Pelican Lake Campground

If you’ve ever considered RV camping in the far north of Wisconsin, one of the best places to do so is at Pelican Lake Campground. When you choose a campsite at Pelican Lake Campground, you’ll have access to full hookups for your RV rental along with a fire ring, picnic table, and a dump station. If you’re bringing the whole family along for the adventure, there are tons of activities to enjoy within the campground boundaries, like volleyball, horseshoes, and shuffleboard. There’s also a very large swimming pool with plenty of inflatables to sunbathe on. You don’t even need to leave the campground to run your errands; there’s a coin-op laundromat where you can clean your clothes and a general store stocked with all the essentials for a gourmet campfire dinner.Pelican Lake is located in a rather remote part of Wisconsin, popularly known as the Northwoods. The RV campground is almost two hours' drive from the nearest interstate, though two-lane Highway 45 runs right alongside the lake. It’s also nearly two hours' drive from Green Bay and even farther from Eau Claire, two of the nearest metropolitan areas to Pelican Lake. The closest town is Rhinelander, which serves as the commercial hub of the Wisconsin Northwoods region and one of its most popular tourist destinations. It’s nearly a half hour’s drive from the campground and where you’ll need to go to pick up anything not available at Pelican Lake’s general store.

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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works


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Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.


Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

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Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.


Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

The Northwoods are Wisconsin’s premier outdoor recreation region, with vast forests and innumerable lakes to enjoy - Pelican Lake is just one of them, but it’s also one of the area’s best. The 3,500-acre lake is easily accessed from several public boat launches, and there’s an abundant stock of bass, pike, walleye, and musky to fish for. Kayak and canoe rentals are available in Rhinelander if you need to pick up a boat. There are also several sandy beaches along its shore where you can lounge or go for a swim.If you’re searching for a place to picnic while exploring Rhinelander, you can’t do much better than Almon County Park. There are lots of grassy areas to spread out a blanket, read a good book, and chow down on some delicious dishes from a nearby restaurant or grocery store. Two trails run through the park, both of them around a mile in length, and an easy stroll. Buck Lake, on the park’s north side, is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day.Go a bit farther north, into the state’s lake district, and you can hike through some of the region’s famed cranberry bogs. While not as well-known as New England’s, Wisconsin is actually the leading producer of cranberries. A tour of the bogs will show the hard work that goes into growing these sweet morsels. Afterward, you can enjoy some treats containing them, like sausages, cookies, and bread, back at the gift shop.

Exploring the City

As the only town in the area with a significant population, Rhinelander will be your best bet for attractions while camping with an RV in the Northwoods. It’s also the only town near Pelican Lake where you’ll find any kind of variety for restaurants and nightlife. Rhinelander's dining scene ranges from low-cost diners to high-end steakhouses, but one thing is for sure, this is meat-and-potatoes country. Also, since this is the Upper Midwest, you can’t leave Rhinelander without trying the pasties. A favorite of Cornish miners who immigrated to the region in droves during the 19th century, the simple meat, potatoes, and gravy-filled pasty is a great picnic food or trail snack.If you’re looking for things to do during your motorhome camping trip, Pioneer Park is one of the most popular attractions in Rhinelander, drawing loads of families throughout the summer tourist season. The park complex contains a one-room schoolhouse, a rail depot, a large model train set, a logging museum, and a museum dedicated to the Civilian Conservation Corps. Together they tell the story of how Rhinelander was founded (it experienced rapid population growth after the arrival of the railroad), and how it has sustained itself through logging, paper production, and outdoor recreation.If you need some crazy roadside attractions when you camp in an RV near Rhinelander, there’s the famed Wisconsin Hodag. The pint-sized dinosaur-like critter serves as the town mascot, and a massive fiberglass statue of it sits in front of the town’s chamber of commerce building. Getting a selfie with the hodag is a must for anyone visiting Rhinelander. The hodag also lends its name to the Hodag Country Festival, a three-day music festival that’s the largest concert in the Northwoods region, drawing in big-name country artists and tens of thousands of spectators.Football fans visiting Rhineland might also enjoy a trip to the grave of John Heisman, of Heisman Trophy fame. It’s not much to see, just a barely noticeable headstone inside a nondescript cemetery, but if you love college football, it’s definitely worth seeing.

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Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.


Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.


All other types of drivable vehicles.


Questions about RVs?


What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.