Hipcamp host Tara  S.
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PAY AS YOU PLEASE. After your experience, please let us know how much it was worth to you. Cash collection at site. Disconnect with this rustic and wild getaway. 70 acres of private land + 5000 acres in public lands will give you access to horse, bike, ATV, snowmobile, snowshoeing, cross country ski trails, and a multitude of other activities. Located directly on the

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PAY AS YOU PLEASE. After your experience, please let us know how much it was worth to you. Cash collection at site. Disconnect with this rustic and wild getaway. 70 acres of private land + 5000 acres in public lands will give you access to horse, bike, ATV, snowmobile, snowshoeing, cross country ski trails, and a multitude of other activities. Located directly on the lake. Available for fishing, swimming, boating, ect. This underdeveloped land is perfect for you to test your wilderness skills as well as connect with nature Any questions, please call or text me, Thanks! Tara

* Located 5 miles North of Merrill* * Uses groomed service roads- rough, grass, rutted. Low suspension vehicles not recommended.

*****THIS CAMPSITE REQUIRES 4-WHEEL DRIVE in case of rainstorm.***
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 16 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 15ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Tara a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out

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Goods

Propane Tank (20 lbs)

Newer tanks in great condition. Delivered to your site.

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Experience

4 Lakes UTV Tour

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Camp Escape: The Lakefront in Wisconsin.

Forest
Lake

The vibe at Camp Escape: The Lakefront

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Hipcamper Emily

Ice age trail lakefront views

Emily L.
recommends this listing.
July 24th, 2020

The Lakefront site was wonderful! The tree lined waterfront view is absolutely beautiful, and the campsite felt secluded enough to unplug (you might not have cell service; I did’t).

A small portion of the trail leading to the site might require 4WD if it’s a little wet, but there is a space nearby to park your vehicle and walk down. There was a small structure that looked like it might be an outhouse near that parking space, but I didn’t check it out.

At the site, there are two fire-pits set up. One is perched on top of a little hill next to a small floating dock. Along the shoreline there was a canoe and a few rowboats with life jackets available. The main grounds of the site contain your larger fire-pit, some plastic chairs, firewood, and a large garbage bin with a bag.

Bring your own water and maybe a table? I prepped on my cooler and wished I had something taller to prep meals.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time. My experience booking was painless; communication was prompt and helpful. Tara was lovely, there were cute chickens running around, frogs getting froggy, and raspberries growing all along the road.

View of the shoreline camping space4WD from this point suggested; it’s a short walk (you can see my car parked at the campsite). View of the campsite shoreline from the smaller fire-pit The Lakefront
Hipcamper Jaime

Wild !

Jaime J.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2020

So beautiful and clean the view of the night sky it’s amazing .

Hipcamper Inanda

Amazing!!!

Inanda I.
recommends this listing.
August 26th, 2020

This was our family's first ever legit camping trip. And all I did was Google "lake to camp by near me" and it's then that I discovered hipcamp.com and found Tara's campsites.
I read through all of the reviews and the pictures posted and the Lakefront Site was everything I'd hoped for and more! So private and peaceful. The view of the lake is so picturesque and relaxing!
I know we lucked out and managed to have beautiful weather for 3 days in a row but there are so many trees to be able to put up a tarp if you want to be able to still sit around the fire pit even if it's raining. When I couldn't get my weather app to load on my phone to check the radar when we did hear thunder, I was still able to text Tara and get an update from her within mintues. By the way, Cellcom phones did get service at this site.
The fact that firewood was included and freely available was a bonus that I wasn't expecting! We love to have a fire going from sun up to sun down! Plus there's plenty of wood/branches all over the place to keep it going and get it started.
We took the UTV tour and my boys 10 & 16 rode in back while I rode up front with Tara and 2 of my dogs. She was funny, engaging and even when the trail was bumpy and uneven, we felt totally safe and enjoyed every mintue. The property is amazing and has quite an interesting history!
We fished off the dock and my son even managed to catch a shiner! Took the paddle boat out several times and would've swam but chickened out, maybe next time.
And there will be a next time! We've already booked two more stays! Once more before school starts and once more for my son's upcoming 11th birthday. He wants to show off his new favorite place to be!
*Can't wait to see those Fall colors reflecting off the water!*

