Hipcamp host Dean W.,
Hosted by

IMPORTANT: After you book the site, you will be provided detailed directions and other important info in your Hipcamp account.  Please log into your Hipcamp account and find this info before your travel to the campsite.  Thanks.  

If you’re looking for a campsite where you can interact, see, or even hear other campers, this campsite isn’t for you. There are no other c


IMPORTANT: After you book the site, you will be provided detailed directions and other important info in your Hipcamp account.  Please log into your Hipcamp account and find this info before your travel to the campsite.  Thanks.  

If you’re looking for a campsite where you can interact, see, or even hear other campers, this campsite isn’t for you. There are no other campsites within 1/4 mile so you will definitely have lots of privacy. You may see other campers on the hiking trails to the waterfalls but you'll still have seclusion.  This is a tent/RV 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" & "Bad River Point" 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 could back your camper up the road if you're good at backing but it is mostly a straight-line back of about 100 feet.  You can run generators for your RV.  If you're not comfortable about backing your RV up the road, you can park it in the gravel pit.  I will have some 8" X 8" & 6" X 6" blocks at the campsite to help with leveling your RV. Please leave those for the next campers.  

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.  I have now brushed a trail beyond where the map shows so you can continue on the trail marked with ribbons instead of backtracking to get back to the railroad tracks.  When you walk up the steep hill to the tracks at the end of the new trail, turn right to go to waterfalls #2 and turn left to go back to the campsite area.  These waterfalls are on private land so the only way you can see these is if you camp at these campsites.   

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 free 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 or in the old outhouse structure.  I'll have an arm-full 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.  

If you might wish to purchase cherry firewood for cooking or smoking at home, I'll sell a 1/2 face cord (16" X 4' high X 4' wide)  for $50, or 1/4 face cord (16" X 4' high X 2' wide) for $25.  Just let me know and I'll drop it off before you leave.  

I'll also have cool handmade fire pokers made by my military Veteran buddy that he sells for $20. I'll have them hanging on the Caribou antlers and if you'd like to purchase one please leave the $20 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.  You can also pan or sluice in the river.  

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 and I do have adult life preservers available I'll hang by the small woodshed if you'd like to use them.  Most of the river is a calm paddle about 3-4 feet deep 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.  If the water isn't too low, you can canoe to the upstream bridge where the Drop Tine Bar & Grill is located.  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.  

There is good Musky and Walleye fishing in a nearby lake called Spillerberg Lake.  

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 a 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, Snowshoe Hares, 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!  :)

There are numerous trees to hang hammocks on. I also have fishing baits in the ammo can that work good here. They are marked as either $2 or $3 each and you can leave the money for those in the ammo can.

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. Child size life preservers if you prefer them if you use the canoe.  4. Bow saw or hatchet 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 area but just ignore those please.  

Verizon has good cell service at the campsite.  AT&T does not, and T-Mobile has 1 or 2 bars of service.  I am not sure on other carriers. 

We have no poisonous snakes or spiders up here. I’ve also never seen Poison Oak or Poison Ivy anywhere near here.   You may see harmless Garter Snakes along the railroad tracks but please don't harm them.  

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. 

This is the woods and wilderness, not a populated campground where there is an insect control program.  The bugs could be minimal or they could be bad since this is a natural woods.  Insect numbers depend on many variables including how much rain we've had, how cold or warm the weather is, or insect hatch efficiency.  I'm sorry but I cannot control how good or bad the bugs are.  After early August the mosquitos are pretty much gone.  We've had very few ticks the last few years and after spending hundreds of hours in the woods cutting firewood and brush, I've only had 3 ticks I found crawling on me over the previous 2 years.  

I have now extended the hiking trail past the first waterfalls (marked with ribbons) that will follow the river and eventually lead to the railroad tracks instead of having to backtrack on the same trail to get back to the tracks. Then, once you get to the tracks, if you turn right you will head towards waterfalls #2 and if you turn left you will head back towards the campsite.  The hiking map won't reflect the trail extension.  

The Drop Tine Bar & Grill in Cayuga 1.5 miles away from the campsite has great food and drinks.  They're closed Monday-Wednesday, open at noon Thursday-Sunday.  If you stop in for drinks or food there is wi-fi available here too.  The public library in Mellen 7 miles away has available wifi in their parking lot.  You'll be pleasantly surprised at the low cost of drinks compared to any bigger city!  :).      

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
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 16 guests per site
Up to 10 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 45 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
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: 12 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

Places to see near Bad River Wilderness

61 Reviews

This listing has no reviews yet.
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Hipcamper Jodi
Jodi D.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2022

Dean’s site is absolutely stunning. So quiet and restful, with wonderful access to the clean and cool river for many swims throughout the day!
Dean goes above and beyond for the little touches to the place. He even built us a wonderful fire for when we arrived. He clearly loves the land here and no wonder, for it is a very special place. The one struggle we had was the mosquitoes were tough, mid-June. If you’re sensitive to mosquito bites, you may want to wait for later in the summer. It was hard even to pack up without many mosquitos swarming into the vehicle which then had to be dealt with. But if you can find a way around this issue, you don’t want to miss this beautiful site!

