Kettle Moraine Northern Unit - Long Lake

BigAl

Active Member
Gold Supporting Member
May 22, 2019
143
Wisconsin
Camped here last weekend - booked a double site with another family that we have camped with for years. We moved to a popup last year, but they still tent it.

Check-in was non-existent - due to COVID, all sites have to be reserved in advance through the DNR website, and when you arrive you head straight to your site. The entrance station was closed; we were surprised to see a place to purchase firewood (info we had received from the DNR said you'd need to buy firewood outside the park, so this was nice). No problems with squatters in our site - pulled up, backed it in and popped up the camper.

Sites had plenty of separation so we couldn't see neighbors from our site which was nice, also helped keep the noise down. Our double site didn't have much shade at mid-day, but mornings and later afternoons were fine if you stayed by the sides of the site. Our site had standing water from the Friday storms that took most of the weekend to soak in which wasn't great, but the site was big enough so we could avoid the puddles (the kids however intentionally went for the puddles).

Noise wasn't a problem - we could hear our neighbors but it was never problematic. Someone's kid (guessing around 7 or 8 years old) showed up in our site in the middle of dinner and wanted to play in our hammocks. Never met this kid before, so we thought it was weird - we told him no and he walked off. He came back later with his siblings and asked again - keep in mind we don't know any of these kids or their families. We told all of them no, the hammocks weren't for playing in. Just weird to have complete strangers walk into our site and ask to play with our stuff. Oh well. The kid did have his site number written on his arm, he showed us when we asked him if his parents knew where he was (he didn't answer the question, but told us he was staying in site 901). :grin:

Bathrooms were close by, and they cleaned them I think twice a day. Flush toilets and running water. Water spigot on the side of the bathroom building for filling up - no electricity or water at the sites. Showers were available on the next loop over, but we didn't use them.

The park has two beaches on Long Lake. We went the north beach on Saturday and the south beach on Sunday - both were nice. The north beach was a bit quieter on Saturday when we arrived, but was just as busy as the south beach when we went back to our site. We walked to and from the beach both days; it's a bit of a walk but the kids did fine.

Overall nice campground. I had tent camped here a few times as a kid, but hadn't been there in 20 years. Definitely will come back!
 

nectarsis

Member
Jun 25, 2020
21
WI, USA
Camped here last weekend - booked a double site with another family that we have camped with for years. We moved to a popup last year, but they still tent it.

Check-in was non-existent - due to COVID, all sites have to be reserved in advance through the DNR website, and when you arrive you head straight to your site. The entrance station was closed; we were surprised to see a place to purchase firewood (info we had received from the DNR said you'd need to buy firewood outside the park, so this was nice). No problems with squatters in our site - pulled up, backed it in and popped up the camper.

Sites had plenty of separation so we couldn't see neighbors from our site which was nice, also helped keep the noise down. Our double site didn't have much shade at mid-day, but mornings and later afternoons were fine if you stayed by the sides of the site. Our site had standing water from the Friday storms that took most of the weekend to soak in which wasn't great, but the site was big enough so we could avoid the puddles (the kids however intentionally went for the puddles).

Noise wasn't a problem - we could hear our neighbors but it was never problematic. Someone's kid (guessing around 7 or 8 years old) showed up in our site in the middle of dinner and wanted to play in our hammocks. Never met this kid before, so we thought it was weird - we told him no and he walked off. He came back later with his siblings and asked again - keep in mind we don't know any of these kids or their families. We told all of them no, the hammocks weren't for playing in. Just weird to have complete strangers walk into our site and ask to play with our stuff. Oh well. The kid did have his site number written on his arm, he showed us when we asked him if his parents knew where he was (he didn't answer the question, but told us he was staying in site 901). :grin:

Bathrooms were close by, and they cleaned them I think twice a day. Flush toilets and running water. Water spigot on the side of the bathroom building for filling up - no electricity or water at the sites. Showers were available on the next loop over, but we didn't use them.

The park has two beaches on Long Lake. We went the north beach on Saturday and the south beach on Sunday - both were nice. The north beach was a bit quieter on Saturday when we arrived, but was just as busy as the south beach when we went back to our site. We walked to and from the beach both days; it's a bit of a walk but the kids did fine.

Overall nice campground. I had tent camped here a few times as a kid, but hadn't been there in 20 years. Definitely will come back!

Awesome to hear the area is still nice... like you that was one of my main stomping grounds as a kid camped there regularly probably about 20 to 35 years ago.
 

neighbormike

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Gold Supporting Member
Oct 6, 2012
3,829
WI

For the love of GOD, let the boy play in your hammock!! [LOL] I was in a group site there several years ago... very enjoyable!
 




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