Date of Stay: August, 2013
We were pleasantly surprised at the very nice pull-thru sites available for rvs & campers. Though, I did see a few pull-thru sites that were not level, but the place is just so pretty I'd deal with leveling my trailer just to stay here! I gave it a 10, but here a few things to be aware of (not reasons not to stay - you should stay here!): The campground is accessed via Hwy 3. If you want to get back on the park loop road you have to drive around a little. It's kind of annoying in that sense. You can walk to the park loop road from the campground (which you should to cross over to the ocean overlook and watch the sunrise). We arrived at 11:30 am and were told they literally can't check people in until 12pm. She told us to eat lunch and come back. We pulled into the dump station and watched as several cars pulled up and started getting checked in before 12. My husband walked over and the lady working tried to tell my husband to go out to the highway, turn around and get in line. This was at 11:45. This would be no easy feat with our 30 foot trailer. Another worker took pity and checked us in. Odd experience but her lack of professionalism didn't reflect on the great campground. We didn't really even notice mosquitoes or bugs (except at overlook - bring spray!). A very pleasant experience. If you can dry camp, stay here! There is a shower place down the road and it's not far from villages.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
A very nice campground. Yes, hilly, but very scenic. There are a number of sites that seem to be seasonal. Our site, w/e/s, was #83 and we kind of felt it was one of the best sites. So private, and shady. We towed in our 30 foot TT and didn't have any issues navigating the hills or turns. I think they are cognizant of the areas trailers/rvs can't negotiate easily. The pool area is clean and relaxing. The kids enjoyed that very much along with the game room. It is convenient to Lake George yet nice in that you can get away from everything and relax at the campground. We could hear the highway from our site and realized the bridge was very near. Overall really didn't bother us but you can hear it. No complaints!
Date of Stay: August, 2013
A very nice state park. Sites in our loop were quite spacious, but the loop closest to office was busier (tents & campers) and seemed closer together. In the electric area, the lake sites were all full, but in reality only a few of them really had great lake views so I wouldn't be deterred if unable to nab one of these "premium" sites. We used this location to visit Niagara Falls. It was fine, but about a 15-20 minute drive away. We did go to the Canada side and entered at the crossing closest to the park. We returned via the Rainbow Bridge. I'm not sure if this is always the case, but we lucked out doing it this way. The line going the other way for each of our crossing was backed up for a long ways. As we did it we crossed quickly both times (bring your passports!). The facilities were very nice at the park, showers good, staff friendly. Nice little camp store for treats or few grocery items. As we expected, state parks offer inexpensive yet great camping experiences. We did enjoy walking down by the lake and looking across to Toronto.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
I have an older review of this campground that says I would not go back. Well, here I am and I did go back. I was worried I would be disappointed again, but I actually think I'd even go back again! A few years ago they created a "pond" with huge inflatables for a waterpark attraction. The dirt removed was used to build a levee in the campground to prevent the campground from being wiped out again from the fairly regular flooding that goes on there. A few areas are on the river side of the levee. So they are "sacrificed" if a flood comes through. However, this created some more private-like sites in the "River Glen" area that are away from the craziness of the pool and seasonal campers. We were happy to be down there without too many others, but our sites were all weeds and that kind of thing is a little trashy. I do like a private campground that doesn't have too many rules about setup. We could place our camper how we wanted on our patch of weeds, use a mat, park our truck wherever and leave our dogs in the camper when we went to do something else. The seasonal campers do love their golf carts. I was prepared for it based on all the comments in reviews. They had a long printed weekend schedule of activities. At the height of our long summer days the schedule had most activities closing by 5pm. What?!?!? It's light until 9pm. The pool, jumping pillow, tubing, space ball and others had early closing times. But no, suddenly the pool was open past five. We found out that the close times are optional to the workers. Apparently, they often extend it on the fly. Ok, why bother? Why close at 5 pm ever? The printed schedule seems to be irrelevant and a joke. Considering a weekend wristband to do these activities is $20, I think they should stay officially open later into the evening. The base rate for our w/e site was $46 and then $2 for each child. Our nightly total was $52. My biggest complaint is about a few of the workers. Many are pleasant and were very nice, but a few in the office were very pleasant and nice to us adults, but snippy and rude to our children. We had a standing joke all weekend that our kids would earn points every time they got "chewed out" by someone in the office. They were not being disrespectful at all, but the worker assumed they were. One time my daughter and her friend waited to purchase something and the worker looked right over them and helped the person in line behind them! I don't think that is very professional behavior. I get that there are TONS of kids at this campground and I bet some of them are rude, but the campground advertises itself as a family park. If you can't handle the pace or all the kids, I suggest you find a different job. I would probably go back because my kids had a great time with all the activities and it's close to home.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
