By Johnny Molloy
We're trying to ease back into family tent camping, and this book is an excellent start. I'm already reasonably familiar with the state parks and a few county parks, but I'd also like to check out a few more less-known places. This book includes more commonly known camping areas, as well as more isolated locales. Molloy ranks 50 campgrounds (sorted regionally within Wisconsin) based on Beauty, Site Privacy, Site Spaciousness, Quiet, Security and Cleanliness/Upkeep.
He camped in each of the campgrounds, and is able to give an idea of the campground's busyness, available facilities and prices. (I had the first edition, so the information was based on 2003 data. I'm sure the costs for many of the facilities can be easily updated on the internet). He also includes directions and good advice on fishing and canoeing conditions.
What I found especially helpful was the detail Molloy went into on specific features of individual campsites - which ones to avoid, what types of trees are around, how much privacy, how close the bathrooms are, etc. That's very handy information for optimizing a family camping trip.