Hipcamp host John W.
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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 

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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:

-Whitetail deer

-wild turkey

-waterfowl

-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!

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Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
2 bookable sites
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
Potable water available
Spigot
Fires allowed
Firewood provided, fire ring
No toilet
Pack it out
Pets allowed
On leash
No showers
Bath in lake
Pack it out
No picnic table
Wifi available
Have a question? Send John a message!
  • 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
    Forest
    Lake
    Prairie, meadow, or plain
    Swimming hole
    Beach
    Cave
    Desert
    Hot spring
    Redwoods
    River, stream or creek
    Waterfall
    Biking
    Boating
    Fishing
    Hiking
    Paddling
    Swimming
    Wildlife watching
    Horseback riding
    Wind sports
    OHV
    Climbing
    Snow sports
    Surfing
    Whitewater paddling

    Places to see near Echo Lake Bison Ranch

    Finger Lakes State Park
    Finger Lakes State Park
    13 miles way Explore
    Long Branch State Park
    Long Branch State Park
    38 miles way Explore
    Van Meter State Park
    Van Meter State Park
    40 miles way Explore
    Mark Twain State Park
    Mark Twain State Park
    42 miles way Explore
    Pershing State Park
    Pershing State Park
    53 miles way Explore
    Graham Cave State Park
    Graham Cave State Park
    54 miles way Explore
    Thousand Hills State Park
    Thousand Hills State Park
    67 miles way Explore
    Knob Noster State Park
    Knob Noster State Park
    67 miles way Explore
    Wakonda State Park
    Wakonda State Park
    75 miles way Explore
    Lake of the Ozarks State Park
    Lake of the Ozarks State Park
    77 miles way Explore
    Cuivre River State Park
    Cuivre River State Park
    85 miles way Explore
    Crowder State Park
    Crowder State Park
    87 miles way Explore
    Watkins Mill State Park
    Watkins Mill State Park
    94 miles way Explore
    Siloam Springs State Park
    Siloam Springs State Park
    96 miles way Explore
    Wallace State Park
    Wallace State Park
    96 miles way Explore

    The vibe at Echo Lake Bison Ranch

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    Hipcamper KyAnn
    Ky Ann M.
    recommends this listing.
    (Dispersed site)
    May 31st, 2018

    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!

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    Hipcamper Kim
    Kim L.
    recommends this listing.
    (Dispersed site)
    July 5th, 2018

    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%!

    Large mouth bassLots of swimming fun!Our campsite in the distanceBest weekend of these guys’ lives!
    Hipcamper John
    Response from John, the Host, on July 6th, 2018

    Thank you Kim, your husband Mick and yourself are always welcome back. GBR

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    Hipcamper Heather
    Heather N.
    recommends this listing.
    (Dispersed site)
    July 6th, 2018

    We had a great time here! John is very friendly and helpful. And the site is amazing! We loved being right on the lake and exploring the property. We'll definitely be back.

    Hipcamper John
    Response from John, the Host, on July 6th, 2018

    Heather, it was great to have you and your friends spend a couple days at my property. The pleasure of meeting you all...was all mine. Thanks

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    Hipcamper Mick L.
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    (Dispersed site)
    July 1st, 2018
    Hipcamper Jeff C.
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    (Dispersed site)
    July 1st, 2018
    Property
    Echo Lake Bison Ranch
    State
    Missouri
    $25/night
    2 Sites