Date of Stay: August, 2008
I've tried reviewing sooner, but it never seems to let me on the weekends. I believe I paid about 50 for one night. I only hooked up to a 20 amp plug as I was in a van with a small window air unit and lcd tv and no big power load. The previous night we stayed somewhere with no hookups and ran the honda all night. What I did like here was they gave me a full hook up site prorated for a water electric site and it was the second site from the shower restrooms which were unisex and that made it very ideal for us. Great for wheelchair users. On the downside they could have made the facility twice as big for the number of people that could be trying to use it. There was still at least another dozen spaces that were open on the labor day weekend. I would stay here again as it is cheaper than hotels in the area. On train subject yes you could hear it through out the night but if your used to it you don't notice it. I'm used to it. We were aqt the row past the office. If we were in the first row next to the tracks the noise maybe worse there. Just because the problem is there I deducted a couple rating points. We camped here in a van and not what it says here -->
Date of Stay: August, 2008
The guy at the house/office brings you back to the area and lets you see and know what you are getting before you pay. He told us a lot of the area where the nightly campers would have been parked was flooded so he suggested the area in the trees. NO ELECTRIC at any nightly site. All electric and hook ups are for seasonal sites and from the looks most of them are there every year and some may even live there year round. From what we did see they seem very nice. After a few hours in the spot we got tired of the mosquitoes and moved over on the other side of the area where there was more left over dried up mud from from the flood and this also allowed us to use the satellite dish for TV as it was a nice clear shot for dish network. Air TV was weak on rabbit ears, sprint air card was roam only and slow. Area was nice and flat, good for wheelchair use, but the restroom was not good to roll in the door. Showers appeared to be pay type showers, but we did not use them. Because of the distance from the seasonal sites we did run the Honda all night for electric. We were also the only ones down there so it was no problem for anyone. This could be a nice place again if the grass was to grow back and updates were made to the shower bath house. Number of sites available is unknown. Fortunately, because we have a ramp, we use that as a table so we didn't need to move a table to the new spot. There is a swimming pond that some kids were swimming in. There does not appear to be any group fire anymore, but they do still do sing alongs sometime, but we did not join in as we were tired and took it easy. We camped here in a van. Would camp here again if they can get the grass to grow back.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
If you want electric with a large RV forget it there are only 6 sites with electric and they are small sites. This is one of the oldest state campgrounds in the state and when it was built it was for tent camping only since no one new what an RV was. My lower score is based on the lack of modern updates. The restrooms and shower house building in my opinion should be tore down and rebuilt as the showers stalls are not wheelchair friendly. A wheelchair can not roll into the shower stall. The floor in the shower (mens side) felt like it needed a good cleaning, it felt somewhat mildewed. Our price was a non electric site and we did get lucky as the outside temp overnight was low 60's. But then again it was somewhat wet but that is part of the camping game. We camped out in a van with a bed in back. I asked for a good site for dish reception and the guy at the station pulled out his notebook with pictures of every site they had. and he suggested a site that was a perfect spot for dish network echo119. The rest of the sites didn't look real good for a signal. But the downside was this site had no electric. But since I had my inverter to run the TV and my Honda to run the air to cool of the inside of the van for and hour before shutting it down to sleep it didn't matter. The waterfalls near here is a good view of a nice looking waterfall. If the showers were updated I would stay here again but if the are not I wouldn't stay here and I would look at another place.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
I'm not sure on exact number of sites this place has since I did not count them, I believe it was more than 40. Web site states 10 but it is definitely more then 10. We stayed here one night in a van in a non hook up site since it was cheaper. The showers/restrooms were clean but lacked the maintenance needed such as refilling TP and paper towels hand soap at sinks. Otherwise showers were wheelchair accessible bring your own chair. The non hook up sites had a nice view of the marina where there was a small hand full of boats. Some playground equipment but nothing spectacular. Sites were level but if you are a wheelchair user don't take the short cut to the restrooms or you might take a fly out of your chair cause there are some ruts in the grass that can catch you off guard. Some picnic tables were falling apart and there was a dead critter near a fire ring that may have died some time ago and it looked like someone was poking it with a piece of pipe for some reason but never removed the critter. But hey this is the great outdoors now isn't it. The store down the road has pretty much everything you would need if you forget something and even some things to make a emergency repair of some kind. The main casino lacks the ventalation needed to get the smoke out and make it good for everyone. I couldn't last 30 seconds in there before I wanted out. The store has a small selection of machines to play on and it is smoke free. Now I would have rated this place a 5 or 6 for the critter and lack of maintenance in the restrooms, but since we got there late office was close with sign "pick a site and make good in the morning". "Ok I'm good with that." But I guess the early birds like us get the deals morning comes and office closed so we got a place to park and a couple free showers. I wouldn't mind coming back here if it wasn't so far from Duluth up 61. The only reason we stayed here because we took the 61 drive for scenic views and to drive trough Thunder Bay which is a somewhat interesting place to see from the from Mount McKay. One last thing neither of us had cell service here, Verizon, sprint/nextel power source phone and sprint aircard. But once again great outdoors right?
