Date of Stay: September, 2007
This was a very nice park in the Ohio State Parks system. Very large with all types of sites from primitive to full hook to premium sites along this very large man made lake (17,000 acres). Very clean, shady, grassy sites, paved roads and pads, nice bathroom, immaculate. I could not find one thing wrong with the park. I would say that some (but by no means all) of the sites were somewhat small and close together. There is no 50 amp though as it is in a fairly remote area. The surrounding area is mostly the Ohio State Park on one side and Pennsylvania on the other of the lake. A must see while you are there is the Pymatuning spillway near Linesville Pa. Nice grocery store in Andover 4-5 miles away, there is a drive in theatre that has a flea market and a nice 9 hole public golf course. A very typical, which means very nice, Ohio State Park.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
I always wondered what all the fuss was about this campground. I went there for a day a few years ago and thought it was nice but nothing special. Well we went here to camp for 5 nights and it is special. This is probably about the best campground there is. State park or private this place cannot be beat. The sites are large and built either right on the lake or in the coves and bays of this mammoth man made reservoir. It is a beautiful lake, truly mesmerizing. There is something for everyone from primitive to full hook-up. The shower houses and bathrooms are private and brand new. They are a fully ADA compliant campground. One really nice thing are the dish-washing stations outside the bath houses. Deep stainless steel sinks with hot and cold running water. There is the town of Ravenna about 5 miles away if you need something and can tear yourself away from the campground. Ohio State Parks has done it again. In fact, they out did themselves. Bravo!!
Date of Stay: May, 2007
We went here because my daughter wanted to use the pool and because she wanted cable TV. I was not thrilled about going because it was not a campground and was not like other RV parks we stayed in. Well this is not a campground but it is not an RV park either, it is a work of art. There is nothing that is done cheaply in this park. EVERYTHING is done first rate, with class and no expense spared. Everything is unusual, out of the ordinary and unique. It is very peaceful, clean (laughably clean - try to find a spider web) and the grounds were perfectly maintained. It is very new and there are only a few spots that have a little shade (40-48) and the sites are not big but they are tidy and thoughtfully placed so that your view is never blocked. Huge paved roads and pads that can easily accommodate the biggest rigs comfortably. Pull through's and back in sites that offer a little more privacy. The indoor pool and hot tub cannot be beat and the shower house is magnificent. I imagine that there could be some parks that are very nice in Florida or Arizona or somewhere but I am not sure if this can be beat. Certainly not for the price. Once you are there you will wonder how they do it for $42. It is a great base for exploring Ohio's Amish settlement. Will return, probably in the fall to see the leaves change on the nearby rolling hills. One tip, bring plenty of food with you as there are few stores and they close early and do not open on Sunday.
Date of Stay: September, 2006
I am probably the biggest fan of the Ohio State Parks system in the entire state but was a little disappointed in the this park. There is a large (7850 acre) man made lake that this park is built on and it attracts a lot of boaters, jet skiers and fisherman since it is an unlimited horsepower lake and the largest stocked inland lake in Ohio. The lake is a marvel, you can drive for miles and still be alongside it. The campground however is older and very few updates have been done to it. Some sites are very small. Our site (#14) really only had room for our travel trailer and that was it. I barely got my awning out and there was no possibility of a safe campfire. Most sites are very wooded, so wooded that it seemed gloomy in our site and a lot of others. I would make sure to look at the site description on the website and make sure that is says the site gets some sun. The back area of the campground is in very poor condition. The pads are covered in moss and there is very little grass. It seemed depressing to me. I recommend a scout trip prior to reserving a site. There are two things that really confounded me. One: on the first day the ranger came by and very rudely informed us that we cannot even let one tire of our cars touch the grass (what grass I wanted to ask) but yet people had boats and tow vehicles attached to the boats all over the so-called grass. Two: there are some waterfront sites that are actually a good size and pleasant but are walk-in, non-reservable sites. The showerhouse was decent and clean and had flush toilets but the rest of the park has pit latrines in them and I was told that they are horrible. I seemed to me that this is a place where you could have a good time with a lot of luck and some planning. The rangers were rude but the park office people were very nice. One ranger held a kids/family program Saturday night, made ice cream and then there was a movie at the ampitheatre. That was nice.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
