We run a family farm on the Illinois Wisconsin border. Its quiet out here except for the coyotes, wolves and my pack of LGDs communicating. It's dark at night which gives us bright stars.
No need to ask, everything is open and always has been out here.
Due to problems in the past we require DL/IDs of everyone in the group.(young children excluded).
Altho our stats show it takes 4 days to book it is mostly because we were locked out of our account while waiting for our lawyer to answer legal questions before we could stay active. We usually respond in a few hours. If it takes more than a day something is wrong. With that said things have changed recently and Lately we are spending a lot of time way off grid (at our AZ place called Meadview overlook if you want to look it up) and not near any phone or internet service for days at a time, So communications is sometimes a little tough. Wile we block those times several times the system ahs allowed ppl to request a stay during our time away and that has thrown our stats off). Expect delays in getting stay approvals when we are traveling.Send it early and cancel/change if things change, we will understand. Its better than missing us. Often we can make same day work but sometimes it wont be possible.
If its wet, or rain is in the forecast, big rigs will need to stay on the pads installed or on the lane gravel.
After hosting for just a couple of stays we realized that a couple of pads for parking off the lane are needed. Two solid base gravel pads are now in along with a huge turn around area 50x120 off the lane.Took 45 loads of rock to make these pads but it is nice to offer level solid pads. We have a "map" of the pads in the photos.
#1 very small pad is located just inside the gate on the right/west.
#2 is just before/at the first curve in the lane which is a pull straight in to the "STOP sign" for late night after dark set up easy, then back out in daylight. Faces south. Have a small fire ring here.
#3 & 4- overflow pads that can only be used part time. 3 has morning shade wile 4 is in the open for those with solar panels.
#5 & 6 are now removed due to problems from a guest and likely will not be replaced.
We have room for any size rig as we can get semis in here. Nothing fancy, just a place to park for a night or two.
Our pets are a driver (boxer x Corgi) along with a herder (border collie) that work yet double as mans best friend aka pets. Protecting hundreds of sheep, goats and cows is a large pack of LGDs that do a wonderful job. This will require communication between us if you bring pets. Our packs job is to keep all other dogs out so we will need to make some arrangements to keep your pets separate and safe. We have extra pens/pastures for you to use as a dog off leash area when needed, just ask.
Locked gate so be sure to contact before you come out so its open for you.
It is fine to change arrival/departure dates if your plans change as long as no one else is booked, just text us your needs.
Cleaning up after your pets is not needed if its 200 ft away from the campsites. if its close please clean up to keep those areas clean for the next guest, but out in the fields is not an issue as we are on a farm.
Please clean up after yourself, no cig buts left behind, TY.
We do NOT have electric or water available. Please no arguments demanding either!
PLEASE do NOT take ANY animals when you leave! (yes it has happened).
Contact us before arrival or you may find a locked gate.
NO smoking around the buildings if you get a tour, NO buts on the ground.please. Pack out what you pack in.
Get introduced to the LGDs, they are harmless once we introduce you.
Don't drive off the lane / pads until directed to do so.
Leave the area the way you found it. If gates are open- leave them open, if closed- close them behind you. Pick up after yourself.
Please do not come "up the hill on the blacktop section of the driveway", the dogs are not used to strangers at the buildings and there is no where to turn around at the top.
Don't hesitate to contact us for any questions or problems.
If you have a problem contacting us or are in the area last minute feel free to TXT either/both of us.
Enjoy your stay, pay it forward to someone else either in hosting or helping a stranger on the street.
PS in the event you need to call 911, call us first. If you need to call you will get a dispatcher for the wrong state/county, once connected ask to be transferred to WINNEBAGO county Illinois so you can get proper help.
You can always call us for any problem, Dennis is a retired firefighter/medic and will help.
We have pull straight in spot for after dark but will require backing out for larger rigs in the morning light. Daytime arrival most back in for easy exit, just depends on your doors/windows for the views.
Our township roads are posted in spring for a month, otherwise solid with 73,250 pound weight limits. No problems with any size rig. We have semis deliver on the farm 11 months a year.
The road is "tar chip" while the lane is gravel with solid base (we run semis on our lane).
Plenty of room to keep them together.
Just contact us before arrival for access. Call (do not leave a message, keep calling if you miss us) or TEXT is best. We can accommodate anytime year round often at last minute. We can handle large groups if needed and longer stays for one or two rigs.
Towns in IL and WI listed by distance...
2 Miles north. nothing there but the Sugar river. and a dozen houses. No stores or PO.
Durand, Il 6 Miles south
Typical mid-west small town. Here you will find:
Dont recommend any bars or restaurants here.
Frisbee golf in the town park on Center street just south of downtown.
Pacemaker grocery store with liquor dept. deli, and more. Full size store, good prices.
Subway, Churches and an Anytime fitness.Two gas stations, both with diesel- 7am to 9pm.
Monroe medical clinic just opened a branch here. Dentist office, Massage/physical therapy chiropractor center, banks and post office. Bryden Ford dealership for parts, service.
Mattesons repair for vehicle service and light towing, altho need to schedule it a few days ahead as they are busy.
Davis, Il 8 miles sw.
