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Use the Wilderness Campground Events Calendar to plan your next stay! We have tons of fun theme weekends, special deal weekends and much more all throughout our camping season! You'll love the variety of events we offer, and all the fun things to do around the Marquette County area!

Please Note:
All Events & Theme Weekends at Wilderness Campground are subject to change without notice. Make sure your choice weekends are booked at the Wilderness Campground!

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: Monday, April 4 - 2023 Reservation Book Opens

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View the 2023 Activities & Events Calendar! 2023 Wilderness Campground Activities & Events Calendar

Book online at https://www.campspot.com/book/wildernesscampground

or call (608)297-2002.

E-mail: info@wildernesscampground.com

: April 14 - 2022 Opening Day ( Seasonals Only)

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Thursday, April 14

  • Gate Opens at 9:00 am
  • Seasonals please stop in the office to register for the season and pick up your welcome back packet, prior to driving back to your site.
  • Free Coffee & Donuts! 9 am – Noon
  • Come on in for your chance to win a prize!

 

: April 15-17 Opening Weekend - New Season Celebration

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4.14-4.17 Printable Opening Weekend Activity Schedule

FRIDAY

4pm – 8pm Friday Night Fish Fry (Fish, Shrimp or Chicken Meal) Call 608.297.2002 to pre-order.

SATURDAY

10am Wilderness Kid’s Craft –  on the office deck – Make an Easter Bunny Name Tag ($5) and/or paper bag Easter Bunny

11:30 am Hippity Hoppity Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt – Start in the office

Noon Wilderness Freeze Yo Butt Off Plunge – Meet at Bonnie Lake

6:00 pm – 7pm Welcome Back! Campfire and music across from the office. Beer. Cheese and Crackers (while supplies last)

SUNDAY

Office is closed Easter Sunday.

: April 22-24 Bring A Buddy Camping Weekend (BOGO)

Must call in to make reservation for the FREE buddy site. Reservations made online will NOT be refunded for discount as discounts cannot be applied online. Please call (608) 297-2002 to make your reservation for the buddy site. You Can also send an e-mail to info@wildernesscampground.com 

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4.22-4.24 Bring A Buddy Weekend Activity Schedule

FRIDAY

4 pm – 8pm Family Fun Photo Scavenger Hunt – Pick Up The Scavenger Hunt List In the OFFICE (Every scavenger hunt entry will be entered in for a chance to win a $25 Wilderness Camping Bucks Certificate) 

SATURDAY

10am  Wilderness Busy Kid Craft On the Office deck – Bird Feeder

1 pm  DIY Terrarium class in the pavilion ($ Depends on materials used) Must be 12 years + to participate or have an adult present

6pm – 9pm Karaoke with DIJITAL MANIA & Campfire By the Campground Office

: April 29 - May 1 May Day Celebration of Spring Weekend

Spring Camp at Wilderness Campground- Montello for only $35/night on a w/e site. (Rates slightly higher on w/e/s site)

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4.29-5.1 May Day Weekend Handout

FRIDAY

6pm  Movie & Popcorn in the office pavilion

SATURDAY

10 am – Wilderness Kids Fun on the office deck – Plant & Make your own SILLY FACE Grass Cup

1pm Get a team together & grab a Smart Phone for A Wilderness nature Scavenger hunt – Get your first clue in the office.

2pm – Fruit By The Foot Kid’s Challenge on the office deck (weather permitting)

6pm – 9pm  Bob Viking’s Party People DJ – Across from the office – With a campfire

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: May 6-8 Down & Derby Mother's Day Weekend

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5.6-5.8 Down & Derby Mother’s Day Weekend Weekend Activity List

FRIDAY

6pm – 8pm Outdoor Mom & Me Movie Popcorn Available! Bring a snack and blanket! Indoor if the temperature is too cold. 

SATURDAY:

Mother’s Day Craft & Vendor Fair 2022

9 AM – MOTHER’S DAY NATURE CARD CRAFT MAKE YOUR MOM A SPECIAL CARD ON THE OFFICE DECK.

9 AM – MAKE A WACKY PLANTER FOR MOM

5PM – SHOW OFF YOUR KENTUCKY DERBY HAT – PRIZE TO WINNING HAT (1ST, 2ND & 3RD PLACES)

5:00 PM – MINT JULIPS & KENTUCKY DERBY IN THE PAVILION

6pm – Wine All You Want Walkabout – $45/ Person included wine tasting, Wilderness Campground Insulated Wine Tumbler and Taco Bar. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/Kqmhtk7sAjkQ3bja7

