LAKE JOY CAMPGROUND
Who We Are:
Lake Joy is a family owned and managed campground that has been a favorite summer getaway for more than 40 years. Our goal is to provide a clean, relaxing, friendly environment for families and friends to enjoy time together. We pride ourselves on attention to our campers, the cleanliness of our campground, the care of our grounds and our modern shower facilities. We are also proud of our private, spring fed lake which has swimming, boating and some of the best fishing in this part of the state.
What We Offer - Recreation:
* 60 acre private, spring-fed, no-wake lake
* Excellent fishing for large and small mouth bass, walleye, catfish,
northern pike, crappie and blue gills (No fishing license required!)
* Boat launch
* Two sandy swimming beaches
* Inflatable water toys
* Boat Rentals: fishing, pedal, canoe and kayak
(trolling motors available)
* Game Room: ping-pong, pool, air-hockey, foosball & arcade games
* Three playgrounds, basketball court, sand volleyball,
* Free to borrow: basketballs, volleyballs, bocce ball set,
frisbee bottle toss and bean bags
* Walking path along the north side of the lake
* Paved roads for walking and bicycling
* Free weekend and holiday family activities
What We Offer - Amenities
* Tent, pop-up, trailer and motorhome sites
* Large non-water/non-electric group sites
* Large open areas to accommodate family get-togethers,
* Asphalt roads throughout
* All sites include fire rings and picnic tables
* Clean modern restrooms with free showers
* Campground store: bait, camping/fishing supplies, toiletries, ice,
firewood, snacks, limited groceries and area brochures
* L.P. gas refills and gasoline for ATV's
* Dump station
* Wi-Fi Hot spot at the office
* Motorcycle and ATV friendly
* Direct access from the campground to over 100 miles of ATV trails!
(No need to trailer your ATV to the trails!)
* Well behaved pets are welcome (except American Pit Bull Terriers)
Where We Are:
Lake Joy Campground is located in the driftless area of scenic southwest Wisconsin on the edge of our 60 acre private lake surrounded by nothing but nature itself! This region of Wisconsin was untouched by glaciers which covered much of the state. Therefore, rolling hills and remnants of ancient prairies await your arrival.
Rural but not remote, Lake Joy Campground is located conveniently to several tri-state metropolitan areas. We are 10 minutes from Platteville, Wisconsin; 30 minutes from Galena, Illinois; 35 minutes from Dubuque, Iowa; 50 minutes from Madison, Wisconsin; 2.5 hours from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 3.5 hours from Chicago, Illinois and 5 hours from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
3 1/2 miles N of Belmont, 8 miles S of Mineral Point on Hwy 151, exit East onto Burr Oak Rd., turn right on Bethel Grove Rd., go 1/2 mile to entrance.
1. All children (12 & under) must be supervised by an adult at all times everywhere on campground premises.
2. All guests of campers must stop at office, pay fees & get a car pass. No incoming guests after office closes, without prior arrangement. Passes are $6/adult, $3/child (3-12), Free (2 & under) per day. Guests must leave at 11pm. Please explain the visitor’s policy to your guests before their arrival. You must be 21 or older to reserve a site & camp alone.
Hang car passes on rearview mirror with dates facing outward towards window.
3. Office/store hours: Sun-Thu 9am-5pm Fri-Sat 9am-9pm. We have coffee, firewood, bait, ice, ice cream, beverages, snacks, grocery/drugstore items, area attractions brochures, camping/fishing supplies, propane & gasoline.
4. No lifeguards are on duty. All children under 16 must have an adult at the beach to supervise at all times. Any child 12 years of age or younger & all non-swimmers MUST wear a life jacket to use the swim toys. Life jackets for rent at office, $3 per day, per availability. No pets are allowed on beaches or in designated swimming areas, which includes the grass adjacent to the beaches. Safe use of beach toys is expected. No food/beverages in the water or on swim toys.
5. Fishing does not require a license. No live bait except for worms are allowed. WALLEYES ARE 100% CATCH & RELEASE. Limit of 15 pan fish, 1 Northern Pike, 1 Catfish, 1 Bass, per person daily. Clean fish at designated cleaning table and discard remains at that garbage can only – do not discard fish in any dumpster.
6. Boat rentals: 10am to 5pm. Rent boats at the office. Pedal boats, flat-bottom fishing boats, kayaks & canoes are available for $8/hr. Boats with trolling motors are $15/hr. We do not rent pontoons. Adults must rent boats for children under 16 years old. Life jackets are provided with all boat rentals. Personal boats may be used with electric trolling motors only; no gas motors. This is a no wake lake.
