Date of Stay: July, 2014
We’ve stayed at this campground for a couple years and have reviewed it before. The place is still very nice, well-maintained, and the staff is awesome. However, it’s been KOA’d. $44 per night and not even full hookup, no pool, and 30-amp service! Plus another couple bucks for the dogs, AND there’s a charge for the agonizingly slooowww Wi-Fi. Wow. The pricing doesn’t seem to be hurting business, though. Pretty full on this mid-July weekend, with a lot of overnighters. The seasonal sites are all very well maintained with nice-looking rigs on them.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
Very nice small family-run campground just a couple miles off I-70. (AUGUST 2013 ALERT: I-70 in Richmond is in horrible shape. Pay very close attention to the flashing boards/signs warning of "rough pavement ahead". There's a particularly bad spot on the right edge of the right westbound lane right before this campground's Exit 153. You WILL sustain damage if you hit this and some of the other bad spots at full speed. Stay well behind a semi and keep an eye on it - you'll see it swerve or hop if it hits it ,and you can react accordingly. The bad spots seem to be near bridges. Eastbound lanes are just as bad/worse! You'll see truck/car parts all over the place just past the bad spots.) The campground has a nice assortment of shaded or full-sun transient sites. Some sites can be tricky backing in with the big trees, but the owner will accompany you and advise accordingly; they know what they're talking about! Pool and surrounding area were spotless despite heavy use. Owners were very visible, going around keeping an eye on things, but NOT acting crabby/police-like like some other campgrounds we've been to. Extensive playground directly across from some sites. Easy access to the White River (actually a shallow creek in that area) for wading, crawdad hunting, etc. Our site 54 backed up to the creek and heavy woods - very nice in late August with all the bug/frog sounds at night. Hard-packed gravel interior roads and pads/sites. Other reviews mentioned the state highway right next to the campground. We were in the "back" where most of the transient sites are and really didn't notice it too much. What we did notice was the nearby church's outdoor service at 8:15am Sunday. Holy Moses! (pun intended) Their music was loud and "boomy" with heavy base - vibrated right through our newer 5th wheel and woke us up! We thought it was some idiot teenager in his car or something! And to think the first time we drove by, we thought "Gateway Vineyard" was where we could do some wine tasting, LOL! Since it was a church service, after all, I guess we won't hold that against the campground. The seasonal sites appeared neat, well-maintained, and occupied by newer/well-maintained units. We will be back to this campground.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
Wow, what a hidden gem. Small, young family-run campground in the rolling hills of southwest Ohio. Looked like every site had full hookups with 50 amps. We stayed on a cool weekend in mid-April, so the place was only half full, if that. So, the place was very, very quiet at night. The owners' home is right there. Every time someone drove in, the owners were there checking out who was coming in. Plus, there was one camp/work couple there, and the owner said there was another such couple that spent the summers there. Accordingly, the place was very well maintained, with the owner and his help milling around always doing something - cutting the grass, hammering something, straightening up. We saw no permanent/seasonals. All of the rigs that came in the weekend we were there were clean/newer rigs (including some HUGE newer fifth wheels and motor homes), so the place attracts a safe/decent/well-behaved clientele. We will definitely be staying there again. The only reason I gave a 9 rating instead of a 10 is that some of the sites, especially the pull-throughs are a bit close, a la KOA. The angled back-ins seemed reasonably spaced, but certainly not as big as, say, state-park sites. Some of the sites had concrete pads. We were kind of close to the office and pool/maintenance building, so the Wi-Fi was pretty strong. The owner did have to reset the modem once.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
