This campground, on Saylorville Lake (an Army Corps of Engineers project) had been improved since our last stay. It was great then and is even better now. We camped on the "B" loop and had a lovely view of the lake. Large cement pad (level also), excellent table and fire pit grace every site in this loop. This area is very well maintained. I got a 50% discount because of the Senior card that I got at a National Park. While there were a lot of people at this campground, the sites are large enough that you don't feel like cordwood-city. Camping here is about 30 minutes away from downtown Des Moines. Excellent shopping centers are only about 10 minutes away at the intersection of 160 and US 35.
This is a lovely, peaceful, camping area in a large park. There are five level pads with electricity suitable for motorhomes, trailers or 5th wheels. All other sites are tent sites mostly on open grass. There are several vault toilets throughout the campground - they are not real pleasant (buggy and smelly). There is a dump station - not level - and a road is blocked when using it. No potable water at dump (though there is a spigot on another loop). We camped here several days as we took our daughter to a nearby college. This location was very convenient for that purpose. Since we're self-contained in the motorhome, I'd be happy to camp here again but I'd likely not come here as a destination vacation spot.
For us, this was the perfect campground. The sites are large, level, and secluded. Lots of mature trees surround each site (you can see the other sites near you, but you have 75' of woods between most sites). There are several "double" sites (like sites 2&3 and 14&15) which are great for two units wanting to be together. There is one pull-through (site 11). Nice walking trails (down past the dam, up past the boat launch to the 3 walk-in site area). Exceptionally friendly campground host, gave us great tips and sold us excellent firewood ($5/ 1/2 wagon load). Picnic tables & fire rings for each campsite. (Site 12 has the ring on the wrong side though). Park manager walks the loop frequently. No excessive noise or inappropriate behavior during our 3-day stay here. Good electricity (no water). Single dump station. Decent cell phone coverage (Verizon and AT&T and TrackPhone). For us, this was a very nice place to relax while doing activities in Stevens Point. We'll stay here again without a doubt! (PS- we're the kind of campers that like state parks, ACOE campgrounds, etc - we tend to avoid KOA and private parks)
Not all spots are perfectly level, but with a few blocks we got our RV leveled fine. Wonderful wide sites, gravel pads, and good electric. There is no water at each site, but many places where jugs can be filled. Restrooms were modern and quite clean. Great hiking on maintained trails. Two campgrounds: White Fox is good for larger RVs, more open, and easier to navigate. Big Island is tighter, very wooded, sites seem smaller/cramped, but great for a popup or tent. Good firewood $5 at ranger station. Good Verizon 4G signal in White Fox (likely from Albert Lea) and AT&T cell phone had some service too. A very nice place to come!
It was Labor Day weekend, and we had no reservations. After checking 10 county parks, we tried Ochee Yahola and found all 4 sites available! We spent a delightful afternoon/evening here. A large, grassy area with tall mature oak trees forms the camping area - mostly level. There are two electrical pillars each with two 20-amp services. This allowed 4 places to park an RV (no pads, no gravel, just grass). Voltage was low but enough to run a single air conditioner at 110v. Best thing about this campground is the quiet. So very peaceful. There is a large mowed soccer field with assorted playground equipment - but none of it was in use while we were there. There are good trails for hiking. I had both Verizon 3G and AT&T cellular services while in the park. Park was patrolled twice by a drive-through-ranger while we were there. Self-registration system at the entrance. In the distance a train could be heard late at night but not at all objectionable. Also, the park is open for bow hunting, but we didn't see anyone while we were there.
This was our 4th time staying here overnight. It has level pull-through sites for Class A's towing (no need to disconnect). Good electricity supplied. Good spacing between sites. Pond to watch, rent paddle boats, or take short walks. Management is new since our last visit a year ago. They now have specialty pizzas in the office you can eat there or take back to camp. I'd stay again for an overnight point between Minnesota and Colorado.
