No Camper? …No Problem! Wilderness Campground in Montello has you covered! Wilderness Campground has added 5 new rental cabins this summer! All new cabins are located close to a sandy beach and inflatable swimming toys. With the new additions, there are now over 15 rental cabins to choose from. All cabins have great views and beautiful scenery and are close to the amenities. There is so much to do at Wilderness, everyone in your family is sure to have a great time! Relax or stay busy with all the fun activities offered. For more information check out www.wildernesscampground.com
WACO is putting on their first state-wide bean bag fundraiser this Spring!
So how exactly does this work? Each participating campground will host a bean bag tournament at their campground before June 10th. The top 2 teams from each campground then go to the play-offs! The winners from each participating campground will then compete in a final tournament on June 10th to win $1000 in WACO bucks. The final tournament will be at Indian Trails Campground!
The cost is $20 per player in the first round tournament and also the final tournament. The WACO offices will designate the official rules and regulations.
Thank you to our participating campgrounds!
- Champions Riverside Resort
- Duck Creek Campground
- Evergreen Campsites & Resort
- Great River Harbor Campground
- Green Acres Family Campground
- Merry Mac’s Campground
- O’Neil Creek Campground
- Pineland Camping Park
- Scenic Ridge Campground
- Stoney Creek RV Resort
- Indian Trails Campground
- Smokey Hollow Campground
- Sky High Camping Resort
- Vista Royalle Campground
- Wilderness Campground
Interested in signing up? Contact one of the campgrounds above, make your camping reservations, and sign-up to play! Specific dates can be found under the events page.
It’s quickly becoming that time of year when the leaves start to change colors, running around in a bathing suit stops, and pumpkins & apples fill thoughts. Kids start thinking about what candy they will get for Halloween and who they want to dress up as. Adults hit the hard reality that the Holidays are only weeks away. Thoughts about how the Summer flew by float through minds and how your family vacation will get put off one more year. Even though the temperature is dropping, does not mean to give up on the camping adventure you still want to plan!
Several campgrounds remain open until the end of October with Fall and Halloween Festivities. I mean, c’mon, what better way to spend the Fall than a bonfire and view of the trees changing! This is one of the best times to enjoy the great outdoors! Contact a WACO Campground you have been wanting to camp with to see their availability!
Still not convinced about camping in the Fall? What if I told you, several WACO Campgrounds offer rental units or cabins for rent (think heat)! View these campgrounds by visiting the Rental unit page.
Call a WACO Campground and take that family vacation you have been wanting to do! If the Fall camping just won’t work, make your reservations now for 2017! Nothing like having a vacation already booked and on the calendar (gives hope that Summer isn’t too far away when winter rolls around).
Happy Fall from the WACO Office!
Labor Day Weekend is almost here! What better way to spend the weekend than by camping with friends and family.
You are probably thinking, “Labor Day is this weekend! I can’t make reservations that quick.” and I am here to tell you, you certainly can make reservations that quick! By visiting our “Campgrounds” tab, you are able to view all the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owner’s campgrounds with full detail. Each campground page describe what the individual campground has to offer as well as photos to give you a sneak peak. Another helpful hint is if you know the area you want to visit, click a section on the Wisconsin map and the page will list all campgrounds in that region.
Okay, you have now made your camping reservations, but you don’t know what to do! Again, don’t worry… WACO has got you covered!
Over at the WACO office, we have created a Pinterest page for everything you will need when camping. There is ideas for kids activities, yummy food to keep your stomach’s full, tricks to have the mosquitos stay away, thrifty packing ideas, fun around the bonfire and more! For all the crafty campers out there, we even included DIY ideas for your campsite. Trust me when I say that I look through our Pinterest ideas every time before I go to a campground. I highly recommend taking a look at the 25 Easy Campfire Recipes. You will find recipes on there that not only keep the kids entertained, but also taste delicious!
Next thing on your mind is probably the cost. While the memories you create when camping are priceless, I understand that sometimes you want to find a good deal and save a penny or two where you can. I have a secret tip for you. Visit the campground’s specific website and look for a promotion or deal they might be offering! Many will list their deals for you. It can be as easy as signing up for their mailing list to receive 15% off. Another thing to check out is the campground’s social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You would be surprised to see that campgrounds like to give out exclusive camping offers as much as you like to save money.
We hope this helps you in planning an awesome last minute Labor Day Weekend camping trip! Let us know if you try any of the Pinterest ideas or maybe you have some of your own! Happy camping!
– WACO Staff
Looking for fun things to do while camping this weekend? Maybe you’re looking for a place to camp? (Last minute, we get how it works!) WACO has you covered with recipes, kids activities, outfit ideas, even how to decorate your camper or golf cart!
If you are looking for a last minute place to stay this weekend, visit our Events section for a full listing on WACO campgrounds with availability. We recommend contacting the campgrounds individually for more information and all reservations.
WACO has an awesome Pinterest page with tons of ideas for camping. The real fun is the 4th of July section though. Check it out! We promise you will find ideas for this weekend or future camping trips. There is plenty of food recipes that you can make while camping as well as kids activities to keep them busy all weekend! Don’t worry though, we also found some fun adult drinks and games that will ensure a weekend to remember (or not remember).
Regardless of your camping plans this weekend, WACO wants to wish you a family and friends filled weekend as well as a safe weekend! Don’t forget to be careful with fireworks and be aware of where you are lighting them. Tag WACO in your 4th of July social media posts to be featured on one of our sites! Have a great weekend campers!
