Weekend camping. Large area, little rough sites but manageable. Internal roads ok; check-in hut during week. Great, open area and fields away for everything but we were parked in a reunion gathering with 20 other campers while there were many, many open spots we could have been assigned to. Low attendance. Mostly shady, restrooms fine, sites and surrounding areas mowed and clean. Great walking, hiking and bike riding area. Class A, probably won't return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is quiet and relaxing, but parts of it are run down. The mini golf is overtaken by weeds and not used anymore. There is an old water slide that looks like it was once fun, but is broken down and not it use. The pools were older, but clean and perfectly usable. The indoor bathrooms behind the office were lovely, and the outdoor ones were usable, but not always working properly. I thought $40 was a bit much to stake my tent, but there was nothing glaringly wrong at this place. We camped here in a Tent.
If you are looking for a nice quiet campground, this is the place. Well off the beaten track, but worth the drive. The roads from Amboy to the campground is not the best but we had no problem in our 30 foot Class C towing a car. Check in is done at a kiosk at the gate, no need to exit your rig. Roads are a little rough, but not bad. Site markings are a little confusing. Bathhouse was clean, however a bit of upgrading would help. Staff was friendly and helpful. Overall, a nice stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed for a Halloween themed weekend. The kids loved it, lots of fun activities. The campground is not being maintained very well. One of the shower buildings was very dirty and run-down. Something is killing the trees. Over 300 trees have been removed. A large branch fell on a neighbor's RV the day we arrived. We would not stay here again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This is a great place to camp with a large group. Many open and shaded sites for just about any type of camping you wish to do. Rental park models are also available. I always check out the shower and bath faciliites first. Not only are these clean, they have several convenient locations for the bath houses. Propane and firewood is avail. There is also a small store that can supply those forgotten items. All in all a very nice place to pull in and relax for a while. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 7 / 10 ]
This is a nice campground the only thing is the sites are a bit tight. We only stayed one night. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a Passport America park that is very popular with locals as there are mature trees and several lakes for fishing or swimming plus themed activities for kids and adults. Families come here for generations from what we were told. Interior roads are dirt/gravel and the sites were mainly grass. Some sites are very unlevel. We were near the office so had a back-in site with FHU and a decent WiFi signal. The owners are extremely nice and very helpful. The grounds in no way compare to modern RV parks we are accustomed to. Showers and restrooms need major work and cleaning. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed for 3 nights over Memorial Day weekend. Yes, they have pull-thrus, but they go to dead ends so getting out was interesting. Pull-thru sites were nowhere near level, and even with my extensive blocking capability I couldn't get the 5th wheel close to being level. Wi-Fi was a joke - I had to take my computer outside the office to have access. No Wi-Fi signal at all in the pull-thru area. Bathrooms, toilets and showers were filthy. Saturday morning two of three toilets plugged. Sunday morning three of three toilets plugged. Fortunately they left a plunger outside for community use. Illinois health department should shut this place down. I will never return to Mendota Hills! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 2 / 10 ]
Wi-Fi was OK. Gravel roads with lots of dust. Even the golf carts created dust. Kids everywhere so drive with both eyes open. Very poor electricity with 104 - 106 volts during the day. It did finally get up to 110 volts in the evening but still would not use AC because being afraid of ruining the compressor because of low voltage. Had to use fans all night and couldn't open windows. Did I mention DUST. They did have a couple of lakes for fishing and a golf driving range for the older folks. Would not return to this campground if I'm in the area. I would look for another one with better electrical power. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Reserved a full hook up pull through and when we checked in, we were moved to another lot without sewer as the other lot was not available. They gave us the excuse of the people extend their stay one hour before we pulled in. There were other smaller lots they could have moved the small TT to as we were much longer and could not fit on the smaller full hook up site, but they did not care to do so.I will give the guy credit for bringing his honeypot out on Saturday to empty my tanks for free though. Only one shower location at office. The bathrooms throughout campground are port-a-potties. The website does not do this campground justice. Riding our bikes through the campground, we said hi to eleven seasonal sites and only one responded with a hi, the rest just stared. Not many activities for kids, unless you think old video games and an old pool table in bad shape are activities. I have seen worse, but this is just an average campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Not too much to do, but the frog jumping contests are wonderful for the kids. Two fishing lakes, one lake w/beach. Lots of land to run around. We will be back. Quiet place with lots of trees. