Wisconsin to Sink $2.19M in New 80-Site Campground
Wisconsin’s Buckhorn State Park will finally get its first designated family campground, the Juneau County Star-Times reported.
On Aug. 11, the State Building Commission approved spending $67,900 to hire a firm to prepare preliminary plans and a design of the first phase of what eventually will be a $2.19 million, 80-unit campground located west of 19th Avenue and south of County Highway G.
Phase 1 will have 30 tent and trailer sites, 10 of which will have electric service. An additional 30 sites will be added in Phase 2, 10 with electric, with more sites added until reaching 80 total.
The new campground will have a toilet and shower building plus a vault toilet building for off-season use and trailer dump station. Two new wells will be drilled to provide water.
Buckhorn was established in 1971 on a peninsula extending into the 5,700-acre Castle Rock Flowage. It has three outdoor group campgrounds, 42 cart-in campsites, 12 drive-in sites and cabin for overnight rental.
ReserveAmerica, a campground reservation company, has named Buckhorn one of America’s Top 100 Family campgrounds for three years. Buckhorn has also been listed among the top 10 romantic spots, top 25 scenic views, top 20 beaches, top 25 canoe spots and top 15 unique cabins, according to the DNR.
Campsites are usually at full capacity most summer weekends, creating the need for additional camping facilities, said Ken Keeley, a DNR landscape architect.
While Buckhorn is known for providing a more rustic camping experience compared to other Wisconsin state parks, Keeley said the park is big enough to provide rustic and family-style camping.
“The individual walk-in sites are located on the east edge of the park, and the family campground will be located on the west end of the park,” he said.
The DNR defines a family campground as traditional campsites large enough for a trailer, or RV and a tent and located on a one-way loop with a driveway for each site.
The site selected for the family campground is part of an old pine plantation, and also has remnant oak woods, and some large eastern white pine giving it good tree cover, said Keeley.
It’s also close to the west shore of the Castle Rock Flowage giving it good access to the water.
Park features families may enjoy include an amphitheater, two-level accessible wildlife blind, accessible fishing pier, kids’ fishing pond, and waterfowl hunting blinds. A 20-foot high observation tower is located on the barrens nature trail.
Construction of the new campground is expected to begin in July 2012 and be substantially completed November 2013.