6pm-9pm Bob Viking’s Party People DJ & Campfire across from the office

SUNDAY

9 am – Free Coffee & Muffins for mom – while supplies last – Office

: May 13-15 Kid's Just Want To Have Fun

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5.13-5.15_Kids Just Want to Have Fun Printable Activity Schedule

FRIDAY:

7 pm – Pajama party & Movie (Popcorn) Cruella PG-13

SATURDAY:

9:30 – 10:30 am – Ice Cream For Breakfast With Toppings – $3

11:00 am – Noon Nerf War – Bring Your Goggles, a Nerf Gun And Ammo for an epic nerf gun war (Must wear eye protection to play)

1:00 – 2 pm GAGA Ball Tournament (by the Jumping pillow)

2:30 – 3pm Candy bar BINGO – Office Deck (1 regular size Candy Bar Per Bingo Card)

6:00 – 9pm Party people DJ Across from office

8pm – 8:30 pm – Glow Jump on the jumping pillow (weather permitting) Bring your Glow stuff

SUNDAY

9 am – Free OJ & Muffin for KIDS Only – while supplies last – In the Office

: May 20 -22 Armed Forces (Free Weekend for Veterans and Active Duty Military)

Must call in to make reservation for the FREE site. Reservations made online will NOT be refunded for discount as discounts cannot be applied online.

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5.20-5.22 ARMED FORCES WEEKEND PRINTABLE HANDOUT

Friday Night Fish Fry (Be Sure to Call Ahead. Orders Can Be Placed as Early as Thursday Afternoon 608-297-2002)

  • 3-pieces of Icelandic Cod, Brew City Fries & Coleslaw
  • OR Shrimp Basket, Brew City Fries & Cole Slaw
  • OR 3-pieces Chicken Tender Basket, Brew City Fries & Cole Slaw

FRIDAY

7 pm – Movie & Popcorn Across From The Office (Megan Leavey – PG-13)

SATURDAY

10 am – Honor Our Hero’s kid’s craft on office Deck

11 am – Bean Bag Tournament – $10/per team (50% Split between 1st, 2nd &3rd and 50% to go to The Badger Honor flight) Sign up Ahead In the office. Must Be Paid & at boards by Saturday @ 10:30 am for bracketing Bags Fly At 11am sharp!

2:00PM Candy bar bingo on office deck – Turn in (1 ) Full Size Candy Bar Per BINGO CARD to Play

3:00pm – Wine Walk (Start on the Office Deck) Sign up Ahead in The office $35/person *Must Be Paid With CASH ONLY

7:15pm Armed Forces Tribute & Flag Ceremony Across From The Office

7:00 – 10:30pm Country Legends Band by office

: May 27-30 Memorial Day 2022

A full weekend of events and activities awaits for this special Summer Kick-off weekend of 2022!

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5.27-5.30 Memorial Day Weekend Activity List

FRIDAY

7 pm – Outdoor Movie & Popcorn

SATURDAY

10 am – Kid’s Craft on the office deck

11 am Bean Bag Tournament$10.00 per team-50% goes to TraJa Domestic Violence Awareness -50% is split between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places

11am – Wagon Ride (Load Across From The Office)

1-3 pm Slip’N Slide

3pm Kid’s Relay Races – across from the office (Put On By TraJa)

6pm – Purse Bingo (All Proceeds go to TraJa)

TraJa Domestic Violence Awareness

7pm – 10:30 p.m. Road Trip – Live Band (Across From The Office) Bring a lawn chair

SUNDAY

11 am Horseshoe Tournament $10.00 per team-50% goes to Gilbert Brown Foundation -50% is split between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place

11Am – Wagon Ride (Load Across From The Office)

1pm Tie Dye T-Shirts Across From The Office ($5/Shirt We provide the shirts)

1-3 pm Slip’n Slide

7:30 – 10:30 pm Music by the pool Weather Permitting

8:30 pm – 9pm Kid’s Glow Jump on the Jumping Pillow – Bring Your Glow Stuff!

MONDAY

Please Join Us For A Memorial Day Service at the flag pole @ 10:00 am Help us pay our respects to those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

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: June 3-5 School's Out Blow Out - Camp 2 Nights & Get 3rd Night Free

We appreciate all of our camping friends! Stay 3 nights for the price of 2! Add Thursday or Sunday nights to your reservation at no cost to you!Must call to add 3rd night. Reservations made online will not include discount and online reservations will  NOT be refunded for discount. *SUPER SAVER TUESDAY DISCOUNT CANNOT BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH CAMP 3 PAY 2 WEEKENDS.