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground is designed for young families. Our children are grown so we just used it for camping. None of the attractions were open during our stay. Our site needed mowing. There was a little bit of gravel, but it had been overtaken by grass and weeds. The staff was somewhat friendly. They have very strict rules. We wanted our daughter and her two children to join us for a Sunday evening cook-out just for a couple of hours, but it would have cost $7 per person just for them to enter the campground. I could understand an admission fee if the attractions were open, but they weren't. I will not return to this campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground was very busy when we arrived here on a weekend. There were kids everywhere, and all seemed to have a good time. Everyone disappeared Sunday afternoon and the week days were very quiet. Staff was accommodating, and gave us a couple of choices for campsites. We picked the longer site, with satellite TV access. Both AT&T and Verizon worked intermittently here, mostly not. Office was dim and musty: it could use a new carpet and some updating. The site itself was fine: everything worked, there was plenty of room, the site was level. We would return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The website is incredibly misleading. Great park for one night but not for a few. Our Internet and phone service actually literally stopped when we pulled up to the park and started when we pulled away. We paid $17 for Tengo Wi-Fi which had slow and limited download capabilities at the park. The 2 slides are nice; however, they cost $1 per time per slide or $18 per person for an unlimited weekend pass. The 3 pools are very small and crowded at a size of about 30' by 30' but they are cold and refreshing. The site that we had was incredibly off level. We had an issue with out breaker and they fixed it very soon after we let them know. The customer service was great. The night quiet time is not adhered to or managed. Both nights that we stayed, there was loud music as late as midnight as well as people driving in golf carts with loud music and honking and yelling. The thing that bother me the most was that I reserved 3 night 5 hours prior to my arrival without a credit card. The girl who took the reservation told me that I could change it on arrival to 2 nights if I wanted. When I arrived, I was forced to take 3 nights because the clerk told me that: "she couldn't break up a weekend." The next morning, I found out that was not true and was promptly refunded, though. I wouldn't stay here again, but I don't regret my choice to stay for 2 nights. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground was alright, to be generous. The employees were unfriendly, and seemed to scorn the prospect of having to actually do their jobs. The Wi-Fi cost money, but he signal was weak. The slides were good, however, the pools were always really hot, which wasn't very refreshing. The experience wasn't all that great. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice campground. Always something for the kids to do. Great "street dance" on Saturday night. Very nice hike around the lake. The pools were crowded, but were manageable. The water slides were good, the kids loved them. All in all a nice campground close to Chicago. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We chose this campground on the advice of some friends that had previously been here before. This was our first visit to the campground. Check in was a bit hectic as it was the 4th of July weekend and they were packed. They put us in a site that had a trailer already on it...they had just forgot to put it in storage and promptly moved it. Our site was huge and had 50amp service to run both our air conditioners. The pools left something to be desired. They had bugs, leaves and people's band aids floating in them and they were a milky white color. Needless to say we didn't spend more then 20 minutes in them. In addition the pools were packed and people waiting to get in them, I personally think there were too many people in the pools at any one time. There are no lifeguards or staff watching the pools. The pool houses with showers, bathrooms and toilets were beyond disgusting. We did not use the showers, or bathrooms as they were just plain gross. The roads are all gravel and there was a lot of golf cart and car traffic all weekend causing a lot of dust. The golf cart traffic is not as bother some as the vehicle traffic with the music thumping from it and going above the 10mph speed limit. There were moments when