This CG is 20 miles south of I-80; a little to the east of Rawlins. As you come into Saratoga, you'll see a sign to your left - campground 1 mile. Bear to the left and you'll come right to it. There are several park roads parallel to the lake - those close to the lake are non-electric, those one row back are higher and electric (which is where we camped). The CG has no shade (but will in 20 years when the recently planted trees mature). No Flush toilets but vaults are available. It was nice and quiet while we were there. The electric sites were arranged in an unusual manner. There is a wide gravel "road" and the sites (table, BBQ, and electric post) are along the edge. You are supposed to back into the site which is rather like parking across the road leaving room in front of your MH for someone to drive. Since we were towing and since this was for one night, we asked the Sheriff (who is camping here) if he would let us take the end site (#25) and park parallel to the road without blocking any other site... he was a friendly chap and agreed. The views are most interesting. Mountains in the distance, a lake, and Wyoming prairie (sage brush etc). Even though it is a ways off the highway, I'd stay here again (peaceful and quiet) when traveling through the area. This is a county park - get an envelope at the fee station, insert your $10 for electric site, and stick it in the slot in the bathroom about 50 feet away from the fee station.
We camped here 3 nights. No reservations taken, it is just first-come-first-served. We got in Thursday morning and 3/4 of the sites were available. Thursday evening 1/2. Friday afternoon 1/4 and Friday evening it was full. Some sites are sloped: ok for a trailer but hard to get a motorhome level. Very poor cell phone coverage on Sprint and Verizon but none on AT&T or T-Mobile. Bath houses were adequate but small and needed updating. Showers cost 75-cents for 5 minutes of lukewarm water. Very easy walk to town for theater and dining (but we didn't find any of the restaurants exceptional). In addition to Sylvan Park, there is another local park. It also has sites with water & electricity but no "facilities," only a port-a-potty. If the sites were more level, had just a little more space, and better "facilities," this would be a 10! Tents are $15/night and MH & trailers are $25/night.
We stayed here over a week while moving my son into college. This is the closest campground to Pittsburgh that I felt was ok. We had a nice pull-through site in the A loop. Bathrooms/showers clean and in good repair. However, while the vast majority of sites here will work fine for tenting or trailers, only a few are sufficiently level and wide enough for a motorhome. We made on-line reservations, paid in advance, and they were ready for us. Drive into Pittsburgh was about 45 minute. There was cell phone (and data) coverage from Verizon and Sprint. There was only intermittent data coverage for T-Mobile and this is with my 40' tower antenna raised hooked to a Wilson amplifier! This state park has a lovely beach, rents various types of watercraft, hiking trails in woods and a lovely series of trails through a Wildflower Restoration Area. Almost no mosquitos at all. The E and F loops seemed to be the most popular. The B loop was about 50% occupied, C & D loops are primarily for tenting and we didn't walk down there. When we come back to Pittsburgh to bring my son home from college, we will likely stay here again.
This was "home base" for our trip to Gettysburg one one day and our drive into Philadelphia on the next. We had Site 107 which was a nice, generally level, hard driveway with picnic table and firepit. All was in good condition. Campsite was quite adequate in size. There was room for our MH in the back-in site and room for our CRV before the MH. Bathrooms were older and ours were clean, others were not quite as well maintained. Don't go to the park office when arriving, rather go directly to the campground at the SE corner of the park. Our Garmin took us on the very narrow and winding roads, better routes exists (look at your map and stay on the main highways). I had decent cellular and data coverages in the park. Were I coming to this part of PA again, I'd stay here in a moment.
This was an overnight stop for us: selected primarily for its location, price, and amazingly good reviews on this website. Well, we were just delighted with the park and its staff. We were met at the office by a very nice lady that made us feel right at home. They had our reservations and there were no hidden charges. A man got in a golf-cart and showed us where our site was. I pulled in and our MH was exactly level. Electricity was in the right spot as was water and sewer. We had a nice view of the lake out our front window. The campground was kept neat, grass/bushes were trimmed, roads in good repair, etc. We left the next morning but I would have absolutely no hesitancy about staying here again.
