Hipcamp host Dean W.,
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This is a tent site along the Bad River and you'll be camping within about 25 feet of the river near 3 very large (The trunks are 8, 9, & 10 feet in circumference) old growth White Pines.  The name "Eagle Pines" is such because I often find Bald Eagle feathers on the ground in the campsite since they use the massive White Pines over the campsite to roost and preen their feat


This is a tent site along the Bad River and you'll be camping within about 25 feet of the river near 3 very large (The trunks are 8, 9, & 10 feet in circumference) old growth White Pines.  The name "Eagle Pines" is such because I often find Bald Eagle feathers on the ground in the campsite since they use the massive White Pines over the campsite to roost and preen their feathers.  

I have 2 other hike-in tent sites nearby; "Balsam Shores on the Bad River" & "A Tree Tent on the Bad River" so if this site is booked for the dates you want, check out those sites also.    

 You can drive your vehicle up the road right to the campsite.  If you bring RV's or trailers you'll have to park in the gravel pit, sorry, there's just not enough room at the site to turn around.  You could back your camper up the road if you're very good at backing but it is mostly a straight-line back of about 150 feet.  You can also enjoy the campfire and views from the campsite and return to your RV or vehicle in the gravel pit to sleep there as some have done this.  You can run generators for your RV. 

This site is just a 10 minute drive to Copper Falls State Park.  Also nearby is Morgan Falls, St Peters Dome, Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands, and just a 20 minute drive to the Clam Lake area to watch the Elk along the roads.  

There are very secluded and little known waterfalls a short hike away on the Bad River and I will leave a map in the ammo can at the campsite to find those.  The map is also included in the images for this site.  The trailhead with signs to these waterfalls begins right at the campsite with an easy to follow path.    

We have no light pollution up here so the gravel pit is a great place to stargaze and view the Milky Way.

I'll provide some cherry wood for cooking with the grill over the firepit as cherry has a really good flavor for cooking.  Please only use this for cooking as it's hard to find.  The cherry wood will be on top of the woodshed.  I'll have a few arm-fulls of campfire wood by the fire pit for you and will have the small woodshed full of campfire wood you can purchase for $20 which will be much less than the cost of the wood you find at gas stations/convenience stores.  I'll have an ammo can on the woodshed you can leave the money in if you want to purchase the firewood.  

I'll also have cool handmade fire pokers made by my buddy that he sells for $25. I'll have them hanging on the Caribou antlers and if you'd like to purchase one please leave the $25 in the ammo can for those.  I'll place a picture of the fire pokers in the group of photos for this site.    

If you're interested in geology, there are interesting rocks in the gravel pit and we have found rocks with seashell fossils in them there.  I am an experienced gold prospector and own 5 mining claims in Idaho and we do find gold in the gravel pit so you can pan for gold there if you'd like.  The gold is very fine as it's been ground up by the glaciers so it's difficult to see unless you're experienced in gold recovery.

There are larger rocks in the gravel pit that would be cool for a momento from your camping trip and good for landscaping and you can take a few home if you'd like.  If you'd like to take a large amount of rocks home we can discuss a reasonable price for them.          

You can have your pets off-leash here as long as they will stay around the campsite as there are wolves in this country.  You may be able to hear the wolves howling at night.

There is good Brook Trout fishing in the river near the waterfall pools 1/3 mile downstream along with nice kayaking/canoeing on the river. There is a canoe and paddles for you to use but please bring your own life preservers if you want to wear one.   I do have one adult life preserver I'll hang by the small woodshed if you'd like to use it.  Most of the river is a calm paddle and it's easy to paddle up or downstream so the river is yours to explore.  The river going upstream about a mile and downstream about 1/2 mile is a slow current lazy river great for paddling.  Further downstream are some serious whitewater rapids that deserve caution.  Please don't consider going through the rapids with the canoe.  

There is a 32 foot dock that extends into the river but please, no head-first diving as it is not deep enough for that.  The river is about 3 feet deep in the middle so it's great for swimming and cooling off.  The dock wood can also get slick when it's wet so please be careful with that.  

I have a hardwood tent/relaxation platform I made from local trees I cut on my sawmill on the slope along the river where you can place a tent or your chairs to relax along the water.

There is an older retired couple that live 1/4 mile from the campsite and you may hear their lawn mower or a dog barking once in a while but the local bears do not like anything to do with dogs as they are hunted up here with hounds.  So, the dog that sometimes barks helps to keep the bears away from this area.  We have never had an instance of a bear at the campsite so the dogs are keeping them away.  Nobody else lives within a mile so it's a nice and peaceful location if you want to hear no other campers and want the forest all to yourself. 

