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Camp Escape

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· Merrill, Wisconsin
80 acres
10 sites
8 RV/Tent
2 Tent
Deep in the backwoods of rural Wisconsin, Camp Escape is an excellent spot to disconnect with the 21st century and get completely off grid. At this camp, a handful of secluded sites each come with spectacular lakeside views and shelter from pine trees for complete isolation. Here’s a chance to test your wilderness skills. There’s 70 acres of private forest and four kettle lakes at your disposal, so getting to know your surroundings must be top of the list. You can putter around on the water in rowing boats and canoes (both free for campers to use) and fish for bass to grill over your campfire. Kids can safely run off energy, make new friends at the play areas, or go scavenging for raspberries in season. Beyond camp, there’s a whole wilderness of 5,000 acres just begging to be explored; take a backpack and hike or horseback ride into the forest, or rent an ATV or snowmobile for winter adventures in the hills. At the end of the day, though, there’s probably nothing better than sitting on a wooden dock overlooking a lake and contemplating the wilderness as the sun sets. No-fuss amenities at this back-to-nature campground include fire rings, wooden tables, and parking by each site. Gas cylinders are available, but there’s no drinking water so you'll need to bring your own. There’s one compostable toilet on the park as well as plenty of dirt (and trees to hide behind) for cat-holes. The perfect site for the great outdoors adventurer.
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Merrill, 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 Tara S.Joined in May 2020
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 5 hours
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271 ratings · 234 reviews
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Gregory T.recommends
November 6, 2022
Camp Escape: The Woods
Huge, peaceful area, great solitude, kayaking & canoeing were fun. Beautiful night skies, distant coyotes howling over the lake at night. Excellent getaway.
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Jenna A.
October 23, 2022
Camp Escape: The Woods
Great site and view!
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Francie C.recommends
September 24, 2022
Camp Escape: The Woods
Camping on the lake
Very private and peaceful right on the lake. I stayed here in the past with a friend and had to come back! By far the best camping in the Midwest and easy to find.
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Amanda A.recommends
September 21, 2022
Camp Escape: The Woods
Camping Getaway
I absolutely love this place. Right on the lake and so peaceful. I can’t wait to come back! The fall colors were just starting to pop and it was just incredible. Thank you, Tara!
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Jacob H.recommends
September 18, 2022
Camp Escape: The Island
The Island is a 10 out of 10
My wife, my dog, and I stayed at The Island and it was an awesome campsite. There is a corrugated metal walkway that takes you over some wetlands to the site. As soon as you get to the island there is a large teepee set up to the right. It was large enough that we set up our 4 person tent inside of it, which made for a super cozy night of sleep. The island itself is beautiful with a nice little kettle lake on the east side and wetlands on the west side. It has nice little pines growing all over it offering shade and that great pine scent we all love. There is a camping table made of a glass top attached to a stump, which was really cool. There were two chairs already there for us. It had a nice fire ring on the north end of the island, with a little homemade wooden table nearby. The island has a paddle boat and a john boat on it, and there is a little dock in the middle of the lake for swimming or fishing. The campground itself is on a lovely piece of property with a lot of forest and a few little kettle lakes. It is the perfect place to escape life for a little while. Tara is an awesome host providing us hipcampers with an awesome camping experience. I definitely plan on coming back.
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Phoebe H.recommends
September 12, 2022
Camp Escape: The Woods
Perfect getaway!
Camp Escape: The Woods was perfect for a long weekend getaway. We were able to pull a minivan straight into the campsite so all our gear was super accessible - my favorite part of this site! We had a group of 6 adults and were able to pitch 3 sizeable tents. The land is sloped towards the water, but it was nothing a few extra blankets and pillows couldn't fix. The trees are perfect distance away from each other for tarp camping or sleeping in a hammock. The distant laughter and chatter of the other campsites across the lake and sharing the lake with other groups gave this campsite a "last week at summer camp" ambiance rather than the feeling of complete isolation. If you're looking for something entirely off the grid/unable to hear anything but your own thoughts for the entirety of your trip kind of camping...you may want to pick a different site. As city folk who work day jobs, Camp Escape: The Woods offered just the right dose of outdoors for us. The amenities we enjoyed were farm fresh eggs, the row boat, fishing poles, and a designated fire pit. Tara was responsive and promptly answered all the questions that we had. 10/10 would stay here again!
