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.

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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
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
Potable water available
Wifi available
No showers
No picnic table
Pack it out
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
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

We have a small Jon boat with a small trolling motor that can be rented for $10 per day. You can bring your Kayak's and enjoy ...Read more

Fishing

No fishing license needed on this private lake. Nice size Bass, Crappie and a few Blue gill are plentiful. Catch and cook up a ...Read more

Hiking

There are a few trails on our 70 acre property, but you are welcome to hike the entire property. This property is heavily woode...Read more

Paddling

Bring your Kayak's and enjoy our 7 acre lake.

Wildlife watching

While you're out and about on a hike, you might see deer, turkey, various water fowl and many native Missouri birds. No hunting...Read more

Biking
Swimming

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Echo Lake Bison Ranch in Missouri.

Forest

35 acres of mature White and Post Oak and Shag Hickory Tree's. Also many wild Berries.

Lake

Our 7 acre lake was formed 40 plus years ago by a coal mining company. Many lakes in this part of Missouri were formed by strip...Read more

Swimming hole

7 acre lake.

Prairie, meadow, ...

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.
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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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July 1st, 2018
Hipcamper Jeff C.
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July 1st, 2018
Property
Echo Lake Bison Ranch
State
Missouri
$25/night
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