Pike Lake State Park

Pike Lake State Park, Hartford: Hours, Address, Pike Lake State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Pike Lake State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
About
Welcome to Pike Lake Unit, a beautiful unit of Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine State Forest! ADMISSION: ~$8 daily, $5 hourly for Wisconsin Residents. ~$3 daily for senior Wisconsin Residents over 65. ~$28 annual admission sticker for Wisconsin residents. ~$13 annual admission sticker for senior Wisconsin residents. ~$38 annual admission sticker for non-residents. CAMPING: We have a full campground with 33 sites, including electric. We also have three, primitive backpacking sites along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, about a 15-20 minute hike from the parking lot. There is a shower, bathroom building as well as a dump and water filling station. Reservations are made online with Reserve America. Walk-in, first-come-first-serve sites are #32, #33 and backpacking site #B1. ~$18 per night, non-electric for Wisconsin residents. ~$28 per night, electric for Wisconsin residents. ~$23 per night, non-electric for non-residents. ~$33 per night, electric for non-residents. Check out our 'Friends of Pike Lake' Facebook page for up-to-date information on park and naturalist events like guided kayaking tours, sunset standup paddleboarding, campfires, star gazing and nature hikes. OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8am-4pm Fridays 12pm-8pm Saturdays and Sundays 8am-4pm
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Cathie M
Hartford, WI11 contributions
Hidden Gem
Aug. 2019
Clean, comfortable, well kept camp sites. Nice beach area with several walking trails. There are short trails for those who just want to take a leisurely walk and longer trails with hills. I usually do the shorter trail as I am older and have issues with walking, but love being able to participate and enjoy nature.
Written March 6, 2020
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Mike D
Hartford, WI1 contribution
Pike Lake Candlelight Ski Hike
Feb. 2020 • Solo
Well attended event. Tremendous crowd. Plenty of treats. Beautiful weather. Full moon. Fun for all ages.
Written February 10, 2020
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Janet H
Milwaukee, WI27 contributions
Wondefulr Park
Jul. 2019
This park is amazing beautiful trails, place to fish,swim, Has a nice beach, nice grilling area.place to launch your boat.All in all I will be back next summer.
Written December 22, 2019
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Tony T
174 contributions
Pristine
Oct. 2019 • Friends
Clio loves this place! Drive in, hike, swim, kayak ... all within a short drive from the major M's - Madison, Milwaukee, Muskego, and yes, even Manitowoc! Pike Lake is a perfect place and located on the Ice Age Trail. Just remember your trash bag.
Written October 17, 2019
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C1965CIkarens
Milwaukee, WI8 contributions
such a treasure
Sep. 2019
we went to Pike lake for a family and friends picnic on Labor Day and although it was crowded it was still doable to take a walk on one of the trails or go swimming or even throw the football. This place is so gorgeous and the fire pit area in the amphitheater is awesome. The people who work here are so great and helpful I appreciate how well they communicate and also the very reasonable cost to rent the shelter. Please everybody help keep a viable budget for the park system so this place will always be available and so well maintained.
Written September 3, 2019
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HappyExplorer2.1
Waukesha, WI31 contributions
Varied terrain and a gorgeous sunset!
Aug. 2019
Pike Lake State Park has trails that run from about a half mile to almost 5 miles. The longer ones cross a country road and the longest one runs along a road for some time so if you're looking for the "quiet of the wilderness" this may not be the place for you. If you are looking for varied terrain, several microclimates and a fire tower with a view of Holy Hill, you'll have a lot to explore. From the top of the tower the lake view is impressive. It was a hot summer day and the beach was busy until near sunset. The trails were lightly traveled. This is a good hike any time of the year with pretty and easy access from the Milwaukee area.
Written August 27, 2019
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Angel501
Milwaukee, WI42 contributions
Picnic
Jul. 2019 • Family
This is a great park,the have grills near the swimming 🏊the lake is great,some seaweed floating but not bad.
Written July 10, 2019
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Bridesm0m
Hartford, WI160 contributions
Nice sunny/ shady beach area
Aug. 2018 • Family
For a person, like myself, Pike Lake is a great place to go swimming, hiking and picnicking. There are numerous shelters, shady areas and sunny areas available. There is a ply ground for the kids and flushing toilets.
Written December 9, 2018
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Dw318
77 contributions
Pike Lake
Jun. 2018 • Friends
This is a nice State Park to visit with public beach for the whole family to enjoy. The one good thing about start parks is you can bring flotation devices for the young children.
Written August 31, 2018
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ffuhssrm
Sheboygan, WI24 contributions
Sounds of the City
Aug. 2018 • Family
We were on Site 2 (electric!). None of the sites were that great - all were gravelly (no concrete pads) and only a few had grassy areas, Site 2 had some grass. It was probably one of the largest sites, but it was right near the entrance of the campground, so there was a lot of traffic driving by. None of the sites were super secluded from your neighbors - we could see about 5 other sites by looking out our windows of our camper. They had great fire pits though with nice rotating grates!

The camp host was super nice! We saw him driving around at least once a day and chatting with people. We saw the ranger once or twice all weekend long, and there was also a local police officer driving through the campground occasionally.

Speaking of driving through the campground, most state parks have a single entrance/exit point to control traffic in and out of the park, but it's odd that Pike Lake has multiple entrances and even regular roads going through the park. We just found this to be weird, seeing a semi driving through a state park.

We didn't like how the lake was a 1 mile drive from the campground. There was just one playground, and it's by the lake. I wish there was a 2nd playground in the campground portion. There are no trash cans down by the lake, as they're really enforcing the "what you carry in, you carry out" policy. They had a dog beach (a 10 ft section of beach) down from the "people" beach, and a nice little boardwalk trail to access the dog beach.

We hiked one day, and the trails were well-marked. Many of the large wooden maps also had paper maps printed for you to take with you. There are many intersecting trails, so lots of options, and our 7 yr old navigated us correctly all day.

What I didn't like were the sounds of the city that carried into the campground. We could hear sirens, a gun range, car horns, etc. The sounds, combined with the extra traffic due to the roads, and the lack of privacy between the sites, made it feel like we weren't in a state park.

Quick note on the bathrooms: it was a trek to get to the other end of the campground to the bathrooms from our site. Like, nearly too far to walk and needing to bike there. But there are steep hills through the campground, so little kids will need a parent to help them bike it without wiping out. There were 2 toilet stalls and 2 shower stalls. The shower had its warm moments, but was mainly "refreshingly brisk". It pretty much turned off to barely a trickle whenever someone flushed the toilet or washed their hands. It also turned off automatically every 10 seconds, so I spent half my time re-pressing the button to restart the shower.

All in all, it was a decent camping trip as a whole, but we've had better.
Written August 27, 2018
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