Age: 65+

Member since December 2017

A retired RVer with a wife of 55 years and one dog.

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A retired educator who spent 30 years in Missouri public education. Retired young (in 1996) in order to travel. My wife, dog and I live on 2 acres near Springfield, Missouri. My hobbies include travel and woodworking.

JMilligan44's Pets

Yes. One, well behaved, mixed breed dog.

JMilligan44's Hometown

The Northeast edge of Springfield, MO

JMilligan44's Guest Details

JMilligan44's Rig

Rig Type: Class B

22 feet long

A 2002 Winnebago Rialta. No tow vehicle

JMilligan44's Travel Preferences

  • Travels with pets
  • Prefers an electric hookup

JMilligan44 Has 1 Host Location

Milligans Retreat

Springfield, MO, US
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References from Guests (134)


October 2021

Awesome stay!

What an awesome stay we had here! The host, (and his neighbors and family), were extremely friendly. He was also very knowledgeable in all the places to see and places to eat in the area. We will definitely be stopping here when we pass through again.


October 2021

Great Hosts!

Our hosts were awesome, they recommended some favorite places nearby and were so kind and were easy to work with. Would definitely recommend staying with them!


October 2021

Great place to stay to see Springfield.

We were passing through on our way to Florida and stopped by. He gave the best directions to his house. Was exactly as described. Pictures are spot on and helped identify his home. Level drive, power for both of us that stayed. We will be coming back through next year when we do route 66 and we will definitely stay with them. We hope they will be home so we can meet them in person.


September 2021

Nice stay!

The property was exactly as described. Nice, quiet piece of property! We enjoyed our stay at Milligan’s retreat. We will be back when passing through!


September 2021

Retirement camping

Very quiet, shared driveway with another camper, plenty of room, electric for both of us to be able to use. Owner wasn’t there but directions were great. Very easy to find off highway.


September 2021

great place

Very nice place, closet to freeway and friendly hosts.


September 2021

2nd stop

We stopped back by the Milligan's on our way home. They are such a wonderful couple. We ended up having a blow out on the turnpike and were well over 2 hours behind schedule and arrived way after dark but they still welcomed us. We are so thankful for wonderful folks like this. We will definitely be back!! Thank you again for your hospitality.


September 2021

Relaxing evening

Great host, very easy to find. Thank you for a quiet evening 😊!


September 2021

Great experience

This was our first BW experience and it could not have been better! We have family in the area and are looking forward to our next visit.


September 2021

First Stay with a Great Welcome

This was our first BW experience and it sets a high bar for future stays. JMulligan44 greeted us like family and made us feel very welcome. They made sure we had everything we needed, were friendly and shared info about the area. When a second RV was to come in for 1 night they took time to tell us. The site was ample for our 40' fifth wheel and truck. The 30 amp electric worked well and we had no issues even when using A/C or microwave. Water was available but since we'd come in full we didn't need it. The area is rural but close to stores and attractions. If we pass this way again, we will definitely request another stay.


September 2021

Nice level parking with power

It's just a short distance off Hwy but so quit and beautiful ride and area. The Hosts are very helpful and pleasant.


August 2021

Peaceful Stay!

Super cute place that was really easy to find and park. The ground was very level and it was easy to find and hookup to power. The street is very quiet and seems to be a very safe place. My two dogs loved playing in the backyard. Would definitely recommend.


August 2021

So convenient and peaceful

This was a great stop for us between long drives. Close to interstate, but country setting. We were thankful for electricity and a place to fetch our dog. We did not get a chance to interact with the hosts. Their instructions were very clear and they had a donation jar for electricity/water. Thank you for a great night's rest on a long drive!


August 2021

Smooth as silk!

Communications were friendly and thorough. They were away from the site but provided excellent directions and instructions for getting hooked up. Couldn't ask for more...


August 2021

Great location

This was a great location for doing lots of things in Springfield, Missouri. Nice country setting, yet very close to all the attractions. As usual, the host were most accommodating and informative. Spent a nice evening outside visiting. Highly recommend! Thanks again. And safe travels


July 2021

Big country yard

Nice place. Big green yard for the dogs. Watched the neighbors goats. Hosts on travel, unfortunately unable to meet. They did communicate very well via the BW site. Enjoyed our overnight. Thanks.


July 2021

Great Time!

Really enjoyed our stay. Quiet, beautiful property.


