Chippewa Recreation Area


If you are looking for a base camp to explore area trails or a destination campground with a family friendly atmosphere, try the Chippewa Recreation Area off Highway M northwest of Medford.

The Chippewa Recreation Area on the Medford District consists of a campground with 78 campsites equipped with a parking spur, fire grill, picnic table, tent pad, vault toilets and drinking water. Campsites can accommodate RVs over 40 feet. Three campground loops have hot showers and flush toilets, and one loop has accessible vault toilets and running water. There is a rustic loop available for year-round camping however, the access road is not maintained during the winter months for snow removal.

Day-use facilities include access to the eastern shores of the 2,714-acre Chequamegon Waters Flowage as well as a swimming beach, boat ramp, playground, and trailhead for the Perkinstown Motorized Trail. A dump station is available for registered campers only.

So, if you like to boat, fish, canoe, then the Chippewa Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located 30 minutes northwest of Medford. The Chippewa Recreation Area is pet friendly; See restrictions below for more information.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground opens May 20, 2022
Reservations: Reservations for single and double occupancy camp sites at Chippewa Recreation Area are available. Camp sites that can be reserved are as follows:
  • Bass Loop: Sites 31 through 49 (single unit sites)
  • Hardwoods Loop: Sites 50 through 60 (double occupancy sites) Reserving a site through provides an opportunity to reserve your favorite spot during specific times, ensuring a place to stay, which which is beneficial to users who are traveling from afar and local users.  Reservations for the sites listed above can be made at or by calling at 1-877-444-6777 or TDD 1-877-833-6777.
  • Beaver Loop (sites 1 through 30) and the Rustic Loop (sites 61 through 78) have first-come first-served sites available for those who prefer a more spontaneous adventure.
Fees Individual non-lake campsite fee is $15, or $7.50 with use of Interagency Senior or Access Pass and $18 or $9 for lakeside sites. Double campsite fee is $30 or $36 for lakeside campsites and no Interagency Pass discount apply. Interagency Pass discounts apply only to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass holder, not to any additional fee or campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass holder's party. The dump station is free for all registered campers.
Open Season: May 20 - September 30
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Restrictions: Campsite Capacity
  • Individual Campsites: 4 vehicles and up to 8 people (Vehicle limit includes combination of wheeled  camping units and vehicles)
  • Double Campsites: 6 vehicles and up to 16 people (Vehicle limit includes combination of wheeled camping units and vehicles)
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.
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.
Quiet Hours
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
ATVs & UTVs over 65” in width are prohibited on Perkinstown Trail. Operation of ATV's & UTV's is prohibited within the Beaver, Bass, and Hardwood Loops. The Rustic Loop is only open for egress and ingress for ATV & UTV camping only. 
Closest Towns: Medford, WI. 
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Accessible Flush and Vault toilets
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. Visit to decide which pass is right for you.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Summer Campground hosts greet visitors as they arrive, inform them of the campground regulations and assist them with their campsite. Medford - Park Falls District

General Information


Travel north from Medford on State Highway 13 for 4 miles. Turn left (west) on County Trunk Highway M for about 24 miles, then turn left (south) on Forest road 1417 for 1 mile to the campground entrance. 


Paved roads and parking

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

The Chippewa Campground consist of 78 campsites, each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible flush toilets and showers are available in three loops of the campground and accessible vault toilets are available in the other loop. Drinking water is provided throughout the campground. The campground offers dozens of single and double campsites for tent and/or RV camping. Utility hookups are not available, however, the campground is equipped with a dump station for registered campers and the roads are paved.

No. of Sites 78

RV Camping

The Chippewa Campground can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length. 

General Info:


Paved roads and parking

No. of Sites 78 campsites. Campsites are complete with picnic tables, tent pads, fire rings.
Reservation Info 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 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.
Size Restrictions

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

  • 25 Foot: 1, 21, 34, 64, 65, 67
  • 30 Foot:  4, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36, 38, 59, 68, 69, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75
  • 35 Foot: 2, 3, 5, 7, 17, 18, 19, 20, 27, 49, 61, 62, 63, 66, 70, 76, 77, 78
  • 40 Foot: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 29, 30, 32, 39, 40, 44, 45, 48, 58
  • 45+ Foot: 6, 8, 31, 33, 37, 41, 42, 43, 46, 47, 50, 51, 51, 54, 55, 56, 57
  • 45 Foot Pull Thu: 28, 53, 60
Fire Information Campsites are complete with picnic tables, tent pads, fire rings


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