Fishing & Boating
Camp 28 resort is located right on the shore of Rib Lake with easy-access public boat launches and fishing docks right across the street. Bring home a catch of musky, largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, and panfish from this 320-acre lake with a max. depth of 12 feet. In addition to the lake, many other waterways and flowages are nearby for fishing enthusiasts of all stripes.
Trails & Outdoor Recreation
Hit the trails and don’t look back! Camp 28 has on-site access to ATV and snowmobile trails that weave throughout the wild Taylor County forests. The local area is also home to dedicated and multi-use trails for horseback riding, biking, cross-country skiing, and hiking, including local legs of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Ice Age Trail – Multiple locations – Pavillion – .4 miles / East Lake Segment – 6.5 miles
Rib Lake is honored to be an Ice Age Trail Community.
Taylor County is home to approximately 65 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. We proudly have the most of any Wisconsin county! Winding through public, county, and US National Forest Service land, the Ice Age Trail immerses hikers in the geological formations and landscapes sculpted by glacier movement from long ago. To ensure an unbroken natural experience, the Ice Age trail is reserved for foot travel only. Start at one of the many Taylor County trailheads to enjoy this fascinating terrain year-round with a day trip or thru hike. Backpackers may camp along the trail provided that the camp is at least 50 feet from the trail and 75 feet from any water source. Use Camp 28 as home base or as part of your back country rest stop. The Ice Age Trail is maintained by volunteers and is part of a 600-mile trail system crossing Wisconsin from Lake Michigan in the east, to the St. Croix River in the west.
Timm’s Hill National Trail – Observation Tower – 13.2 miles / W3206 Co. Rd. RR – 13.4 miles
This trail spans 10 beautiful miles on Taylor County’s northeastern edge, connecting the Ice Age Trail with Timm’s Hill in Price County. Timm’s Hill is the highest natural point in Wisconsin. This free non-motorized, multi-use path is open for hiking and biking in summer months and is groomed for diagonal skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing in the winter months. Horses are allowed on the trail from May 1st to November 15th. Please note that sections of the trail is closed during gun hunting season. Camp 28 provides close access to the southern trailhead parking area is located at Rusch Preserve on Highway C in Taylor County just south of Rustic Road #1. While most of the trail is grassy terrain, the southern one-half mile was rebuilt in 2016 to include a kiosk with historical artifacts and a hillside rock wall of over 90 feet. Timm’s Hill Trail is maintained by volunteers.
Winter Snowmobile/ATV Trails – Multiple locations
A winter hotspot for snowmobilers and off-road vehicles– the only reason to stop exploring Taylor County is an empty gas tank! Ride through the backwoods of Taylor County on over 300 miles of snowmobile trails. Eleven local snowmobile clubs groom and maintain trails for maximum performance so Winter ATV use is only permitted when the temperature is under 28 degrees. Start your adventure right at Camp 28. Consider connecting to Price County Trails through the Pine Line Rail Trail. With 500 miles of groomed trails, Price County Trails offer unique opportunties like driving through the 800,000 acre Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest or take a trip to the highest geographical point in Wisconsin – Timm’s Hill.
Many flock to the Rib Lake area for a chance to stalk their next big trophy in the surrounding public hunting lands. Camp 28 keeps the light on for you while you hit your stand or blind. For all you bird hunters, we are a pet friendly hotel.
MRC Sportsman’s Club – N6337 State Hwy. 13, Medford – 8 miles
Located just north of Medford in Taylor County, MRC Sportsman’s Club is a renown sport shooting club. They have an 80-acre, vehicle-accessible sporting clay course; 5-stand field; lighted trap field; and pistol range. Heated, indoor facilities allow year-round shooting rain or shine! Inquire about our Junior Marksman Program. Young people from ages 12 to 18 can learn to shoot competitively in the Junior Marksman Program. Next time the range calls, set your sights on MRC Sportsman’s Club!
Northwoods Archers – N2314 Pirus Dr., Withee – 30.2 miles
Looking for a family-friendly adventure? Check out the Northwoods Archers archery range just west of Medford! This 84-acre recreation area features a public archery range and target courses that bring archers face-to-face with lifelike targets, including some exotic encounters like dinosaurs, baboons and jackalope. The clubhouse building can be reserved to accommodate groups for social gatherings and educational events.
Pirus Public Shooting Range – 11 miles West of Medford on Pirus South of Hwy. 64 – 31 miles
The Pirus Public Shooting Range offers shooters a safe place to take aim just west of Medford! Improve accuracy and precision in this well-designed public range that is equipped with safety features and measures to reduce noise pollution. This free gun range benefits all local and visiting sportsmen in Taylor County. Please practice their high standards of conduct and responsible handling of firearms.
Little Hills Hunting Preserve – W15023 County Rd. S, Gilman – 41.4 miles
Little Hills Hunting Preserve features 300 acres of the finest pheasant hunting landscape in Taylor County! Eight diverse fields have ideal terrain for hunting pheasant and chukars. You are sure to have an exhilarating expedition. Little Hills also offers guide and dog hunts, sporting clay shooting, and a newly expanded clubhouse. Start your bird hunting adventure near Gilman.
Local Area & Other things to do:
Camp 28 is just a short stroll from the downtown area of the village of Rib Lake, which is home to retail shops, a public library, laundromat, other local businesses, and public parks. Wildlife viewers and birders can also see a treasure trove of species, starting from our very own parking area where a family of Ospreys make their nest.
Hanke’s Little Bohemia – 806 Mc Comb Ave., Rib Lake – .4 miles
Sport’s Page Bowl – 1174 W. Broadway Ave., Medford – 19.1 miles
Tomahawk Bowl – 309 W. Wisconsin Ave., Tomahawk – 32.7 miles
True Value – 700 Mill Ln., Rib Lake – .3 miles
Dollar General – 1215 WI HWY 102, Rib Lake – .4 miles
Walmart – 1010 N. 8th St., Medford – 16.2 miles
County Market – 160 Medford Plaza, Medford – 17.2 miles
Trig’s – 662 N. 4th St., Tomahawk – 33.6 miles
Broadway Theatre – Medford – 14.8 miles
Tomahawk Theatre – Tomahawk – 25.0 miles
Cosmo Theatre – Merrill – 26.7 miles
Huey’s Hideaway Children’s Museum – Medford – 14.8 miles
Lake View Park & Campground – 305 Park Row, Rib Lake – .5 miles
Spirit Lake Campground – N101 Little Spirit Dr., Rib Lake – 5.4 miles
Camp 8 Camping – Camp 8 Rd., Rib Lake – 6.7 miles
The Eastwood Campground – Forest Rd. 104, Westboro – 11.9 miles