there were some load people after quite time, but not horrible in my opinion. Additionally there were a lot of tent campers too many if you ask me. The positives were the activities, the water slide, the paddle boats and mini golf, the playgrounds and the fireworks over the lake and the fishing on the lake. The camp store was nice and stocked and everything was very affordable. The seasonal sites were very well kept as well. I will say that the campground was very clean with the exception of the pool houses and security was out and about all the time. I would go back again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We camp here a few times per year and enjoy this park. I have to say I was disappointed this time - our site was very unlevel and being July 4th weekend, lots of intoxicated people on golf carts and driving their vehicles around this large campground. We cautioned our 11 year old son to be very careful going to and from the water slide because no one was obeying the speed limit. This campground puts on a wonderful fireworks show on July 4th and even though this time our experience wasn't as good, our past trips have been thoroughly enjoyable. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I really like this campground. We live about an hour away and can go for an overnight stay. It has always been clean and the pools are nice. The fishing is good too. The staff is polite and the activities for the kids are plentiful. I have to admit I have never been there on a weekend and can imagine the place can get very crowded. I would say the biggest complaint is that the snake bar is slow, overpriced and not that great. We normally cook and bring our own food however, and I have never had to buy anything at the store except for ice. This is a nice place to go for a couple of days. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I will have to admit after reading the previous posts that we thought we would have a great time during Memorial Day. We were so wrong! This place was terrible!!! PLEASE DO NOT CAMP HERE!! I cannot stress this enough!!! First off they put 4 campers on 1 electrical box that is designed for 2 (hence rolling blackouts). This happened throughout the park to everyone the whole weekend. The pools were a milky color the entire time we were there and not clear (don't know what was in them). The bathrooms were very dirty, smelly and were out of toilet paper or paper towels not to mention the overflowing toilets. The were golf carts and vehicles driving all over throughout the night with many of them driving like they were at a speedway (it was really bad at night). At one point I actually feared for my child's safety at this Yogi Bear Campground. We travel and camp a lot, and I have to say this place is the worst east of the Mississippi River. During the whole weekend we spent most of our time buying ice because of the blackouts. The worst part was when they ran out of ice so we had to go into town to buy it which was pretty far away. The funny thing though was my daughter and I (on a ice run) noticed the out gate was broken. Seemed someone could not handle the chaos at this campground and just went through the gate. The manager could not be found until the last day when we were getting ready to leave. He decided to show up, and said he was caught off guard by these "problems". We thought at first to make the best out of it, but it was so poor that other campers around us had the same feeling. As a father who loves to impress his child with the Yogi Bear parks I beg you not to go to this Campground!! Go to another park, please! We are still trying to get at least half of our money back (after the manager promised ) for over a week now. The Yogi Bear Campground Corporation should be ashamed about this park. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This is a very nice campground within 2 hours of Chicago. Has nice grassy level sites, the pull throughs are nice and big so you're not on top of your neighbor. They have 3 pools that are fairly clean (we go a couple of times during the summer too). the cloudyness of the pools that some mentioned, is due to the chemical reaction between the chlorine and sunblock lotion, (I have a pool too). There are lots of activities for the kids. There is a very nice tent camping area back in the woods. Their Halloween weekends are great! The haunted house is excellent, better than most other haunted houses. All in all a nice campground for the Chicagoland area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice/clean camp ground. Tons of stuff to do mini golf, paddle boats, canoes, water slides, 3 pools, 3 hot tubs, crafts and when we were there they had dog races! Huge Ice Cream cones for 75 cents. Rained heavy on our way there and our original site was flooded there was no problem with switching our site. Very nice and dogs are welcomed. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park was very nice and the people were very helpful. The park was clean. Our spot was by the lake: about 25 feet from edge, in a nice shaded spot. The fishing was not very good, just small bullheads. The pools and beach were very good and clean. Lots of stuff for little kids to do, but I do advise renting a golf cart for $60 for the weekend for this is a big park. One day just about sunset, I was fishing and looked up and saw a full grown eagle flying over lake. It was nested in a tree by the camper: very cool! This park is worth the price if you have little kids. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A very nice, clean park. The people were all very friendly. Sites were spacious. Wristbands can be purchased to use the pools, waterslide, paddleboats and mini golf. These were $18.00 per person site. To me the waterslide was useless as it was not connected to the pool at all. You had to put shoes on to cross a gravel road. Kids under 10 had to have a parent with them which means we sat at a table with my younger child (who wasn't tall enough although the slides don't empty into a pool) while the kids went down. There is lots of golf cart traffic. Store needs some restocking of stuff. Staff said there was no shelf room, but the shelves looked very empty. Lots of activities for the kids to do even on a rainy day. Pudding wrestling and candy bar bingo was a favorite. Not cheap, but worth going. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 6 / 10 ]
We stayed here for two nights with our 7 year old grandson. Having taken him to other Yogi Bear parks, I decided this one was geared to older kids. Golf carts flew around the park like they were crazy, and a girl fell off one right in front of our trailer as we were watching. There were not many activities for younger children as there are in other Yogi Bear parks. We saw Boo Boo once on a "heyride," but he didn't even stay around to greet the kids. In 48+ hours, we did not see any of the other bears. The workers were cordial, but I wouldn't say they were friendly compared with the other parks we have stayed in. Our rate is based on a midweek two-for-one rate. We might consider staying again due to the midweek rate. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The Bad: Lots of fees to pay including a facility fee of $9 on top of the normal nightly rate. We had family come and stay one night on our site in a tent, and they had to pay the full rate of $55 to sleep on a site we already paid for! We only wanted to stay Thurs and Fri but were required to pay for Saturday as well, even though we didn't stay Saturday night. Mini golf, paddleboats and rides down the waterslide are also extra charges. Waterslide is located too far from the pool to make it worthwhile. The Good: The campground itself was nice, with clean bathrooms and showers. Heated pools and hot tubs are clean well maintained. Pretty little lake with wooded areas for primitive camping and short hikes. We did have the whole place to ourselves Thurs and early Fri as it didn't get crowded until Friday night. The pool and hot tub were great. Unless you stay by the lake will you will have very little to no shade. Staff was friendly but not very helpful. I will go back since the kids had a great time - just know your stay can get expensive. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
This is a wonderful family campground. We have camped here 3 times this season and we experience something new every time. Beautiful river through the property with a large lake where you can rent paddle boats. Park is large and clean and everyone in the park is friendly and ready to help. I highly recommend this area. Only two downfalls...must watch out for the golf cart traffic and it can be a bit crowded. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We have 3 kids 5 & under, they enjoyed the pools, painting, flying kites, riding bikes up and down the street. The staff was helpful, they showed up in minutes when I needed a pair of pliers to take down the awning. We lucked out as we where in a sparsely populated area of the park with no immediate neighbors. The only two problems was trying to get garbage picked up by the guys on the golf carts flying up and down the road. I finally had to wave them down. At one point there where a bunch of drunks speeding around the camp ground honking horns and making a ruckus on golf carts, but at least it didn't come directly by us. I'd consider going back. I enjoyed bike riding around the lake myself. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Most games in arcade were broken. Store, comfort station and playground areas are in need of repair. On the bright side, swimming pools (3) were is good conditions. Golf karts were excessive running up and down the roads at all hours. Our site had no grass, luckily it didn't rain during our stay. Sewer connections were 4 inch pvc pipe sticking out of the ground, with out proper fitting, so the sewer gas smell got strong at times. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Horrible! The staff is the worst I have ever experienced. We rented a golf cart for 10 minutes. I allowed my 4 year old grandson to sit in my lap and pretend to drive. They came to the pool and publicly took the cart from me and kept my security deposit because I broke the rules and allowed a 4 year old to drive. The staff was rude, crabby, and not helpful. It was rather ironic that we were treated like trouble makers for allowing a 4 year old to pretend to drive and the partiers that blasted songs with [obscene] lyrics were left alone. I expected it to be a nice family place. