Date of Stay: May, 2010
We camped here Memorial Day weekend, so it was crowded but mainly family-no issues at all. Shakamak State Park is a very nice park and the CG is too. Some sites are more spacious than others- it's very wooded. What was a problem on some sites is the mud. Seems like some of the sites have crushed gravel and others do not. A firewood truck drives around selling bales of hay to put down so that you aren't walking in mud. We were in 109 and our friends on 108. We had room, but sites were VERY muddy. 109 was hard to get our '35 TT in, it took a couple of attempts to have room to open the slides. I thought back-in sites were actually roomier, with the exception of only one of the pull thru sites. Cons: campstore is all the way on the other side of the state park by the pool/waterslide (nice amenenity) which is inconvenient for CG; Mens shower house is a community shower instead of individual stalls; not enough to do at the CG itself and there are no trails or bike paths to get you to the other park amenenities which means driving everywhere.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
Office staff very friendly to us...The nightly rate is a little less than $50 for a weekend stay for FHU but they tack on an "amenity fee" which is mandatory during summer and required for each person regardless of whether you plan to use the "amenities" or not, so for our family of 4 it was $74 a night. Whatever, we still had fun. We had a great site, very level, we were with 2 other families and our three sites together were very spacious and we had tons of room. The shower building on the south end is newly remodeled and very nice except the floor had a dirt film, it appears they mop with dirty water? Other than that the bathroom was kept nice and clean. Showers were nice our friends reported (I didn't use, FHU). It IS a family CG and they do cater to kids, lots of rug rats running around, plenty for them to do. Water park was crowded but very nice. Train noise not as noticeable on the south end of the park. Convenient shopping nearby, wally world and Target. I would stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
Our site, 38 and 38B, was probably one of the nicest sites we've ever stayed in, lots of room and nice shade. We didn't need our awning or screen room - there were no mosquitoes and few stinging insects. The staff made our family reunion camp out exceptional and were very accommodating. Some of us were camping and some were in cabins. I didn't try the food but others in a group did and said it was good. They had some essentials in the store. Therer is a grocery 5 minutes in town plus a farmers market. The pool looked nice, and the kids enjoyed it. The grounds were immaculate and campground very well laid out, seasonal sites were very well maintained. There is some road noise if you are in a tent. I would stay here again if in the area. It took us 30 minutes to get to the Dells area.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
We returned to this CG this year for 8 days. They are investing alot in improving the CG and it shows. While much of it is "condo" RV lots, there are still plenty of overnight spots. The folks running the place are so friendly and accommodating. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend it highly, it has lots for the kids to do and it's so unique. The location near Minocqua is fabulous and there is so much to do. Some sites are more level than others, but its a really special place, I enjoyed walking the dog around the resort. Wish the weather was better, it was cool in early June and it rained alot so we didn't get to use the pool, but it looked very nice and well maintained. Recent upgrades to the playground. The main lodge has a bar/restaurant and store with limited grocery items, and also a gameroom for the kids. Plus a full marina on site, views of Lake Tomahawk, plus a swimming beach.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This is a very nice, mostly seasonal-sites, which were all very well kept and clean. Family oriented, lots of kids activities. We stayed here for a 1 night stopover, and had a pull thru site. It was so nice in the middle and could see the kids playing in the activity area which is centrally located. Lots for the kids to do. We stayed there on a Friday night and it was pretty quiet, despite our site being close to the lodge/bar it wasn't annoying at all and quiet after 10:30. They have a nice store and lodge with a full menu and a bar/game room, with a separate game room area for the kids located near the activity area. 20 minutes to the Wisconsin Rapids, Wal-mart and several RV dealerships nearby.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
