Lac Vieux Desert Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Camp here and you'll be at the headwaters of the Wisconsin River! You'll also be on a lake that has been "home" to Chippewa (Ojibwa) Indians for centuries. This 2,853-acre lake is the largest lake in the Nicolet and is shared with the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Hence, "border lake: fishing regulations apply". The lake is know for its musky, walley, bass, and northern. It also has several boat accesses and plenty of rustic resorts for your dining pleasure.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: The campground closed Oct. 9 for the season.
Fees Individual campsite fee is $15/night.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.  
Closest Towns:  Phelps
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 16 miles north on Highway 45/32 to County Road E. Turn right (east) on E and continue 2.8 miles to FR 2205 (West Shore Road). Turn left (north) and drive 1.3 miles to the campground entrance.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Ice Fishing

Fishing for musky, walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, and panfish

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing for musky, walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, and panfish

Fish Speciesmusky, walley, bass, and northern pike


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Nature Viewing

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Other Activities

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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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2,853 Acre Lake

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