I was expecting more for the price. The sites are close together and have baby trees so not much shade in the newer section. We camped here with a group and they royally messed up one parties reservations so they were very far removed from the group and couldn't figure out how to fix it. It was very disappointing and sort of soured our weekend. The playground and pool are fairly far away and very old and rundown. I was told the bathrooms were decent but I didn't personally use them because we had a full hook up site. The old guy on the golf cart playing campground cop was rude and accused us of stealing a picnic table from another site, which he later found at someone else's site. They did do Halloween in Aug/Sept so the kids liked that - but it was across the campground by the seasonals so we had to drive over there with the little ones.
This place would be awesome if it had water and sewer hook ups. It's beautifully shaded, nice big sites, cool playground, and great hiking trails. Cell service/data is nonexistant and GPS takes you to the completely wrong side of the lake. Crystal caves was pretty cool though.
This campground was OK. There are a lot of seasonals near the full hookup sites. The staff wasn't very friendly but served their purpose for the most part. We had chosen this campground because we wanted to bike the root river bike trail, which is beautiful, but I wish the campground was a bit closer to it. In order to get to the paved bike trail we had to ride on the gravel shoulder of the highway about a mile or so to get there which wasn't ideal. The campsite itself was fairly small but nice and grassy but it appears the seasonals allowed their pets to use it as a bathroom because there was poop everywhere - which meant on our shoes and in our camper as well. Not cool. Our day trip by bike to Lanesboro was very beautiful however and we managed to pop into the local farmers market for some fresh desserts and amish goods. Good luck finding any type of grocery or drug store, we needed some cough syrup for my daughter and the closest we could get was some cold and flu liquid from the gas station. There was a wedding the Saturday night of our stay that celebrated the end of their night with fireworks, which was kind of cool - but I'm thankful they didn't set them off any later because it was pretty close to the kids' bedtime. We shut off the lights in the camper and watched the show though which was cool.
The campground itself was very pretty and had trails that hooked up to local hiking trails where we geocached a couple times. It was poorly run, however. The office was closed when we arrived so the only assistance we had checking in was from the wife of the camp host that really had no idea what was going on. The site we were given was basically a giant mud puddle so we asked to move to one of the many empty sites available, which she begrudgingly allowed us to do. Because the campground was mostly empty Canada geese had overrun the place and therefore so did their droppings so we really didn't hang out outside much. My husband used the restrooms once and then forbid me from even entering the building because they were so gross - and coming from my unsqueamish hubby - that's saying a lot. Thankfully we were just passing through so we only stayed here one night. Probably wouldn't go back.
We really enjoyed our stay at Golden Eagle. At first they didn't want to take our reservation because we had 8 people staying in one camper but because it was off season they made an exception. They even moved us to a bigger camp site when we arrived to better accomodate our group. The bathrooms were amazing! Newly remodeled and generally always clean. The showers were so nice that I didn't even bother with my flip flops. There are trails all around which we spotted bear scat and moose tracks on but didn't see the critters themselves. The lake is beautiful, but we weren't able to get any bites off the dock. Cell service is non-existent but you know that if you're traveling up here. They do offer Wi-Fi and local telephone service in the camp store/lodge. Ice and wood were pretty expensive, however. We did attend an evening campfire inside their teepee and that was really cool. They had a local tell Native American stories and play a flute which the whole family enjoyed. They also provided roasters for us to make our smores on. We would definitely return, just wish they had sewer sites and a more robust Wi-Fi network.
We stayed her on Mother's Day weekend so it was pretty empty. The playgrounds leave much to be desired and when we were their the pool was full of toad and completely green - obviously they'll be cleaning this out before opening it for the season but it was stomach turning. The toilets were HORRENDOUS - after using them once we refused to go back and instead ran with our children back to the camper for potty breaks. The river sites are BEAUTIFUL, however and I plan to come back for an adults only weekend, which I think this place is better suited for. I do have to agree with the one poster that said that the seasonal campers are rather snide about it being their 'turf,' for lack of a better word.
This is a nice resort, we stayed up by the main building and pool so it was nice to let the kids play near by. It was rather spend y but our sites were very nice and we had no problems with anyone. The pool was very nice, loved that the toddler pool was separate from the bigger pool. The lower park down by the river was beautiful but there are no full hook ups down there - plus, it's a trek to haul all your stuff up to the top for trips to the pool.