Anvil Lake Campground

Chequamegon-Nicolet Nf

If you are looking for a campground with a family atmosphere or a base camp to explore area trails, try Anvil Lake Campground off State Highway 70, just minutes east of Eagle River, within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The campground is in a beautiful setting, among tall maples, pines and hemlocks, perched above Anvil Lake. In addition to its scenic landscape, the campground offers access to a variety of hiking and biking trails.

The campground offers 18 single family campsites, available for tent or RV camping. The campground offers both first-come, first-served campsites (8 sites) as well as sites which can be reserved in advance (10 sites). Sites are equipped with picnic tables and fire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets as well as drinking water are provided at the campground.

Need to Know

Natural Features

The campground is situated in a stand of large sugar maple, hemlock and white pine trees, at an elevation of 1,740 feet. A historic stone and log picnic shelter, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is located at the picnic area. The adjacent 377-acre Anvil Lake is crystal clear and is a popular swimming site as the campground boasts a large sandy beach area.  

Nearby Attractions

The City of Eagle River is located about 9 miles west of the campground. A varitey of services are offered there.


The lake provides visitors with ample opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Anglers can expect a catch of walleye, northern pike, bass, and pan fish. The lake is open to all types of boating, motorized and non-motorized. Numerous trails exist in the area, with Anvil National Recreation Trail leaving from the campground itself. From the Anvil National Recreation Trail, visitors are able to connect to the Nicolet North Trail, Hidden Lakes Trail, Franklin Lake Interpretive Trail, and the Luna White Deer Trail system. In total, this campground is connected to approximately 40 miles of hiking trail, most of which is open to mountain biking. Although the campground is not open during the winter months, the Anvil National Recreation Trail is groomed as both a classic and skate cross country ski trail. It is well known among the ski community as it was once the site of USA Olympic training. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area and visitors are encouraged to keep watch.  

So, if you like to swim, boat, fish, hike, picnic or enjoy being close to town, then the Anvil Lake Recreation Area is the place for you, conveniently located just 10 minutes east of Eagle River.

Contact Information

Mailing Address


Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 715.479.2827

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

Drive approximately 9 miles east from Eagle River on State Highway 70 to the campground entrance on the left.

Available Campsites

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