I am the same reviewer who left the September, 2011 review. We stayed at Happy Acres over the Labor Day weekend 2012 (along with a couple of other times this past season). Happy to report that everything is as ship-shape as set forth in last year's review. This campground is under new ownership and the only thing different that we noticed is that the seasonal campers seem to be a LOT happier and welcoming to us "transients" (weekenders). We'd be sitting by our fire and they'd drive by on their golf carts just waving and smiling, yelling "hello," etc. This in sharp contrast to many other campgrounds where we're regarded as "outsiders." A couple of them stopped by and talked a few minutes, thanking us for spending the weekend, asking us where we were from, etc. And these are the SEASONAL CAMPERS, not the owners! The owner did indeed stop by a couple times wanting to make sure everything was OK. I don't want to overstate all of this: it wasn't like we were being bothered every few minutes. People were just very friendly without being overbearing. It was like they were genuinely concerned about the reputation of their campground. All of the transient sites, including a water/electric grass site section for groups were full and everyone seemed to be having a good time with the bingo, hayrides, etc. The pool is well maintained and spotless with lots of tables and chairs. Another pleasant trip to Happy Acres.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
Very nice park right off the interstate...well, OK, right on the interstate. Situated on two very large, gorgeous clear-water ponds - leftover from when they built the interstate ramps. Lakes are very, very well maintained with a groomed/grassy walking trail encircling both. Unbelievable clear water for this part of the state. Excellent fishing from both - we caught a nice mess of large bluegills to feed 4 this past weekend. Plenty of 12 - 14 inch bass, too, along with at least one 14" crappie that I caught/released. One of the lakes is divided in half by a causeway that encloses the blue-watered swimming lake. The campground is bordered by the lakes on two sides with the highway just beyond, and on the other two sides by huge expanses of beautiful farmland...looks like some kind of postcard - the land is very flat with a slight roll, you can see forever with pastoral scenes of farm houses/barns waaaaay in the distance. The campsites are OK, kind of close, although not nearly as close as typical KOA's, with which this campground is now affiliated. Most sites are water/electric, with some FHU available. The sites that back up to the lake are beautiful, but the highway noise can be loud at times. Also, the lakefront sites have shared water hookups, so if you're on the left, you have to stretch a LOT of hose under your camper to get to the water hookup that's technically in the neighboring site. No biggie. Looks like around half of the sites are seasonal/permanent. Unfortunately, the campground allows those trashy-looking storage things, along with all kinds of crap..uh, stuff sitting around the seasonal campsites. You'd think with all those storage sheds, people wouldn't leave all the trashy looking stuff around their sites. Plus, there must've been a big sale on blue tarps, because everyone has one - some in tatters! They really should start enforcing some decorum, because all of that does belie how nice of a place this is. Lots and lots of trees, but none were in our way when we used back-in sites. Sadly, many have been lost to emerald ash borer, but they've been taking a lot of them down and there are still plenty of large trees everywhere. Bathhouses were fine. Playground includes lots of climb-upon things for the kids to play on, and they do have lots of adult/kid activities in the summer, including Bingo. Also, in the summer, the blue-water swimming lake is kept weed-free and nicely groomed. Owners/staff are just wonderful. No cable, but we pulled in 20+/- stations from Lima/Toledo. Major annoyance: the stupid Wi-Fi that you still have to pay for, and when you do, you can't pick up good signal unless you're very close to the office. Come on folks, free Wi-Fi is an expected standard anymore. This campground is now KOA affiliated, so maybe that will encourage some tidying-up of the seasonal area and upgrading the Wi-Fi availability, for free. Otherwise, we have and will continue to come back a few times a year.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
