Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
wide, slow river with a few boulders and thick brushy shoreline
Chipmunk Rapids Campground
 

 


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Chipmunk Rapids is a very popular campground and general recreation area. Chipmunk Rapids is inside Wisconsin's scenic Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest about 16 miles south of Iron River, Michigan. Unfortunately, the campground itself is easy to miss. There are a whopping six sites, mostly little grassy pull offs. You could squeeze an RV in the sites rather easily, but they aren't very developed.



Forest visitors interested in trout fishing will find much to enjoy about Chipmunk Rapids campground. The Pine River is one of the better Wisconsin trout streams and is home to brook and brown trout. Visitors interested in a bit of whitewater will find the Chipmunk Rapids interesting. Although not the most impressive rapids we have seen, they certainly add a flavor of wildness to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The rapids are just upstream from the bridge you cross right before the campground. Don't forget that Lost Lake is only a mile down the road (or trail), and offers a really neat lake experience. Trout fishermen and non-motorized boaters will find this campground an intriguing place to set up camp for the night. Also of note is the fantastic artesian spring which flows freely at the campground.


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Chipmunk Rapids campground facts:

Video Tour available: No
Open: May 2 to November 29
Sites: 6
Laundry: No
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Store: No(16.8 miles to the town of Iron River, Michigan)
Fee: $10
Parking apron: grass, dirt will accomodate most sizes
Ranger District: Florence
Handicapped Accessible: No
Toilets: Yes(vault) | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: Artesian well, constant flow
Elevation: 1,488 feet
Fishing: Yes (Pine River, Lost Lake- brook trout, brown trout, smallmouth)
Generator: Yes
Gas: No(
16.8 miles to the town of Iron River, Michigan)
Repairs: No
(16.8 miles to the town of Iron River, Michigan)
Back in 25: Sites 2, 3, 4, 6
Back in 35: Site 1
Back in 40: Site 5

artesian spring in small wooded clearing with pine tree branches overhanging

 

Image notes: Both images were captured some time ago within Chipmunk Rapids campground in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The top image is the Pine River viewed from the campground, and the artesian spring which is always flowing. The water is outstanding.

 


 


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