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Ariel J.recommends
September 12, 2022
Camp Escape: The Seclusion
Second time around
It’s our second time at the seclusion site. Very peaceful and quiet. Will definitely be going back!
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Jeff K.recommends
September 12, 2022
Camp Escape: The Tetons
Great experience! Beautiful property! Tara was a great host and has a prestige piece of property. Would definitely return for another stay.
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Amanda O.recommends
September 11, 2022
Camp Escape: The Lakefront
This is a wonderful campsite! The best views, very private spot and boats to take out on the lake! The eggs and syrup were both so delicious. We will definitely be back
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Christopher B.recommends
September 9, 2022
Camp Escape: The Crossroads
What a great surprise. Tara has a number of sites but I was the only one there. The sites are accessed through a narrow sandy lane and I was able to access with no problems. It was peaceful and serene. I highly recommend and would definitely stay again
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Joann G.recommends
September 6, 2022
Leaning Birch Tree House
A great escape!
What a wonderful escape to Tara's place! The grounds were beautiful with forest hiking trails, a secret garden, and mushrooms galore. While we didn't take the UTV tour, we did see them go by with Tara's doggo in tow. We enjoyed foraging for mushrooms finding 37 varieties on a single hike alone. We were unsuccessful at fishing, but it was fun to take the pedalboat out , our pup sure enjoyed it. We purchased their local honey (delicious with a hint of citrus) and butt nuggets (eggs) that we enjoyed for breakfasts. The Leaning Birch house was perfect for two people and a small dog. Multiple views of the stars, a great little lofted bedroom and everything you could possibly need in the camp kitchen. I hesitate to leave a review for this hidden gem as I want it to be available whenever we want! Multiple campsites as well-- we hiked through most of them. Secluded and spread out--great opportunity to return with friends. Definitely worth the 5 hour drive from Chicago. Thanks for opening up your property and being such a kind host Tara!
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Sabrina B.recommends
September 5, 2022
Camp Escape: The Seclusion
Great for people and dogs!
We camped in our 20’ travel trailer and enjoyed our stay here so much. Will definitely be coming back again. Our site was The Seclusion and it really was secluded. Our dogs LOVED every minute of our time there - being off leash and not having neighbors nearby to distract them was great, walking/hiking around the property, etc. There are a lot of really cool touches here as well - our son especially enjoyed the sandbox with lots of trucks to choose from to borrow while at our site. The property is incredible. Highly recommend!
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Aaron M.recommends
September 5, 2022
Camp Escape: The Underbelly
Great campsite
Underbelly site was awesome. Lower level is right on lake. Lots of space (2-3 tents). Very private and secluded. Fire pit. Composting toilet nearby. Bit of a hill down to site from car parking area but manageable. Wood and boats were available which was very convenient. Tara is very communicative and helpful.
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Ricki G.recommends
September 5, 2022
Camp Escape: The Meadow
We enjoyed our stay at Tara’s land. Fun trails and lakes to explore. She was a great host and was available for our needs. She went above an beyond to exceed our expectations! We will defiantly be back!
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Elayna T.recommends
September 1, 2022
Camp Escape: The Underbelly
Pretty view, nice site!
AWESOME campsite. Even with rain it was nice since the trees protected us from a lot of it. Beautiful view — we didn’t explore the campground a lot/use amenities since it was rainy, but would definitely visit again to try. Chairs provided, not buggy, nice and easy visit.
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Sabrina B.recommends
August 29, 2022
Camp Escape: The Woods
Beautiful property & Great host!
We love Tara's property. Lakes are awesome. Boats provided for extra fun. Rustic and beautiful!
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David S.recommends
August 28, 2022
Camp Escape: The Seclusion
Seclusion is the perfect name for the camp spot. Very clean and serene. Thankfully it had enough room to get turned around in. The only thing that could have made it a little better would be a better atv access from camp out to tail head
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Shawn S.recommends
August 28, 2022
Leaning Birch Tree House
Escape to the escape!
