12 Parks near Bristol, Wisconsin
Aug 2016 - $45.00
The site was not good. We expected a better looking environment and updated equipment for how much we paid plus the place looked all booked up, meaning they are making good money here. They do not put any of the money back into the campground. It is a dump. We got a 30 amp premium site $45. Nothing premium about it, not even full hookup. No concrete slab. Weeds were everywhere. Bugs were everywhere. One couple left because the tiny stinging bees were so bad.
We did like walking by the animals. The animals looked good except the duck area and peacock area was very dirty and poorly kept. The fun zone is an additional $20/weekend per child. A can of pop was $1.35. We got two cookie ice creams and a generic bumper sticker for $10! The playgrounds weren't playgrounds, it was an old swing set, an old merry go round, etc., in the middle of a weed/mud filled area. The playgrounds were untouchable due to dirt and many had broken pieces and splinters.
The lake/beach was a swamp. The beach area is very tiny with dirty mud type sand. There are weeds everywhere. The pool is very small and cloudy. I cannot believe the price at this place. I really wanted to like this place. - Yellow Submarine
Aug 2015 - $45.00
This was our 3rd and last visit to this park. The staff is very rude and less then helpful, the camp host was even worse, very mean vulgar man. We requested a site we have stayed on twice before only to have them move us to the no motorcycles allowed part of the park, we told them we had a motorcycle and asked for the site we requested, they told us they were saving it for a group of people who were camping together and wanted adjoining sites who had yet to arrive. We were instead told to park it by security and walk the 1/2 mile down a very steep hill and back up a very steep hill to our site. Being handicapped I cannot walk this distance yet they refused to put us on a site where motorcycles were allowed and if we didn't want to do that then we could leave. They do not have any handicap parking or accessibilities in many aspects of the park. There is a fee to everything you do here. Showers are 25¢ extra, facilities are dirty. $48 camping fee which is 50 amp and water, NO Sewer is for 2 adults ($12.50 per night per person extra) and 4 children under 18 ($2.50 per night per child) and 2 vehicles, the one your driving and what your towing is considered 2, $5 per day per vehicle, day guests are $5 per day. They offer a bouncy play area for kids, also $20 each person for the weekend with limited hours and open from 3-7 on Friday and from 11-7 on Saturday. The pool was so dirty we preferred to swim in pond for free. If staying in this area check out Bong Rec area instead and have an enjoyable experience vs staying here. Site was a steep uphill slope. - rob4mepls
Aug 2014 - $43.00
We have been here a couple times. Our site was located near a cut through trail. Numerous times campers cut through our site, which was very annoying. Fences would certainly help as a guide. The campground could do a better job with enforcing quiet hours as well. The plumbing worked, the Wi-Fi was fine, the area seemed clean. - NorthernIllinoisPlumber
Sep 2015 - $52.00
This park has the highest cost for what you get as any I have ever stayed at. There is no sewer or water. Electric site was 42$ plus a 10$ vehicle fee. Staff was OK and park is OK but way over priced. - bwl
Aug 2015 - $19.00
We had to pay an additional $30 for a Wisconsin park entry pass. We stayed in the Sunrise Campground on the east side of the park, in the 200 loop. We were impressed by the size, spacing, and privacy of the sites here, which is the main driver for our high (8) rating. Most sites have a thick stand of trees and shrubs between them for nearly complete privacy, yet have plenty of grassy area left over for camping. There were a couple areas along the road where scraping against low-hanging branches was unavoidable. We also had to back up our 37' motorhome all the way to the wood blocks at the end of our site in order to fit our car in front. We did spot a few sites that should support longer RVs. In almost all cases the camping area was behind the site rather than next to it---picture a lollipop where the stick is where you park your RV. Usually we don't prefer this arrangement, but it worked out well for us here. Our site #223 was close enough to one of the water spigots that we were able to refill our fresh tank halfway through our stay using three hoses (75'). The spigots inside the campground aren't threaded so a water bandit or other adapter is needed. The campground host (Randy) was very friendly and helpful. The showers were pretty old, run-down, full of bugs, and the water was lukewarm at best. After our first shower we decided to just take navy showers inside the RV for the rest of our stay. There are miles of trails in the park, though we ended up turning around early due to mosquitos during our attempt at walking the trail. AT&T and Verizon both worked well. We would stay here again. - LifeRebooted
May 2015 - $17.00
Bong has two campgrounds: Sunrise, which is relatively near the entrance on 142, and Sunset, which is all the way across the park on the western end. Only Sunrise has electric sites. We camped in Sunrise campground in site #224 two different weekends in May 2015.
