Update October 1:  Camping in October is self-registration only.  No guarentee to have running water, or sewer service (dump station) after October 22 annually to ensure Park Operations has sufficient time to winterize park facilities that are subject to potential damage from freezing weather and to provide accurate information and consisent service to the public.

Click Here to Make Your 2019 Camping Reservations Begins January

Firewood Information

It is unlawful to bring firewood into a Marathon County Park, Forest, or Campground. - Marathon Co. Ordinance 19.01(6)(a).   All firewood must be either purchased at the campground or gathered from down and dead wood inside the park.  Chainsaws are not allowed in park areas for cutting firewood.  Untreated, clean, dimensional lumber (i.e. cut off 2x4’s may be used for burning).

Firewood can harbor fatal tree diseases and insects and transfer them to your backyard, street, or favorite campsite. Just one firewood log can easily hide insects like emerald ash borer or gypsy moth, or the tiny spores of a tree-killing fungus like oak wilt and Dutch elm disease.

NEW NEW!!  Firewood Sales System at Big Eau Pleine Park in 2018 Click on photo below for instructions

Big Eau Pleine     The firewood purchase area is located near the South Unit picnic area.  The gates for the self-service area will be open 8 am to 8 pm.  After purchase, a Firewood Tag must be clipped to your campground post immediately upon return to your site.Each Rick of wood is $5, exact change needed, no change available on site.

  1. Fill out ‘Firewood Sales Permit’ envelope completely.
  • Separate FIREWOOD TAG from envelope.
  • Place payment in the envelope and deposit in the pay receptacle.
  • Load purchased wood in vehicle.
  • Attach FIREWOOD TAG to bottom clip on campsite post IMMEDIATELY upon returning to your campsite.
  1. Refill Rick(s) level with the top.
  2. For assistance, contact the Park Manager or Campground Host.

Failure to pay for firewood will result in a fine per Marathon Co. Ordinance 19.01(5).

Dells of the Eau Claire    Park staff will sell firewood 1 - 2pm and 6 - 7pm daily.  Some self-service Ricks will be available.  Each Rick of wood is $5.

Failure to pay for firewood will result in a fine per Marathon Co. Ordinance 19.01(5).

Marathon Park:  There are no fires allowed at Marathon Park.  City of Wausau ordinance prohibits ground fires. Portable grills are allowed for cooking food.


GENERAL INFORMATION: May 1 - 4 and October 1 - 31, camping is available on a self-registration basis only at all four campgrounds.  Camping closes for the season on October 31.  No guarentee to have running water, or sewer service (dump station) after October 22 annually to ensure Park Operations has sufficient time to winterize park facilities that are subject to potential damage from freezing weather and to provide accurate information and consisent service to the public.


2018 Rates

Electric Non-Electric Lakeview Electric Lakeview Non-Electric

Reservation/Change Fee*

Cancellation Fee*
Big Eau Pleine  $18  $15  $20  $17  $7   $10
Eau Claire Dells  $18  $15  N/A  N/A  $7  $10
Marathon Park  $23  $18  N/A  N/A  $7  $10

 

All four campgrounds and the Big Eau Pleine Park and Marathon Park dump stations open for the 2018 camping season on Tuesday, May 1 for self-registration camping.May 4, 2018 is the first arrival date that advance camping reservations can be made for.  September 30, 2018 is the last night that can be reserved for advance camping reservations.

  • Each campsite is restricted to two tents or one camper plus one tent. NO more than two motor vehicles (except as many as five motorcycles) are allowed per campsite. Designated parking areas beyond your campsite must be used for additional vehicles or guests.
  • None of the campgrounds have ATM machines; Credit/Debit cards cannot be accepted at the campgrounds.
  • During the regular camping season, advance reservations must be made at least THREE days prior to your arrival date.  Also, there is a two night minimum/14 night maximum reservation stay at any campground.  You may drive-in and self-register at any campground for one to 14 nights.
  • To self-register, complete a self-registration form, enclose payment with top copy of form in envelope and deposit envelope in pay tube, attach Campsite Tag to campsite post at campsite you will occupy.  There are self-registration stations at each of the campgrounds.
  • Self-registrations of three or more nights must be approved by the on-site manager for arrivals from May 4, through September 30, 2018.  This is to avoid a customer making an advance reservation at a campsite that is occupied by a self-registration customer.  Self-registrations of three nights or more with arrivals from September 30 through October 31 do not need to register with an on-site manager.
  • No guarentee to have running water, or sewer service (dump station) after October 22 annually to ensure Park Operations has sufficient time to winterize park facilities that are subject to potential damage from freezing weather and to provide accurate information and consisent service to the public.

