Beat the Winter Blues

winter camping

Try Winter Camping in Wisconsin!

Wisconsin is known for a lot of things, but you may not consider winter camping to be one of them. Here at North Camp Properties, our passion for camping is year-round. If you love snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, ice fishing, or a combination of any of the above – consider taking your winter adventures to the next level by adding winter camping into the mix. 

Where to Go

Believe it or not, there actually are some parks in Wisconsin that stay open for winter camping, both for tent camping and with electrical hook-ups. If you are absolutely in love with the Northwoods (like we are) and want to go off-grid, you can venture even deeper into the pine trees by planning a winter camping adventure in the Nicolet and Chequamegon National Forests. You can even ski across Lake Superior and set up basecamp on the Apostle Islands.

For a complete list of state parks, visit

What to Pack

  1. Plenty of Layers (but ditch the cotton): Cotton fabric holds moisture which could cause your body temperature to drop. Invest in synthetic, silk or wool fabrics and always remember that layers are key. If you get too warm, you can always shed a sweatshirt… or two.
  2. Cold-weather sleeping bag. You will need to invest in a mummy-style sleeping bag rated for temperatures well-below freezing if you plan on tent camping. Heck, you may even want one for your camper! 
  3. Four-season tent. If you are planning on tent camping then you will want to ensure that you’ve purchased a four-season tent. Set up your tent on several inches of snow and use a layering pad for better insulation. Adequate shelter will not only keep you warm at night but will give you respite from Wisconsin’s unpredictable winter weather patterns. 
  4. If you are winter camping in your RV or ice shack, be sure to bring backup batteries and snow tires. 
  5. Last but not least, you will want to bring a good heat source (along with backups!) and plenty of food to keep you fueled for your next winter adventure. 

How to Stay Warm 

This is where the fun part comes in! You already know you need warm layers of clothing, well-insulated shelter, and a sustainable heat source; but to stay warm in winter in Wisconsin and make the most of camping, you HAVE to go on an adventure. Ice fishing, snowmobiling and skiing are perfect activities to get you and your family out of the house and enjoying the great outdoors. 

We know that the winters in Wisconsin can be long and cold, but take it from us here at North Camp Properties – the beauty and serenity of the northwoods glistens even during this season. Take advantage of this beautiful time of the year by trying something new and getting out of your comfort zone (just be sure to bring extra blankets). Hang tight because summer is right around the corner! IIn the meantime, make the most of winter and try out a different kind of camping right here where your “up north” begins!