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Richardson Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Richardson Lake Recreation Area is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of some of the more popular recreation sites on the Lakewood-Laona District.  It has many the amenities of the other recreation areas, just not all the crowds.  There are plenty of sites to see on the district and Richardson Lake Recreation area can serve as a home base.

The campground has 26 wooded sites located on the south shore of Richardson Lake, a 47-acre lake with plenty of bass, northern pike and panfish. Take your boat or canoe on the water in search of wildlife along the shoreline. Then relax on the sandy beach or take in the view of the lake from the picnic area that is located on a hill above the swim area.

The Richardson Lake Recreation Area is near popular local site-seeing spots Quartz Hill, Ed’s Lake National Recreation Trail, Halley Creek Bird Trail and Knowles Creek Interpretive Trail.

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

So, if you like to swim, boat, fish, hike, picnic or enjoy being close to town, then the Richardson Lake recreation area is the place for you, conveniently located just 5 minutes west of Wabeno. Don’t forget your canine friends. Richardson Lake is one of our dog friendly Recreation Areas. Dogs must be well behaved and leashed at all times. 

Read the site's Recreational Opportunity Guide here:

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Area Status: Campground openings have been delayed, check back for updated opening and closing dates.
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.
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.
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Summer holidays
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: Wabeno
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: 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: Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.
Information Center: Campground hosts greet visitors as they arrive, inform them of the campground regulations and assist them with their campsite. Lakewood-Laona District

General Information


From Wabeno, drive north 0.8 mile on Highway 32 to Highway 52. Turn left (west) on Highway 52 and drive 2.4 miles to Richardson Lake Road (FR 2880): Turn right (north) on Richardson Lake Road and continue 0.4 mile to the campground.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

A majority of campsites can accommodate campers as long as 30 feet and longer. Sites can be reserved online through the national reservations service.

Pavement Type of ParkingAsphalt
Fire InformationThere are accessible fire rings at each campsite.
No. of Sites26
Size Restrictions(Back-in sites unless indicated below):
  • Back in 25 feet: 2, 14, 21, 25
  • Back in 30 feet: 4, 7, 10, 12, 15
  • Back in 35 feet: 5, 13, 16, 17
  • Back in 40 feet: 1, 3, 6, 22, 23
  • Back in 45+ feet: 8, 9, 11, 18, 19, 20, 24, 26
Reservation InfoCampsites may be reserved through the campground reservation system at www.recreation.gov. Reservable sites: 1, 6, 9, 10, 13-17, 20

Campground Camping

Richardson Lake Campground has 26 sites. A majority of sites can accommodate campers as long as 30 feet and longer. A camp host, drinking water, vault toilets, swim beach, picnic area and a boat landing are also provided at this location.

No. of Sites26


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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Areas & Activities


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47 Acre Lake

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