I've seen Eagles, Otters, Beavers, ducks, Mink, Fisher, Pine Marten, Weasels, Kingfisher, flying squirrels, and deer from the campsite as I worked to expand and improve it.  There is a family of 3 otters that come by in the river pretty much every day and they're fun to watch as they make cool sounds as they look at you and swim by.   

I will set the refund policy for 100% up to 3 days prior to check in.  Please do a check on the weather outlook at least 3 days before you arrive to see if the weather will be nice for at least part of your stay.  If you cancel within 3 days before your arrival, I am sorry but the system won't provide a refund.  If you need to cancel, please cancel at least 3 days prior to your arrival date so you can be refunded and others can have a better chance to schedule a stay.  Thank you for understanding this.

There is a solar powered motion sensor light near the outhouse for lighting if you use the outhouse in the dark.  Please don't be startled when the light comes on!  :)

Suggested items to bring: 1. Dry newspaper, lighter/matches, and kindling wood as it may have rained and it will be difficult to find dry twigs etc to start a fire.  Also maybe bring lighter fluid or diesel fuel works great too.   2. A leather glove or potholder to adjust the grill handle over the fire.  3. Life preservers if you prefer them if you use the canoe.  4. Decals/bumper stickers to add to the collection in the outhouse. I have extra push pins there to use to place your decals.  5. Bow saw to use if you’ll want to cut up dead/down firewood.  6. Bug spray.  7. Camp chairs.   

You will see my "No Trespassing" signs as you drive in the road to the campsite but just ignore those please.  

Verizon has good cell service at the campsite.  AT&T does not and am not sure on other carriers.  

Please take pictures as you explore this amazing Bad River wilderness to share with other campers as you'll be asked to provide a review and have the chance to share your pictures.  Last year was my first year for providing this campsite and it was amazing to know that folks had a chance to experience this awesome land but I was especially grateful for the kids that were able to visit and experience this wilderness.

The Drop Tine Bar & Grill in Cayuga 1.5 miles away from the campsite has great food and drinks.  They're closed on Mondays & Thursdays and open at 3 PM on Tuesday & Wednesday, & open at Noon Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. 

I did increase the prices this year to cover the cost of the large dock, canoe, and tent platform.  The funds that came in last year didn't cover the taxes on the land and this year I'll be working every day to create additional sites.  For those of you that have booked sites or will, THANK YOU for considering this amazing wilderness as I know you have worked hard and sacrificed for your $.  I promise I will do everything possible to ensure you enjoy your stay in this amazing location.  Really, THANK YOU!!!     

So that you are aware;  Hipcamp will be adding a "service fee" (15-20%) when you complete the booking to cover their site management and other things that is somewhat a high %.  I believe it's excessive and I just realized they did this in March 2021.  I don't get any of this service fee and they also take an additional 10% from the price I list to cover the $1 million in insurance for you.  The total % Hipcamp gets is 25-30% which I and other folks that offer campsites do not appreciate as we have discussed this on social media sites for Hipcamp hosts.  I am very sorry for this and I will do everything I can to ensure you enjoy this very special wilderness on the Bad River.    

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 28 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
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: 15 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


You can mountain bike on the local ATV trails and national forest roads.


You can canoe and kayak on the river and downstream there are very challenging waterfalls.


Good fishing in the river for native Brook Trout. best spots are 1/3 mile downriver below the rapids and falls.


You can hike up the railroad tracks and visit the nearby waterfalls. I'll have maps at the campsites.


Amazing kayak and canoe trips on the Bad River. I have a canoe for you to use but please bring your own life preservers if you...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

The main ATV trail to Clam Lake and beyond is just 1 mile away back to the main road by the main bridge that crosses the river...Read more


If you're into technical tree climbing these huge White Pines would be fun.

Snow sports

Just 1 mile from the main snowmobile/ATV trail.


The water is clean and the river has a hard sand bottom except for the first few feet near the shore.

Whitewater paddling

Very challenging waterfalls downriver starting about 1/3 mile downstream.

Wildlife watching

I often see otters and ducks in the river. Saw Pine Marten and Fishers in August.


Natural features you'll find at Eagle Pines On The Bad River in Wisconsin.


Chequamegon National Forest very close.


Mount Whittelsey is the 6th highest point in Wisconsin about 5 miles away with great views and let me know if you need directio...Read more

River, stream, or creek

Campsite is right on the river and this is the same river that flows through Copper Falls State Park on its way to Lake Superio...Read more


Very nice waterfalls 15 minutes of hiking away and 2 more falls further north on the railroad tracks.