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the best campground for families. Plenty of activities, great staff, even Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and Cindy Bear are in attendance! A little difficult to find if your not familiar with the area, but well worth the trip. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped in an open area that was way too crowded, and there was no policing on noise. The staff was tired and crabby, and not helpful in any way. We couldn't wait to get out of there, and were gone within 36 hours. We won't be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our favorite campground. Very friendly staff. Huge sites. Lots of activities for families. You pay more but you get lots and lots more. We love the security and enforcers of quiet hours. Excellent campground! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This place has gotten too big for itself. It used to be a relatively quiet campground with lots of activities for the kids. In recent years it has expanded into a former cornfield with very little shade. They began renting golf carts and this has turned the place into a speedway. All day and evening, teens are zooming around in overloaded carts not paying attention to the road. I've nearly been hit several times. Games in the game room tend to just take your money, and good luck finding an employee who cares. Since the owners retired last year, the new managment leaves a lot to be desired. The water electric sites are ridiculously crowded and sometimes inaccessible if you didn't get there early enough. Bathrooms and showers tend to be dirty, especially on popular weekends. They should have enough staff to handle this. Also in the last few years, there seems to be a lot lower standard of clientele that tends to make the park uncomfortable. We have been coming here since 1993, but I dont think we'll be coming much more. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
This was a great weekend, we were here with a large group and we were not cramped at all. They had large sites, clean restrooms/showers, 3 pools. Activities to keep everyone busy, outdoor movies, bingo, a dance, mini golf. We had our 2 little dogs and this campground was the great with them, people walking and socializing with their dogs, we felt like we belonged, not social outcasts. We did go on a weekend but school had started so only some kids but you can get away from the kids, the hot tubs are 18 and older only and they have lifeguards to enforce this. The lifeguards also supervise the kids at the pools so they are not out of control, which was great, since some kids can get pretty wild. The only problem I saw was their WiFi didn't work long enough to log on, when asked they said it should, I was at a couple different sites and it never worked. Staff was friendly and always around so if you had a problem they would be there to help. This is a great campground for a family. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We found the park to be great for the kids. They had a great time in the pools, water slides, paddle boats, mini-golf. The kids said the arcade had defective games. We are usually picky about the campsites we choose. The site we were on had a couple of trees and was near the boggy part of the lake. When we first arrived we thought the mosquitos were going to have a feast on us but to our surprise there was not a single bite between us... We were located on a corner lot so the autos, and golf carts were always driving by. We will return. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Definitely a lot of activities for the kids, including a craft buidling where you can buy craft and assemble them while you are there. I had heard great things about this campground and was a little dissapointed mostly because of the poor cleanliness of the bathrooms and shower house. The lake is nice, though the young kids giving out the lifejackets were a little too young and didn't know how to adjust them. Finally, the small town of Amboy itself has nothing to do. Very few restaurants and certainly no social activities. So only go if you want to stay at the campground for all your entertainment and meals. It's a long drive to any towns with more facilities. We camped here in a Tent.
Amboy is the best campground I have ever been to. It has good facilities, also has good
people. If you are going during summer with your friends, best place to spend it is at amboy. I went downtown for a fest they had called Depot Days. Me and my family go to amboy every year. If you are a teenager and your tired of going to boring campgrounds with nothin to do, go to amboy, it has a dance on saturdays. All teens come out after 10. No little kids, no parents, and if they are there, they are drunk. Thats what amboys all about, having fun. I will never stop going there. Everybody there is so welcoming, and everything is just what I hoped it to be. I would rather go to Amboy, I camp at yogi bears then go to Hawaii or Florida or whatever. Amboy just has that effect on me. Best campground ever. We camped here in a Tent.
