Torch Lake Campground & RV Park Rules


Campsite reservations are encouraged for Vilas County Parks & Recreation campsites, especially for weekend dates May through October. Reservations may be made by clicking here for camping up to 12 months in advance, or as late as two days before the date of occupancy, for a fee of $10.00/reservation.  The reservation fee is not refundable. All sites are eligible for reservations (must be ADA eligible to reserve site 8).


Cancellations may be made by calling (715) 479-5160. If you cancel no later than 3 p.m. two days before the day of the reservation, you will be credited a full refund of camping fees, but not the reservation fees.

Registration, self-registration

All campers must register when they arrive at the park.

To self-register for a campsite:

  1. Get a camping self-registration envelope at the self-registration pay station.
  2. Fill in the form and post the upper receipt portion at any untagged site. Do not set up on any campsite before paying.
  3. Immediately return to the self-registration pay station. Put your payment in the envelope and deposit it in the slot.

Occupying the campsite

A camping unit must occupy the reserved campsite by 3 p.m. on the second day of the reservation, and be present for the duration of the reservation. If you do not check in and occupy your reserved site before 3 p.m. the day after the scheduled arrival date, and remain for the duration of the reservation, you will forfeit the site.

Campers on first-come, first-served sites must occupy the site the first night and any consecutive nights for which they have registered.

ADA Accessible Site 8

This site is reserved for disabled campers.  Handicap license plates or card must be clearly displayed.  If the site is not occupied by 6:00 pm, it is open on a first come first serve basis.

Camping Party

A site may be occupied by a parent or parents with their dependent children and not more than two guests or a group of not more than six persons, regardless of age.

Length of stay

No one may camp, or leave a camping unit, in a family campground for more than 21 days per site.

Leaving early

If a camper decides to leave early they may be entitled to a refund. No refund will be given for the current night after the 11 p.m. checkout time.


The parks are closed to non-campers between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. All visitors must leave the park by 11 p.m. During closed hours campers must be in, or enroute to, their registered campsite. No camping party may set up or take down a camping unit between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Fires and firewood

Firewood may be transported no more than 25 miles due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases.

Fires are allowed in fire rings and grills only. Do not leave fires unattended and put out all fires before leaving. Do not burn garbage, plastic, glass, cans or other recyclable items.

Please see Campground Host to purchase firewood.


Please be courteous to your camping neighbors. At no time may the noise on a campsite create a disturbance or interfere in any manner with other people’s enjoyment of the park. Use of chainsaws for firewood after 9PM is prohibited!


Fireworks are not allowed.

Recycling and refuse

There are some dumpsters in the campground for your use. Bins are also available for recyclable items of glass, plastic, aluminum and tin.

Switching campsites

Campers may not switch sites without prior approval.

Waste water

Please collect and dispose of dish and hand washing water at the sanitary dumping station. It is against health and safety rules to dump this “gray water” on the ground.

Checkout time

Campsite check in 3 p.m., and check out time is 11 a.m. You may set up earlier if the site was not occupied the night before. If you are unable to leave by 11 a.m., contact the park host or parks & recreation staff immediately.

No Peddling

Peddling and soliciting in County Parks is prohibited. (Ordinance 19.03)


Vehicles, including ATVs, are restricted to the designated roads, trails and campsite parking areas, and are prohibited on green areas within the park.


All pets shall be effectively restrained, or under the owners control at all times.

Note: If you or any member or guest of your camping party violate any law or Campground Rules, you may be sited and evicted from the park, have your camping permit revoked and lose any fees you have paid.