I find it hard to criticize any of the state parks in MN. Given that for busy weekends if you don't make your reservation literally 365 days in advance you may be out of luck is a good recommendation that these parks are great. Forestville has 3 campground loops. Each is unique - one for electric, one non-electric but very woodsy and inviting and one rustic, woodsy area. There is also a large horse camp further in the park and this may be one of the main attractions of the park. I anticipated not so great hiking due to very wet weather and shored hiking/horse trails. To my surprise the trails were pretty good. There are many easy loops for easy hiking. The only drawback if you can call it that is that if you go to bike the state bike trails. It's probably about 8-10 miles from the trailhead. The park and sites are very pleasant. I'd call this a relaxing campground. Fishing, morel mushroom hunting, etc... are popular. We camped in the electric loop and our site was very spacious and private. Worth it if you want to visit the Lanesboro area.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
This park is a gem! I don't think there is one site that doesn't have it's merits; although, some are just phenomenal. Many of the sites have improved patio areas. Some of them are multilevel and are very inviting. The lake-side sites are the most popular with their incredibly long driveways, great views and patio areas. However, there are many sites that still have lake views and are incredible sites. Plus, the sites away from the lake are very private, shady and unique, too. If you can't score a lakeside or lake view, don't be disappointed. The sites provide electric/water. The campground itself is a little ways off the highway through a residential area but worth the drive. We enjoyed the swim beach and could see many others take advantage of fishing. Some sites near lake offer an easy place to park boats and other sites are just so long that there is plenty of room. Over the weekend the place is a little more boisterous and we did see the police drive through twice. There were no issues aside from hearing people having a good time. Those people were gone early on Sunday and the park was maybe 1/2 full as the week began. If you have a reason to camp here I think you'll enjoy it. Hopefully we may have a reason to return.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
We stayed overnight in this campground. We chose a shady, pull-through site which is set back from the river. It was fine and easily accessible. The staff was accommodating, as we thought we might arrive early in the morning and they said we could take our site whenever we arrived even if office was not open. The popular area of the campground was the pull-through area near river on north end. There are a few trees in this area, but not near as shady as our area. The southern river area is no trees and had only 2 campers, if I recall, while we were here. It was HOT! If you were to spend daytime here during the summer, I don't think an awning would be enough shade. (At least not for us!) We spent very little time here as we drove into Memphis, so any site probably would have been fine. If we return, though, I would chose the river area on the north end. Seemed a little nicer. The back-in sites behind us seemed to be occupied by long-stay workers. They came home after work and were gone first thing in the morning. This campground is very convenient to Memphis and would be a perfect choice if you plan to be doing things in the city. Also, their bathrooms were great! Clean, AC, and great showers. They were individual so you get the whole room to yourself. Interestingly painted black, but nice and I bet that's easier to keep clean! There isn't a pool, but since we spent more time in Memphis and it was a short stay, the convenient location made it worth it.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
We loved this park! If it could be closer to the beach, and if our site been more grassy than weedy/sand it would be a 10. We stayed on a lake site which seem to be most popular. The campground was very empty while we were here because school was starting soon in AL. Some loops had only a few campers. (Those who really like privacy could get it at this time in this almost-500 site campground). The pool area is awesome! It was open 9-9 daily and was a great option, when the beach wasn't. Easy to walk to if close enough, or they have a large parking lot if you want to drive. The beach is across the highway so we drove each time. Our camping pass allowed us free parking at the main beach area and we didn't mind this at all. We could see the flag for beach conditions from our site which was nice. The bathrooms were some of the best. Clean, AC and empty each time I went. Perhaps because the park offers full hookups, people use their campers more. The showers were so much better than our camper one, though, that we often opted for the park showers. All the sites near us were occupied and we had nice neighbors, no issues to mention. The campground overall is not very shady, but you can make it work. You can't select your site ahead of time, so depending on how busy the place is, your choice of site may be limited. We were told the place was full only a few weeks before we arrived. Definitely worth it and we're already talking about when we will go back!
