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Bad River Wilderness

· Mellen, Ashland, Wisconsin
60 acres hosted by Dean W.
1 RV/tent site · 3 tent sites
Private sites
97% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
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Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Update: This property was just awarded 2nd place for 2024 as the 2nd best Hipcamp in Wisconsin out of 252 Hipcamp's based on reviews and ratings! Thank you to all who have enjoyed this amazing property and provided a review or rating!!! On the upper Bad River, I have a special location that I'd like to share for others to enjoy. I was fortunate to acquire this land 20 years ago and now that I have retired from the United States Air Force, I can dedicate time to create peaceful campsites along the river. This land was originally railroad property as the railroad companies bought much land in the late 1800's to have options to place their railroads. There is still a railroad track nearby but it has been abandoned since 2015 and it makes a nice hiking path along the river for many miles to the north. There are 3 waterfalls nearby and I will have many signs leading to the waterfalls. There are 4 total campsites on the property, 1 site you can drive to (Eagle Pines), and 3 tent sites that require 1/8 mile hike to 2 sites, and a 1/4 mile hike to the other hike-in site.
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300 ratings · 235 reviews
Andrea D.recommends
April 15, 2024
Bad River Point Hike-In Campsite
The site is secluded and has a lot of amenities to make your trip easier! My 2 year old loved it! I could see our family making another trip back! Plenty to do between hiking, canoeing, and just enjoying the outdoors!
Colin B.recommends
April 14, 2024
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Awesome Location and Waterfalls!
This has been the best hipcamp site we've ever been to! Dean is very responsive, friendly, and makes directions easy to follow. Our camper is 23 feet long which fits well backing up into the site. The view is awesome and it is very private and peaceful. We love hearing the sounds of nature here. You have to hike the trails to see the two waterfalls as it is amazing! We took a lot of pictures and videos. The trail is very well marked out so you won't have any issues looking to where you need to go.This is the best hiking experience we've ever had at a hipcamp site. Thank you Dean for sharing this amazing site with us!
Kankamol P.recommends
March 29, 2024
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Peaceful paradise!
This place is very beautiful and so peaceful. We went for winter camping and we are thinking to come back during summer again. The owner is very kind and helpful. He kept checking on us if we were ok and also give us clearly instructions. We love how quiet at night was and they are a lot of animals when we were there; otters, birds, coyotes and geese. Bummer we needed to go back early due to winter storm. Check out how our set up look in this amazing campsite by "Mileykadrew" on youtube.
Kate H.recommends
November 5, 2023
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Beautiful weekend for a last camping trip for the season! Woke up to frost on Saturday morning but felt nice and cozy at the site, reading on the platform in the sun warmed me right up. My pup loved the area, and the trails were very well marked and the waterfalls on the property definitely worth the walk! Plenty of level space for a car or tent and the fire grate and utensils were an added benefit! Nice and quiet, and nice to be so close to copper falls state park and Lake Superior! We’ll definitely be back!
Alicia A.recommends
October 23, 2023
Balsam Shores Hike-In Campsite
Thank you!
I took myself & my three kids here & we had an amazing time! Would definitely recommend! Look forward to staying again some day or days in the future hopefully! Thank you for this experience!
Isabelle B.recommends
October 22, 2023
Balsam Shores Hike-In Campsite
I loved camping here! Dean was very thorough on the directions he sent & there were easily readable signs so the campsite was very easy to find. The site itself was beautiful, it was right on the water and we were able to take the canoe (provided at the site) out on the river. There were plenty of tools provided: grate for cooking, tarp, saw, metal box for food storage, etc. We went near the end of October so there were no bugs to be found. All around great experience and location, definitely recommend.
Mellen, Ashland, Wisconsin, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Dean W.Joined in July 2017
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