Emily Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

If you are looking for a base camp to explore area trails or a destination campground with a family friendly atmosphere, try the Emily Lake Recreation Area off Forest Road 142 west of Lac du Flambeau.

The Emily Lake Recreation Area on the Medford-Park Falls Ranger District consists of a campground with 11 campsites equipped with a parking spur, campfire rings with grill, picnic table, vault toilets and drinking water. There are accessible vault toilet facilities at nearby interpretive trail at nearby Round Lake Logging Dam. There is also an accessible fishing pier at nearby Newman Lake.

Day use facilities include a boat ramp with access to the 26 acre Emily Lake, swimming area, paved boat launch, year round fishing with a good panfish population and nearby hiking trails where you can hike, mountain bike and snowshoe in the winter.

So, if you like to hike, fish, swim, boat or enjoy the convenience of being close to town, then the Emily Lake Recreation Area is the place for you, located 5 minutes west of Lac du Flambeau. The Emily Lake Recreation Area is pet friendly; see restrictions below for more information.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The open season typically starts the Thursday before the May fishing opener, which is the first Saturday in May.
Reservations: There are no reservable sites at Emily Lake Recreation Area.  All sites are available on a first-come basis.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $15 per night. $7.50 with the use of an Interagency Pass (access or senior).
Open Season: Early May - October 31
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Restrictions: Campsite Capacity
  • A maximum of eight people and four vehicles are allowed at each campsite, to include cars, trucks, wheeled camping units, and trailers.
Pets and Animals
  • Pets must be crated, caged, or on a leash less than 6’ in length while in developed recreation areas.
Firewood Closure Order
  • The firewood closure order prohibits possessing, storing, or transporting any firewood that originates more than 25 miles from your campsite. For more information, click here.
  • For current fire danger, check the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources burn restrictions website. Any prohibitions in place, including fire bans, will be posted on our website and site bulletin boards.
Quiet Hours
  • Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am.
  • The use of generators is not allowed during quiet hours.
Occupancy & Use Restrictions ATV & UTV operation is prohibited in the campground.
Closest Towns: Lac du Flambeau, WI.
Water: Hand pump for drinking water
Restroom: Vault toilet
Passes: A variety of recreation passes are accepted. More information is available on our Passes and Permits page.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Medford Park Falls Ranger District

General Information


From the intersection of Highways 13 and 70 in Fifield, drive east on Highway 70 22.3 miles to FR 509 (Chippewa Trail). Turn left (north) and continue on FR 509 for 3.1 miles to FR 142. Turn right (east) on FR 142 and drive 0.2 miles to FR 1178. Turn left (north) and continue 0.5 miles to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

The rustic Emily Lake Recreation Area sits on the beautiful 26-acre Emily Lake. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. Garbage and recycling dumpsters are available in the campground for campers only. Most sites are near water with a view of the lake. Most sites are spacious, and some are over 45' long.

No. of Sites 11

RV Camping

Most sites are back-in and not specifically designed for RVs. Hookups and dump stations are not available. Some sites may be uneven for large RVs. Site 9 is drive-through accessible.

Pavement Type of Parking Paved roads and parking

Lake and Pond Fishing

Emily Lake has good fishing opportunities. A boat landing is located in the campground. Some lakes have special fishing regulations. Be sure to check regulations for the area you are fishing.

Fish Species Crappie, bluegill, northern pike, musky, and walleye

Boating - Motorized

Motors are allowed on Emily Lake. A paved boat landing is located in the campground.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Emily Lake is good for canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. A paved boat landing is located in the campground.


Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
Toilets: Vault
Boat ramp:
Drinking water: