Hipcamp host Tara S.,
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*Lake-front, dock, raft, personal boat*

This is the original site that started Camp Escape. It boasts of a private dock, water raft, and 5000 acres of woods at your back. Camp out in isolation for the best star gazing and camp fire stories. Voted best in Wisconsin and top 10 in the US 2020!

Deep in the backwoods of rural Wisconsin, Camp Escape is an excellent spo

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*Lake-front, dock, raft, personal boat*

This is the original site that started Camp Escape. It boasts of a private dock, water raft, and 5000 acres of woods at your back. Camp out in isolation for the best star gazing and camp fire stories. Voted best in Wisconsin and top 10 in the US 2020!

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 potter 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 catholes.

*Located 5 miles north of Merrill* *Groomed Service roads are used- unpaved, rutted, rough*

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 10 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Pop-up campers, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 12 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
No Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, or Class A RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
Bins available
Playground available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Tara a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out

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Pure Local Honey 4oz

Taken straight from our hives here at Camp!

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*Portable Toilet Set

1 Medical Grade Commode 1 portable pop-up privacy Tent 1 Shovel

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*Frisbee Golf Discs

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The Bee Experience

$50 per group. Explore a hive and find out what it is bees do. 1 person will...Read more

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Fishing Pole and Worms

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Firewood

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3 Lakes UTV Tour

$50 TOTAL. Discover our 4 kettle lakes and 70 acres in the Northern Woods o...Read more

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**Raspberry Picking**

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Chimney Log

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Half dozen eggs

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Newer tanks in great condition. Delivered to your site.

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Check out Lincoln County Underdown for trails and information

Horseback riding

Check out Lincoln County Underdown for trails and information

Off-roading (OHV)

Check out Lincoln County Underdown for trails and information

Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Camp Escape: The Woods in Wisconsin.

Forest
Lake

Places to see near Camp Escape

35 Reviews

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Hipcamper ALAN

The woods is super tranquil

Alan E.
recommends this listing.
June 25th, 2022

"The Woods" is a great location. So beautiful to have water on three sides. Wooded primitive camping; so quiet and peaceful. The location is mostly sloped toward the water so finding a perfectly flat location for a tent is not in your future. We were still able to find flat enough locations to enjoy a 6p and 3p tent location. Providing you can handle no electric, running water, or bathroom, then this location is fantastic. Tara is super friendly and responds quickly to requests and inquiries. Took advantage of the fresh eggs and firewood.

Hipcamper Tim
Tim J.
recommends this listing.
June 12th, 2022

Private secluded campsite next to Lake. I stayed with my 13 year old daughter, she loved fishing from the dock and exploring. Additional sites can be heard across the lake but had no issue during quiet hours. Tara was very helpful with anu questions or items that she could provide. Walmart a short drive for anything that was forgotten.

Hipcamper Stacey
Stacey F.
recommends this listing.
May 22nd, 2022

The Woods was a beautiful, quiet area and loved that the dogs could roam as they pleased! Tara was a great host!!

Hipcamper Andrew

Return trip - just as perfect

Andrew M.
recommends this listing.
September 20th, 2021

“The woods” was the perfect seclusion we were looking for - good enough to return for the second year in a row (not something we often do). It’s wrapped by water which makes for a gorgeous, relaxing layout, and no nearby campsites! There’s a small rickety dock, rowboat provided, and a midwater floating dock if you want to get out on the water or try some fishing.

The only negatives are really just informational so that you’re prepared if booking. The camp’s grounds are very hilly - the only flat spots are for a tent and table/chairs - don’t book if you have bad ankles or elderly. It rains pine needles, cover your food. There aren’t well defined trails directly adjacent, they’re a ten minute drive or a boat trip across the lake. Some campers from across the lake can be seen and heard if they’re out on the lake.

Hipcamper Amanda

Lake + woods = perfection!

Amanda H.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

Camp Escape: The Woods was everything we were looking for! Being on the water is an important factor of any of our camping excursions and this site fit the bill. The woods and private lake made for the best explorations for our family of five! Even though it rained for one out of our three days, we couldn't pull our kids away from the dock or rowboat to fish.
As if such a great camping site weren't enough, Tara was always available for insight and to answer a question.

Due to the hilly nature, we couldn't pitch our hotel-like enormous tent by the water, but instead put in stakes at the top of the hill on the end of the road, which was perfect for us!

I can't recommend the host or this site enough! Thanks for a wonderful vacation, Tara!

Fishing from the rowboat. The rowboat that all of us thoroughly enjoyed!8-person tent.Our extra shelter, which was at the water's edge.
Hipcamper Alex

Enjoyable weekend stay

Alex L.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2021

This secluded site was great for our weekend getaway with friends! I would stay there again.

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Hipcamper Kelsey

Restful and fun in nature

Kelsey L.
recommends this listing.
August 20th, 2021

This is our second year back at The Woods and it was just a lovely, restful, and fun as last year!

Tara has been a kind host answering all my questions in a timely manner as well as making suggestions on areas to hike and places to visit.

If you’re looking for a place to rough it for a bit, but also get away and rest The Woods is perfect! Our vacation was spent enjoying all the joys of nature - campfires, swimming, paddle boarding, hanging out on the raft, and pleasant walks through the woods. My family and I always feel so refreshed and happy after our visit!

Hipcamper Steve

A peaceful weekend among the pines

Steve R.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2021

The site was fantastic and exactly as advertised. My kids had a great time running around the woods and made many memories. We plan on returning soon. Watch the leaches in the kettle lake but that was expected - swim to the raft and you'll be fine. The boats were a welcome addition to our weekend as well. Tara was great and very responsive, thank you again for sharing your little corner of the world with us.

Hipcamper Philip
Philip M.
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2021

Awesome camp site! Will definitely be returning!

Awards

Best in 2021 Wisconsin
Finalist
Property
Camp Escape
State
Wisconsin
Country
United States
$50/night
1 Site