1 Park near Middlebrook, Missouri
Jun 2015 - $28.00
The only downside to this campground is the route you have to drive to get there! Narrow, winding, curvy, hilly, no shoulders on many of the roads and that's just the roads to get to the state park! Once inside the campground, the roads are adequate and nicely laid out with ample room between sites and room to get backed into back-in sites. There are several loops with a variety of services from which to select.
You are very cut off from the outside world in this park! There's no internet, phone or TV to be had anywhere in the campground. Even at the store where we were told you could get service, we didn't find anything on either Verizon or AT&T. We didn't really find this to be a huge problem other than us personally adjusting and changing habits for a few days.
All the staff we talked to were very friendly and helpful. The surrounding scenery and the river are amazing! Well worth the visit. - PegL
Aug 2014 - $28.00
The check-in process was easy. The staff was friendly. The sites have nice, concrete pads. We stayed in Site 210. It was very nice and spacious. There is no Verizon cell phone service whatsoever in this campground area, but I do not think that is any fault of the campground. The only Wi-Fi signal available is at the campground store. The campground store is closed during the week between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. This is very inconvenient considering this is the time of day when most campers are active and are in need of things, like ice for their coolers. The campground store had moldy sandwiches in their refrigerated area. The cashier (an older lady) was very slow, and the computer point-of-sale program appeared to be less than adequate, both of which resulted in our standing in a long line for a long period of time. My 17 year-old son took a shower in the shower house. He said the shower ran cold the entire time and never warmed up even though he had it all the way on hot. He even tried putting in all the way on cold just in case the faucet was installed incorrectly, but it still only ran cold. Overall, this is a nice basic campground, as long as you don't use the showers, don't need Wi-Fi or Verizon cell service and don't need anything from a campground store. - Penny C
Jul 2014 - $23.00
This is an almost-new campground, rebuilt after the Ameren dam breach of 2005 washed away the old campground. As someone else told us, "this campground is so nice you almost wish Ameren would trash a few more parks." Campsites are spacious, with good shade in four of the five loops (the loop right as you enter the campground has no shade, but would be good for someone who finds satellite access critical). Electric sites are 50 amp, with posts that still look almost brand new. Restrooms and showers were adequate, with good water pressure--my only ding is that they need more staff to keep them clean on busy summer weekends. The pride and joy of the park is the natural water park of the Shut-Ins, but take time to hit the Visitor Center, which has excellent exhibits on the geology and ecology of the park, as well as the dam breach. Also try to take time to visit nearby Elephant Rocks State Park--kids love it. One warning. This part of Missouri is The Land That Telecommunications Forgot. Our Verizon phones had no signal (voice or data), and neither did my work Blackberry (on the AT&T network). - Martin