Date of Stay: July, 2013
We are a fulltime RV family with two kids (13 and 12) and two small dogs. We look for family friendly campgrounds, but also quiet ones too! This was not one of our typical campground stops as we were overbooked at another campground over a holiday week and this was one of those last minute things we had to have a place to stay. The owners were not very friendly upon checking in, as we felt like we were being watched the entire time. We requested a longer site if they had one available as we knew it was a holiday week. The person who scheduled us in said the spot we were getting us the only one available, so we took it. Come to find out staying there for a week there were over 15 other spots that were open for the entire time we were there and were larger than the one we were in. Pro's: OK dog park (two within the park itself), decent Wi-Fi, Verizon works well here, bathrooms were somewhat clean, and cable worked well. Con's: Owner and staff not friendly, constantly feeling like you are being watched, traffic noise from the interstate, pool was not clean, sites were not kept up and maintained, "long term" residents had a lot of "clutter" around, shade in only one part of the campground, hot tub locked and you cannot access this unless someone is in the office, and many loud drunk campers with unattended children at all hours. The rate we paid was based on a holiday week.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
Mountaindale is probably one of the best campgrounds that we have stayed at. We are a full time RV family with two kids (13 and 12) and two small dogs. We look for family friendly campgrounds, but also quiet ones too! We stumbled upon this campground when another one overbooked us for the holiday week. We had to stay at another one for a week and the owner did what he could to help in anyway. We were supposed to move to another spot half way through our stay (there for a month) but he ended up even making it so we could so in the same spot for the entire time. Pro's: Very, very very quiet, Friendly wildlife (deer, wild turkey's, and the occasional bear in the evening will visit), Family friendly, LARGE sites with a lot of room in each site, DIRECT TV offered for an additional charge, Fenced dog park, very clean bathrooms Con's: Spotty Wi-Fi (our Verizon phones and Mifi did not work here and their Wi-Fi was spotty at times and slow depending on how many people were connected in with - if you have Verizon it will not work in this campground unless you are up by the laundry room or on the road into the campground, No Cable - advertised as cable hookups, but none available (but they do offer Direct TV for an addition charge, No family activities planned. The Pro's outweigh the Con's so much at this campground. The owner is wonderful and you will see him doing hand's on work and getting to know the campers. He likes to talk and is very nice and friendly to everyone. This is one of those campground where they will leave you to yourself and enjoy the experience. Our rate was based on staying for one month!
Date of Stay: June, 2013
We are a full-time RV family with two kids (13 and 12) and two small dogs. We look for family friendly campgrounds but also quiet ones too! We stayed at this campground for one week, so this rate is based on a 7 day stay. Pro's: Dog park is very nice and large for your pooch. Wi-Fi is good and Verizon works well here! Cable worked well and received decent channels. Con's: Campground is a bit small and the roads are a bit tight to move through. "Long Term Residents" have a lot of "clutter" all over their sites. Pool was not clean and very over-crowded as the pool is extremely small. Sites close and not much room between them, as some were so close your awning could not even open. Work campers not very friendly but more overbearing in nature when asking questions. Restrooms were clean some of the time. A lot of local "workers" there had BIG work trucks that took up room when moving through the park.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
The Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Sioux Falls has two tiers to their site spots. We were located on the top tier as we reserved a spot as far away from the expressway as possible. We reserved this over a month in advance, as they can book up quickly with theme weekends. The sites are fairly level and have a good amount of room between them. The staff was very friendly, even when it is super busy with kids running around everywhere. We had one issue with another camper's children (and friends of their own children) bullying our children on their Big Bouncer, but the staff and office management were very understanding and cooperative and handled the situation with an extreme amount of tact and care. Expressway noise can be heard at times, but it is not overwhelming. Pool was clean and chemicals were balanced for maintenance. We would return here to camp again.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
We are full timers looking for a quiet campground with courteous staff. We travel full time with two children, 12 and 11, and two dogs. When first arriving the staff was extremely friendly and more than willing to help out in all ways. They showed us the site before paying for this and even offered us additional sites if we were not happy with this one. It is right off the expressway, but near the front of the park it is a bit more quieter than if you are in the back of the park. Sites are nice gravel, even, and have a lot of room between each site. Some roads are paved throughout the campground, while others are gravel. Campground is well maintained. Pool is very nice and chemicals are maintained and not overpowering. Hot tub has key code to enter, but this keeps the younger children from entering on their own. Store is small, but has a few necessities if you need them. Dog park is very large with two entrances, one at the top of the hill and one at the bottom with more than plenty of room to let your dog stretch their legs. Very nice campground, and we would return to stay again.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
We camped here to see some sites in Kansas City with our children. We are full timer's who home-school our 12 and 11 year old children, plus we have two small dogs. We look for quiet campgrounds with ease and accessibility to move around in. We also look for friendliness towards our family in general. When arriving at the campground we first noticed how noisy it is with the expressway noise background. This can be heard around the clock with all of the traffic going to and from Kansas City. We were not greeted as you normally would be at a campground with a smile or a welcoming greeting. The work campers here barely have the tolerance to talk to anyone that comes in to register. We asked to see our site before we paid for this, as we do this full time, and we were questioned in disgust and give dirty looks and snarls. The sites are all gravel, most of them very uneven with big slopes so this makes un-hooking and hooking back up not as easy at times. We talked to some other campers around us as they said they were treated the same way when checking in. There is a decent children's playground for younger kids (possibly up to age 8-9) and two separated fenced in dog runs with free dog toys for all to share and return to the gated area. Workers are not friendly at all during our stay with rude comments and dirty looks to myself, husband, and two children. It may be a good campground to stay for a night if you need, but would not recommend staying longer than this. It needs some updating on their sites and maintenance around the park. The best part of the campground is their laundry facilities, as this is a nice large air conditioned room.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