The sites all have gravel pads upon which you must park. Each site also has a fire ring with a very nice grill grate and a picnic table. The sites have some small trees and shrubs between then but mostly Sunrise is open, grassy sites other than a small strip in sites 145-150. There is not much privacy when you are on your site. We had friends on adjacent sites 222 and 223. 223 has the least amount of privacy of the three. All 3 are maybe a three minute walk to the bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. The ladies restroom had a lot of vandalism in the stalls that the park had clearly tried to cover/remove several times. The restroom floors are terrazzo and were wet and slick both weekends we were there. Shower pressure was OK but not overwhelming. The water is warm but temperature is not adjustable.
We had to deal with rangers because my MIL has difficulty walking and uses a golf cart. We called in advance of going to the park and were told the cart was OK. Once we arrived, one ranger woke up my inlaws to tell them not to use it and then later told us his boss had said to wait for us to use it and issue $300 ticket. No where in its campground rules does it say golf carts are not allowed but don't bring one even if you are disabled. - We_love_truck_camping
Aug 2016 - $25.00
Love the place, hate their parking policy.
Other than the parking issues, this is a lovely campground set off the beaten path. A great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. - DMAC57
Jul 2016 - $25.00
We have never had a bad experience at this campground. It's a well run State Park and the staff is always friendly. We camp here at least 3 times per season. There is so much to do... Canoeing, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Biking and Walking Trails. Or just set up camp and relax! The sites are nicely sized and have a fire ring & picnic table. Give this place a try if you haven't been yet. - VJean
Aug 2015 - $25.00
Stayed during Labor Day, and park was almost filled to capacity. There was a 20 minute wait to check in. The hosts were friendly (probably the nicest hosts I've ever met). Long, winding road with a few tight corners and low branches that might make big rigs a little nervous. Even with it being VERY busy, the bathrooms were clean (but had a rest area feel) and the campground was clean as well. We backed in to one of the last spots they had available, and while it was a bit tight backing in, the useable area of the spot was wide, clean, and surrounded by trees & brush, almost to the point where you couldn't tell there were other campsites. Noise after quiet hours was acceptable, but there was music coming from a bar a few miles away, but it was tolerable. If you like trains, there was a far-off rumble (was nowhere near close to the camp, just that noise that lulls you to sleep). - Medford
Sep 2016 - $25.00
There is a $5 fee if you use reserveamerica.com - well worth if planning to visit during the busy summer months especially on a weekend. Verizon cell and Sprint Myfi worked well. This is a lovely, large campground inside of a huge state park along side Lake Michigan. There is lots of green grass and big trees with walking/biking trails for miles plus there is the nearby beach/lake. The sites are nicely cleared and level. While the park does not offer water/sewer at the sites, there are many locations to obtain fresh water and there are bath houses and toilets throughout the campground. There are ADA accessible sites, a place to purchase firewood & ice and a large dump station (two lanes) with ability to obtain fresh water. We found the staff to be VERY friendly - not only at check-in but also when we added on days (since we loved it so much) and again when we inquired about how to take the train to Chicago. The Permit Booth has train and L/Bus schedules to help you plan your trip. Because we wanted 50 amp, we were in the paved section but you still have a "camp feel" with a large sites, grassy area, picnic table and fire pit. We were able to obtain a DirecTV signal but some sites might not allow it due to trees. The nearby Camp Host was available and helpful. There are conveniences close by including an OscoJewel and Walmart. We highly recommend this park. - GottaGoNow
Aug 2016 - $25.00
This park is right on Lake Michigan it has an area with pine trees that is wonderful. Nice breeze lots of shade.
