1. The owners were very rude and not approachable.
2. They hounded people constantly about driving on the grass (while driving on the grass himself with his golf cart).
3. Wood was for sale in the office for $7 a bundle (small bundles of construction lumber). We were yelled at for bringing in our own (DNR certified) wood.
4. Pool is only open from noon until 9 pm. It also must be at least 72° for the pool to open. When we arrived at the park the kids wanted to go to the pool, but were denied because it was only 70°. Swim diapers are not allowed for infants in the pool. Children must be fully toilet trained to enter the pool.
5. The sewer hook-ups are all the way at the front of the pad, but you need to back the trailer in all the way to fit on the pad. You need a 30-40' hose to reach on most trailers.
6. Campground is very close to the highway and there was a lot of road noise.
7. Price was too high for the amenities.
8. Office, store, bathroom, showers are across the road from the camping area. No bathrooms anywhere near the camping, pool or tents.
9. The campground was about 1/2 full on a July weekend. I understand why now that I have been there.
My biggest complaint is about the owners/hosts. When I check-in to a campground, I expect a certain level of customer service.
Luckily we had a good group of friends, so we made the best of our stay. I would NEVER stay there again. I used to think fairly highly of the KOAs, but I will not stay at one ever again. I would rather stay in a vacant alley. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Pros - park is extremely well kept, staff member personally guided us to our site as well as backed us in. The store seemed to be stocked very well and was just across the street from the sites. When purchasing firewood ($7/bundle), staff member delivered wood to site. Pool, small playground, small leash-free dog area and three disc golf baskets are available for recreation.
Cons - not very private, all sites are very close together, no trees or anything to maintain any privacy. Campground is very close to the highway, so there is a lot of highway noise throughout the day. Staff seemed slightly abrasive. No hiking trails available.
Overall - pretty good spot if needing a place to stay overnight, perhaps when passing through. Would not recommend if staying for more than one night, or if you really want some privacy. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $39.00
We found this to be a very clean and well maintained park. The owner was very pleasant and helpful. Has a very well stocked campground store. The laundry room has new machines and is clean and well furnished. We will stay here again when passing through this area. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Motorhome.
Very easy access to/from I-90, extremely friendly and helpful owners - we didn't get cookies like other reviewers did :-( Roads are paved, sites well marked. Were assigned a pullthru, bit tricky getting in and out because of tight turns due to rocks or structures (pull thrus are behind the office, back in and tents are across the street) (back in & tent area are right off secondary highway so it could get noisy during day) Our site was long and full hook up was great. Quiet, shady. Pool was popular with many campers. Big area down the road to run dogs. Camp store well stocked. Wish they had better discounts on price, but they're ruled by KOA and the price is on par with most other parks in the area. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Very easy access to/from I-90, extremely friendly and helpful owners. Roads and sites are packed gravel, spacious sites with concrete patios and picnic tables. Our site was back in, but was able to pull through since no one in other spot. Full hook up was great. Quiet, shady. Camp store well stocked. Will stay again if in area. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Motorhome.
This KOA has rather small sites. We got a big pull-through site even though we had ask for back-in. I was OK with that as it was a big site and the park was not full. This park does not have many large sites for bigger units. The pool was not open yet and that was one of the main reasons I booked that specific campground. The hosts were out and about most of our stay, that was nice to see. The hostess brought us cookies and a complimentary newspaper on our first night's stay. A very nice touch. The host and hostess were also very friendly and willing to answer any and all questions. Very easy to get to if you are coming into Rochester. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Beautiful Park, We were escorted to a perfect pull thru site, beautiful fir trees all around. Excellent WiFi. Very friendly and helpful hosts. They stopped by later to bring us warm cookies and make sure everything was good. All the typical KOA Amenities. Very little road noise. Restrooms and laundry very clean. We will definitely stay here again, when passing through this way. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $38.00
We stayed for one night while driving cross country. Staff very friendly and accommodating, guided us to our site. The owner surprised us with fresh baked cookies and a newspaper, both were most welcomed. While we usually stay in national parks for the majority of our time, we would seek this campground out again when traveling through. Sites were clean and level. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $38.00
Most KOA's are customer friendly. Not this place. We called again and again for a reservation and could not get anyone to answer the phone. Just got the answering machine and no one would call back. Then we got through, and they had to hang up since they were busy, and promised to call us right back; and they did not. Also be advised that the 50 amp sites are usually reserved for Mayo employees and patients. Also, be advised that they have a 2 dog limit. And, they even require small door mats. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $33.00
We paid for two nights, but left a day early, with a partial refund. More about that below. Good points: Mostly nice, well-maintained, shady sites with good water, power, and sewer. Relaxing, serene environment not too close to the highway. The problems: We found the cable only offered 3 or 4 channels, and the antenna was a little better. Our biggest disappointment was the wifi. They have an adequate system, a repeater installed, but that repeater was damaged so we could not get reception at our site. The owner claimed it would be fixed that day, but later her husband said no. The bottom line is that I walked clear from one end of the campground to the other repeatedly, trying to find a solution. I was rewarded with denials, unkeepable promises, and a surly attitude. She's one of those, "I've run this place for twenty years, and I know everything" types. I could have lived for another day without internet, but her attitude just ruined my visit. Then, when she offered me my money back, I took it and headed for Wisconsin. I won't go back to the Rochester KOA again, and can't recommend it at all. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $42.00
The sites are kept up well. They had a person park us and provided wood for under our jacks because they have soft pads. There is a cable hookup that does not hookup to cable TV, but to an antenna to reach TV stations better. This did not work for us. The office lady tried to help, but was not able to get their 'antenna' to work with our system either. I think the $42 price is way too high for this park especially with no cable or any TV access. The Wi-Fi, however, worked fine. I would not stay here again at the current price. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $35.00
Stayed here for two nights. Not our first choice, but wanted to be close to Rochester to visit with family. Other campgrounds in the area were full. Owners not friendly at all. Dog waste in the fire ring upon arrival. Very concerned about grass being driven on, despite the fact that our site was full of gopher/mole tunnels which made it difficult to walk without falling. During peak end of summer camping season, there were only 20 campsites in use the first night and even fewer the second night. Overhead multiple conversations between owners and other guests that suggested, we don't care if you stay here or not. One individual when questioning the high price was told, "It costs $75 per night at Disneyworld and this isn't Disneyworld. Do you want the site or not?" My husband stated three times to the owner that he was interested in looking at the camper cabins, but apparently that wasn't clear enough. Restrooms were clean and well maintained, but even nice restrooms cannot make up for the overall feeling of hostility that was felt during our stay. If you are just staying one evening and don't care about hospitality, this place would meet your needs. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Although this campground is small, the facility is in excellent condition. The grounds are well kept. The pool and showers are likewise in good shape. Full hook-ups are limited but it's close to the interstate if you're looking for a short layover. We camped at Rochester Marion KOA in a Travel Trailer.