Date of Stay: October, 2008
Beautiful campground on Barren River Lake. You can see the lake from just about every site, and the fishing is great. Very clean, and bathrooms were nice. The walk to the water is down a fairly steep hill so it can be a little tiring to carry fishing gear and beach chairs up and down. The camp store is adequate but has limited hours. There is a small store about 15 minutes away and a Walmart about 35 minutes away in Glasgo. We were there for the annual Halloween event. Everyone decorates their sites and passes out candy to the kids. There is even a "haunted walk" set up that rivals most professional haunted houses.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
This is a good campground but not great. The weekend we stayed here they were having their annual "yard sale" so it was pretty packed. We stayed in the back of the campground on a corner lot so we had more room than most. There was just a small pad for our van so we had to pull back onto the grass to get to the electric and water. Some sites are VERY tight and the guy next to us dented his truck on a tree trying to back his 5th wheel in between trees. Our site was mostly unlevel and it took some extra work to get set up. We loved the pioneer village, however it is small and it is a self-guided tour. The mill is very beautiful and would be a great place to bring a picnic lunch. We played putt-putt (very nice course) and did a couple of trails. They also have a nice pool with a beach entrance and 2 water slides. The camp store is small, but you are just a few minutes from town to pick up anything else you need. I stayed here with my wife and 3 kids and would come back again in the summer when the pool is open.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
Excellent park. Very clean. We stayed on site number 15. The Gravel pad was very flat and we had a lot of room. Trees separated us on one side from the next site and on the other side we were 30 feet from the rest rooms and playground. It is a short walk to the water for fishing or swimming. The beach is clean and well kept. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The camp store is small and it is about an hour drive to Wal-Mart so make sure and bring everything you need. I camped here with my wife and 3 kids and we will definitely camp here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
We stayed at campsite #29. It is full sun, but the location was good for us. The site was very unlevel and was mostly on grass. Make sure that you visit the pool. It has an incredible beach type entrance, water slide and diving board at the 12 foot end. Nice playground and the restrooms were fine. The staff was friendly and the camp store was adequate. Madison is just a few miles up the road if you need extra supplies. My only complaint is that they have a raccoon problem at night. The raccoons are obviously used to humans and walk right up to you to beg for food. I kept chasing them away but every few minutes more would come out of the brush. The kids were getting scared because they were so bold.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
The campground was clean and the staff was very friendly. The site was assigned and was VERY small. You can literally take 3 steps and bump into the next trailer. The pool is small (an oval about 25 feet from end to end) but is kid friendly. They have 3 wheel'd bikes to rent and putt-putt (costs extra). The camp store had a little bit of everything and the prices seemed reasonable. You can hear traffic from the highway and see a subdivision just outside of the campgrounds so it looses the "feel" of camping. I was there to visit the "Illinois Railway Museum" which was only a block away. There is also a "wild west town" next door so there is plenty to do outside of the KOA.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
We stayed at campsite #64. It was completely shaded and the pad was fairly level and was mixed gravel and dirt. They have a very large pool that is about 1/2 mile from campground. The best part of the park is the pioneer village and mill. It is beautifully kept with a large mill in the center surrounded by several smaller buildings. Each building has a volunteer dressed in period appropriate clothing. They are great about answering questions and make it more fun for the kids. We had a great experience and have already booked another trip there!