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.
Lost Lake campground!
Lost Lake campground facts:
Tour available: No
Open: May 2 to October 16
Dump Station: No
Store: No(17.8 miles to the town of Iron River, Michigan)
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,
Gas: No(17.8 miles to the town of
Iron River, Michigan)
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
Image note: Image is scenic Lost Lake in the Chequamegon-Nicolet
National Forest. The water there is very clear.