Birch Grove Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Birch Grove Campground is now open! Forest Service employees and students from the Blackwell Job Corps Center put the finishes touches on the campground this week. Stay tuned for updates on a re-opening celebration we are planning.‚Äč 


Birch Grove Recreation Area is a family favorite if you are looking for a base camp to explore the Bayfield Peninsula.  The campground is the site where local Ojibwe tribes would camp, fish, hunt, trap and gather berries throughout the seasons.  It is nestled between 22-acre East and 16-acre West Twin Lakes and is close to the community of Washburn.

Each campsite has a defined parking spur, fire ring, picnic table, tent pad, and can accommodate RV's up to 35 feet. Please help to not increase the size of the area and keep all equipment on the parking spur.  Drinking water, vault toilets and a small picnic area are available.

Each lake has a small boat access and featured fish species include bass, panfish, and northern pike. There is a campground host to greet visitors. There is a one-mile trail around West Twin Lake and the campground is close to the Valhalla ATV Trail.

So, if you like to swim, boat, fish, hike 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 basis.
Fees Individual campsite fee is $15/night, payable at the fee envelope tube at the site. Nightly fees are half of price shown with use of Interagency Senior or Access Pass. Interagency Pass discounts apply only to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass holder.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Camping: Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
Restrictions: Campsite Capacity
  • Maximum of 8 people and 3 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.
  • 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 trailered or parked on the graveled spur.  No parking of equipment within the campsite. Boat landing and parking for paying campers only.
Closest Towns: Washburn. Visit the Washburn Chamber of Commerce HERE.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
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.

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Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

Sites can accommodate RV's up to 30 feet. Campsites include a defined parking spur, fire ring, picnic table, and tent pad. Drinking water and vault toilets are available.

CorralsRV up to 35 Feet
Pavement Type of ParkingAsphalt
Fire InformationThere are accessible fire rings at each campsite.
No. of Sites16
Size Restrictions(Back-in sites unless indicated below):
  • Back in 25 feet: 1
  • Back in 30 feet: 2, 3, 10, 12, 14, 16
  • Back in 35 feet: 4, , 6, 7, 8, 11, 13
  • Back in 45 feet: 9, 15
Reservation InfoThere are no reservable sites, all are on a first-come basis.
No. of Accessible sites16

Campground Camping

Birch Grove Campground is nestled between 22-acre East Twin Lake and 16-acre West Twin Lake. Each campsite has a defined parking spur, fire ring, picnic table, tent pad, and can accommodate RV's up to 35 feet. Drinking water, vault toilets, a fishing pier and small picnic area are available.

No. of Sites16


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Areas & Activities


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22 Acre and 16 Acre Lakes

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