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Great tent camp location accessable by car or watercraft.

Camped HERE JUNE 2017 on Boy Scout trip from Illinois to Ely, MN.  Stayed both going and on return trip. CANOED from Earls landing down river 4 hours had one adult chase car pickup canoes down river.  TENT camping was free on nicely mowed grass area with several spaced out sites.  RESTROOM was reasonable for this type camping better than most.  Camp was quite both nights we stayed and campground had a camp host that appeared and spoke to us insuring that was how he expected people to be.  I CAN IMAGINE without a host it may be possible to get some rowdy groups in here.

CAMPGROUND was across river from main road and far enough back from connecting road to be very quite.

Rustic and beautiful

Primative campground within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Large sites for the most part, suitable for tents or RVs. See map in photos for notes on the physical attributes of each campsite.

No electric, water, or sewer hook ups. If you need to fill your freshwater tank there is a pump across from site #35 that had room to park our camper and fill with a hose (bring your own). Some people brought generators, which is allowed but annoying if you're trying to enjoy the peace and quiet.

No showers, but a dip in Lake Owen was refreshing. Our site was near the path to the beach, which is a short walk. No dogs allowed in the water or beach. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from the campground hosts.

Good food and options nearby in Cable. For amazing bloody Mary's head to Garnish Inn (about 20 min away).

Poor cell service.

A full service campground for those not looking to rough it.

Sites are a little small and not very private. Seemed like a well visited campground with lots of parties if you are into that. There is a restaurant and bar on the site although I didnt use it. They also have a kayak, canoe, and tube rental service on site which was great for easy access to the river.


Does not have water sewer hookups but had a station to dump and fill has electricity at most sites close to water has boat access and camp ground is outside of an awesome lil town

Well laid out grounds very close to water and play ground great showers

Fills up fast is well kept close to Duluth and numerous other places with exciting things to do hiking trails swimming canoeing is outside a quiet quaint town  the rangers are helpful and on duty 24 hrs a day  has spots for bigger campers

Great time!

We spent 10 days here and had a great time. This is a very busy park. Popular with the locals and frequently used for family get-togethers. Noticed a number of sites that had multiple units and cars. Difficult to get a site on a weekend. Nice beach. Great boating. Super hosts who bend over backwards to accommodate all, almost to a fault. Witnessed people taking advantage of their kindness--checking out late, parked where they shouldn’t be, using a chair to save a spot for someone,… We will return. Some nice sites on the water.

Best Campground EVER

The people are very friendly. There is a nice inflatable park for the kids. They will bring you up the river to float down and land on their nice sand beach. Will defiantly come again!!


You are able to reserve or have non reserve sites . Beautiful location tucked in by many pines and hardwoods. There is a lake with a fishing dock boat landing and swimming area. You can  hike a wonderful nature trail and also bike  in areas. There are hiking and a tv trails  close by. But the best is no cell service and the sound of the elk and loons in the evening.

Great weekend!

Great weekend! Most sites are very roomy some are little tight for the larger campers. Lots of activities to do and for the kids to do. Themed weekends throughout the season. Great bar and grill on property. Only complaint we had was the weekend we were there the bathroom's were not kept up. Were never cleaned, toilet paper was never refilled in the stalls. Ended up buying my own and having to take it with us to the rest room. Other issue which is hard to control unless babysitting constantly is both the pool area and the pond area have allot of people using it that do not have the required wrist bands on. Should be monitored more closely to prevent issues.

Love love love

Great campground and when we went pretty empty. Amazing trails and great beach. Weather wasnt too good when we went but there was still so much we could do!

Great campground

Awesome trails! Could walk to the trails from your sites. Sites were relatively private and very spacious (we fit two tents and two cars in one space along with a canopy). Great beach as well!

Worth the drive

Awesome scenery and hike.


Outstanding facility! Not many camp spots, but they are all top flight. Like new shower rooms, free with access code. Gorgeous city park not far from Lake Superior. Artesian well water coming out of pipe in the ground. Very, very moist area.

Negative: If you value your face, do not put on a head lamp at night. Slather yourself in deet. Bugs abound. Camp host had gone to work(elsewhere) and was nowhere to be found when I went for shower code. RVer helped me out with that.

Overall, highly reccomend.

