Hipcamp host Don M.,
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The property is located towards the end of a Forest Service road (Meadowlark Lane) with one year-round resident at the end. There's a large turn-around for trailers and larger vehicles. Neighbors are well separated, located over the ridgeline and out of earshot. The property has a relatively wide, flat 100 foot driveway to the cabin from the road. Easy access to the cabin fr


The property is located towards the end of a Forest Service road (Meadowlark Lane) with one year-round resident at the end. There's a large turn-around for trailers and larger vehicles. Neighbors are well separated, located over the ridgeline and out of earshot. The property has a relatively wide, flat 100 foot driveway to the cabin from the road. Easy access to the cabin from the driveway. The cabin is surrounded by mature maple/birch/balsam/hemlock forest and several wetland/tamarack bogs (very diverse terrain bordering the lake). At the base of the cabin there's a small pier for direct kayak and canoe access.  Larger boats can easily dock on the lake-end of the property, a short walk from the cabin. From the natural driveway a concrete paver staircase leads up to the main campsite (see pics).  The campsite includes a 3 season 14 foot enclosed gazebo with electricity.  Essentially, the land is a 2 acre esker (kettle moraine feature) that serpentines through the woods to Reservoir "Pond" lake system. Excellent views of the lake! The Flowage has headwaters from McCauslin brook and connects 3 lakes totaling 417 acres.  Maximum depth 27 feet.  Fishing and Pontoon boat docking on shoreline. The closest boat launch is on Horn Lake which is passed on the way to the cabin and approximately a half mile away as the crow flies. Plenty of areas for tenting/ wall tents, 2 picnic tables (one near the cabin and the other by the gazebo), and a separate outhouse with toiletries at the top of the hill. 

Attractions in the Area:  

Sleepy Hollow Minature Golf on Nicolet Rd (just East of Horn Lake) 

Sunset Resort of Townsend located on the SE end of the flowage.  Accessible by boat or short drive from camp on Burnt Dam Road.  

Hill Crest Lodge Supper Club on Nicolet Rd (you'll pass on the way in) 4 Stars.  Birch Hills Resort and Bar (over the bridge from Hill Crest) 5 Stars.  

Mike's Supermarket/ Pintsch's TrueValue (just thought I'd mention where to get provisions) (also on Nicolet Rd), Townsend

Potawatomi Casino, Carter

Old Town Hall cafe and bloody bar- Traditional American food, Townsend (Excellent Breakfast!)

Sweet Memories Candy Store, Lakewood (If you have a sweet tooth, this place is over the top Willy Wonka style, many candy filled rooms that seem to never end!)

Lakewood Ski and Sport- Outdoor Gear, Lakewood.  Talk to Dave- great guy. Ski/ SUP and Bike rentals.

Northern D'lites- Lakewood ice cream/ burgers

Lakewood Super Valu Grocery Store (has more to offer over Mike's grocery in Townsend)

*Maiden Lake Supper Club- Excellent!  Best Supper Club UpNort hands-down.  Excellent sunset views over Maiden lake from the patio bar. Go Early!

Cathedral of the Pines- Old Growth White and Red pine.  I can't believe the whole state looked like this at one point.  One tree is has enough wood to build a house!

Maiden Lake, 3rd clearest lake in WI.  Great snorkeling over the fish cribs

Boot Lake -State Campground and Beach- Best swimming beach in the area.

Jones Creek trails- year round hiking, Mt biking and Cross country skiing

McCauslin Brook Golf and Ctry Club, Lakewood

Waubee Lake Lodge- worth the drive. Huge modern wood lodge live-edge bar and 40+ foot cathedral ceilings. Great buffet. 

Woodland Trail Winery, Lakewood (winery Northern woods style with craft beer selection)

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 7 guests per site
Up to 3 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Don a message!
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 10AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

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Aluminum canoe, cushions, life preservers, paddles

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Propane Heater

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Snow sports

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Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Esker Ridge Studio in Wisconsin.

River, stream, or creek

Many trout streams (McCauslin brook, various headwater segments of the Oconto River.

