Wisconsin camping guide
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The Holiday Shores
3901 River Road, Wisconsin Dells, (608) 254- 2717
Grab your family and friends and relax along the upper dells river at the Holiday Shores waterfront and wooded campsites. Holiday Shores makes camping easy by offering water hook-ups, electric hook-ups, picnic tables, fire rings, bath houses, free hot showers and summer storage.
Spend the day splashing into the upper dells river and try para-sailing, wave runners, jet skis, ski and pleasure boats, pontoon and row boats, canoes and paddle boats.
Holiday Shores also offers a complete line of fishing tackle, licenses, live bait and boat supplies to make your fishing trip a catch!
Other fun anemities include casual dining, hayrides, swimming and live entertainment!
The rates (per night):
Cottages and two-bedroom mobile homes (four people): $130/night; $650/week week
Motel units: $80/night
Advance reservations are accepted. You will be responsible for the number of nights you reserve. For more information or to make reservations call, (608) 254- 2717.
Peninsula State Park
9462 Shore Road, Fish Creek, (920) 868-3258
If you enjoy hiking, camping, cycling, fishing or golfing, Peninsula State Park is where you want to be. Peninsula is one of Wisconsin's most popular outdoor attractions with more than 3,776 acres of woodlands, lakeshore and beautiful limestone bluffs. About three hours away from Milwaukee, Peninsula is a great park in the heart of Door County.
Peninsula is home to four different campgrounds of nearly 500 sites, some with lake views. Three group-camp areas are designated for tent camping only.
Fishing in this part of Lake Michigan is great for catching trout, walleye, smallmouth bass and perch. For those of you who have your own boat, Peninsula Park has two boat launches and a fishing pier for continuous lake access all summer long.
There are 19 miles of hiking trails in the park. Flower lovers are very fond of The Sentinel Trail. This trail offers many varieties of colorful plants and flowers, such as the Dwarf Lake Iris and the Yellow Lady-Slipper.
Peninsula State Park also offers nine miles of paved and gravel trails with designated bike routes. Rough, hilly, off-road trails are also offered for adventurous bikers.
One of the Peninsula's most popular features is a scenic 18-hole golf course. Reservations are highly recommended.
The Historic Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, established in 1868, is a great site to see. It stands over outlying islands and is open for tours daily.
Reservations for extended stay at Peninsula State Park are highly recommended up to 11 months in advance. During the week, $10-15/night for WI residents and $12-17/night for non-residents. For reservations call, (888) WI-PARKS.
Pride of America
P.O. Box 403, West Bush Rd., Portage, (800) 236-6395
Pride of America, located on the shores of Lake George, offers a variety of water activities. Lake George is a clean, spring fed lake perfect for swimming, boating and fishing, ideal for an all-round camping experience.
The goal of Pride of America is to offer you a quality family camping experience. And they do so by offering many organized family activities that are fun and free for all ages. Enjoy swimming, hayrides, volleyball, basketball, horseshoe pits, kids crafts, fishing and much more.
Other amenities offered are video game rooms, Scales & Tales tavern and grill, a gift store, pavilion shelters, snack shacks, tiled bath houses, laundry facilities and firewood sales facilities.
Pride of America rates:
Water and electric site: Sunday-Thursday, $34.95, Friday, Saturday and holidays, $44.95
Water, electric and sewer site: Sunday-Thursday, $40.95, Friday, Saturday and holidays, $50.95
Super Site: Sunday-Thursday $118.95, Friday, Saturday and holidays $128.95
VIP sites: Sunday-Thursday $44.95, Friday, Saturday and holidays $54.95
1-room cabin rental: $80.95-$90.95
2-room cabin rental: $97.95-$110.95
Sweetheart trailer, Deluxe Trailer or Cottage: $116.950$135.95
Sky High Camping Resort
N5740 Sky High Drive, Portage, (608) 742-2572
Rest and relax at Sky High Camping Resort with your friends and family. Set camp on a site with a beautiful view from hi atop the baraboo bluffs. Sky High offers fun-filled activities to keep everyone entertained.
Sky High offers many amenities such as nature trails, playgrounds, sand volleyball, basketball, golf, outdoor movies, recreation rooms, children's crafts, shuffleboard, horseshoes, special weekend activities and a new heated swimming pool with a children's wading pool.
Don't miss out on Sky High's countryside hayrides. Campers of all ages can enjoy a truly old-fashioned hayride driven by a real tractor. Rides are free for all campers.
Sky High Resort is an ideal place to bring your family this summer for an extended vacation. Sky High holds many tournaments and extended activities for the whole family to enjoy such as the annual Sky High Kids Olympics and the 20th annual over-30 softball tourney.
You and your family can also enjoy Sky High's beautiful new swimming pools and sun decks that overlook the pool complex.
A deposit of $20 is due within 10 days of reserving a site for weekdays and full deposits are due at this time for weekend stays.
Fees for two adults along with children for the in-season portion of the year are as follows:
Tent site: $27-$34
Electric & water site: $29-$38
Full hookup site: $32-$44
Rustic cabin: $70-$80
For more information or reservations call (877) 743-0720.
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What about Wild Primitive Camping? With so many land around the state, hunting traditions and so on, why do we all be packed on a tiny spots of land in crouded campgrounds (and not so unheard of not perfectly clean as well) and paying for "utilities" we don't need or use?
We are coming to milwaukee on Aug 27th and be here 5 days. Is there any place to stay where they ain't gonna gouge ya for a decent hotel or cabin or even a house for the week? We have been looking but all we get is 150-500.00 a night that's crazy. any suggestions please let me know.
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