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Status: Open through Sat Oct 24 2015   Season Dates


Spread along the banks of the Upper Mississippi River, the Grant River Campground, located in the "Catfish Capital of Wisconsin," is a modern campground that offers a plethora of outdoor and recreational activities.

Natural Features:

Surrounding the large campsite is the lush river landscape, creating a nature experience for visitors without losing the comforts of modern camping.

The Grant River Recreation area is also the site of one of Wisconsin's most famous archeological finds. A historical burial site of the Woodland Indians was discovered along the banks, including copper instruments and jewelry that date back more than 1,000 years.


The famous fishing on the Mississippi River draws crowds of anglers each year. The most popular species is the channel catfish, earning the city of Potosi the nickname "Catfish Capital of Wisconsin." Other species include bluegill, walleye, crappie, northern pike and bass.

Aside from fishing, boating and water sports are the most popular activities, and a boat ramp is available at the campsite for visitors.


Picnic shelters and a playground create an ideal environment for a small party or family get-together. Both tent and RV sites are available, and amenities like showers, drinking water and flush toilets offer a comfortable camping experience.

Nearby Attractions:

Located only eight miles from the campground is the Dickeyville Grotto and Shrines, an amazing collection of art completed in 1931 by Father Matthias Wernerus. The site features intricately designed stone and mortar statues adorned with colored glass, precious gemstones, porcelain, exotic corals, fossils and other items Father Wernerus collected from all over the world. The shrine is located in a beautiful floral garden surrounding the Holy Ghost Church.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Emergency Phone
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • Visitors must check-in with host upon arrival

All campers must register with the fee booth on the day of arrival. Fee booth hours are 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. daily and 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of holiday weekends.
Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.
  • "FIREWOOD ALERT" - Prevent the spread of EAB. All firewood originating from out-of-state or from a quarantined county is prohibited in this facility. Purchase firewood from a local vendor. Do Not bring firewood from home. Click www.missriver.org and click on the "Emerald Ash Borer Firewood Alert" picture/link for more information.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    42.65944, -90.70972
    42°39'34"N, 90°42'35"W

    Take WI-133 two miles south of Potosi. Turn left on River Lane and follow the directional signs approximately two miles to the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    3990 Park Lane
    POTOSI  WI  53820

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (563)582-0881
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