We enjoyed our stay this Halloween themed weekend; our kids really had fun. It is a family campground and there are a lot of kids. The pool was closed but looks appealing so we'll come back in the summer. We had a pull-through site and didn't need to use the comfort station but I checked it out and I would not want to shower there. Shower facilities need updating and more cleaning, just ok. Overall it's a very nice campground - if the shower building was nicer and there wasn't the train nearby I would give it a 10. The trains blew their horns on the hour at 4am, 5am, 6am and 7am and I would not like that at all if I was in a tent. Overall the campground has a lot of very nice sites and great activities for the kids. I would go back.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
We stayed for 3 nights in the 100 section, very nice spacious sites. We saw one site that was so long it had a large TT, SUV, boat and second SUV! This leg also has the full hook ups across the road. We drove through the various loops and other area COE CG's, and we felt our leg was one of the nicest in the area, certainly the largest sites. There are plenty of toilet bldgs, but they are in need of updating and better ventilation, could be cleaned better. One shower house not too far, I didn't use it but hubby said the shower was good, nice pressure. Laundryroom too, didn't use it though. I liked the campground very much but the lake level was up 15 ft, so the beaches are closed. The playground is small and dated, so the kids were a little bored. No bike paths or hiking trails around, so activities were limited. I imagine if the lake levels were normal we could use the beach and fish from the shore, and the kids would have not complained so much. There is a very nice waterpark in town for only $4. The CG is convenient to town, and there is a very nice grocery store down the road from a Wal-Mart. No campstore in the park but nearby a little store sells ice, etc., and a house down the road sold large stacks of firewood for $10. I would definitely return. Fix the bathrooms and have more for the kids and I'd give it a 10. If you had a full hook up site and no kids you might just love it!
Date of Stay: June, 2008
Based on earlier reviews I wasn't sure what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised. Yes, they are making many improvements, it is a work in progress but I like seeing your camping fee being re-invested. I didn't mind the price because it was like camping in a State park with full hookups! The surroundings were beautiful. We didn't use the cable TV, but had good antenna reception. The resort is converting over to conduminium RV but they still have sites for rent, hopefully that won't change much as the sites are sold. The lake is beautiful. Cute lodge with a bar and restaurant and activities hall; a swimming pool and lots of activities for the kids. Nice camp shop. Great beach and marina. This place is huge but laid out so that the sites are very spacious, some sites are more wooded and private than others. You have a big variety of sites, from heavily wooded (wouldn't even try to pull our trailer through those loops) to a bit more open (we were in the 15-37 loop). They just put in two large big-rig pull throughs right on the water, with an amazing view. It's a bit pricey for our full hookup site but I felt it was worth it compared to other area campgrounds, what you get for the money. And very convenient to Minocqua area activities.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
If you want to "get away from it all" then this is the place for you. We would have preferred having some connection to the outside world... via a cell phone or internet connection, or even a TV station...but it wasn't to be. The lodge was great, they had much to offer in terms of their camp store and cafe, but anything substantial in terms of shopping you must drive 15-20 minutes to Hayward. Our camping neighbor paid for the cg's Wi-Fi but it didn't work on their site. We rented a boat from the resort and it was great. It was neat being able to dock right up on our site...we enjoyed the campground, just wish it was a little closer to home and had a few "outside world" amenities. But it's definitely a break from reality. The staff was excellent - esp. Bob and Owen who were lifesavers because we were unable to back our 37' trailer into our site, narrow roads and overhanging branches and whatnot-they were a big help.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
Excellent campground. Kids loved it and didn't want to leave (we stopped for an overnight). We had site 49. The sites back in, the trees are nice and shady but well kept and clean. Each site had it's own patio and the entire campground was meticulous. The staff was wonderful. Our TV reception was fine: several channels through our antenna. Their website says they have DirectTV. These are nice sized sites, not crammed in at all. A bit of road noise from the highway but since we were in a TT it didn't bother us. We did notice some of the tent sites didn't have much shade though. I would give it an 11 if the sites in the trees had full hookups. I would definitey stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
