6.4 Average
Merrill, Wisconsin

Council Grounds State Park

Merrill, Wisconsin

Merrill, Wisconsin
Phone: (888) 947-2757

Sites: 47
Recent Rate: $28 6/2016

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

8 Reviews

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

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.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
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: 32
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 6

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: 3

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: 11
Helpful Reviews: 3

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: 88
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 2

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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