Birch Grove Recreation Area


Birch Grove Recreation Area will be open for the 2019 camping season.

Birch Grove Recreation Area is a family favorite if you are looking for a base camp to explore the Bayfield Peninsula. It is nestled between 22-acre East and 16-acre West Twin Lakes and is close to the community of Washburn. Each lake has a small boat access and includes bass, panfish and northern pike. During the late summer berry picking is a popular activity in the nearby Moquah Barrens.

Each campsite has a defined parking spur, fire ring, picnic table and some have a tent pad and can accommodate RV's up to 35 feet. Drinking water, vault toilets and a small picnic area are available. There are also areas where campers can access the lake for swimming. 

This campground is near Long Lake Recreation Area which has a swimming beach, trail and carry-in boat access. Valhalla Recreation Area is also nearby that has more than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails during the summer months. 

So, if you like to boat, fish or picnic then the Birch Grove Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located just 8 miles west of Washburn.

At a Glance

Reservations: There are no reservable sites at the Birch Grove Campground.  All sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fees Individual campsite fee is $15, or $7.50 with the use of an Interagency pass (access or senior). 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.
Open Season: Campground Open April 29 - Oct. 12
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Camping: Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
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. Campsite Capacity
  • Maximum of 8 people and 4 vehicles at each camp site.  (Vehicle limit includes combination of wheeled camping units and vehicles.)
  • 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.
  • No chainsaw use within the campground.  Visitors may go outside the campground to collect firewood using a chainsaw for their use while camping.
ATVs & UTVs are allowed to be used to go to and from the adjacent ATV trail.  Equipment must be parked on the graveled spur or stored in the trailer.  
Closest Towns: Washburn.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Information Center: Washburn Ranger District

General Information

Directions: From Washburn, follow Hwy. 13 south 1 mile, turn right (west) on the Wannebo Rd. for 8 miles. Turn right (north) on Forest Road 252 for 2 miles and right (east) on Forest Road 435 for 1 mile.

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

Each campsite has a defined parking spur, fire ring, picnic table, some have a tent pad and can accommodate RV's up to 35 feet. Drinking water, vault toilets and small picnic area are available.

RV Camping

Some sites can accommodate RV's up to 35 feet. Campsites include a defined parking spur, fire ring, picnic table, and some have a tent pad. Drinking water and vault toilets are available.

Reservation Info There are no reservable sites, all are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Size Restrictions
  • Back in 25 feet: 1
  • Back in 35 feet: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Pull-through sites: 5, 9


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