Two Lakes Recreation Area


Two Lakes Recreation Area near Drummond is on the southern part of the Washburn Ranger District.  This campground is operated by a concessionaire under a special use permit with the US Forest Service. This popular campground is nestled between Lake Owen and Bass Lake.  Campsites are located within red and white pines and mixed hardwoods and many overlook beautiful Lake Owen and Bass Lake.

Two Lakes Campground has 94 sites made up of several loops. There are two fee station areas, two swimming beaches, boat launches with parking and a dock on both lakes.  Also included is water, vault toilets, an RV dump station, garbage and recycling bins, water craft rentals, and ice for sale at the campground manager’s site.  There’s also a one-mile hiking trail around Bass Lake and a paved interior road that is great for bike riding.

Fishing is very popular on both lakes year round.  Lake Owen is well known for fishing and water sports such as boating, kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming.  Bass Lake has an accessible fishing pier and is a smaller lake with panfish.

This campground has many recreational opportunities inside and within the surrounding area. The North Country National Scenic Trail comes through the campground from the Porcupine Lake Wilderness Area near the fee station. There’s also access to the Bass Lake Trail located within the campground.

So, if you like to swim, boat, fish, hike or picnic, then the Two Lakes Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located about 5 minutes southeast of Drummond and south of Cable.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground opens May 7, 2022 Aquatic Invasive Species decontamination is required by Bayfield County ordinance when you land your boat at the Two Lakes Campground or North Outlet landing on Lake Owen.  The campground has a sanitizing station with a mild bleach solution to kill AIS and the North Outlet Landing has a hot water washing system. Either may be used prior to entering the lake.
Reservations: The reservation system provides visitors the opportunity to reserve their favorite spot during specific times, ensuring a place to stay, which will be beneficial to local users as well as users traveling from afar. Sites can be reserved at www.recreation.gov or by calling Reserve America at 1-877-444-6777 or TDD 1-877-833-6777. The campground will still have first come first served sites available for those who prefer a more spontaneous adventure. 
Rentals & Guides: Call the campground manager at Two Lakes Campground at (715) 739-6334 for more information on prices for:
  • Paddle boat, stand-up paddle board, kayak, and canoe rentals
  • Ice
  • Firewood 
  • RV Dump Station
Fees: Individual campsite fee is $23, or $11.50 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 7 - October 31
Busiest Season: Camping: June - October
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 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 designated campground.  Visitors may go outside the campground to collect firewood using a chainsaw for their use while camping.
Operation of all ATVs & UTVs are prohibited in campground.
Closest Towns: Drummond and Cable.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: The Annual Recreation Pass (sticker) is not accepted at the Two Lakes campground, a concessionaire managed site under Forest Service special use permit.
Information Center: Washburn Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

Directions to Two Lakes Campground from the intersection of US Highway 63 in Drummond, turn south on FR 213 (Lake Owen Scenic Drive) and drive 5.5 miles to the entrance road.

From Cable: Take County Hwy M west to FR 214. Go north on FR 214 (Lake Owen Scenic Drive) for approximately 9 miles.  The entrance to the campground is on the left side of the road.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Road Cycling

There’s a one-mile hiking trail around Bass Lake and a paved interior road that is great for bike riding. 

Campground Camping

Two Lakes Campground has 94 campsites. Each site includes a defined parking spur, fire ring, picnic table, and tent pad. Please help to not increase the size of the area and keep all equipment on the parking spur.  Most sites can accommodate RV's up to 35 feet. Drinking water and vault toilets are available.  The campground also has 7 walk-in sites.

There are several items available for sale at the campground manager’s site.  They sell firewood, ice and rent paddle boats, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. They also have solar wells for ease of use by visitors.  There is a dump station that is $10 for registered campers.  There is a $25 fee to dup for non-registered campers.

No. of Sites 94

RV Camping

Almost all the sites can accommodate RV's up to 30 feet. Campsites include a defined parking spur, fire ring, picnic table, and tent pad. Please help to not increase the size of the area and keep all equipment on the parking spur.  Drinking water and vault toilets are available.

No. of Sites 94
Reservation Info Campsites may be reserved through the campground reservation system at www.recreation.gov.
Size Restrictions (Back-in sites unless indicated below): Tent only: 34-40 Back in 30 feet: 1, 3, 4, 7-10, 12, 30, 31, 80, 81, 83 Back in 35 feet: 6, 14, 15, 17-29, 33, 41-45, 48, 50-55, 57-62, 64-66, 68-71, 74-78, 84-94 Back in 45+ feet: 11, 16, 32, 46, 47, 63, 72, 73 Pull Thru 45+ feet: 2, 5, 13, 56, 82 RV up to 50 Feet
Dump Stations Yes
Fire Information There are accessible fire rings at each campsite.
Corrals RV up to 50 Feet
Pavement Type of Parking Asphalt
No. of Accessible sites 85

Lake and Pond Fishing

Lake Owen is well known for northern pike, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass.  Bass Lake is a smaller lake with panfish, such as bluegills and perch. There are boat launches with parking and a dock on both lakes.  Water craft rentals are available at the campground manager’s site. 

Fish Species panfish, northern pike, walleye, bass and trout

Ice Fishing

Fishing is very popular on both lakes year round. 

Day Hiking

Drummond Woods Interpretive Trail – This short 0.75-mile trail near the village of Drummond is relatively flat and easy to hike. The trail traverses through a northern hardwood forest and is a wonderful short hike to view fall colors, but don’t want to go a long distance. It has several interpretive stops with information signs at each stop. The trail is used for snowshoeing in winter months. Click here for more information.

 

Backpacking

North Country National Scenic Trail – comes through the campground from the Porcupine Lake Wilderness Area near the fee station. The trail follows the north shore of Lake Owen for about two miles. Lake Owen is an exceptionally clear lake. Click here for more information

Porcupine Lake Wilderness – This 4,443 acre wilderness is located southeast of Two Lakes Campground. The area north of Porcupine Lake is fairly scenic. The North Country Trail traverses the wilderness from east to west. Click here for more information.

Viewing Wildlife

Extraordinary wildlife can be found nearby. Two Lakes Recreation Area offers many opportunities to view bald eagles, deer, waterfowl, grouse and many more creatures.

Viewing Plants

Whether you are interested in plants, scenery, touring the trail with binoculars or camera can allow you to take advantage of fantastic viewing and photographic opportunities.

Viewing Scenery

Whether you are interested in plants, scenery, touring the trail with binoculars or camera can allow you to take advantage of fantastic viewing and photographic opportunities.

Picnicking

There is a swim beach and picnic shelter at the northern end of the Lake Owen Campground on Forest Road 213. Click here for more information.

Boating - Motorized

Lake Owen – Lake Owen is well known for fishing and water sports such as boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing and swimming. 

Boating - Non-Motorized

Bass Lake- Bass Lake is under 10 acres in size and is a non-motorized lake. You can paddle a small boat, kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board, or snorkel and fish on this lake.  

Swimming

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.2938

  Longitude : 
-91.1921