Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

If you are looking for one of the most popular camping spots within the Nicolet National Forest of northern Wisconsin, try Franklin Lake Recreation Area off Highway 70 east of Eagle River. Its unique structures land it on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

The Franklin Lake Recreation Area on the Eagle River District consists of two campgrounds with a total of 77 campsites. The campground offers dozens of single-family campsites, available for tent and RV camping. 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.

 

Day use facilities include an 892 acre clear blue water lake and boasts a beautiful sandy beach. The lake provides visitors with ample opportunities for boating, swimming and year round fishing. 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. 

 

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 educational programs and numerous trails in the area, with some beginning within the campground, including a 6-mile hike to nearby Anvil Lake.

 

Did you forget something? Don’t sweat it! The small town of Eagle River can meet your camping supply needs ranging from groceries to fire wood, as well as a souvenir or two.

 

So, if you like to swim, boat, fish, hike picnic or enjoy being close to town, the Franklin Lake recreation area is the place for you, conveniently located just 15 minutes east of Eagle River. Franklin Lake Recreation Area is pet friendly; See our restrictions for more information.

Franklin Lake North Recreational Opportunity Guide: LINK

Franklin Lake South Recreational Opportunity Guide: LINK

 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Franklin Lake Campground is closed.
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.  
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.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: 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.
Operation of all ATVs & UTVs are prohibited in campground.
Closest Towns: Eagle River, WI. Visit the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce!
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Accessible Flush and Vault toilets
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 http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/rec-fee.shtml to decide which pass is right for you.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Summer Campground hosts greet visitors as they arrive, inform them of the campground regulations and assist them with their campsite. Eagle River - Florence Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

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.


General Notes:

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


Recreation Map

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Activities


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Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

This popular campground is located on the east shore of crystal clear Franklin Lake. The Franklin Lake Recreation Area consist of two campgrounds with a total of 77 campsites. The campground offers dozens of single-family campsites, available for tent and RV camping. 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.

Pavement Type of ParkingAsphalt
Fire InformationSites are equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings with grills.
No. of Sites77 total campsites (37 campsites on North End; 40 campsites on South End)
Size Restrictions

Maximum RV/ Trailer Length of Campsites
(Back-in sites unless indicated below):
Franklin Lake North Campground:

  • 30 Foot: 76
  • 35 Foot: 53, 55-63
  • 40 Foot: 32-52, 54, 64-75, 77
Franklin Lake South Campground:
  • 25 Foot: 21, 31
  • 30 Foot: 4, 16, 19
  • 40 Foot: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8-15, 17, 18, 22-30
  • Pull Through Tent: 7, 20
Reservation InfoReservable Sites at Franklin Lake North Campground: 41-42,51-61, 75-76 Reservable Sites at Franklin Lake South Campground: 2-4, 16-40 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 can be reserved at www.recreation.gov or by calling Reserve America at 1-877-444-6777 or TDD 1-877-833-6777.

Campground Camping

This popular campground is located on the east shore of crystal clear Franklin Lake. The Franklin Lake Recreation Area consist of two campgrounds with a total of 77 campsites. The campground offers dozens of single-family campsites, available for tent and RV camping. 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.

No. of Sites77

Fishing

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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Amenities

Picnic tables
Drinking water
Interpretive Site Interpretive Trails
Toilets
Boat ramp
Tent camping
Accessible Accessible flush toilets, vault toilets
Camping trailer
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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
881 Acre Lake

  Latitude : 
45.9381

  Longitude : 
-88.9877

 



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