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Camping at Camp Susan

Entrance to Camp Susan Photo, Antigo, Wisconsin

Every year since 2001 except 2010, David (my hubby) and I have hosted a camping weekend with friends just north of Antigo, Wisconsin. Located about 200 miles from Milwaukee in Central Wisconsin, the area provides us with an opportunity to get away from it all with 10-20 other couples.

We have held this special weekend of "adults only" to give folks a break from the city rat race . . . and their kids. We learned of Camp Susan from friends who lived up in that area. The camp is actually a kids' 4H camp, with summer camp programs provided to kids from that region Monday through Friday. The 2,000+ acre campground features a very large lodge with full galley capable of preparing meals for hundreds, plus three bunkhouses and a nice shower house with bathrooms and showers segmented for boys & girls. Additionally, they added a special use cabin with two ADA compliant rooms with their own private access and bathrooms.

While there are ample bunks for around 200 people, several in our group bring tents and camp the old fashioned way. We have also had folks tow in trailers and pop-up tents, as well as drive self contained RV's for a more comfortable camping experience.

There is a spring fed lake with a sand beach with swimming area with ample canoes and flat-bottom boats and life jackets for all who may want to go out on the water. In past years, we had some folks catch and release small pan fish. Down by the water, there is also a nice large campfire area, complete with benches . . . something else that has been added in recent years. For those who want to barbeque rather than cook inside, there is a large hooded grill as well.

Inside the lodge, there is a large stone fireplace. The camp provides wood down near the campfire ring in the woodshed (of course). In some years we have rented the campground in June when nighttime temps dropped into the 30-40F range. Needless to say, the fire was much needed. In the bunk houses, however, there is no heat so bringing a good sleeping bag is pretty important.

Camp Susan is available to rent by local civic groups, family reunion organizers and others looking to host a large group of people. The rental period starts Friday at 4p and runs through Sunday 4p. For our group, we've been able to rent the facility and plan for meals for around $60 per person for the entire weekend.

For those interested in putting together a family event at Camp Susan, you can contact the University of Wisconsin - Langlade Extension Office at 715-627-7866.

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