July 2021


It was a nice, quite place to stay. They were great hosts. It is an easy access off of Highway 65. We really enjoyed our time there. Would love to go back when in the Springfield area. Thanks for sharing your place with us.


July 2021

Great spot to land

these hosts were so kind and accommodating when I got delayed and couldn’t arrive until 9:30. It was a quick stay - a nice flat spot that was quiet and convenient. Thanks!


July 2021

Great location

On short notice the host accepted our request to stay at their location. Our tow car had an accident and the repair shop was located a short distance away. Very quiet and peaceful night’s rest!


July 2021

These are some really Great people!!!

This is our 2nd stay with them and it was very pleasant. Our dogs played in the big yard while we sat in lawn chairs in the shade and talked. They are great hosts and we consider them friends. Site is level with 30 amp service. Easy to get to and back into. Thanks again


July 2021

Great place to rest

Host was very kind and welcoming. Has water and electricity for a small donation. Fast to get in and park TT. Host several good recommendations and s plesant conversationist.


July 2021

Great stay! What a sweet couple!

This couple was so welcoming! We pulled up to their garage that is adjacent to their home where we had electric hookup and access to the water hose at their house. They made us feel right at home and let us use their very nicely groomed backyard and firepit. We were able to let our animals run around freely and get some much-needed exercise. They also let us in on some must-dos while we were in the area. We will definitely go back there if we are in the area!


July 2021


My pups and I had a great time at the Milligan Farm. Pat and Jerry are accommodating, generous and shared some great stories!
Their place is beautiful and easily accessible for a rig.
I will definitely be back. I strongly recommend this stay do to the hosts' hospitality and the amenities.


July 2021

Wonderful stay

Very convenient close to town easy to maneuver in to and level. Host t was very helpful and met us upon our arrival. Went above and beyond with suggestions for a place for dinner. Will definitely stay here again if we’re passing through the area.


June 2021


These friendly hosts communicated so well with us even though they were traveling themselves. The site was ready for us and the Milligan’s had someone meet us and give us orientation to amenities of the site. I loved how well they stayed in touch. The property is well maintained, level, with elec. the drive to get to it fun, hilly and true country. It will stay on our list of desired sites!!


June 2021

First BW was a great start

I wanted to spend time with my son and his family. They didn't have yard room . So I joined BW. WOW what a great concept. And the Milligan's were the perfect first host. I will think of them when I want to come back to Springfield. I can't say enough how great it was. Lots of room even goats next door bleating lol a nice country feel but close to town. Felt very safe as a single women traveling alone.


June 2021


I stopped here for an overnight stay. Really enjoyed meeting the host and his wife. Very nice people, my only regret is that I didn't get to spend more time with them and get more acquainted. It was easy to locate and plenty of room to back in. I hope to stop there on my way back.


June 2021

Wonderful stay!

We're met when we arrived by very nice host!
Location was very close to everything that you could want to do around Springfield but enough out in the country to be quiet and nice. Very nice and interesting couple we had a chance to get to know. Would recommend and will stay here again when we pass this way in the future thank you for your time and guidance to things to do and see around the area.
The Smiths


June 2021

Our stay

Was very nice stay and very friendly people and there little dog was very friendly as well. We would stay here again very roomy and quite.


June 2021

Perfect Stay!

Great host! Very welcoming and fun to visit with! Parking spot was perfect.


June 2021

Great Hosts!

Milligans retreat is a great place to stay and the hosts are so welcoming. It was easy to find and convenient to the interstate. We had a great visit with them and would stay again!!


June 2021


Great first stay with Boondockers. Had a wonderful time. Great stories around the campfire. Will definitely want to stay here again when in the area.
Free dump station 5 miles away.


June 2021

Great Stay

Jerry & Pat are great people!! We were treaded just like family. We got to meet Rusty & Flash! ( Rusty is the dog and Flash is the cat) we enjoyed seeing them every day. If you are in their area request a stay with them you won't be disappointing!!
We will be staying with them again.


May 2021

Great people

One of our best stays yet. Rusty and Flash kept us entertained. We really appreciate you letting us stay and look forward to seeing you again!


May 2021

Quite relaxing spot

This place is very quiet. The hosts are wonderful and friendly. But rusty is a bit nosey(the dog)lol. We saw deer at the end of the road. Short drive to most places. 50 minutes towe will be back Branson.


May 2021

Country spot, close to city

Wonderful, quiet place to spend the night. Perfect place to park our 40-foot 5th wheel. Welcoming hosts who we enjoyed visiting with. Wish we had more time to see some sights in the area, but look forward to a return visit with this hospitable couple.


