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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Shipshewana Campground North Park, Shipshewana, Indiana

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very pleasant park. Probably the biggest downside is that it is located at an intersection with a lot of noise from traffic stopping and starting even though the sites are back from the road. WiFi was very good. TV reception was marginal. Trees give some shade and privacy. It is about 3 miles to Shipshewana; away from the traffic in town. There were some shower maintenance (drainage) and cleanliness issues. The adjacent frozen custard stand is an everyday temptation. We will definitely return to this campground when we are in the area. We camped at Shipshewana Campground North Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Check out the Scherger's Kettle Jams in Shipshewana. It's near the Bread Box Bakery that also carries the jams and jellies.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Covert / South Haven KOA, Covert, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $52.00
Overall Rating:      

There are a few things to be aware of prior to making a decision to stay at this KOA: 1. The fee displayed on the website when making a reservation is not the fee you will pay. They charge a $6 per day "resort fee" which means that every site is $6 more than the quoted amount. You do not discover this until you have clicked the reserve button. 2. You are charged the full amount for your stay at the time of reservation. The KOA reservation policy states that normally you will be charged a deposit of one night's stay, but sometimes the campground may charge the full amount. But if that is the case, it will be stated on the specific campground's website; I could not find any such statement. Again, you do not find out about this until you click the reserve button. 3. They say they have free WiFi. However, they do not have free functional WiFi. The free WiFi seldom works even to just get email. When we questioned this they said it was because the campground was full and had too many people using it. However, we stayed beyond the weekend when the campground had maybe 10% occupancy and it only worked occasionally for a short time. They will sell you "premium WiFi" for $8. Our experience with the premium was better, but you still got dropped occasionally. Our attitude about the campground would have been better if these things were known before making the decision to stay in this campground. A few of the other negatives: • Dirt/gravel roads and sites. The roads can be dusty and the sites dirty. Some sites have grass. • Very few sites have any shade. Okay if you like to sit in the hot sun. • Here are some of the good things: • Staff is very friendly. Probably the KOA's staff is their best asset. • Lots of activities for kids if you like that sort of thing - especially on weekends. • Most sites are pretty good size. • Some nice landscaping around the office. We camped at Covert / South Haven KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Basic full-hookup
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Downtown South Haven is nine miles from the campground. For good Italian food, try Maria's, A Taste of Italy in downtown South Haven.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Trailway Campground, Montague, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at - and reviewed - this campground last year, so this is an update. It is still a very nice city owned campground. The sites are not real large but very neatly kept and each has a concrete patio. You can walk to the adjoining grocery store and ice cream stand. The bike trail system that is accessible from the campground is great. You still need to borrow a proprietary cable box to get the cable, which is somewhat a pain. The bathrooms are older but not overly used since almost all sites are full hook-up. Wi-Fi worked well except for the one day that it didn't work. There is usually a constant background noise that seems to come from a small factory that is somewhat close, but it isn't overly annoying. Overall a good campground and we will return when in the area. We camped at Trailway Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We would recommend Buzz's Lakeside Inn for a lunch which is on your way to a visit to the White River Light Station (lighthouse).

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Wilderness State Park, Carp Lake, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the new (opened 2016) full hook-up campground section. A new campground check-in station was being constructed at the time of our visit. The campsites in this section are good size and some have trees or bushes between to give some privacy. The parking surface is gravel and the living surface is mostly sand at most sites. Because it's newly carved out of woods, the trees (mostly pine) are not filled out so shade is spotty. The site descriptions in the reservation system are not always real accurate, especially when talking about shade. Our site was on the lake side of the road but we could not walk directly to the lake due to a fence to prevent this. It was great to have (partial) lake views right from our campsite. There is no bathhouse in this camping area.

There was no TV reception and limited cell phone reception. Town (Mackinaw City) is about 10 miles away but the road there is curvy and in parts very rough so it takes a while to get there. There is a reason it is called Wilderness State Park! We looked at the other (older) campground sections. The section by the lake has sites that were very small and crowded. The other older section was more spacious.

We will stay again in the full hook-up section of this park when we again come to this area. We camped at Wilderness State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
M
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The private-run camp store just west of the campgrounds sells fresh made donuts that are very good and recommended.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Mecosta Pines Campground, Morley, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in this campground for one night. While it would probably be good for a longer stay as well, it was great for an overnight visit. The entrance is a little over a mile from the US-131 exit: very easy to get to. Since the time we arrived was later, the office was closed, but our reservation and site info was posted at the office door. And the owners checked on us later to make sure all was well.

Our site was very good size, as are most sites in the park. We were at a full hook-up site in what appeared to be a newer area so there were not trees and shade, but some of the electric/water sites had good shade. There were a lot of season lease sites but they appeared to be well maintained and many were in a separate area.