7. Quiet hours are 11pm to 9am & are strictly enforced. Be considerate of your neighboring campers by keeping noise at your campsite at reasonable levels at all time. All children under 18 must return to campsite by 11pm. No refunds if asked to leave for unruly behavior. No car radios may be turned on at your campsite or beaches.
8. No firewood may be brought onto the campground unless it was purchased from a WI certified wood dealer (proof of purchase by receipt is required). If your wood does not meet DNR rules for emerald ash borer disease, do not unload or burn it on campground. Wood $5/bundle $50/stack (delivered to site). Never leave fires unattended. Always extinguish with water when leaving campsite. Keep fires in pits & small in size. NO LARGE BONFIRES!
9. No Fireworks, Drones or Lighted Sky Lanterns of any kind are permitted on the campground. (sparklers are ok)
10. No guns or concealed-carry weapons of any kind allowed.
11. Pets must be on leash at all times. They may not be on beaches or near swimming areas. They may not be left alone at campsite. No loud/excessive barking will be tolerated. Please clean up after your pet on walks & at campsite.
12. ATVs may only be driven between your site and the trails. Do not use ATVs to go to office, beaches, or showers. You must read/adhere to ATV rules (obtain at office). ATV trail maps available at office.
13. Speed limit is 10 mph max. Watch out for children! Campers must have a driver’s license (not permit) to drive all motorized vehicles: golf carts, mopeds, cars, etc. Drivers 16-21 yrs must be able to present a driver’s license when asked by a campground employee. We do not rent golf carts, ATVs, or motorized vehicles of any type.
14. Bicycles may not be ridden after dark. Helmets are required for all dependent children for bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. No electric kiddie cars allowed.
15. Basketballs, volleyballs, bean bags, etc. may be checked out at office for free (2 hour maximum per time). A complete list of items that can be borrowed is posted on the bulletin boards.
16. Please NO rugs, mats, or carpets are to be laid on grass at any time at camping sites.
17. The game room has a change machine. Hours are 10am to 9pm. Borrow/return ping pong paddles from office.
18. Do not move picnic tables or fire rings from any other site to your own.
19. Deposit all trash in designated garbage cans or dumpsters. Do not leave trash bags at site. Recycle all aluminum cans and leave at Recycling bin at main shower house.
20. All grey & black water must be contained in your camper or a certified transfer tank. A dump station is available free of charge for your convenience at the camp office.
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Are you looking for activities to enhance your stay? The communities surrounding Lake Joy Campground most likely will have what you need. Whether you enjoy ATVing, canoeing, hiking, biking, visiting historic sites, touring southwest Wisconsin's beauty by car, taking in a museum or casino gambling, you'll find it here.
Lake Joy Campground has direct access to the multi-use Tri-County Trails located 2 miles south of Lake Joy Campground. You can drive ATV's from your campsite to the Tri-County Trails without the need to trailer them to a central staging area. This trail system is beautiful in any season as it weaves through forests, past dairy farms and over scenic ridges of native wild flowers and past small towns on the path of a former railroad bed. The trail is extremely popular with ATV's and dirt bikes. The trail is also open to hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, snow mobiles and those riding horses.
This website will describe the trail, discuss points of interest along the way and familiarize you with the trail rules and how to obtain registration for use of the trail. www.tricountytrails.com
A View from the Cheese Country Trail
VISIT WISCONSIN'S FIRST STATE CAPITOL
Besides being rich in beauty, this part of Wisconsin is rich in history. In the early 1800's, lead mining was prominent in the communities surrounding Belmont and nearly 80% of the nations lead production came from these mines. Because of the importance of this region to the State, Belmont was chosen as the First State Capitol of the Wisconsin Territory. Visitors can tour this historic site which is located 3 miles west of Belmont on County Highway G from Memorial Day through Labor Day. www.wisconsinhistory.org/firstcapitol/
First Capitol Park
VISIT A HISTORIC WELSH MINING COMMUNITY
If you enjoy the friendliness of small rural communities, then a visit to Mineral Point and the restored mining community of Pendarvis should be a stop during your stay at Lake Joy. This town was settled by Cornish miners in the 1830's and still retains much of its original character. Mineral Point's streets are lined with Victorian homes as well as some of the "rock houses" built by the miners. Mineral Point also offers many shops, including artisan galleries, working studios, antique shops, specialty shops, restaurants, inns and Bed and Breakfasts.
