CONOVER - Three years ago, Vilas County decided to turn land near Torch Lake into a campground.
Tuesday those plans became reality.
"It's great in Conover. What more could you ask for?" said Vilas County Supervisor Art Kunde.
After nearly three years of planning and building, Kunde was finally able to officially open Torch Lake Campground Tuesday.
"This has been a big hurdle, a big hurdle," said Kunde.
The nearly $650,000 Vilas County campground has 20 sites all with electrical and water hookups.
There is also free WI-FI throughout the campground.
With campsites already booked for Labor Day weekend, Kunde has high hopes for the campground.
"The economic boost that we're going to see from this as a town, as county... It's really paying off, it really is," said Kunde.
But the campground is just one part of the recreation opportunities Vilas County hopes to get a boost from.
"They're boosting what they're offering by doing this," said Great Headwaters Trail President Jeff Currie.
Currie has been trying to build up that recreation tourism with the Great Headwaters Trail system, which aims to connect towns on the eastern side of Vilas County by bike trail.
"This campground, I think, is an anchor that adds to what the town of Conover provides," said Currie.
Currie has been trying to add more to those offerings as well. The bike trail connecting Conover and Phelps will need just two more miles after this fall.
Currie thinks the more recreation opportunities the county can offer, the better.
"You have all these riches, so the question is so how can you maximize each one of them," said Currie.
Kunde thinks Torch Lake Campground is a good start to answering that question.
The ribbon-cutting held Tuesday opened Phase I of the campground. Phase II will pave the roads and add a shower house.
Torch Lake Campground is located about a mile and a half south of Conover, off Torch Lake Road.
To learn more about the campground and to reserve a site, follow the link below.
Torch Lake Campground