While we did not use it, the pool was beautiful and appeared to be quite new. The showers appeared to also to be quite new. The bathrooms, while older, were well maintained and clean. There are a number of recreational facilities available at the park (mini golf, rec room, basketball, etc.). We could only receive a few TV stations. The cell phone reception was good. Wi-fi worked well. The nearby town does not have a lot of businesses and we could not find any fast-food type restaurants close for a quick supper.

We recommend this campground and will stay here again when we are in the area. We camped at Mecosta Pines Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
61
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take a walk down to the riverside tent sites at the campground. The river is very scenic.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Trailway Campground, Montague, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a wonderful city owned campground. There are a large number of seasonal campers but they are some of the nicest and quietest that we have encountered. The only campground negatives are that the sites are not real large and not all of the sites are shaded (ours was shaded). Sites are gravel with a concrete patio. No campfires permitted on site which cuts down on smoke; there is a community fire pit with wood provided. Even though the park is right in town, it is very quiet. The short-term sites are in the back section of the campground. The bathrooms are very clean and well maintained. Cable TV takes a proprietary cable box for which you must sign that you will be responsible for it (no deposit requested); we could only receive three TV stations without the cable. No credit cards taken so reservation deposits must be mailed and balance paid with cash or check. Wi-Fi was very good. Extensive bike trails and wetlands are adjacent to the campground, as are a grocery store and an ice cream stand. We definitely will return and maybe stay longer the next time! We camped at Trailway Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

For a good meal try the Old Channel Inn on Lake Michigan (http://oldchannelinn.com/). A unique artsy place is Claybanks Pottery (http://claybankspottery.com/) where you can watch the artists work in a picturesque setting.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Orchard Beach State Park, Manistee, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

While we used to come to this campground often, we had not been here for over twenty years. We thought we would give it a try again. They now have eleven full hook-up sites. They also created five pull-through sites. They have new electric throughout the campground and a three-lane dump station. We stayed in one of the full hook-up sites. Most all sites have some shade and most are pretty decent size. A lot of the sites are not very level which can be challenging. The full hook-up sites are popular which means that they are well worn and are mostly dirt surface. Other sites can have more grass and a very few have gravel pads. The bathrooms are old and some repairs are needed, but they are kept clean. TV reception is poor; besides a Michigan public station, we could only receive Green Bay (WI) stations. Cell phone reception was good. The park location is beautiful. It is one of the few places you can stay on Lake Michigan without being in a parking-lot type location. We could see the lake from our campsite. You are close to town without being in town. The beach is very narrow (when the water level is high like this year) with a lot of stairs to reach it, so less convenient for beach lovers. However, there are lots of other beaches available within a short driving distance. The stairs to the beach are in good condition and give you good exercise! We will definitely return! We camped at Orchard Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
95
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Check out the Michigan Audubon's Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary just north of the campground. They have beautiful grounds, big trees, and interesting trails - including one to a nice beach. (http://www.michiganaudubon.org/lake-bluff-bird-sanctuary/)

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Covert / South Haven KOA, Covert, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed at this campground four times over the last eight years. It has its pluses and minuses. The pluses: Decent size sites, clean restrooms, okay internet, friendly staff, abundant recreation. The minuses: Gravel drives (can be dusty), few trees (can get hot), nine miles to downtown South Haven - but still one of the best campground choices for a South Haven location. There are blueberries growing within the campground (when in season). The campground was close to full on a late August weekend. We will likely stay here again in the future. We camped at Covert / South Haven KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
333
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Try the Sherman's Ice Cream store. They have free coffee when eating-in.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, Indiana

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is very busy during the summer, even during the middle of the week. During summer months a reservation is a must to get into the campground. The beach pavilion is currently undergoing renovations (2015) with a 2016 projected opening. There are new bathrooms at the beach open now. The campground has all paved sites for parking RVs and vehicles. However, except for handicap sites, the living area is not paved or graveled so it usually is sand or dirt. The bathrooms are fairly new, modern and cleaned regularly but are heavily used so at times they can be a mess. The showers are well designed and roomy. There are few sites that are 100% shady or 100% sunny; most will have some shade. Sites are well spaced. We had good TV (Chicago) and cell phone reception. Only electric sites are available, but there are two (fast) water fill stations and a two-lane dump station. Because of the popularity of the park, sometimes reentry at the park main gate can take a while as they process entrance fees for beachgoers. One should be aware of this if planning to leave the park and return during a peak arrival time. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
75
Site Surface
Concrete, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Check out hiking the 3 Dune Challenge (3DuneChallenge.com) that goes over three of the tallest dunes on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that surrounds the state park; a good way to start the National Lakeshore visit is the visitor center that is about 1.5 miles south of the state park entrance.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Prairie Pines Campground, Rantoul, Illinois

