Written by: Jessica Bolts
Whether you’re seeking adventure from out of state, or are an avid nature explorer, camping along the shoreline might be new territory. What makes camping along a sandbar different than a traditional campground? There are many perks to both types of camping, but shoreline camping has a few unique aspects that should give you cause to want to give it a try.
Of course, being along the shore means that you are next to a lake or river, which results in some beautiful sunsets. The up-close view of the sun glistening on the water creates the perfect scenery and soothing ambiance after a long, fun-filled day. Photo opportunities are a bonus.
Another perk of camping so close to a body of water is the sounds of the shoreline. The soft wake can create a relaxing lullaby to fall asleep to at night. If you are a person that needs sleep therapy in order to fall asleep properly, then camping along the sandbar is the way to go. What better way to satisfy your need for white noise than with the authentic sounds of a Wisconsin lake or river?
Swimming whenever is another big perk. Camping by the shore provides your own swimming “pool” at the ready. There’s no long trail to get to the water, especially for a quick cool off. It can get pretty toasty by the sandbar if the temperature allows. Luckily with the lake or river by your side, a quick dip is always an option to beat the heat. A tent on a traditional campground can provide shade for a way to cool off, but a few seconds in the lake water gives instant gratification.
For campsite purposes, the sand is a more pliable terrain that can easily secure your items in the ground. Fortunately, with Shoreline Inclusive Camping you don’t have to worry about the hassle of the set-up, but it’s still nice to know that your “beersbee” pole or umbrella stick will be a breeze to assemble.
On land, a traditional campsite requires some sort of a protective sole. There are many precarious twigs, plants, and bugs to potentially step on in a grassy campground. However, shoes are optional in a sandbar setting because a floor made of sand allows you to go barefoot and feel free! There’s nothing like the feeling of sand between your toes and becoming one with nature.
Lions, tigers, and bears? Oh no. Not along the shoreline. By the lake, there is less fear of wilderness creatures making a visit to your tent during the night. You won’t have to worry about tying your food up in a tree branch or anything of the sort. A sandbar offers a safe and secluded corner of the world where you and the forest animals can live in peace -on opposite sides of the lake.
Whether it’s your first or 50th time camping, the shoreline is an opportunity for a change of scenery for your summer vacation plans. Explore a different side of nature. Find out for yourself and see what you like about camping on a sandbar.