Kathryn Lake Recreation Area

  

The Kathryn Lake Campground will remain closed for the 2018 camping season. This closure impacts the campground - there will be reduced services at boat landing and picnic area – no swim buoys or water sampling at the beach, no public water supply available, vehicle access/parking available, toilet building available, picnic grounds, boat landing and accessible fishing pier will be mowed, garbage service available, and day use fees will continue to be charged. Chippewa Campground is a nearby Forest Service campground that is near Kathryn Lake. To find additional camping opportunities in the Medford area please visit http://medfordchamber.org/taylor-county-tourism/.

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

The Kathryn Lake Recreation Area on the Medford District consists of a campground with 8 campsites equipped with accessible fire grills, picnic tables, vault toilets, drinking water and fishing pier. Campsites can accommodate RVs up to 25 feet.

Day use facilities include a 62 acre Kathryn Lake, swimming beach, a boat ramp, access to The Perkinstown Motorized Trail and The Ice Age Scenic Trail.

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

So, if you like to boat, fish, hike, canoe, picnic or enjoy the convenience of being close to town, then the Kathryn Lake  Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located 20 minutes northwest of Medford. The Kathryn Lake Recreation Area is pet friendly; See restrictions below for more information.

Read the site’s Recreational Opportunity Guide here:

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Area Status: The campground will be closed for the 2018 recreation season. Reduced services at boat landing and picnic area – no swim buoys or water sampling at beach, no public water supply available, vehicle access/parking available, toilet building available, picnic grounds, boat landing and accessible fishing pier will be mowed, garbage service available, day use fees will continue to be charged.
Reservations: There are no reservable sites at Kathryn Lake Recreation Area.  All sites are available on a first-come basis.
Fees $12 Individual Campsite fee is $12, or $6 with use of Interagency Senior or Access Pass. Interagency Pass discount applies 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.
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.
ATVs & UTVs over 65” in width are prohibited on Perkinstown Trail, and operation of all ATVs & UTVs are prohibited in campground.
Closest Towns: Medford, WI. Visit the Medford Chamber of Commerce Here
Water: Accessible Vault toilets
Restroom: Vault
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 http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/rec-fee.shtml to decide which pass is right for you.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Medford - Park Falls District

General Information

Directions: Travel north from Medford on State Highway 13 for 4 miles, then turn left (west) on County Trunk Highway M for 15 miles. Turn left (south) for 0.5 miles on Forest Road 121 campground entrance. 

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Dispersed Camping

Ice Age Trail: Developed campsites and drinking water near the trail are available around the Mondeaux flowage. Camping is allowed at least 100 feet away from the trail or 50 feet away from any water’s edge. There are many access points to the trail for those wishing to only hike a portion of the trail. Developed parking areas are available at the Mondeaux Flowage, Jerry Lake and Highway 64 where the trail enters the Forest. Click here for more information.

RV Camping

The Kathryn Lake Campground has 8 campsites equipped with accessible fire grills, picnic tables, vault toilets, drinking water and fishing pier. Campsites can accommodate RVs up to 25 feet. There is a small swimming beach, a boat landing with access to Kathryn Lake and good fishing.

Pavement Type of ParkingGravel roads and parking
Fire InformationCampsites are  complete with picnic tables and fire rings
No. of Sites8
Size Restrictions

Maximum RV/ Trailer Length of Campsites at Kathryn Lake Campground:

(Back-in sites unless indicated below) Tent Only: 1, 8 25 Foot: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Reservation InfoThere are no reservable sites at Kathryn Lake Recreation Area.  All sites are available on a first-come basis.
Status: Closed

Campground Camping

The Kathryn Lake Campground has 8 campsites equipped with accessible fire grills, picnic tables, vault toilets, drinking water and fishing pier. Campsites can accommodate RVs up to 25 feet. There is a small swimming beach, a boat landing with access to Kathryn Lake and good fishing.

No. of Sites8

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
62 Acre Lake

  Latitude : 
45.2003

  Longitude : 
-90.6201