Masonic/West River Park is a Hutchinson City Park just south of highway 7 on Acoma Avenue (lat44.893515 long-94.389472) along the shore of Otter Lake and adjacent to the Luce Line Trail. The park has a dozen full hook-up, back-in sites situated at right angles to a gravel access road. The sites have medium sized shade trees and are flat and level. Picnic tables and fire pits at each site. Site with hook-ups were $20 per night. The rest of the park, including waterfront areas are available for camping without hook-ups with no specific site structure at $15 per night. Dump station available. Restrooms with running water, no showers. Boat landing for Otter Lake in the park. Play ground and picnic shelters available. Easy walking distance to downtown with stores, shops, and restaurants.
We stayed here one night as we were passing through. At 4 miles east of the Cabela's in Dundee, this is the closest without dry camping in the Cabela's parking lot. It is a 30 acre park with approximately 100 sites. It operates seasonally from April 24 through November 2. It appears about half their business comes from seasonal campers who have their trailers parked there year round. It has a swimming pond and a fishing/boating pond on site - usage available with extra fee. Fishing pond was well stocked with 6-8 inch bass and sunfish. Their fee structure is alacarte e.g. daily with 20 amp is $30; daily with 30 amp and water is $32; daily with 50 amp and water is $35. If you run an A/C or electric heater that is an extra $3.50 per day. Their rates are structured around a family (defined specifically as Mom, Dad, and two children). Additional overnight guests have a separate rate scale per person based on age. If you pay by debit/credit card there is an additional fee of $2 also. The owners were friendly and helpful in getting set up in our site. The said they have owned it for only a year and are trying to make improvements. They don't seem to be set up to cater to the traveling public but rather as a local weekend destination for seasonal users. The park wasn't busy when we stayed and seemed high priced for what we got. Next time we're in the area we will probably dry camp at Cabela's or stay in one of the RV sites at the nearby rest area on the Ohio Turnpike.
Rustic State Park campground in the South West part of Porcupine Mountain State Park. No hook-ups, water available at hand pumps but no way to fill tanks. Row of sites along bluff overlooking Lake Superior, the rest of sites back in heavily wooded area. Campground split into generator and non-generator loops. Interesting fire pits, double corrugated tubes that were about three feet deep, had to build a big fire just to see it. Good hiking trails along the Presque Isle River to a number of waterfalls and down to the shore of Lake Superior. If you need hook-ups drive to the other end of the park and stay at Union Bay. The park sits on the line that separates EST from CST so as you drive to the other side you lose an hour.
It is the first campground inside the National Park when entering from the North. A rustic campground with no hook-ups. There is a fairly steep downgrade entering campground. It has a good dump station with fresh water available to fill tanks. Camp fees don't include the $15 access fee for the National Park. Sites varied from wide and level to narrow and steep.
This is the Union Bay Campground on North East side of the Porcupine Mountains State Wilderness Area. A nice campground with some waterfront sites and others with good views of the lake. Fresh water was available to fill tanks at dump station. Sites are level and grassy. Camping fees don't include park entrance fees that must be paid daily as well.
It was off season so flush toilets were closed and locked and no water was available to fill fresh water tank. The pit toilets were open. Power at campsites was available. Spacious waterfront sites have a great views of the lake. It is probably very crowded during the height of the season. We spent one night while passing through the area.
We initially stopped here for one night while traveling through the area, and ended up spending another night. Beautiful sites up on the bluff with nice views to the west. Hiking trails are plentiful with Effigy Mounds inside the park to see. The camping rate reflects the camping fee only and since we were non-Wisconsin residents we got to pay another $10 (per day) fee for park entry. If we were able to use Wisconsin State Parks more often in a given year we would purchase an annual pass.
This is a plain vanilla Forest Service campground in the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area inside the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. Water is available at pump, restrooms are pit toilets (relatively new concrete structures, very clean) no dump station available. Campsites are on a high ridge with good views of the surrounding area from the edge. Loose structure to the campsites allowed easy maneuvering to set up for nice views from our trailer. We were the only ones in the park. Good hiking trails.
An older National Park Campground, well laid-out, well maintained, but no hook-ups. Showers and laundry available at the camp store operated by a contract concessionaire. We experienced lots of hornets and wasps that were annoying. They didn't sting, but were constantly into any food or beverage left uncovered for 2 or 3 minutes. Cave tours were great, advance purchase would be advisable during the busy season.
A beautiful National Park, no hook-ups, but we can dry camp comfortably for 4-5 days. Generator use was allowed during certain times only and one section of the park was designated a no-generator area. Great access to the Cades Cove loop, good hiking and biking trails. Reservations would be a good idea - it was much busier than we though it would be - we were only able to stay three nights because of upcoming reservations. (877) 444-6777
A typical Virginia State Park--well maintained, orderly campground with camp host tending the grounds. The road is very steep, paved access into the campground. A sign at check-in station instructs Motorhomes to drop toad at bottom of hill and drive up separately. There is a chair lift available to access the tunnel for additional charge. Overzealous park employees cleaned grounds around restrooms with leaf blower each night shortly past 8:00 pm--we found that mildly annoying.