Campsite Reservation Policy and Fees

Four campgrounds within three different parks offer unique camping experiences.  Approximately 75% of the sites are reservable in advance.  Reservations can be made on-line, over the phone at 715.261.1566, or in person at the Park Administative Office beginning at 9 am on Monday, January 8, 2018.  On-line reservations can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week beginning at 9 am on Monday, January 8, 2018.  Call-in and in person reservations can be made beginning at 9 am on Monday, January 8, 2018.  After that day call-in and in person reservations can be made during office hours 8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.  Campground Managers post red reserved tags with reservation dates on them on the posts at the end of the camping pad. Any site not reserved becomes available for drive-in self-registration.  To self-register, find a campsite not reserved, fill out a self-registration envelope, and set up your camping unit.  You must pay for and have your camping unit setup for the entire camping period beginning with the day you are at the campground completing the self-registration form until the end of the permit period.2018 Camping Season:  Individual campsites: May 1 until October 31.  Group campsites: May 1 until September 30.  Advance camping reservations can be made for the nights of Friday, May 4 through the night of Sunday, September 30, 2018 for the individual and group campsites.  Beginning with the night of Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 3 and again from Monday, October 1 through October 31 the individual campsites are available on a drive-in self-registration basis only.  Also, during the regular camping season, you may drive-in and self-register at any of the individual campsites that are not reserved.  The group campsite is not available to self-register.

Camping in County Forest Units

Campground Maps (all maps are appx. 45kb PDF's)
Campground Location in Marathon County Map

There aren't any ATM machines in the campgrounds; Credit/Debit cards cannot be accepted either.

Big Eau Pleine Park - West Unit Campground This popular campground is located on the southwest end of the 1,450 acre Big Eau Pleine Park that extends two-miles into the waters of the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir.  Campsite 15 is the Host site.  Campsite 29 is a handicap site.  Campsite 29 is reservable to handicap individuals only through the Park Office at ph 715.261.1550.  Campsites 30 - 40 are sunny with a view of the flowage.  Campsites 41 - 46 are partially shaded with a view of the flowage.  The other sites are partially shaded under the second-growth mixed hardwoods.  Within a short walking distance is a swimming beach, playgrounds, 18 hole disc golf course, nature trails, and a boat launch. 

Regarding electrical pedestals at Big Eau Pleine Park campgrounds:  30 amps are provided per site, however the circuit that each site is on cannot support all sites drawing the maximum ampage at the same time.  Running an air conditioner, or several other high demand appliances will result in power failure.  Please manage your electrical use.

 

  • 46 sites
  • All sites have an electrical pedestal containing a 20 amp and 30 amp circuit plug in
  • Site 29 is the handicap site.  Reservable to handicap individuals only through the Park Office at ph 715.261.1550.
  • Gravel camping pads
  • All sites are back-in and range in length from 40 to 60 feet
  • Fire rings
  • Dump station with fresh water fillup located at the A-Frame
  • Presserized jug fillers within the campground
  • Paved Camping Loops
  • Vault restrooms, NO flush restrooms
  • NO showers
 Campsite 19 in West Unit of Big Eau Pleine Park

 

Big Eau Pleine Park - South Unit Campground Popular with the fisherman due to it's close proximity to two boat launches this campground has both electric and non-electric sites.  The sites are all partially shaded under a canapy of even aged mature northern hardwoods.  Within a short walking distance is access to picnic areas, nature trails, and horseshoe pits.

 

 Campsite 3 in South Unit of Big Eau Pleine Park
  • 60 sites
  • Sites 47 to 70 have electric with 20 amp plug in;  Sites 71 to 106 are non-electric
  • Gravel camping pads and camping roads
  • All sites are back-in and vary in length from 40 to 60 feet
  • Fire rings
  • Dump station with fresh water fillup located at the A-Frame
  • Presserized jug fillers within the campground
  • Vault restrooms, NO flush restrooms
  • NO showers

 

 

Dells of the Eau Claire Park Campground This 28 site campground located 20 minutes east of Wausau features the Eau Claire River with it's towering palisades of rock out croppings rising up at the 'Dells falls.  Other highlights of the park include a high bridge, a State Scientific Area, and the Ice Age Trail.  Within walking distance are a swimming beach, playground, picnic area with several shelters, and nature trails.

