Situated on the western end of the Great Lakes, Wisconsin is home to a wealth of recreational opportunities for RVs of all different sizes. With locations such as Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Cave of the Mounds and Devil's Lake State Park, you can spend weeks on end in your Thor Motor Coach RV and still not see everything that Wisconsin has to offer. Here are some of the highlights that you won't want to miss.
Devil's Lake State Park
As the largest state park in Wisconsin with over 9,000 acres, Devil's Lake is a haven for hikers. Located in Baraboo in the state's spectacular Kettle Moraine area that features towering cliffs and gorgeous valleys carved out by the glaciers more than 10,000 years ago, the park has 500-foot high bluffs, hiking trails for beginners through hardcore enthusiasts and Devil's Lake itself where boating and fishing opportunities abound. It's a great place to take your motorhome so that you can enjoy all the recreational opportunities Devil's Lake has to offer.
Entrance fees are $5 per vehicle per day, which is waived if you have a U.S. National Parks pass. Alternatively, annual admissions stickers are $28 for Wisconsin residents or $38 for nonresidents. Camping starts at $20 per vehicle for non-electric sites. Many sites are primitive but there are no restrictions on size, so bring your Class A motorhome or Class C motorhome to have all the comforts you require.
Dogs are welcome and must be on a leash at all times that is eight feet or less in length. Make sure that you stay on designated nature paths and stay away from sites that are designated as pet-free zones.
Destinations near Devil's Lake
Devil's Lake is a great base from which to explore other areas accessible to motorhomes. Cave of the Mounds located near Madison in Dane County is another popular destination. This natural limestone cave has been called the jewel of America's major show caves is located just outside of Blue Mound State Park. Daily admission rates are $8 for vehicles with Wisconsin plates and $11 for out-of-state plates. Camping here is inexpensive and non-restrictive for RVs. Rates start at $18 for Wisconsin residents or $23 for non-residents. Rules on pets are the same as they are at Devil's Lake.
Another option is to travel north on Interstate 94 to Wisconsin Dells. Campgrounds for motorhomes here are plentiful and have amenities such as swimming pools, mini golf courses and other recreational facilities. Expect to pay more per night for these perks. This area is a great place to take the kids as the resort town of Wisconsin Dells has countless arcades and similar attractions. Campgrounds here are primarily private, each with its own rules.
Along the Great Lakes
Heading further north to Green Bay, you'll find the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to more than 4,500 animals. Admission is free. There are no camping facilities within the park, however, Tranquil Timbers Camping Resort is less than an hour from the sanctuary, offering high-end RV accommodations starting at approximately $45 per night.
Even further north is Apostle Island National Lakeshore on the shores of Lake Superior in Bayfield. This is the ideal place to take your RUV, especially to go to Madeleine Island. Admission is free while camping rates start at $5 per day for vehicles less than 20 feet.