Date of Stay: August, 2012
This campground was almost deserted! Assume because school had started. We had reserved our site ahead of time, but wouldn't have needed to. It's hard to say any site at this campground is bad. They are all asphalt with either a concrete pad for the picnic table or a slightly-raised wooden deck adjoining the parking pad for a picnic table. Some had both! Our site only had the concrete pad and had we spent more time at the campground, I think we would have liked the deck. I'd recommend that! The sites are well spaced and the area is all grass, trees (although not many that shade all sites). I noticed there were a few sites that were double-size as though 2 RVs could be right next to each other. I don't know if you would chose that if you were camping with friends, but wouldn't want to get that site accidentally and be on top of your neighbor! The bathrooms are nice, but it bugged me that the entire time we were here no one would clean off the sidewalk outside the women's bathroom. The remains of a salamander and something else were always there and it just grossed me out! A minor thing, but yuk! We used the camper pool once (separate from the wave pool) and they say there is not a lifeguard, but there was a worker there the whole time. The pool was fine but due to a power problem just that day, the pump wasn't working. We still swam, but it was filling up with debris (bugs, leaves) and wasn't all that inviting to go back. Although, perhaps, with the pump working again it would be fine. The pool is a little aged. We used the wave pool one day. It was almost exclusively locals (the campground was empty!), but not near the limit of people. If the place was full, I don't think this would be much fun. With the way it was, you can't help bumping into people! We had fun: the kids loved it the most. We thought it was interesting they have a park ranger posted here in what appears to be a security role. Overall, this is a great park. There are many options for exploring the swamps, etc., and it can be used as a base to visit New Orleans. We did this and used the Algiers Ferry to get into NO. This was better for us than driving and parking in city. However, I bet it's close to 20-30 minutes just to drive to ferry and then you still have to wait for ferry, and ride the ferry before you are in NO. It worked for us, but just plan on that time!
Date of Stay: August, 2012
Heaven! We were just intrigued and delighted with this place overall. It was once a private RV resort and they are still maintaining that atmosphere. The place is manicured with a regular moving schedule and workers who blow the pine needles off your concrete pad. Many sites are very private due to the landscaping between them. The back loop especially. It seems the closer you are to the pond and/or office the landscaping is more minimal and so some sites are open and/or close to others. When you reserve your site there are pictures to look at so take advantage of that. Also, plan ahead that the campground is not on the beach and the place is nature preserve. Because of this there is one road to the beach and you can walk it, bike it or take the once-hourly tram to the beach. It's a little over a 1/2 mile road so many people say you "need" a bike (walking is ok if you don't mind the distance or the heat: 10-15 minutes one way). We didn't have bikes and never felt the need to have them. We walked the trail a few times but otherwise took the tram which we found very convenient and quick. We loaded all our beach equipment on the tram and others even loaded full wagons! The campground has a rule that you are not to put any stakes in the ground because, I assume, there is a sprinkler system. We wanted to put up our screen tent but didn't due to that rule, and no one else had one up. I'm still surprised. Mosquitoes were there, not horrible, but my daughter would get bit each time she stepped out the door and the screen tent would have allowed her to eat outside. Almost exclusively the place was full of big rigs and fancy trailers. It was crazy! I can't say we ever stayed in a place where you didn't have someone's moldy, aged camper somewhere. The beach is to die for. Clear, warm water, white sand and a very unbusy beach. Pick your spot close to the boardwalk if you want some company or spread out and you can get a section all to yourself. Saw stingray, schools of fish and dolphins. It's beautiful! Bathrooms were nice, too. Clean, AC, warm water.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
We camped in the main campground. You may also camp on the river side where the marina is located. We selected the main side as the pool is located there. Pros: The proprietor is an accommodating, friendly, and welcoming person. Easy access to site. Seasonal occupants were friendly. The proprietor nicely loaned us a 50amp connector as the 30amp outlet on our shared power pole was being used by the neighbor. Saturday was taco night for $1. It's tasty and a cute idea. Cons: We faced a seasonal site that was thankfully unoccupied for the weekend. It was left in a state of disarray and was an eyesore. The fire rings had obviously been moved frequently and each burnt patch was littered with cigarette butts. Our picnic table was almost unusable as boards were loose and uneven. The sewer hookup was several inches above the ground necessitating more maneuvering and work to empty the tank when we left. Although clean, the shower rooms aren't inviting due to dated fixtures and shower heads that spray water almost painfully with cold water. The riverside campground is a world onto itself and not the environment we would seek for a relaxing camping weekend. We discussed for a few minutes the big equipment (bulldozer, etc..) left in an abandoned looking state near the river. We were itching with ideas on how to cleanup and improve the campground! Although some seasonal campers had nicely maintained sites, we were left with the perception of a disorderly, somewhat junky looking campground. Overall, the campground worked for our purpose but most likely won't return if needing to stay in the area again. At close to $50 a night we have certainly stayed in nicer campgrounds for even less that cost.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
