About Glacier Valley

A place to call your camping home!

Make Glacier Valley your camping home!

Since discovering and purchasing a rundown campground with enormous potential, we have been concentrating on improving the camping experience.

Our 70-acre facility near Pardeeville and Portage boasts quite a bit of diversity: a large wooded hillside, open fields, old growth woods, and a wetland complete with a small stream.

Some of our 130 sites are wooded, others shaded. Some sites are near the large swim pond, while others are out of pond sight and sound. Some sites have level gravel pads with 50 amp service, others offer grassy camping with 30 amp service. Some sites are only for RVs while others are great for primitive/rustic camping.

Try us- we probably have the type of camping environment you are looking for! Book today!


RV and tent camping
Clean flush toilets
Clean, free, hot showers
Weekend planned activities
Convenience store
Dump station
Propane exchange

We are still trying to make WiFi available for our guests

Rich Chandler and Diane Thomson

Richard Chandler is a Wisconsin native (Watertown) who left to live on both coasts for over 40 years, then finally came home. He is a Vietnam veteran who graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He retired from a varied corporate career, most recently doing IT project management consulting for some large clients.

Diane Thomson, Rich’s wife, is from Ohio and earned her microbiology degree from the Ohio State University. She is still working a “day job” as a software test manager, helping her cancer-detection company put out quality programs to control their testing.

A great camp store!

You will love our store, where you will find logowear, collectibles, souvenirs, wine and beer, camping essentials and much more! As the store changes all the time, stop in whenever you get to the valley to see what’s new!

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A real glacier valley!

We selected “Glacier Valley” as the name for our campground because, well, it is a glacier valley. This beautiful valley in central Wisconsin was carved by the last glacier that descended into this part of the country – appropriately called the Wisconsin Glaciation. Learn more in our blog here!

Glacier Valley Rules

Check-in/check-out and Registration

  • Check in time is 1:00 PM or thereafter.
  • Checkout time is 12:00 PM. Please let the office know if you need special arrangements.
  • To cancel a reservation, we must receive notice 14 days, or more, prior to arrival to receive a refund minus $15 service charge. Cancellation after that forfeits one nights’ camping fee.
  • Holiday weekends requires a minimum 3-night stay. Payment in full due at reservation.
  • You must be 18 or over to rent a campsite.
  • A site is reserved to a family unit, 2 adults and their dependent children under the age of 18. Maximum or 5 campers per site. Additional camper is $10 per person for the length of the stay.

Facility Rules

  • Dump station is free to registered campers only.
  • No smoking in any building or restroom.
  • Firewood may be purchased at the store. DNR regulations state that wood should not transport from more than 10 miles away.
  • Do not place garbage in firepit, including cans and cigarette butts. Leave the firepit clean.
  • Do not feed any wild animals.
  • 10 MPH speed limit throughout the entire campground.
  • Do not walk or drive on other people’s campsites.
  • ATVs are prohibited, along with go-carts, four wheelers, and three wheelers.
  • No fireworks.
  • If the police are called due to disruptive behavior, the camper may be required to leave. No refunds.
  • Security personnel patrol day and night. Decisions of security personnel are final regarding all issues.
  • There is no hunting allowed anywhere in Glacier Valley Campground or its immediate surrounds. This includes no hunting with guns, bows, crossbows, BB/pellet guns, slingshots, traps, or any other means.

Site Rules

  • Quiet time is 11:00PM to 8:00AM daily. Even outside of quiet time campers are expected to be courteous and not disrupt the enjoyment of other campers.
  • Please leave your site neat and clean.
  • One camper (Trailer, RV, Pop-up etc.) plus one tent, or two tents without a camper, plus a shade canopy or screened dining enclosure.
  • Please turn off lights, particularly light strings, before turning in for the night or leaving the campground.
  • Do not throw ashes in the woods. See management if you have a question.
  • Sites only have room for 1 vehicle. Additional vehicles can be parked in the designated areas.
  • Do not chain/screw/nail anything to the trees or site posts.  



  • Dumpsters are located at the front entrance. Please put your garbage in the garbage dumpster, not the recycling dumpster.
  • We believe in recycling. Please put your cans, bottles, paper and cardboard in the recycling dumpster.


  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Do not leave pets unattended.
  • Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Make sure unacceptable noise is not a problem. 
  • Pets are not to be left unattended.
  • If any pet demonstrates aggressive behavior toward another pet or camper, you may be asked to leave the campground.
  • No pets are allowed in any of the buildings or at the swim pond.


Golf Cart Rules

  • Cart must be registered with the office.
  • Speed limit is 10mph.
  • Only licensed drivers, age 16+, may drive a cart.
  • No driving on pond sand.
  • Only drive on gravel roads, not on the grass.
  • Do not drive on other people’s sites.
  • Must have headlights on after dark when driving.
  • Do not overload with people.
  • No drunk driving.

Glacier Valley news archive

A roof on the store deck!

We now have a 20×24′ roof on the store deck!

A cute Amish cabin has been added!!

We have added a third cabin – this is an Amish hunting cabin. It is fully panelled and waiting for your arrival! Check it out on the Sites, Maps and Rates page!