New Campground Makes Most of Its Neighbors
Tammie and Paul Scheffel are making a $300,000 investment in their Scheffel's Hideaway Campground near Two Rivers, Wis., set to open Memorial Day weekend.
With a prime location near Point Beach State Forest with its 127 sites often full all summer, the Scheffels believe they're taking a calculated gamble, the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter reported.
"At least, our banker believes it is," Paul, vice president of operations at Riverside Foods, said with a smile.
Their website states, "Your toughest decision will be what weekend to come and stay. Two Rivers may be a quiet, small town, but there are events going on all the time."
One of them, the state Harley Owners Group get-together in late June — the "H.O.G. Rally" — already has filled about half their 50 large campsites.
All have water and electricity hook-ups and 15 have sewer connections on crushed limestone pads that can accommodate large RVs.
Fifteen sites have been reserved for Labor Day weekend but the Scheffels so far have an open campground for July 4 weekend.
The Rawley Point Bicycle Trail is adjacent to their 10-acre site, 6511 County O, with Point Beach State Forest land to the north and east.
And what is directly south of their property that the couple also believes will be helpful in recouping their investment.
Port Sandy Bay, literally right next door, offers burgers, fish lunches, smelt, broasted chicken and "Snow Coaster" pizzas.
Tammie said she anticipates getting up at 5 a.m. daily making sure the bathhouse with its five showers and laundry room are clean and sprucing up the grounds.
She has been a certified nursing assistant but quit her job to concentrate on getting their campground into operation, "a work in progress since June 2009."
The Scheffels' land purchase included the 4-bedroom, 3-bath home they live in.
They anticipate the majority of their patrons will come from outside Manitowoc County, but also believe campers will roll in from the Lakeshore area who might not want to spend big bucks on gasoline to get their large RVs to a distant location.
The Scheffels have joined the Manitowoc Area & Visitor Convention Bureau, Two Rivers Business Association and The Chamber of Manitowoc County to take advantage of marketing opportunities.
The couple is aided by their adult sons, Paul and Stephen, who have trimmed trees and run heavy equipment during prep work.
Paul said he's not sure when he'll be retiring but the campground will help fulfill "my need to stay busy."
This first season the Scheffels plan to be open till early December, and, in future years, open in April if business warrants.
For Paul, he is putting into action a life philosophy he has tattooed on the inside of his right forearm in capital letters:
TO TAKE A CHANCE IS TO LOSE YOUR FOOTHOLD FOR A MOMENT. TO NEVER TAKE A CHANCE IS TO LOSE YOURSELF FOREVER.