Best dam Bar, lakeside Diner, Bowling alley (between Durand and Davis on Best road) We go there a few times a week.
In Davis there is a nice little sandwich and cheese store on rt 75 but not much else.Avoid the Shell station here.
Farther west is Rt 75 Bar and grill, nice place.
Orfordville, Wi 12 miles North-east.
Knutes bar and grill, great food good prices fair service. We go there several times a month.
Stables bar and Grill, great bar, pool table, good food cheap prices with friendly service. We go there once a month.
Ace hardware/lumber store.
Brodhead, Wi 12 miles North,
has M&Js bar and grill with good food, hardware/farm store, car wash, napa. Piggly wiggly grocery, Mc Ds, subway, gun store, Banks, (Sugar River Bank is a friendly place). River goes along the west side of town with a park there but no pets allowed. There is an old railroad grade bike/walking/snowmobile and ATV trail that goes 40 miles or more. West of town is a race track where Dana Patrick got her start. There are races most weekends in summer.
Brodhead vet is farther west of town for any pet needs, great people, awesome knowledgeable vets that have helped out our guests a few times, they are also our main farm vet service. BTW, Police in Brodhead are a pain, be careful.
Beloit,(20 miles west) Janesville,(25 miles north) Monroe, (20 miles) Madison, (60 miles north) Milwaukee, (90 miles NW) wi, and Rockford, (25 miles SW) Freeport, (25 miles SE) and Chicago (90 miles SE) Ill are all nearby with normal large town amenities.
More things to do:
We have several boat launches nearby on the Sugar river for fishing (Il or WI) kayak runs and boating, closest is a mile away.
Avon bottoms is a large swamp where the mafia dumped bodies, evidence, even entire armored cars they hijacked decades ago. There are haunted playgrounds and even bigfoot is believed by some to be there! Google Avon Wi bottoms bigfoot or hells playground/devils playground, for a chuckle. It has hunting fishing and more. Wild life include deer, pheasants, coyotes, wolves, Bear, Rattle snakes, Mt Lions snakes and more. (you will be safe here on the farm thanks to our pack of LGDs- livestock guard dogs).
Winnebago county (Rockford, Il area) has lots of Forrest preserves for hiking, golf and bikes. Nygren wetlands is 10 miles east of us and some guests have enjoyed spending a day hiking the trails there. Just east of Machesney Park (20 miles to the east) is Rock Cut state park, for canoe, kayak, paddle boat rentals, hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming, biking trails, campgrounds (yuck!! unless you actually like neighbors 12 feet away) horse trails, and more.
Back roads out here are great for bike rides and walking.
For day trips:
Galena Il is a neat town with lots of small shops for a day trip. (80 miles west).
Galena has a lot of history with a long business district full of quaint small shops. If you go dont miss the art gallery on the west side of the street, just a block inside the flood gates. When at Galena, you are close to the mighty Mississippi and more at Dubuque, Ia.
The town of Rockton, Il 15 miles east has several neat resale shops for antiques and knickknacks.
50 miles East is Lake Geneva. If you go take the boat ride around the lake and watch for the US postal service boat and the Runners that jump off the boat at every dock to deliver the mail. Lots of shops and eating locations.
Since we have no water or dump station easily accessible I have a list of local spots from https://www.rvdumps.com/
I found a few to try depending on which way you are coming in.
South Beloit at I90 and Rt 75, this is about the closest and easiest to head here from the north
Flying J Travel Plaza, 16049 Willowbrook Rd, South Beloit IL 61080 / 815-389-4760. $10 or less. I-39/I-90 Exit 1.
Love’s Travel Stop, 13477 Quality Dr, Roscoe IL 61073 / 815-389-1923. $10 or less. I-90 Exit 3.
Rochelle. if you are coming from the south,
Petro Stopping Center, 900 Petro Dr, Rochelle IL 61068 / 815-562-5922. $10 or less. I-39 Exit 99.
Jefferson from the NE,
Jefferson County Fair Park, 503 N Jackson Ave, 920-674-7148. Dump station is at the south end of the complex. $10 or less.
Madison from the north,
Alliant Energy Center. A dump station is located behind Veterans Memorial Coliseum off W Expo Dr. Cost is unknown.
Lake Farm Campground, 3113 Lake Farm Rd, Madison WI 53711 / 608-224-3730. $10 or less.
not sure who may have potable water but I believe the fuel stops in Beloit do, we do NOT have water here.
Came down the road ,with all the dogs just behind him.Looking forward to returning soon. Nice place with good views towards the road.Thanks for all you do.
Our first night with "boondockers welcome" was a wonderful! Our host came to greet us just a couple minutes after we pulled in - he was very welcoming and friendly and made sure we didn't need anything. We loved all his dogs! It was a nice level spot and easy to pull into. Very peaceful and quiet - slept with the window open to listen to the country nighttime sounds. We slept great! Ready to experience another boondockers welcome!
Great country farm location! Extremely quiet. You'll enjoy the country air.
