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Campground rates a 10 but amenities rate it lower overall. First the positives. Very large spacious sites with shade trees. Still satellite friendly. Phone service was good, ATT and Verizon. Wifi was excellent. Kid friendly and lots of hiking places. Room for the dogs to run too. Now the negatives: Entrance is terrible for a large rig. DO NOT USE THE RIGHT TURN ONLY LANE. Turn from the middle lane or you'll hit the monument sign. Front bathhouse was immaculate, the other two need upgrading. They have a pool but NO SPA. This park is adjacent to a mobile home park, they can use this park but you cannot access theirs. They bring their dogs over to this park on their golf carts to use it as a off leash dog run. Lots of vehicle traffic as the back side of the park has permanent spaces. Despite these negatives, we enjoyed our stay and would return. Nightly rate reflects RPI.

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Very nice park. Class A's ONLY. No C, Super C, 5th Wheels or trailers! No SHADE, and EZ ups are NOT ALLOWED. If you want shade you'll have to rent a gazebo site for an extra charge. Extra charge for lake view sites, extra charge for gazebo site, extra charge if there's outside seating available. Grounds are kept clean and tidy. Lake is really just a pond. Office help could be a little more friendly. Absolutely NOT KID FRIENDLY! Other than TV, there's nothing for the kids to do. Almost all clubhouse activities involved drinking. Although they call it a 'resort', we've been to nicer parks with better ambiance and more amenities for less money. We will stay at the 'other resort' nearby next time.

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Park CLOSED in June 2014. It is now overgrown and sits forlornly waiting for someone to resurrect it from the dead. Sad as we rated it a 10 last year.

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Pretty typical Encore park. Sites are small for a large motorhome. Ours is 45' and our mirrors were in the street. No place to park a towed. No hot water in the showers, lukewarm at best. Jacuzzi is way too small for 535 sites, but it was warm. Pool is heated. Extra charge for 50amp service. Extra charge for internet. Lots of speeding by golf carts, driving side by side, cutting corners etc. Be careful if you have an end unit. Lots of noise from the International airport a mere 2 miles away. With all the camping available in this area, there are many parks that offer more. We wouldn't return.

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Very nice park on the shores of Shawano Lake. Lots for everyone to do. Paddle boats, canoes, swim beach (no lifeguard), boat ramp, two bathhouses with showers, (50 cents) very clean. They pick up your trash in front of your site several times a day. Large play area for the younger kids and basketball, tennis court and kickball for the older ones. On site security. Would have given it a 10 except the utilities are strangely located away from the sites. We are in a back in, 50amp site and had to use a 25' extension cord as well as a 25' extension on our water hose. Many sites are big rig friendly, we are 45'. Verizon was OK, AT&T off and on. Only one handicapped site which was occupied by non handicapped campers. (Error by office staff, promised to be corrected.)

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Nice campground with friendly hosts. Narrow entry road, but short. Next to an amusement park, but it presented no noise issues. About 45 mins to Chicago. Verizon was strong, AT&T sometimes. Restrooms were clean, but difficult to shower due to the large number of mosquitoes. Rating dropped due to the levelness of the sites. Our front step was 22" off the ground. They could level the sites front to rear and crown them like the roadways for drainage. Still, we would stay here again if visiting Chicago. Access was adequate.

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The good: lots of activities for the kids, pool, hot tub, (both inside) mini golf, video machines, basketball, pool table. Right across from Lake Michigan. Front sites face the water, but across a four lane highway. Fairly easy access to the lake, but during busy times of the day, traffic is a concern. Free Wi-Fi and very strong. Verizon and ATT were good with 4g. The bad: sites are very close together. They've planted trees between the sites which will make them even smaller. We have a 45' quad slide coach and could not open the awnings on either side of the coach. Picnic tables intrude on neighboring site. Very friendly staff, we would stay here again. Rate reflects Passport America.

