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Pike Lake State Park

3544 Kettle Moraine Rd, Hartford, WI 53027-8920
+1 262-670-3400
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Nice lake, great hiking, good campground

I've been to Pike Lake State Park many times over the past decade. Remember to get your park pass... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2018
Sandy S
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Hartford, Wisconsin
A park with a lot to offer

Based in the hills of the kettle moraine, this park has something for everyone. The beach is on... read more

Reviewed January 21, 2018
lani474
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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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
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“hiking trails” (3 reviews)
“dog beach” (3 reviews)
“ice age trail” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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3544 Kettle Moraine Rd, Hartford, WI 53027-8920
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I've been to Pike Lake State Park many times over the past decade. Remember to get your park pass available at the beach location. No matter what time of year I go I find it relaxing and lovely. Even in summer, the beach area is...More

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

Based in the hills of the kettle moraine, this park has something for everyone. The beach is on the shores of Pike Lake. The trails near the beach are relaxing and make for wonderful exercise. The trails going toward the observation tower, however, need work!!...More

Thank lani474
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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

We took a nice fall hike from the parking lot by the beach, up to the fire tower. It was a beautiful fall day, and the colors were spectacular. The hike was fairly easy. The climb to the top of the tower was easy, and...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

I went to Pike Lake State Park early one morning to sit and relax. I was reading a book and it was so calm and tranquil. It's so pretty early in the morning and really relaxing. I love to go there some mornings to just...More

Thank Jane A
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

As a hiker, I enjoy the many well-marked trails that Pike Lake offers. Whether you are an experienced hiker or a novice, there is a trail for you. If you can hike up to the tower, it offers a spectacular view of the lake and...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

I have been to many, MANY state and county parks in southeastern Wisconsin, but I think this one is my favorite because of its size and versatility. I like the woods here because you can see deep into them; in many wooded areas the shrubby...More

Thank la_vdv
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

The state park had a lot of hiking trails that were nicely marked and a nice lake for swimming. Bathrooms were convenient. Plenty of places to picnic were available.

Thank Lee K
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Great hikes for any level person. Young or old, small or big. My favorite hiking area! Bonus beach area and also climb the tower for a spectacular view. The fall is mesmerizing.

Thank Maribeth M
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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Small, but nice beach/swim area, nice picnic areas, great hiking trails and a campground, too!!! Chance to see some native wildlife

Thank Thomas O
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

My daughter and her three young sons camped there for two nights and I joined them for one night. The camp sites have more privacy than most I've seen, which is a big plus. They also are fairly large. It was quiet at night. We...More

Thank Patrick M
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Jesse H
3 June 2018|
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Response from Sandy S | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know official rule but Ive seen people hiking with pets on the trails- always on a leash and yes, doing the doggie scoop and carry out as needed. I do know pets are NOT allowed in winter on the groomed ski trails.
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Ashley L
11 July 2017|
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Response from Musictraveller | Reviewed this property |
There is a fee to get into the park/beach area. It's $8 for the day, or you can buy an annual pass for $28 (expires Dec. 31). The cost is per car.
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