They seem to be tearing something down close by as there is quite a lot of daytime noise but it didn't really bother us too much.
There is a bike trail right adjacent to the park we are going for a bike ride in a little while. - gypsyrunner
Jul 2016 - $25.00
We stay at this park occasionally when visiting Chicago. Sites are very generous. The beach is small and rocky and some buildings are in disrepair. - jahiggins
Aug 2016 - $45.00
This was an experience. First I'll say the staff is a 12 on a 10 scale. Our situation required some patience and extra effort from them: they came through with flying colors. The park is as others have described a throw back to the 50's & 60's "at the lake camping experience."
The park is mostly permanent residents (at least seasonal) in modular trailers. Each site personally decorated/landscaped by the owner. And awards are given with a proudly displayed wood carved plaque "Super Site 1999" etc. Thus you have that area kept up nicely by both the maintenance crew and by the owners.
We were assigned a vacant seasonal spot as the standard RV sites were booked. Ultimately, due to narrow roads in the park at my site, coupled with our pulling a 33' Fifth-wheel with our crew cab, long bed, 4x4 one-ton truck (with a turning radius of a half-block!), they used a hitch equipped tractor to get my trailer into the space. Well done.
My only complaints of substance are first: that since this is a very heavily wooded (beautiful) park our satellite would not work, and they had no cable in our site. And there is WiFi only at the office area, not throughout the park. Odd.
Yes, we'd stay here again: but likely in a dedicated site for RV's. - TPDBOB8687
Sep 2015 - $35.00
This is a fantastic park outside Chicago. Stayed here while visiting family. Yes the roads are narrow and sites can be difficult to maneuver, but it is 70+ years old. The setting is beautifully treed and the winding little roads gave it character. It actually reminded us of the 50's or early 60's...just made us smile as we walked around. Even though we were camping there over a busy weekend, we never felt that close to our neighbors, who were all very respectful and quiet. It is approx. 90% full-timers in (mostly) very cute park models. There are lots of things for kids to do including the lake and beach, miniature golf, the pool, basketball... The staff is fantastic. Our dog had developed hives from some type of allergy and they recommended an excellent (very reasonable) vet. Will be back, maybe next year. - SAU51
Sep 2015 - $32.00
This campground/resort is an unexpected surprise. It has a feeling of summertime in the 1950's and 60's. Most sites are shaded by lovely trees and very roomy. Actually the entire place is in one big grove of trees. There is a smaller lake to fish. The grounds are large but feel comfy. Home to seasonal manufactured trailers with a good size area for RV's. For the size of this place, it is very clean and well maintained. Clean pool, nice play areas, paved roads for bike riding. The staff is excellent. They are not on constant patrol like some campgrounds. The patrons are very respectful and it is really quiet here, day and night. We are here in September though. We will definitely be back. Have met some nice folks. - Billy2015
Aug 2013 - $44.00
Completely disagree with the reviews. This is an overrated campground. TL gives this a 5 and 6. That is a low rating for them and they got it right. The manager is horrible. Would love to talk personally to the owner to tell him how his manager is running this park into the ground. It could be a really nice GC with better management. Will not be back and would not recommend you use this camp. - Barber1998
Aug 2013 - $55.00
Nice quiet little campground. Campground managers were friendly. Clean and trimmed. Great trails for hiking and walking the dogs. Good water and power. Just a little tricky for long trailers. Will go back again. - Gr8daggett
Jul 2013 - $30.00
Wonderful CG. Lack of sewer at each site could become a pain during long stays. However. the greatest thing about this CG is that most everyone followed the rules and were courtious. When quite hours began the place went quiet. Even those who were hanging out and drinking kept it quiet. There is a nice pool and play ground for kids. We liked the multitude of trails to walk the dog. The grounds were very well kept. I would not hesitate to visit again. - Goodcruisin
Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois (map) | (847) 688-6675
Sites: 20 | Latest Rate: $20.00 | 10 Reviews
Jul 2015 - $20.00
