CAMPING SERVICE OVERVIEW
Experience a secluded 2 day paddle & camp excursion just minutes from Madison! This is a unique chance to paddle the Sugar River from Belleville down to the Albany Wildlife Area with an overnight at a private riverside campsite half way! Options are available for individuals, groups, and organizations.
What to Expect:
Your riverside camping excursion starts in Belleville at the Community Park. Please park in the large gravel parking lot as you enter the park. Arrive around 12:30pm on the first day, with departure down the river aimed for 1:00pm. Your first day of paddling will take you roughly 10 miles down river to the private riverside campsite. There will be an opportunity to stop about half way at the Exeter Park where porta potty bathrooms are available. This is also a great place to take a break, go swimming, and have a snack. The time to the park is about 2 hours at an easy going pace. After your break, about another 2 hours down river, is your private riverside camp site. The campsite is set up with a gazebo, gas grill, picnic table, fire pit, and various games like corn hole, Frisbee, and crochet. You will also be provided with cooking pots and pans, cutlery, utensils, fresh water, firewood, and use of a porta potty. The property the campsite is located on has nature trails with a mix of prairie grasses, wooded areas, and lots of shoreline for fishing as well as a small beach area for swimming. The next morning it’s back on the river for about 12 miles of paddling. This usually takes about another 4 hours. Groups should head out in the morning by 11am to get to the destination at the north end of the Albany Wildlife Area around 3pm. You will be met at the Hwy EE take out and transported back to the Community Park in Belleville.
Large Groups & Organizations:
Large groups and organizations are welcome! Although the campsite is private, it has a large group camp area for scout groups, family reunions, large groups of friends, and company retreats. Special rates are available for groups of ten or more, please call or email for a quote.
Individuals & Small Groups:
From just a few friends to a couple’s weekend, this is the spot! A limited number of secluded sites are available on a first come first serve basis. Online reservations can be made through the “Book Now” button below.
Gear & Equipment:
Feel free to use your own paddling and camping gear or rent what you need from us. With your rental of a canoe or kayak comes paddles, safety vests, and dry bags. You can also rent a 2/3 person tent or a large family tent. Sleeping bags with a liner and pillow are also available if needed. With your rental, paddling equipment will be ready for you riverside and your camping gear will be set up for you at the site. Individuals with their own gear/equipment are responsible for their own equipment transport and set up.
Canoe – 2/3 Person 18’ Aluminum $85 each canoe
Kayak – Single Person 10’ Plastic $65 each kayak
Tent – 2/3 Person $75 each tent
Tent – Family $100 each tent
50* Sleeping Bag/Liner/Pillow $15 each person
Use of Campsite Amenities & Shuttle Service $25 each person
Food, Clothing, and other items:
You will need to pack and bring the food and beverages you need. Coolers, a change of clothes, and supplies brought to the meeting point in Belleville will be transferred to a Sugar River Outfitter’s vehicle and delivered to the camp site. Please limit coolers, and personal bags to a minimum. You are encouraged to bring water bottles and snacks with you while you paddle. Preparing food is up to the campers to do. Please bring only what you need!