Hipcamp host Dean W.,
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If you’re looking for a campsite where you can interact, see, or even hear other campers, this campsite isn’t for you. There are no other campsites wit

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IMPORTANT: If you book, you will be provided detailed directions and other important info in your Hipcamp account.  Please log into your Hipcamp account and find this info before your travel to the campsite.  Thanks.  

If you’re looking for a campsite where you can interact, see, or even hear other campers, this campsite isn’t for you. There are no other campsites within 1/4 mile so you will definitely have lots of privacy. You may see other campers on the hiking trails to the waterfalls but you'll still have seclusion.  This is a tent site along the Bad River and you'll be camping within about 25 feet of the river near 3 very large (The trunks are 8, 9, & 10 feet in circumference) old growth White Pines.  The name "Eagle Pines" is such because I often find Bald Eagle feathers on the ground in the campsite since they use the massive White Pines over the campsite to roost and preen their feathers.  

I have 2 other hike-in tent sites nearby; "Balsam Shores on the Bad River" & "A Tree Tent on the Bad River" so if this site is booked for the dates you want, check out those sites also.    

You can drive your vehicle up the road right to the campsite.  If you bring RV's or trailers you could back your camper up the road if you're good at backing but it is mostly a straight-line back of about 150 feet.  You can run generators for your RV.  If you're not comfortable about backing your RV up the road, you can park it in the gravel pit.

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.  

There are very secluded and little known waterfalls a short hike away on the Bad River and I will leave a map in the ammo can at the campsite to find those.  The map is also included in the images for this site.  The trailhead with signs to these waterfalls begins right at the campsite with an easy to follow path.    

We have no light pollution up here so the gravel pit is a great place to stargaze and view the Milky Way.

I'll provide some free cherry wood for cooking with the grill over the firepit as cherry has a really good flavor for cooking.  Please only use this for cooking as it's hard to find.  The cherry wood will be on top of the woodshed.  I'll have an arm-full of campfire wood by the fire pit for you and will have the small woodshed full of campfire wood you can purchase for $20 which will be much less than the cost of the wood you find at gas stations/convenience stores.  I'll have an ammo can on the woodshed you can leave the money in if you want to purchase the firewood.  

I'll also have cool handmade fire pokers made by my Veteran buddy that he sells for $20. I'll have them hanging on the Caribou antlers and if you'd like to purchase one please leave the $20 in the ammo can for those.  I'll place a picture of the fire pokers in the group of photos for this site.    

If you're interested in geology, there are interesting rocks in the gravel pit and we have found rocks with seashell fossils in them there.  I am an experienced gold prospector and own 5 mining claims in Idaho and we do find gold in the gravel pit so you can pan for gold there if you'd like.  The gold is very fine as it's been ground up by the glaciers so it's difficult to see unless you're experienced in gold recovery.

There are larger rocks in the gravel pit that would be cool for a momento from your camping trip and good for landscaping and you can take a few home if you'd like.  If you'd like to take a large amount of rocks home we can discuss a reasonable price for them.          

You can have your pets off-leash here as long as they will stay around the campsite as there are wolves in this country.  You may be able to hear the wolves howling at night.

There is good Brook Trout fishing in the river near the waterfall pools 1/3 mile downstream along with nice kayaking/canoeing on the river. There is a canoe and paddles for you to use but please bring your own life preservers if you want to wear one.   I do have one adult life preserver I'll hang by the small woodshed if you'd like to use it.  Most of the river is a calm paddle and it's easy to paddle up or downstream so the river is yours to explore.  The river going upstream about a mile and downstream about 1/2 mile is a slow current lazy river great for paddling.  Further downstream are some serious whitewater rapids that deserve caution.  Please don't consider going through the rapids with the canoe.  

There is a 32 foot dock that extends into the river but please, no head-first diving as it is not deep enough for that.  The river is about 3 feet deep in the middle so it's great for swimming and cooling off.  The dock wood can also get slick when it's wet so please be careful with that.  There is good Musky and Walleye fishing in a nearby lake called Spillerberg Lake.

I have a hardwood tent/relaxation platform I made from local trees I cut on my sawmill on the slope along the river where you can place a tent or your chairs to relax along the water.

