Lauterman National Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

If you are looking for a small base camp to explore area trails or a designated walk in/canoe campsites, try the Lauterman National Recreation Area off Highway 70 west of Florence.

The Lauterman National Recreation Area on the Florence District consists of a small campground with five walk-in/canoe-in campsites complete with tables, tent pads, fire rings and wilderness-style toilets along Lauterman Lake.

Day use facilities include a lake great for canoeing, kayaking and year round fishing. Access to the Lauterman National Recreation Trail, one of the most popular trail systems in the area that offers good hiking and mountain biking opportunities, as well as being groomed for cross-country skiing (traditional). It includes three loops with one loop for beginning skiers. An added feature is an Adirondack-style shelter that provides a rest or picnic stop for hikers and skiers alike. This trail connects with Perch Lake to the north and the Pine River and Chipmunk Rapids Campground to the south. A trail map is available at the trailhead.

Did you forget something? Don’t sweat it! The small town of Florence can meet your camping supply needs from groceries to firewood.

So, if you like to canoe, fish, hike, mountain bike or enjoy the convenience of being close to town, then the Lauterman National Recreation Area is the place for you. The Lauterman National Recreation Area is pet friendly; See restrictions below for more information.

At a Glance

Reservations: There are no reservable sites at the Lauterman National Recreation Area.  All sites are available on a first-come basis.
Fees Day Use Fee required. ($20 annual/$5 daily) No additional camping fee required. Fee is waived/included with use of Interagency Senior or Access pass. 
Open Season: Year Long
Usage: Heavy
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.
Operation of all ATVs & UTVs are prohibited in campground.
Closest Towns: Florence, WI.  Visit the Florence Chamber of Commerce!
Water: No drinking water on site
Restroom: Wilderness-style toilets in campsites; Accessible facilities at trailhead.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Eagle River - Florence Ranger District

General Information


Access to this trail is from two locations. From Florence, take State Highway 70 west 12 miles to FR 2154. Turn left and go south 1/4 mile to the trailhead on the right. Parking for 12 vehicles is on the left. Or from Florence, take State Highway 70 west 15-1/2 miles to FR 2450 turn left and go south 1 mile to FR 2156. Go southeast 2 miles to trailhead. Parking for 4 vehicles is on left (east).

General Notes:

Map of Lauterman National Recreation Trail 


Asphalt Parking

Recreation Map

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