Date of Stay: October, 2015
We stayed almost a month here, as prices are reasonable. It is kept very clean, has showers, a "clubroom/kitchen", laundry, but that's about it. The office area does smell of sewer & cigarettes as the hosts smoke alot right outside the door pretty much non stop if their boss isn't there. The sewer smell is only in the building area of the office, and a couple nearby sites. All the sites are roomy, wifi works well in most areas, its quiet in here, but no "real" activities. They just started a birthday cake & ice cream once a month, to celebrate anyone's birthday who wants to be let it known they have a birthday (feels like something nursing homes would do). They are now starting up card nights, coffee or donut mornings once a week, craps, and other games to gather and play. Not much in the activity department. Staff is nice though, and its a good place to relax, and unwind. Different sites are diff prices depending on what you want to have on your site.
Date of Stay: September, 2015
Great place to stop overnight on your way through the area. Convenient location on Route 66, walking distance to a local restaurant, and the place is loaded with history up and down the road. Owners are nice people, plenty of spaces available, free wifi, cable, and full hookups. Wifi is shut off from 11 pm-7am. When I asked why that was (as I get up before 7), the owner said that you are supposed to be sleeping at night so don't need the internet during that time. Checkout is 10 am (I thought that was rushing anyone there), but otherwise the place is a good place to stop at while going through. It's a quiet park, even being close to the road. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2015
I went by the last review in 2010. Bad mistake. We spent 1 month here due to $$. I couldn't find anyone to pay for 5 days. Their sites are mostly 30 amp, with a few 50 amp. Full hookups behind the trailers, no sewer in the wooded area. No dump station. They tell people to use an empty lot that has sewer to dump at--which has no water at it to rinse with. I had to put in a number for the site. It's just a huge grassy area with oddly numbered numbers to hook up to. I never did know what our site number was. 3 dogs roam the park & are in their clubhouse on the furniture, tables daily. They haven't had baths in forever & the place reeks. There are no firepits-not even in the tent areas. Picnic tables are broken, picnic area has no tables, beach is overgrown & gone, shoreline is slimy, their "cabins" are nothing but run down old trailers. It looks like a trailer park when you first enter it. Mostly members stay there. I only met 3 other people there not members. Labor day (Monday), they shut off the lights at night as they stated no one was there anymore so they wanted to conserve. The place is pretty, but needing a lot of TLC. A lot! The pool was kept clean, grounds are too, but very run down otherwise. Trailers are a major eye sore. There is nothing around at all. Their online brochure is from 15 years ago. Even the playground is cluttered with broken paddle boats, climbing toys, etc. We also had to move our rv due to bag worms dripping brown all over our rv. Others who came in behind us moved asap too once they saw that mess. Nature can't be controlled, but spraying would have helped with this problem. We would never stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
This was a hard campground to rate as it has its pluses, and its minuses. It was clean, quiet, the pool was spotless. We never went into the bathrooms or showers. Our first day there, a teenager walked by from up the road. A trailer park is up the road, & was told kids come into the campground ALOT to use the wifi. We saw that alot our week there. The wifi worked on & off depending on how many were in there. The fishing "lake" is pond sized and covered in green. Almost every day, the pool would have people from town come in to swim, & smoking, drinking is allowed. Ourselves, along with another family always left when that happened. The owners said they couldn't say anything as smoking is allowed outside in Illinois. It's a private cmpgrd! They could put up no smoking but I guess they like the $$ they make off non campers. If you have young kids, its a shame they let outsiders smoke. TV reception is null. Branches need to be trimmed over campsites. The arcade, pool table was removed a long time ago. Playground is very outdated but safe.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
We stayed here a month, as it was close to some places we had to be while there. When you first get there, the park host (Dave) will show you your site, offer to help you set it up, and anything you need he will do what he can to make it easier on you. Each site has a firepit, and picnic table. We had a fantastic view of the lake out our back & side windows. The beach is only a minute walk away, boat ramp (we didn't use), is also right there. The park is very quiet, super clean, and alot of nice people stay there as a seasonal. The internet is ok depending on if any coaches are in the lots next to the office--which block the signal. The few short times that happened, I just walked over to the pavilian to use it. That was the only inconvenience I had while there. We chose to be in the open instead of shaded areas so our rv wouldn't get dirty from staying there for so long. There are different types of sites to choose from while there, depending on the openings of them.When you leave, the hosts will come say goodbye, and they really do make you feel at home. More campgrounds need hosts like this! We would definitely go back again!
