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SMITH RAPIDS, WI

Photo: SMITH RAPIDS
Status: Closed through Wed Apr 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Smith Rapids Campground is located on the South Fork of the Flambeau River. With campsites designated to accommodate equestrians, it is an ideal location for horseback riding. Hiking, river fishing and canoeing are popular activities.

Natural Features:

At an elevation of about 1,500 feet, the campground provides shady, wooded sites. 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.

Recreation:

The campground 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, a wooden bridge and vistas overlooking various bogs and lakes. It is a popular snowmobiling location during winter months.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family sites for tent and RV camping. Several of the sites have extra long parking spurs to accommodate horse trailers. All sites are equipped with hitching racks. Tables and campfire rings with grills 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
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • River Access
  • Self Pay Station
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Bring insect repellent
  • 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):
45.91056, -90.17389
45°54'38"N, 90°10'26"W

From Fifield, travel east on State Highway 70 for a little more than 12 miles and turn left (north) onto Forest Service Road 148. Continue for 2 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SMITH RAPIDS
USDA FOREST SERVICE
PARK FALLS WI 54552

Phone Number:

Information: (715)762-2461