Hipcamp host Dean W.
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This is a tent site along the Bad River and you'll be camping near 3 very large (The trunks are 8, 9, & 10 feet in circumference!!) old growth White Pines.  You can drive your car, SUV, or truck up the trail right to the campsite.  If you bring RV's or trailers you'll have to park in the gravel pit, sorry, there's just not enough room at the site to turn around.  You can als


This is a tent site along the Bad River and you'll be camping near 3 very large (The trunks are 8, 9, & 10 feet in circumference!!) old growth White Pines.  You can drive your car, SUV, or truck up the trail right to the campsite.  If you bring RV's or trailers you'll have to park in the gravel pit, sorry, there's just not enough room at the site to turn around.  You can also enjoy the campfire and views from the campsite and return to your RV or vehicle to sleep there as some have done this.  This site is just a 10 minute drive to Copper Falls State Park.  Also nearby is Morgan Falls, Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands, and just a 20 minute drive to the Clam Lake area to watch the Elk along the roads.  There are very secluded and little known waterfalls a short hike away on the Bad River and I will leave a map at the campsite to find those.  The trailhead to these waterfalls begins right at the campsite with an easy to follow path.   

You will see my "No Trespassing" signs as you drive in the road to the campsite but just ignore those please.   

We have no light pollution up here so the gravel pit is a great place to stargaze and view the Milky Way.

If you're into geology there are interesting rocks in the gravel pit and we have found rocks with seashell fossils in them there.  I am an experienced gold prospector and own 4 mining claims in Idaho and we do find gold in the gravel pit so you can pan for gold there if you'd like.  The gold is very fine as it's been ground up by the glaciers so it's difficult to see unless you're experienced in gold recovery.      

You can have your pets off-leash here as long as they will stay around the campsite as there are wild animals in this country.  

There is good Brook Trout fishing in the river near the waterfall pools 1/3 mile downstream along with nice kayaking/canoeing on the river. There is a canoe and paddles for you to use but please bring your own life preservers if you want to wear one.  Most of the river is a calm paddle but there are challenging rapids and waterfalls starting about 1/3 mile downstream from the campsite.   Further down another 1/2 mile the waterfalls get a little bigger and 3/4 mile north of the Conley road (Forest Road 184) they get to class II/III. 

There is an older retired couple that live 1/4 mile from the campsite and you may hear their lawn mower or a dog barking once in a while but the local bears do not like anything to do with dogs as they are hunted up here with hounds.  So, the dog that sometimes barks helps to keep the bears away from this area.  Nobody else lives within a mile so it's a nice and peaceful location if you want to hear no other campers and want the forest all to yourself. 

In August and September I've seen Otters, ducks, Mink, Fisher, Pine Marten, Kingfisher, flying squirrels, and deer from the campsite as I worked to expand and improve it.  

I have now opened up bookings for 2021 for April 23rd through October 30th.  Please, only book 5 days or less and I will set the refund policy for 100% up to 3 days prior to check in.  I have increased the prices for next year as I have now purchased a 32' dock to place in the river, I will place wooden tent platforms around the site, will provide a canoe to use, will provide some wood for the campfire and provide Cherry wood for cooking.  I have a mini woodshed on site and will provide about 1/4 of that with firewood but if you want more I will provide the woodshed full for another $25 which is much cheaper than if you buy those bundles of wood at the gas stations. I will also be adding another separate hike-in site near the waterfalls providing a Tentsile Stingray 3-person elevated tree tent and you'll then only need a sleeping bag and pillow.  That site is not listed yet but if you're interested in that site, please send me a message and I will notify you when it is available to book.  I will add photos to this listing from the Tentsile website showing what this tent is.   

Suggested items to bring: 1. Dry kindling wood as it may have rained and it will be difficult to find dry twigs etc to start a fire. Bring lighter fluid or diesel fuel works great too.  2. A leather glove or potholder to adjust the grill over the fire. 3. Life preservers if you prefer them to use the canoe. 4. Decals/bumper stickers to add to the collection in the outhouse. 5. Bow saw to use if you’ll want to cut up dead/down firewood to collect more.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 28 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Dean a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


You can mountain bike on the local ATV trails and national forest roads.


You can canoe and kayak on the river and downstream there are very challenging waterfalls.


Good fishing in the river for native Brook Trout. best spots are 1/3 mile downriver below the rapids and falls.


You can hike up the railroad tracks and visit the nearby waterfalls. I'll have maps at the campsites.


Amazing kayak and canoe trips on the Bad River. I have a canoe for you to use but please bring your own life preservers if you...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

The main ATV trail to Clam Lake and beyond is just 1 mile away back to the main road by the main bridge that crosses the river...Read more


If you're into technical tree climbing these huge White Pines would be fun.

Snow sports

Just 1 mile from the main snowmobile/ATV trail.


The water is clean and the river has a hard sand bottom except for the first few feet near the shore.

Whitewater paddling

Very challenging waterfalls downriver starting about 1/3 mile downstream.

Wildlife watching

I often see otters and ducks in the river. Saw Pine Marten and Fishers in August.


