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Camp Wandawega’s Three Level Treehouse

Established in 1925, Camp Wandawega is located in Elkhorn, Wiscousin. It’s about a two hour drive from Chicago. The property has cabins, teepees, camping, bunk house and my favorite this three-level treehouse.

The treehouse was built around a massive elm tree. There are even branches going through the house and out the window. It’s three levels, with the first level being the hanging out area for eating an drinking outdoors, the second level is the main part of the house. And the third level the library loft.

It’s outfitted with Mason jar light fixtures, tree swings, and a hammock. Used as a common space for guests, one could enjoy reading a book in the loft library or take a afternoon nap in the hammock outside.

When staying at Camp Wandawega you get the full recreational camp experience. There is everything from a private beach, private fishing pier, hiking, boating, horse shoes, basketball, tennis, archery, campfires and so much more.

As Camp Wandawega says, “We’re not a proper resort by a long shot. We’re just carrying on the tradition of connecting people to the simple pleasures of simpler times.”

Please enjoy the photos below.

Camp Wandawega’s Three Level Treehouse


Images © Camp Wandawega

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Images © Camp Wandawega

For information on how you can book a stay in one of Camp Wandawega’s cabins check out Airbnb.


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  • Randy
    June 2, 2015, 1:35 pm

    Looks like a fun place. Very cool.

    • Alex
      June 3, 2015, 11:07 am

      Thanks Randy!

  • Cahow
    June 2, 2015, 7:47 pm

    How can you top perfection like this?

    You can’t.

    • Alex
      June 3, 2015, 11:07 am


  • Rue
    June 2, 2015, 11:53 pm

    I could swear I saw this one on Treehouse Masters – the family asked Pete to come and save the branch the swing is on. Anyone else remember that, or is my brain making stuff up again?

    • Alex
      June 3, 2015, 11:07 am

      Hahaha, you’re probably right! Not sure though. Anyone else able to verify this? 😀

    • June 10, 2015, 7:19 pm

      I saw the episode recently and I’m pretty sure that this is the house.

      • Kay
        June 5, 2016, 7:23 am

        You are right…I also saw the episode. I replied below in another entry, also.

  • Buddy
    June 3, 2015, 3:22 pm

    As much as I like it, I’m afraid the treehouse is what’s holding the tree up…

    • Julie
      August 6, 2015, 8:10 pm

      Yeah, my thoughts exactly. Very cute, but it looks like they killed the tree…..not cute. 🙁

  • Brenda
    June 5, 2015, 9:44 pm

    Looks like a nice campground. Hope the deer departed are resting in peace – not pieces.

    • Anthony
      June 3, 2016, 6:40 pm

      I agree with your comment on the “deer departed.” Uh, you know, kind of gross that most americans think animal parts are for decoration. They are not, as indigenous people’s will tell you (if you ask). They are for use ONLY for consumption (all parts used) or sacred ritual. Deer antlers are traditionally only to be used to carry hot stones into a sweat lodge.

      I find that chandelier totally disgusting and an example of how standard americans just don’t get the intimate relationship between humans and nature.

      • June 4, 2016, 8:41 am

        Hi Anthony, I can see how that might be your perspective on “standard Americans”. However, the hardworking folks that contributed to the collection of these antlers are practitioners of quality deer management. They do not hunt for the fun of it: they are working class folks who hunt to put quality meat on the tables for their families. And many of the antlers are actually simply sheds too. Just thought you’d like to know.

  • Mountaingypsy
    August 3, 2015, 9:28 pm

    Alex, LOVE this! Perhaps some more treehouse TH can be featured here? I wonder IF they have the same zoning issues as the TH’s? The best of both worlds, a livable tree home that is small. 2 great TV shows, I watch on treehouse builders are super, but custom. Many great ideas that are interchangeable due to the small size. But the tree home has the views, no foundation, and are done to not harm the trees, or can be on a pole/platform. The dream home for adults, the treehouse!! I would adore one! Thanks for a terrific site!

  • FL Dreamer
    August 3, 2015, 10:41 pm

    I’ve been lurking in the background for nearly a year but have begun to join the commenters and couldn’t pass this one up. I really like this tiny house but have 2 serious question. First, how does one access the books on the top shelves of the library loft without killing themselves? Did I miss a ladder somewhere? And second, what happens to the window when the tree line keeps growing and, in the meantime how do you keep the water cold from creeping in around the limb? (Ok, technically it was 2 1/2 questions.)

    • October 6, 2015, 1:38 pm

      Just saw this comment now, sorry for the delayed reply. There is a ladder to climb up to the library loft. Once up there, all the books are in reach. The tree is dead, so there’s no issue with the branches growing through the window, floors, etc. As far as some occasional water, drafts, bugs, and birds creeping in, that’s part of the joy of being in a natural environment : ) Best, David from Camp Wandawega

  • Rick
    August 4, 2015, 6:18 am

    Congratulations, Brilliant, Beautiful, love the lighting !
    Warm regards from Melbourne, Australia.

  • Susanne
    August 5, 2015, 12:18 am

    Hey, Rick and Brian from Australia,
    Few years ago saw (on television) a home in Australia that was made in a cave that had been dug out of solid rock. Was lovely. How expensive is that there, and how common is it to do so? Thanks!

  • Liz
    October 6, 2015, 3:51 pm

    I’m curious about things that are built around trees and/or branches. Is there ever a problem with tree growth to the point where it interfers with the structure?

  • Kay Marshall
    June 4, 2016, 3:22 pm

    I saw this on one of the Treehouse Shows. It was so nicely done and they were saving the tree on the show, thus saving the house at the same time. If that is their little girl on the swing, she has grown quite a bit. I never thought this one was meant to be lived in full time but rather a place to retreat to with a good book!

  • Carol
    October 10, 2017, 2:27 pm

    WOW, Lot it! When can my husband and I move in??

    • Carol
      October 10, 2017, 2:28 pm

      Meant to save LOVE IT!

  • Carol
    October 10, 2017, 2:29 pm

    Meant to save LOVE IT!

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