May 2021

Wonderful hosts and location

We had such a good time here. Stories around the fire pit and stories of the circus. So much to do in the area that we needed more than one night. Hope to be back in the future. Thank you so much for your hospitality.


May 2021

Lovely spot quiet country road

Very nice spot! Our pup Peaches loved having room to run around in the grassy area around their home! Rusty was very sweet to tolerate our pup and her enthusiasm! Thanks for sharing your place and helping with our water pump issue!


May 2021

Great stay in Springfield!!!

Awesome place to land for the night with water available and 30 amp hookups — flat gravel driveway to park on, large backyard for dogs to run, super awesome, helpful, friendly hosts! We would definitely stay here again!!!! Thanks for a great stay! PS — their little dog is THE CUTEST EVER!!!! 😍


May 2021


Quite peaceful neighborhood. Easy parking. Dog friendly. We enjoyed our stay


May 2021

Ultra Host!

Jerry and Pay are not only some of the kindest people you will ever meet, they are also highly experienced at RV living. The location is great and very conveniently close to Springfield. The Milligan's are great!


May 2021

Great hosts

Very helpful & accommodating hosts. Make sure to ask about their 15 years with Carson & Barnes Circus! While there we visited Fantastic Caverns (which were fantastic), Bass Pro Shop (recommended by hosts, definitely a fantastic must see), and Lambert's (home of throwed rolls--another must see). We had a great stay and would not hesitate to request again if we ever make it back to the area.


April 2021

Another Wonderful Visit

On my very first RV trip, I stayed with the Milligans on both my first night out and last night out. On the return visit, it was like coming home. Thank you so much for making me welcome, advising me, and being such good friends as I start my RV adventure. I look forward to seeing you again!


April 2021

Great spot near Springfield

This was our first BW stay! We stayed here for one night. The host was kind enough to provide a 50 amp hookup for us ($5 donation). He was very kind and generous with his land and suggestions for the area. We really enjoyed ourselves and felt welcome and safe. We have a 42’ fifth wheel and a long bed F350 and were able to back it all in just fine.


April 2021

Great stay in Springfield!

We really enjoyed our time here. Although Milligan wasn’t there most of the time we stayed the communication was incredible and we felt absolutely welcome. The property is outside the hustle of the city but close enough to enjoy all Springfield has to offer. Quiet and beautiful, it was just right. We were happy to meet Milligan just as we prepared for departure and hope to visit again next time we’re in the area.


April 2021

Country, but close to the city

Our hosts were out on a trip of their own, so we coordinated our stay via the phone. Access was easy, we pull a 44 foot toyhauler and had no problem getting parked. Is a great area, quiet country setting, but close to, with easy access to attractions. We really enjoyed our stay.


April 2021

Again, Just like OUR FIRST TIME, Again

Thanks Miligan's Retreat. What a treat for the second time in two years.
YOU were the first hosts ever to have us on this platform. You did us right then, as you did it right this time.
The trees are in bloom on 4-11-21. Love the Redbud tree so bright in fushia pink in the front yard.
See you soon, I guarantee it. Class act!!


April 2021

Great location and host

Great spot right off hey had a good visit from a distance 😊
Sorry forgot to leave this last year


April 2021

Great quiet rural setting

We enjoyed our stay at Milligans Retreat. The hosts are very welcoming offering power connections and the ability to refill fresh water tanks. It is a quiet rural setting. There was plenty of room for our 45' motorhome.


April 2021

Restful Night at Milligans Retreat

We really enjoyed our time at Milligan’s Retreat. Our host was there to great us when we arrived. He made we got backed in all right and settled. The location is great and a short drive from the highway. We only spent one night, but will sure to be back on our next time thru this area. Unfortunately we didn’t have more time to spend with our hosts and there super friendly little dog. Thanks for our stay.
Based on our host recommendation we stopped by Pro Bass. All I can say is it was Amazing.


March 2021

A Great First Host

I am so grateful that my first night out in my first RV was spent at Milligan’s Retreat. From the moment I arrived, I was made to feel right at home by my hosts and their sweet pup. Milligan’s Retreat is conveniently located and easy to find. Just look for the shop doors in the photo! It is a lovely, quiet setting, and I enjoyed hearing the birds and the nearby cattle. My gracious hosts kindly shared a look at their most recent project, and willingly answered my newby RV questions. Thank you so much for hosting me on my very first night out in my RV, JMilligan44! I can’t wait to stop by again!