We've stayed here before, and it's as nice and friendly as ever. Had a pull-through full hookup site. Nice, well-maintained hookups. Fairly wide/level site compared to other private campgrounds. We were here on Labor Day weekend and the place was pretty well full. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, what with the planned activities including a corn hole tournament, bingo, a hayride that we jokingly dubbed the "Harley Tractor" (it was really loud and clacketing, and went around and around and around the campground many times). The pool is small, but when we got in on Thursday, we were just one of three couples. On a 90-degree day, it was HEAVEN! Very clean, clear pool, with plenty of chairs, and tables/umbrellas. On Labor Day weekend Saturday, the pool was indeed packed. However, it was virtually all families having a great time - and we still found 3 chairs poolside!! There are many big lakes and Pokagon State Park within a few miles of this campground (we were fishing/swimming Coldwater Lake this weekend). The road noise can be kind of annoying if you're outside (but we couldn't hear it inside our hard sided 5th wheel), and the Wi-Fi was completely out. No cable, but we picked up a couple dozen channels with our antenna. However, the friendliness, roominess, and cleanliness of this campground outweigh those relatively minor annoyances.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
The reviewer who left the other review in 8/2011 is spot-on. This is a gorgeous campground with acres and acres of open grass adjacent to the camping area and the place is meticulously kept. Their pictures on the internet are actually accurate! We caught a few 12" - 13" large mouth bass in the 3.5 acre fishing/swimming pond that's treated to prevent algal blooms, so it's clean. Also some bluegills. The pond is catch/release, so those bass are still there! Rugged/limited access to the White River, though. No cable, but we picked up around 20 channels out of Indy. This campground is not even 15 minutes from the big/fancy Hoosier Casino/Race Track. We went and spent a nice afternoon at the horse track making $2 bets, LOL, had a great time. Nice, nice, horse track. I don't think I have ever seen a campground where the seasonal sites don't look crappy. This is a first. 99% of the seasonal sites here are very nicely maintained units and sites. They apparently don't allow storage sheds. There was just one site, however, that had a big shelter-thingy with all kinds of boating stuff under it and a LOT of other stuff under tarps. Also, right across from the office, there's a really nice seasonal motorhome, but it has a bunch of stuff under blue tarps - really doesn't reflect the quality of the campground once you get in. We also noticed that even over the weekend, there weren't a lot of kids running around. YES!!! Accordingly, even on the weekend in the summer, this place was very quiet. Anyway - the only reason I'm not giving a "10" rating is because the free Wi-Fi was up and down constantly, kind of maddening when I'm trying to update my Ebay listings. Hookups, bathrooms, showers, etc., were all very fine. Stayed here 3 nights. We will DEFINITELY stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Nice little KOA perfect for an overnight stay or two en route to/from Myrtle Beach or whatever, in a gorgeous setting. Nice wide/paved entry area, gravel campground driveways and sites. Well-kept store, clean restrooms, nice pool with a slide, so it's frequented by kids - I wouldn't be sitting over there with a drink, but hey, it gives the kids a good/safe time and tires them out! It appears that the sites aren't real level, but not a huge problem. This campground is 2 minutes off the highway, but we (in a hybrid) could not hear the highway. When I called 2-months in advance for reservations, a friendly "older" gentlemen took my reservation for two pull-through sites, took my name, and that was it - didn't get my phone number, deposit, etc. Well, we showed up and...no reservations. Luckily, they had two sites for us, even though they ended up fairly full that night. (Call back later and confirm your reservations!). One unusual thing that I've never seen - (some of?) the sites are arranged as "buddy sites" so that two curb-sides of campers face each other. That worked out perfectly for us, but I don't think I'd like sitting under my awning looking at strangers 30 feet away. Cable and FREE (thank you) Wi-Fi worked fine -- Wi-Fi was nice and fast. Hookups are modern, in good repair. Staff is friendly, polite, and helpful. On-site cafe will deliver burgers, etc., but not on Sundays. Papa John's, delivering right to the site, saved the (Sun)day!
