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Lots of stuff for the whole family to do. This campground is part of a recreational facility that includes cabins, vacation homes for rent, and lodges. It is also the center for summer camps for kids and has many things to do including mini golf, craft activities, an indoor pool, a climbing wall, zip line, horse back riding and hiking trails up into the surrounding mountains. Some of this costs extra money, especially anything including horses. The campground itself is really only open through the summer, whereas the rest of the facility (including cabins and lodges) is popular for cross country skiing and snow-shoeing through the winter. You can rent bikes in the summer and cross country ski gear in the winter. This place is well set up for groups and reunions with all of the various housing options. The mountains are scarred by the bark beetle infestation, like pretty much everything in this general region, but the trails are still nice once you get up into the hills. The campground is otherwise not very scenic, but with all of the activities we never had to leave the property to keep the kids busy, and we'll be going back there sometime.

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Convenient to the interstate so you will hear traffic noise. Smallish pool and older playground but the kids enjoyed both. Restroom/shower was clean and adequate. Ice cream social every evening and pancake breakfast every morning for an extra, reasonable, charge. Nothing much else to do but a very adequate place to overnight on the road.

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This campground is right off I-70 ... and you'll know that staying here. The traffic noise is unrelenting so plan on running the AC/fan/heat to drowned it out if that kind of thing bothers you. The kids enjoyed the pool and playground. The restroom/shower was clean but the shower heads are mounted so low on the wall that anyone 5' or taller will have problems getting their head under the spray. Okay for an overnight stay - we've been here twice but we'd like to find a better option.

     

Casey KOA

Casey, Illinois

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Nice campground. Very close to the interstate but without most of the traffic noise that plagues a lot of KOA's. The pool was very nice and the restroom/shower facilities clean and well-kept. Level spot with convenient hook-ups. Only unpleasant surprise was an extra charge for the kids on check-in: when the reservation was made, the kids were supposed to be free. The campground was a bit on the expensive side for what you get, considering it's mostly an overnight stopover campground.

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This campground has a lot to do for a family if you don't mind spending money; right on the lake with tennis, mini golf, swimming, canoes, aqua-bikes, kayaks, and even power boats for rent, as long as you don't mind spending money. They have several playgrounds, a pool, multiple hot tubs (even two designated for kids) and a large Rec hall with stuff for teenagers in the evening. In our opinion the nicest sites are those without sewer hookups, because there are a lot of permanent setups where there are sewers, which is unfortunately where we wound up. The "woodland" sites with sewer are jammed in together and you feel like you are in a trailer park, whereas the non-sewer "hill" sites are just like being in a state park, with privacy and woods and a price discount as well. Some of the waterfront sites are spectacular, although it would be difficult to get a larger trailer backed into a few of the sites on the peninsula. So ambiance of the park varies widely through the park, even within one region. Also some sites were wet and some were dry with Maine's wet summer, which would be difficult to plan for. Relatives of ours without campers rented cabins and were very happy with the cabins.

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We stayed here only overnight on a cross-country trip but I wish we could have stayed longer. Very friendly and helpful staff. Level and shady spot with convenient hook-ups. Extremely nice and clean restroom/shower facilities - more like visiting someone's home than being in a campground. The rate included "freebies" for the kids: 15 minute rental of peddle carts, free round of mini golf, and 15 minutes on the jump pillow. Family-friendly and yet a nice quiet campground. Convenient but not excessively close to the interstate so no traffic noise at all.

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Price reflects KOA discount since they are now a KOA. This is the worst bathroom setup I've seen, with no room inside, only one shower and all pretty exposed. The campground itself was otherwise just OK, typical close together commercial campground spaces with a reasonable playground and swimming pool for the kids. It was a reasonable distance to the Hartford, Conn airport to pick me up and drop me off to get back to work.

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Great value for money. Nice campground on a lake. The kids loved the playground and pool and they were both nice facilities. The pull-thru was level and shaded; only quirk was that the electric was way up at the front of the site while the water & sewer were in the middle of the site. Since we weren't planning to unhitch, I was glad I had an extension cable for the electric or I would have had to unhitch. Restroom/shower facilities were nice and clean. Staff was helpful and nice. I would be happy to stay here again for more than an overnight.

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Convenient campground to the interstate, okay for an overnight. Kids enjoyed the playground and pool although neither were anything special. Restroom/shower were adequate. Go slowly over the bridge at the entrance.

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This is a very nice, new campground with well kept trails and facilities. The park staff does a great job setting and moving around geo-caches for the kids; you can rent a GPS and get the latest coordinates at the visitors center. The grounds are very pretty, but you aren't completely in the wilderness with Co Springs down the hill and a housing development up and to the north. The playgrounds are only for kids up to age 5, so don't expect to amuse your older kids there. There is a 6 or 7 dollar daily fee for your car in addition to the nightly camping fee if you don't have an annual pass, and a motorhome with a toad may have to pay for the second car as well.

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Very pretty park, the sites afford a good deal of privacy in loop D with nice playgrounds and trails for the kids to enjoy. I would bet that the park gets packed in the middle of the summer with lots of activity on the lake. The kids would like to return in the summer to check out the swimming beach. Typical CO state park pay showers at 50 cents for 3 min shower, and a $7/day vehicle entry fee (unless you have an annual park pass for $60).

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This place was very crowded for winter camping. We are glad we showed up in time to get one of the last 2 electric sites to help run the heater. There are very friendly folks in this campground. It is rustic with decent spacing between sites and lots to see in the area. I'd like to spend more time there.

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We only stayed here one night, but it was a very nice campground, with lots of space and trees between sites and relatively convenient to town if you need provisions. There were deer and raccoons around the place. Their late check-in procedure was a little confusing, and we didn't use the "wagon wheel" but instead grabbed a site in the regular camping area. The bathrooms were clean and well heated for a winter visit.

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We camped there twice over Thanksgiving week, which is off-season for this campground, and we were the only ones there both times. If you want seclusion and privacy, this is the time and place to go. I am not sure how crowded or hot it is during the summer season, and we didn't use the bathrooms so we can't comment on them either. However, we had deer, rabbits and geese in the place, and the kids got a big kick out of the (real) dinosaur footprints up on the dam. There are seven electric sites.

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The nightly rate does not include a one-time $5 entry fee which we only had to pay once for 3 days. This campground is very convenient for visiting some friends in town, and would make a good place to generally visit Austin. However, while there are an absolute ton of non-electric tent sites, there were only 20 or so RV sites (water and electric), and they were about 60% used up (all lake front sites were used) by Thanksgiving day (compared with maybe 5 non-electric sites used in this park, and only about 20% occupancy of all other campgrounds in this trip). So this is a pretty popular, first-come first-served park. The popularity can give you some noisy camping neighbors unfortunately, which is why this gets a lower rating than other parks. Upkeep can use some work also; the lack of lids on trashcans means that trash was spread out all over the place in the mornings by hungry critters.