We had a great time camping here. This is the best thought out campground that I have ever been to. Really perfect in so many ways. The campsites are located in loops off of a main road and the loops are very spread out. There are 252 campsite but could be 400+ if they wanted to make this like most campgrounds. There is not much shade but there are tall grasses, bushes, small trees, etc. in between each campsite so that you really don't even know you have a neighbor in some cases. Plus with the loops so spread out there is never anyone behind you. Sites are as big as they are anywhere. The staff is beyond helpful by being so friendly and they are always thinking about the camper. We were staying 5 days and leaving on a Friday but wanted to stay the weekend if we could. The office helped us find an open site which was difficult because it was their Hawaiian Luau weekend and they were booked. On Sunday they change the lanes that are leading out of the campground for people who don't need the dump station, post signs for what the wait will be from certain points (there was no one waiting when we left) and have sewer hoses hooked up to speed things up. There are two lakes in the campground for campers only to fish in. The rest of the state park has a boating beach on Lake Erie and an inland beach for swimming. There is a lodge and cabins, boat rental, they showed a movie on Friday night and sold pop and popcorn and sold coffee and donuts on Saturday and Sunday morning. Unusual for a state park. In the area I would recommend the Toledo Zoo, Toledo Mudhens baseball, Tony Packo's restaurant, the Toledo Museum of Art and the restaurants along the Maumee River. It was a great trip and we plan on a nine day stay next year. Bathrooms and showers are located on each loop and there are only 2 showers per so there was some waiting but that was a small price to pay. All showers clean and tiled.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
This was our 10th trip to this campground and have never been disappointed. We stayed 5 nights this time along the river in site 85 which I think is my favorite in the whole park. This was our first summer time trip and we could use the pool and it was very pleasant. The campground staff is the best anywhere and goes beyond helpful by being so friendly. We love the camp store and the huge ice cream cones they give you. This is probably the prettiest campground you will ever see, spring, summer and especially in the fall. Very close by is the little town of Loudonville which is nice if you need something. A short trip to Malabat Farms and Mt. Jeez is worth the trip to see the valley especially at sunset.
Date of Stay: September, 2005
This is a beautiful campground built right on a lakefront of a fairly large inland lake. The campground is very small and as a result very concentrated which can be good because everything is a short distance away but bad because it can be very crowded. Our campsite (#17) was located right next to the playground which brought a lot of kids and a lot of noise but worked out o.k. because our 10 year old loved being right next to the playground. There are several sites that are right on the lake and all sites are convenient to it. There is everything you need as far as restrooms and shower house, basketball courts, a nice little swimming beach which does have sand and a sandy bottom now. There is a lot to do on the lake including a nearby boat rental. There are docks for rent ($5 per day) with boats tie offs and the docks are open to anyone for fishing. It is a very relaxing place even though it is somewhat cramped and we will definitely return. Ohio State Parks have corrected their problems with reservations and campsites are reservable now up to six months in advance through their website. They showed a movie on Saturday (usually Friday we were told) and that was fun too. It is a little tight manuvering through the campground with anything larger than a 30 footer.
Date of Stay: August, 2005
This would be an amazing place if it were in a different setting. This is a first rate, no expense spared RV park. It was obviously built by an RV'er with RV'ers in mind. From a site and hookup standpoint you could not ask for more but this is not a campground. It is not pretty. The interstate is within sight of the resort and railroad tracks practically run through the middle of it although they are not busy an ugly old train sat on the tracks for the length of our stay. There are high power lines in view and no large trees, no shade at all. The pool was great, next door there is a kid's paradise with Go Karts, arcade, batting cages, mini golf, ice cream and more. This is basically a bring your own room hotel. Great as a base to visit nearby attractions but not a campground setting. My only criticism was my fire ring had the previous people's trash in it and there were a lot of cob webs in an otherwise spotless restroom. One very nice thing are the individual bathrooms in the clubhouse. You have your own locked private room with sink, toilet and shower. They were too good to be true. This is a great place to stop along the way and was built for such.