Hipcamp host Dean W.,
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If you value a camping experience with privacy vs. camping a few feet away from another tent or RV, this camping experience on your own piece of the Bad River is epic!  You will not see another camper unless you happen to stumble on the few other campers that may be hiking on this private property's trails to the multiple waterfalls nearby.  Or, other campers may be floating


If you value a camping experience with privacy vs. camping a few feet away from another tent or RV, this camping experience on your own piece of the Bad River is epic!  You will not see another camper unless you happen to stumble on the few other campers that may be hiking on this private property's trails to the multiple waterfalls nearby.  Or, other campers may be floating quietly by in the canoe that's free to use at all 3 of the campsites.  

IMPORTANT: If you book this campsite, you will receive detailed directions and other important information after you book and when you log into your Hipcamp account. Please ensure you read that.   

I used to offer this site with a tree tent but it just couldn't hold up to all the use and became too damaged.  There are areas for you to set up your own tents.  I made a custom “rule” that states not to peel the birch bark off of the trees as doing that will kill the tree yet campers are still peeling the birch bark. I’m not sure if they didn’t read the campsite rules or just disregarded them but please don’t do this. Please.    

If you’re looking for a campsite where you can interact or see other campers, this campsite isn’t for you. You’ll have LOTS of privacy here.  You may see other campers on the trails to the waterfalls but you'll still have lots of seclusion.  

This is a sister site to 2 of my other sites on the same property along the Bad River; "Eagle Pines on the Bad River" and "Balsam Shores on the Bad River".  In the national forest, there is no camping allowed within 75 feet of water but here you will be camping about 15 feet from the water. This is a hike in tent site that is less than 1/4 mile from the parking area and should take about 5 minutes to hike to camp.   

With a 1 minute walk downriver there is another area by some rapids to set up tents if you need additional space.

This will be a tent site with an enclosed pit toilet with a toilet seat, a canoe, a picnic table, a fire ring, and a grill to cook on.  As I expand the site, I may have some cut firewood for you to use. There are plastic chairs at the fire area.. 

At the site is the largest white pine on my property with a circumference of 13 feet.   

Within a 3 minute hike are one of the nearby waterfalls and with another 1/2 mile hike north & downriver is another set of falls. If you're more adventurous, there is the largest falls in the general area that is about a 2 1/2 mile hike each way on the abandoned railroad tracks. Or, you can drive to within a 3/4 mile hike of this falls by driving north of Cayuga on Hwy 13 and turning left/West on the next road (Forest Road 184/Conley Road) and driving west until you come to the bridge and tracks and parking there to hike 3/4 mile north on the railroad tracks. Cross 3 railroad bridges and look for the trail on the left about 100 yards north of the 3rd bridge.

There are Brook Trout in the river and the best way to catch them is with a #1 spinner or with a sinker and worms below the waterfalls in the deeper pools.

The river is great for swimming with clean water and a hard sand bottom as we have no farm fields for erosion in our headwaters. The river water is great for using a water filter for drinking.

There is no Poison Ivy, no Poison Oak, and no poisonous snakes or spiders in this area.  

Bears or bear sign have never been seen at the campsite because campers have been very good about having no food in their tents or eating in tents.  There is a 3 gallon ammo can at the campsite to use for storing food.  If you have food waste or food wrappers, please burn it completely in the fire ring or pack it out.  

I have now extended the hiking trail past the first waterfalls that will follow the river and eventually lead to the railroad tracks instead of having to backtrack on the same trail to get back to the tracks. Then, once you get to the tracks, if you turn right you will head towards waterfalls #2 and if you turn left you will head back towards the campsite.  The hiking map won't reflect the trail extension.    

There are numerous signs posted for directions to the campsite and the waterfalls.  There will also be a map for you at the campsite  (in the ammo can) to locate the waterfalls.  There are good options for hammock trees here also.   

The Drop Tine Bar & Grill in Cayuga 1  1/2 miles away from the parking area has great food and drinks.  Their business hours are posted on the door and you can check that on the way in as it's right on the way to the campsite.  They should be closed Monday-Wednesday and open at noon Thursday-Sunday.  You'll be pleasantly surprised at the low cost of drinks compared to big cites!  :) 

This site is just a 10 minute drive to Copper Falls State Park.  Also nearby is Morgan Falls, St Peters Dome, Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands, and just a 20 minute drive to the Clam Lake area to watch the Elk along the roads.

This is the woods and wilderness, not a populated campground where there is an insect control program.  The bugs could be minimal or they could be bad since this is a woods.  Insect numbers depend on many variables including how much rain we've had, how cold or warm the weather is, or insect hatch efficiency.  I'm sorry but I cannot control how good or bad the bugs are and can't issue refunds if the bugs are beyond your tolerance.  There have been no mosquitos after mid-August. 

I will set the refund policy for 100% up to 3 days prior to check in.  Please do a check on the weather outlook at least 3 days before you arrive to see if the weather will be nice for at least part of your stay.  If you cancel within 3 days before your arrival, I am sorry but the system won't provide a refund.  If you need to cancel, please cancel at least 3 days prior to your arrival date so you can be refunded and others can have a better chance to schedule a stay.  Thank you for understanding this.

As a heads-up, this probably isn’t a good campsite if you need to have many items at the site that you would have to carry from your vehicle. It’s a 1/4 mile hike over irregular terrain from the parking area to the campsite. There are wet areas, rough/rocky areas, and hills on the path to the campsite. There is no paved or gravel path. IMPORTANT: Detailed directions and other important info should be provided after you book but, do not turn at the blue address sign, turn right 150 feet past the blue address sign which would be right after the gravel pit. Please read the directions carefully.  IMPORTANT: When you see the blue address sign, go past that sign 150 feet and turn right after the gravel pit. Then drive 1/4 mile to the parking area.  Do not turn at the blue address sign.  Thanks.

