Looking to combine great recreational activities and a peaceful stay in the great outdoors? Yellowstone Lake State Park offers all that and more for RV lovers who make the trip to the park. Located in Lafayette County, the park is made up of 968 acres and includes a a 455-acre man made lake.
The lake is one of the few in southwestern Wisconsin so it is a very popular recreational area all year round. Fishing, swimming and boating can all be done during the summer while cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling around the trails in the park is popular during the winter time. There are nine picnic areas in the park and a large picnic shelter that is available for rent. Hunting is also allowed during the designated seasons in the open areas of the park. The neighbouring Yellowstone Wildlife Area also offers additional recreational activities, including horse trails and a shooting range.
The camping on offer for RV travelers at Yellowstone Lake State Park is very high quality. There are many shaded sites and it contains 128 sites, 108 that are reservable and 38 that have electrical hookups. Peak season in Yellowstone Lake State Park runs from April through to November.
RV Rentals in Yellowstone Lake State Park
Transportation in Yellowstone Lake State Park
Yellowstone Lake State Park is located within Lafayette County in south-west Wisconsin. There are two roads that give direct access to the park entrance (Country Highway F and North Lake Road) that run to the west and just above the lake.
The town of Fayette is closest to the park at around four miles away. This town is quite small, so if you need supplies you might need to look to Argyle in the south-east (which is around 11 and a half miles away) or Blanchardville to the north-east (which is around nine miles away). The closest major city to the park is Madison at around 46 miles away.
The roads in and around the park are mostly flat so you shouldn't have any trouble accessing the park. There are limited overhanging branches so the risk of damaging your RV will be at a minimum. During the winter time the park does get a lot of snow, so if you plan on visiting during winter make sure you call ahead to the park office to see if it will be open.
There is plenty of parking available at Yellowstone Lake State Park.
Unfortunately there are no public transport options that will take you to Yellowstone Lake State Park.
Campgrounds and parking in Yellowstone Lake State Park
Campsites in Yellowstone Lake State Park
Yellowstone Lake State Park Campground
Yellowstone Lake State Park has one campground available for RV lovers to use during their stay at the park. The campground is noted for being quite peaceful and offering large, shady sites that are gravel and have a good distance between each one. The campground roads are wide so you should be able to navigate to your site successfully without getting stuck.
The campground is on the larger side and contains 128 sites, 108 that are reservable and 38 that have electrical hookups. Water collection points, vault toilets, a dump station, flush toilets and showers are all amenities that are available within the campground. Pets are also permitted but they must be leashed at all times.
You should have no trouble getting cell reception on all of the major networks when you are staying in the campground. Reservations are available for Yellowstone Lake State Park Campground during the peak months and the campground is closed from December until the start of April.
Seasonal activities in Yellowstone Lake State Park
Cooling off by the water is a favourite pastime for visitors to Yellowstone Lake State Park. The lake has a beautiful designated sandy swimming beach that is available for you to use free of charge during your stay. Along with the beach there is also a bathhouse located nearby so you won't be a water rat once you have finished your swim. No lifeguards are on duty at the beach so take precautions when you are swimming.
If you want to get out on the lake then you are in luck! The 455-acre lake is available to be shared by boats, kayaks, canoes, sailboats and other personal watercraft of your choice. If you bring your own there are two boat launching ramps and one canoe launch that you are allowed to use If you didn't bring your own, fear not. A concession stand and boat rentals are located at the east end of the lake and are available during the summer.
Yellowstone Lake is a very high quality fishing location and a great place for anglers of all ages. The lake has an abundant population of crappies, walleye, bass, bluegill, channel catfish, muskies and northern pike. If you need fishing tackle you are able to borrow some free of charge from the park office. Make sure to check out the specific regulations for fishing when you are at the park as they differ from standard Wisconsin law.
Yellowstone Lake State Park has more than 13 miles of hiking trails for you to explore and enjoy. The main trail head is located at the bottom of Campground Hill Road and is a great hike for people of all skill levels. Be aware that there will be unprotected cliffs on some of the trails so make sure you stay away from the edges. You may also find steep climbs or descents. Ask at the park office what difficulty of trail you want to do and they will provide guidance.
During the designated hunting season of November 15 to December 15 hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of Yellowstone Lake State Park. Both hunting and trapping are not permitted in closed areas of the park that are within 100 yards of any designated use area, or as noted on the park hunting information map. Common species found in the park include deer, waterfowl, squirrel and turkeys. Make sure you check in at the park office before you begin hunting.
When the winter really hits and the park becomes a winter wonderland you can take advantage of these great conditions and get out on the trails. In total there are five miles of trail that are groomed and tracked for cross-country skiing and you will not need a Wisconsin State Park trail pass to use these trails. If snowmobiling is more your thing there are seven miles of snowmobile trail within the park, which also connects with Lafayette County snowmobile trails. If you are riding, Wisconsin law requires you to display either a Wisconsin registration or a non-resident snowmobile trail pass.