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

As other reviews stated, it is a unique campground layout given that it was a former mobile home park that was part of the air force base that is now closed. Campsites are relatively large. Access is not traditional in that you need to go over curbs to get to the camping "pad". The campground host is accommodating to help make this work by driving over grass to make the back-in site a type of drive-through site. A number of long-term campers were kept in a separate area. The bathrooms were only okay - we have seen worse and better. TV reception was limited to a couple of stations. We would stay here again if we are in the area. We camped at Prairie Pines Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

We went to the Chanute Air Museum which was interesting, but we were told that this is the last year (2015) that it will be open.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Brown County KOA (formerly The Last Resort RV Park) , Nashville, Indiana

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed at this campground every few years over the last thirty years. This is our first visit since the (new) current owners. It is our usual campground when we visit Brown County. The new owners appear to be slowly making some updates. Because the campground is on a ridge, there are some campsite space limitations. In our opinion the best sites are on the west side. The sites in the center can accommodate longer units, but are VERY close together and have no shade. The bathrooms are very clean and well maintained. Good cable TV with HD stations available. Wi-Fi worked well. Even though the sign at the road advertises it, they no longer have LP gas at the campground. There is a nice walking trail in the woods. The campground is quiet but still close to town and the state park. It is the best choice for the area if you want full hook-ups. Likely we would give it a lower rating if we could not get a west side campsite. We will stay here again. We camped at Brown County KOA (formerly The Last Resort RV Park) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Try the Hobnob Corner Restaurant in Nashville.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Burrell Park and Campgrounds, Carmi, Illinois

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground has many positive features and a few negative ones. It is situated on a wooded hill. Most sites are good size and shady. All are full hookup and have concrete parking pads. The park is in the country so it is generally quiet. The hookups work well except that the water has an off taste even with a water filter (we ended up buying drinking water). At $16 per night it is a bargain. The bathrooms are quite old but everything seems to work well and the showers are good size. Because of the age it is hard to tell how clean the bathrooms are, but they are reasonably okay and certainly not overly used since everyone has full hookups. New this year is WiFi which works okay if you are close enough to the antennas (located at the bathhouse) but not so great if you are not. TV reception (Evansville) was okay as was AT&T cell phone reception. They generally do not take reservations. When we were there on an early May weekend they were about 2/3 full. It seems like most campers were from relatively local areas. Getting to the campground is somewhat a challenge especially if it is your first time here. All roads are narrow and pretty rough. We came through Carmi. There are other routes but one is just as difficult as another. Note that when the road inside the park branches, take the right hand branch next to the pond to get to the campground - the left branch goes to the picnic area. We would stay here again when we want to be in this area. We camped at Burrell Park and Campgrounds in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Prophetstown State Park, West Lafayette, Indiana

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice state park campground. The sites are large and well defined using borders and fine gravel within the borders. This method keeps the sites very clean. As is true with all Indiana state parks, there is no WiFi, but the cell phone reception (AT&T) is very good. TV reception for us was limited to one Lafayette station. For us the biggest (only?) negative is that there is little to no shade. And the pine trees that give good privacy in the full-hookup sites can block breezes. It can get very hot in the summer. Nice bike trail. Restored 1920s farm within the park. There is a water park that is open during summer. We will stay here again. We camped at Prophetstown State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

Bluffton/Fort Wayne South KOA, Bluffton, Indiana

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

We first stayed here two years ago when the owners were then relatively new. While it was nice then, we had hopes for continued improvement. It is still a nice campground but did not see much improvement and some back-sliding. We like shady sites and while there are a lot of trees they are not filled out so do not give as much shade as expected. The roads and sites are gravel with many large stones making them rough. We saw evidence of lack of daily maintenance. For example, broken water balloons on the sidewalk never swept up during our five-day stay, and the pool was somewhat dirty and litter filled. The Wi-Fi was slow with less than good connection even right at the office. On the plus side the bathrooms and showers were always very clean; the showers are some of the best we have ever experienced in a campground. The TV reception was adequate. The campground is quiet. On our last night there we had a rainstorm. While the campground is flat, some sites had a lot of water standing in them - including ours - and others not. We will likely use this campground again. We camped at Bluffton/Fort Wayne South KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 7

White River Campground, Cicero, Indiana

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice campground that is well maintained. Most sites are paved including the campsite living area. Many sites have nice shade trees. The main bathroom was clean and in good condition. It is at one end of the campground so it could be a pretty good hike. During our stay it was relatively quiet during the week; however, it became very busy on the weekend. Unfortunately the group camped in the several sites next to us played games and partied for hours after quiet time began (until 2-3 am). The campground personnel does nothing to quiet those being noisy. This is the reason I did not give it a 10 rating. There is no 24 hour park personnel, only campground hosts. Know that while the website does not mention it, you can call for reservations and that would be recommended. We camped at White River Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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