Printable School’s Out Blow Out Weekend Activity Schedule

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FRIDAY

6pm – 7pm Join the Bubble Pit Fun Across From the office

*sign up by 9pm to be added to the rummage sale map – CAMPGROUND WIDE RUMMAGE SALE – SATURDAY, JUNE 4 

Click Here to Sign up for the Campground Wide Rummage Sale! 

SATURDAY

9am – 2pm Campground Wide rummage Sale (Maps Available in the office

10 am – Kid’s Craft (Keepsake Name Keychains) $2 On the office Deck

1pm -3pm Slip’N Slide @Bonnie Lake

2pm – Make Hay on the Wagon Ride Meet across from the office

3pm – Trivia Challenge on the office deck

6:30 – 10:30 pm Smartmouth Band – Across from office

: June 10-12 Camp Pink Out for Breast Cancer

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FRIDAY:

Honor your loved ones that have battled or are battling breast cancer with a luminary. Pick up your luminary kits in the office. $4 donation to the CARBONE CANCER Center. Place them around the Office Deck to light up the night on Friday and Saturday.

SATURDAY:

10 am – Color Me Pink Run / Walk – $20 donation all proceeds go to the UW Carbone Cancer center (Includes white T-shirt & Run)

11am – Make Hay on the Wagon Ride Meet across from the office

1pm – 3pm Slip’n Slide @Bonnie Lake

2pm – Craft – Paint a Camper Keepsake ($15)

6:30 pm – Designer Bag Bingo ( all Proceeds go to the UW Carbone Cancer Center) across from the office -$20 per bingo Card

7:30 – 10:30 pm Party People DJ up by the pool

: June 17-19 Father's Day and 13th Annual Gilbert Brown's Custom & Classic Car Show & Benefit

Printable Father’s Day Weekend Activity Schedule

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FRIDAY:

7PM – EPIC BINGO WITH DAD (Proceeds to Benefit the Gilbert Brown Foundation) Bingo Cards 1 for $5 or 5 for $20 across from the office.) * Bring Your Lawn Chair

SATURDAY:

  • Gilbert Brown Custom & Classic Car Show & Benefit

10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Open to the public
$10.00 Donation to enter Custom & Classic Car (pre-registrants accepted by mail or phone – pay registration fee day of show)
OR pay $25.00 to get an autographed picture with Gilbert Brown and your car
Registration/Check-In – 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Dash plaques to the first 100 registrants
Trophy presentation at 2:30 pm

10 am – 2 pm Enjoy the Gilbert Brown Foundation Car Show & Benefit

11 am – Enjoy good food & Friends at the car show food tent – Enjoy a Pulled Pork Sandwich or nachos $

1pm – Games with Gilbert (Up at the car show)

2pm – Craft – Kids Craft for Dad on the office deck

7:30 – 10:30 pm DJ @ the pool

: June 24-26 Camp With A SPLASH I

Camp With A Splash Weekend  Printable Activity Schedule

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THURSDAY:

1pm – Bonnie Lake Slip’N Slide

6pm – Make Hay on the Wagon Ride Meet across from the office

FRIDAY: 

7:30pm – Movie in the Pavilion

SATURDAY:

10 am Ice Cream For Breakfast social $4/Person @ office

11 am Kid’s Water Games in the Activity Field By Jumping Pillow

12:30 – 3 pm Bonnie lake Slip’N Slide

2pm – Make Hay on the Wagon Ride Meet across from the office

2 pm Hydro Blaster at pool

7pm – The Pat McCurdy Show (across from the Campground Office) *Don’t Forget to Bring a lawn Chair.

SUNDAY:

9 am – Paint A Camper souvenir Craft – $15

Pat McCurdyAt Wilderness Campground

Wilderness Campground LogoJuly

: June 28- July 7 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, USA - 4th of July Celebration Weekend 2022

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28

  • Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft On the Office Deck @ 3pm
  • Slip’nSlide 1pm – 3pm

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

  • Kid’s Craft on the Office Deck @ 1PM
  • 4th of July Patriotic Scavenger Hunt – All Day Pick Up In Office (Bring Back For a Treat!)

THURSDAY, JULY 30

  • Slip’nSlide 1pm – 3pm
  • Candy Bar BINGO on the Office Deck @ 5 pm
  • Make Hay on the Wagon Ride @6pm Load Across from the office.