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Great park with many sites. Lots of room between sites. Big Rig friendly. Speed through the park is a problem as there is no enforcement. Be cautious if you have small children. We encountered fire ants and stickers that bothered the dog. All in all though, it's a wonderful park. The park pool closes at dusk but the hotel pool/spa is open until 10pm and is heated. Verizon was strong 5bars/3g with ATT also at 4 bars/4g. We will stay here again. Rate reflects cost after discounts from the casino.

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Very nice park, well maintained, big rig friendly. Gracious host with lots of information. Excellent BBQ on Friday nights at Peter's in Ellinger. Heated pool and indoor spa. Would be a 10 but only outdoor showers at the pool/spa and water never heated up. Lots of room between sites. Would return again. We had a 50amp FHU site on the river. Verizon and AT&T 4bars/3/4g Rate reflects member rate.

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We stayed here in 2011 and enjoyed it very much so we returned this year. What a disappointment. ELS needs to spend some $$ in this park. Lots of maintenance needs to be done. In fairness, the lake is now dry, so campers are less. Less campers means less hours allocated to the park, but let's be fair. How much does it take to run a riding mower through the park and cut down the weeds? We were there four days and never once saw a ranger other than at the entrance station. Lots of empty spots so reservations shouldn't be necessary. Lots of maintenance needed in the pool area. The bottom lodge was not open during our stay. Sad.. Verizon 4bars/3g AT&T sporatic but 4 bars 3g.

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What's not to like about this park? Right on the lake, boat docks, big rig sites with ample room, friendly staff, pool and spa. Only thing we found wrong with this park was one restroom building only had cold showers and the other one was closed. We would return. Verizon 3 bars 3g ATT 4bars 4g Rate reflects members rate.

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Great little park. No road noise to speak of. Big wide sites, lots of pull throughs. Very quiet at night. Friendly owners met us at the gate upon our arrival at 7PM even though the office was closed. Escorted us to our site. #70 is the best site in the park! Comes complete with cabana, picnic table, fire ring, bbq and lawn furniture. Verizon 3bars/edge-AT&T 5bars/4g. CG is on the river but only tent sites abut the shoreline. Appears they are in the flood plain so the RV sites are higher...keeps the sewers out of the river. WiF was free, strong but a little slow. We would stay here again.

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Rate reflect TT membership. Park is open to public and offers RPI discount. Mostly 30amp electrical, but many sites are being upgraded to 50amp ($3/night extra). Big Rig friendly with two pools and spas. Verizon 3g/4bars ATT Edge/2bars, but only with Wilson amp. Close to Sedona, Jerome, Prescott, Montezuma's Cliff dwelling and the Cliff Castle Casino. Friendly staff, but pools will be closed if lightning is showing in the area. Also, they have adult hours twice a day and the rangers will enforce it. We stay here when passing through Arizona. Nice facility.

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New owners and newly renovated park. Nicely laid out and easy in and out. Pull-through sites and Big Rig friendly. No amenities except Wi-Fi which was strong and worked well. Verizon 3g/5 bars..ATT Edge/3bars. Good campground, close to town. Some train noise but no traffic. We would stay here again. IMHO, the nicest park in Van Horn but choices are limited. Easy access to I-10 and several truck stops, but no fwy noise. Rating reflects consideration for the nightly pricing.

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Great campground. Ample room for Big Rigs. Sites 1-8 are grassy sites, back-in only, for smaller rigs, less than 35'. Other sites are pull-through. Solid electrical, 30 amp and excellent water pressure. Pay in adjacent Elks Lodge or place check in container outside. Kids play area with swings, etc. Large picnic area with covered cabana and picnic tables. Within 2 blocks of downtown old Willcox, worth walking through. The positive is also the negative. The City Hall is located in the old train station. That means the train tracks are also a few blocks from the campground. Not a negative to us, but if you're a train hater, be advised. We enjoyed taco night in the lodge..all you can eat for $5.50! There is no sewer hookup, dump station or restrooms.