Wanoka Lake Recreation Area


Wanoka Recreation Area is located off an ATV route that connects to local ATV trails and other open routes. Visitors may ride their ATV or smaller UTVs to and from the route.  ATVs may not be used to drive around the campground for fun. ATVs need to be kept on their trailers or on the parking spur on the site.

Located approximately 7 miles east of Iron River, this campground is located on a 15-acre lake that has panfish and trout. Wanoka Lake Campground has 20 sites. Each site has a defined parking spur, fire ring, picnic table, and 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. There are two pull-through sites.  Drinking water and vault toilets are available. There is a carry-in-boat access.

Did you forget something? Don't sweat it! The small town of Iron River can meet your camping supply needs ranging from groceries to firewood.  If you need an out-of-state fishing or ATV/UTV license, Iron River gas stations have these available for purchase.

So, if you like to fish, kayak, hike, bike or enjoy being close to town, then the Wanoka Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located just a short drive from Iron River.

At a Glance

Reservations: There are no reservable sites at the Wanoka Campground. All sites are available on a first-come basis. Holding sites for others is not permissible.
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.
Open Season: Campground Open April 29 - Oct. 12
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Campground: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
Restrictions: Campsite Capacity
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
ATV & UTV egress and ingress is allowed in campground.
Closest Towns: Iron River. Visit the Iron River Chamber of Commerce HERE.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center:   Maps are provided at the fee station. Washburn District Office

General Information

Directions: Follow US Hwy 2 East for about 7 miles and turn right (south) on Forest Road 234

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Wanoka Campground has 20 campsites. Each site includes a defined parking spur, fire ring, picnic table, and tent pad. Drinking water and vault toilets are available.

No. of Sites20

RV Camping

All sites can accommodate RV's up to 35 feet. Campsites include a 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 Sites23
Reservation InfoThere are no reservable sites, all are on a first-come basis.
Size Restrictions(Back-in sites unless indicated below):
  • Back in 30 feet: 3-8, 10-12, 14, 20
  • Back in 35 feet: 9, 13, 15-19
  • Back in 45+ feet: 1
No. of Accessible sites20


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Outdoor Learning

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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Areas & Activities


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