The leaning birch tree was amazing. A surprising amount of accommodations and a beautiful panoramic view of the lakes from the upper level of the shelter. I went by myself to get away from the rat race. 15 minute drive from grandfather falls, which I would highly recommend!
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Sarah F.recommends
August 24, 2022
Camp Escape: The Lakefront
Picture perfect site
We loved the location on the private lake, so so pretty! Great for swimming and kayaking, the rope swing was my favorite part. Tara was so nice and her property was so fun to explore (there were raspberries and blackberries everywhere)!
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Alysia A.recommends
August 23, 2022
Camp Escape: The Lakefront
Book it
Amazing property. Better then I hoped for!
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Ingrid C.recommends
August 23, 2022
Leaning Birch Tree House
Connecting with nature
The solar powered quaint birch tree house provided a safe haven for our family of 5 (cavaliers included). Basic necessities are available. Tara provided a little picnic basket with utensils, marshmallow roasting sticks, wood stove, camping stove inside and even a propane grill outside, plus necessities like paper towels, dish soap, spices, bug spray. I was actually amazed of the inclusion. Upstairs bedroom is perfect to doze up gazingbat the stars and firefies. The deck and the swing bench is our favorite part of the house. Boating amenities included. Clean porta potty or request your own commode and privacy tent. The best part is going around the woods on a nature hike with wild berries tempting to be picked. Peace, freedom, simplicity- these are few of my memories. Thank you for sharing this space and especially for Tara’s responsiveness and hospitable nature and interesting stories. Appreciate the tour aboard UTV. My review maybe helpful, but you need to be there to truly understand and feel nature and yes! moreso, our self😊
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Talia R.recommends
August 23, 2022
Camp Escape: The Meadow
LOVED IT!
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Brian H.recommends
August 22, 2022
Camp Escape: The Underbelly
Excellent site right on the water. Would def recommend/return!
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Erica W.recommends
August 22, 2022
Camp Escape: The Lakefront
What a great spot! Loved the privacy, it’s dog friendly and clean! Had a great time jumping off the dock with the rope swing and using the canoe and kayak that we’re there free to use. We will be back!
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Tyler S.recommends
August 21, 2022
Camp Escape: The Island
Loved the location, campsite was perfect for a small group of friends/family.
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Ariel J.recommends
August 21, 2022
Camp Escape: The Seclusion
We would highly recommend the ‘seclusion’ ! Very private and very spacious. We parked our boat, our truck and a tent and still had tons of room. It rained our second night but it did not get muddy. The lake was a bit farther then we initially thought but over all was an amazing stay! Will definitely come back!
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Jessica R.recommends
August 16, 2022
Camp Escape: The Lakefront
Can’t wait to go back
Beautiful site, very secluded, which was great for my nervous dog. We had 4 dogs out there to and they had so much fun running around and playing in the lake. The only time we saw other people is when someone hadn’t read the directions well and ended up in our site. Not a lot of flat ground so it was a bit tricky figuring out where to put the tents. There is a small tent pad, but slightly too small for even my friends 3 person tent. It would be a great spot for a group, provided everyone has small tents. Lots of little extras at camp, which was great. Pie makers, marshmallow sticks, a grill, tables, chairs, and boats were all provided. Firewood is provided, but not at the site for you, so you do need to make a trip to the wood shed to get it. All in all, we loved it and definitely want to get back out here next year.
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Megan Y.recommends
August 15, 2022
Camp Escape: The Seclusion
Tara was a great host- very responsive and accommodating. Her property is very unique and beautiful.
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Rilyn E.recommends
August 14, 2022
Camp Escape: The Seclusion
Camp Escape is so beautiful, and Tara was a responsive and helpful host. This was my first time solo camping, and it was amazing! The property has lots of room to wander and lots to see. I’d definitely stay here again!
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Alexander L.recommends
August 9, 2022
Camp Escape: The Tetons
Boats next to a kettle lake!
Tara communicated everything we needed to know right away in a simple and fun way. Land is exactly as described a 3 tiered plot for camping close to the lake or up on higher ground. Includes a little table where we used a grill to make dinner and breakfast. The best part of our stay here was paddling in the boats then meditating in the middle of the kettle lake!
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