Swimming hole

Reservoir Pond island sandbars, Explosion Lake, Horn Lake (all part of the Flowage). Also Boot Lake and Jones Springs has exce...Read more


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Hipcamper Nick

Breathtaking panoramic, cozy cabin

Nick C.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2021

Don's property is a stunning piece of land set high on a ridge line jutting out into crystal clear waters. My girlfriend and I were lucky enough to visit at the peak of fall colors. Don was very communicative and helpful. The cabin has everything you need and nothing you don't need. Had the weather not been so cooperative we would have been perfectly content to curl up in the cabin reading and gazing out its giant windows. The view from the winterized gazebo was equally as captivating. In the gazebo Don has installed hooks for hanging hammocks as well as two folding cots for sleeping. We spent hours canoeing the lake, circling the islands, and hiking the nearby forests. I would highly recommend a visit to Esker Ridge Studio. We cannot wait to visit again soon.

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Hipcamper Kaitlin
Kaitlin D.
recommends this listing.
October 4th, 2021

We absolutely loved our time at the Esker Ridge cabin! The property was private, beautiful, and everything we were looking for.

Hipcamper Tony
Tony G.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2021

Esker Ridge is magical. The trail is along the ridge itself is something that out of a fairytale. The place has everything you need and nothing you don't need.

Hipcamper Colin
Colin M.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2021

Fantastic cabin, great location, we got rained on half the time but it was great, even sitting in the cabin playing cards

Hipcamper David

Woodsy peace and quiet

David G.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2021

We loved the location and quiet of Esker Ridge Studio. We spent many hours reading in peace and quiet, even a rainy day couldn't damper our time. The cabin was warm and comfortable. Cooking was very easy on the charcoal grill, in the massive fire ring, or on the hot plate. Thanks to Don for providing such a Woodsy paradise, far away from the city.

Hipcamper Gabby


Gabby S.
recommends this listing.
June 30th, 2021

This place was amazing. So much to explore. It was beyond peaceful and the cabin provided everything we needed.

Hipcamper pamela

Peaceful, beautiful, exceptional!!!

Pamela K.
recommends this listing.
June 27th, 2021

Don was easy to communicate with as we prepared for our trip. The accommodations are exceptional, way more than what we expected. Our stay was filled with peace, beauty and birdsong. The cabin is exceptional and well stocked, very comfortable. The gazebo is absolutely beautiful also. We were able to take our Border Collie who really enjoyed wandering the peninsula. The water is low, being it has been a dry summer, but we managed to get the canoe out to open water just fine and my kayak made it through the swamp fairly easily. I have always loved wetlands and swampy areas, as they are so abundant with diverse flora and fauna and are a joy to explore, so Esker Ridge was the perfect place in the Northwoods to enjoy a vacation. The kids loved it and had fun with the night time campfires and roasting marshmallows on the marshmallow/hotdog sticks provided in the gazebo(perfect). We explored the area and nearby National forest and found plenty of opportunities for fishing and swimming around Townsend. Two parks we found offered complimentary sit-in kayaks with paddles and life vests to use for free, which I thought was really cool. Cellular service was in and out constantly, but it was great to disconnect for a bit. However, even when cellular service was strong, it was hard to use mobile hotspot, so i recommend downloading any movies for watching offline, if that is your thing.
I highly recommend this hipcamp/glamping experience to anyone who loves nature and needs a quiet, private, peaceful get-a-way. I am already planning to return in the fall for a mini artist retreat, as I find the entire peninsula inspiring. As a family, we hope to also return next spring to hunt for springtime mushrooms and explore the area a bit more. Thank you, Don, for providing a place to make great memories and to achieve much needed rest.

The tip of the esker/peninsula.Buddy had a great time!View of the cabin from the trail to dock.Nice little dock for getting on the water.
Hipcamper Hannah

The perfect glamping trip!

Hannah C.
recommends this listing.
June 14th, 2021

Great stay at Esker Ridge Studio! Don was very friendly and good at communicating with us before the trip. The studio was quaint even unfinished and had everything we needed to stay comfortably! I was surprised at how cool it stayed even tho the temps were HIGH, but we slept comfortably both nights. The mosquitos weren't even bad as I was expecting either. I only got one bite and that was hiking off property! We have 3 dogs and they enjoyed every minute. They were able to run off leash since the cabin was set far enough back from the road and it was secluded enough that cars weren't an issue. The property and peninsula were beautiful and the pictures don't do it justice! A hidden gem! We definitely would like to go back.

Hipcamper Cathy
Cathy A.
recommends this listing.
May 13th, 2021

We love our Stay here ! 100% recommended


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