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As a child, I practically lived in campgrounds during the summer. I loved every minute of it and they are still my fondest childhood memories.

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States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Okaw Valley Kampground, Brownstown, Illinois

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an easy to get to RV park, just off I-70. It is minutes away from Vandalia.

It has a nice, large, well lit entrance on a level gravel drive. The sites were lightly shaded and were gravel with a nice amount of grass, a picnic table and a fire ring. We found the campground to be very peaceful.

The restroom/shower facility and laundry/storm shelter are dated but very functional. The Wi-Fi was very strong the entire time we stayed.

It boasts a small, good sized pond and nice pool with lots of space to lounge. The grounds are beautifully maintained and a camp store stocked with just the right amount of needs.

It has a nice playground and is very child friendly. There is abundant wildlife - we saw several deer, rabbits, squirrels and birds.

We stayed with them for 3 weeks , and the park owners/hosts were attentive and gracious.

I have to say this has been our most pleasant camping experience yet! We camped at Okaw Valley Kampground in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
71
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Vandalia is just 5 minutes west on I70. They have lots of historical sites, fantastic food, and shopping. You can find whatever you need (and some things you didn't know you needed)!

I recommend a trip to Rural King - what an awesome place!

And Embers has the BEST calzones we've ever tried!

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Camp Lakewood Campground & RV Park, Effingham, Illinois

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

When we first visited the park, a child had just been snake bitten. The park hosts told us snakes were very numerous.

There is an onsite bar with video gaming that is also open to public. The owner told me that they did not close the bar during the posted quiet times if there was an event, such as a football game, until it was over. And it's next to the building where the showers and restrooms are.

In the laundry room we found metal, wood, and trash inside the washing tubs. The park store's prices were so high, I actually heard the host tell one guest to go to Walmart!

We asked for a large pull-through lot, but were denied one. Preferred lots are reserved for motorhomes and overnighters, we were told. Only 1 vehicle is allowed per lot. The 2nd truck had to be parked far away (and out of our view). We were given the park's published rules at check in.

During our 7 week stay, our trailer was bombarded with very large limbs from the poorly maintained trees. They dripped black slime on the roof of our new camper. And forget about an uninterrupted sleep-HUGE acorns rained down like mortar shells and always at night!

The trees blocked our satellite signal. Our cable was very poor quality. The park Internet was slow whenever we tried to use it.

The lot beside us was allowed to run cable across our lot without our permission-so we had to be careful not to disturb it! We even caught them peeping into our window! We made numerous complaints about the trash and the noise (some after midnight) from that camper. The noise only got worse!

Why do they bother publishing rules???

I can't recommend the park for children nor evening walks. I feel that this park is best suited for in late/out early overnight stays. We felt very unsafe.

We came here because of the extended stay option and my husband's job assignment. We regret it.

We will never come to this park again. We camped at Camp Lakewood Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7A
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

No pools, no swimming in lake.

Area is typical of small town around an interstate.

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States Visited: 2
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Sundermeier RV Park, Saint Charles, Missouri

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This place is very hard to get into. Very narrow street leads to the office. Several people were parked in the street, waiting to check in-It looked like a caravan had come to stay! Checking in was quick and easy because we called ahead, but MAN! So expensive -the monthly rate of $800 plus $175 electricity deposit. Shew!

The first thing that struck me was that it looked like a parking lot! NO TREES and TONS of concrete! The pads were all concrete with about 5 feet of grass on either side. Its next to a river, the interstate, and a very busy train track! When the train comes by, forget about using your antenna or cable. And they seem to roll through all night long! You can hear the interstate noise non-stop.

There is a closed steakhouse on property. So disappointing!

And as there really wasn't any place for kids, who rode bikes or skateboards or just ran screaming up and down our street.

But they did have a very, very nice laundry room and restrooms.

But that's not good enough to justify the cost! We camped at Sundermeier RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Further up I370 is a BBQ joint called Sugar Fire. Finally, actual decent smoked BBQ!

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