Smith Rapids Pavilion

Chequamegon-Nicolet Nf

Smith Rapids Pavilion is day-use picnicking area contained within Smith Rapids Campground. Both accommodate equestrians and are situated near a variety of scenic spots in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. The pavilion is popular for its access to miles of horseback riding trails.

The accessible pavilion is a day-use picnic area for groups of up to 30 people. No overnight camping is available at the pavilion. Picnic tables, grills and trash service is provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water.

Need to Know

Natural Features

At an elevation of about 1,500 feet, the pavilion provides a shaded picnic site. Smith Rapids is located on the South Fork of the Flambeau River, with a scenic view of Smith Rapids Covered Bridge. Constructed in 1991, the bridge is the only glue-laminated town lattice covered bridge in Wisconsin.

Nearby Attractions

Park Falls, Wisconsin is approximately 17 miles from the campground and is a full service community.


Smiths Rapids is specifically tailored to accommodate horseback riders, providing direct access to the 18.5-mile Smith River Saddle Equestrian Trail. The trails in the area are very rugged and have a limited maintenance schedule, but remain popular with equestrian riders and campers alike. The fast-flowing South Fork of the Flambeau River is popular among canoeists. A carry-down boat ramp is available at the campground. The river is populated with a variety of trout. The campground is in close proximity to the 70-mile Flambeau Trail System, open to off-road vehicles, hiking and mountain biking. The trail is highlighted by rolling terrain, tree-lined corridors, wooden bridges and vistas overlooking various bogs and lakes. It is a popular snowmobiling location during winter months. Off road vehicles are not allowed to operate in Smith Rapids Campground.

Contact Information



Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 715-762-2461

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

From the intersection of Highways 13 and Highway 70 in Fifield, drive about 12 miles east on Highway 70 to Forest Service Road 148. Turn left (north) and continue just over a mile on Forest Service Road 148, to the Smith Rapids Campground entrance.

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