length of Campsites at Kentuck Lake Campground:
(Back-in sites unless indicated below)

  • 25 Foot: 17, 21, 23, 25-28, 31
  • 30 Foot: 1, 12, 16, 29, 30
  • 35 Foot: 2, 5, 13, 24
  • 40 Foot: 3, 4, 6-11, 14, 15, 18, 22
  • Pull Through Tent: 19, 20
Pavement Type of Parking Asphalt Parking Lot

Lake and Pond Fishing

The 955 acre lake is popular with anglers and recreationists alike.

Great fishing for musky, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie and perch.

Day Hiking

The Spectacle – Kentuck Lake Trail is a trail between the two campgrounds and is a great option if you are camping at either area. Get up early and go birding or try your hand at identifying wildflowers along the trail. It's a one-way trail so you'll return over the same route.

Scenic Driving

The Natural History Auto Tour was created to highlight the variety of scenic and historic points of interest in the Eagle River Ranger District area. You'll experience a varied, forested landscape and a number of historic spots with informational signs along the way. Click here for more information.

Boating - Motorized

There is a paved boat landing at Kentuck Lake.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are popular water activities at Kentuck Lake.

Tubing

Water Skiing and tubbing are a few of the many water activities enjoyed at Kentuck Lake.

Waterskiing

Water Skiing and tubbing are a few of the many water activities enjoyed at Kentuck Lake.