Alice and Frank Ward have run the Holiday Shores campground and resort since 1975. Initially, the property was only 41 acres, but the couple kept adding land. Today, the campground encompasses 169 acres along the picturesque Upper Dells portion of the Wisconsin River.
Seasonal renters occupy most of the 500 sites with RVs and units that remain in place year-round. There’s still space to rent, though, along with guesthouses, park units, cottages and motel units. Prices start at around $40 peak season for tent or RV sites, with the cabins and other “homes” ranging from $70 to $135.
Holiday Shores boasts an amazing 2,200 feet of river frontage. Not surprisingly, water sports are a major focus. Visitors can rent canoes, paddleboats, fishing boats and Jet Skis, and even go parasailing. Other activities include basketball, volleyball and shuffleboard. Fire truck and train rides, organized games, movies on a giant outdoor screen and themed weekend programming are sure to keep younger guests busy and happy. With a two-night stay, the resort throws in four free passes to the nearby Chula Vista Resort water park.