8 Parks near Andrews, Indiana
Jun 2016 - $35.00
Salamonie is our home away. This CG has been a favorite of ours for years. Close to home yet far enough to be away. We love that the CG is so spread out. There are a lot of water views and several that you can watch the boats come and go from Pirates Cove Marina.
I only gave 3 stars for value because of the online booking site now charges a fee to use their service after many years of not.
As far as the restroom cleanliness I don't feel that there isn't enough attention paid to the restrooms and showers by the staff. As busy as this CG is, it's essential that staff pay more attention to these areas especially since there are no full hook-up sites. Of course if there were more staff presence near the restrooms then the hooligans might stop their hooliganism. - KaraShively
Jul 2014 - $26.00
We're beginning to see a trend at the State Recreation Areas (SRAs), in that they are VERY busy in the summer and seeing lots of kids, boaters and tent campers are commonplace. There was nary a vacant site in the whole campground, and the enforcement of 2 cars per site was nil. Lots of folks with multiple cars, tents, boats, parties, etc. throughout. If you're looking for quiet seclusion, this ain't your place. However, if you're desirous of being surrounded by lots of activity, with a large beach, multiple bank fishing sites, decent size marina with boat rentals, and a fairly well-stocked camp store with groceries and essentials, you'll like Salamonie. Be wary, there are several camp sites that aren't particularly level, so trust the online booking service when they say 'moderate' or 'severe' grade; they're not kidding. Our 30' TT fit fine on lot 62, which was listed as having a slight slope. Many of the sites are full sun, but there is an area of shaded, more private sites. There are some premium, lakefront sites available, but only a few. Get 'em while they're hot- book well in advance. There are corner, pull-through sites on EVERY corner, so it makes the campground look even more full. As is the norm with most SRAs, the staff does a great job keeping the shower houses clean, but they are aging structures (old fixtures, peeling paint, etc) and are in need of remodeling. Easy access to beach and marina from campground, nice interpretive center, hiking trails and garden for viewing, OTA TV is pretty good including network channels, strong ATT 4G cellular signal. Fresh water fill station in our loop was a bit unhandy, and was essentially blocked by a campsite. The marina will deliver firewood to your campsite, and it's reasonably priced. The grounds are well-kept, the staff was friendly, and there's lots of outdoors to enjoy. We'll camp here again. - fastalker64
Aug 2012 - $26.00
Since this park is close to home we have camped here many times for a weekend get away. The park is ran by the Indiana DNR but the lake is controlled by the Corps of Engineers. The upside to this park is that there are many very nice campsites. The downside is that there are some very poor sites that are very small, crowded or unlevel. It helps to know the campground if making reservations. The weekends are generally full but the weekdays are not so potentially a good site is open and a little driving around could help find one. The drought took its toll this year and the lake is too low to allow swimming. Fishing can be erratic since it is a flood control reservoir and lake levels can fluctuate considerably. However, finding a site like in the 200 area (except 201) or the 188 area can be rewarding. Fifty amp is offered in a few select sites and there is no other hookups, but the DNR did add another dump station. There is a general fee to get into the park above the camping fee so be aware. Given the fact that we know the park it is still one of our favorite places to camp and of course we will camp here again. - Dewey Smith
Sep 2014 - $15.00
We chose Kil-so-Qua only because of the close proximity to our son's home. Perfect for short visits, primitive sites for tents and back-ins, some of which accommodate our 38' RV. Some 50 amp, but no water or sewer. There is a dump station in the park down by the reservoir. No reservations allowed, it is the honor system using an envelope provided. We have been happy overall with the sites we have chosen, some are more level than others. Outdoor johns, really nasty and no shower facilities. - User3722
Aug 2013 - $15.00
This is a nice COE park. Sites are large and spread out. Even got some TV channels. Very quiet and nice and dark at night. Will stay here again when in the area. - maineman
Oct 2012 - $10.00