You can drive right to the campsite.

Swimming hole

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Hipcamper Claude

Fantastic experience

Claude R.
recommends this listing.
August 21st, 2020

Perfectly located by the Apostle Islands and also Copper Falls State Park. Dean took us on a hike to private falls on the Bad River and even fished for trout with my 2 grandchildren, 5 and 8. What a great host

The next time visiting the area will be staying there!

Remote and private.

Hipcamper Cory


Cory R.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2020

We loved our stay! Dean gave great directions and had a wonderful fire lit upon my arrival. He was always very responsive and helpful. We only booked the spot for one night and let Dean know that we’d take two nights if there was a cancellation. Lucky us, there was! Two nightS overlooking a calm river, with plenty of car day hike trips to boot.

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Hipcamper Erin

Really really great!!

Erin M.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2020

This was a totally awesome campsite!!
It was well kept with an amazing view. Dean made a map to the local waterfalls that are within walking distance of the site. It’s close to Copper Falls and not too far from Ashland/Bayfield/Apostle Islands. There was a really clean compostable toilet. There was wood on the property to burn. I caught a few creek chubs in the river which was fun. Dean was so kind and helpful, a great host! I will definitely be telling my friends and family about this place, I cannot wait to return someday!

Hipcamper Cory


Cory R.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2020

I had a great time at Eagle Pines. Dean was incredibly responsive with his communication, directions and am even checked in before, during and after our stay. After expressing that we wish we could stay one more night; Dean let us know immediately when the next night was cancelled so we could snatch the extra night online. He also started a fire for us upon arrival and left water, a hiking map and apples for us. The site is a perfect distance to the town of Mellen, but just far enough away to give you privacy and a feeling like you have the surrounding area all to yourself. We’ll be back!

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Hipcamper Rachel

One of a kind

Rachel K.
recommends this listing.
August 29th, 2020

This was an amazing camping location. Dean went above and beyond to make the stay a special one, including providing a self-made map to some hidden treasure waterfalls. The campsite is beautiful and impeccably maintained. Underpriced, in my opinion!

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Hipcamper Cassie
Cassie O.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2020

I absolutely loved my weekend at this site! The setting was beautiful, peaceful and Dean was a very kind host. The warm fire upon arrival was incredible. And he left some very delicious apples from his orchard. The site had thoughtful touches throughout. I'll be back for sure!

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Hipcamper Stephen
Stephen F.
recommends this listing.
September 21st, 2020

Dean was an exceptional host. He started a fire for us just before we arrived and greeted us with apples fresh from his orchard. He also encouraged us to use his canoe to explore around the Bad River. His property is beautiful and is surrounded by some short but private hiking trails complete with waterfalls. The site is incredibly well maintained and stocked with firewood and a very clean outhouse. I will definitely be back to camp at Eagle Pines on the Bad River!

Hipcamper Ryan

This place is great!

Ryan F.
recommends this listing.
September 23rd, 2020

I recently spent a week camping at Eagle Pines with some buddies and had a blast. This campsite is spectacular. You’re the only one’s at the site. This isn’t one of those campsites where you pull up and park next to ten other campers. You’ve got the whole place to yourself. Dean has cleared out all the brush from the site and from the bank of the river so there’s plenty of clear level space for a tent and plenty of trees to hang a hammock from. This site sits on 40 acres of private land so there’s plenty of trails, waterfalls, and places to fish. There’s a trail that leads from the campsite to the waterfalls with a bigfoot crossing sign. Very cool. The property even includes abandoned railroad tracks and an old railroad trestle bridge where you can cross the Bad River.

The other great thing about this place is Dean. He’s such a nice guy and he’s extremely helpful. We burned most of the wood the first two nights there. No problem. Dean showed up and dropped off more wood the next day. He even took us on a hike to see one of the waterfalls and left us a detailed map on how to reach the others. One evening we decided to swing into town for a bite to eat at the Drop Tine Bar and Grill and in comes Dean who introduces us to the owner Paul, who was also extremely cool. Make sure you swing by Drop Tine if you get a chance. Food and atmosphere are great. Picture an old time saloon set in the woods way up north. That’s Drop Tine.

We will definitely be coming back next year. This place is exactly what we had in mind when my friends and I initially discussed a camping trip way up north. Beautiful wooded setting, a river and an awesome host.

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Hipcamper Kaden

A scenic wonderland

Kaden A.
recommends this listing.
September 25th, 2020

Great place to get away. Perfectly marked trails and beautiful forest/waterfalls. Well kept campground with an easy to cook on grill and good firewood all over the place. Not far from really cool lakes if you bring kayaks.


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