Date of Stay: September, 2007
Excellent campground in a great area!
Date of Stay: May, 2007
Same as previous review. Busy with many campers, but nicely private sites. A very nice place with lots to do. Clean facilities & friendly staff. Also, be sure to take the 5 mile drive over to the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge for the nature trails, wild life viewing areas and wildlife drives with free admission and well worth the time/drive.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
We stayed here during the Kayak-Fest weekend. The campground was full. Sites are small and close together. You will really know your neighbor! Many sites have no room between trailers/tents to walk. Tents were pitched everywhere/anywhere there was space. Water quality was poor, taste-wise. Campfires were impossible, as sies were so close. Worst of all was the men's rest rooms with one toilet/2 showers to the 52 campsites in our section. 7AM was a definite social hour while standing in line. I feel the place was overpriced for a parking lot with hookups, but this is the tourist attraction of the "North Shore." I enjoyed the Kayak Fest, but would not stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
Nightly rate on a large pull through site with electricity was $17. Most sites are large and pull throughs. All were very well shielded with bushes & trees for a feeling of solitude. I expected it to be crowded with no vacancies, but I drove in without reservations and had a choice of sites to pick from. There are great trails for hiking, a beach, nature center, etc. Restrooms were large, clean and well maintained. Showers were HOT! Nice on a cool northern WI AM. This park was highly rated on all the web sites I checked & I can see why. I only wish all campgrounds and state parks were this great.
Date of Stay: May, 2006
Excellent campground. Very nice state park with great overlooks and hiking trails. There are even some mountain biking trails. Lots to see and do in Marquette, Mc Gregor and Prairie du Chien. The campground was very clean and well laid out. The restrooms & showers were incredibly clean and well maintained. The only things keeping me from awarding a "10" were: 1-The warm water showers, which may be okay in summer, were a bit cold on this cool spring week end; and 2-The campground host were not yet in residence, and no one at the concession stand seemed to know how we could buy a bundle of wood. But all in all, we had a great weekend of hiking/sight seeing, survived the cold shower and eventually flagged down a park ranger who was able to direct us on who to see about buying the firewood. This is a very nice area to see. A great clean and quiet campground.
Date of Stay: October, 2005
No hookups. New, clean restrooms/showers. Nice trails & look out sites. Very nice fall colors in October. Requires $7/day or $25/year vehicle permit. Off the beaten path for very quiet private camping. Folage shielded sites for privacy.
Date of Stay: October, 2005
Clean and quiet. Older bathroom/showers, but clean. Nice view of Lake Pepin. In the city for easy bike access to restaurants. On highway 61, so it was a little noisy with traffic. $9 bundle of firewood.
Date of Stay: March, 2005
It was a long drive in from the visitor center to the campground, so plan ahead and bring everything in with you. The store had some groceries, at a premium price, and very good coffee! There were pesky mosquitos, but cooler weather helped keep them away. I camped as far from wet brushy areas as I could get to avoid the larger swarms. Other campers said "you should have seen the biting black flys last week". Clean, quiet, nicely organized campground. Bathrooms were fine, although the cold showers were always a shock! Might be nice when warmer, but on a cool March morning, it was a rude awakening! I spent 3 nights and 4 days hiking the trails and kayaking the water trails. I saw enough mangroves, brackish waters, seas of grass & tidal mud flats to satisfy my interest. But there were some great moments, like kayaking with a pod of dolphins and near alligators/crocodiles. I might go back with the trailer, but not again with the tent. This is a definite "must see" place, although rough & rustic.
Date of Stay: March, 2004
Cons: COLD showers! Mosquitos! No hook-ups. Long drive in from civilization. Pros: Beautiful area. Nice spacious sites. Lots of wildlife. Good roads. Florida Bay kayaking. Stayed 3 nights, long enough to see/do everything. Might return again sometime.