Amazing place to relax 😌

Owners are awesome! Have a cute little bar with craft beer where you can buy pizzas and take to the beach. A little lake to do your activities . Clean showers and bathrooms

First to Review
Nice facility

It was raining the night we stayed. Bathrooms are centrally located, but I was surprised how few stalls there were in the men's bathroom.. There were 2 in the facility that served at least 60 sites. They bathrooms were clean, and shower water was hot, but waiting to poop in the morning is never fun. Very dog friendly, and a bunch of young families due to all the activities offered for kids. WiFi was very spotty, probably due to all the kids and bad weather.

Ideal for canoe campi g or fishing

This is a small state forest campground adjacent to the beautiful and wild Brule River of northern Wisconsin. There are drive-in sites for both tenters and folks with small RVs, but be advised there are no hook-ups. The sites are large, well spaced, and rustic, with basic latrines and a communal water pump. The campground is fairly small and fairly remote, however the garbage receptacles were overflowing so clearly staff arent visiting very often and there wasnt evidence of a campground host so I would be a bit concerned about supervision of the campground if I was camping alone, hence I docked my review by one star. That being said, the pros are many, especially for those wanting access to this special river. There are trails up and down the river, for shore casting, and access to the shallows ir bridge fishing as well, and the fishing is equally good for angling or fly fishing. The very best aspect of this campground is its selection of paddle-in or hike-in campsites along the river, large campsites nestled in tall forest pines that could accomodate fishing or canoeing groups. The canoe landing is nicely developed and has easy access, and there are great canoe racks adjacent to the landing as well. This landing is an easy days paddle from a put-in at the outfitter to the south on Highway 2, and an easy paddle from here to the next stops on the Brule River Water Trail, so you could easily plan a nice multi day canoe trip even if you didnt have your own gear. As far as a water trail with canoe campsites go, thus is one of the best II’ve seen!

Limited cell service

Great campground and lake. Had to drive to the nearby town of Clam Lake for wifi and closer to Hayward for cell service.

Family farm fun

Adorable family campground on a farm that has nice large campsites. The campground revolves around children. A huge playground, pony rides, animal parades and mini golf are only a few things that happen at Red Barn. The 126 year old barn on the premises holds barn dances, and indoor movies. 5 min to the nearest beach and cute downtown Shell Lake.

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Great national forest campground

We arrived on a Saturday but still found empty sites. There are multiple loops so you have choices. The are vault toilets in the center of the loop and trails lead to them from different points around the loop. A trail leads to a group playground.

The big draw here is fishing on the lake as well as the ATV and motorcycle trails. There is an interpretive trail around Day Lake to enjoy.

This is elk territory so keep your eyes open. We saw one crossing a stream.

Family setting with an assortment of activities

Let’s be honest, it’s been awhile since we found a shower and this place has one. It is also in a forested area so we dropped on by. The campground filled up on Thursday for the weekend - but it is Father’s Day so that might make a difference. Campsites are large and there’s plenty of separation. We had a picnic table and another taller table (I’m guessing it’s to clean your fishing catch?). All sites have electric but the fee is reasonable. The shower costs $.25 per 2 minutes. Garbage and even a RV dump station are available.

There is plenty of firewood but you need to cut it to size. They are 6 feet long pine logs.

There is a boat launch right next to camp. A sandy beach is next to a large pavilion and playground. We hiked along a multi-use trail that goes between towns. Lots of ATV trails too.

This is definitely a nice county park.

Great but ticks

Solid hiking trail and good campsites. The campsites have adequate space and decent amenities. The biggest issue however was ticks. Been an outdoor person my whole life and more ticks than I’ve ever seen before. Pulling 10 or more off an hour…

