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Sunday, April 16, 2017 Winterset City Park Campground, Winterset, Iowa $20 for full hookups This is a campground on the east end of an historic 76 acre city park . There are 34 sites some with full hookups and others with just water and electric. A 12 site tenting section is also located in this campground. There is a bathhouse with showers. Every site has a picnic table and fire ring. A host greeted us when we drove in. You stop at the brown box to take a registration sheet, then pick your site, pay within the hour. It is a first come campground but now they let groups reserve and individuals can reserve two nights on a weekend. We came in on Easter Sunday so many were clearing out but the host did say most weekends are booked. It's a very nice park and walking over to the park next door there is a playground, covered bridge, hiking trails, Clark (no its not clock tower) Tower, Stone Foot Bridge, and a Stone Arch. The Bridges of Madison County picnic scene was filmed in this park and the Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge was also part of the film. One can bike into the village to see the home where John Wayne was born and his new museum. We only stayed one night but would return if in the area again.

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Friday, Saturday - April 14, 15 Amana RV Park & Event Center, Amana, Iowa This is a huge campground located in Amana. It has 450 sites on grass with full hookups sites and just water and electricity (50amps). If you need 30amps you need an adapter or they will loan you one. Located on the site bathhouses, showers, laundry building, huge buildings for events like rallies. We were there in April just after they opened up, so only about 20 RV's were there for the night. I can't even picture this campground full - it is massive besides having 450 sites they can also take 50 more if they dry dock. Located within biking of Amana in a huge field with few trees. We enjoyed our stay. The campground accepts Good Sam and Passport America.

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April 12, 13- Wednesday, Thursday We stayed at Illiniwek Forest Preserve situated right on the Mississippi River in Hampton, Illinois. This park is near Rock Island, IL. Camping is from April 1 - Oct 31. The office is not open until 4pm to 10 pm in early April and we were told to set up, pick a site and check in at the office when it is open. There 60 campsites with water and electric, two older shower houses that you need a key for, a dump station, playground, boat launch, hiking and biking trails, a picnic shelter which can be rented. If one wants to dry camp or tent there are 25 sites and 17 are right on the river. All the sites have a view of the river and if you want to fish you can catch your dinner (license needed). The campground is close to the John Deere sites and Rock Island. This campground is first come and we would return to camp here. The bike trail runs through the campground and it is a good one biking along the Mississippi River. They did give us a senior rate for $17 a night. Great stay.

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This state park campground is surrounded by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is on route 49 and when you drive in you pay an entrance fee for an out of state vehicle the cost is $12. There are 113 sites in two loops with two big bathhouses with showers and pit toilet located throughout the park. Electric sites are about $23 plus taxes and fees. There is a trail to the beach uphill coming back. The park has beaches, trails, bird observation platform. nature center and a pavilion. Sites are paved and a good size but not that private. There is a bike trail as part of the National Lakeshore but at this time it is terrible. It seems that they have money to fix it but are waiting for a gas line to go in. One still can ride on route 12 and along the roads leading to the lake. We camped the first week in April and pulled in on a Sunday. If you have a Sunday reservation be warned that those camping on the weekend do not have to leave until 5pm and some left later than that. It was a nice park but they allow others to walk through the campground and a number of families seem to come in for the playground. There were a lot of RV's when we came in and quite a few stayed even on Monday. Need a reservation in the summer and on many weekends.

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April 7,8 Elkhart Campground, Elkhart, Indiana This campground is an exit off the turnpike. 630 sites with and without electric, full hookups, cable $, wifi, volleyball, basketball, pickleball, horseshoes,mini golf, propane and a pool. It is big but only about 25 sites filled each night during April when we were there. Sites are on dirt with grass around it and it was very peaceful. Bathhouses were clean and checkin was easy. Some rallies are held here so there is a recreation room and a covered outside area. I thought it was going to be a big parking lot but it actually was very nice and we had a great stay here. We would stop again. They take Good Sam but the base cost with full hookups was around $36 cable is extra.

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Harrison Lake State Park, Fayette, Ohio 126 sites in the northern section and across the lake on the south side another 37. We were able to use our PA discount that Ohio State $13. We stayed in site 6 which was level - some of the sites are not level. The bathhouses were all open and there were hot showers and a laundry room. The lake is right of the north campground. Across the lake you see the south campground and there is a walk across a small bridge to get between the two areas. Nice waterfall at one end of the lake and it looks like a fish ladder. Nice picnic tables, small beach, dog beach, hiking trails, horseshoe pit, playground, volleyball and basketball courts. Check in was easy and the workers were all very nice. There is a small store at the park office.

