2.8 Poor
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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park

Portage, Indiana


Portage, Indiana
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 926
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.59388
Longitude: -87.20293

Elevation: 608' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf yes
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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28 Reviews

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

This park has potential, but it is not well maintained. Unfortunately, it is situated in the worst possible location. It is sandwiched in between two major Interstates (which are busy at all hours), and a railroad track. It is so noisy, I don't understand how people live there permanently. The "lake" that is there was probably engineered in the building of the Interstates. It is small and not especially attractive. The campsites surround the lake on the Interstate side, so even though you may see the lake, the noise level is so awful I would not recommend it to anyone. There are many permanent residents. If you are stopping there with your camper for a couple of nights and then moving on (which was our situation) you do not feel as if you are "fitting in." Some of the camp sites are nice, some are totally unkempt and messy. The one next to ours had an old dilapidated golf cart, and old shed, and at least 10 old bicycles piled up at the edge of their site which made it practically on our site. Old flower pots and junk were also there which we had to move slightly in order to get to the water hookup. Trains run on the opposite side of the lake, but still the noise is unbearable. We did not even venture to the club house. To get into the park, you have to drive through an area that looks to be from a third world country. Then you pass hundreds of small, permanent trailers that are probably left overs from Katrina. When you do finally get to the park, you go through a stop at a small building with a movable bar to tell them your purpose, then you proceed onto another small building with another bar and you go in and pay. There are so many permanent residents that there are two lanes there, one for the residents to show passes to get back in, another lane for people who want to camp there. That lane is so small, two lined up campers block the entire passage. To cap all these glorified amenities, you pay through the nose to camp there. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
291
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The reason we stopped here was the location. It is close to Indiana Dunes, and bike trails. We would leave the park during the day in order to bike trails close by and to go to the beach at Indiana Dunes and the National Lakeshore.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

The place is huge. Has pool, lake, tennis, everything. I'm sure it's a happening place in summer but very poorly maintained. Big potholes in the very bad travel roads. Mostly occupied by seasonal and permanent residents that have old decrepit RVs and misc structures. The only WiFi is at the main office. Grass is overgrown and our site was loaded with dog poop. But there is a big field where we threw a ball for the dogs. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
283
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $48.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for my son to have a good time at a campground designed for kids. Unfortunately, mini golf closed at 6:30. Which I understand, however, the pool was for 21 and up, and the main station smelled like a bar. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Very run down. This mighta been a great place 35 years ago but it's obvious nothing has been reinvested in it. Way to many long-termers with all the junk that they accumulate if allowed to. Way to many old RVs that should be in the junk yard by now. The trailer next to me has a red tag hanging on the door. Streets are badly neglected. Jellystone Inc should pull any affiliation from this place. Surprised they haven't. We are here at the height of vacation season and took what was available. Otherwise we wouldn't have considered it. They charged $16.00 for electric and $16.00 for service for a four night stay on top of the $38. I requested a sat TV friendly site ahead of time and they accommodated me with that. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
704
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Convenient to Indiana Dunnes parks and bike trails.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

First night was horrible. We were right next to an extremely loud highway on one side and train on the other. We were far away from playgrounds, pools, etc. I requested we move the next night of our four night stay. That was much better but place is run down. The organized activities were not very organized. The Fathers Day craft for example only took 13 kids. There were triple that many kids there. So our kids got turned away along with several other kids. Had to pay for everything. Putt putt, crafts (if can even get in). Washer and dryer were decent but expensive at $1.50 per load. The lake was horrible. A tiny little area of the beach and water was roped off for swimming. It was not kept up at all and lifeguard acted like it was her punishment to be there. This place is big and could be very nice if they kept it up and seemed to care a little more about it. Was nothing like the website described. We made our own fun but would not stay there again. Oh, and picnic tables were such bad shape had to put towels on bench seats to avoid splinters and paint chips coming off on legs. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
261
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Best thing was the playground and it wasn't that great

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Rough place. It was a little scary pulling into Yogi. There is a sewage plant and run down mobile home parks right next to it. The staff was pleasant, but the park needs a lot of TLC. I am not a negative person, but I will NOT be staying here again. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

