Day Lake Recreation Area


Day Lake Campground features shaded campsites nestled under towering pines on the east shore of Day Lake. This campground is just one mile north of Clam Lake on County Highway GG. There are 52 campsites and each has a parking spur, fire ring, picnic table and tent pad. Currently, 13 campsites in Blueberry and Heron loops are closed. Some campsites can accommodate RV's up to 45 feet. Drinking water, vault toilets, play area, swimming beach and a fishing pier are available. Campsites may be reserved through the campground reservation system at www.recreation.gov. Six paved barrier-free campsites are available. Paved trails connect these sites to the fishing pier.

A boat launch and picnic area are located two miles south of the campground on County Highway M. Day Lake is 632 acres with excellent musky fishing. There is a $5 recreation use fee for the boat landing and picnic area. This does not apply to registered campers. Day Lake is also known for elk, eagles, loons and deer.

The Dead Horse ATV trail can be accessed directly from the Day Lake Recreation Area.

So, if you like to swim, boat, fish, hike, and picnic, then the Day Lake recreation area is the place for you, located just 5 minutes north of Clam Lake. Day Lake is one of our dog friendly recreation areas.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground opens May 5, 2022
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 Recreation.gov 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 $18/night, payable at the fee envelope tube at the site. Camping fees are $9 with use of Interagency Senior or Access Pass. Pass discounts apply only to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass holder.
Open Season: May 5 - October 31
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Camping: June - October
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.
Day Lake is a designated off-highway vehicle campground, allowing off-highway vehicle use to and from the nearby trails.
Closest Towns: Clam Lake, WI
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault toilets
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.

General Information

Directions:

From Mellen drive 18 miles southwest on Highway GG to the campground entrance.

From Glidden drive north on Highway 13 three miles to Highway 77. Turn left (west) on 77 and drive 13.5 miles to Clam Lake. Turn right (northwest) on Highways GG and M and in 0.1 mile turn right (north) on GG and proceed 0.5 mile to the campground entrance.

From Cable drive east on Highway M 19.5 miles to Highway GG. Turn left (north) on GG and drive 0.5 mile to the campground entrance.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Day Lake Campground features shaded campsites nestled under towering pines. There are 52 campsites and each has a parking spur, fire ring, picnic table, and tent pad. There are also three walk-in campsites. Drinking water, vault toilets, play area, swimming beach and a fishing pier are available.

RV Camping

Some campsites can accommodate RV's up to 45 feet.

Reservation Info Reservable Campsites: 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 46, 48, 49, 50.
Size Restrictions Back-in sites unless indicated below:
  • 30 Foot: 4, 11, 16, 17, 28, 33, 34, 46, 47, 48, 50
  • 35 Foot: 3, 25, 31, 37, 38, 39, 51
  • 40 Foot: 1, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 36, 49, 52
  • 45+ Foot: 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 18, 19, 21, 23, 30, 32, 35
No. of Accessible sites 6 paved barrier-free campsites are available.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Lake is a 640 acre flowage with good fishing for musky, largemouth bass and panfish.  It has a depth of 20 feet with moderately clear water.  Legal sized muskies have been caught from the fishing pier. Six paved barrier-free campsites are available. Paved trails connect these sites to the fishing pier. A boat launch and picnic area are located two miles south of the campground on County Highway M.

Fish Species Excellent musky fishing. 
Fishing Mode Accessible fishing pier.

Viewing Wildlife

Extraordinary wildlife can be found nearby. Day Lake offers many opportunities to view elk, bald eagles, deer, waterfowl, grouse and many others.

OHV Road Riding

The Dead Horse Motorized Trail can be accessed directly from the Day Lake Recreation Area.

This 63-mile trail begins at the Camp Loretta Trailhead. Several town roads open to ATV/UTVs provide links to nearby towns. The trail also links to the Tuscobia State Trail and the Flambeau River State Forest Trail. Click here for more information.

Picnicking

A boat launch and picnic area are located two miles south of the campground on County Highway M featuring picnic tables along the lake and vault toilets. There is a $5 recreation use fee for the boat landing and picnic area.

Boating - Motorized

A boat launch is located two miles south of the campground on County Highway M for fishing and other recreational water activities. There is a $5 recreation use fee for the boat landing and picnic area.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Day Lake provides visitors with ample opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, paddling and paddle boarding. There is a $5 recreation use fee for the boat landing and picnic area.

Swimming

There is a beach located within the campground for swimming.

Recreation Areas

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
632 Acre Lake

  Latitude : 
46.1817

  Longitude : 
-90.9046