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Bad River Wilderness

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· Mellen, Wisconsin
60 acres
3 sites
1 RV/Tent
2 Tent
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 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 a map at the campsite to find these.
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Mellen, Wisconsin, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Dean W.Joined in July 2017
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213 ratings · 161 reviews
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Manuela F.recommends
October 30, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Absolutely amazing!!! Gorgeous spot, great hiking trails and very private.
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Alex G.recommends
October 24, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Beautiful find
Loved this spot! Dean really has such a great find here, he's provided well marked trails and well stocked wood if you need any. The dogs near by can bark quiiitee a bit, but as said by a few others, does keep bears away! Just be wary if you are sensitive to noise like that. But honestly, this was a great find, beautiful, well kept and would love to come back!
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Leonie H.recommends
October 12, 2022
Bad River Point
Camping as a lone wolf
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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Mc Kayla A.recommends
October 11, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Wisconsin Camping
We loved how secluded we felt. We very much enjoyed the canoe, the hiking trails, and the beauty of the property. There are not stores or open restaurants nearby so come prepared with everything you need or be prepared to drive bit to get food and supplies. You will enjoy your stay here!
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Grace L.recommends
October 11, 2022
Bad River Point
Secluded little paradise
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
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Jessica P.recommends
October 5, 2022
Balsam Shores on the Bad River
Balsam Shores was great. Feels very tucked away, but also near to town. You might hear a little road hum or faint construction noise midday, but still feels remote and the surrounding foliage, water, geology is beautiful! The stars were abundant. A serene scene. The site is mostly tree canopy and opens up to the Bad River which was exceptionally low in early October. Would have loved to canoe, but it's all good. We still enjoyed the area, and you can rent canoes at Loon Lake in Copper Falls State Park if that's a draw. We hiked the rail line, very fun and felt very private. The signage + instructions are excellent. I'd come back in the Spring when the water is a little higher. Overall - great, easy stay and plenty of firewood.
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Alex J.recommends
October 2, 2022
Bad River Point
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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Jenna B.recommends
October 2, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Picturesque
Beautiful & easy to find, with lots of firewood on site for only $15! The dogs were barking a bit so if that’s an issue I would not recommend but they are keeping other animals away so it was a fair trade for us.
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Courtney D.recommends
September 28, 2022
Bad River Point
Amazing
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.
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Kristi K.recommends
September 27, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
This spot is really something special. We had such a wonderful time exploring the trails and waterfalls, paddling in the canoe, and fishing at multiple spots along the river. We’re so grateful to Dean for making this place available to others! We’ll definitely be back in spring to experience it all again in a different season.
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Eric J.recommends
September 25, 2022
Bad River Point
Amazing site!
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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Lauren R.recommends
September 22, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Beautiful camping experience
This was a truly special camping experience. Dean has a fantastic set up and we would love the opportunity to come back here. The site is spacious, private, and the views can’t be beat.
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Adam C.recommends
September 18, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
I loved the seclusion and freedom to let our dogs off leash! They loved it and our husky loved being on the dock! Very much enjoyed! Would go back 100%
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Bridget L.recommends
September 16, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Beautiful, quiet campsite
We had a great time on Dean’s property! We brought our camper trailer and our two toddlers (4 and 2) and we would definitely return! The site is beautiful, spacious, and right by the water. Dean has it all set up and ready for when you arrive. We hiked to the waterfalls, swam in them, fished, swam by the dock at the campsite, used the canoe to try and catch some bigger trout… all sorts of fun. One afternoon we made the short drive to Copper State park and hiked around on their trails and we also drove up to Ashland day to show the girls the big lake. Would definitely recommend if you like being in a rural setting without neighbors nearby.
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Donald M.recommends
September 15, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
The scenery and seclusion was perfect. Loved the "live edge" picnic table. Too bad it didn't fit in the car, lol.
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K M.recommends
September 14, 2022
Bad River Point
Camped with friends and dogs
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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Josie R.recommends
September 13, 2022
Balsam Shores on the Bad River
We had an amazing long weekend camping at the beautiful site! Definitely returning again, the stars and river were breath taking. Thanks Dean for being so helpful and accommodating.
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Laura F.recommends
September 6, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
LOVED this spot! Highly recommend.
What an awesome location. Private spot, right on the river, canoe available to paddle, private hiking trail along river, and a great host. We live full time in our camper and decided this might have been our favorite campsite to date. We will definitely be back if we are in the area again.
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Matt L.recommends
September 5, 2022
Bad River Point
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!
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Kelly E.recommends
September 5, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
The privacy and thoughtful touches Dean has added to this space was a wonderful and restful weekend.
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Rick D.recommends
September 3, 2022
Bad River Point
Thank you thank you. Thank you.
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.
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Molly Jo N.recommends
September 2, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
This might be the best Hipcamp ever! Extremely clean and spacious, extremely quiet, and Dean provided everything we needed. Loved the hike in the waterfalls in the canoe adventure on the river. I would definitely recommend this.
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Molly R.recommends
August 29, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Great experience
Gorgeous camping site right on the Bad River in the beautiful North Woods! Dean was an excellent host: friendly, attentive yet respectful of our privacy. We hiked to the 2 waterfalls and the trail was well marked, a bit steep in spots but we did just fine (including our 14 year old husky shepherd!) and it felt like a mini adventure right on the property. During our 3 night stay we found ZERO ticks on us + our dog, and the mosquitos weren't bad at all. Had some rain the last night and Dean thoughtfully brought us dry kindling. The only thing that wasn't 10/10 was the neighbor's dogs barking — they really go at it a few times a day and then seem to calm down but Dean says it keeps bears away, so perhaps a good thing :) Thanks again, we'll be back!
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Maria S.recommends
August 28, 2022
Bad River Point
Bad River Adventure
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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Easton P.recommends
August 24, 2022
Bad River Point
Awesome, great area and great site. Dean was a very good host and communicated very well. We had a blast!
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Jami E.recommends
August 22, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Relaxing view.
When we first arrived, I noticed how well kept it was. The directions were clear if you read them. :) I didn't want to leave. Wood is there just put your money in the box and you have plenty on hand. The hiking trails to the falls are well marked. Dean is very responsive if you need anything or have issues. I would like to spread the word but I really want to keep this to myself so I can be sure its not taken when I want to come again. Well worth the 4 hour drive.
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Sarah W.recommends
August 22, 2022
Balsam Shores on the Bad River
Happy Campers :)
Campsite was amazing. Dean is a great host! We arrived late and he was kind enough to meet us at droptine and guide us. Helped us haul everything to our campsite and started the fire, even provided wood!! Best part is your dogs can be off leash!! Which they absolutely loved!! Can’t wait to come back again! Highly recommend!!!
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Pam A.recommends
August 16, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Great Place!
Our second time here. Waterfalls are beautiful. Lots of opportunity for adventures nearby at Copper Falls State Park. We really liked the handy abundance of firewood and space for our young campers to play and enjoy the outdoors.
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Paige S.recommends
August 14, 2022
Balsam Shores on the Bad River
Froggys Bog!
Such a peaceful place! Saw lots of frogs & even otters one morning. Can’t wait to come back!
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Allen V.recommends
August 14, 2022
Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Fantastic site!! Very large, we had 3 large tents and 1 small on the site plus a small camper and room enough for another tent. Lots of room. Very secluded. Nice supply of fire wood priced reasonable. If you choose to stay here you will be impressed.
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