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Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, Ohio - 256 sites - electric sites with Passport America was $14 for the night on a weekday Sunday - Wednesday. What a beautiful State Park with beaches, golf course, fishing, amphitheater, bike path, hiking trail, laundry and horseshoes. Nice sites laid out in eight loops, electric, new bathhouses, sites are level and huge. Privacy is fair. Walk or bike to the beach. I have read great reviews on this park and it has lived up to those high ratings. Reservations are accepted but they still have some sites for walk ins. Only spent one night here but if in the area again we would stop and even stay a little longer. Check in was easy and the girl on duty was very nice and answered any questions we had. Worth a stop!

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This campground has four areas to camp without electric, electric, and full hookups. It is huge; there were some areas where it was posted no pets, but that policy has changed and now the campground is pet friendly in all areas. We stayed here at the beginning of the season with about 10 other RV's. The one bathroom open was in the B section and they were opening as we drove in. There is a basketball court, hiking trails, beaches, picnic areas, amphitheater, play grounds, boat launch ramp, fish cleaning area, disc golf, volleyball, horseshoes and archery. It's a good place to stay to visit the Marblehead Lighthouse SP, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and the famous Cedar Point. Sunday through Wednesday Nights the Ohio State Parks accept Passport America with its 50 percent off. This campground is too big for me but the Sandusky Bay is beautiful. We had self checkin since it was early in the season.

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This campground opens on April 1 and it is huge with many seasonals. There are about twelve pull through full hookups sites saved for overnighters. Passport America accepted but with some restrictions. Follow directions from the park not from your GPS. Bath house with very clean and the showers hot. Check in was easy and everyone seemed very nice. Sites are close together and most of the park seasonals were not there yet. This is a big park with a pool, tennis courts, horseshoes, basketball, shuffleboard and trails. This is about 6 miles north of route 80 in Mercer.

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Promised Land State Park, Greenfield, PA This state park is located about 5 miles south of route 84 east of Scranton. There are about 8 sites of the Pickerel Point section of the park open in the winter with electric hookups. This park is huge with different sections on the lake. We have stayed here two times before but not in the Pickerel Point section. This is a no smoking campground of the park and it had full hookups, walk in sites, tent sites, electric sites and cabins with a small beach at the end of the inlet. There are two bathhouses and a third one with showers. Very clean and showers were hot. Most of the sites look out to either the west or east parts of the lake. Some of the walk in tent sites are right down on the water. We stayed there for one night on April 1. It was 32 degrees with piles of snow from a previous storm still there. Ice was still on the lake but starting to break up. It was cold but we would return to this section of this state park. Follow the directions from the park not your GPS directions.

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Lamoine State Park, Lamoine Island, Maine- 62 sites unserviced. You can make reservations here until Labor Day but not available or needed in the fall. Sites of different sizes and some with views of Frenchmen Bay looking out to Acadia. Many are not level. Located 8 miles south of Ellsworth with boating, swimming, hiking in a beautiful setting. Cost $32.70 for someone from another state. We have camped here many times and it was just a one night stay for us. Bathrooms are clean with hot showers. This is just a beautiful place to stay. Fishing boats leave the harbor every morning and you can watch them come back in with their catch. Sometimes you can buy a lobster or two right from the boats. Sunsets are beautiful and looking out you can even see Cadillac Mountain. 56 M is a beautiful site overlooking the bay!

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Kennebunkport, Maine - Red Apple Campground Cost $65 depending on site. 140 large grassy and paved sites, pull through and backin sites, showers, 24 hour Laundromat, recreation hall with large screen cable TV's, pool table. Free High Speed Wireless Internet throughout the park. Dump station in the park. This is a popular and award winning family campground with a heated in ground pool and spacious grounds with flower gardens. Recreation area with play set, basketball, horseshoe, bocce ball, shuffleboard, and an adult sized swing set. Bathhouse is clean with showers. So much to do in this area and at this campground going on their website is a must to see everything they offer. Camp store, high speed computer with fax, firewood and ice available. Cooked lobster ($) is delivered to your site after you order it in the morning. They even make reservations for you at your favorite restaurants, the local play house Pets are welcomed on a short leash and you must pick up after them. There is a a pet exercise area with fresh water and new toys to play with. Check in starts 1pm to 9pm and check out at 11 am. If you are there after 9 you must stay in their parking lot and move to your site at 8am in the morning. Nice stop in the Kennebunkport area of Maine. Reservations a must in the summer.

