Date of Stay: July, 2011
I'm tired, so I'll keep this short. I felt like there were way too many people in too little of an area. It was like we were on top of our neighbors. The bathrooms were always dirty when I used them in the morning. I just don't understand why they wait until early afternoon to clean them when most people use them in the morning or evening. Finally, my wife was literally told to get out of the cabin we rented (my mom came with us and didn't want to stay in the camper with the other 4 people that came with us). We were running late for checkout and the cleaning girl said "checkout is at 11 and you need to get out now". She also said that she had 25 other cabins to clean and no time to clean them. Guess what, NOT MY PROBLEM. There's no reason why she couldn't go clean any one of the 25 other cabins and come back in the 10 minutes my wife needed to finish loading the van. When the issue was brought to the manager, my wife felt as though the issue was blown off after the cleaning girl sort of apologized in front of the manager when he called her over...then "high-fived" her before she left. Not very impressed overall and most likely won't ever stay at another KOA with SO many other options.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
I only wish we would have arrived sooner. It was way past sunset when we arrived and only stayed one night. As we pulled in, I realized that I should have made reservations for at least two nights here. The sites were large and immaculate while the campground itself was amazing! When we woke up the next morning, we all agreed that we'd need to make another road trip to visit this campground. For $20, there is no doubt that I would stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
This was a great park. We had a spacious site with a small stream behind us that the kids and dog really seemed to enjoy playing in. The bathrooms were convenient, but not quite as clean as I would like them. The staff, with one exception, were incredibly friendly and I feel that they went out of their way for us. They met us when we arrived (after hours) and helped back us in, delivered wood right to the campsite, were constantly making rounds to pick up garbage from the sites throughout the day and couldn't have been more helpful when my van broke down. My only complaints are the cleanliness of the bathrooms (they could also use an update) and I feel that they could have done a better job of getting information out to us (kids activities, how to get Wi-Fi, daily events, etc.).
Date of Stay: May, 2010
Looking for a "boys weekend" of camping and canoeing. Picked this resort based because of location, user ratings and the fact that they also run the canoe shuttle here. We arrived very late on Friday night, but had called ahead for the site number. Wasn't too hard to find, even in the dark. Sites were large, had more than enough room for my hybrid, slide-outs and 14 pax van. Woke up in the morning and really realized what a great choice we'd made. It's a beautiful area and great campground. The owner was more than accommodating even though he had a family function that weekend. The only problem I had was that there was only one urinal, toilet and shower for each VERY rustic bath house (don't know what the women's bath houses had), and there were only two bath houses for 115 sites. This might explain why they were as dirty as they were. They weren't filthy: I just wasn't all that crazy about it when I had to go do my "business". In all, it was a great weekend and there's no doubt that I'd return. If I don't, it's not because I wasn't happy. It'd just be because I wanted to try something different.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
I camped here with a group of friends, so didn't really expect much as far as entertainment and activities for kids. It's a good thing too because there wasn't any. If you're looking for a HUGE campground with plenty of privacy (with the exception of the seasonals which were segregated from the over nighters, it was pretty much dead), this is the place to be. I was disappointed with the restroom facilities. They "felt" dirty and could definitely use an upgrade. Also, the water had a strong sulfur smell. The sites were definitely not level. On the other hand, the staff couldn't have been more friendly. Would I stay here again? Probably not...not that it was a bad experience, I'm just looking for better.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
The only bad things I can say about this park is that the restrooms are in desperate need of updating. The garbage dumpsters were overflowing on Thursday when we checked in, and I had to take a cold shower on Saturday morning due to the exponential influx of people. Other than that, it was clean, and I was shocked that with as many people that were there, we didn't really hear them; they were very quiet after hours.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
