Boulder Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

If you enjoy rustic camping, but aren’t quite ready to give up all the comforts of home, then the Boulder Lake Recreation Area is just for you. Recent improvements to this campground include electricity at some sites, an RV dump station, 3 shower and flush toilet facilities, an expanded beach and an amphitheater.  New vault toilets and hand pumps still exist for those that prefer the rustic camping experience.

For groups of friends and relatives who wish to escape to a nicely wooded setting, Boulder Lake Recreation Area may be the best bet. All group sites are reservable. Six sites are available for small groups up to 16 people and four sites can accommodate large groups up to 30 people in addition to the 89 family sites.

The campground has a picnic area, swim beach, and a boat landing. Fishing is good in the 362 acre Boulder Lake which has walleye, northern pike, bass, and pan fish. Several nearby streams offer trout fishing, too. The nearby Wolf River has opportunities for world class white water canoeing, rafting, and trout fishing.

If you plan to come on a summer weekend, get an early start! Even though this is the Chequamegon-Nicolet's largest campground, campsites fill up fast.

Please note: Services such as showers, water hook-ups, RV septic dump and other water-related amenities are shut down for the season at the end of September, depending on weather conditions. Find out more!

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The campground closed Oct. 22 for the recreation season.
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,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Family Sites $18/Night for family sites w/o electricity - Sites 1-89 $28/Night for family sites with electricity - Sites 9-16 and 40-54 Group Sites  $60/Night Small (6-16 people) $75/night Large (16-30 people)
Open Season: Campground: May 24 – October 31
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer holidays
Restrictions: Campsite Capacity
  • Maximum of 8 people and 4 vehicles at each family camp site.
  • Maximum of 16 people at small group sites.
  • Maximum of 30 people at large group sites.
  • 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:  Townsend
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush and Vault
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 Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:

Use at this campground is heavy during summer holiday, so come early in the week.

Some sites have electric site hook-ups at this facility.

There is a dump station at this site.

Some of the sites are first-come, first-served.

All firewood brought into the campground must be harvested within 25 miles of the campground.


Directions:

From the intersection of Highways 64 and 55 in Langlade, drive south 5 miles on Highway 55 to County Road WW in Markton. Turn left (east) on WW and drive 0.6 mile to Campground Drive (FR 2116). Turn left (north) on Campground Drive and continue 1.2 miles to the campground.

From Keshena, drive north 20 miles on Highway 55 to Markton. Turn right (east) on County Road WW and drive 0.6 mile to Campground Drive (FR 2116). Turn left (north) on Campground Drive and continue 1.2 miles to the campground.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Bicycling

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Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Other Activities

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Picnicking

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Rocks & Minerals

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Boating - Motorized

There is a paved boat ramp at the Boulder Lake Campground with parking for up to 16-20 stalls. This spring fed lake is 11 feet deep.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Canoeing, kayaking, paddling and windsurfing are some of the popular non-motorized water activities on Boulder Lake. 

Oconto River Canoe Trail – The Oconto River canoe trail offers areas of quiet water canoeing opportunities, interspersed with shallow rapids. Caution is advised near the Bagley Rapids area due to very fast water and rocky rapids.

Swimming

Enjoy the swim beach at Boulder Lake, which is great for swimming and snorkeling.

Bass Lake Swim and Picnic Area – Beautiful clear water awaits you at Bass Lake. This area offers a large sandy beach with a picnic area that has grills and picnic tables. A beautiful rest room facility is provided. Area is open from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.  Located on Bass Lake Road in Townsend.

Tubing

Water Skiing and tubing are a few of the motorized water activities that Boulder Lake Recreation Area has to offer, along with several other nearby sites. There is also a boat landing at Bass Lake Swim Beach and Picnic Area, as well as Wheeler Lake Picnic Area and Boot Lake Recreation Area.

Waterskiing

Water Skiing and tubing are a few of the motorized water activities that Boulder Lake Recreation Area has to offer, along with several other nearby sites. There is also a boat landing at Bass Lake Swim Beach and Picnic Area, as well as Wheeler Lake Picnic Area and Boot Lake Recreation Area.

Windsurfing

Canoeing, kayaking, paddling and windsurfing are some of the popular non-motorized water activities on Boulder Lake. 

Oconto River Canoe Trail – The Oconto River canoe trail offers areas of quiet water canoeing opportunities, interspersed with shallow rapids. Caution is advised near the Bagley Rapids area due to very fast water and rocky rapids.


Winter Sports

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Amenities

Picnic tables
Drinking water
Interpretive Site Boulder Lake Campground has an amphitheater.
Toilets
Boat ramp
Tent camping
Camping trailer Sites available for trailers 45' plus. Please see that attached information on this webpage.
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
362 Acre Lake

  Latitude : 
45.1411

  Longitude : 
-88.6344

 



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