This was a one-nighter for us: we did Arches in the morning/afternoon and needed a reservation for night. Their office is open from 8am to 5pm so you must call during those hours to make a reservation. People were very helpful. We got here from Arches about 6pm and our check-in information was on the bulletin board: everything was exactly as described over the phone. We had a level gravel pad, good electric (didn't use the other hookups), and a strong WiFi signal. Sites were "snug" but quite reasonable (this is not a state park afterall). We got a good nights sleep and left very early the next morning (5am). They emailed us the charge receipt which was just as expected. In comparision to several other RV parks in Moab, I would certainly stay here again. To be honest, most of the other ones we drove past did not appeal at all to us. Portal RV was quite nice and far enough from the highway that it was quiet. There is a fancy section here too (concrete pads, more amenities, etc.) that was quite nice, but the gravel pad worked just fine for us. The other one that looked nice was Riverside Oasis Campground but that was pretty close to the highway. Arches was amazing. It was super hot and we drank lots of water; but the hiking was great (Landscape Arch is a must!). Film at Visitor Center worthwhile. You can see most everything from your car (we parked the MH in the Visitor Center lot and drove the toad through the park: which in retrospect was really a smart thing to do).
First: If you want electric or other hook ups, DO NOT use their Internet Reservation System (reservations.ahlsmsworld.com). We did and got a dry-site even though hookups were available. When we checked-in, the ranger told me this was a problem with the ARAMARK website. You must make a phone call to get a hookup site. Road construction was horrible: many delays to get to the campground. Cost of items at the campground store was high (unleaded gas was 40-cents/gal more than in town). We checked in and told to pick any site on the dry loops we wanted. I'd estimate less than a dozen sites would nicely accommodate us. Most sites were short, gravel, and not level. They are OK for popups or small travel trailers. We selected a grass pad in the Apache loop that was satisfactory. No trees = no shade = it gets HOT during the day. Bathrooms were adequate. We took the toad through the park which was a great idea: I'd not want to take our MH on those roads unless necessary. Plan on lots of driving. The sites were awesome. Do homework and plan what you want to see as there are so many options. Strongly recommend hiking to Spruce Treehouse: then sit on the bench and imagine life there 900 years ago. Rangers were great and very helpful. If you're camping, get into the park if at all possible: the drive to Cortese is not that pleasant. We left the park at 5:00am and had no problem. Oh: the dump stations. The fresh water and black water faucets have cut off hoses so you can't screw on your hose. However, if you lift the cover to the metal box on the concrete, there are faucets there to which your hoses can be attached. (Use the dump on the left as you enter the campground, the one on the right doesn't have a fresh water faucet into which you can tap.)
To be honest, we were disappointed. But after being here, I understand the situation. This Grand Canyon National Park has hundreds of visitors and campers. We were lucky to have reserved a pull-through on the Juniper Loop. Although our site was microscopic and a real challenge to manuver into (and out of), it was larger than others. If you're in a Class A, it will be snug. There are no hookups in this CG; Trailer Village should have some hookups and can handle larger RVs. We used the Shuttle System to get around the park. That worked well, however we needed to unhook the Toad to drive to the nearest shuttle parking lot. We left at 5:00am and thought we'd be waking up everyone. However, many others were up at that time too, everyone going to the Rim to view the canyon at sunrise. Strong recommendation: see the canyon right at sunrise and right at sunset, those were our most memorable moments. When we were here (mid-June) every campsite was taken, every parking place taken around the visitor center, mobs of people everywhere. Just be prepared for that. (Probably more people from France, Germany, and Japan than from the US). We had several enjoyable conversations with many of them.
We used this as a base for visiting Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Approaching from West of the park on US-14 made me a bit nervous: narrow road, steep grades and declines, and many twists/turns. However our Class A towing a CRV did just fine. We pulled into Duck Creek and immediately liked it. For us in a MH, the "A" loop was perfect: great site, nice restroom, and good roads. Campground Host was very helpful. No electricity available (or other hookups). No cell phone or internet available either. Easy drive to Zion and to Bryce from campground: use Hwy 14 going East from the campground to get to Hwy 89. Convenience store/supplies found for reasonable prices at Hwy 14 & Hwy 89 intersection.