March 2021

Quiet countryside rest stop

Our arrival time got pushed backed but with excellent communication we were able to get some much needed rest from our long day of travel. The host greeted and welcomed us in for the night. Very peaceful and quiet. Thanks for the stay.


March 2021

Lovely sweet couple

We spent 2 nights parked in the large driveway in front of their shop. Plenty of room for our 40ft bus and our tow car. Another camper was also there too, and we didn't feel cramped. It rained most of the time we were there, but we had a nice chat with the hosts and loved hearing their story the morning we left. Very hospitable and friendly. We will definitely stay again when we come through. They had a very friendly little dog that our boys like playing with.


March 2021

A very quiet stay

Enjoyed meeting the host and family. Quiet, level spot. Close to town for entertainment. Would stay again if in this area.


March 2021

Amazing couple.

Absolutely amazing hosts. We could not have asked for better. Super kind and generous.


March 2021

Always a pleasure

Mulligans Retreat is always a pleasant and peaceful place to boondock. Warm and friendly hosts.


March 2021

Absoluty fantastic

Host, came out to greet us as we backed in. Had a wonderful conversation. Very very accomodating. Even told us to stay an extra night which we did. Thank you so much.


March 2021

Thanks for another great stay

Thanks,. Thank you and your wife for the stay. Sorry we missed you, maybe another time. Money is in the jar. Gary


February 2021

Quiet Retreat

Second time we stayed. Great place - quiet - easy access - plenty of room for toad & rig. Hope to stay here again on our next travel out west.


January 2021

Very freindly and safe hosts!

only stayed a night but had a great chat with the hosts. quite country location and very friendly cat and dog greeted us. thanks!!


December 2020

Fantastic hosts

This was our first time boon-docking and our experience couldn’t have been better. Host called and gave us recommendations for activities In the area and made us feel right at home. We would definitely stay again if we are in the area.

A former member

December 2020


I was delayed because I broke down, so I ended up arriving late. They were so accommodating and welcoming to me :-)


November 2020


Wonderful host! I spent 3 nights while enjoying the Rt 66 sights in Springfield. Very friendly, easy going, nice level spot with great sunrises & sunsets. If they'll have me back, I'll visit with them again.


November 2020

Easy Access

This location. Was very easy to get to off the high way. The site was level and wide to easily accommodate our 32 foot fifth wheel and truck. We appreciated the light being on so we could see it in the dark. Would utilize again if our future travels has us out this way. We asked for social distancing due to COVID so did not interact with host other than through this site. He responded quickly to all of my inquiries. Thank you for accepting our stay.


November 2020

Another Lovely Stay

We were lucky to be able to stop back by this year on our way south. We only were able to stay one night previously so we enjoyed coming back through and staying a bit longer to check out more of Springfield and the lovely hosts. The spot is large with ample room to maneuver around and it's very level. The hosts' dog and cat are two of the best animals, every day we were greeted and got to watch them play and wrestle outside our door. It was too cute. The spot is just about 10 minutes outside of the city but you feel like you are surrounded by farmland. Great spot and we highly recommend it!


November 2020

Super nice host

We only stayed one night, but we really enjoyed our stay. Our host was super friendly and very accommodating. The kids loved meeting Rusty & Flash. The property was very quiet and the site was spacious. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset & full moon. Highly recommend seeing the Bass Pro Shop "mother" store while in the area.


October 2020

Great spot, friendly host

JMilligan44 was a very welcoming host. He was wonderful to talk to, he had so many interesting stories to tell us. He also has a really cute cat and dog. He gave us some good tips about Springfield as well. Thanks to him, our stay in Springfield was so much fun!


October 2020

Great quiet stop

Friendly hosts who had lots of great stories, advice and a sweet pup that our kids loved! They have a nice level gravel site with electric ($5) and was located not too far from downtown for things to do and see. 10/10 would recommend. :)


October 2020

Very kind and accommodating!

We accidentally requested the wrong weekend, we had just looked at the calendar wrong! Jim was so kind to let us stay anyway! He made us feel so welcome and allowed us to use his large backyard to walk our dog. We parked in his large, level driveway and were very comfortable.

We really enjoyed our stay and used our time here to explore Bass Pro Shops.

We are so thankful for his hospitality!


