Date of Stay:
July, 2017 -
I wish we would have read the reviews and investigated this place before booking our site and staying here. When we called, we asked if they had full hookup sites. She assured us they did, so we booked one. Her definition of full hookup is just water and electric. Only seasonal sites have sewer. "Premium sites" are just grassy sites that you can pull thru $5/day extra) The water and electrical box are on the wrong side on every other site so make sure to bring a long electrical cable and hose. They do have a guy that will come to your site and empty your tanks for $10/time (prepaid) if he remembers to come. There is no refund if he doesn't. The fire pits are small and deep, and close to where you have to park your camper. At check-in, the older woman was working the desk. As she was checking us in, she rudely told my 15 year old son to leave as he was distracting her (he wasn't doing anything other than quietly talking with me). She charged us for a premium site, which we didn't get and wouldn't give us a refund for that either. My kids enjoyed the pool and other amenities when the workers weren't scolding them (they weren't doing anything the seasonal site kids weren't doing, but those kids did whatever they pleased). $48 for the site (+5 if you get a pull-thru)+ $5/adult + $3/kid per day+ $20 per wrist band to use their amenities adds up to an expensive trip. If you can handle rude workers, poor service and getting ripped off, this is the place for you. As for us, we will never recommend to others or return. We camped at Shades of Sherwood Family Camping Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
We camped here with some friends. I guarantee none of us will be back.
1) The roads to the campsites are narrow with a lot of hills. We had a lot of trouble backing into our site due to the huge incline right in front of our site, the narrow road where the edges are washed out, and trees on the site. The highlight of our stay was a resort staff person came out to help guide us out the backside of our site onto the narrow road without plunging (and I mean plunging) over the huge hill on the other side of it after getting stuck in the mud as we tried to center our camper. We couldn't fit our trailer and tow vehicle on the site. Fire pits are located under the trees.
2) Our friends were on the site next to us, and their sewer and electric were right where they're supposed to be, but their water hookup was with ours, and they had to run a hose under their trailer and across their site to get to it. It was really a hassle not to trip over it.
3) There is a bar/restaurant. It is small and busy. The food is mediocre and expensive for what you get. I ordered chips and salsa/cheese - jarred salsa and canned cheese that you get at a ballpark, and I paid around $8 for it. The waitress was crabby, unfriendly and had very little patience for indecisive people.
There is very little for older kids to do here. There is a playground, but it is small and geared toward small children. There is an indoor pool, which is open after Labor Day, but really nothing else unless you golf. There was a huge tournament going on the weekend we stayed and couldn't get on the course, and they have no driving range. The oddest part of this "resort" was there is no camp store, and you actually check in for camping at the bar.
There are lots of campsites, but only 3 inconveniently located near bathrooms/showers. I never made it to them as they were all too far to walk to - luckily we have a full bathroom in our rig.
We won't be back. We camped at The Old Barn Resort in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
September, 2015 -
This was a very small campground. The bathrooms are clean, but old and need some repairs and updates. We were in the lower campground. We were camping with 2 other families, and the owners allowed us to park in a U-shape so we were all facing each other (in fact, it was their idea!). It wasn't busy, but it was after Labor Day and there wasn't a ton to do. (I've heard from friends that have a seasonal site there that they have a lot of fun activities for the kids during the summer.) They have the rec room, but it was occupied with a group all weekend. The kids had fun playing ping pong and the guys were able to watch football on the TV in the game room. There is a huge field behind the electric sites along the road for tent camping. It was completely empty and the kids had a blast playing football and kickball out there. The mosquitoes weren't bad, but the wasps/yellow jackets were fierce! I don't know how busy it is in the summer, but it was a nice relaxing time for us. The owners were very friendly. We will be back. We camped at Hidden Meadows RV Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
August, 2015 -
The park is very rustic, but beautiful. Beach is rocky, so bring your water shoes. The lake is absolutely beautiful! Had a great time kayaking and fishing, although we didn't catch much worth keeping. Sites are pretty tight for larger rigs. Our trailer's slides were pushed into the trees on one side, and the picnic table and fire ring were fairly close on the other side. The site also sloped downward right where the dirt meets the trees - made it difficult to navigate around the site. Roads are quite narrow. Dump station was easy to access. Ely is close by with many things to do. The mosquitoes were not bad, but the black flies were horrible. We had no reception with our antenna, and couldn't get a signal with our satellite dish due to all the tall trees. Sprint reception for our phones did not exist. Overall, we had a great time and will be back again. We camped at Bear Head Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
August, 2015 -
We stayed only one night as we were passing thru. One of the nicer KOAs we've stayed at in Minnesota. The positives: The staff was fabulous. The bathrooms and showers were clean. I loved the game room and TV room. There were plenty of activities to keep busy. Sites are gravel and level. The negatives: Some of the campsites were small, and too close together. Our neighbor's fire ring was right outside our trailer. We had a pull-thru site, but our trailer barely fit on it, and there was no room for our tow vehicle. For a pool that small, it didn't have much space at each depth level, so kids who are not strong swimmers didn't have much space to splash around. Hot tub is nice, but very small; only a max of 3 persons allowed. Trains were LOUD (and I live near an active rail line). Reminded me of the movie My Cousin Vinny...horns blasting at all hours and woke us up. Overall it was a nice place, but I don't know that we'll stay again. We camped at Cloquet / Duluth KOA in a Travel Trailer.