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Status: Closed through Wed Apr 30 2014   Season Dates


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.

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.


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 also provides access to the 60-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.


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 campfire rings are provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water.

Nearby Attractions:

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

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Bring insect repellent
  • Outside vehicles may park at the facility for an additional fee
  • Click here for more information on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

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.
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.91028, -90.17389
45°54'37"N, 90°10'26"W

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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Project Office:(715)762-2461