A lovely little retreat

After an unfortunate start to a holiday weekend at a KOA site we blindly booked, were left with our camper, 3 anxious dogs & nowhere to go . The KOA was kid central, noisy, overly crowded, & the campers & RVs packed on top of each other like sardines. My worst RV Park nightmare! I panicked & randomly called Treeland RV Resort , blindly once again. The phone # listed rings the maim resort . The RV Park is located right across the street. They kindly transferred me & I was greeted with the very lovely Susan. She was phenomenal from the beginning. I asked if they happened to have any openings for a pull thru or back in site. It was a Saturday on Memorial Day weekend..& she didn’t laugh at me! She was happy to announce that they did indeed happen to have a cancellation & she’d gladly hold the spot for us !! Hallelujah! About 45 minutes later we pulled in to the park.. we knew instantly this was going to be amazing. We just knew.. ya know? It had a cute red barn office & we immediately noticed how immaculate & thoughtful the landscape & aesthetic is. Susan was just as lovely in person. She gave us our site info , calmed our nerves & told us to get situated at our site & then we could come back to the office at our leisure & finish the paperwork. Wowza! We found our site & we were not disappointed at all. In fact just blown away! Tucked away from our neighbor just enough to have plenty of space for us & the pups but without being completely segregated. There is a playground & heated pool , but it’s just far enough away to not be heard at all but a quick walk to get to if you so desire. Nooks of trees for privacy & a hammock, lots of green grass & a cement area & a well cared for picnic table & bonfire pit & grill. The pull thru gravel driveway at our site was ample & level. All the hook ups were neatly & conveniently ready for lift off. No fuss no muss.

This place goes on & on with quaint little touches. It was welcoming from the very beginning phone call & the people who run this place are incredible, helpful, thoughtful & just plain kind. Susan & her hubby Mike are fantastic.. we can’t say enough about them. Everyone & everything was quite literally perfect. I don’t get to say that often . The dogs were welcomed with open arms too! There were plenty of trails & things for them to see & do.

We were there 3 full days & just barely began to scratch the surface!

So looking forward to going back!!

Near great hiking

A popular campground for good reason.  We were able to get a site without a reservation mid week in Oct. but would have liked to stay longer.  We had a nice site in the woods - semi private in feel, lots of toads!!! The hiking in this park is excellent - observation areas, water falls etc. There were open areas nearby too so we were able to do some kite flying!   We also spent a little bit of time in nearby Mellen  - the little historical society museum was wonderful … very eclectic and all things Mellen.

First to Review
Not too bad. Loud train nearby.

Plenty of room, electricity in the pavilions (2 of them), bathrooms, plenty of area to camp and there were a couple fire pits. It’s right on the river and has a nature walk trail along the river. Not the most pristine spot but it gets the job done for sure. No fee’s. Be aware, there’s a train that goes by at all times of the day or night. It’s fairly close and can be extremely loud at times.

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Great Lakeside Campground

We stayed here last summer on our way out west. East Twin Lake Campground is in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Near the town of Clam Lake. The camp is about 1 hour south of Ashland Wisconsin on Lake Superior. The campground has 2 small loops with about 5 or 6 camps on each loop. The campsites have nice views of the East Twin Lake. They sites have picnic tables, fire rings, and some privacy. I really like this campground and enjoyed the views of the lake in the morning. They have self checkin and the sites are well maintained.

Vary nice.

Nice campground, lots of seasonal campers. Close to trails and fishing. Nice beach in shell lake.

This is a wonderful State Park park your boat next to your site

This is this is a wonderful State Park public Vault toilets in a beautiful Sandy Beach for swimming enclosed and marked off along with the Beautiful Clear Lake on one side perfect for boating fishing and watersports public access to the lake and there are many sites where you can pull your boat right up too without the need to launch and Recovery daily large and private sites there are no hookups but that's to be expected with a state park wonderful place if you look in to get away from society and enjoy your summer the right way

Perfect Campground for the family

This this is an amazing Campground for the family it's a wonderful County Park with really cheap sites ranging from $15 for just water hookups to $18 for a site with electric and water they have bath houses by the campsites with flushing toilets and hot showers the Rangers are extremely friendly and always willing to deliver wood to your site further down the campground they have a community stage with local bands playing all throughout the summer some events free some a minor charge most of the time you can sit right at your site and listen to the band if you forgot some food take a nice hike through the woods to the grocery store along with easy access for the lake which is beautiful! For swimming watersports and fishing with an amazing Sandy Beach and an ice cream shop just across the highway in walking distance there's no better place to bring the family also pet friendly

AWESOME Campground

This is a great campground with a ton of sites. None of them have electric but they all have an amazing fire ring with a grill on top along with a nice area to park a car as well as a flat area for a tent!