Kil-So-Qua is situated on the J.E. Roush reservoir property. In the last year it was moved from the DNR State Park system to the DNR Fish and Wildlife system which removed many of its services. The beach is now closed and bike trails are no longer in use. The primary use for the property is now for hunting and fishing. The state no longer allows reservations for this property as well so all sites are on a first come-first served basis. That being said this is a very nice campground. The only toilets available are pit toilets which are clean and there are no bathhouses. There are several areas to fill water tanks in the campground as well as by the dump station which is near the boat ramp. Be aware that the four pull through sites are not electric and the primitive area is very difficult if not impossible for a big rig to maneuver. The non-electric cost is eight dollars per night and all payments are on a honor system. This recreation area is just off of US 224 about four miles from Interstate 69. It is a nice weekend getaway or a great overnight while traveling. If it had a bathhouse I would have rated this a 9 or a 10. - Dewey Smith
Sep 2015 - $33.00
Review is based on one overnight stay. CTL has many things available that may make your stay deserve a higher rating. Pull through site W/E/S, which all worked well. Dirt/gravel site was not level and barely long enough for 28' motorhome and toad. Be prepared to travel some county roads as this is off the beaten path. Strong WiFi signal, but "internet is down" and apparently has been since 2014. (Looking at the brochure, WiFi is NOT mentioned.) CTL actually seems like a nice place for longer term/seasonal campers. I am giving it a lower rating based on an overnight stay. - BounderPounder
Jul 2015 - $30.00
Country setting, mostly local families with children. Lots of seasonal campers. Gravel roads and uneven sites. We had a pretty good back-in with a soybean field behind us. OK area for the dogs but lots of mosquitos down near the water. They didn't bother us too much where we were parked. This was just a pass through stop for a few nights while traveling. We did enjoy a few rounds of golf in the area. Wi-Fi and hook ups were fine. - gardener
Mar 2015 - $15.00
We stayed here twice during the winter season in the full-hookup pull through sites. Water during the winter is located below ground (to prevent freezing) and is a bit of a reach. The campground was very quiet and was empty except one other unit and a number of long-term residents. The office was closed most of the time, although our interactions with staff were all very positive.
No issues with our 90 lb. dog (lab-mix), although they did take a look at him.
Both sites we were in were not level (front-to-back or side-to-side), but with the campground largely empty, we enjoyed great views of the lake from our fifth-wheel.
In addition to long-term residents (most of whom were located away from us), there are many seasonal trailers. I imagine Camp Timber Lake would be quite busy on summer weekends.
Although we were only passing through and we had cold weather, we liked the location so much that we changed our plans and stopped here again on our way back home. - Annie and Beast
Jun 2016 - $34.00
We stayed 8 nights while we waited for a scheduled appointment for RV repairs in Ft Wayne, so we were there over a full weekend. We stayed in 3 different sites over those 8 nights - 149 (full hookups, 30 amps), 366 and 371 (both 30 amps, no water or sewer). Sites were mostly level, water pressure at the full hookup site was really weak. We met a couple of camp volunteers who were super nice and super helpful. They were the best thing about our stay there. They checked on us often and made sure we were OK. From Mon-Thurs, the park is maybe 25% full and very quiet. You could go all day and barely see or hear anyone (except camp volunteers, who are very visible). But on Friday afternoon - OH. MY. Goodness. The weekend crowds pull in en masse and it's like a carnival all day and all night until Sunday late afternoon. Everyone lights a campfire even when it's 90 degrees outside, all the kids are biking and running through and around your site, music or talk radio is turned on full volume and no one is on the same radio station. You can't walk around without dodging golf carts driven by very young children who can barely reach the pedals and pickup trucks filled with screamers and shouters. Frankly everyone was always yelling or talking loud. No one followed quiet hours on the weekend. And the water balloons - we found colored balloon pieces everywhere on OUR sites and we never played with water balloons during our stay. Since check-out on Sun is at 5pm, this party atmosphere goes on for a while. Every site was booked the weekend we were there. We'll never come here again on a summer weekend but it's fine between Sunday afternoon and Friday morning. - Flippitti
Jun 2016 - $28.00