Date of Stay: July, 2015
We spent 3 weeks here, and stayed out in the open area as we didn't want tree junk on our rv , with staying the long period we did. The internet worked well all around the campground (I used my phone to check diff areas too), but the cell service for Verizon was on and off depending on where you were at in there. It worked well in town. The water pressure was low. We went to go fishing, and didn't have much luck. They are so well fed, plus I swear the fish know how to strip a hook of a worm. The "lake" to go swimming in is not a lake. It is a very small pond, with green slimey things that float all around upon entering the water, from getting stirred up. There is a rope dividing where you can swim and where others can fish in that pond. The sand was firm in the water right in the middle, but you sink anywheres else. The water only came up to our waist and we only went that one time. Neither one of us cared for green slimey things floating all around. There are 2 other ponds in there too, that are for fishing only. Near the front of the campground is a small stream that flows through it. Very relaxing, nice, and ankle deep. Also many walking paths, but the bugs were too thick to go on the paths without taking a bath in bug dope first. What we found out while staying there, is that families with children get charged different than any place we have ever been. The rates didn't affect us, but I wouldn't go there with kids. 2 adults per site for that $28. Each additional kid, even if they are yours, is $3 extra a night. Also extra tents aren't allowed on a site with a larger tent, or an rv on it. They insist you must get another site for that tent. So.....any family with 3 kids, 2 adults would cost $34. As I said--the prices didn't affect us. I just don't agree with how they charge. They did give us a senior discount as we had paid for the month. The regular rate is $520 a month. They charged us $510. That was our discount.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
We had originally planned on staying here for 2 months due to its price, but once we arrived, we saw a few "flaws" in our plans. There are A LOT of feral cats in the campground park, and the cat spray can be overwhelming at times to breath. We had taken a spot in the rear, as the other spots were too close to other RV's for my taste. The spot in the rear had plenty of room, even if another one moved in next to it. Our first night there, we not only heard, but felt the vibration of a stereo bass by the neighbors outside the park. They have it so low or whatever it is that makes it thump and vibrate, and just sit in their yard doing that 3-4 times a day--and sometimes at night. Not only do you put up with that, but non-stop barking dogs tied out on the other side of the fence and more thumping stereos that drive up and down the road. Within a week, we were very disgusted. We moved our RV up front to get away from the thumping stuff, but the cat urine is smelled on and off everywheres. A woman who lives in there, feeds them, which keeps them coming around daily. We could still hear the stereo, but the vibration wasn't felt up here. We weren't even in our spot for a day, and while we were outside, the person who lives in his coach was screaming obscenities about killing kids, blowing up playgrounds, ripping up rapists. Very vulgar and alarming. This went on for an hour, and I did report it to the manager, who was busy at that time making popcorn for the train rides they have there in the amusement park they have been restoring forever. She told me he was probably singing to music. I walked off. Call it what you want. There wasn't any music that was loud coming from his place. We decided to leave. The manager is new, doesn't know much about RV's, but is very nice. The area is very high crime though. Not worth risking staying in this area. We heard guns being shot our last night there.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
We did not camp here, but had reservations, so drove over to see the campground. We went into the office, and the stench in there, made both my husband and I gag at the smell. We got a map of the place, and left asap to get fresh air in our lungs. Directly behind the office was the pool & it was closed for cleaning (I think). The water itself looked clean, but the walls and some of the floor in it had algae growing--which also looked like it had been there for quite some time. The mini golf? There isn't one. The office claims they are repairing it. It needs more than repairing. I had read the comments about some of the roads being hard to maneuver through, and we saw for ourselves. Very hard to do if you have a camper attached. The lots are not spaced out that well, and not much privacy, unless you keep the windows closed. Both of us used the restroom there, and it was clean, but super hot as no air flow. The showers are beyond small, and no place to sit anything on benches. Only one hook in each stall. Needless to say, we weren't impressed with the place. We canceled our reservations. Other reviews list where its tight turning.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
