Date of Stay: September, 2011
First time to this park. Campground in on short peninsula into the Lake. Most of the sites have lake views while the ones located on the outside of the loop are lake side. Sites to the south of the swimming beach have a nice easy slope to the water. Sites located along the main entrance have a steeper slope to the water. The sites were fairly close together, but still plenty of room to open slides and awnings. No problems getting around in our 32' travel trailer. Cars parked along the road could cause a few issues. There is a marina at the campground with minimal supplies. Otherwise the nearest stores are 10 miles away. No problems with cell phone coverage either. We will return to this campground.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
Very nice Corp of Engineers Park. We stayed in the newer section near the swim beach. A couple of the spots are close together but the majority are spaced appropriately. Restrooms were clean but very hot. What little ventilation that was installed couldn't keep up with the 100 F temps. All of the spots in this section are within walking distance to the swimming area and boaters with waterside campsites can leave their boats in the water. We will come back again next year.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
If I was only rating the staff and amenities then this park would rate a 10. The staff went out of their way to help us at all times. The number of programs was also top notch and consisted of the "normal" Yogi stuff. The campsites are not up to par with other campgrounds we have been to. The sites are pretty close to each other and some are difficult to back into. When you make a reservation you need to specify number of slides on your unit. We were not asked and there are sites that you will have difficulty opening the awning/slides. There were a couple of class "A" units and they looked liked they had to grease the units to get them parked. The south set of campsites is designed for pop-ups and gets considerable road noise. Overall the quality of the activities more than made up for the quality of the campsite. We will be back.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
Spent part of Easter weekend at the park. Due to the weather and time of the year some items we couldn't use but here is what we thought. We were the only campers in the park, so some of these comments may not apply to summer crowds. We stayed in the front of the park (back seems to be mainly for long term). There is no shade, so make sure your AC is working for summer months. The sites are level but are pretty close to each other and some are short. We had to park our car elsewhere and we have a 32' trailer. The Wi-Fi worked fine at the site and the free cable included the "standard" base package. The staff was friendly but the store was closed from 11am-1pm which may change when crowds arrive. The kids (12,10,8) loved the new jumping pillow and would have used it more but the weather turned rainy. We also tried the new mining sluice and it was a hit. The bags are a little pricey at $5 but they all had around 15 gems or fossils in them. The facilities (bathhouse and showers) were spotless. Unfortunately the other activities were canceled due to the weather. We will probably come back if we can get another sale weekend. This year they were offering (3) weekends at $15 per night instead of the usual $50. I'm not sure I would be willing to pay the higher rate compared to other Yogi's. However the owners seen to be committed to adding new things.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
Our first time at this park. I thought this was the best campground we have stayed at in Missouri. The site was within 30 feet of the water. Everything was spotless. We are going to return in July. We will see how things look after a couple of busy months from boaters and fisherman.
Date of Stay: March, 2011
This was our first trip to this park and I was a little disappointed compared to other Arkansas State Parks. I didn't camp here for the fishing so that lowers my opinion somewhat. If you desire to be on the river in seconds, than this is the place. First the good: spots were level and the majority of them are within 50 feet of the river. Everything was clean and the staff was very helpful. Next the items that lowered the rating for me: majority of the spots are on top of each other. If you neighbor has a slide open, there is a good chance you may not be able to use your awning. The location of the picnic tables and fire rings are a little confusing. You wonder if the people designing the campground have ever camped. Our picnic table was located on the backside of our camper and the fire ring was less than 2 feet from our camper. I probably could have melted my siding if I used it. Many of the sites are located along a one way lane and people park along both sides. I could see having to chase down people to move cars to get into your site for long rigs. While these are all minor items, it's not something I have seen at the other parks in Arkansas. But they would not keep us from returning.