 

  • 28 sites
  • Rustic camping, NO showers
  • NO Dump station (Could use Marathon Park dump station)
  • 17 sites have electric with 20 amp service; 11 sites are non-electric
  • Gravel camping pads
  • Paved camping roads
  • All sites are back-in and vary in length from 45 to 60 feet.
  • Fire rings
  • Presserized jug fillers within the campground
  • Vault restrooms, no flush restrooms
 Campsite 5 at Eau Claire Dells Park

 

Marathon Park Campground This urban campground is located in Wausau with easy access just off the intersection of STH 29 and US 51/I39.  Located within Marathon Park, home to an outdoor amphitheater and fairground buildings this park is less a mile from downtown Wausau.  Features include several playgrounds, Marathon Junction concessions, a Splash Pad, and many reservable shelters.

 

 Campsite 1 at Marathon Park
  • 28 sites; 27 reservable; 1 administrative site (#28) that is not reservable
  • 21 sites have electric with 20 amp and 30 amp service at each electrical pedestal
  • 2 sites have electric with 30 amp and a 50 amp service at each electrical pedestal (Sites 16, 25)
  • 4 sites are non-electric, tent sites (Sites 9 - 12)
  • Gravel and grass camping pads
  • Paved camping road
  • All sites are back-in and vary in length from 45 to 60 feet
  • Showers
  • Dump station with fresh water fill up
  • Flush restrooms available
  • Showers in restroom building
  • No fires allowed at Marathon Park

 

2018 campsite reservations for camping at Big Eau Pleine Park, Dells of the Eau Claire Park and Marathon Park campgrounds can be made on-line, in person or over the phone beginning 9am, Monday, January 8 (8am daily thereafter) through Wednesday, September 26, 2018, for occupancy dates from Friday, May 4 through the night of Sunday, September 30, 2018.  Reservations must be made at least three days in advance of the arrival date.   Campsite Reservation Policy

*Reservation Fee, Change Fee, and Cancellation Fee apply on a per site basis

Group Campgrounds:The two group campsites can be reserved on-line, over the phone or in person at the Park Administrative Office for the current calendar year from the dates of May 4 until September 30.  The two group campsites close for the season on October 1.Big Eau Pleine Park (200 maximum capacity).2018 Rates:  1 - 25 people, $130/day;  26+ people, $180/day. Tents only allowed on the turf. Camping units and vehicles must stay on the asphalt parking lot.  Six electric pedestals are located adjacent to the parking lot for camper hookup each with a 20 amp, 30 amp and 50 amp plug-in.

Dells of the Eau Claire Park (300 maximum capacity)2018 Rates:1 - 25 people, $115/night26+ people, $160/nightNo electric.


Sanitary Dumping Station: Marathon Park & Big Eau Pleine Park campgrounds each have a dump station availabe for a $6 use fee.  There is no dump station at the Dells of the Eau Claire Park.   No guarentee to have running water or sewer service (dump station) after October 22 annually to ensure Park Operations has sufficient time to winterize park facilities that are subject to potential damage from freezing weather and to provide accurate information and consisent service to the public.

 

  • The Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department will accept campsite reservations at each of the four campgrounds.  The non-reservable sites will continue to be available to campers on a "first come-first serve", self-registration basis.
  • Campers are limited to a 14-day stay at any one park.
  • No more than one family or individual group will be permitted on each campsite, with at least one person being 18 years of age or older.
  • Dogs must be under immediate control on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. No pets are allowed on the bathing beach, picnic area, or children's playground.
  • Winter camping is allowed with the Operations Superintendent/Customer Service permission. No restrooms are open and ground fires are not permitted.
  • At Dells of the Eau Claire Park Campground and Marathon Park, if only sites with electricity are available and a party doesn't want electricity, they will not be charged for it; At Big Eau Pleine Park Campground, if you camp at a site with electricity available, regardless of whether you use electricity or not, you are required to pay for electricity.
  • Per City of Wausau ordinance no campfires are allowed at Marathon Park campground. Portable grills are allowed for cooking food.

Generators Use Policy: Generator use is not allowed in campgrounds except to accommodate medical conditions, and only if no electrical sites are available. If no electrical sites are available, the park manager will try to find and assign the camper to the site where the noise of a generator will be least disruptive to other guests. Permission to operate a generator must be granted by the manager at each campground and may be revoked at any time.