There is a retired couple that live 1/4 mile from the campsite and you may hear their lawn mower or a dog barking once in a while but the local bears do not like anything to do with dogs as they are hunted up here with hounds.  So, the dog that sometimes barks helps to keep the bears away from this area.  We have never had an instance of a bear at the campsite so the dogs are keeping them away.  Nobody else lives within a mile so it's a nice and peaceful location if you want to hear no other campers and want the forest all to yourself. 

I've seen Eagles, Otters, Beavers, ducks, Mink, Fisher, Pine Marten, Weasels, Kingfisher, flying squirrels, and deer from the campsite as I worked to expand and improve it.  There is a family of 3 otters that come by in the river pretty much every day and they're fun to watch as they make cool sounds as they look at you and swim by.   

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.

There is a solar powered motion sensor light near the outhouse for lighting if you use the outhouse in the dark.  Please don't be startled when the light comes on!  :)

There are numerous trees to hang hammocks on. I also have fishing baits in the ammo can that work good here. They are marked as either $2 or $3 each and you can leave the money for those in the ammo can.

If you have dogs, please do not close the doors on the screen tent. Dogs have damaged the screen when they were locked inside and kept outside of the tent trying to get in. Suggested items to bring: 1. Dry newspaper, lighter/matches, and kindling wood as it may have rained and it will be difficult to find dry twigs etc to start a fire.  Also maybe bring lighter fluid or diesel fuel works great too.   2. A leather glove or potholder to adjust the grill handle over the fire.  3. Life preservers if you prefer them if you use the canoe.  4. Decals/bumper stickers to add to the collection in the outhouse. I have extra push pins there to use to place your decals.  5. Bow saw to use if you’ll want to cut up dead/down firewood.  6. Bug spray.  7. Camp chairs.   

You will see my "No Trespassing" signs as you drive in the road to the campsite but just ignore those please.  

Verizon has good cell service at the campsite.  AT&T does not, and T-Mobile has 1 or 2 bars of service.  I am not sure on other carriers. We have no poisonous snakes or spiders up here. I’ve also never seen Poison Oak or Poison Ivy anywhere near here.  

Please take pictures as you explore this amazing Bad River wilderness to share with other campers as you'll be asked to provide a review and have the chance to share your pictures.  Last year was my first year for providing this campsite and it was amazing to know that folks had a chance to experience this awesome land but I was especially grateful for the kids that were able to visit and experience this wilderness.

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.     

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.  

The Drop Tine Bar & Grill in Cayuga 1.5 miles away from the campsite has great food and drinks.  They're closed on Mondays & Thursdays and open at 3 PM on Tuesday & Wednesday, & open at Noon Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.  If you stop in for drinks or food there is wi-fi available here too.

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 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
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 28 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
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: 15 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

You can mountain bike on the local ATV trails and national forest roads.

Boating

You can canoe and kayak on the river and downstream there are very challenging waterfalls.

Fishing

Good fishing in the river for native Brook Trout. best spots are 1/3 mile downriver below the rapids and falls.

Hiking

You can hike up the railroad tracks and visit the nearby waterfalls. I'll have maps at the campsites.

Paddling

Amazing kayak and canoe trips on the Bad River. I have a canoe for you to use but please bring your own life preservers if you...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

The main ATV trail to Clam Lake and beyond is just 1 mile away back to the main road by the main bridge that crosses the river...Read more

Climbing

If you're into technical tree climbing these huge White Pines would be fun.

Snow sports

Just 1 mile from the main snowmobile/ATV trail.

Swimming

The water is clean and the river has a hard sand bottom except for the first few feet near the shore.

Whitewater paddling

Very challenging waterfalls downriver starting about 1/3 mile downstream.

Wildlife watching

I often see otters and ducks in the river. Saw Pine Marten and Fishers in August.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Eagle Pines On The Bad River in Wisconsin.

Forest

Chequamegon National Forest very close.

Mountainous

Mount Whittelsey is the 6th highest point in Wisconsin about 5 miles away with great views and let me know if you need directio...Read more

River, stream, or creek

Campsite is right on the river and this is the same river that flows through Copper Falls State Park on its way to Lake Superio...Read more

Waterfall

Very nice waterfalls 15 minutes of hiking away and 2 more falls further north on the railroad tracks.