We agree with other negative comments: filthy outhouse, muddy potholed roads, and horrid customer service at the hotel. The base Commanding Officer should address these issues. Bright spots: The view of the Lake is great and other RVers were neighborly and enjoyable. The laundry is in the Marina bldg and is wonderful. We will not return to this base. Would rather do Walmart. - LFClary
Jun 2014 - $17.00
First the only thing this has is the view of Lake Michigan. It's right on the lakefront. Problems: The check in process at the hotel is a joke. After three years they should have it down. Asked on the phone for a particular site and was told we don't reserve sites. Asked about a site when booking in and was told that it was reserved! Which is it? Got to the site and someone was in it. Assigned another and there was a heavy (very) picnic table on the pad. Seems the grass cutting crew put them there and never put them back. It had rained and some of the sites were flooded. Was told it happens whenever there is heavy rain. So step out the door into mud. This place could be a jewel if management would get a grip. - K&J
Jun 2014 - $17.00
Only positive thing about this place is the view (on the lake) and the price. Facilities not clean, had to travel to the gym for a shower. Muddy not level back in sights. The hosts were not present. - pinkarmygal05
Jun 2016 - $57.00
We were SUPER frustrated with this place most of the time we were there. There ARE some good things about this place, so I'll start with those. Most of the sites are HUGE, like CRAZY huge which is great. Most of them are also heavily wooded which makes them nice and private, which is also good. Proximity to the beach is great, for the most part. It's a pretty solid hike from the campground to the beach. Took me about 15-20 minutes at a normal pace. So, that's about the extent of the good. On to the bad: The woman who checked us in was awful. One of these "all about barking out the rules, even though you didn't ask or have any intention of violating any of them" kind of people. ZERO personality. There was a guy there who was much nicer and seemed to be sympathetic to the treatment I was getting but seemed powerless to make corrections even though he was the one carrying the gun. :) The roads are paved but REALLY tight. I have a 35 foot RV and I'm REALLY glad we didn't tow the car this time. It was like a slalom course trying not to scrape trees on the road side (trade off for the nice wooded sites I know, but just say'n). I felt like I was trail blazing also with all the branches and limbs smacking my RV the whole way in and out. Only SOME sites have power, and are completely random as to which ones they are, so pay CLOSE attention when you book if you need that. The entire situation seems like its setup to discourage trailers/RVs (based on our experience and watching someone try to back in a 35 foot trailer - whew... I wanted to give that guy a beer when he finally got it parked, but alcohol isn't allowed in the park, so a thumbs-up sufficed). Although getting into many of the sites is REALLY hard, the sites themselves are HUGE. The showers are only open from 7am to 11pm which is frustrating, especially in the morning. So forget the early bird showers to beat the rush. Fire pits are rusted out and bent up but sufficient. That's all I got. - Brian Holmes
Oct 2011 - $29.00
Staying in a Wisconsin state park is like ordering from an a-la-carte menu: there are so many choices and add-owns that registration takes concentration. The park has 100 sites, but only 15 or 20 have electric service. Water is available at the dump station but nowhere else in the park. Sites were often shallow and consisted of piled gravel for a pad. Our site was damp once we stepped off the gravel pad. The road through the park is very narrow and the trees are close; we do not think the park is suitable for large rigs. This is an urban park, surrounded by residential areas plus the local high school. We were disappointed by the excessive charges imposed on non-residents ($10 daily access fee, $2 extra charge for the site, $5 extra for electricity--$29 total for each night), but the location is very good for visiting Lake Geneva. During our stay there were hardly any other campers staying in the park, even over the weekend. When in the area again, we will probably grit our teeth and stay again. - Jay Rutherford
Jul 2010 - $24.00
A few electrical sites. It could be a nice park but it needs a lot of work. Mow the weeds would be a good start - hotpepperkid
Sep 2016 - $35.00
Park itself was quiet but with train whistles 3x a night and being in the flight path of landing/take offs for the airport made it a bit noisy. Clean park. - Smileys
Aug 2016 - $78.00
First: when you are looking at their rates, scroll all the way through the page. There is a fee for camping and a fee for each person listed separately.
