This is an update to my review from last year. We returned to Eby Pines this Summer, and we continue to like this campground very much. We prefer the Electric/water sites around the fishing pond. I am not to crazy about the pull through full hook up sites, because they are pretty close together. The pool is very nice and they have a life guard. They have a nice store and the kids love to fish in the little pond. They also have updated playground equipment. We plan to return again next summer.
The campground and park are very well maintained with spacious grassy sites. There is vegetation between most sites that provide a nice privacy buffer. The state park has a large paved biking/walking trail and a very interesting boardwalk type trail that goes 2 miles through and around a marsh/swamp area. We enjoyed both of these. There is beach swimming on lake Erie and an inland lake. The Inland lake beach has life guards but has unusual hard and dirty clay/pebble sand that we didn't like. Also, its posted on signs around the beach that the water has elevated levels of bacteria so caution should be used when swimming if sick/elderly/baby. Lake Erie is dirty and we avoided that beach altogether. Even though the campgrounds itself was nice, we will not return. When we take a vacation in July we want to be able to swim and play on a nice clean sandy beach and this park did not offer what we were looking for in that. If your not interested in using the beach area, You will enjoy this campground as it is very nice, clean and scenic.
My family and I enjoyed this campground. We stayed on the beach loop with full hoop-up. The shower houses were very clean and newer. Some of the negatives are that the sites are a bit small with no vegetation for privacy. There is no shade, and if the wind comes off the lake you may not be able to use your awning (However, the lake wind makes the air temp. much more comfortable then just a few miles inland). Also there is no grass, all pavement and sand with limited areas to walk dogs and no playground for the kids. My kids still had a great time playing in the sand behind our camper, going to the beach, and riding bikes. Also...use caution...if you don't care to camp with lots of teenagers you should avoid the first week in June. It seems to be a local tradition to celebrate graduation with a big week long party at the campgrounds. DNR is always making rounds in the campgrounds and would be quick to respond to any issues.
My Kids loved this campgrounds. We have been 2x's this Oct. The activites are so fun for the kids. Lots of opportunities to see Yogi and he is an especially fun guy at this location. Our site was by the lake and playground and it was Wonderful. We had a great view of the lake and we could also see the kids play. The playground it looks like it needs a bit of updating, but the kids still had a great time and are begging to return. We will be back next summer.
Sites were so close together that we would not even consider doing a fire, fearing that we may burn our neighbors car! Some of the sites are set up to face one another, very awkward unless you know the other camper. Lots of tent campers around our site that partied into the night and played loud music. As for the campground facilities I found the sites to be pretty well maintained. The store, water play area, mini golf is nice but expensive. The tram from the campgrounds to the amusement park is handy, but is pretty much a necessity because there is limited parking near the amusement park. My kids did enjoy the rides at the park...but my honest opinion overall is that this area seems to attract a lower class then I prefer to spend time with. Like a carnival would, and so we don't plan to return.
This is a great County park. The sites are clean, well maintained and spacious. The swimming beach/pond costs additional $ but is very clean, fun for everyone and has life guards. It is a separate lake that is used only for swimming. We didn't see one fish, or weed in the water. The fishing lake is very large and has fishing docks and boat rental. The playground is a bit lacking and could use some updating and some of the sites need leveling but we still really liked this campground and will definitely return.
Mainly a seasonal park, but they do offer a few Overnight sites. Grounds are not maintained at all and the majority of the seasonal sites look like no one has been out to them in years. No swimming of any type (pool or lake). Nice newer playground and entry with a keypad locking gate. I asked if they had fishing, the lady said yes they had a stocked pond but in her own words it was pretty "grown up" I guess she was not kidding because I could not even find the pond! Weeds - Yikes! I don't think we will return, the place seems deserted and creepy and offers nothing for recreation.
The swimming pool looks nice (the water was clear and clean) but it was small. The playground was newer but the kind that you would have in your own back yard, not a commercial quality playground. Mostly a seasonal park, and as usual a few of the seasonal areas are nice...but the majority are just "eye sores" that that need to be hauled away and the lot cleared of all the junk. I did see some maintenance work being done and since this park has new owners, there could be great changes coming. Worth checking back into next summer...but not again this camping season.
I live about 45 Min. from this "Resort" I decided to take a drive out and check it out before making reservations to stay for a weekend. Thank GOD I did! Anything I would type about it would just repeat what the other reviews have said. I would not stay here. It looks like the "resort" is a thing of the past. The place is like a ghost town, the swim pond is nothing but algae and weeds. There was no one around that looked like they were actually "running" the park. The office and guard shack and store/trading post were all closed and dilapidated and looked like they had not been used in years. I tried to drive to the rear of the "resort" to check out the overnight sites, but the road was so bad that fearing for the alignment of my Van, I finally just gave up. Do yourself a favor, find a different place to go. This place is a thing of the past.
The big attraction at this campgrounds is their swimming lake. At first it looks like its going to be a lot of fun for kids...BUT to get out to the water "toys" you have to be able to swim in very deep water. Also, the lake was full of dead fish from treating the lake for weed growth. The seasonals are the best maintained that I have seen at any local IL. Campgrounds. The owner was all over the grounds all weekend and I liked that because I think it would control any type of "rif-raf". It is obvious that money has been invested in the lake water toys, but he needs to spend some money and time cleaning up some of the sites, replacing picnic tables (they are worn out, and covered with moss) Re-seeding in the muddy areas around the park, using a trimmer and blower and mowing some of the tall grass in areas. Just a little "tweaking" and this could be a much nicer campgrounds. Also, be prepared for extra fees $2 a day for air conditioning, $8 a day for visitors, pay showers, and $1 a day for the swimming pool/hot tub
This campground is part of a non denominational Church Retreat facility. The campgrounds itself is a short drive or walk to the actual retreat area that has beach access, additional playground equipment, and some sporting equipment such as basketball courts and volley ball nets. The campground area is very clean and well maintained. The playground equipment was a bit old, but OK for a weekend stay. Not a lot to do at the campgrounds, but a good place for a quiet weekend.
