Date of Stay: October, 2013
We really liked this campground. The staff was friendly, they drive around and check on you, but not to the point of being nosey or rude, just making sure everything is running smoothly. The Wi-Fi worked great the whole time and the park is very nice and clean. I would have given it a 10 but the bathrooms weren't very clean. Most sites are pull-through. Some sites have a concrete pad which was great because it rained while we stayed and it was nice not to have to step out into a puddle. I would definitely request a site with concrete when making a reservation. There is a little town not to far away to do some shopping and buy liqueur, and Starved Rock is about 15 minutes away. Do not skip hiking at the state park, it is truly amazing. Pack a lunch and snacks and make a day of it, you will be amazed. We could not find a grocery store close so be sure to bring everything you need or stop along the way because the camp store has a limited stock. This is a Good Sam park and we will definitely return next year.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
We stayed at this park based on reviews from this site. We were not disappointed. The bathrooms are very nice and clean. They offer individual showers, and there are plenty of them. They are a very big and super clean and modern. It's nice not having to wait in line in a bathroom that only has two stalls. The pool is nice, it wasn't very busy when we went so there weer not a lot of kids screaming and splashing around which was very relaxing. They offer great discount booklets for all of the attractions nearby, which was awesome because most were buy one get on free or 50% off. The mini-golf was just ok, the kids got bored quickly. I would have given it a 10 out of 10 but the camp store was less than desirable as far as prices and what they had to offer. We stayed in lot 41 but next time we would request 43 or 45 as they both have wooden decks on the lots. We would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This is the nicest campground we have ever stayed at. The park is amazing, very quiet and super clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Lots of hiking trails, and close to a beach and biking trail. The camp store is tiny but there are lots of nearby stores, including grocery and Walmart. The Mall of America is about 20 minutes away. Watch for turtles crossing the road in the park.. We were there in the height of tick season so be sure to protect yourself and your pets. We were constantly finding them in our shoes and towels that we had left outside to dry. We will definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
This campground was very nice. The staff is great and very helpful. We did the River tubing and had a great time, however we were not sure where to get off and missed our stop. It took us almost 45 minutes to walk upstream dragging 5 tubes so be sure to pay close attention, because there is no markings telling you exactly where to get off. A nice flag or sign would have been great for us that have never done it before. The pool is nice, the campground is very clean, and the new building is great. Lots of little flea markets, antique shops and craft fairs are close by. We would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
Great State Park Campground. We have stayed here twice and will definitely go back. The staff is friendly and very helpful. There is nothing really to do at the campground besides hiking, but we love to just riding our bicycles around and look at all the other sites. You can also drive a couple of miles to the lake and there are boats and other things to do on the lake. This park is great for a short, quiet get away.
Date of Stay: February, 2012
We stayed at Ocean Lakes Feb 18-24th. We absolutely loved it. It is off season so it was not real busy, but we always managed to find something to do. The park is amazing, we loved just driving around on the golf cart, looking at all the houses and RV's. The staff is very friendly and helpful. When we first got there we had a problem with our cable, they were at our site to fix it before we even got back from the main office. The newly remodeled bathhouses are the best we have seen at a campground. They are very modern and clean. The store is very convenient and has pretty much anything you could need during your stay. There is also a Walmart just a few miles away. After driving around we were able to pinpoint what we thought were the best sites. Lot I46 has a full concrete lot, which is great for keeping sand and dirt out of your camper. Lots 2015 and 2030 have a great Beachfront view of the ocean. The sand bar is low here so you are able to get a clean view, and lot 2001 has a great view of a little pond, which is where we would choose next time. It does get windy up front near the beach which makes it hard to keep your awning out and also for a campfire, so take that into consideration. Overall we love Ocean Lakes and we will be sure to visit it again.
Date of Stay: November, 2011
We LOVE this Campground. There is not a ton to do but theer is a small playground. The campground is super clean with a ton of different stites to choose from. From fully wooded to completely out in the open. Some spots are huge and there is a ton of space to play catch, run the dogs, or just let your kisd run around and have fun. The bathrooms are super clean. The staff was super nice as well. There were a ton of tenters while we were there but everyone was pretty much quiet. The best part of tehis campground is The State Park itself. I can't even begin to tell yo how much fun we had. The park is Amazing. If yo have never been, you are missing out. We will be going back next Spring as soon as the rainy season is over. I hear it does fill up quickly in teh warmer months so be sure to book a site or else it's first come first served.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
This park is mostly seasonal campers so there are a LOT of ignorant people and kids that think they own the park. There are kids driving golf carts all times of the night, constantly yelling and waking us up. If you’re camping in a tent you get the worst spots in the park. They were so uneven that we had to ask to move, they did allow us to move over one site, but we and another couple had to put our tents on the same site just so we could be level. Now onto the bathrooms: GROSS. The toilets were all backed up and we had to leave the bathroom by the pool to go to the one at the main store. It was seriously gross also. There was hair all over the countertops and it looked like it has not been cleaned in weeks. The smell was horrible. No matter where we went in the park, there was joyriding in golf carts. We constantly had to keep our kids a safe distance from the road way. They need more security just to keep the kids in order since their parents don’t seem to care. We will not come back to this park.