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Mondeaux Dam Recreation Area

Aug 15, 2014 08:00AM ● By Brooke McGee
Variety- ahh, the spice of life. Without it, our day-to-day routine can easily leave us restless. Vacations and trips are a wonderful way to break the traditional course of our weeks and experience something new, something fresh. Unfortunately, with obligations such as family and financial responsibilities, a trip to the Caribbean is all too often not a viable option.

But, us Wisconsinites are fortunate to have at our disposal many preserved recreational areas, and at very affordable costs. One of these recreational gems lies in Northern Wisconsin, in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Containing over 1.5 million acres (Yep, I said million...) of National forest land, it is available for you and your family to explore and enjoy… all you have to do is go.

Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest lies the Mondeaux Dam and Recreation Area, a bountiful reservation with something for everyone. The spice of life, variety and retreat. Wisconsin Parent is visited by a very broad audience. From Madison city dwellers to outlying country farms, our readers are not cut from the same mold. That is one reason we can recommend the Mondeaux Dam Recreation Area with enthusiasm—and also for their accommodating nature to their guests.

The Mondeaux Dam Lodge is located 20 miles northwest of Medford, WI. There, you can discover all the area has to option. Boat, canoe, kayak, pontoon rental is available for the fishing enthusiasts (you won’t leave empty-handed) as well sturdy piers and concessions. Canopy rental (includes setup) is a favorite of many for family reunions and celebrations. Well-kept, wooded campsites are available, with a groundskeeper on-site to attend to any needs you may have.


Although reservations are recommended, there some choice sites that are so “perfect” you cannot reserve them. These luxury sites, with your own private fishing piers, are on a first-come, first-serve basis. But, if traditional camping isn’t quite your style, cabin rental (fully stocked, no pets, no smoking) is an option as well.

I have visited the area frequently, in fact, it’s one of my favorite areas. Though backpacking into the forest is my personal favorite, I have enjoyed the campgrounds as well. I was impressed with the clean, pit toilets and the availability of fresh water from pumps and a natural artesian well. Showers are also available.


For the backpacking enthusiasts the Mondeaux Dam area offers a convenient place to base camp your car. Since backpacking is permitted in National Forests, you merely need to grab a map (and a GPS if you aren't too savvy) and hit the forest floor. (Of course follow all burning regulations while backpacking!) With a section of Wisconsin’s famous Ice Age Trail coursing through it, it’s no wonder this area is so pristinely preserved. Next time you have cabin fever, take a moment to consider what Mondeaux Dam has to offer to all in your group.

What is your favorite camping area? Share your reviews and experiences in the comments below!

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