This park is OK but in need of a lot of TLC. The trees need trimmed, grass cut, etc. There are a lot of fulltime residents at this park. The first site they gave up was right next to the freeway and quite noisy. We could not get satellite and were bummed. We cruised the park and picked out 4 or 5 sites that were empty and we liked so we asked to move and they said sure. The stay wasn't too bad then. We probably would not stay here again. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

This is a huge campground that has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it is located in a very bad (Run Down) area and has a very active train track on one side of the campground and a very busy 4 lane freeway located on the other side. The campground has 900 spaces with about 70% of them being privately owned. Most of them have one or two golf carts to run around in so the weekends are crazy. During the week it was not an issue. The trees and shrubbery need some serious pruning. The streets are very narrow and with the overgrown shrubbery and trees it makes it very hard to navigate large rigs through the park. The roads in the park are dirt and gravel but the park maintained them fairly well. There are some 50 Amp service sites but they are located near the freeway side of the park where it is very loud. We stayed here for one month and the price reflects the monthly rate. We would not stay here again. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Close to the National Park. Lots of year round campers that need cleaning. Wi Fi worked. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $51.00
Overall Rating:

Usually, we feel we can count on the Yogi organization to provide a good experience. This park is close enough to Chicago to be useful, but has many, many full-time families in trailers, with very uneven maintenance of sites and facilities. The staff is also uneven in their friendliness and helpfulness, but the good ones try really hard. While we were here, there was an election for the Homeowners Board, and new pool umbrellas replaced the broken, unsightly ones overnight. Many owners really outdo themselves to create a lovely atmosphere with extensive landscaping, but the almost abandoned sites, or HUGE extended families living on other sites make it difficult to feel secure and safe in this environment when traveling with a family. We will not be staying here again. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

The entrance to this campground is unsightly with many mobile homes. The campground itself, claims over 900 sites in Woodall's and most of them are for full-timers. Although not the best camping conditions, we had full hook-ups at a discounted rate, the grounds were clean and the staff was friendly. It is only a few miles from the train to visit Chicago. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $56.00
Overall Rating:

This was, by far the worse RV park we have ever stayed in. As we entered, on all sides were junky and messy and smelled of raw sewage. The sites were very hard to get into. There were many permanent sites and they were also junked up with outside paraphenalia. It was very noisy even after 10:00 pm. I would never recommend this park to even my worse enemy. As it was, we were attending a family reunion elsewhere in Munster, IN and did not have anywhere else that we could stay. Also $56 a night was excessive, even though it was over a holiday weekend. All in all, this park really sucked. I felt like I was staying in the ghettos. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

In 13 years of RVing, this is one of the worst campgrounds ever. There is round-the-clock noise from the adjacent freeway, trains and the residents of this trailer park. The police made a visit on Saturday night to quiet some rowdies. Most sites are occupied by run-down trailers and fifth wheels. Give this place a wide berth! We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

The staff at check in was friendly and check in was done while we were at the entrance to the park. The park seems to be a mobile home park with and provision for overnight or short term stays seemed to provided as an afterthought. The spaces provided are back in only and difficult to get into due to the narrow lanes. Backing into our designated space was further complicated by a tree at one of the front corners of the space. After several attempts we drove around to the space behind us and pulled through it into our space. The designated space was uneven and far from level. The ad for this park states that the sites are "fully equipped" but there was no cable TV. The cap on the sewer connection was on so tight that it had to be removed with a claw hammer. A sign near the entrance stated that WiFi was available. They charged $3.00 for a WiFi security code (?). We were able to connect, but the code provided was rejected. By the time we discovered this the office had closed. The fee at $45.00 for the night was excessive. On our return trip we avoided this park. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

This park is disgusting. It is flanked by a waste treatment plant, the freeway, and railroad tracks. You have to drive through a really shady neighborhood till you get to the park and this place is no better. It is a trailer park, not a campground and not an RV park. The restrooms are disgusting. The whole place is terrible and depressing. We stayed one night because it was the closest we could get to Chicago. Lost all our money, the manager said a check would be waiting for me when we got home and it has never arrived. DO NOT STAY HERE. Just keep on going. Worst place ever. My family and I traveled 20,000 miles last year in our Airstream and this was by far the worst RV park we visited. Doesn't even deserve one star. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Travel Trailer.

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