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Check out this fabulous video by www.travelwisconsin.com! It sure makes us ready for summer and camping! Which WACO campground will you be making memories at this summer?
In conveying this message to representatives of the Columbia County Visitors Bureau on Wednesday, Lori Severson was preaching to the choir.
Severson, executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Campground owners, offered numerous ideas for partnerships that can be mutually beneficial, and profitable, for all concerned.
One of the first prizes went to a man who, when asked why it’s a good idea to reach out to other businesses who seek similar customers to yours, responded, “So you can steal ‘em.”
In most cases, Severson said, both businesses benefit from partnerships.
“The more ways we can figure out to do that,” she said, “the better we do.”
The Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners hosted its 53rd annual convention March 16 – 20, 2016 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The week was full of educational seminars, the largest campground trade show in the country, a five-day kids camp, special guests, fun events and much more.
The highlight of the week was honoring a very special campground that is a longstanding member of the association and inducting them into the WACO Hall of Fame.
Buffalo Lake Camping Resort, located in Montello, Wisconsin, has been a family owned and operated resort for more than 20 years. Resort hosts (and new grandparents!) Linda and Gary Doudna were ecstatic to receive the award. As they stood in front of all association members in attendance and spoke about how they were first introduced to the campground industry, the Montello community and their family, the entire room could feel the pride and excitement the couple has about their business.
Lori Severson, the association’s Executive Director, presented the award to Linda and Gary on stage. “The WACO organization really couldn’t have chosen a better recipient of the Hall of Fame award this year. Linda and Gary are a pleasure to work with in this industry. Their knowledge and expertise in the business really is second to none.” said Severson. “Linda, Gary and their entire family are respected members of this association and we sincerely thank them for all they have done and continue to do for our organization and the Wisconsin camping industry as a whole.”
Gilbert Brown, former Green Bay Packer and Super Bowl Champion, of The Gilbert Brown Foundation partners with the WACO organization and regularly attends the WACO Convention. “I’ve been working with The Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners and helping out at their annual convention for years now and it’s always a great time.” said Brown. “These campground owners are some of the best people I’ve ever met. They love their business and care about providing the best experience possible to families that visit their parks each year. Linda and Gary are no exception to that. Listening to them talk about their campground and their family really represented what it’s all about for these campground owners. They love their business, this industry and the people who make it all worth it.”
Buffalo Lake Camping Resort is the perfect destination for anyone anxious to experience all that Marquette County has to offer. Centrally located in Wisconsin, Buffalo Lake Camping Resort is the ideal place for relaxation and excitement of all varieties. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the many recreational opportunities that abound. Nearby lakes, rivers and parks provide fishing, paddling, ATV and cycling opportunities sure to please. Their sparkling solar heated pool lets guests splash and stay cool, but for those who want more wet and wild fun, they are just a short drive from the “Waterpark Capital of the World”, Wisconsin Dells. For more, visit them at www.buffalolakecamping.com.
A big thank you to all of the campground members, out of state campgrounds and trade members who attended the 2016 WACO Convention in Stevens Point! We had such a great time, as always, seeing our WACO family! We hope everyone had an amazing week filled with fun, education and new experiences! Check out this great convention recap video from
Save the date for the 2017 WACO Convention
in Stevens Point, WI! March 15-19, 2017
The Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners is in the midst of Wisconsin and Minnesota RV Shows. At each show, the WACO booth is stocked with exclusive camping offers as well as the guide to Wisconsin Camping; the 2016 Wisconsin Campground Directory. If you are looking for a campground to visit with your family, a personal getaway, or just a relaxing trip, grab up a Wisconsin Campground Directory at one of the RV Shows listed below! Make sure to stop by and tell the WACO staff “Hello”!
Upcoming RV Shows
- Minneapolis / St. Paul RV, Vacation & Camping Show: February 11th – 14th
- Chicago RV & Camping Show: February 17th – 21st
- Milwaukee RV Show: February 25th – 28th
- RV and Boat Show – Oshkosh, Wisconsin: March 4th – 6th
**Note: WACO Booth will not be there, but several WACO Campgrounds will be in attendance.
- Central Wisconsin RV & Camping Show: March 11th – 13th
- Rockford RV, Camping, and Travel Show: March 18th – 20th
We all have our moments of last minute packing, or the realization that we forgot something important like shampoo, your swimsuit, etc. The worst though is when you are finally at the campground, you are unpacking and settling in when it hits you… You forgot x, y, and z! This list is a breakdown of what many people don’t think to grab before they leave to go camping.
- Wet Wipes: The always handy-dandy wet wipes. While most remember to bring paper towels, wet wipes are a great addition to your campsite. There isn’t a mess that these bad boys can’t handle!
- Batteries: When you least expect it, batteries always seem to die. Especially at the most crucial time!
- Hammer: Just a smart and handy tool to carry with.
- Trash Bags: This item is often overlooked! It is always a good idea to throw in extra trash bags just to be prepared.
- First Aid Kits
- Bug Spray/Sunscreen
- Power Strip: You can never fully get away from technology and electronics these days can you?
- Travel Mug: This can be handy for coffee of course, but also used for other drinks, or taking your drink to go from the campground bar & grill.
- Duct Tape
- Pack of Matches/Lighter: This is the #1 forgotten item when going camping! Make sure you don’t leave home without it..unless you want a cold and dark campsite at night.