We stayed at the Town & Country RV Park and Campground. We reserved our site over a month in advance for us to travel there. When we arrived we were not allowed to check out our site ahead of time before paying. Once we paid, they then allowed us to see which site we had, and they were putting us in a site that was almost ten feet too small for our trailer. The worker argued and insisted that the site would accommodate our camper, saying they had bigger rigs in this spot before. We literally got out our tape measure and showed her it was not long enough. She then said there were no other spots that were available, which you could clearly see that there were ones open that were bigger, and she then refused to give us a refund explaining that it is their policy that once payment is taken no refunds are allowed. This is not posted anywhere in their office or anywhere around. We then asked her to show this to us, and this is when she then handed up the site map and rules for the campground. Very unprofessional in our opinion. We asked her to look up another site, which she then called the owner and explained she needed help at the office. She did end up finding us another site, even though they were all supposedly taken, that was long enough for our trailer. Campers around us said the worker tried to put them in this small site as well and gave them the same treatment. Campground itself could use some maintenance. Store is very small, but does have a few supplies if needed. Laundry facilities are not very good, and sites are very very tight to get in and out of if you have anything other then a small pop-up camper. Very narrow road throughout the park caused a lot of congestion with people coming in and checking out, so expect backed up traffic. Some sites looked level (water and electric sites mostly), but full hookups are very uneven. It may be a good campground if you are passing through town for a night.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
We stayed at the Hixton/Alma Center KOA for a month as we are full timer's. We home school our 12 and 11 year old children and have two small dogs. We look for quiet campgrounds that are friendly and clean. The owners of this are not very friendly, but the worker campers would go out of their way to help. Their Big Bouncer had literally broke open about a week before our stay and they would not offer any kind of reimbursement for this inconvenience. Needless to say many people left the campground because of this. The local people have a big tendency to get very rowdy here from what the owners and workers tell everyone. The pool gets over crowded with unattended children on more than one occasion, but if you tell the work campers, they will speak to the people there. Bathrooms are individual units on the upper hill and shared units on the lower level. All were not kept up or very clean anytime we would use them. The maintenance at this campground is very beautiful as the owner loves her flower beds. Unfortunately when they would water them constantly, especially the campers on the upper hill in the newer sites would lose almost all water pressure. Wi-Fi is very spotty and cannot be used much in the newer spots on the upper part of the hill. All newer spots are very level, large sites, but absolutely no shade at all. All of the original spots on the lower tier have much shade, but be aware they are almost all buddy sites except for a few end spots, which reserve up in advance. One big thing to note, as we were not made aware of this for the campground is that the area is covered with ticks and has frequent bear visitations in the area, so be cautious with your canine and check them well for ticks when outside, even at your campsite.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
We stayed at the Shipshewana Trading Place RV Park, to attend the flea market with our two children. We found out that they do not take online reservations, and everything is based on the honor system for paying with cash. We were going to arrive on Tuesday morning, and attend the flea market; but decided to go a night in advance in case they book up as it is a first come first serve basis. For this, when we arrived at noon on a Monday, 60% of the park was already filled up. They allow people to come in and "hold" a spot with lawn chairs or hoses or what have you, without even paying, as these people wanted the "good spots." There are very limited, level spots to choose from, as there is only one row of about 10 spots that are actually flat and level. All of the others are on a hill. The water connections are also shared as there may be four or five water hook ups for 12 spots. So if you plan on staying here make sure you bring a Y connector for your water hook up. As we were not made aware of this, we could take the only spot that had water, which unfortunately was on such a steep incline that we could not even drop our trailer or level off in anyway. Another good thing to bring, would be an additional hose as you may have to extend them to a further water connection point. The area in general is fairly quiet, not much noise and is right at the flea market campgrounds, so is extremely accessible for this. There is a lot of foot traffic and people driving in and out. So for safety and security we locked everything up and left nothing outside unattended. For one of the "good" spots, arrive extremely early Monday morning for your own pickings. We would come back again as it is very reasonable, but would be better prepared if the owners made campers aware of these things.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
We stayed at the Prizer Point Marina & Resort. This is a very nice resort that is on a peninsula and set back away from everything. If you like your quiet campground setting this is the place to be during their off season, before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. The campground is well planned out. Plenty of activities for children to enjoy, as the Big Bouncer is very well maintained. Two pools, one for small children and one for teenagers through adults, both are kept up rather well and tested for chemicals every few days. Gravel roads are nice, shaded spots, beautiful scenery, quiet setting other than the boats from the marina. We stayed here for three weeks, and during the week it is very quiet, but on the weekends it gets noisy and loud from children. Expect people to cut through your sites and even come right up between your car/truck and trailer with no spacial awareness of any kind. Manager is very friendly and helpful. Staff is a bit out spoken with jokes that are a bit rude as they are younger, people in their twenties, that make up the staff. If you can overlook their comments and seemingly jokes the management is very nice to work with. Activities for children are paid for with a wrist band, but include mini golf, Big Bouncer, pool, and peddle cars. Laundry room is small but clean. Wi-fi works well, as does cable. Check your cell phone coverage for this area for those who use their own wi-fi and cell service as being out in the middle of this area it can get spotty with some. Large store that has plenty of goodies if you need as there is no grocery store for at least 20-25 minutes on curvy back roads into town, so stock up beforehand as store prices at the campground are a bit high. Overall, a great quiet campground. We will definitely be returning to visit.