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This is a sister site to 2 of my other sites on the same 40 acres along the Bad River; "Eagle Pines on the Bad River" and "Balsam Shores on the Bad River".  In the national forest, there is no camping allowed within 75 feet of water but here you will be camping about 15 feet from the water. This is a hike in tent site that is less than 1/4 mile from the parking area and sho


This is a sister site to 2 of my other sites on the same 40 acres along the Bad River; "Eagle Pines on the Bad River" and "Balsam Shores on the Bad River".  In the national forest, there is no camping allowed within 75 feet of water but here you will be camping about 15 feet from the water. This is a hike in tent site that is less than 1/4 mile from the parking area and should take about 5 minutes to hike to camp. 

This site will be set up with a Tentsile Stingray tent available which is an elevated tent tied to 3 trees for support.  You enter the tent from the center bottom and it supports up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.  This is a very expensive tent and I can’t risk the damage a dog could cause to the tent. There is a very fine mesh screen on the inside of the tent that can easily be torn by a dogs toenails. The bottom of the tent could also be punctured by a dogs nail and a wet/dirty dog would leave smells for the next campers. So, I’m sorry but I can’t allow dogs in the tent. You could bring a small tent for your pup you can set up underneath the tree tent. Prior to your departure, please use the towel I have at the camp to wipe out any dirt, grasses, and leaves that may have been brought into the tent.  Also please shake out the rug underneath the tent and close the door on the tent to keep bugs out.  I may not be able to check on the site between campers so thank you for leaving the site ready for the next campers. Absolutely no smoking in the tent. Imagine the smell that would leave for the next campers.    

There is room to set up your own tents nearby also if you choose not to use the Stingray or if your group is larger.  The Stingray has a rainfly on it and please don't try to remove it as it goes on a specific way to ensure rain can't enter the tent.  I'll have the rainfly attached with its designed system plus additional means to ensure the tent stays dry for all campers.  As a heads-up, these tents are a little bit of a challenge to enter even though there will be a net ladder hanger to climb to enter from the bottom.  If you have physical limitations, please understand that this isn't the easiest tent to enter.  Please watch some videos on the Tentsile Stingray or bring a tent in your vehicle if it is too difficult to enter.  Thank you very much for understanding what I describe with the tent.       

You can also canoe/kayak to this site.  If you choose to do that please message me for details on that. This will be a tent site with an enclosed pit toilet with a toilet seat, a fire ring, a grill to cook on, and a bow saw to cut firewood you can locate nearby. As I expand the site, I may have some cut firewood for you to use.  I'll also have some large blocks of wood cut to use for sitting on around the fire. At the site is the largest white pine on my property with a circumference of 13 feet.  Next to this tree is where the Stingray will be.  There is plenty of dead and down firewood to collect in the nearby woods.

Within a 3 minute hike are one of the nearby waterfalls and with another 1/2 mile hike is another set of falls. If you're more adventurous, there is the largest falls in the general area that is about a 2 1/2 mile hike each way on the abandoned railroad tracks. Or, you can drive to within a 3/4 mile hike of this falls by driving north of Cayuga on Hwy 13 and turning left/West on the next road (Forest Road 184/Conley Road) and driving west until you come to the bridge and tracks and parking there to hike 3/4 mile north on the railroad tracks. Cross 3 railroad bridges and look for the trail on the left about 100 yards north of the 3rd bridge.

There are Brook Trout in the river and the best way to catch them is with a #1 spinner or with a sinker and worms.

The river is great for swimming with clean water and a hard sand bottom as we have no farm fields for erosion in our headwaters. The river water is great for using a water filter for drinking.

There are numerous signs posted for directions to the campsite and the waterfalls.  There will also be a map for you at the campsite  (in the ammo can) to locate the waterfalls.  

I just created this site in November so I'm sorry but the only pictures I have are after the leaves have fallen. I can promise you that the site will be much nicer looking once the leaves are on the trees.  I don't have a picture of the Stingray at the site but I will add pictures of it as soon as springtime allows the tent to stay up for the season.  I'll add a picture from the Tentsile website and you can also check that site or Youtube for descriptions and videos of the tent,.

The Drop Tine Bar & Grill in Cayuga 1  1/2 miles away from the parking area has great food and drinks.  They're closed Monday & Thursday, open at 3 on Tuesday & Wednesday and open at noon Friday-Sunday..


Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Moderate walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
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: 9 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Great mountain biking on the local forest roads and ATV trails.


Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, and Shiners/Chubs are in the river.


The river is great to explore in a canoe or kayak. You can canoe or kayak to the site so please just message me for details on...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Within 1 mile of the main ATV trail to Clam Lake and Hayward.


Hard sand bottom in the river for swimming.

Whitewater paddling

There are very challenging whitewater rapids downriver and a great kayak trip would be from the Cayuga Bridge to Mellen which i...Read more

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at A Tree Tent on the Bad River in Wisconsin.


Very close to the national forest.


5 minute hike to one of the 3 nice waterfalls in the area.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole

Places to see near Bad River Wilderness


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Bad River Wilderness
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