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If the words "roughing it" conjure up enough unpleasant camping memories of sleeping on the ground to make your back hurt, try these Wisconsin campgrounds with modern-day conveniences and plenty of luxuries to spoil you.
Tent camping will never be the same after a stay in one of these cabin-sized dwellings with hardwood floors, electricity, running water and Wi-Fi. Not only will you get a plush king-size bed, full kitchen, flushing toilet, and a private deck and screened porch, but you can even upgrade to a daily cleaning and dishwashing service!
The glamping tents are open from mid-May to mid-October, though you can still glamp in the winter in one of the many lodges available for rent on this hunting and recreation ranch. Schedule a massage for yourself while the kids go horseback riding or zip-line into the lake.
The other on-site activities are endless, including swimming, fishing, boating, ATVing, hiking and mountain biking in the summer, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Nature lovers will delight in the birdwatching and wildlife photography opportunities, while hunters will enjoy the on-site gun and archery ranges, clay shooting area and hunting grounds.
If you want to play hard in the outdoors before retreating from the elements at night, book the nomad-inspired, semi-permanent yurt at Wildman’s Peshtigo River Outpost. A queen bed, sleeper sofa, table and refrigerator will keep you comfy, with a built-in skylight perfect for indoor stargazing!
During the day, try some pulse-pounding whitewater rafting on the Peshtigo River, or go the serene route with kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on secluded lakes. Activities off the water include alpine tower and rock climbing, paintball, zip-lining, golfing, snowmobile tours and even a mud obstacle course.
Other accommodations at this adventurer’s paradise range from primitive cabins to deluxe modern lodges.
Ask for the glamping experience by name at this campground to book a huge tent with a full-size bed and patio set overlooking the Kickapoo River. The site includes electricity and running water, and other amenities include a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave.
When you’re ready to venture out, canoeing, fishing, hiking, a swimming pool, volleyball courts and horseshoe pits are offered on-site or nearby. An on-site stage is available for private bookings and hosts events throughout the year, including a country music festival in early July.
Bad weather is never a concern at Smokey Hollow – yurts, gazebos, travel trailers and even a coach bus are all unique sleeping quarters available for rent. Stay on a weekend and you won’t have to worry too much about meal prep between the Friday fish fry and family-style breakfasts.
A general store selling keepsakes as well as groceries, supplies, firewood, drinks and camp food favorites also is open in case you run out of something or want a ready-to-eat tasty treat. If unplugging is not an option, a business center complete with Wi-Fi, a computer, and faxing and copy-making capabilities will keep you connected as you mix in a little work with play. Laundry facilities mean you can return from your vacation relaxed and rejuvenated – without the chore of washing and folding a mountain of clothes!
There’s plenty of free fun, including a dunk tank, volleyball, bocce ball, basketball, a playground, family-friendly outdoor movies, and rides in a wagon, pumpkin coach and giant shopping cart. Buy a wristband for access to the mini golf course and giant jumping pillow, spaceball court and equipment rentals like bikes, trikes and even golf carts.