Hipcamper Valerie
Valerie H.
recommends this listing.
June 18th, 2022

This is a beautiful and secluded campsite. It was my first trip there, but I already have it booked two more times this year. Dean has many thoughtful touches and a beautifully appointed space. He was also very attentive and helpful if we had any questions, and even checked on us after a big storm came through. Definitely recommend this site, it is one of my new favorites!

Eagle Pines On The Bad RiverEagle Pines On The Bad RiverEagle Pines On The Bad RiverEagle Pines On The Bad River
Hipcamper Chris

The river is yours!

Chris G.
recommends this listing.
June 9th, 2022

We got to camp late (about 7:30pm) and Dean had the fire ready. All I had to do was light it! The next day Dean came down to greet us and give us some information about the area which was very helpful. There is a grade A, hand built, outhouse in the site is my favorite outhouse. This site has a large area of sand where you can set up your tent. The sand is nice to walk on and somewhat soft, but you will have it in your tent. The hiking trails are awesome and take you to 2 waterfalls. They are smaller falls, but extremely beautiful. We used the canoe to explore the river. The river is pretty shallow so you've got to be careful to avoid those pesky rocks just under the surface. I didn't do much fishing, but while casting a roster tail I caught a couple creek chubs. Drop Tine was closed so we went to Mellen for beers. Dusty's Saloon in Mellen is open 365 days a year and is an awesome watering hole. This is where I learned the most info about the area. The locals are awesome! June 5-9th happened to be about the worst time possible for mosquitos. We just kept spraying ourselves with repellant and it was fine. I highly recommend booking with Dean at one of his sites. These sites are better than anything your going to get at a camp ground and Dean's land is something special.

Eagle Pines On The Bad River
Hipcamper Kyle
Kyle S.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2022

Beautiful campsite! This place is well kept, quiet and one of a kind. We'll be back.

Hipcamper Mike

Peace out here!

Mike C.
recommends this listing.
May 25th, 2022

Dean set up a campfire ready when we arrived. Nice touch! Site was super clean and right on the river with a good view. Markers placed well for a small hike to see the falls nearby. There may be some physical limitations, but if you take care all’s good! The place is quiet for a peaceful night. If you want to explore there’s plenty of things to do! Cheers!

Eagle Pines On The Bad RiverEagle Pines On The Bad RiverEagle Pines On The Bad RiverEagle Pines On The Bad River
Hipcamper Pam
Pam B.
recommends this listing.
May 20th, 2022

The location was right on the water. Canoe provided. Private. Trails nicely marked.

Beautiful falls along the stream.Love that copper colored water.Eagle Pines On The Bad RiverWalk-in site on the water.
Hipcamper Kendall
Kendall M.
recommends this listing.
May 1st, 2022

We had a fantastic time camping on Dean’s land. Upon arrival, we could tell how much care has been put into the space. Dean left us a map that clearly showed how to get to the two water falls and he had recommendations for other places to explore. The trails were very well maintained as was the camping area itself. Dean was quick to respond to any questions we had and stopped by to check in on us and make sure we had everything we needed. We had two dogs that thoroughly enjoyed the open area to run around and appreciated the endless supply of sticks! I would definitely recommend this spot and look forward to coming back during the warmer months to enjoy the river!

Hipcamper Brian
Brian S.
recommends this listing.
December 12th, 2021

Excellent campsite and area around it. Dean was very communicative and friendly. Would absolutely stay here again.

Hipcamper Mikaela

A slice of river-side heaven!

Mikaela P.
recommends this listing.
November 4th, 2021

This is truly a wonderful place to stay! Dean was so hospitable - I arrived on a chilly October afternoon and Dean had already started a fire for me and texted to offer to bring blankets if I was cold. The site is beautiful, lots of huge pines and lovely carpet of needles on the ground. Having dry firewood available was a huge plus, and Dean left cherrywood on top for yummy cooking. Canoeing the river was fun, although a beaver is hard at work damming under the railroad trestle so there isn't much river to explore before you run into the dam or into rapids. Speaking of rapids, the nearby waterfalls were incredible, so serene, private, and peaceful. And less than a 10 minute hike from the campsite! There was only one downside to this campsite, and it's literally the only thing Dean can't control - the neighbor dogs were pretty noisy for most of the time. The barking echos down the river and takes away from the serenity of the space, but the dogs must've been brought inside around dinnertime because the barking stopped and peace returned. I watched the beaver come by every 30 minutes or so to down a tree and swim with it back to the trestle - so cool to sit at the fire and watch this happening just yards away! This was definitely a trip to remember and I will be back to Eagle Pines in the future. Thanks for sharing your slice of river-side heaven, Dean!

Hipcamper Dean
Response from Dean, the Host, on June 11th, 2022

So sorry about the dogs Mikaela but I have talked to them again and they have moved some of their dogs to a different place a few miles away so that will help. There seems to be only very little barking now so I'm sorry you had to hear that.

Remove vote :(


Best of 2022 Wisconsin
Best in 2021 Wisconsin
Bad River Wilderness
United States
1 Site

Lists including Eagle Pines On The Bad River

73 camps including Camping Off The Grid and Primrose Meadows