Expensive for out-of-state (site + permit) but lovely and great hiking! Absolutely make time to hike past the Copper Falls, Cascades, Brownstone Falls, and Devil's Gate. Yummy ice cream at the concession stand. We camped in the North Camp Area - serviced only by vault toilets and no showers. The South Camp Area is too small for a motorhome (according to the ranger - we did not go down there) but they have showers there. Sites 29 through 16 are especially nice for larger rigs. Most sites are electric.
We enjoyed our 3-day stay here. That said, I was not pleased with our site. Those in the row of site 36 to 57 are basically in a flat mowed lawn that slopes away from the road unevenly with electric posts about 70' back from the road where the land slopes considerably. We setup closer to the road and used a 50' 20a extension cord to bring power to the coach. Even so, I had to have several 2" thick boards under the front wheels. So recommendation #1: avoid sites 36-57 if you're in a motorhome. A popup or other trailer would be fine. No trees in this section of sites either. Sites 9 through 29 are just lovely and give you a great view of the lake. Sites 10 - 26 are also good if you can see the lake through those camping right next to it! All the other sites are generally adequate. Facilities are clean, modern, and have seperate shower rooms. Onsite laundry available too. Quite a few families and many dogs while we were there: but noise was never a problem. Recommenation #2: you'll miss a lot if you don't have a car with you. Once the MH is setup, we normally walk everywhere; but the distances are too vast at this park for all but a few good hikes. On the 3rd day, we packed up the MH and drove the 35-ish miles to the Presque Isle campground: to hike and see the falls. We would have loved to camp at Presque Isle (next trip this is where we will go!) but they were full. No electricity at Presque Isle - but generators are permitted in the eastern loop. Recommendation #3: Go hiking - some wonderful views and the trails are generally good. However, the West River Trail just South of the Manido Falls, has a horrible path up the side of a steep hill with nothing but tree roots to hold onto. We decided not to go up it (as did the family after us too). This decision prevented us from seeing the Nawadaha Falls. Recommendation #4: There are a LOT of steps on the West River Trail. Don't take it unless you're comfortable climbing 120 steps each: up and down! (Lots of benches provided). Recommendation #5: Cross the foot bridge at the North end of the West River Trail and, on the far side, turn North (rather than the recommended South). There is a trail through tall pines that takes you to a wonderful beach on Superior with Lots of Flat Rocks just the right size to hold in your hand. And finally, Recommendation #6: Spend time in the Visitor Center. Well done exhibits and a great 12 minute movie.
We had a non-electric site that was excellent. The White Fox campground is generally better for larger motorhomes (level, tree branches, etc) while the Big Island campground is wonderful for pop-ups and tents. Big rigs can fit in sites 1, 2, and 3 easily on Big Island though. In White Fox larger rigs aim for 37, 39, 43, 45, 56, 55, 54, and 47. Other sites will work too, but the ones I mentioned are pretty nice. Facilities in White Fox are excellent - clean and modern. Very fine hiking too. Limited cell phone coverage (1 bar).
We had a wonderful time here! There was lots of enjoyable hiking - the walk to Mt Tom was excellent and not too hard. Fun walking between the campgrounds, watching people on the large sandy beach, and attending very good Naturalist presentations: Flower Walk, Blue Heron Story, Fishes, Bald Eagles, Fish Hatchery Tour, and many more. Free fishing rods/reels & bait at the nature center. We had a lovely site in the Oak Ridge campground (little more wooded, larger sites, and more private than LakeView). Oak Ridge also closer to the nature center and all of the trail heads. The Geocache took us to a historic homestead that we never would have discovered otherwise. Showers & rest rooms were older, but kept very clean and neat. Far enough from large cities to have a clear view of the night sky - myriads of stars. Very weak cellphone and Blackberry connections. Kids summed it up best when sitting around the fire one evening: I'm tired, I need a shower, and I'm having a Wonderful time here!