Date of Stay: May, 2008
Overall this is a good place for the most part. Since there was rain earlier that Sunday the camp sides were a little muddy, but they were not too bad. If you require the use of a wheelchair like my friend, you better have free carpet in your vehicle to catch the heavy wet gravel/sand that the wheels bring in. The restroom doors are hard to open because of the heavy load springs on them. But they were clean. If you like technology you might want to keep going as myself (sprint) and my friend (verizon) had no cell coverage in the campground, and of course my sprint aircard also was a no worky. A few miles down the road and magic happens they all work. A few sites had a workable southern view for a portable dish and not a roof mounted unit. The pay phone in the campground had no slot for quarters and you needed to use a credit card to use it and if you are unfamiliar with that routine forget trying cause you can make local and 1-800 calls and no charge at the ranger station. I didn't walk the miles of trails but what little I did see of them it is worth staying for that unless you are restricted to the use of a wheel chair and then you need to stick to the paved path . The roads have been redone both ways so it by no means is a rough road anymore. Now we stayed here in a van and not motor home. Fire wood was being sold for $4 a bag.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
I made a reservation 2 weeks ago just to be safe and there was no problem there and I did arrive at 8pm on Friday night and the workcampers here had said they don't usually allow conversions but since there was a reservation they will honor it. There was no fuss for the weekend stay otherwise. And the guy did escort us to the site and he even seemed somewhat interested in what I had cause he knows what a factory one would have cost me to get with a wheelchair lift. We didn't use the restrooms. The sites were fairly level but not perfect as I did have to block my front wheels up 2 inches to allow the AC condensation to drain properly but that can be expected anywhere. The concrete patios at the sites were very nice that they were not raised a inch or two higher than the grass which made the transition from the concrete to the grass easy for a wheelchair. We did also go to the plane crash site and with a power wheelchair it isn't too bad going through the field with some one to give that little extra push through the ditch but don't go there after a fresh rain shower as it would be muddy and hard for a wheelchair. I personally won't stay at this CG again just cause of their thoughts about bus conversions. But overhaul it is a nice park that can handle extra long rigs with no problem and there should be enough space to accommodate a 40 foot RV plus a 20 foot trailer with a car on it and when you get there you don't need to unhook the trailer or drive the car back on it every night. I didn't use the wireless cause of the added fee and I really didn't need it anyways but the signal seems good as I could receive both of them from inside my metal bus with out using a external antenna. Not a good place for private or any good size shade trees. (My rating isn't reflecting the bus.)