Temperance River State park speaks for itself. It is currently the only state park on the north shore with electric sites. Almost without exception, every site is nice, most with shade and some have great views of Lake Superior. We camped in site 22 which is in the electric loop and although one the lake side it does not have a lake view due to trees. The restroom is kept clean and has 2 showers on each side. Be prepared for possible invasions of black flies - a screen tent would be worthwhile to ensure being able to sit outside. We were there for 8 nights and 2 of those days were intolerable for sitting around the fire due to flies. This is part of the north shore experience, though. Weather was warm and we were able to swim in the mouth of the river where it feeds into Lake Superior. Be safe in the river! Worth a destination camping vacation! Reserve in advance as this park can be hard to get into, although we were surprised to see available sites the entire time we were there.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
We originally reserved a site in the ranch camp. We were assigned site 132 but after checking it out we decided we needed to switch. The site has an extremely long gravel pad that seemed to wind itself, narrowly, through several closely spaced pine trees. It looked difficult with a 30 foot travel trailer. The office was very nice about letting us move (although not sure why they assigned us that one to begin with as they seemed to understand it was a tricky site). We moved to the Island in site #245 which we loved. This campground is surprisingly spacious and had several campground areas to choose from with each one seeming like it's own little campground. The only drawback is that only 3 of the areas have bath buildings. The Island did not have one, but this turned out to be ok as we had full hookup and took advantage of that. However, others near us would drive or walk to the ranch camp to use the facilities there which takes a few minutes to walk to. Part of the line camp and base camp have sites with no shade, but have several pull-through sites which many bigger rigs seemed to enjoy. Plus, almost all sites are so spacious you would have to try to be close to your neighbor. We loved this campground. The pool area was great, the store was nice and we enjoyed the pancake breakfast. We are looking forward to going back again and would recommend it to anyone.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
We were assigned site #11 with full hook-up. Looking at the online map of the campground, you can not tell how close the sites actually are to each other. We arrived when several sites around us were empty but by looking at the gravel pads we were a little concerned with how close they seemed to each other. We felt lucky in that our site was right by the creek and angled so we had a nice little grassy area with our picnic table and the kids could play in the creek. The place filled up by the weekend and it was close quarters. One person behind us backed up his 5th wheel so far that he was over the fire pit of the neighbor site behind him. Their camper was less than a foot from another camper. Given all that, the place is still great. In part I'm sure it's because of our location on the creek (and the city bike trail was directly in front of us, but was more entertainment and not a nuisance). The closeness is something to be aware of, though. There are sites that seemed much more spacious but overall the place had a cramped feel in the trailer area. The tent/non-hookup area was spacious and open. The bathroom/shower buildings were clean and showers worked well. The park itself has so much to offer, we were delighted with the whole experience. The firewood we bought from the office was delivered to our site. However it was wet and seemed to be cut pieces of old fence posts which we couldn't decided if was treated wood or not. Oddly (at least to us) the nice family that arrived on our last night and camped behind us used our campsite as public space they could walk through at anytime without a word. In reality we don't mind, but would prefer that they had simply asked or said excuse me first, and it wouldn't have seemed so odd. Not sure if this was just them or the campground in general. We made our reservation the first day it opened and I could tell people had already been busy before my call. My guess is that if you want a good site you need to call early - especially if it includes a weekend! We would definitely stay here again and would even pick our same site.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
We enjoyed our stay at this state park campground. The reservation site has pictures of each site so we knew what we were getting before arriving. Although our site #27E said no shade it did have a nice big tree to shade our picnic table. The sites are spread out, not too close to your neighbor with plenty of elbow room. Sites by the creek had plenty of shade, others may have none. The site is surrounded either by the creek or fencing to keep out the bison. The views are nice and exciting when the bison roam nearby. There is a small swimming beach in a pond, but after seeing the bison use it, we decided not to swim in it. Firewood is available at the Game Lodge store a short jaunt down the road. The bathrooms were well kept and there were 2 bath buildings. Also, a laundry building is onsite but we didn't use it. There are lots of bats which isn't bad, but we were by a barn/theater and there were lots of them. This had us ducking and jumping after dusk when we sat around the fire. Definitely would camp here or any of the Custer State Park campgrounds again. We had no problems.