October 2020

Ideal BW Location and Host

Milligan's Retreat is the ideal boondocking site: easy access off the freeway, 30 amp, level driveway and peaceful. JMilligan44 is the ideal host: kind, gracious and interesting. This is our second time staying and we plan to return when we pass this way again.


October 2020

Great stay near Springfield

Great hosts. Very welcoming with lots of good local info. Easy in and out for our 40 foot fifth wheel. Host even offered 30 or 50 amp hookups for a small fee! Large open area for the dogs to play. Quiet neighborhood and great location to visit Springfield. Cars on the road in front of the house do travel very fast so watch your dogs and/or children.


October 2020

Great location, great host

We had a real nice stay at Milligan's Retreat. Only a couple miles away from freeway. Was another couple there and was no problems with each of us having dogs. Would highly recommend this location.


October 2020

Sweet people, quiet setting

What a wonderful stay we had. The couple was so sweet and welcoming, and the location was quiet and rural, yet easily accessible from the highway. Best stay ever.


October 2020

Great stay

Perfect stay for my first time as a guest! Location was awesome and hosts were very friendly. Definitely will stay again if headed that way!


October 2020

Good people & easy hookups

We were so relieved to have our first Boondockers stay be as positive as this one. These kind people had a small young dog that got along with ours, had a fire pit with chairs they generously supplied with firewood, and space for our kiddo to run around and explore. They were so thoughtful. We are currently in a Camping World up the street and so grateful they offered us to stay tonight if need be.
Cheers to these wonderful folks.
Thank you thank you!


September 2020

Quiet Overnight

Nice quiet spot. Easy in and out for our 43 foot toy hauler. The host was very friendly and told us about the nearby Bass Pro store. A must see! 500,000 square feet of everything outdoors!


September 2020

Great place to stay

We had a great time staying with this host.
It was easy to find and easy to park and they were great people to chat with.

We will definitely stop by again when we're in the area.


September 2020

Great stay!

Wonderful hosts, exceptional spot!
The hosts are two of the nicest people, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay & will request another stay next time we’re in the area.
The location is peaceful & very relaxing, rural but near enough to town for supplies & sightseeing.
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful property with us :)


September 2020


Our visit with our host couple was outstanding - great communication from the first contact, beautiful and relaxing spot to park, fun conversation. Everything about our stay was wonderful. Rusty, their cutie pie dog, was a joy to have come around!
We loved our stay and will return again!
Thank y'all for being superb hosts!

August 2020

Great spot, wonderful host!

Great spot close to town, level and easy to pull in. We loved meeting a chatting with the host. Definitely recommend!


August 2020

Wonderful Couple

Wonderful couple with lots of Fulltime RV experience and knowledge. Great conversations and a blessed stay.
Hope to enjoy their company again in the future.


August 2020

Great Experience

Our hosts were gracious and warm. Their property is idyllic and quiet. It was easy to park our 40-ft 5th wheel in the large driveway. If foreign guest were to stay, our hosts will be great Ambassadors of our country.


August 2020

A quiet an peaceful time

They hosted me for 3 nights when I could not find any weekend spots on Route 66. Spent time talking with Jerry and his neighbor and watching them mow grass! Very pleasant

Wandered through Springfield for a day, including the town square where Wild Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt had the first quick-draw shootout in the US. Wild Bill won.

If I am back that way again I will arrange a stay.


July 2020

Great Location and Host👍

Jim is a great host. He met us when we pulled up, helped us back in a perfectly level double driveway and has a 30 amp plug right there. We had a very pleasant conversation for quite a while and we played with his super friendly Snoodle pup. He has had quite a life and is very interesting to listen to. It as raining off and on and we got settled in for the night. This a great place to spend the night and we will return in the future


July 2020

Wonderful restful night

We stayed here after a 400 mile day 1 of a 10 day adventure on route 66. The site is perfectly level, quiet, easy to access, and has 30Amp clean power. We rested very well and our dogs loved the ability to stretch their legs and sniff cows. We'll stay again soon! Thank you so much!


July 2020

Sweet folks

Our hosts were welcoming, kind and gracious as always. We have family in the area, but they don't have room for our rig, so we plan to return to JMilligan44 again in the future!

Quiet Farm

July 2020

Circus Joys

We enjoyed our hosts and would have liked to learn more about their life. We had a good nights' sleep and were on our way the next day. If ever this way again, we certainly would try to stay with these fine folks.


