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Overview of Grant River Campground

Grant River Campground is a popular camping site situated near Potosi, Wisconsin along the Grant River. It is located in the Upper Mississippi River area within the Pools 11-22, known for their diverse natural habitats and recreational opportunities. Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this campground offers a variety of amenities for campers as well as opportunities for boating, fishing, and wildlife observation.

Camping Details and Reservations

Campers can enjoy multiple sites that are equipped with standard amenities such as electric hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. There are also amenities like flush toilets, showers, and a dump station for RVs.

  • Reservations: Sites can be booked through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) or Recreation.gov. Advance booking is recommended, especially for peak season which typically runs from May through September.
  • Campsites: Both tent and RV sites are available. Some sites offer electric hookups.
  • Fees: Camping fees may vary based on the type of site and amenities provided.

Activities and Recreation

  • Boating and Fishing: The Mississippi River pools offer excellent opportunities for boating and fishing. Anglers can expect to catch species like bass, walleye, and catfish.
  • Swimming: While the campground doesn't have a swimming pool, there are areas in the river designated for swimming.
  • Hiking: Trails are available for those who wish to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
  • Wildlife Observation: Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts can expect to see a variety of species, including eagles, especially during migration seasons.

Campground Policies

  • Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.
  • Quiet Hours: Campers are asked to respect quiet hours, typically from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Firewood: To prevent the spread of invasive species, some restrictions on firewood may apply. It is often recommended to buy firewood locally.


Facilities at the campground are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Specific campsites are designed to be accessible, and the shower and restroom facilities accommodate campers with mobility limitations.

Local Attractions

Nearby attractions beyond the immediate river activities include the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Effigy Mounds National Monument, and local wineries and historic sites.

Safety Tips

  • Water Safety: Always wear life jackets when on the river and be mindful of water levels and currents.
  • Weather Awareness: Monitor weather forecasts and be prepared for changing conditions.
  • Wildlife: Store food securely and maintain a safe distance from wildlife.

Contact Information

For the most current information regarding Grant River Campground, it is best to contact the managing agency directly:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Grant River Recreation Area
  • Phone: Typically a contact number for the local site office will be available for inquiries.

Remember to check for any alerts or updates before your trip, as policies, fees, and conditions can change.

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