It was 11pm and we were 2 hours behind schedule. I had 2 seniors and 3 children with me and I was exhausted. We pulled into the service area at mile marker 76.9 to use the Internet and find a hotel, then I saw it. I was shocked to see a dedicated RV area complete with electric hook up and a dump station. I paid the $15 cash through the vending machine in the lot and chose one of about 20 spaces. Although it is right on the interstate, it was pretty quiet and couldn't be any more convenient. The bathrooms were clean and along with Hardy's and the gas station, are open 24 hours a day. The only down side was the absence of showers, but I wasn't complaining. I'm only rating this a 7 because it is missing the traditional campground amenities since it's not meant for anything other than over night. Then again, it's not a campground. For convienence and price I should give it a 10.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
As I child, I remember staying at a Jellystone Park and it was awesome! There was a never ending list of things to do and, other than Disney's Wilderness Resort, it was what camping WAS to me as a child. We visited this park for Mother's Day weekend 2009. The kids had a blast and the staff, although very young (maybe 16-18), did a great job keeping them busy. In fact, they were almost too busy. Just like I remembered, there was plenty to do. The only problem that I had was being charged for extra people in my camper, extra vehicles and a pet charge. I've never had extra vehicles, people or brought a pet before, so this may be standard everywhere, but I was still surprised. At $58 per night, I didn't think I'd be paying for any extras. My wife, mother and sister all said that the bathrooms smelled and that they felt dirtier after using them. Honestly, I don't know what they were talking about. There was a "smell" to the bath room, but it wasn't that bad and when I used it, it was clean. I was really shocked to see staff members cleaning it at 11pm, something I've never seen before. The staff (both young and old) couldn't have been more friendly. At times, we can be a bit high maintenance but they still had a smile on their face every time they saw us. As I arrived on Friday afternoon, my truck began to spew coolant all over and the staff was kind enough to direct me to a local service center that was open late, on Saturdays and provided me with a free loaner until mine was fixed. Although this campground is a little expensive for me, I'd absolutely recommend it to anyone. If I don't return, the only reason would be because of the cost.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
Well, although it’s been years since I’ve been there, I continuously compare these campgrounds to Disney’s Fort Wilderness because that was by far, the best I’ve been to. Grizzly is probably the closest I’ve seen so far. For such a large campground, it was well maintained and the staff couldn’t have been any friendlier. The bathrooms were spotless and although there were several throughout the property, I was a bit skeptical when I saw only 2 showers and 1 toilet in the men’s room. There must be a lot more bathrooms than I thought, because during my stay, I never waited for the toilet or shower. It could have also been that we were the only small trailer in the park and everyone else had facilities on their RV’s, but regardless, there was no waiting. Also, at each bathroom was a kitchen sink that my wife found incredibly useful and much easier than washing pots in the tiny sink in our PUP. Being my first time camping at Yellowstone, I’m not sure if this is a common practice, but you need a code to get into the bathrooms, thus helping to eliminate unauthorized visitors. If for some strange reason you get tired of Yellowstone, West Yellowstone was a surprising little town. Between the IMAX Theater, Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center and shopping, you could easily stay busy for a day outside the park. Although they do roll up the sidewalks at 10:00 PM, you can always catch a midnight snack at the New York Diner, they stay open till 3:00 AM. I strongly recommend the GPS tour of Yellowstone. It’s available at the front desk and just plugs into your cigarette lighter, sticks to your windshield and off you go. If you need help, just ask any one of the friendly staff. The voice prompts give you a private tour of Yellowstone with plenty of information that made our trip even more interesting. There are plenty of tips on often overlooked turn-outs throughout the park and even lets you know when you are approaching an area known for a particular animal. Additionally, there is an option for the GPS to play very soothing music that fits well with the tour. We especially liked the GPS tour we could move at our own pace and if we weren’t interested in a certain attraction, we just didn’t stop, unlike when on a bus tour. It was well worth the $50 for 24 hours. Oh, I finally thought of a negative point here. There’s not much shade, so use your awning or bring an eating tent. Did I mention that the campground is spotless?