So that you are aware;  Hipcamp will be adding a "service fee" (15-20%) when you complete the booking to cover their site management and other things that is somewhat a high %.  I believe it's excessive and I just realized they did this in March 2021.  I don't get any of this service fee and they also take an additional 10% from the price I list to cover the $1 million in insurance for you.  The total % Hipcamp gets is 25-30% which I and other folks that offer campsites do not appreciate this as we have discussed this on social media sites for Hipcamp hosts.  I am very sorry for this and I will do everything I can to ensure you enjoy this very special wilderness on the Bad River.    

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Moderate walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Remove your rubbish
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Dean a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Great mountain biking on the local forest roads and ATV trails.


Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, and Shiners/Chubs are in the river.


A canoe and paddles are at the campsite for you to enjoy. I have no life jackets so please bring those if you prefer to wear t...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Within 1 mile of the main ATV trail to Clam Lake and Hayward.


Hard sand bottom in the river for swimming.

Whitewater paddling

There are very challenging whitewater rapids downriver and a great kayak trip would be from the Cayuga Bridge to Mellen which i...Read more

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Bad River Point in Wisconsin.


Very close to the national forest.


5 minute hike to one of the 3 nice waterfalls in the area.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole

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Hipcamper Leonie

Camping as a lone wolf

Leonie H.
recommends this listing.
October 12th, 2022

This campsite was challenging and loved it. This campsite is for someone who are experienced hikers. Not for the beginner or inexperienced. You need to have strong footing with good balance, you need to be have a topographic mind like a bird’s eye if you don’t have a compass, you need to be observant around you and it’s fun to look for signs and colorful tags to find your way around. I saw the toilet sign but I brought my own potting. I like to set a potting around the corner of my tent. I had a great workout hiking in the woods and I was sore after a couple days. Loved it! And oh one more thing, please read the host’s instructions. I was busted for not reading. I printed the instructions but didn’t really read it. Read it and you won’t be disappointed.

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Hipcamper Grace

Secluded little paradise

Grace L.
recommends this listing.
October 11th, 2022

Plan to backpack in! But wow! What a site! What a location we will definitely be back! Dean is clearly a wonderful steward of these woods. The trails are well maintained at the campsite itself has received a lot of TLC you can tell. Dean has a canoe for you to use as well as a grill for the fire pit. Also at least two piles of brush for your fire starting needs. Can’t say enough great things about this space! Can’t wait to come back for a longer trip next summer! Thanks for sharing your slice of paradise with us

Hipcamper Alex
Alex J.
recommends this listing.
October 2nd, 2022

Camping at Bad Rivers Point is an absolute must! The site is clean, well taken care of, and has the few amenities you need to make a trip out in the woods. The walk back and forth from parking to the site was as expected and not a hassle bringing food to and from. Dean is an outstanding man that stopped by to say hello (upon request). He knows the area and is a great source of information. He was quick to respond over text which was greatly appreciated. I WILL be visiting the coming year!

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Hipcamper Courtney


Courtney D.
recommends this listing.
September 28th, 2022

Dean’s land is amazing! Our campsite was right next to the water with a beautiful view. Everything was clearly mapped out for us. He communicated efficiently. I would definitely come back.

Hipcamper Eric

Amazing site!

Eric J.
recommends this listing.
September 25th, 2022

Beautiful, primitive site in a great location! Well-worth the hike in! Dean’s description is spot-on and he was an excellent host-very friendly & easy to contact when we had questions. I would recommend any of the three sites Dean has to offer to anyone looking for an amazing northern Wisconsin experience, without the crowds. I’ve already booked another trip for next year.

The Drop Tine bar is close and has very good food, too.

Finally, please be good to the birch trees- don’t be a lazy ass. There are plenty of downed birch, if you need to scavenge bark… if you can walk all the way in to the site, you can walk thirty feet into the woods to look for fire-starting material. Dean shouldn’t have to write notes on the trees with a sharpie.

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Hipcamper K

Camped with friends and dogs

K M.
recommends this listing.
September 14th, 2022

Beautiful place to camp and we were able to bring our dogs. We came for our friends’ preweddding camping trip and had an amazing time. The river is amazing. So many frogs- I loved it. My dogs were able to take a dip in the river whenever they wanted to. Plenty of space to hike and walk and hang out in the river.

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Hipcamper Matt
Matt L.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2022

This site is amazing, the river is beautiful, and the host is super friendly and accommodating. It’s a bit of a stretch saying it sleeps 12 - we fit 12, but it was a tight fit. Still recommend 10/10!

Hipcamper Rick

Thank you thank you. thank you.

Rick D.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2022

A treasured spot. Frogs, chipmunks, red squirrels, an osprey, flycatchers, turtles, herons, ducks, lots of minnows, and a few fish. Our doggie had a lot of entertainment from the grouse we found on the trails. Great fun watching the chipmunk and red squirrel harvest pinecones from the enormous grandmother pine and eat pine nuts. Few insects. Chairs and a picnic table! Only caution: our doggie is covered in creosote from the railroad ties. Beauty and solitude abound. Clambering in the pools of the first falls in the hot weather is refreshing. River is cool but not cold. Some deeper pools.

Hipcamper Maria

Bad river adventure

Maria S.
recommends this listing.
August 28th, 2022

We have this expectation 10/10! Short hike, great site on the water. Host was great to answer questions. Some rain but we had a wonderful time. Definitely will go here again.

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