Date of Stay: November, 2010
Our first visit to this state park. It is extremely nice. The RV section is fairly new so things are clean and very well keep. The park is small (compared to other state parks) with a few hiking trails. We did the hikes and the ranger-led programs (owls and bats) which were well done. Huntsville is close if you need to pick anything up. We will definitely be back next summer to try the swimming pool.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
This was our 4th stay at the park. We always go for the Halloween weekend. It is a wonderful park. The full hookup spots are very nice. There are a handful that are a little narrow for opening both slides and awning. The park can handle a large number of people and it will see lots of visitors. The roads in/out of the park are crooked so don't be in a hurry. The south entrance is not recommended for trailers over 24'. I have driven it in our truck and I agree with the assessment. Be sure to have a full tank of gas and all our camping goodies because the camp store is small and town in 20 miles away.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
This is our first visit since the flood. The new campground is very nice but has a few quirks and needs a few years to mature. We stayed in loop 2 (full hookups). The campground is almost 1 mile from the actual Shut-in's area so be prepared to drive back and forth. But campers still get priority entry into the park. The camping area is not serviced by the hosts very much. Check-in area is open from 3-6pm and the store is open approximately 8-11am and 5-9pm. The playground area is by the store and not visible from any of the campsites. There is also a dip in the road in loop 1. If you have a low clearance trailer there is a good chance you will drag. Also there are surprisingly few trash dumpsters. Even with these items the campground is clean and much nicer than the old one. We will definitely be back next summer.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
A beautiful park to spent a couple of days. Sites are not especially long but we were able to park our truck in front of our 32' trailer and stay out of the street. This is a great summer camping spot since the temperature at the park is nearly 10 degrees cooler than the valley floor. Recreation mainly consists of hiking the area trails, but we did get to watch the hand gliders take off in the park. There were also bear sightings near the campground. The views are spectacular and overall the park was in great shape. Be sure your gas tank is full and you have all your supplies. The camp store has a very limited amount of supplies and town is about 15 miles away. We will definitely return to this park.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
Very nice Corp of Engineers facility that includes two swimming beaches, playground, beach volleyball net, basketball goal and boat launch. Sites were not real spacious, but enough room to move about. The swimming areas are very nice and clean. The campground sits on a peninsula so all sites are within 100 feet of the water with many sitting directly on the lake. Not very close to the attractions in Branson if that is what you are looking for. I will definitely go back again.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We spent 3 nights in Area C full hook-up area. This loop is located on a hillside and can be hard to get into depending on your trailer size. I had to inch my way into the spot due to trees on the opposite side of the road prohibited getting the vehicle off the road to back into the spot. The full hookup spots in area T are closer together but are level and appear easier to get in/out of. The park was clean and an attendant is available 24 hours at the check-in station. There is also a small store on-site with the basic items. The swimming area was also relatively clean. The park does allow extended stays so you may be next to someone who appears to have brought half of their house (grills, ATVs, tents, regrigerators, etc.) I have been to nicer places, but this campground was clean and had the amenities you would be looking for around the lake.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This campground does not deserve to be called a Jellystone Campground. The facilities are not up the the quality we have seen at the other Yogi's. We stayed only one night passing through the area after staying 4 nights in a Yogi in Kentucky. 90% of the sites sit alongside the river but do not have river views. They are your basic canoe rental campground sites. There has been no upgrades (pads, tables, light poles, etc) to any of these sites. The pool is pretty small and the water park they have installed is only a couple of water squirting features. Not what I would advertise as a children's splash playground. The game room/restaurant are only open in the evenings and the food prices are outrageous. We took the kids down to eat and watch cartoons. The 2 piece chicken finger meal with fries was $7.50 and that didn't include the $1.50 drink. Hamburger and hot dogs were more expensive. I couldn't see spending $50 for 5 people to eat there. Also most of the kids activities were scheduled to begin at 8pm or latter. No exactly prime time for my children to start things. I definitely wonder how many activities they even have during the week when the canoeing crowd in not there. If you are looking for the Yogi experience do not go to this campground. If you are just in the area to canoe why pay the costs that they are charging. We will not be back the this park.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
Stayed 4 nights at the campground. The facility is a little older but was keep very clean. The owners seen to spend lot of time and money on the place based on the number of workers and time you saw them about. They had all the amenities you would expect for the Yogi title (pool, water slide, putt-putt, games, hayrides, etc.) They basically had a planned activity every hour for the children. Our 3 children (11,9,7) had a absolute ball while we there there. I would have given this place a 10 except for a few items. Some of the spots are a little short. Our 32' trailer had truck took up every inch of the site. Some of the spots could also use some leveling. I think we had to raise one side 6 inches and the back levelers were basically on the ground. Also some of the older trees have disappeared so some of the spots were completely out in the sun. These are minor items that didn't affect the quality of our stay, and this campground was the highlight of our trip to Mammoth Cave.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Camped here in June 2009. It was our first time in an Oklahoma state park, so nothing to compare it to. First the good. Sites were paved and level and most had tables and fire rings but some were short if you have a long trailer. All sites are within 100 yards of the lake. There isn't a designated swimming area so you can swim anywhere. The lake has a long swallow shoreline which makes swimming with kids easy. The park also has a new nature center. The not so good. There seems to be few rules at this particular park. Parking is a free-for-all with cars all over the roads and the camping spots. The park is popular with day trippers. If you have a lake side spot the day trippers will drive between the lake and your campsite and park/play. The restrooms where attended to but I would not consider them "clean" compared to Missouri/Arkansas state parks. I probably would not return to this particular park.