Date of Stay: July, 2010
Most of the other recent reviews here are consistent with our experience. I don't understand the comment about "if you have slides, you can't use your awnings" - these sites are exceptionally wide for a campground of this size. Certainly wide enough for the camper with slides/awnings out, the tow vehicle parked beyond that, and then some. HOWEVER, the LENGTH of the campsites is another matter. We've always stayed in the beachfront "2000" section and didn't notice it too much. However, this time we were in Section I. The roads within Section I are barely wide enough for two golf carts to pass. The sites are just long enough to accommodate a large Class A bumper-to-bumper or a large 5th wheel stem to stern. Accordingly, trying to pull a travel-trailer into a "pull through" site across the "street" from a site that has a bumper or hitch/front cap all the way out to the street is nearly impossible. We watched several frustrated TT'ers spend a lot of time trying to park their TT. Me? Well, yeah, I actually bumped/slightly damaged the fiver across the street. Never, EVER again in Section I unless I have Ocean Lakes pull my TT in for me. Meanwhile, the idiot loud obnoxious screaming music-blaring teenage (and older!) golf cart drivers' mayhem goes on at night. However, since we were in the middle of a section and not on a "major" thoroughfare through the campground, we didn't notice it too much unless we tried to drive back into the campground after 8 PM. If you get a site at Ocean Lakes, make sure your site does not front a "named" street. Thankfully, everything really does quiet down by midnight. No offense, but the "security" folks patrolling at night are anything but intimidating to the idiot loud obnoxious screaming music-blaring teenage (and older!) and DRUNK golf cart drivers - I think Ocean Lakes must have a minimum age of 70 to be a security patroller. Plus, there are just too many golf carts to control - there are literally hundreds of those things. The Internet connection cost $28 for the week. It was nice and fast...when it worked - which it stopped doing 4 days into my one-week contract. For some reason, the Internet service provider (ISP) changed their homepage and put up a message saying to call them for a new user ID and password. Problem - when you call, you get a recording saying they'll call back within 4 hours. They did call back, but I was at the BEACH (go figure) and they wouldn't leave the new user ID/password even when I told them to. Got so frustrated, I called Ocean Lakes - they were apologetic and have promised a full refund this week. We'll see. Ocean Lakes now has their HUGE beach groomed every night - very, very nice. When we were there 4 yrs ago, they didn't do that and the beach remained very dirty. Not now - nice, clean beach every morning. Most folks, including us, use the 8X8 or 10X10 "easy-up" shelter things at the beach. Unsubstantiated rumor has it that they will be "outlawed" in 2011. That's not going to go over too well - those easy-up things are sooooo much better than beach umbrellas. Oh yeah - folks have commented about the 1.5-mile line of campers backing-up on SR 544 on Sat afternoons trying to get in to Ocean Lakes. They aren't kidding. If you're coming in on a Saturday, come in on US 17, NOT SR 544.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
This campground is indeed "compact", but we had one of the larger sites along the "back fence", and it was quite roomy. Campground is in a very nice residential area. As one of the other posts here mentioned, this was indeed one of the cleanest, most nicely-kept campgrounds we've ever stayed at. Pool is unusually large, and the hot tub is unusually HOT (LOL), and THEY ACTUALLY ENFORCE THE NO-CHILDREN IN THE HOT TUB AFTER 9PM! Oh, that was nice. Nice, strong WI-FI signal with no silly sign-in maneuvers required. This campground is famously (notoriously?) anti-alcohol, so one needs to very, very discrete. We were there with close friends who had their camper next door, and when we went visiting at night, we had to covertly smuggle our refreshments over there - it was quite cloak and dagger LOL. Unfortunately, we had someone rifle through our outside cooler one night (got a glimpse of them leaving, looked like a couple teens going back to the seasonal area) and IF we had beer, they would have gotten it! Campground is very, very close to the breathtaking Holland State Park Beach, Mt Pisgah sand dune, Tunnel Park sand dune/beach, and a few shore-fishing spots. Beautiful area. In 2009, before coming into Holland, double-check with someone at the campground to find the best route in to AVOID the gawdawful Lakewood Blvd construction through which Garmin/Mapquest/Yahoo et al will route you. There's a wicked turn with a concrete wall that, if you try to make the right-hand turn through the intersection, you'll have traffic backed-up for miles!
