Perch Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

This quaint campground is a family favorite. Located approximately 5.5 miles north of Drummond on Forest Road 223 (Delta Drummond Road), there are 16 campsites. Each site includes a defined parking spur, fire ring and picnic table.

Perch Lake Campground has two loops located on each side of Perch Lake. The North Loop has a toilet building, water, 10 single-family sites, boat launch, dock and small parking area for up to five vehicles with trailers. This loop is family-friendly located in a stand of hemlocks. There is also an area where campers can access the lake for swimming.

The South Loop has water, six single-family sites and a double vault toilet building. This loop provides a quieter camping experience.

Some sites can accommodate RV's up to 35 feet. A developed boat ramp provides access to a 72-acre lake that contains trout, panfish and largemouth bass.

Nearby attractions include the Rainbow Lake Wilderness, the North Country National Scenic Trail, trout fishing in the White River, the Rust-Owen Reservoir and the CAMBA mountain bike trails.

At a Glance

Reservations: There are no reservable sites at the Perch Lake Campground.  All sites are available on a first-come, first-come 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: May 5 - October 31
Busiest Season: Campground: Memorial Day weekend through 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 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 designated campground. Visitors my go outside the campground to collect firewood using a chainsaw for their use while camping.
Operation of all ATVs & UTVs is prohibited in the campground. Equipment must be trailered at all times. Boat landing and parking for paying campers only.
Closest Towns: Drummond and Delta.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Information Center: Washburn Ranger District

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Road Cycling

Riding the backroads that wind through the forest is a popular daytime activity.

Campground Camping

Perch Lake Campground has 16 campsites. Each site includes a parking spur, fire ring, and picnic table.

RV Camping

There are 16 sites that can accommodate RV's up to 30 feet. Campsites include a parking spur, fire ring and picnic table. Drinking water and vault toilets are available.

Size Restrictions
  • Back in 25 feet: 1
  • Back in 30 feet: 2-15
  • Back in 35 feet: 16

Lake and Pond Fishing

A developed boat ramp provides access to a 72-acre lake that contains trout, panfish, and largemouth bass.

Fish Species trout, panfish, and largemouth bass

Ice Fishing

Fishing is very popular on Perch Lake during the winter months.

Day Hiking

The Rainbow Lake Wilderness is located across the road from the Perch Lake Recreation which provides access to the North Countr Trail.

Boating - Motorized

Perch Lake is well known for fishing has a developed boat ramp providing access to the 72-acre lake.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Perch Lake is a great place for canoeing and kayaking.