The campground was very nice. Easy to find, check in, navigate through and set up. The sites are on the small side, close together and not at all private, but enough room to set up on and put out your slides and awning. The dog park was cute and stocked with baggies. The pool was amazing. My kids had SO much fun with the water balloons and slides. If you don't like kids, this is not the place for you. There were kids everywhere and no one to enforce rules.
The staff members were super nice and helpful to the kids but did not direct them to follow any rules, wait for their turn in line, etc. (I followed my kids everywhere to keep kids from jumping in front of them in line, pushing them or jumping on top of them in the pool.) Of course, It's parents jobs to teach their kids the rules, not the staff, but it would have been nice if they made an attempt.
Putt putt was nice too and the last 9 holes are accessible to wheelchairs. The playground and jumping pillow are great, but again, the unsupervised kids issues apply here too. There were lots of planned activities but we only stayed overnight and did not participate in these.
The only issues I had was with the pricing, and the misunderstanding was my fault. I had been looking at so many campgrounds I just skimmed the rates chart and was pleased by the $45 rate. You cannot make a reservation for just one night so we called the morning we were set to arrive to ensure that there was a site available (it was on a Thursday, so no problem here). When we got here, we were charged $78 because the rate does not include the $7 per person charge. We would have found another campground if I had realized this is what we would be charged. I don't think this campground is worth that price. - mattifer
May 2016 - $48.00
We stayed during Mother's Day weekend. Like most Yogi Jellystones there were quite a few activities but all were pricey and we opted out. Campground was quiet even though I'd say it was ~ 1/2-3/4 full. Early May is still pre-season in southern Wisconsin. Our site was right by the fishing pond so it was quieter and more scenic than most of the campground. I'd recommend this site for sure. We did catch some fish, bluegill, but saw others catch catfish and bass. I read a comment about the cable service. We were able to get cable, a little spotty and easily pixilated but wanted to catch the Kentucky Derby and were successful in that. Our kids, and our friend's child, range in ages 10-15, kept themselves busy with the park, jumpy pillow, fishing etc--MUCH better than being attached to their electronics for sure. This is our second time staying at this park and we would stay here again. - EllenT
Aug 2016 - $23.00
Really lovely county park with exceptionally clean restrooms. The site we had was lovely and spacious - we had lots of privacy and the view sightlines were still good as sites are staggered well. We enjoyed riding our bikes around the campground and found the easiest trail was off the group campground loop in the back of the campround. It is mowed and level and great for bike riding. We also walked through the woods from picnic area 2 and that was fun and went along a creek for a ways. Both end up overlooking Lake Michigan.
I did not want to pay the $12 online reservation fee so we arrived on a Wednesday, checked the front board for openings (they allow reservations 7 days before hand for the walk in 1 - 42 sites) found a handful open and selfpaid. It is very tight on weekends so just know that going in. At the very worst, you can boondock overnight at one of the group sites that are very secluded or picnic areas although i am sure they don't appreciate that. there is a camp host at site 74 you can check with as well. We rode around the reserved side 43-92 and found plenty of openings there. TV reception with King Jack was only 2 - 3 channels. - Djinfl
Aug 2016 - $23.00
Outstanding county park nestled in the hardwoods near the shore of Lake Michigan. Close to 100 sites, and most will accommodate big rigs. Would rate this park a 10 if they had sewer, but dump station is easily accessible. We stay here for long periods of time when visiting family in Kenosha. Lots of hiking and biking trails. Bathhouses are kept very clean. Lots of space between sites, and a very quiet park, even on busy weekends. Camp hosts and maintenance man are absolutely the best. - Ron and Terri
Sep 2015 - $23.00
The park is partly wooded with gravel sites. The large sites have W/E and a dump station at the entrance. Verizon service is strong at 4g. We picked up over 35 local TV stations including ABC, NBC and CBS. The park only had a dozen other campers while we were there. Water pressure was 45 lbs. Electric was good. Bath/shower house is centrally located in the park. Payment is by drop box. Very quite park. Enjoyed our stay. - TexasRVer