Potato Creek is at the top of our list of places to camp. The sites are huge, we camped with our tenter friends and our TT is 37'. We still had room for a screenroom, tho it wasn't necessary-no bugs. We had 2 cars too. Some sites are shadier then others. Plenty of room, that's why we love this park, along with the great bike path and the beach. My only complaint with Potato Creek is the shower houses. There are plenty of facilities, but they lack routine and consistent cleaning and were always running out of toilet paper. Some of the showers need repair, there is always a problem with the water pressure or tempature. Either too hot or too cold or not enough pressure. If the bathrooms were better tended I would give it a ten. There is a Wal-mart 20 minutes away on Rt. 31 towards South Bend.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
Despite the lousy weather, it's a beautiful park. We had a very level site, #23, and it was long enough for our 37ft TT and Crew Cab Pick up. Some of the sites we saw were not level, however...in fact if you were unprepared with plenty of levelers I don't know what you would do. There were probably less than 20 RV's this weekend, so we had our pick of sites (we didn't like the one assigned to us -29). The chilly and rainy weather didn't give us a lot of opportunity to take advantage of the park's offerings, but I would not hesitate to return. Some of the park's roads need repaving and/or repair. Very hilly, it's a pretty park.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
Pokagon has so much to offer, from bike paths to horseback riding. The trailride is a little pricey and the mosquitos were terrible, but it was still a great weekend. The beach is excellent, although a hike down a hill to get to it, so carrying your gear is a pain (especially back up). We were in loop 4. The kids liked riding their bikes down the hilly roads. The roads are paved, but narrow, and most are one-way. Loop 3 had pull through sites, and two shower houses. The shower/toilet facilities are all pretty dated, but they were always clean. What's nice it the location. Very convenient to the highway, but not so close that you hear it at night. Angola has a Meijers and a Menards within a 10 minute drive which is very convenient for purchasing supplies. The downside is the majority of the sites are not shareable, they aren't very deep and it would be difficult for more than 1 family per site, and the park limits 1 car per site, and overflow parking is kind of far away. Compared to the large sites at Potato Creek in Indiana, where sharing would be a breeze, I wouldn't recommend it here. I will definitely return!
Date of Stay: August, 2007
Loved Ottawa Lake! The campground was hard to find. Do not use mapquest directions! We got lost for 45 minutes trying to find it...once we arrived, check-in is a pain...We paid an additional $20 for entrance fees...for a 2 night stay! No campstore, you have to drive to Eagle (if you can find it) for supplies. They sell ice $2 and firewood $5 bundle at the gate, but that's it. All that aside, I loved the campground. The beach was "swim at your own risk" because e-coli counts were up. But the sites were spacious and the facilities very-very clean. Plenty for the kids to do. We could have shared sites with our family members but we did not know that having not seen how large they were beforehand. The outer circle sites are the nicest but they don't have electric. They are the shady ones. The others have some shade, but are still very private as there is lots of brush/growth separating sites. I would stay there again, it's a very nice state campground, despite the expense.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
The only thing good about the Warren Dunes Campground is the location in Warren Dunes State Park. We had to pay a daily entrance fee on top of the camping fee so it ended up costing and extra $23 on top of the $25/day fee. The roads are dirt, not paved and full of large potholes. The sites are small, sandy dirt or gravel some had grass. If I had a trailer larger than 22 feet I would not plan to stay here, too difficult to navigate. Our site was infested with poison Ivy... There was a site by the bathroom that appeared to have nests of hornets in the ground, several of them. We had a good location near the only bathroom/shower house in the loop, and there are not enough facilities for the size of the campground. You always had to wait in line for the very dirty showers. I expected everything to be sandy because of the dunes but this was not just sand, it was dirty and they didn't clean them nearly enough. We arrived on Saturday and stayed till Monday; I was awaken about 4am Monday morning to the sound of trucks from nearby I-94, Monday morning rush hour...I didn't hear it at all the first night so it must be a weekday phenomenon. It's a very smoky campground, it was mostly tenters and there wasn't a breeze so the smoke stayed in the campground. The benefit of this place is the dunes/beach located in the park, it was fabulous. Nice beach, fun to swim in Lake Michigan. Nice shop/concessions, and the kids loved to hike to the top of the dune. But I truly felt the campground left a lot to be desired. If I returned it would simply be day use of the Dunes/Beach. The location is convenient to the Chicago area tho; only took about 1 1/2 hours to get there.