We camped in the Petaga Campground in a nice pull-through site. Many very nice sites here suitable for a larger Class A. Each is private and has woods around it but you won't feel closed in. This is the 4th largest Minnesota State Park and has many miles of great hiking trails. Facilities were kept clean. Very nice interpretive center with interesting exhibits. There are many activities here (swimming, playground, hiking, watching movies, etc).
This is a fine State Park and a good destination. Campsites 109 to 124 in the Lower Campground face the lake, have great views, and get the fresh lake breeze. Other sites are very nice too. Nice hiking (ask the Rangers for the coordinates of the Eagle's Nest - they will even loan you a GPS so you can find it). Very clean facilities while we were there.
Two campgrounds: Maple Grove is more woodsy, non-electric, good for tenters, and very available. The Lakeview Campground is more open. Sites 1 to 7 (non-electric) are close to the lake. You'll have a nice view, hear the waves lapping the shore, and get the lake breeze. Very nice! Other sites 14 to 62 are electric(with some exceptions) and are in a more grassy open area. Park has some of the best hiking trails I've seen (well maintained) though not especially long. Nice beach for splashing or swimming. Lakeview also has showers/flush toilets that were clean and pleasant. Good cell phone and Blackberry coverage down by the water.
Based on a prior review here, we spent a lovely Saturday afternoon, night, and Sunday morning at Nugget Lake. First, all of the sites are lovely but only 5 of them are level enough to suitable for a motorhome larger than 34 feet. The other sites are great for a pop-up, trailer, or 5th wheel. Some of the better motorhome-capable sites are 2, 25, and 51. Sites 45 & 47 are excellent also if you don't need electricity. The lake is nice but it is a long walk, with a steep hill, from the campground. The park does have quite a bit of nice hiking in various difficulty levels. On Friday & Saturday nights between Labor Day and Memorial Day there are movies or other activities at the amphitheater. Facilities near site #50 are excellent; some of the nicest I've seen. Those near #34 are typical vault toilets. Very limited cell phone service (less than 1 bar) on Sprint & ATT - none on TMobile. Sites are cut into the forest so you'll have good trees for shade. Satellite reception might be marginal though. All sites have picnic tables and fire pits - some are multi-level (like #19). Sites can be reserved starting Jan 1st of each year. We went on a Saturday in early October and had no problem getting a nice site without reservations. I understand they are usually full during the summer months and, after being there, I understand why! Our family voted Nugget Lake is a keeper; we will likely return for another short weekend again.
We will likely return to this County Park! Sites are quite nice and wooded - and of adequate size. Large motorhomes might have a problem navigating the roads or setting up on some of the sites. #29, 31, & 33 should work for motorhomes (others too). No flush toilets - but clean vault toilets. The custodian is real friendly and good source of information. Not much hiking here, a small beach (actually quite nice) and playground for kids for entertainment. Quiet at night and lots of stars! An excellent campground to get-away and relax. If you have a boat, there are several campsites with their own boat dock. Sites are $14/night + $5 if you have an electric site + $5 if you have a site with a boat dock. A big wheelbarrow load of wood is only $6. Good cell phone coverage.
We got site 53 which worked well for our MH; many other sites would not (check with Ranger before reserving any). Restroom/showers in excellent condition. Hiking and beach were also excellent. We did not go swimming as ranger advised there was "Swimmer's Itch". Very few mosquitos here, it was very enjoyable to sit outside without being bitten or smelling like a DEET factory. But, for us, the very best part was the Park Naturalist who was awesome. He taught great courses about trees and lakes (including a most fascinating free ride on a pontoon boat into the middle of Lake Bemidji). Many activities in the amphitheater (musical groups, lectures, services on Sunday). This is one of our all-time favorite State Parks (and this was our first visit to it!).