When I filled this out, it is mandatory to click what I camped in. We drove in to see about sites, the cost, etc. When you first turn into this campground, you drive up a long winding driveway through the woods, then come to an office. There was a sign that they would return immediately--but no one did. I used the bathroom which is located on the side of the office and it reeked badly. I wasn't sure if it hadn't been cleaned that day and someone had trashed it out, or if it always smelled that way. We decided to proceed driving through and possibly write down lot/sites we might possibly be interested in staying on, so went up over the hill. Immediately you see old run down rv's with pure clutter all over the place. Some decks looked like they were falling apart. We then found the pool, and no one was in it, but it was clean. Small, but clean. We then drove up through the field which takes you around a loop. We didn't even bother writing down any lots as its too run down in there, too dirty, and some of the "tenants" were already loud from drinking. I guess with it being mid afternoon the good thing about people like that is they fall asleep early so don't keep you up all night? Regardless --its very run down, alot of the very old campers really needed a cleaning, some were packed in depending on what part of the campground you were in, and we left. We never did find anyone to ask questions to--which turned out to be a blessing to us. We wouldn't even stay there if it was a one nighter on our way through the area. When you are at the office, the playground is super old, and off to the left of that as you are proceeding up the hill are a few campers rotting away off to the side. If you are able to drive through it yourself while in the area, do so and make your own judgement of this campground. Standards aren't too high for anyone claiming this is a clean place or nice looking. We did see some new rv's in here but those don't help the rest of the place look good. So...even though I had to put that I had a camper--we DID NOT and would NEVER stay here. Needs a serious cleaning of everything in here.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
We spent 2 months here, and was treated like family. The owners bend over backwards to make sure everything is right for you, and will do what it takes to make you happy there. We never once saw dirty bathrooms or shower rooms, the campground itself is clean of people trash, and there's plenty to do without even leaving the campground. They have catch & release fishing, with a well stocked pond, a tube playground that any kid would love to play in, putt putt golf, and a small cafe they make homemade food in on weekends. We arrived when the snow had just left, and the owner made sure to fill our tank with water so we wouldn't be without, as the water wasn't on in the area we stayed in, plus they keep a shower room/restroom open all the time. The other one opened up a couple weeks after we arrived, which was closer to us to use. But we still had access to the other one. They have a lot of activities on weekends for everyone, and it was pretty much a relaxing time we had while there.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
We did not camp here, but drove through to check it out. 90% are permanent run down old junky campers with cluttered yards. You have to drive through these to get to where they put overnighters. I think the excellent reviews were paid to write on here. We wouldn't stay here. Too run down for us.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
We arrived when there was leftover snow on the ground from previous snowstorms. It was plowed very nice in there, and we were able to get into our spot easily. Once the snow melted, the ground was loaded with dog poop and cigarette butts from other campers. We cleaned up close to 3 packs of butts just in front of our door. It is very quiet here, and you can hear waves from the ocean, and fog horns when its foggy. Very relaxing sound. There is only 1 washer, 1 dryer, and they are right at the entrance to both the shower rooms. If anyone is doing laundry its a tight squeeze, but passable to get into either shower room. Shower rooms are kept very clean. The dryer took 1 1/2 hours to dry one load. There is no internet--not even up at the building. They rent a 2G Verizon wifi card for $20. There isn't any exercise room as stated on the website. Most of the campground is very clean, and the people in the office are friendly. Along the shore that doesn't have a beach, is loaded with sand spurs. Not recommended to walk dogs there!!!! Overall the campground is nice. A few of the sites do flood when it rains, and