Date of Stay: October, 2007
Really expensive, especially for off-season. A LOT of permanent/seasonal sites, but the vast majority were well-maintained, nice looking, and the few "residents" we saw seemed friendly enough and even us transients were invited to the potluck dinner/breakfasts. Sites are really small, KOA-esque. We were on one of the "lakefront" sites. Grass sites, not paved, kind of unlevel, but the hookups were in good shape. No cable, but we picked up 7 or 8 broadcast channels. We were there in mid-October, so the place was very quiet. However, I could see where the lakefront sites would be an absolute circus in the summer, what with all the folks coming down to the beach, etc. All in all, "OK", but if you're in the area for the Amish-stuff and RV/MH Hall of Fame, check out the campgrounds closer to Shipshewanan - we saw some really nice looking ones. On a related note, do NOT miss the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Well worth the short drive to Elkhart and the $8 admission.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
I left the first post, below, in 2003 about this campground. Stayed again in summer 2006. Just as nice as before, but they have added another MUCH more accessible/level dump station. A LOT easier to dump now. Wonderful little campground.
Date of Stay: August, 2005
Park is well-maintained. If you are a single mother with 6 uncontrollable kids, this is the place for you!!!! It's like camping in a daycare center! We observed a lot seasonals walking through transient campsites. We didn't have that problem because we were in the "new" area - grass sites that back up to the interstate!!! Oy vey - talk about highway noise. There must be some type of sign or something out on the highway that advertises the campground, because every 5 minutes or so a truck would go by laying on the horn for 10 - 15 seconds as they went by! Even though it was like camping in a rest stop (a rest stop with a daycare, that is), these sites were HUGE!!! Probably 100 feet distance between the cg road and the campsite - we had tons of room to set up badminton AND croquet, and played bocce ball without venturing into neighbors' sites. The saving grace here is that there is a LOT to do for kids, including well-planned activities that even us parents participated in ("ceramics", other arts/crafts). Once was enough for us, though. We now stay at other cg's in the area when we travel up there.
Date of Stay: August, 2005
We were in the newer, full hook-up section of Camper Village which extends into the Lighthouse Point (camper-cabin) area. Top-notch resort-type campground, extremely clean, well-kept, and landscaped. Uniformed, polite staff on duty until after 11pm and campstore open until 1 am. They even clean the grills every day! No campfires allowed. We walked 5-10 minutes to the waterpark and theme park, but shuttle-service is constant. Not a lot of shade in this newer section. I wouldn't do it in the summer without A/C. Our site backed-up to the road, so we had a LOT of people walking through our site (what's up with that, anyway? Don't folks know you're just not supposed to do that??). Some full hook-ups are literally UNDER the wooden roller-coasters which runs until close to midnight. If we were to stay there again, I'd get one of the pull-through sites, which are in their own section, very long, closer to the pool. All sites have level concrete pads AND large faux-slate patios. Hookup water was colorless/odorless. Campground pool was large by campground standards, adjacent was a large fountain/waterworks-valve area with cascading water, pool was always life-guarded. Just past the pool area is a large pier going out into Lake Erie. We saw beautiful sunsets and huge ships just a couple hundred yards from shore coming into Sandusky Bay - awesome!! The nearby Soak City water park has waist-deep adults-only pool with a well-staffed swim-up bar. Thought I died and went to Heaven.
Date of Stay: July, 2005
These owners did anything/everything to make sure we were taken care of. It wouldn't have surprised me if they would have come over and helped us set up our hybrid! They and their staff were always buzzing around the campground checking on things, but not bothersome. Activities for the kids, pool was spotless. DJ on Sat night - varied dance music, kind of like a wedding reception, stopped promptly at 10:30pm. LONG pull-through sites. A lot of overnight big/fancy rigs with toads. Back-in sites are near well-maintained seasonals, but not too close. All sites are fairly large by private campground standards. Our first assigned-site was a back-in near the end of the road where it curved. Would've been OK, but we would've been facing the backs of three seasonals (sewer hookups, et al). Owners changed us to a pull-through with minimal fuss. However, I'd recommend requesting a pull-through away from the highway when making reservations. The only problem we had was the highway noise, since we were at pull-through site #1, the closest to the highway. We were in our hybrid, so it was very noticable at night. Not so bad in my brother-in-law's full hardside TT.