Franklin Lake Campground


4.83 out of 5
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Campground Description

Follow the Heritage Drive Scenic Byway to one of the most popular camping areas in the Nicolet located on the shores of crystal-clear Franklin Lake. This 881-acre lake provides excellent swimming, boating, and fishing. Historic stone and log structures and campsites mixed with tall pines and hemlocks are perched near the lake's edge--a beautiful setting for this campground that is on the National Registers of Historic Places. An interpretive center and naturalist programs are featured throughout the summer. In addition, a one-mile interpretive trail which passes Butternut Lake is available for every season. Numerous other trails are nearby, including the Hidden Lakes Trail connecting to Luna-White Deer Campground, as well as a six-mile trail to Anvil Lake Campground.
Contact: US Forest Service (
Posted by: Jeff Barber on December 13, 2005
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    Campground Activities

    Boating, swimming, hiking.

    Campground Amenities

    Open/Close: North side, 5/1 - 10/20; South side, 5/23 - 9/8

    Reservation info

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    Camping Fees

    $12/Night lakeshore family sites; $10/night for other family sites

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    Reviews of Franklin Lake Campground

    Reviewed by Michael Wesle on May 10, 2012

    (6 out of 13 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    With out a doubt the best campground I have ever been to. This place is secluded, and the campsites offer more privacy than most. The lake is just beautiful. We spend several weekends/weeks camping here every summer. I love getting up in the morning walking 50 feet and taking a morning swim right by the campsite. There are several flush toilets on site however the pit toilets always remain clean. The hiking trails are great and there are several very interesting log structures to explore in the campground. Every year we seem to find something new. We love this place!!!
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    Reviewed by Mrs4444 on June 30, 2011

    (2 out of 12 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    We've been taking our kids to Franklin Lake for more than ten years (they are 16 and 19 now), and they wouldn't think of camping anyplace else. As adults, my husband and I like the space and privacy of the sites, as well as the easy access to the lake and beach (though the water was remarkably low last year, it was still wonderful, and who doesn't like beachfront?!) Our kids love rollerblading on the road, making new friends, the clean beautiful lake, fishing, and the fact that Eagle River has a movie theater and candy store to visit if/when it rains too much :) We have so many great memories from Franklin Lake. My only complaint would be that the best sites get filled up quickly, so you have to get there EARLY and keep your fingers crossed. Of course, if you like your showers and flushing toilets, Franklin Lake is NOT the place for you, but we will happily take your spot :)

    Here's a link to a blog post I wrote about one of our Franklin Lake trips a while back:
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    Reviewed by mike C. on May 10, 2011

    (2 out of 5 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    I've been camping at Franklin Lake since I'm 8 years old. I'm 57 now and miss not going three and four times a year.

    Going this summer to remember fishing for walleye with my dad!
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    Reviewed by Guest on January 23, 2010

    (4 out of 9 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    I've been coming to Franklin Lake Camprgound since I was 2 years old, now I'm 13. I go every year with my parents for two weeks and have a friend come with. The roads are fantastic for biking and longboarding, and the hiking trails are nice. The only bad thing is that last year the water was very low. If the water wasn't low, it would be 5 stars for me. It is the best camping spot ever.
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    Reviewed by Guest on August 1, 2009

    (4 out of 7 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    I have been coming to Franklin Lake since I was 3 and now I am 34. I absolutely LOVE it!! It is the BEST place to camp. Campsites are big. I can't wait to go back next weekend :)
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    Reviewed by Guest on June 8, 2009

    (5 out of 10 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    The most beautiful, relaxing place in Wisconsin. I am 33 years old and have been coming here for 33 years.
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