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Boothbay, Maine - Shore Hills Campground and RV Park - cost for just water and electricity $53. $50 deposit to hold your site and total of 149 sites Reservations recommended in the summer. This campground was recommended by a number of campers so we thought we would try it for one night. There are full hookups sites with 50 amp/ w & e sites on the waterfront/ tent sites/ 30 amp sites/ cable in some sites/cabin rental sites/ 131 in total. The campground overlooks the water in the Boothbay area. We had a w & e site in the Riverside area which was very nice overlooking the bay. We were here on a Tuesday night in late September so reservations not needed. Bathhouse was very clean with showers ($). Pets are allowed. Deposits are non-refundable. They have a shuttle bus to Boothbay Harbor. There is a camp store which has fire wood, ice, propane, supplies and gifts. Sites are close together depending on the loop you are in. Nice campground with easy checkin and if you want to tour the Boothbay area of Maine with its restaurants and island ferries it is a very convenient stopover.

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Acadia National Park - Schoodic Woods Campground, Winter Harbor, Maine Cost with w & e $40 Golden Age pass will be less but electricity is not part of the pass. There is a Acadia National Park entrance fee or Golden Age pass. This campground was built through donations and with NPS guidelines. It was then turned over to the NPS and opened just last fall for five weeks. This is the first full season for this beautiful park. Two loops - A Loop with about 50 sites, twelve of those have 30 amps and the rest 20 amps. A walk in tent area with 9 sites all carry in. The B Loop has 33 sites with w& 30/50 amps. The sites are huge with privacy and as these trees grow there will be even more shade in the next ten years. The bathrooms are clean, clean, clean and new. No showers and the rangers can tell you where to go for fee showers in the area. Everything is new here bike trails on gravel, roads, sites, dump station, and the lighted walks all around the park with trail signs. Pets are welcome and even on the free shuttles that go around the area to Schoodic Point and the villages in the area. The park has bags around the park to pick up after your pet. It would be nice for everyone to use them. Great drivers on the free shuttles, you wave them down anywhere and if you want to be dropped off in the villages at a restaurant they will take you to the door as long as its along the route. The check in lodge is beautiful with a big fireplace, seats and rangers to help you with places to see. Outside they have a waiting area with benches, bike and pet tie up poles and water bowls for your pets. This section of Acadia takes about an hour plus from the Bar Harbor area to get here 17 miles north of Ellsworth and it is beautiful. Sometimes you can see seal pups on the rocks as you ride around or hike. Bike trails go from the campground to the south and north loop as well as to Winter Harbor. There are three little villages along this route and the.

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Acadia National Park - Blackwoods Campground Two Loops A with 152 sites and B with 138. Cost $30 and with the Golden Age Pass half that fee. No services, clean bathrooms available which are old and showers can be found right outside the campground entrance for a fee. There is a small grocery store right outside the entrance as well with wood and a lobster pit. The free LLBean shuttles pick you up at the campground from the last week in June until Columbus Day to take you all around the island. I have reviewed this campground as well as Seawall in Southwest Harbor many times over the years and not much has changed. Make reservations because at Blackwoods they have limited RV sites and do not seem to be putting even small units in some tent sites in which they would fit. We love this campground, it's beauty, the ranger talks, the walk down to the cliffs on Loop Road and hiking. So much to do in the area with Jordan Pond, Bar Harbor, Sand Beach, Ranger walks and talks, tours to the islands from Bar Harbor, Northeast and Southwest Harbors. This is just a great National Park. This fall though it was the most crowded that we have seen it in almost 30-40 years of camping here. The Loop Road had cars parked and backed up on the side of the road and there were many traffic jams. Jordan Pond parking lot was full before noon and many hiking trails parking lots were full before 8 am. Acadia now has three great campgrounds - Blackwoods, Seawall and the new one Schoodic Woods. Blackwoods is the closest to Bar Harbor and the Loop Road so we always stay here at least three nights and many times visit the others for two or more nights. Reservations are needed for all three especially for RV's. Yes, you can get in sometimes just showing up but you have to keep going down the next morning to check if any sites are available and if you have to move. Everyone should camp in Acadia National Park and enjoy it as much as we do.