Hipcamp host Jay K.,
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Campsites are all private and secluded with fire rings. Sites 1 through 3 are on the South Branch of the Portage river. Sites 3 through 5 are on the creek and site 6 is near Rusty's pasture. The river sites are shady while the rest of the sites are sunny. No power or water except site 5, which could have electricity. Trails run along a brook that connects to a river with wil

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Campsites are all private and secluded with fire rings. Sites 1 through 3 are on the South Branch of the Portage river. Sites 3 through 5 are on the creek and site 6 is near Rusty's pasture. The river sites are shady while the rest of the sites are sunny. No power or water except site 5, which could have electricity. Trails run along a brook that connects to a river with wildlife everywhere. Peace and quiet abounds as there are no airports, highways or trains nearby and the road has little traffic.Rusty, the steer and his friends are waiting for your visit. Including Lexi and Buckeye the mini horses and Poly, the barn kitty with his six toes on each paw are a sight to see. Turk, our turkey and his chicken friends wander all over the property. Fish or paddleboat on the pond, Swimming and floating on the pond is therapeutic and fun.  Play some cornhole or just enjoy the rockers or swing overlooking the pond by a campfire. Peaceful and quiet, Rusty's Retreat will provide the serene overnight or vacation you've always dreamed of.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
9 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Bins available
Laundry present
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Jay a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out

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animal interaction

Meet the animals close up with supervision from the owner. Rusty, the steer, ...Read more

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farm tour

Tour of farm with full description narration by owner.

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bicycle

Use of magaritaville bicycle for 1hours

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6 person tent

Use of tent is per night and includes air mattress and light.

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kayak

Use of kayak for 1 hour on the pond or the river if the water is appropriate.

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propane grill

Use of grill for 1 meal only

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Dozen eggs

Availability limited to hen production

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Half dozen eggs

Eggs available as our 10 hens provide.

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing

The pond currently has algae on it and fishing is not possible at this time. The river has some fish, but probably small.

Swimming

The pond is shallow and has some aquatic weeds at this time. Eradication has begun.

Biking
Boating
Hiking
Paddling
Snow sports
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Rusty's Retreat in Ohio.

Beach

We now have a new pebble beach on the pond!

Swimming hole

Water is shallow and weedy at this time. Eradication has begun.

Ranch

Rusty and his pony friends Lexi and Buckeye are our ranch animals.

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Hipcamper Kerry

Perfect camping spot

Kerry M.
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(Site 8)
October 7th, 2021

Rusty’s Retreat was the perfect getaway. The owners are very kind and the animals love visitors. Meeting the barn cats, Rusty, and Lexi the small horse was like walking into a children’s book. Beyond that, there are beautiful views and a sense of peace at Rusty’s Retreat. We look forward to returning.

Hipcamper Justin
Justin P.
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(Site 1)
October 2nd, 2021

Jay and Heather were fantastic hosts. They take a lot of pride in making this a great place to stay, and it shows! Campsite #1 was nice and secluded, yet still easily accessible for a car load out. Would definitely stay again.

Hipcamper Jay
Response from Jay, the Host, on October 8th, 2021

Thank you for the great review and thank you for visiting!

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Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth V.
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(Site 5)
September 19th, 2021

Rusty's Retreat was exactly what we were looking for: Secluded, primitive-style camping spots to escape the day to day hustle and bustle. The host, Jay, is extremely helpful and friendly. We got a tour of the property, met good ol' Rusty, and bought some fresh eggs to cook over the fire. We also chose to buy more firewood from Jay and he kindly brought some down right away. We will definitely be returning to meet up with our friends here again! Thanks, Jay!

Hipcamper Jay
Response from Jay, the Host, on September 24th, 2021

Thanks for visiting us. We hope to see you again soon!

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Hipcamper Paul
Paul H.
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(Site 1)
September 11th, 2021

Great place with very friendly hosts…. It awesome to be able to interact with Rusty the Steer. We will definitely be back!

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Hipcamper Jay
Response from Jay, the Host, on September 21st, 2021

Come back soon! The weather is changing fast!

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Hipcamper Lori

Perfect country camping

Lori B.
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(Site 1)
September 7th, 2021

We spent 2 nights at Rusty's Retreat riverside, Site 1. Fire ring, grate, and chairs were ready to go. The site delivery of firewood was an appreciated amenity. We were greeted by the host Jay and did a tour of the property. We got to meet all of the animals - dogs (we fell in love with them), steer, turkey, chickens, honey bees and the barn kitties with a special mention of Poly the sweetest kitty host and Rusty the sweetest cow. Along with the ability to purchase firewood, we also purchased fresh eggs and honey. The nights were safe and quiet with hooting owls. It was a tremendous weekend of relaxation and country living. We spent our last hour with the host and the pups (in their fenced section). Jay sent us home with tomatoes and peppers for parting gifts. Truly a perfect weekend of tent camping!

Hipcamper Jay
Response from Jay, the Host, on September 10th, 2021

Thank you for visiting our farm and giving our animals your special attention. We all enjoyed your company and look foreword to your next visit!

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Hipcamper Jerod

Good time.

Jerod E.
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(Site 9)
August 22nd, 2021

Jay and Heather were awesome! We dig that place! Going back next month. And maybe many more times.......

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Hipcamper Jay
Response from Jay, the Host, on September 5th, 2021

Y'all come back now! It was nice havin ya.

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Hipcamper Sada

Best night ever

Sada G.
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(Site 6)
August 2nd, 2021

This was the most amazing experience in my life. My family and I was traveling from NYC and we stopped in Ohio for a few nights before heading to Detroit then back home. On our last night we decided to camp out and might I say we should of stayed a few more days. The host were so friendly and generous they took hospitality to another level. My daughter loved the dogs and my wife loved the paddle boat. We was in a bit of a rush so we couldn’t kayak unfortunately. It was our first night ever camping but we was scared or bothered by the beautiful sounds of nature sit was calming. The mosquitoes were killing me lol, I sprayed my whole body with repealing spray except ny face and guess where they went for. Although the outside was amazing next time I’m in town I’m staying at rusty’s loft. This amazing loft was built by the owner and a few friends, this beautiful structure is what really caught my attention.

Hipcamper Jay
Response from Jay, the Host, on August 4th, 2021

Thank you for staying with us and the great review! We really enjoyed your company and look forward to your next visit!

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Hipcamper Crystal
Crystal L.
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August 2nd, 2021

Very kind folks, very welcoming, helpful and some nice secluded camping spots if your looking. Loved the time, Rusty the cow was to sweet, he likes to be fed grass😁shower for $5, was really nice to have that available. Wil return in the future! Thank you Jay

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Hipcamper Jay
Response from Jay, the Host, on August 14th, 2021

Thank you for staying with us! We hope to see you soon!

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Hipcamper Adam

Great stay!

Adam D.
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(Site 11)
July 25th, 2021

Jay was a great host. He gave us a great tour of his property and had all the hookups we needed. I was looking for a convenient location between NY and chicago and his was perfect. Looking forward to going back!

Hipcamper Jay
Response from Jay, the Host, on August 14th, 2021

Come by anytime!

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Property
Rusty's Retreat
State
Ohio
Country
United States
$35/night
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