Date of Stay: August, 2009
Pros: Park was clean; well kept; good bath house (based on a walk-through only, we used our own facilities); sites of a reasonable size (we were on an end site, with our awning facing away from our neighbor); no extra charge for tram to Indiana Beach amusement park; large pool; reasonably well stocked store; OK game room; friendly staff; Yogi, Cindy and Boo Boo made a couple of appearances if your children are of an age that the characters would be appreciated. Cons: The “heated” pool is subject to interpretation (it was a bit cool for our tastes), but that opinion was not shared by all; the pool was well used on Friday and Saturday; pool area could use more lounge chairs; in order not to cut through other campers sites, it’s a long walk around the perimeter of the park to get to the store / pool area (DW says they need a dedicated path through the center of the park); the maple trees at the back of the park are suffering from some kind of fungus that is spotting all the leaves; the sites in front don’t have any trees of an appreciable size; the arms on the gates at the entrance are gone. About 1/3 of the park participated in the Halloween weekend festivities complete with site decorations and Trick or Treating. Whether is was because of the Halloween theme, or for some other reason, approximately half the sites in the park (including half of the FHU sites) were being camped on in tents: nothing against tenters but it seems to be a louder style of camping if this weekend was any indication. (DW says it's because tents are strictly for sleeping and everything else is done outdoors). We’re used to a quieter style of camping (RVing?).
Date of Stay: July, 2009
New, gated (you get a key card on check-in to open the entrance gate) RV “Resort” north of Muskegon near Michigan Adventures amusement park. All sites are FHU with 30 & 50 amp plug-ins and cable TV. Sites are generously sized, but as the park is brand new, the grass still needs some time to come in completely and thicken up in some areas. Each site has a concrete pad with a metal lined, concrete fire pit. Our site was level side to side, and slightly low in the back. The pool area is nice, but the water temperature could have been a few degrees warmer for our tastes; the hot tub was large and of a reasonable temperature (hot, but not too…). The kids play park looked nice & well kept. The office / store area was smaller and stocked with food stuffs, snacks, drinks, etc. They sell bundles of wood for $4 each – all three bundles we bought were wet and made an unsatisfactory, smoky fire. We were there for four days over the 4th of July weekend; the park was quiet, and the one time that someone decided to begin their own fireworks show at their site, the park owners were there immediately with a reminder that fireworks of any kind, were not allowed in the park. The park owners were also at the gate on Sunday, collecting key cards and directing traffic as folks left for home. There was some noise from the amusement park, but it was not unreasonable or irritating. If the owners can maintain the condition of the park, keep it clean and keep the family atmosphere, they should do well for the foreseeable future.
Date of Stay: March, 2009
This is a private campground south of Springfield, convenient to tourist spots. It is clean, well kept, and the folks running the place are pleasant to deal with. We did not find the "Keep Off the Grass" signs, etc to be intrusive or irritating. Points off for closeness of sites (-.25) and for proximity to I-55 (-1.75). We knew the campground was close to the highway and expected the noise, but be aware that the sounds from the highway is a constant. We would stay again if in the area.