Campsites are all private and secluded with fire rings. Sites 1 through 3 are on the South Branch of the Portage river. Sites 3 through 5 are on the creek and site 6 is near Rusty's pasture. The river sites are shady while the rest of the sites are sunny. No power or water except site 5, which could have electricity. Trails run along a brook that connects to a river with wil
Campsites are all private and secluded with fire rings. Sites 1 through 3 are on the South Branch of the Portage river. Sites 3 through 5 are on the creek and site 6 is near Rusty's pasture. The river sites are shady while the rest of the sites are sunny. No power or water except site 5, which could have electricity. Trails run along a brook that connects to a river with wildlife everywhere. Peace and quiet abounds as there are no airports, highways or trains nearby and the road has little traffic.Rusty, the steer and his friends are waiting for your visit. Including Lexi and Buckeye the mini horses and Poly, the barn kitty with his six toes on each paw are a sight to see. Turk, our turkey and his chicken friends wander all over the property. Fish or paddleboat on the pond, Swimming and floating on the pond is therapeutic and fun. Play some cornhole or just enjoy the rockers or swing overlooking the pond by a campfire. Peaceful and quiet, Rusty's Retreat will provide the serene overnight or vacation you've always dreamed of.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 18 months out
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Our new hot tub will make your stay even more enjoyable during the cold winte...Read more
Continental breakfast for one
Meet the animals close up with supervision from the owner. Rusty, the steer, ...Read more
narrated farm tour
Tour of farm with full description narration by owner. $5/person.
Use of magaritaville bicycle for 1hours
6 person tent and queen air mattres
Use of tent is per night and includes air mattress.
Use of kayak for 1 hour on the pond or the river if the water is appropriate.
Use of grill for 1 meal only
Availability limited to hen production
Half dozen eggs
Eggs available as our 10 hens provide.
Start your trip off right with a bundle of firewood waiting for you at your c...Read more
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
We have one bike at this time. Available for $5/hour fee.
We have a paddleboat that is free to use and holds 4 people.
The pond currently has algae on it and fishing is not possible at this time. The river has some fish, but probably small.
Kayaks are available for $10 per hour each and can be used on the pond or the river if the water is deep enough.
Bring your own skis and ice skates if the weather permits.
The pond is shallow and very safe.
Deer, raccoon, mink, pheasant and beaver are just a few of the animals you might encounter here.
Natural features you'll find at Rusty's Retreat in Ohio.
We now have a new pebble beach on the pond!
A one acre pond is on the house side of the road.
River, stream, or creek
A creek abuts the property and runs 1200 feet to converge with the South Branch of the Portage River.
Swimming is available as weather permits.
A 100 plus year old barn exists on the property with many farm animals to interact with. Rusty the steer, Lexi and Buckeye, the...Read more
Rusty and his pony friends Lexi and Buckeye are our ranch animals.
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Perfect camping spot
Rusty’s Retreat was the perfect getaway. The owners are very kind and the animals love visitors. Meeting the barn cats, Rusty, and Lexi the small horse was like walking into a children’s book. Beyond that, there are beautiful views and a sense of peace at Rusty’s Retreat. We look forward to returning.
Jay and Heather were fantastic hosts. They take a lot of pride in making this a great place to stay, and it shows! Campsite #1 was nice and secluded, yet still easily accessible for a car load out. Would definitely stay again.
Rusty's Retreat was exactly what we were looking for: Secluded, primitive-style camping spots to escape the day to day hustle and bustle. The host, Jay, is extremely helpful and friendly. We got a tour of the property, met good ol' Rusty, and bought some fresh eggs to cook over the fire. We also chose to buy more firewood from Jay and he kindly brought some down right away. We will definitely be returning to meet up with our friends here again! Thanks, Jay!
Perfect country camping
We spent 2 nights at Rusty's Retreat riverside, Site 1. Fire ring, grate, and chairs were ready to go. The site delivery of firewood was an appreciated amenity. We were greeted by the host Jay and did a tour of the property. We got to meet all of the animals - dogs (we fell in love with them), steer, turkey, chickens, honey bees and the barn kitties with a special mention of Poly the sweetest kitty host and Rusty the sweetest cow. Along with the ability to purchase firewood, we also purchased fresh eggs and honey. The nights were safe and quiet with hooting owls. It was a tremendous weekend of relaxation and country living. We spent our last hour with the host and the pups (in their fenced section). Jay sent us home with tomatoes and peppers for parting gifts. Truly a perfect weekend of tent camping!
Best night ever
This was the most amazing experience in my life. My family and I was traveling from NYC and we stopped in Ohio for a few nights before heading to Detroit then back home. On our last night we decided to camp out and might I say we should of stayed a few more days. The host were so friendly and generous they took hospitality to another level. My daughter loved the dogs and my wife loved the paddle boat. We was in a bit of a rush so we couldn’t kayak unfortunately. It was our first night ever camping but we was scared or bothered by the beautiful sounds of nature sit was calming. The mosquitoes were killing me lol, I sprayed my whole body with repealing spray except ny face and guess where they went for. Although the outside was amazing next time I’m in town I’m staying at rusty’s loft. This amazing loft was built by the owner and a few friends, this beautiful structure is what really caught my attention.
Very kind folks, very welcoming, helpful and some nice secluded camping spots if your looking. Loved the time, Rusty the cow was to sweet, he likes to be fed grass😁shower for $5, was really nice to have that available. Wil return in the future! Thank you Jay
Jay was a great host. He gave us a great tour of his property and had all the hookups we needed. I was looking for a convenient location between NY and chicago and his was perfect. Looking forward to going back!