Franklin Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Franklin Lake Campground is one of the most popular camping spots within the Nicolet National Forest of northern Wisconsin. Its unique structures land it on the National Register of Historic Places. The campground is in a beautiful setting, among tall pines and hemlocks, perched on the edge of the clear blue waters of Franklin Lake. In addition to its scenic landscape, the campground offers access to a variety of hiking trails and educational programs.

The campground is situated in a lush stand of mature pine and hemlock spruce trees, at an elevation of 1,700 feet. Historic stone and log structures, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, are scattered throughout the campground. The adjacent Franklin Lake is 892 acres and boasts a beautiful sandy beach.

The lake provides visitors with ample opportunities for boating, fishing and swimming. Anglers can expect a catch of walleye, northern pike, large and smallmouth bass, rock bass, perch, bluegill and trout, among others. The lake is open to all types of boating, motorized and non-motorized. 

Numerous trails exist in the area, with some beginning within the campground, including a 6-mile hike to nearby Anvil Lake. The 1-mile Franklin Lake interpretive trail is partly accessible and tours the forest of trees, with some more than 400 years old. It leads to the 13-mile Hidden Lakes Trail, which loops south, around Butternut Lake, passing several small lakes with scenic vistas and a remarkable stand of old hemlock trees, then back to the campground. 

A variety of wildlife make its home in the area and visitors are encouraged to keep watch. Educational programs are offered at the campground through summer months.

The campground offers dozens of single-family campsites, available for tent and RV camping. The vast majority of campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Sites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible flush and vault toilets, as well as drinking water, are provided throughout the campground.

Franklin Lake North Recreational Opportunity Guide: LINK

Franklin Lake South Recreational Opportunity Guide: LINK

At a Glance

Reservations: Additional sites at Franklin Lake Campground have been added to the reservation system for the 2017 camping season. 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.  The campground will still have first come first served sites available for those who prefer a more spontaneous adventure.  Sites can be reserved at or by calling Reserve America at 1-877-444-6777 or TDD 1-877-833-6777.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Individual campsite fee is $18/night for lakeshore family sites; $15/night for off lake sites.
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: May 24
Closest Towns:  Eagle River
Passes: The USDA Forest Service honors all four Interagency Recreation Passes that may be applied at National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife sites charging recreation use fees. Visit to decide which pass is right for you.
Information Center: Eagle River - Florence Ranger District

General Information


From Eagle River travel east 7.6 miles on Highway 70 to FR 2178 (Military Road). Turn right (south) on FR 2178 and continue 2.8 miles to FR 2181. Turn left (east) and travel 4.6 miles to the campground.

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GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.92472, -89.00806
45°55'29"N, 89°0'29"W

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