Natural features you'll find at Eagle Pines On The Bad River in Wisconsin.


Chequamegon National Forest very close.


Mount Whittelsey is the 6th highest point in Wisconsin about 5 miles away with great views and let me know if you need directio...Read more


Very nice waterfalls 15 minutes of hiking away and more further north on the railroad tracks.


You can drive right to the campsite.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole

The vibe at Eagle Pines On The Bad River

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Hipcamper Claude

Fantastic experience

Claude R.
recommends this listing.
August 21st, 2020

Perfectly located by the Apostle Islands and also Copper Falls State Park. Dean took us on a hike to private falls on the Bad River and even fished for trout with my 2 grandchildren, 5 and 8. What a great host

The next time visiting the area will be staying there!

Remote and private.

Hipcamper Cory


Cory R.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2020

We loved our stay! Dean gave great directions and had a wonderful fire lit upon my arrival. He was always very responsive and helpful. We only booked the spot for one night and let Dean know that we’d take two nights if there was a cancellation. Lucky us, there was! Two nightS overlooking a calm river, with plenty of car day hike trips to boot.

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Hipcamper Erin

Really really great!!

Erin M.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2020

This was a totally awesome campsite!!
It was well kept with an amazing view. Dean made a map to the local waterfalls that are within walking distance of the site. It’s close to Copper Falls and not too far from Ashland/Bayfield/Apostle Islands. There was a really clean compostable toilet. There was wood on the property to burn. I caught a few creek chubs in the river which was fun. Dean was so kind and helpful, a great host! I will definitely be telling my friends and family about this place, I cannot wait to return someday!

Hipcamper Cory


Cory R.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2020

I had a great time at Eagle Pines. Dean was incredibly responsive with his communication, directions and am even checked in before, during and after our stay. After expressing that we wish we could stay one more night; Dean let us know immediately when the next night was cancelled so we could snatch the extra night online. He also started a fire for us upon arrival and left water, a hiking map and apples for us. The site is a perfect distance to the town of Mellen, but just far enough away to give you privacy and a feeling like you have the surrounding area all to yourself. We’ll be back!

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Hipcamper Rachel

One of a kind

Rachel K.
recommends this listing.
August 29th, 2020

This was an amazing camping location. Dean went above and beyond to make the stay a special one, including providing a self-made map to some hidden treasure waterfalls. The campsite is beautiful and impeccably maintained. Underpriced, in my opinion!

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Hipcamper Cassie
Cassie O.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2020

I absolutely loved my weekend at this site! The setting was beautiful, peaceful and Dean was a very kind host. The warm fire upon arrival was incredible. And he left some very delicious apples from his orchard. The site had thoughtful touches throughout. I'll be back for sure!

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Hipcamper Stephen
Stephen F.
recommends this listing.
September 21st, 2020

Dean was an exceptional host. He started a fire for us just before we arrived and greeted us with apples fresh from his orchard. He also encouraged us to use his canoe to explore around the Bad River. His property is beautiful and is surrounded by some short but private hiking trails complete with waterfalls. The site is incredibly well maintained and stocked with firewood and a very clean outhouse. I will definitely be back to camp at Eagle Pines on the Bad River!

Hipcamper Ryan

This place is great!

Ryan F.
recommends this listing.
September 23rd, 2020

I recently spent a week camping at Eagle Pines with some buddies and had a blast. This campsite is spectacular. You’re the only one’s at the site. This isn’t one of those campsites where you pull up and park next to ten other campers. You’ve got the whole place to yourself. Dean has cleared out all the brush from the site and from the bank of the river so there’s plenty of clear level space for a tent and plenty of trees to hang a hammock from. This site sits on 40 acres of private land so there’s plenty of trails, waterfalls, and places to fish. There’s a trail that leads from the campsite to the waterfalls with a bigfoot crossing sign. Very cool. The property even includes abandoned railroad tracks and an old railroad trestle bridge where you can cross the Bad River.

The other great thing about this place is Dean. He’s such a nice guy and he’s extremely helpful. We burned most of the wood the first two nights there. No problem. Dean showed up and dropped off more wood the next day. He even took us on a hike to see one of the waterfalls and left us a detailed map on how to reach the others. One evening we decided to swing into town for a bite to eat at the Drop Tine Bar and Grill and in comes Dean who introduces us to the owner Paul, who was also extremely cool. Make sure you swing by Drop Tine if you get a chance. Food and atmosphere are great. Picture an old time saloon set in the woods way up north. That’s Drop Tine.

We will definitely be coming back next year. This place is exactly what we had in mind when my friends and I initially discussed a camping trip way up north. Beautiful wooded setting, a river and an awesome host.

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Hipcamper Kaden

A scenic wonderland

Kaden A.
recommends this listing.
September 25th, 2020

Great place to get away. Perfectly marked trails and beautiful forest/waterfalls. Well kept campground with an easy to cook on grill and good firewood all over the place. Not far from really cool lakes if you bring kayaks.

Eagle Pines On The Bad River
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