Pendarvis Cornish Miner's House
The Mining Museum & Rollo Jamison Museum
The Mining Museum and Rollo Jamison Museum are located side by side at the eastern end of Platteville's Downtown Historic District. The museums include an underground tour of the 1845 Bevans Lead Mine, a ride in a 1931 mine train above ground, and exhibits on Platteville, area history and especially the history of lead and zinc mining in the Upper Mississippi Valley. http://mining.jamison.museum/
Rollo Jamison Museum
The University of Wisconsin - Platteville "M"
The idea to create the world's largest M is credited to Raymond Medley and Alvin Knoerr from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. They took a winter hike in 1936 and trudged up and down the sides of the Platte Mound in about two feet of snow to form a huge "M". The next Spring, U.W.P. engineering students moved and cemented 400 tons of light-colored limestone to create the letter. The "M", a symbol of the old School of Mines, is 241 feet high, 214 feet wide, and the legs are 25 feet across. The engineers who designed it used surveying techniques to ensure that the "M" appears symmetrical from all angles.The "M" is found on Platte Mound, County Trunk B, on Hiawatha Pioneer Trail, about 4 miles east of Platteville. There is parking at the site and visitors can climb to the top to view the beautiful area around Platteville.
The World's Largest M
The National Brewery Museum
Just 27 miles from Lake Joy Campground in Potosi, Wisconsin is the National Brewery Museum. It is located in the historic Potosi Brewing Company building which operated from 1852 to 1972. The museum houses a collection of beer bottles and cans, glasses, trays, coasters, advertising materials and other items relating to the brewery industry. Adjacent to the museum is the Potosi Brewery Restaurant and Beer Garden. http://www.potosibrewery.com/museums_brew.cfm
National Brewery Museum Display
National Mississippi River Museum
Just 35 minutes southwest of Lake Joy Campground is the National Mississippi River Museum, located in Dubuque, Iowa. This interactive museum features fresh water aquariums, live animal exhibits, a working boatyard, tours of an actual steamboat and multimedia presentations of the past, present and future of America's most important waterway. www.rivermuseum.com
Mississippi River Museum
The House On the Rock
The House On the Rock is one of Wisconsin's most visited tourist attractions and is less than 30 minutes north of Lake Joy Campground. This beautiful house built atop a 60-foot column rock grew from a 14 room weekend retreat into what is now an amazing private collection of antiques, dolls, doll houses, circus miniatures, the world's largest carousel, a Titanic display, zoo and outdoor gardens with thousands of plant varieties. Plan to spend the day at House On the Rock as it includes a complex of 16 buildings. www.thehouseontherock.com
The House on the Rock
Cave of the Mounds
Less than 30 minutes from Lake Joy Campground is Cave of the Mounds. It was discovered in 1939 when a quarry blast revealed the entrance to this sparkling underground fairyland. Visitors can tour the cave, viewing its spectacular crystallized rock formations and shimmering water pools. www.caveofthemounds.com
Cave of the Mounds
Father Mathias Wernerus shaped and built the "Holy Ghost Grotto" between 1925 and 1931. It is unique in its combination of religious and patriotic-themed areas. The Dickeyville grotto is not the largest such structure in the Midwest, but it has continually inspired visitors to go home and make their own creations. Every surface of the grotto is covered with bright colors, patriotic and religious symbols. A visit to the grotto is an experience that engages the visitor on many levels, from the overt symbolism down to the simplest of designs set in concrete.
Entrance to Dickeyville Grotto
Taliesin, The Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright
Less than one hour north of Lake Joy Campground sitting atop the rolling hills of Spring Green is Taliesin, the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, America's greatest architect. Taliesin, is regarded as an eminent example of Wright's vision of Organic Architecture, and the 600 acre estate includes buildings Wright continued to adapt and modify over 70 years of his career.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Studio
In the early 1970's the State of Wisconsin created the "Rustic Roads System". All such designated roads have outstanding natural features, native vegetation and native wildlife that preserves what remains of Wisconsin's scenic, lightly traveled country roads. Rustic Road R-66 is located in Lafayette County just off Highway W east of Hazel Green. It is 7.5 miles in length and winds through the hilly fields and farmlands of this unglaciated region of the state. R-66 provides beautiful Autumn colors and year round scenery along its tree-lined roads. If one travels along Kennedy Road, they will see an abandoned lead mine with tin shacks, mine tailings and rusted ore buckets still visible, a reminder of this area's lead mining history.
Rustic Road R-66 Near Hazel Green