July 2020

Great spot and wonderful hosts

While we were only staying one night, we had a great stay at Milligan’s place. We will definitely be back as there’s so much to see in the area. Getting into the space is very easy. We enjoyed chatting with our hosts and watching their pets play in the backyard. Lovely stay, we highly recommend.


July 2020

Relaxing Stay!

This was such a wonderful place to park. It is out in the country, but not too far out of town. Thank you for having us! It was so nice to stop and rest for a couple of days.


June 2020

Another nice stay

A quick trip this time, a little late getting in and left early the next morning, but our host was very understanding and accommodating. A quiet and restful setting - hopefully we'll be able to spend a bit more time there on the return trip!


June 2020

Socialially Distanced Overnight

Quick overnight stay. Host comminicated clear directions via app. Did not see host on site, no need, instructions were crystal clear. Level, gravel drive, quiet rural setting. Would stay here again.


June 2020

Pleasant stay

We enjoyed our time (short as it was) at Milligan’s Retreat. It was easily accessible from major highways, yet had a country ambiance. Our hosts were gracious and personable, and had an interesting story to tell. I would definitely stay again if in the area!


June 2020

A Beautiful Setting!

We enjoyed our stay at this beautiful location. It was peaceful and quiet and just what we needed after a long day of traveling. The hosts were wonderful and so accommodating. We would definitely come back if we are in the area again!


May 2020

We loved it!

This place was really easy to get to with our 40ft motorcoach. Nice level gravel driveway. You really feel you are out in the country. The hosts are so nice. We enjoyed visiting with them. We are staying there again on our way back through.


May 2020

Lovely space in the country

The hosts are so friendly and have so many interesting stories to share! Our kids loved their pup and wanted to bring him with us when we left. Thanks again for a wonderful stay!


May 2020

Delightful Stay!

This is a peaceful country setting, hosted by a very sweet and welcoming couple. We enjoyed walks along the paved county road (very little traffic) and watching the small herd of nanny and baby goats in the nearby neighbors' pasture. There were also a mother and father killdeer watching over their nest with 2 eggs in the field next to us. We highly recommend staying with these kind folks.


May 2020

Great Hosts, Super Location!

We had a great time visiting with JMilligan44!! Great couple with lots of RV experience and wisdom! We already have plans to stay at Milligan's Retreat again the next time we travel through the area. Highly recommend!


April 2020

Another restful stay.

I am a healthcare worker and currently on a cross country sprint from one assignment to the next, it was truly such a blessing to have this familiar spot to rest in while in Springfield. The space is large, level and so a great night's sleep here. Dearly appreciate the 30 Amp hookup and the offer for fresh water. Due to coronavirus concerns we didn't get to socialize much this trip but luckily we had gotten to hear a bit about their awesome circus journeys on our first pass through in November. Thank you so much for your kind hospitality!


April 2020

Lovely welcome

Huge thanks for a lovely welcome and a safe night's stay. Would love to have chatted more, but not easy with all the social distancing!

Will hope to visit again one day.

Highly recommended if you need somewhere in all this nonsense, or any time!


April 2020

Sheltering in (a quiet, lovely) place

Perfect hosts for the circumstances (Coronavirus, so social isolation); rather than communicate in person, we did it by text. When the Missouri State Parks suddenly closed down, JMilligan44's location and immediately accessible was just right for me to set up quickly in the evening and to leave first thing in the morning on my way home to New York . My traveling companion (puppy) was sure he was in Heaven when he saw the big green grass mowed yard and then realized he was allowed to run all over it, and we both enjoyed listening to the early spring peepers (frogs) when it grew dark and to the birds' magnificent chorus at dawn.


March 2020


Greats hosts and location...wish we could have stayed longer!


February 2020

First Boondock a Success!

Thanks for making our very first Boondockers experience wonderful. Loved the quiet country setting north of Springfield, MO. Just bought the 34' Montana 3400RL and parking it was a piece of cake due to the wide driveway. The water from their well was perfect and tasteless as it should be. Will be back and they score a perfect 10 out of 10 with us. Grateful to meet these folks. Salute!!


January 2020

Easy Stay near Springfield

I stayed two nights at this location, easy electric hookup, wide, level driveway. There was plenty of room to safely exercise my dog. The host was warm and welcoming and gave me tips on where to go the following day. The city of Springfield is fairly close by and well worth a visit!


January 2020

Milligan's Retreat

First time Boondocking! Great experience and wonderful hosts!


