A Better Big Eddy Campground

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Before you know it Big Eddy will be open. As the days get longer I wanted to let you know of some updates that we will be working on in 2021 and beyond. We are always looking at ways to reduce the run time for our diesel generator. In May we will install a new bank of storage batteries. The new batteries should increase our capacity to store even more of the sun’s energy. We are also working on a plan to increase the overall number of solar panels so that we can generate even more power on sunny days. A new and more efficient (and quieter) generator is in our future too.   

We have heard that many of you miss filling water jugs at the old hand pump. We removed the old pump in 2020 so that we could meet new safe drinking water guidelines. One of the unintended consequences of removing the old pump was that it required the electric pump to run more often to fill water jugs. To cut down on the run time of the electric water pump we plan to install a new Bison hand pump this summer.  

We will also be working with the Land Use Planning Commission on permitting to address the erosion issues at the boat launch.  

All of these improvements come at a cost and as we work hard to keep camping fees low at Big Eddy we will establish the Big Eddy Improvement Fund. We welcome donations to the fund which we hope to grow over time.  All funds raised will be exclusively used for infrastructure improvements at Big Eddy.  When you visit this year we would be happy to chat more about all the projects that we have in mind. 

Chewonki Big Eddy Fundraising Challenge

Many visitors, even long-time friends of Chewonki Big Eddy Campground don’t know that we’re a fully registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Chewonki purchased Big Eddy in 2002 along with 75 acres of timberland to ensure river access for youth programs, natural history education, and whitewater kayaking.

We have continued to operate as a public campground and fly-fishing mecca in recognition of the generations of Northwoods enthusiasts who consider Big Eddy a home away from home.

As a non-profit, we also rely on the generous contributions of folks like you to help maintain and improve Big Eddy. We’re launching a two-year campaign to raise $58,000 for a variety of improvements for Big Eddy, including:

New solar panels & propane generator
Cabin improvements
Campground amenities & landscaping
Upgrades to the water system
Repairs to the boat launch & more!

Please help us renew and improve Big Eddy by making a tax-deductible gift to the Big Eddy Improvement Fund today.

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