2017 Summer Campout

Friday, July 21 2017 to Sunday, July 23 2017

8604 Atkins Road, Hiles, WI 53235

For Members Only!

For all MAS members interested, please email Paul Borchardt at paulborchardt@att.net

The last time the MAS had a campout was back in 2010 at the Yanko farm. After a long drought of no campouts mainly because we had no place to go, (the state parks have gotten real expensive for group sites and the fees are nonrefundable if the weather is bad), we now have a great place to go thanks to an invitation form Tom Maxwell and his wife Toni. They are willing to host a campout this July during the new moon on their land in Hiles Wisconsin, which is a little north of Crandon in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

We’ll have electricity, water, and a port-a-john available to use. Pine lake is right there and Tom has a pontoon boat and several ATVs that we will be able to use also. Near to the area is Three lakes which has Three Lakes Winery and they do Winery Tours. Tom says he’ll probably come up with more day time options too.

For those who want to come to the star party but can’t see staying in a tent for the weekend there is lodging within minutes. They are:

Pine Lake Pub & Cafe - they have a cabin rental - and good food and drinks obviously.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
10735 W Pine Lake Rd
Argonne, WI 54511
(715) 649-3220

Little Pine Motel - affordable rooms within a couple minutes.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
9245 WI-32
Argonne, WI 54511
(888) 541-4150


A Message From Tom Maxwell

Depending on how wet it is this time of year will determine much about the dreaded mosquito's - I do fog the field and that usually works pretty good but I don't think we will want a fogger running around the telescopes so anything you put out there - have people bring plenty of deep woods off or other repellent - I recommend the kind that is at least 25% deet as that also is supposed to work on ticks as well - other than that just give us an idea of how many people you think might be coming - my wife (Toni) was saying it would be nice to get a rough RSVP count by mid-June / early July so we know how much sloppy joe and tuna salad to make well ahead of time. We have a small weber there and a tripod fire pit grate as well as about 6-8 hot dog sticks.

We are pretty flexible and I have never been to a star party so much of it I will leave up to you - I am not sure the edicate but I assume mainly no bright lights...

We only really ask that everyone try to bring a dish, a cold salad, hot dogs, chips, brats etc - you know up north chow and clean up after themselves and have fun.


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