January 2020

Great place to stay

We enjoyed meeting the hosts and hearing about their adventures! Wonderful couple with a big heart! Great place to stay, a lot of room and it was so quiet! Best night's sleep in months!


November 2019

First trip a delight

This was our first time using Boondockers Welcome and our stay at here was a delight. Easy access, easy set-up, great communication -- what more can we say? We hope to visit again! Thanks


November 2019

Wonderful stop!

Milligan’s Retreat was a wonderful stop, easy to get to and wide/flat drive when we arrived. Very grateful for the fresh water fill-up and 30 Amp electric. Pretty, quiet country surroundings made for excellent sleeping. Enjoyed chatting with these folks about their circus days, how cool! Thanks for your warm hospitality.


November 2019

The circus fun team

What a great way to share your circus retirement adventure with us when we visited you in your cosy house. Thanks for sharing your experiences and making us feel at home.
Not going too fare as the weather is worse than in Canada☺
Regula and Walter


November 2019

Warm welcoming

A nice and warm welcoming at a beautiful clean spot.
Thanks so much for your kind hospitality and all the tips about the area to visit.
Since the weather is so awful, we just do what you recommend:


November 2019

Perfect stay!!

These hosts were over and above wonderful. Our stay here was wonderful. We enjoyed the peaceful property and good conversation as well as what the town of Springfield had to offer. As a mom of four young kids I absolutely recomend staying here.


October 2019

Too brief

Wish we could have stayed and visited more with these warm and interesting folks. They care about their guests and extend themselves to make sure guests find the location and have what they need.
Another great Boondockers Welcome experience!


October 2019

Great site and charming host

Warm welcoming ... we feel like visiting family 😊
Jerry was very friendly and give us a lot of information about what to see in the area... really appreciated!
Quiet, secure and really nice place. thanks a lot !

TandT Travel

October 2019

Wonderful stop

Gracious hosts with an easy in/easy out of their property. Our request to stay two nights was not an issue for which we were grateful.

We spent time with our hosts talking about a variety of things including things to see and do in their area.

We’ll probably stop again on our return east in Spring to do the suggested activities.

Perfect almost halfway stop for us and look forward to visiting again.


October 2019

Great Experience!

We had a great experience at the Milligan’s! We weren’t there long but it was easy to find and everything was exactly as said.

Thank you!


October 2019

Perfect place for Springfield, MO

Very easy to find and easy access to Springfield, MO. Although J and P were not home they accepted our request, and even provided power. We will stop by again when our travels bring us this way again. Hopefully we will get to meet J and P next time.


October 2019

quick overnight

thanks to the host for helping us with a quick overnight. was feeling under the weather (aka sick) but they helped with letting us hook up and relax.


May 2019

A Very Special Couple

the Best things in Life are the People (and Pets) we Love, the places we've been and the MEMORIES we've made along the way .........
We spent 3 nights in Springfield, MO area with amazing hosts and their dog.
J and P greeted us when we arrived and gave us recommendations for food and places to visit during our stay.
We took the advice to eat at Lambert's on our first night and we are so glad we did not miss that experience.
On day two, we did 2 excursions - Fantastic Caverns and the Dickerson Zoo and both were enjoyable.
On our last day we did not want to miss the chance to see the Grandaddy of outdoor stores -> Bass Pro's mothership Store ...omg ... amazing and you could actually spend an entire day there. We planned a visit in the afternoon with J and P which turned into about 8 hours and ended up including meeting one of their daughters and her husband and having dinner with them. They invited us to attend church with them the next day but we had to be on our way to the next stop.
A very special couple that we would love to spend time with again and would even be willing to join the circus with them 🤡.
Thank you for your amazing hospitality.
Valerie & Darrel 🇨🇦


May 2019

Wonderful Stay

We loved our time spent with our hosts. Special people who greeted us when we arrived, told us local points of interest and even invited us into their home when our youngest daughter got frightened during a major storm and tornado warning. We enjoyed our visit hearing their stories of the circus and learning some fun math games.
Nice level spot to park in their gravel driveway along a quiet country road yet easily accessible from the highway. Room for our dogs to roam and quaint view of the countryside and a small herd of goats next door.
We were so glad to have stayed here and hope to see them again.


April 2019

Fabulous Location

Greats Hosts, Easy access from freeway. Loved the location with the nearby goats and cows. Super quiet, peaceful and enjoyed sitting outside watching the sunset. Would highly recommend!

