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Council Grounds State Park

Merrill, Wisconsin


N1895 Council Grounds Dr
Merrill, Wisconsin 54452
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 55
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 45.18703
Longitude: -89.73469

Elevation: 1302' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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9 Reviews

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful State Park. The $44 fee included out-of-state visitor fee of $11. This is really camping with heavy woods and campfires. We had 30 electric only for this price. Should have stayed longer. We camped at Council Grounds State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
46
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

We were concerned about being able to fit and called the night before and were told that 42' RV's (we're 38') have been here, so we were ok. When we arrived the ranger was concerned that our rv wouldn't fit, so now we were concerned again. Ended up, we had no problem getting into our spot, and there were several spots we would have been comfortable in. The road to the campground was tighter than the campground road, so no need to worry once you arrive at the campground.

The sites are hard packed dirt, with lots of space between them and lots of trees overhead, no satellite reception here. Our site was pretty muddy (not the kind you get stuck in, just the kind you track around), since they there had been a lot of rain recently and the mosquitos were pretty bad because of the moisture. Our site was relatively level, but many others weren't.

The park itself is quite nice with lots of hiking trails and the lake for swimming and fishing. We enjoyed exploring the park, but were limited in what we wanted to do because of rain and bugs. Still, it's a nice park and campground and I would return, if in the area. We camped at Council Grounds State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Merrill is a nice town with restaurants and a Walmart. We shopped at Daves, which was closer to the park.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

The park is about 10 miles off of Hwy 51. You will go through Merrill and watch your speed (mostly 25mph). Definitely a speed-trap town. The park has a very large station for registration/check-in. Staff was friendly. Roads are very narrow with a lot of low hanging limbs. I would not attempt with a large motorhome. The main road in is very narrow with large trees on both sides. Not a good place for two large rigs to meet. Campground sites are dirt/sand with a picnic table and a fire ring. They are somewhat level. Will have difficulty backing large rigs into some sites. Again, watch for low hanging limbs. Electric at site. Water stations scattered around campground. Dump station on the way out. Bathroom/showers are nasty. Showers are very grubby and not sanitary. Looks like they have not been cleaned all summer. There are two showers in men’s side for the entire campground. ATT phone reception is spotty. Verizon is better. Satellite signal practically impossible due to heavy forest cover. Campground is very busy throughout the summer. Almost everyone is local folks and they love to burn wood. Expect LOTS of smoke day and night. The State of Wisconsin requires all vehicles entering state parks to purchase a park pass. For non-residents, it is $10 per day or $35 annually. This fee is NOT included in your camping fee. I will not stay here again. We camped at Council Grounds State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Have been to this park a number of times. Bathrooms were clean. The staff is young, friendly, and always helpful. The site we stayed in was very private, the camp grounds is located in the woods. You have to sacrifice level ground for this privacy, but for me the rustic feel and privacy hugely out-weighs the 5 inch drop my site had. We did not get electricity and water this time, but have gotten it in the past. Leave at an odd time, or there will be a long line at the dump station! We camped at Council Grounds State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful state park, and the staff was very accommodating. However, the sites are short, not at all level, and the roads are tight. We were here in a 35' motorhome, and had a very hard time getting it level. Staff helped us find a better site. Mosquitos were the size of small birds this year! Go prepared with lots of bug spray! We camped at Council Grounds State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed the beach area. We also enjoyed the walking trails. It was very clean and quiet. We camped at Council Grounds State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Unfortunately the bathrooms were closed for the season. When we questioned the early closure, the staff said, "I'll be leaving in a couple weeks." We wondered why they didn't close them in "a couple weeks." The wooded campground was filled beautifully with fall colors. It was a lovely quiet place to stay. We would definitely return another time. We camped at Council Grounds State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Very disappointed in bathroom situation, very unclean. many bugs in bathrooms, and sand and mud in the bathrooms. We camped at Council Grounds State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2007 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Camping in October means bring your own water and find someplace to dump as dump station is closed. Merrill is within biking range and some interesting places to see. You can fish either on the river or Lake Alexander. We camped at Council Grounds State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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