FRIDAY

  • Slip’N Slide 1-3pm
  • Bubble Fun Across From the Office @ 4pm
  • Friday Fish Fry 5 – 9 pm
  • Outdoor Movie in the Activity Field 8:30pm

SATURDAY

  • Cornhole Tournament, Sign Up in office Pay @ boards 11AM $5/person
  • Bonnie Lake Slip’N Slide 1 – 3PM
  • Kid’s 4th of July Bike Decorating @ 1:30 PM & Parade @ 2 PM – Meet at Activity Field
  • OFFICE CLOSES @ 8PM
  • Fireworks & Music over Bonnie Lake @ Dusk

SUNDAY

  • Kid’s Craft on the Office Deck @ 10am
  • Horseshoe Tournament, Sign Up in office. Pay at Pits, 11 AM
  • Tie Dye Across from the Office ($5)
  • DiJital Mania Karaoke & DJ by the pool @ 7:30 – 10:30PM

MONDAY

  • Slip’N Slide 11am – 2pm
  • Paint A Camper Keepsake Craft ($15) @ 1pm

TUESDAY

  • Keepsake Campground Key Chain ($5) on the office deck @ 10am
  • Slip’NSlide 1pm -3pm

WEDNESDAY

  • Candy Bar BINGO on the office deck @ 3pm

THURSDAY

  • Slip’NSlide 1pm -3pm
  • Outdoor Movie Across from the office @ 8pm

: July 8-10 Battle of the Decades 60's, 70's and 80's

60s 70s 80s weekend at Wilderness Campground

Battle of the Decade’s Weekend

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FRIDAY:

4pm – Kid’s Bubble fun across from the office

SATURDAY:

11am – Twister & Kerplunk across from the office

1pm-3pm – Bonnie lake Slip’N SLide

1:30 pm – 2:30 tie Dye across from the office

2PM – MAKE HAY ON THE WAGON RIDE

4pm – Decades trivia on the office deck

7:30 – 10:30 pm Dijital Mania Karaoke & Dj up by the pool

: July 15-17 Tangled Tinsel Christmas in July

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: July 22-24 Cajun Me Crazy Bead Bash Mardi Gras Weekend

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: July 29 - July 31 Tropic Like It's Hot Hawaiian Weekend

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Wilderness Campground LogoAugust

: Aug. 5-7 Backyard Hootenanny Country Bash

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: Aug. 12-14 Blackbeard's Shipwrecked Pirate Party

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SATURDAY:

Boat Races:
We have Cardboard and Duct Tape available for sale in the office.

We have four different age groups:
5 – 7 years
8 – 12 years
13 – 17 years
18 & adult

Two Man Boat – you still only use 120 yards duct tape. All Two Man Boats MUST have at least one person that is 15 years or older. (No separate age group categories)
Construct a boat out of nothing but cardboard (NO tubes or waxed cardboard allowed, only corrugated cardboard) and 120 yards of duct tape!  Then, get ready to race. Paddles and life vests are supplied. Paddle out and around the buoy and back. First one in wins!
8:30 am – noon/Pick up your cardboard and rule sheet
* 12:30 pm Boat Tech @ Bonnie Lake
ALL boats MUST be present to be eligible to race
* 1:00 pm – The Races will start at 1:30 PM sharp
(a portion of the beach will be closed during the races)

 

: Aug. 19-21 Camp With A Splash II

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: Aug. 26-28 Hometown Pride Weekend & Wilderness HoCo Dance!

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Wilderness Campground LogoSeptember

Sept. 2-5 : Labor Day Weekend 2022

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: Sept. 9-11 Wizards & Wands Weekend

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FRIDAY:
7:30 pm – Outdoor Wizard Movie across from the office.

SATURDAY:
All Day Wizard Movies Playing in the Office Pavilion
11:00 am Come paint your Wizard Wand ($5/ per wand) Sign up ahead for a time slot

1:00 pm – Wizard Parade ( Meet near the office) Get a treat at the office when done.

1:30 pm – Best Dressed Wizard & Turn in your Best Wizard Spell for a prize.

1:45 pm – Harry Potter Approved Butter Beer &  Trivia on the Office Deck

7 – 10:30 pm  –

 

: Sept. 16-18 No Bones About It Halloween I Weekend

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FRIDAY:

Kiddos get your special pumpkin seed from the office. Plant in it in the Magical Pumpkin patch. (While Supplies Last) $1 per seed – for Ages 3-10

7:30 pm – Outdoor Movie across from the office. Bring your blanket, lawn chair and treats

SATURDAY:

  • Decorate a Pumpkin for The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest
  • Decorate Your Site for the Site Decorating Contest. Sign up ahead in the office. Sites will be judged at 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening and announced at the DJ. Prize to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

9:30 a.m. – Magical Pumpkin Garden (Pick up your pumpkin that was planted in the Magical Pumpkin Garden Friday Night) Grab Decorating Kits at office

11:00 a.m. – Design & Color Your Own Trick or Treat Bag ($5)

3:00 p.m. – Pumpkins Should Be Turned In For The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest (Winner Announced at DJ)

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. –  Trick or Treat. If you’re handing out treats be sure to sign up for a chance to win $50 Wilderness Bucks Gift Certificate. Click here to sign up. 

