A Quiet Place With Lots of Space

We are truly a campground that centers on a peaceful environment for our campers.

Family Owned and Operated

The Playful Goose Campground is located on the Rock River and offers 156 acres of fun and relaxation. The Playful Goose Campground is nearby the Horicon Marsh. Here you can observe its famous population of hundreds of thousands of Canadian geese in the spring and the fall. The Rock River is also a great place to see rare herons and egrets. With a new family of eagles growing up here, you have a unique opportunity to see these majestic birds as they glide through the beautiful landscape.

This varied congregation of birds began thousands of years ago with geese, egrets, and herons. The pelicans were introduced just recently as the last birds to arrive. The combination of these amazing birds and the vast, unobstructed natural areas of the Rock River and Horicon Marsh feels like a step back in time – a time before urbanization and man-made busyness, the way things used to be. The Horicon Marsh, Rock River, and their inhabitants are must-sees when you visit the Playful Goose Campground.

  We are a pet-friendly campground!

Water Features

Indoor Pool

Indoor Pool

Open everyday between Fri. May 26th @ 5pm - Mon. Sept. 4th. Then weekends only until Oct. 1st. Same as office hours, extended on holiday weekends.

River trailer

Rock River



Why we're different than your typical campground.

We don’t try to entertain our guests with waterpark rides, planned activities, or other outlandish ways to entertain the children while the parents have time alone. We offer activities for the whole family to share in. The Swimming pool, game-room, shuffleboard, horseshoes, 2 playgrounds, fishing along the shore, and taking a canoe ride are the activities a family can do together. But the most rewarding experience here is the vast amount of wildlife that abound. This property is a wildlife sanctuary and all the deer and turkey know this. We have over 60 deer and 40 turkey, and thousands of different birds from humming birds to egrets and blue herons. Many campers are amazed to see these animals up close. Often, it is the first hand exposure to nature and wildlife in it’s natural state they experience that brings them back.

Campers are first attracted to our spacious sites… like having their own yard to stretch-out, hang a hammock, play Frisbee with the dog, or cook-out on the grill… all without bumping into their neighbor. Our plan was to give plenty of space on a site and never “sardine” campers close together.

Campground Amenities

Just some of the fun things to do at The Playful Goose Campground

Paddle Boats, Kayaks, Rowboats & Canoes, SUP Boards

Bicycle trail (The Wild Goose State Trail) 3 miles West

Hiking Trails - Indian Trail, Ridge Trail, and Shady Oaks Trail

Completely furnished game room

Shuffleboard, Horseshoes, Volleyball, & Playgrounds

Fishing with a pier on the Rock River

Large, well-maintained indoor heated swimming pool

Fishing on the Nature Pond, (unstocked, habitat for smaller fish)

What do our customers think?

Quiet, peaceful, hospitable, and spacious. They have pretty much everything a traveler needs: wood, propane, and showers. The Playful Goose also has a well equipped store, a social/play room, and an indoor pool. If you are looking for a party place, look elsewhere. I appreciate the peaceful wooded park. The staff were super accommodating and helpful.

BERKEY, 2021

Hidden gem of a campground.
Well maintained grounds, knowledgeable friendly staff, and a nice indoor pool. The seasonal campers are also very friendly and quiet hours are well enforced to ensure a great family experience. Perhaps, most notably, the camp store is 2nd to none, if just about anything breaks on your camper while staying there – seriously.
If you are looking for a quiet place to camp and enjoy nature (river with boat rentals and hiking trails) while having the convenience of full hookups, this campground is absolutely worth considering.


Owners are changing some things and doing a great job. Clean & friendly campground. We have a son with Autism that after becoming a seasonal this year has started coming out of his shell and getting better. The staff and owners are very friendly and helpful with anything you may need. We travel 3hrs every week to come to the campground passing campgrounds along the way to come here and will continue to do so. Great job.

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