Hosts are very busy with farm work but found time to meet and talk with us. Great, friendly and outgoing. Very generous and helpful folks. Another BW person on site. Lots of separation during Covid. No utilities at site but great solar potential for those with solar systems. Roads are gravel but solid. If you watch TV, there are multiple channels available. Just go on the web (Antennaweb.org ) and plug in the address. Or just point your antenna to 355.0° for a lot of channels.
Extremely quiet. Livestock on property but not in proximity to your rig. There is fence separation. There are also woodpeckers, coyotes and bald eagles also in the area. Kinda cool to watch! There is also a nearby river for kayaking. Rockford, Ill is within 30 minutes for supplies and restaurants. There are several sites. All seem to be close to level. Our rig is 42' long and 20,000 lbs. With dry weather, any space on site would be easy to get into. With larger rigs, (especially in wet weather) it may require backing to your site from the main road. No trees, so its easy backing.
With the Hosts OK, we would stay here again. Thank you for the stay opportunity!
We really loved it here at the farm. It is so beautiful and peaceful out here. The animals are so fun to watch. And most of all, the host is so generous and we ennoyed getting to chat with him. We appreciate very much getting to stay on his land! Thanks for a great weekend!
What a beautiful place, and awesome hosts ! Beauty and serenity abound on this quiet, lovely farm. Be greeted by cows,sheep,goats and a hard working pack of gorgeous Great Pyrenees dogs.Buck is my favorite 😊) Our hosts were by far the BEST part of our stay, warm, welcoming, and a pleasure to spend time with. We throughly enjoyed every minute of our stay😁 THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !....till we meet again !
Thank you Dennis!!
This was our first time camping with the tt, and it couldn’t be any better. We loved meeting and chatting with Dennis. The beauty of the nature, peacefulness and the farm feel were great. We had a special weather with double rainbows, rain and sunshine while we were taking care of two tiny ducklings that were abounded during one of the best sunsets.
Thanks for sharing your time, helping us back in and hosting us Dennis! I’m looking forward to paddling the river with you.
I enjoyed my stay at Dennis Ranch. He was very accommodating and helpful. I appreciate him letting me stay on his property.
Grand View Acres was so peaceful and quiet, the cows gentle mooing was not even bothersome. Since this was a last minute, in and out, we were so grateful for the hosts' accommodating nature! Their messages were filled with great and interesting information, will absolutely be back!
The most hard working family I've met. They go above and beyond to help their guests. Their farm is so beautiful, the best views on the hill here 😍. Favorite Boondock ❤
I can not speak more highly then this family. Waking up to the the most beautiful sunsrises, and Watching the sunsets in different colors! I was able to learn a bit more about the farm, and how much (blood,sweat,and tears) work truly goes into having such a gorgeous farm. I love meeting all the animals, and of course getting to know the family that makes everything possible. Can't wait to go back someday soon.
This member is beyond generous and kind. They (husband and wife) always go above and beyond to try to help me out. This place is my favorite 😍 stay! It has wonderful people and animals to get to know.
I fell in love with this campsite the very first day. The hosts are accommodating and respectful. They are the most hardworking people I've met. Our host even shared the birth of a calf while we were there. They treat you as if you were family. I'd definitely go back, or recommend anyone to come stop by!
Host and dogs were very welcoming, even to our energetic pup. Our meeting was pleasant and educational. We learned much about the realities of farm life. We enjoyed a very relaxing evening looking over beautiful farmlands. Thank you for making our first BW experience a good one.
Stayed one night, pretty green pastures. Level rock pad. Black white cow slept next to us in the grass, think it liked wind break we provided. Working farm so not much time for visiting, very nice couple. Dogs were cute, warmed up to us quickly.
We had a wonderful time at Grand View. Quiet, peaceful, and as the name suggests, great views. They have lots of animals, space and super friendly. I highly recommend this location is getting away from it all is one of your criteria.
Fantastic! We needed a place to stay at the last minute, and they were very responsive and generous. Their property is beautiful and we really got away from it all—very few if any traffic sounds.
We had our dog with us and they did a great job of explaining what was needed with his dogs to make it a good experience for all of us. We also enjoyed the conversation with them and learning about the property and sheep/cow/goat raising. I found this to be a lovely first time experience Boondockingwelcome, and I’m excited to visit more places because of this experience.
Nice location. We had a peaceful stay at Grand View Acres. The hosts were inviting and super-friendly.
This place hit home for me. When I first heard the term "boondocking”, this is exactly how I pictured it: beautiful landscape and calming sunsets, behaved animals and relaxing sounds of nature, friendly and helpful hosts, level/dry ground, safe property, and all-around easy stay. Hosts like this make boondockerswelcome.com a success. I wish I could have stayed longer!
If you are even remotely in their area, do yourself a favor: request a stay here. After a year full timing, this experience easily hit my “top 3” list of great boondocking locations in the USA. We sincerely hope to cross paths again.
We spent two nights, the farm is very pretty with grazing animals and green rolling hills. Dennis & Laura were friendly and invited us to a cookout one evening.
We had a great stay on Dennis and Laura's farm. They let us stay right on their long driveway to avoid the soggy ground. Dennis and Laura were very friendly and a wealth of knowledge about farm life. We enjoyed having BBQ with them and getting to know them.