We came in late at nite for a one nite stay and the office was very accommodating in finding us a pull-thru site (#386) that fit our needs for the nite. This was a Monday nite and the campground was about 25% full. This is a large campground with over 475 sites. I could see that on a weekend with the campground full, it would seem crowded and noisy as a previous review stated. I'm trying to figure out how to camp Sunday through Thursday nites to avoid having to deal with weekend crowds and noise. Being on the road full-time makes this impossible. The bathrooms were dated but adequate. Phone service was weak but we did have 3 bars of AT&T on our hotspot. Lots of paved roads throughout the park that would be fun for bike riding. A clue when reserving on line if you haven't figured it out, always try to pick a site on the perimeter of the campground so that you're not backed up to another trailer. That will give you a little more privacy. Another site we liked looking around was #213. It looked large and level and backed up to a stand of trees. Not a destination campground for us, but definitely would stay again for a nite or two but only if during the week. - smitty12
Jul 2014 - $27.00
Very spacious clean, spacious sites. Helpful attendants on duty. Lots of activities available, including disk golf, basketball goals, volleyball court, hiking trails, and large beach and lake. - Texas Pilgrim
Aug 2016 - $55.00
This KOA has very few trees, so good satellite reception, but hot as blazes in the afternoon. There appear to be several full timers along the south edge of the campground. The Saturday and Sunday I was there the park was about 1/2 full. The lady at the front desk was very friendly. Nice in a pinch, but I would not go out of my way to return here. No cable. Excellent Verizon and AT&T coverage. - RVStudent
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Nice park, off the beaten path. Lots are spacious with a sunny/open exposure. Site surface was gravel and featured a picnic table.
My Garmin RV 760 doesn't know where the park entrance is. Led me into a residential area with no turnaround. Not the park's fault! - 5th Wheel Cal
Aug 2016 - $33.00
This park has potential but needs some work. Wifi was good. The sites and road both need fresh gravel. Bathhouse very clean but showers lack pressure (unless you like scalding water). Picnic tables need replacing. Staff (the one we saw) pleasant and accommodating, however more staff is required to ensure rules are followed (unattended dogs and fires, general site messiness, etc.) Bluffton is a small, quiet town. I would probably stay at the nearby state park instead of this KOA. - MSSW
Jun 2015 - $30.00
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. - happy2013camper
Apr 2013 - $25.00
A previous review from 2012 is inaccurate. I am one of the "permanent resident campers" that was referred to in that review. While some of the review is correct, there are some areas that could stand to be cleaned up, the reviewer could not possibly have toured the entire campground and gone on top of the hill where the majority of permanent campers are located. The campers there are NOT rundown and in fact have decks and decorations that are beautiful. This campground does not have a restriction, as some do, for the age of the camper. There are campers ranging from brand new 2013's to much older, however they are NOT rundown. There IS a swimming pool up on the hill and there are many sites with trees. Pets are DEFINITELY welcome as are children. There are sites that a larger camper could indeed "pull through" with no difficulty whatsoever. The staff is very friendly and helpful in getting new campers set up. The resident campers are extremely friendly and welcome new campers, permanent or weekender. The sections for tent campers are all mowed and under trees and a shower house is readily accessible. This campground is a wonderful place to spend a weekend or an entire camping season! There are trails through the wooded areas that golf carts can travel or they can be hiked without problems. If you are looking for a FRIENDLY, welcoming place to relax and enjoy camping, this place is definitely one I would recommend! - Liz G
Jun 2012 - $27.00
Campground has long winding gravel road through the trees to get to check in. No 50 AMP. Sewer hookups were just an open 3 inch PVC pipe. Very few sites available and most were to tight among trees to get into. Most campsites are permanent residents with extremely run down campers. Park is scattered with all kinds of debris and looks like a dump. Would not stay here again and would suggest avoiding this campground. - golplt
Jun 2015 - $32.00
Road going into the park is very narrow with low branches (almost lost an antenna). The site was gravel/dirt/grass and somewhat unleveled. A lot of residents with old equipment. No sewer hookups on the pull-throughs. We will avoid this place in the future. - Michael47
Sep 2012 - $27.00
This is primarily a seasonal campground. They do provide over night spaces. Nice setting next to a small lake and across from a golf course. Showers were clean but dated and shower heads seemed to be clogged up due to bad water. Staff very friendly and helpful. Did not try Wi-Fi but was told it would only work next to office. - Tom Ponder
Sep 2011 - $1.00
This is a typical campground (as opposed to an RV park). There are very few if any level sites in this park. - JTD2