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Seeking secluded camping in Wisconsin

We have lived in Michigan up until two years ago when we moved to the Chicago area. Our family loves secluded, rustic camping spots in the Upper Peninsula. Is there anything closer, such as in Wisconsin, that can offer that same experience? (We have backpacking gear if need be, but we also have young children.) Thanks! - Heather, Chicagoland

Well, it'll be hard to find the kind of rustic camping you can get on the Upper Peninsula.

The closest to you is Point Beach State Forest, north of Two Rivers, Wis., on Lake Michigan. It has two large rustic cabins in a secluded part of the park, $60. Each has a boardwalk to a virtually private stretch of white-sand beach on Lake Michigan plus a fire pit, pump and latrine, but no electricity.

There's also a covered pavilion for eating. Reserve up to a year in advance they're very popular. The campsites are nice, too, but typical of state parks.

For more, see Two trails from Two Rivers.

A more rustic place is Newport State Park near Ellison Bay in Door County, Wisconsin's only wilderness park. Try to get Backpack Sites 14 or 16, on Lake Michigan and a stone's throw from Europe Lake. They're not that far from the parking lot.

For more, see Outdoors in Door County.

And then there's Rock Island State Park, off the tip of the Door Peninsula. It has campsites on lovely beaches, but access requires two ferry crossings. All can be reserved.

For more, see Wisconsin's Icelandic outpost.

And maybe you already know about J.W. Wells State Park, on Lake Michigan in the U.P. but just half an hour from Marinette on the Wisconsin border. We stayed there on our Circle Tour of Lake Michigan, in one of the rustic cabins, and it's a great park.

For more, see Michigan's great lake cabins and Camping around Lake Michigan.

Last updated on November 10, 2010