Roads interior to the park are gravel and are generally in poor condition. A large MH or 5th wheel would have problems navigating them. Of all the sites available, only two would work for a 30' motorhome and those are tight. This park is beautiful - sites are heavily wooded with Birch and pine. The beach, which opens on to the Lake of the Woods, is to die for! It has a marvelous natural sandy beach and wonderful wading in the lake - best I've seen. This park is very under utilized. Perhaps because it has no electricity or flush toilets, perhaps because it is so isolated, or perhaps because the roads are so bad, but on a Friday-Saturday stay, we were the ONLY ones in the entire Birch Campground. There is no cell phone or Blackberry coverage here at all. The Ranger advised us not to drive our MH into the Lady Slipper Campground (too tight).
Very buggy area, full of mosquitos. Showers/restrooms unusable due to large number of mosquitos present there. There are some extremely nice sites here (esp 37,38, 39 and 40) that are large and open directly onto the lake. In general, most all of the other sites in the Lakeside Campground were quite pleasant. Hiking on well maintained trails was enjoyable. There is an observation tower you've got to climb (50-ish steps) for a great view! We experienced low campground voltage during a hot day. Decent cell phone coverage and Site 47 actually had Blackberry coverage too!
This park has a large natural swimming area surrounded by a beach as the main attraction. There is some hiking on well maintained trails. Sites 0 through 16 back onto a prairie and were the most popular. 17 - 34 back into a wooded area. We thought the wooded sites were much buggier than those on the prairie side. Limited cell phone coverage in park. Shower/restroom facilities adequate. There is no naturalist present (although the brochure says there is). Tent campers have their own loop with some nice large shaded sites.
We went here because of the reviews here - and found them quite accurate. The old section of the park (basically sites 1 - 50) are in great condition and quite nice. Several are non-reservable. We saw site #1 (lovely) but understand the comment about it being very close to site #2. Sites 4-7 are right behind a large vault toilet building - it blocks your view of the river. Site #30 was on the end and nice if you need electric. Site 10 was on the end of the non-reservable row and we nearly setup the motorhome there. Then we discovered the Boatyard Campground. This is a rustic setting of the park. Much more isolated and only the northern-most and southern-most sites had some tree cover. The southern-most is in the middle of a turn-around loop (which I didn't like). We setup in the northern-most of the 9-ish sites there and had a most wonderful view. We had a level grassy spot, about 10' in front of the motorhome was an excellent large picnic table, and another 9' in front of that was a firepit in great condition, and 10' in front of that was the Mississippi River. Yup, we heard waves lapping on the rocks all night long. Wonderful view of the main channel (see the tugs going up/down river) and, in the distance, the rail road tracks carrying lots of rail traffic. You'd hear both, but not enough to bother you. This site (which does not have a number and none of these are reservable) does not have any electricity, water, or sewer - but who cares when you have such a wonderful view? (Generators are wonderful things) A short walk to the north, just out of the park, is a mom-and-pop convenience store that sells huge bundles of wood for $3.00; rents flat bottom boats & motors for $45/half-day; and fries up fast food if you need it. We arrived late on a Saturday in mid-September and there were about 15 sites open for our selection. Also, there is a new section (not open yet) where the pads look lovely. But there is no riverside view from those. There is a new shower/flush toilet building also - but you need to bike/drive to it from the old campground. Finally, if you keep driving south, you'll come to another lake (still in Blackhawk) where there are more rustic sites with great views. Good analog cell phone coverage here. No Blackberry (GSM) coverage. (PS- yes we saw the eagles and sea gulls flying over the water looking for, and finding, fish!)
We've been here 3 times in the past several years. RiverView campground has the 42 electric sites. Best sites are at the North or South of the campground - those in the middle are not as level or as spacious. This campground is mostly open but sufficient old trees to provide good shade on most sites. Paint Rock Springs Campground is our 2nd favorite if all the elec sites are taken. The South end of the two Western loops have some nice non-elec sites (#106, 107, 105, etc). The Old Logging Trail Campground is perfect for tenters/pop-upers that like smaller sites carved out of the forest. These have a secluded feeling. Good hiking in the park. Canoe rental with transportation at concession stand near the lodge. Facilities are clean & modern. Rangers patrol frequently. Excellent firewood at fair price. Poor cell phone signal in park.
