Image waking up in the middle of the night and the only thing you hear is the water of Echo Lake splashing against the shoreline.
You might also might hear one of the native birds, like an owl, communicating this to his friend across the ridge. The sounds of the city are gone, allowing you to look up into the sky and see thousands of stars above your head.
Welcome to Echo Lake Bison Ranch.
This primitive campsite is located 30 miles northwest of Columbia, Missouri in Howard County, away from all the hustle and bustle of city life. Pitch your tent anywhere you desire within the 70-acre ranch-near the lake, in the timbers or at one of the tree campsites that have fire rings. We'll even provide two large bundles of firewood for you.. Additional firewood can be purchased for a small fee.
While you're here, you're welcome to hike around the property. You might see some of central-Missouri wonderful wildlife:
-red and silver fox
-Bald eagle and other predatory birds
-other native Missouri birds
Other things you might find along your hike include coal (the original lake mined coal), Native American arrow heads and granite boulders. You're also welcome to bring a fishing pole-no fishing license required. Echo lake is 10 acres and home to bass, crappie, blue gill and grass carp.
In the next couple of years, a America Bison herd will once again return to the land. We're preparing by growing native grasses, such as Indian Grass, switch Grass, Lespedeza, Blue Stem and Fescue grass.
If you want to get away for a day or two, come check out our Echo Lake Bison Ranch!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
The vibe at Echo Lake Bison Ranch
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
We absolutely loved this Hipcamp location!! The host, John, was so friendly and helpful, showing us all around the property and options for us to set up camp. The area we picked was right by the lake and it was such a beautiful spot to hang out and camp. We loved being able to listen to the lake and looking right out our tent to the beautiful lake! The host's dog had a great time splashing around in the lake while he showed us around and it made us wish we had our own dogs with us! ;) This would be a great property to bring pets as well! We loved our stay here and we would highly recommend it!
John was an absolutely amazing host! Truly above and beyond! Our campsite was just perfect. He mowed the area, had firewood waiting, and encouraged us to explore the land and lake. We had so much fun fishing and swimming with our dogs. Also, I have no idea how he keeps the mosquitoes out, but we left bite-free! This is a magical piece of Missouri and we are so thankful we got to spend a weekend there! We will absolutely be back and recommend this campsite 100%!