Date of Stay: June, 2007
Paths were good for a power wheelchair but it might have been a little rough for a manual chair. The showers were good for wheelchair access. I don't know if 50 amp was available or not but it wasn't at our site we had 20 and 30 amp service But I am only set up for up to 30 amp anyways so it didn't matter. The price was $14 for the night if you have a state park sticker at $23 but we didn't have one and where not sure if we would be back in SD again this year so we got the $5 one day pass. The area was nicely kept clean and lots of trees where you couldn't see your neighbor at some sites and others you could see your neighbor which was nice if you like a little privacy. The pick nick table at our site was great for wheelchairs as the table extended past the seat by about 2 to 3 feet. I would stay here again even though it was only electric.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This appeared to be a very new campground. 26 sites are suitable for a larger rig which have the full hook up and the remaining 29 look like they are just park it with no hook up or tent it. The showers and restrooms are fully accessible with a large shower area for a wheelchair with a seat that folds down and a optional shower head using either the hose on a slide bar or the head on the wall. I give this shower an A+ for quality of the set up. Waste baskets at about every other site. All full hook up sites are concrete with concrete area for picnic tables. The way the area was set up it was great for a wheelchair and the lift on our converted bus. Fire rings at every site. I suspect they might be having trouble with their cable as they have the hook up for it but they say they don't have cable. The shuttle ride to the casino runs every hour. The pond was fenced off and didn't look appealing. The pool was inside the hotel and the game room is by the pool. I really don't think this would be a good place for a family since the main activity is the casino but it might work as long as everyone stays at the campsite. Since we stayed on a Thursday night they had a .99 cent breakfast special Friday morning that was very good for the price. I would stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
We stayed here one night. Laundry was next door under gas station. Sites were all pretty flat and we did have plenty of room with a 25 foot bus. It was a bit slow when we were there and if it was full it would be a little bit tighter but would be enough room to spred out a little bit. Wireless internet was available but we couldn't get the signal from our spot. The cable was a bit fuzzy on a couple channels. Electric on half the sites on wrong side. The ground was good for the wheelchair hard packed gravel and even with the rain it wasn't full of puddles and wasn't muddy.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
Flat sites good for wheelchair. We didn't use the showers but I did look in them and they looked clean but not good for wheelchair access. Cable tv was $2.00 extra but they did have more than 50 channels. I would stay here again if in the area.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
Sites had cable but not too many channels, the wireless internet was not working properly at the time but worked in the office. The restrooms were clean in my opinion and the showers were unisex and clean and best of all there was a wheelchair accessible shower. All sites were flat which is also great for wheelchairs.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
We stayed here one night and for what I expected it was alright. We didn't use the showers but they were clean and wheelchair accessible The sites were pretty flat and the electric was 30 amp and it looked like two sites to each electric box and two sites to each water hook up. They are arranged every other one all the way down. The sites could have been bigger but since it was raining it didn't bother us. The deadwood trolley service was $1 each ride and had wheelchair lifts.
Date of Stay: September, 2006
We had stayed here in a wheelchair accessible cabin for 2 nights. Which was their last weekend of the season so we had a price of $105 per night. (the section above does not allow for 3 digits for price) The cabin had the basic pots and pans and dishes to use and the only deal was we had to clean them before checking out. The shower in the cabin wasn't the greatest for accessibility and we did have a tough time using it since it wasn't big enough for a shower chair and the built in chair wasn't big enough to actually sit on properly. The cabin was a deluxe cabin in size and the wheelchair ramp worked good except the initial landing from the grass on to the ramp needs a little work to make it a smooth transition. I don't know weather they offered cable TV or not but I can say they provided DirecTV in the deluxe cabins like the one we stayed in. I don't think they had DirecTV in the small cabins. The cabin had a refrigerator that was nice cause I made lots of ice in the freezer to fill the cooler for the trip home. It was somewhat busy there for being the last weekend of the season. All the perishable merchandise was marked down half price which then I ended up buying extra ice-cream bars and other stuff I wouldn't normally buy from a campground store but with the price it was hard not to. Their concession stand was closed for the season which for this reason I ended up ordering a pizza one night and cooking what I was able to get from the store. I would stay here again if in the area but if it is busy I wouldn't want to cause there was a lot of joy riding going on with the golf cars. They did race around on them things right past the cabin and we were next to a speed bump. If you do stay here late in the season check to see if their concession stand is open or not or plan on bringing your own food with.