it will be ankle deep with water when it does. Fortunately, the only water we had to wade through was on the side where our levers are for the tanks. I think they need to enforce picking up after dogs. When we went down to the beach to walk, the entrance to that had a large pile of dog mess left there by one of the office workers dogs. (A few of us watched it go there). The picnic areas are full of it too. They need to enforce people cleaning up after their dogs, which is one thing that not only annoys me, but others. Overall, the campground is nice, mostly clean other than a couple of these gripes, and very quiet. Off season rates are reasonable, and electric is included with the price. I don't know what summer prices are. All the sites are level.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
We stayed here for a month, and had a spot in the rear on the interstate side. You hear the vehicle traffic non stop, but after a few days, the only traffic that bothered us was the jake brakes, as the exit is also right there behind the campground. We had originally chosen a site for the month with the water hookup right outside our door (didn't notice that when we originally looked), then swapped to a different site where it had the hookup out our back side. There are trees on most lots so we also made sure we were able to open the slides and awning without any problem. The firepits are close to the road, and we did have to close our awning to use it as the yards there are small. We also didn't do any fishing, even though we were told it is well stocked, because we didn't want to pay to fish. All that said: overall the campground is nice. Cleanliness means alot to us even if we don't use their shower rooms. The office was always open when it was supposed to be, and if anyone left it, they would put up a sign and be back very soon. The beach area was nice, and swimming was relaxing. You can't bring in ANY outside firewood at all of any kind, but they sell it reasonably priced there. (Not too many campgrounds do.) They have nice large pull through sites too which is nice. One thing we really REALLY liked is they provide places all along the fence to deposit our pets waste. Wish more people would clean up after their pets though. We enjoyed our month there, and would go back.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
We came up here for a week to enjoy Shipshewana, and this campground is totally wooded. Where we were at was quiet, but the pine sap gets on your camper, and in it too. Other than that (no one can control nature), the campground was pretty clean. The pool is too small for how many can camp there, and we avoided it the whole weekend we were there. They have a lake you can go swim at (a real lake that is large--not a big water hole), and it was very nice swimming in that. There is a pizza deliver nearby that makes the best pizza we have ever had. A lot of people speed on the golf carts so you have to watch out for them, and kids won't and don't get out of the road when you are driving in or out of the place. Across the road are even more camp sites, but the roads are narrower over there. There were even a lot of Amish camping in the cabins when we were there. The staff is excellent. Super friendly, and we did have to go up front to use the Internet. Overall it is a nice place, and we would go there again.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This is a very large campground, with many activities for everyone in it of all ages. Weekends have a lot of activities for kids. We enjoyed most of our time there, but a very few like to stay up all night on the weekends (literally until 5 AM), so it was time for us to move on as there weren't many sites for a larger camper plus room to park a vehicle on, to move into. The owner is there on different occasions throughout the summer, and is a wonderful person. The manager has been there for about a year, and many aren't impressed with him. I guess he started out good, but now he doesn't take care of problems in there, and doesn't want to deal with some problems going on. It isn't kept clean some of the times. (garbage left in the wooded area for a few days after campers have left, laundry room really dirty) and the area near the office always has wrappers and cigarette butts all over the place--including on the tables. The office is never ever open when its supposed to be. The only time is Fridays, Saturdays, and sometimes Sunday mornings. The hours on the door mean nothing. It was like that the WHOLE time we were there. It's not good for business, and hard to rely on when you can go to the office as you never know when its open. There is a number to call, but not answered much, or calls returned. Overall, its a nice place, has an awesome swimming pool, and great seasonal people in there that invite even the weekend campers to join in on activities. This place has its good and bad points.