[ 6 / 10 ]
I have to agree with the first review. If you have kids this is a great campground. But, for just going and relaxing: not going to happen. The shade is mainly in the permanent site area, we were in a big open field with no shade at all, just alot of barking dogs which management didn't seem to care to stop, even when notified. Restrooms were very wet due to all the swimmers using them. For the price, probably won't return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 9 / 10 ]
We had a wonderful time. Our children ages 5, 11, and 13 had a great time at mini golf, the pool, waterslides, paddle boats, bingo, arts and craft, and "hey-ride". The only bad thing that happened was some of our neighbors were loud and drunk. I guess stupid people can be anywhere. We plan on going back soon! Hopefully our neighbors will be better. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 4 / 10 ]
Aaaaaaaaaattention Campers! This resort-style campground had the loudspeakers going all day long to announce activities (usually with an extra fee), small, cramped sites and just too many campers. Not our style. Others with tweens love it for the pool and the activities which include a waterslide, mini-golf, paddle boats, a kids fishing lake and more. Just not our cup-of-tea. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This campground has no business letting "outsiders" in. This establishment only caters to the seasonal camper. Rules of the campground are not clearly posted anywhere. There did not seem to be any organized activities. There were no tents there at all when we camped. Staff was rude and refused our attendance on their "hayride". The only bath house was lacking attention and extremely dirty. Doors falling off of hinges and cobwebs everywhere. The swimming hole looked like a mucky swamp infested with bacteria. Fishing pond was also lacking attention. Not much in way of a store with camping supplies. Sites were tight for the more modern campers with slides. Only nice feature was the beautiful pine trees. I would not camp here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Unbelievable. Most terrible camping experience we've ever had. The owners were rude and belligerent. Do not come here and do not bring your children. The owners screamed and yelled at us and my children, threatening to throw us out of the campground for singing children songs on the hay ride. My 5 and 7 year old were in total fear...screaming, crying. I argued with the owner after we were threatened and accused of using profanity...something we never did, nor did anyone else on the hay ride. I cannot explain their behavior, but they did call the sheriff to have us thrown out. This is a place for regulars...yearly and seasonal guests. I suggest if you consider coming for a weekend stay, that you do not. You will be an outsider and they will throw you out for any reason they wish, truthful or not. The bathrooms and showers were disgusting. I felt that my family was in danger staying there. Signs all over the grounds read "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone". The playground sign reads "if you are older than 6 years old, and caught playing here, you will loose your playground privileges" How can they even prove age? Do they ask for the child's drivers license? The pond is considered "great for swimming". I wouldn't let my kids put one toe in that disgusting water. We camped here in a Tent.
If you like quiet, this seems to be the place. The sites are shaded by tall pines. Some sites are a little tight. We have camped here three times now and it has never been crowded. They have a great park for little and big kids. They do have a swimming "hole" and a fishing pond. This park would be perfect if it had a pool. We camped here in '04, '05, and '06. We plan on coming back again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is camping in a pine forest in the middle of Illinois corn fields. It is 40 acres of tall standing pines. The campground is small -- only 30 sites available for transients. It has a small swimming lake/pond and separate fishing lake/pond. The playground area is beautiful. They have a separate playground for 6 year olds and younger with well maintained equipment along with a sandbox. The playground for bigger kids/adults include standard playground equipment along with volley ball, shuffleboard, and basketball equipment. The camping sites are a variety of sizes (usually long and narrow) since you are camping in/around the pine trees. Since the ground is covered with dry pine needles and pine cones, all fire rings are in-ground with steel covers. There are two toilet and one shower stall (with locking door) per gender. According to the seasonals and owner, the campground only gets filled on holiday weekends, so there really isn't a big contention for bathroom facilities. The grounds are very well kept. There is a very small on-site camp store. This is not a camping resort or high-key/fast-paced environment. This is a great campground to kick back and relax under the pines. I would have given this campground a 10 if they had better swimming facilities. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.