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Boasting six miles of shoreline on spectacular Lake Michigan, Point Beach State Forest is one of Wisconsin's favorite camping destinations. Located near Two Rivers, this 3,000-acre park is a pristine playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
As you'd expect given its waterfront location, swimming, boating, and fishing are all hugely popular pastimes in the park. But with great hiking and picnicking opportunities available, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself amused and entertained.
Best of all, Point Beach State Forest also has a large, wooded campground with a host of creature comforts, so it's the ideal place to set up camp in a rental RV. Let's take a closer look at how you can make the most of everything this popular destination has to offer.
With its prime position on the shores of Lake Michigan, Point Beach State Forest is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. There are plenty of different water-based activities on offer, but the pick of them during the summer months would have to be swimming.
There are six miles of sandy beach where you can dip your toes (or more) in the water, and the lake provides welcome relief from the heat in summer. However, there are no lifeguards on duty, so enter the water at your own risk and keep a very close eye on the kids.
Once you've cooled off, you might like to take to the water for a paddle. While there's no boat launch provided in the forest, it's easy to launch a canoe or kayak onto the water straight from the shore. Paddling offers a relaxing and peaceful way to explore the Lake Michigan shoreline, but make sure you're wary of changing wind conditions that can quickly blow you away from the shore. And if you'd like to try your luck at some fishing along the way, basic fishing gear can be borrowed for free from the park office.
Water sports aside, the other main activity in Point Beach State Forest is hiking. A 17-mile trail network winds its way through the park's 3,000 acres, so there are plenty of options for those looking to do some exploring.
If you're looking for something quick and easy, the half-mile Swales Nature Trail offers a chance to glimpse beautiful wildflowers and a variety of bird species. If you'd rather tackle something more challenging, the Ridges Trail should suit. It offers three different loops to suit different fitness levels — you can tackle just the three-mile Red Loop, add the Blue Loop for a five-and-a-half-mile trek, or do the Red, Blue, and Yellow Loops for a journey of just over seven miles.
Finally, if you remembered to pack your mountain bike, you can set out along the five-mile bicycle trail to Rawley Point. And if you want to venture further afield, this route also links up with the seven-mile Mariners Trail, which continues further around the Lake Michigan shore to Two Rivers.
If you can't wait to go RV camping in Point Beach State Forest, book an RV in Manitowoc County and then reserve a site in the park's family campground.
With 127 sites, this isn't the perfect destination for anyone looking for a remote and tranquil camping experience. However, it does offer beautiful wooded surrounds as well as all the essential amenities you're likely to need during your stay.
Seventy of the campsites here boast electrical hookups, and all are just an easy walk away from the Lake Michigan shoreline. One site is designed to be accessible for people with disabilities, while showers, flush toilets, and vault toilets are available throughout the campground. An RV dump station is also provided.
If you're camping at Point Beach State Forest with your dog, you'll be pleased to learn that leashed and well-behaved pets are welcome in the campground. There's even a special pet beach and picnic area, while kids are also well catered for with their own play area.
Finally, Point Beach State Forest also boasts indoor and outdoor camping areas designed to accommodate larger groups.
When your Point Beach State Forest RV camping vacation comes to an end, you'll be happy to discover that there are several other great attractions to be found nearby. If you're not ready to head home straight away, you might want to take a few detours to check out a few other destinations.
For example, if you head south to Manitowoc, you'll definitely want to spend a little while exploring the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and learning what life was like on an early 20th-century submarine.
If you'd like to stay for a few nights or more in another Wisconsin state park, Peninsula State Park is just over an hour and a half to the north and offers a choice of five beautiful campgrounds.
And if you'd rather head for the big city, Green Bay is less than an hour's drive northwest. When you get there, make sure to pay a visit to the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame — a must for any football fan.
Regardless of whether you're planning a quick getaway or an extended vacation, there's no shortage of adventures to be found. Rent a camper near Point Beach State Forest and get ready for a journey you'll never forget.