Driveway

You can drive right to the campsite.

Swimming hole
Wetlands

Places to see near Bad River Wilderness

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Hipcamper Mikaela

A slice of river-side heaven!

Mikaela P.
recommends this listing.
November 4th, 2021

This is truly a wonderful place to stay! Dean was so hospitable - I arrived on a chilly October afternoon and Dean had already started a fire for me and texted to offer to bring blankets if I was cold. The site is beautiful, lots of huge pines and lovely carpet of needles on the ground. Having dry firewood available was a huge plus, and Dean left cherrywood on top for yummy cooking. Canoeing the river was fun, although a beaver is hard at work damming under the railroad trestle so there isn't much river to explore before you run into the dam or into rapids. Speaking of rapids, the nearby waterfalls were incredible, so serene, private, and peaceful. And less than a 10 minute hike from the campsite! There was only one downside to this campsite, and it's literally the only thing Dean can't control - the neighbor dogs were pretty noisy for most of the time. The barking echos down the river and takes away from the serenity of the space, but the dogs must've been brought inside around dinnertime because the barking stopped and peace returned. I watched the beaver come by every 30 minutes or so to down a tree and swim with it back to the trestle - so cool to sit at the fire and watch this happening just yards away! This was definitely a trip to remember and I will be back to Eagle Pines in the future. Thanks for sharing your slice of river-side heaven, Dean!

Hipcamper Steven
Steven K.
recommends this listing.
October 28th, 2021

By far the nicest private campsite we have stayed at. In real life it looks exactly as beautiful as shown the pictures. Thank you for sharing your property with us. We look forward to visiting again.

Hipcamper Amy
Amy B.
recommends this listing.
October 23rd, 2021

This is a really pretty spot along the river. There’s a nice fire pit with a cooking grate. The screened cover for the picnic table has some tears, so it wouldn’t be perfect for keeping out bugs in the summer, but it does keep the table dry. Having a toilet available is nice. Like someone else said, there are some barking dogs nearby, we had an RV, so didn’t keep us up. The RV spot is not so glamorous, but we don’t spend much time in the RV. For tent campers, it’s a really nice spot, flat and level.

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Hipcamper Darlene

Fall camping at its best!

Darlene M.
recommends this listing.
October 23rd, 2021

Beautiful campsite on the river! Dean was a great host and responded promptly to my emails. We were running low on t-paper and he came and restocked us! We loved hiking to the waterfalls and checking out his two other sites. He has the trail well marked.

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Hipcamper J
J M.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2021

Happy to write a second review for our second night at Eagle Pines, which was just as peaceful as the first. We in fact extended our trip by another day so we could enjoy this site longer. Organized, clean and well tended, we are hopeful to stay here again next year. Very grateful for the experience.

Hipcamper Mike

Will be back again!

Mike M.
recommends this listing.
October 17th, 2021

Great camping spot! Highly recommend if you want a campsite away from others. The hike to all of the waterfalls was totally worth it as well! Dean is a great host and personally guided us out to a specific spot in the National Forest that we would have never found on our own.

Hipcamper J

Beautiful, best yet on hipcamp

J M.
recommends this listing.
October 12th, 2021

Dean’s property is wonderful for camping. Quiet, secluded, and so much to enjoy. Ideally perfect for tent camping, you will have all you need here. We spent most of our time sitting on the dock watching the river, also hiked to see the waterfalls. If you are one who is needing cell service, full bars on the dock. Dean is a very generous person to share this with strangers, please everyone keep it clean and don’t abuse it. We would like to have it still available next year!

Hipcamper Genna
Genna B.
recommends this listing.
October 11th, 2021

Beautiful area! We had a wonderful time and Dean was very responsive to any questions we had. Thanks again!

Hipcamper max

No place like up north.

Max H.
recommends this listing.
October 5th, 2021

This is definitely my favorite hip camp, I’ve only been to a few but this one is a gem.

Eagle Pines On The Bad River

Awards

Best in 2021 Wisconsin
Finalist
Property
Bad River Wilderness
State
Wisconsin
Country
United States
$39/night
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