Big, beautiful, and boasting a host of great activities for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers, Buckhorn State Park has a whole lot to offer as a camping destination.
Located less than 15 miles southeast of Necedah in the heart of Wisconsin, this 8,000-acre park offers something to keep just about everyone happy. Situated on the shores of Castle Rock Lake, where the Wisconsin and Yellow River meet, the park is well-known as a great boating, fishing, and swimming destination. But with pretty hiking trails, hunting, and winter sports activities also on offer, you'll need to stay awhile to experience everything the park has to offer.
Happily, Buckhorn State Park also boasts a 68-site campground where you and your camper rental will be more than welcome, so let's take a look at how to plan the perfect visit.
As you'd expect, given its waterfront location, boating is easily the most popular activity on offer in Buckhorn State Park. The Castle Rock Flowage offers an aquatic playground for watercraft great and small — from kayaks and canoes to ski boats and houseboats, you can find them all here.
There are five boat ramps to choose from in the park and the nearby Buckhorn Wildlife Area, so there's no excuse not to get out on the water. And if you like getting around under your own steam, there's an excellent self-guided canoe trail that helps you learn more about the area's wetlands.
Of course, if you're an avid angler, you'll no doubt be well aware of the abundant fishing opportunities on offer in Buckhorn State Park. A huge variety of fish species calls the area home, so there's a chance of catching a big one at any time of year.
Some Buckhorn State Park campers bring boats along so they can get out on the water, but others prefer to cast a line from an accessible fishing pier located near the north picnic area. There's also a kids' fishing pond on the Turtle Trail north of the park entrance — perfect for giving younger campers a taste of a true fishing experience.
If you're visiting in summer, you'll probably also be tempted to go for a cooling swim. There's a 300-foot sandy beach for anyone eager to get wet, but there are no lifeguards on duty, so you'll be entering the water at your own risk.
Finally, Buckhorn State Park also offers four miles of hiking trails for anyone looking to spend some time exploring the surrounding terrain. At just under a half-mile long, the Turtle Trail is perfect if you've got kids in tow. Meanwhile, the Oak Barrens Nature Trail features interpretive signs and an observation post to help you learn more about the ecology of the area — and maybe even spot some wildlife along the way.
Camping at Buckhorn State Park
If you want to go RV camping at Buckhorn State Park, search for a rental RV in Juneau County and then reserve yourself a spot in the 68-site campground.
Located off 19th Avenue, this family campground is designed to accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Each site gets its own fire ring and picnic table, with year-round camping available on seven sites.
Seven sites feature electrical hookups, while one further electrical site is designed to be accessible for people with disabilities. There's a mix of drive-in and pull-through sites available, while showers and flushing toilets are also provided. Vault toilets are available as well, along with an RV dump station.
Pets are permitted in the Buckhorn State Park campground, so feel free to bring your dog along for the journey. However, you will need to make sure that you keep your pet leashed and dispose of their waste properly.
Finally, it's also worth pointing out that if you're traveling with friends or family who won't be camping in an RV, there are also other accommodation options available in Buckhorn State Park, including:
- backpacking campsites
- an accessible cabin for people with disabilities
- three group tent camping sites
Exploring the Area
There's plenty to see and do in Buckhorn State Park, so make sure you allow plenty of time to experience all of the park's best features. However, when you're ready to hit the road again, you'll be happy to discover lots of other excellent attractions worth visiting nearby.
For example, if you'd like to spend a little while exploring more of the Wisconsin state parks system, you'll find Roche-A-Cri State Park around half an hour's drive to the northeast.
If you're an animal lover, you'll probably want to head north towards Wisconsin Rapids to check out the Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo.
And if you're keen to head somewhere a little more populated, you can be in Green Bay in around two and a half hours. When you get there, make sure you check out the thriving local craft beer scene, or treat the little ones to a day at the amusement park or the botanical gardens.
There's plenty to explore and enjoy when you rent a camper near Buckhorn State Park, so book yourself an RV and start planning your perfect camping getaway.