We had a nice time at this park. At first we were a bit unsure because they don't have a pool (usually a must for my kids) but they do have a swimming pond that is treated like a pool. Ends up my girls loved the pond and had a blast playing in it. Its nice and big so if the park was full there would be plenty of room for everyone to get wet. The owner is on site and is a very nice older man who is helpful and accommodating. The sites are mowed and trimmed and neat as a pin. We would love to go back. I would say they could invest in some new play equipment...it was a bit old and possibly could be dangerous.
This park has a very nice pool with a life guard. My kids loved it. The park store is nice and well stocked. There are some very nice sites, but also a few very un-level sites. I would pick one near the little pond..they were grassy and close to the pool.
This park is run by a very rude staff. Beware of their reservation/cancellation policy. They will not make any exceptions. They are impossible to work with. When we arrived we decided we would rather take a full hookup then the electric/water we had reserved over the phone. Even though they would make more money each night they still charged us a $25 fee to change sites! The sites in "campers cove" are shaded and can get muddy and flooded if it rains. The pool is old and needs some repairs. The baby pool is a joke. The office closes so early you cant even go up and rent a putter to play a game of mini golf in the evening. I will NEVER return or recommend this park to anyone. They do not appreciate or deserve your business. ALSO...avoid their rentals. My sisters family rented one for 2 nights. They are near the worst looking seasonals I have ever seen...creepy, deserted and a mess. The trailers are newer...but worn out and filthy. The black tank was obviously not emptying into the sewer hook up. They called for service. The man said it was fixed and ready to go...but by night 2 they had flies (yes..flies..yuck) coming out of the toilet when ever they flushed it. I could go on and on with examples about why to avoid this park...but I won't waste your time...save your self the hassle and go some place different.
This park was ok for the most part on Friday afternoon/night but things started to change Saturday afternoon. It was obvious that the seasonals started to arrive from the City (Chicago)...It was a bit frightening for my family. The teenagers hung out in the playground and looked like an inner city gang. The adults were drunk and driving around in their golf carts not caring what their kids were doing. At one point a man actually yelled some profanities at a group of young teenage girls (commenting on their "nice @#!*") right in front of my camper and my little girls! I was sickened and my oldest daughter was scared the entire night that he would come back. We did like the idea of the activities at this park, but we will NOT return for fear of our safety! Also, this town appears to be so financially depressed and run down looking...not much of a "get-a-way"
This is a very nice state park campground. They have a great selection of sites...some VERY Wooded others not as much...but all have a private feel once camp is set up. The Starved Rock Park/lodge/trails are a short drive from the campground and offer some great sites to see. The playground is a bit lacking (4 swings) but my kids had a great time anyway. Lots of nice families camping this past weekend and quiet time was observed.
Let me first explain that we were here over Easter Weekend, it was VERY cold and there was no one else in this campground but my family. It was a ghost town, and they had no planned activities this weekend. That said...I was not impressed by this park, it was full of junky seasonals. To camp here during the busy season would be nothing more then parking in a crowded parking lot. The water was not on yet, they had electric and sewer hook ups and no activities and they still charged $41 a night plus $3 for our dog. We left after the first night, and because I prepaid for 2 nights...they would not give us our money back for the 2nd night. They did give us a gift cert. for a return this season because of that, we will give it another try this summer when the kids can use the pool and the activities, but I have to say that the seasonals are a big turn off to me. They make the park look very unappealing.
We loved this park. It was early in the season and only one of the 3 campground loops were open. It was the loop closest to the lake (Canvasback Cove) Each site is large and fairly private, some offer great lake views. They have a nice camp store with boat rentals and bait and camping gear. The lake is huge and they boast that it has great fishing. Nice playground and gazebo in a park area. The Hosts and the other campers were very friendly. Site price was very fair since they have no water or sewer...we will go back when it is warmer for sure.
This park offers very nice "red carpet" sites. They are a bit expensive but they also include access to their own water park area. Lots of trees and natural areas make this park feel very much like a true camping experience. The cabins they rent are so adorable and look like a nice option for friends who may want to go along on a camping trip but don't own a camper.
This "park" is more like a parking lot to leave your camper while you see the sights in the Dells area. They do offer full hook ups and they have a pool and access to the indoor pool at their hotel but I would not want to go there and think that I had to stay there all day. The play ground equipment needs to be replaced its all old and broken. They have tennis and basketball courts but they are not very appealing (could be that we were there early in the season). The shower house was closed (early April) so I can not say how it was. The indoor pool was heated and nice. They offer an affordable one day admission ticket ($15 per person) to use the Huge indoor water and theme park at Mt. Olympus across the street. I would go to this park again as a place to sleep between Dells attractions... but not for a real "camping" experience.
This was our first camping experience in our new trailer. The Park is clean and has a large heated swimming pool. It is a 55+ park, but families with children can stay for up to 2 weeks. The pool side restaurant has great and affordable food. They offer many activities but we did not participate as they appear to be for their seasonal 55+ residents. The canal is a neat place to watch birds and alligators. Check in staff was friendly and helpful. Don't pay extra for the cable, it did not offer enough extra channels to make it worth the additional cost.