Date of Stay: August, 2007
Wow, what a great campground! It’s buried deep in the Black Hills of South Dakota, making the drive great with lots to look at. The campground staff was polite and very helpful. The bathrooms were spotless as well as the campground it’s self. It’s proximity to Mt. Rushmore as well as the numerous other attractions in the Black Hills, makes it a great place to call home. Hill City, although very small, has some great restaurants and shopping. if you’re looking for civilization, Rapid City is 45 minutes away, so get those supplies before you arrive, although most items can probably be found in Hill City. I strongly recommend the Smart Alec GPS Tour. It plugs into your cigarette lighter, sticks to the windshield and plays through your FM Radio. It allows you to take a self guided tour through the Mt. Rushmore area (doesn’t include Deadwood yet) and provides great information as well as directions with some outstanding background music. It’s well worth the price. Besides, it allows you to tour at your own pace. If you don’t want to see the Crazy Horse Memorial, just keep driving. Unlike when on a guided tour and you go where they say you go. We loved it and will most definitely rent it again next trip. It’s available from the Mt. Rushmore KOA, only a short drive from Crooked Creek and on the way to Mt. Rushmore.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
Wow, where do I start? I was looking for a family campground within a couple of hours from Chicago that would be fun for all and I think I struck gold! This place, for the most part, is great! There was plenty to do for the kids and there is a structured schedule. There were plenty of campsites and some were even right on the river. The price was right and they offer daily freebies such as free tubing, mini golf, etc. My biggest complaint...The staff wasn't very friendly. It's appears to be mostly teens working for the summer and it wasn't uncommon to pass like two ships in the night. I'm used to people being very friendly when camping and was a bit shocked to experience this. They weren't rude, just not friendly. Also, the bathrooms could have used some attention. The floors were dirty and the counter tops were covered with water. Of course, it had been raining heavily while we were there, so I guess the floor being dirty was understandable. Regardless, we (me, my wife and two five year olds) had a great time and will most definitely return.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
This was a great campground that was well off the beaten path and is open to both military and civilians. A word of warning though, you are on a military installation and if you don't like hearing the bugle calls at 6am, 9 & 11pm or the machine gun fire (you're about 1/2 mile from some of the ranges) you should stay somewhere else. Also, on the rare occasion that they do get a break, small, organized groups of soldiers will be here too. The units rent out the pavilions as a morale booster for the troops, but they do keep to themselves. The spaces were roomy and all were shaded. There is a daily garbage pickup and plenty of dumpsters. There were a few small playgrounds for the kids and plenty of pavilions. During the winter months, they have a ski hill that I've never been to. We camped here with two 5 year olds during the week. They had a great time between the beach, boats, miniature golf and other kids...they didn't want to leave. I also saw that they have planned activities every weekend during the summer. I would definitely make the trip and stay here again. For the non-military types, civilization (fuel, groceries, restaurants, etc.) are only 15 minutes away in Tomah.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This was my first time camping in at least 20 years. I picked this location, due to it's proximity to suburban Chicago (about 45 minutes north of my home) and because I was traveling with my 5 year old nephew and in their website, they really push "the family concept". We had a pull through site which made set up easy for my rental trailer. The restrooms/showers were clean, although I had to pay a minimal fee to use the shower ($.50 for a good 15 minutes). There was plenty to do for my nephew and he made friends with the other kids quickly. There is a small swimming pool and 2 fishin' holes, one with a very small beach for swimming and paddle boat rental, the other strictly for fishing. In the larger, we caught several (very) small bluegill in about an hour. Not really entertaining for me, but my nephew had a blast, no matter how big the fish were. Also, no license was needed since we were on private property (wish I knew that ahead of time). They also have a mini golf course and a small camp store. There is a large supermarket nearby with plenty of restaurants from fast food to casual sit down in case you get tired of hot dogs. In all, we enjoyed it (of course it's no Fort Wilderness!) but most likely won't go back simply because I would like to try as many different places as possible. I would recommend it though...