Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
crystal blue lake in Wisconsin with thickly forested shoreline Nicolet
Lost Lake campground


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Lost Lake is a decent sized campground located in the far eastern portion of the Cheqaumegon-Nicolet National Forest inside Wisconsin about 17 miles south of Iron River, Michigan.. I think many readers of this site would really enjoy this campground. It is definitely a hidden gem within the northwoods. Lost Lake is very pretty, and a good sized lake at 86 acres. The water is exceptionally clear and the shoreline is dotted with old growth trees such as white pine and hemlock. This is one of the few lakes left in the area that is relatively undeveloped. Hiking in the area is excellent as well, with the Chipmunk Rapids Trail and the Lauterman National Recreational Trail nearby.

Those interested in boating Lost Lake should take notice that no motors are permitted on the lake. There is a small boat launch as well as a small sandy beach right at the campground. The campground has a nice mix of hardwoods and the sites are about medium size. Sense of privacy is just OK. I have seen better in that regard. But overall, Lost Lake campground has little competition in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest because it offers a quiet, pristine lake, old growth forest, a sizable river and numerous hiking trails all within one very small area. This is really what makes the campground great. Those interested in motor-less water based recreation a four hour drive from Milwaukee or Chicago(5 1/2 hours)will find this an area worth coming back to.

Lost Lake is listed as a loon nesting area, so keep alert for the special birds. In 2003, I spotted a wolf near this campground, and you can bet they roam these woods. Black bear, fisher, pine marten and bald eagles also call the Lost Lake area home.

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Lost Lake campground facts:

Video Tour available: No
Open: May 2 to October 16
Sites: 27
Laundry: No
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Store: No(17.8 miles to the town of Iron River, Michigan)
Fee: $12
Parking apron: dirt, will accommodate any size
Ranger District: Florence
Handicapped Accessible: Yes, toilets
Toilets: Yes(vault) | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: Yes(hand pump, two)
Elevation: 1,561 feet
Fishing: Yes (Lost Lake, Pine River- brook trout, brown trout, smallmouth)
Generator: Yes
Gas: No(
17.8 miles to the town of Iron River, Michigan
Repairs: No(
17.8 miles to the town of Iron River, Michigan)
Back in 30: Sites 9, 18
Back in 35: Sites 2, 6, 17, 19, 25
Back in 40: Sites 1, 3-5, 7, 8, 10-16, 20-24, 26, 27

old growth hemlock and pine on shores of Lost Lake


Image note: Image is scenic Lost Lake in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The water there is very clear.



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