Thanks for letting us stay at your place!


April 2019

Fantastic stay

We had a great time staying the night.
Jag loved the fact he could roam around leash free and we may have lost a ball due to him having so much fun. They are respectful, wise, and great story tellers
We are glad we had a chance to meet them and also tour the first Bass Pro shop area and see the worlds largest fork. Hopefully when we head back west we can meet up with them again!


April 2019

Great hosts!

What a treat it was to spend time with my hosts and their family! We had dinner together and I really felt like I was part of the family. Then we spent the evening exploring my different music instruments and had a great time all together. Thanks again for being so welcoming!


March 2019


This is an exellent stay at Milligan's Reatreat. Our host was very welcoming and provided great details regarding parking, water and shore power. We wish we could have visited more our hosts! Highly recommend!!


March 2019


We can not find the right words to write down how lovely the Milligan's are, but we can guarantee that they are wonderful hosts. We were lucky / honored to spend some time with them and they gave us the ultimate American experience that we will never forget. Thank you Milligan's, for this memorial overnight stay!

Phil Medler

December 2018

Friendly Host

JMilligan44 was a perfect stop for us as we passed through. Nice large driveway to park our large rig. JMilligan was very friendly and accomodating . Thanks for the stay.


December 2018

Great communicator

Jerry called us to give us dirmorniections for electric as was not home when we were to arrive. Called later t be sure we were ok. Met with us in the morning for a short visit before we left. Hope to visit again next year. Thanks, Lois, Paul and Lille


November 2018

Kind and Accommodating

Though their regular electric hookup is 50 amp, they switched it over to 30 amp for me before I arrived. They waited for me to get there before attending a family event, and even invited me along! How nice was that? I couldn’t go, but it was really sweet. We got to talk a little in the morning before I had to get back on the road, and they invited me back. Such sweet people!


November 2018

Wonderful Hosts

This is just the place we needed! A nice quiet place for a good night's sleep. The hosts were welcoming and we enjoyed our short visit with them. We will definitely stop by again when we're in the area.


October 2018

Wonderful stay at Milligan's Retreat!

Wow, what a great experience. We really did feel like we were just stopping by to see friends. That's how quickly we were made to feel at home. Great spot to pull in for the night and ended up being invited to stay an extra night.Our hosts have great information about what to see in the area. Just downright good people!


September 2018

Very quiet and lovely place!

We were very happy to spend the night at your home. it is a very nice and quiet area. We would liked to meet you too. Thank you very much for allowing us to stay in your absence, and offered us water and electricity, very appreciated! We met Basile, the friendly neighbor, who gave us some tasty apples, and also the neighbor's dog, just adorable! If we come back one day, be sure that we will come to meet you!


September 2018

Another 5 star Host !!

Jerry and Pat were very welcoming and we had a nice (although brief( visit when we arrived. They're only minutes from the Bass Pro Shop Museum in Springfield so we spent the afternoon and early evening there. Their retreat in the country was super quiet and we appreciated that after spending the previous night at Cracker Barrel by the freeway. They welcomed us to stop again and we will do that next time we find ourselves in the Springfield area


May 2018

Biggest Hearts in The Ozarks!

Two brilliant, beautiful souls sharing their own little piece of paradise. Kinder people you will not ever meet. If they had a circus we would run away and join it! =)

J and P greeted us when we arrived and even though they had a big family event going on they took time to make sure we were settled and gave excellent advice on what to do in the area.

The site is surrounded by pastoral views and quiet country. Within 15 minutes you can go to the "beach", view a zoo, make memories in a brewery, be assaulted by rolls (we missed that one), and visit the most amazing, Disneyesque, Bass Pro Shops on the planet. Point is it's peaceful where you park but you are in the middle of it all.

Charming, entertaining, and delightful people. We miss them already. If you are within a 3 day drive of Springfield, you might strongly consider requesting a stay with J and P.


April 2018


Had a great night at the Milligans’. Very personable , lovely couple, so helpful! Even let me ride along to the grocery store. I really appreciated your hospitality and enjoyed meeting you both!


April 2018

Wonderful and convenient

Boy, after a long day of travel, it was fantastic to be able to stay with Jerry at his home-just off the highway, too. He welcomed us when we arrived and offered electricity and water. After a cheerful chat about the RV life we turned in for a grand night of sleep. Thank you so much!!!! Have fun downsizing your RV for an abundance of future adventures!

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June 2018

Nice folks

Very understanding