We had enough room for 3 tents, a screen tent, 4 humans and 3 dogs. With plenty of room to spare! We had enough room for 3 tents, a screen tent, 4 humans and 3 dogs. With plenty of room to spare! 
Camp Escape: The LakefrontThe dogs LOVED camping and paddle boating!
Hipcamper Ben
Ben L.
recommends this listing.
September 1st, 2020

The campsite was extremely private and large. The hosts were very kind, and checked to make sure I had everything I needed. Had a great time floating around Fox Lake, fires on the shore in the evening, and gorgeous sunrises directly across the water. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Inanda
Inanda I.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2020

Even more fantastic than our first visit!
My 10 year old son was a little apprehensive about swimming in the lake last time, because of it being dark lake water and it's so deep off the dock. He wished there was a ladder or some easy way out if he panicked. I merely mentioned that in our note of gratitude after our first visit. When arriving this time, we saw Tara on our way in and she said there was a "surprise" at the dock for him! She'd brought a ladder to the site before our arrival! Nothing fancy, but it was perfect! My husband held onto it at the side of the dock so our son could more easily climb out. But where he was then, he realized he COULD touch the bottom there, it wasn't as muddy or full of sticks as he was worried about and then laughed as he walked out of the water like it was any old beach! So the ladder wasn't needed after all, but maybe it'll help someone else out.
We got out this time and hiked with all 3 of our doggies all over the place. So much to see and so beautiful as the trees are starting to change colors.
Tara was a delight as usual and even gave us a quick tour of a site that we're thinking of booking in the future. Lakefront is still my favorite but The Woods looks like it'd be a lot of fun for a visit too!

Kept the fire roaring to keep the rain away! Well, we tried anyways. The rain still came but the fire didn't quit! Beautiful colors, even on a gray day. A great day for a walk! A well placed tarp kept us dry and warm so we didn't need to retreat to our tent because of a long rainy day.
Hipcamper Inanda

Amazing, even when it's raining!

Inanda I.
recommends this listing.
September 14th, 2020

Amazing, as always! Even with a solid day of wet weather, we enjoyed our stay. A well placed tarp tied up in the trees and we were still able to spend our whole day outside of our tent. Even without extraordinary measures we were able to keep a fire roaring the whole rainy day! Hiking in the rain, enjoying the fresh air, and beautiful autumn colors was still better than being stuck at home! Go to this camp and especially the Lakefront, you'll love it!

In response to someone NOT recommending one of the other sites because of the bathroom facilities, or lack thereof... maybe you could be a little more gracious. You're paying $5 to camp on someone's private land. $5! They don't need to make this available for people to use, but they're generous enough to. They don't have to leave a pile of firewood to start your campout off right, but they're kind enough to.
Why should they have to deal with your literal crap?! Bring a bucket and make a seat with a pool noodle, or even splurge and buy a fancy seat for it, and bag up your own waste and pack it out if you have issue with having to wipe off the commode seat or the thought of there being buried waste out in the woods. But to not recommend a well described as primitive but very BEAUTIFUL and PRIVATE and EXTREMELY affordable camping experience... take that crap somewhere else! Back to the KOA with you!
As for our family, we love Tara's land and can't wait for our next trip! 🥰

A well placed tarp kept us dry and warm so we didn't need to retreat to our tent because of a long rainy day. Kept the fire roaring to keep the rain away! Well, we tried anyways. The rain still came but the fire didn't quit! Beautiful colors, even on a gray day. A great day for a walk!
Hipcamper Payton
Payton K.
recommends this listing.
July 3rd, 2020

The campsite was a very nice place to stay. Tara gave me a tour of the entire property and was very kind to me. Would definitely recommend to anyone who needs to get away for a little bit!

Hipcamper Jeff

Very peaceful and relaxing

Jeff M.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2020

I really enjoyed my stay at the camp ground. Tara was an amazing host. I highly recommend this campsite. I will be camping there again!

Hipcamper Zach
Zach R.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2020

Extremely nice host and beautiful camp site tucked back in the woods along a lake. Very peaceful and quiet with things to do such as raspberry picking, fishing, or hiking. There are row boats or canoes to use at multiple lakes!

Property
Tara S.’s Land
State
Wisconsin
Country
United States
$5/night
1 Site

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