  • If you are only handing out candy, you have the option to leave your trick or treat station unattended on the “Honor System.” DO NOT LEAVE ALCOHOL UNATTENDED.

  • Please make sure you check folks drinking alcohol that they are over 21. You are responsible for making sure that you are not serving minors as adult Liquor Treating is NOT a campground sponsored event.

7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m. Halloween Costume Party with DJ @ S’More Snack Shack (Costume Contest @ 8:30 p.m.)

Prize to Pre-Teen / Teen / Adult 1st Place

SUNDAY:

9:00 am Winner of the Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest Announced.

 

: Sept. 23-25 All About The Boos Halloween II

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FRIDAY:

Kiddos get your special pumpkin seed from the office. Plant in it in the Magical Pumpkin patch. (While Supplies Last)

7:30 pm – Outdoor Movie in the activity field. Bring your blanket, lawn chair and treats

SATURDAY:

Decorate a Pumpkin for The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Decorate Your Site for the Site Decorating Contest. Sign up ahead in the office. Sites will be judged at 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening and announced at the

DJ. Prize to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

9:30 a.m. – Magical Pumpkin Garden (Pick up your pumpkin that was planted in the Magical Pumpkin Garden Friday Night) Grab Decorating Kits at office

11:00 a.m. – Design & Color Your Own Trick or Treat Bag ($5)

3:00 p.m. – Pumpkins Should Be Turned In For The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest (Winner Announced at DJ)

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Halloween Trick or Treat. If you’re handing out treats be sure to sign up for a chance to win $50 Wilderness Bucks Gift Certificate. Click here to sign up.

  • If you are only handing out candy, you have the option to leave your trick or treat station unattended on the “Honor System.” DO NOT LEAVE ALCOHOL UNATTENDED.

  • Please make sure you check folks drinking alcohol that they are over 21. You are responsible for making sure that you are not serving minors as adult Liquor Treating is NOT a campground sponsored event.

7:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. Halloween Costume Party 

Costume Contest : Prize to Pre-Teen / Teen / Adult – 1st Place

SUNDAY:

9:00 am Winner of the Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest Announced.

 

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: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 Camptoberfest Weekend

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FRIDAY

  • 7:30 pm – Outdoor Movie across from the office. Bring your blanket, lawn chair and treats

SATURDAY

11:00AM Kid’s Hammerschlagen Across From the office

5:30PM Beer Walk (Start at the office) ($10/person)

*PLEASE BRING YOUR ID TO THE OFFICE

Sign up to have a craft brew, microbrew or home brew at your site for walkers to sample for a chance to win $100 Wilderness Bucks! Must be 21 or older to participate.

8:00PM STEIN HOLDING Contest – across from the office. Winner keeps the stein and gets a– 12 pack of beer. MEN & WOMAN

7:30PM MUSIC ACROSS FROM THE OFFICE

 

: Oct. 7-9 First Responder Appreciation (Closing Weekend)

MUST CALL TO MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR THE DISCOUNT! It is our privilege to host a special camping event for all Law Enforcement, EMS and Fire Personnel working tirelessly to keep their communities safe! Call (608) 297-2002 to reserve your FREE (2) nights of camping anytime during the week of October 5th – October 11th. Please keep in mind all campground ran activities are held during the weekends after Labor Day. Camping includes a site for (1) camping unit, 2 adults ( 19 & over) and dependent children (18 & under). Water & Electric sites only included.

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FRIDAY

6:30PM Movie in the Pavilion K9-PI

SATURDAY

10:00AM Kid’s Craft on the deck

10:00AM Cornhole Tournament – Sign up Ahead in the office – (50% split between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd & 50% to go towards the Marquette County K9 Unit

1:00PM – 2:00PM Tie Dye in the activity field

5:00pm Seasonal Dinner BYOB Cocktail & Social Hour with Dinner following at 6:00 PM. Sorry this event is for seasonals only.

6 – 9PM Music and Campfire Across from the Office