Highway 210 from Carlton to the park entrance is in bad need of repair. However, it is in better shape (and not as long) than the portion from the park entrance to the East. Excellent parking at the Ranger Station, good exhibits and naturalist programs. Behind the Ranger Station is the Swinging Bridge that is a "must see". In fact, photographs of the St Louis River crashing over the falls are breath-taking. We didn't do too much hiking on the South side of the river as it was pretty rocky & more climbing would be involved than we wanted to do. Hiking along the North side was fine. In my opinion, sites 39, 40, 41, 42 & 43 would be a bit snug for larger Class A. 44, 45, 46 (the pull-through) and 47 would work. 57, 61 and 64 would also be fine. Park was well maintained, facilities were clean and in good repair, and the roads in the campground were in fine shape. The poor cell phone signal surprised me since the campground was on a hill.
This park was a nice surprise for us. It offered good activities, clean facilities, and nice campsites. Big Rigs need to be careful with low hanging branches near site 7, otherwise you'll be ok. Sites 2, 4 & 6 are in an open area; rest are in a wooded setting. 28 is a nice non-elec site. 24, 22 & 20 were nice elec sites. (#24 was especially roomy) 10, 12 & 13 seemed a bit snug to us. Several very interesting hikes. Get the "Banning Quarry Self-Guided Trail" pamphlet at the Ranger Station and walk the Quarry Loop trail. Nice trail (old rail road bed) takes you past relics from the late 1800's when pink "Hinckley Standstone" was mined here and used for high-end building materials. Walking past the remains of the Cutting house, Power house, Rock Crusher, seeing the blast holes in the quarry, the unfinished rock, the tailings, and reading the pamphlet is almost spooky! Hundreds of people worked here and now: nothing but the ruins. Suggestion: Take the Spur Trail up from the quarry rather then face all the stairs at the North end of the Quarry Loop. Kettle River roars through "Hell's Gate" and there is a nice outlook called "Teacher's Outlook." Park is very well maintained. We told the ranger about a paper-wasp's nest across from our site. 30 minutes later a ranger pulls up in a truck, waves at us, sprays the nest, knocks it down from the tree and stomps on it, he waved again as he saw us all standing in our RV applauding him! Very friendly staff here. Some cell phone coverage; no Blackberry coverage. No highway noise, however some minor noise at night from a rail road several miles away.
The web pages made this sound pretty nice, but we didn't find it to our expectation level. First the roads in the campground were in need of maintenance. I worried about taking our Class A on them. There are some tight turns and wash-outs to watch for (esp the corner between #12 & 13 - turn, back, turn, back, and turn was needed to get around it). The campsites were not real pleasing to us: most were small and packed tightly together. Some pull-throughs (like #18) had significant slopes. Owner was quite pleasant. Many pop-ups were doing just fine in the sites. Owner advised us not to take our rig into sites 1..6 as we would have trouble turning around so we didn't see those.
Beautiful lake and a lovely setting. However, we didn't find this campground to be that friendly to larger motorhomes. For pop-ups and tents it would be great. Many of the sites (which were lovely) were multi-layer where you'd park on one level then go up/down a hill/stairs to reach your picnic table/fire. Sites are generally separated from each other by woods. Sites were not very large - awnings/slides might have difficulty. Several sites had low-hanging tree branches that could cause larger rigs problems. We drove through, looked at available sites, and decided not to spend several days here. Overall "feel" of the campground was more like a private campground rather than a State Park.
We were disappointed when we drove through the campground as the majority of sites were quite small for a larger motorhome - just fine for tests or pop-ups though which is what most others were using. Sites were pretty wooded and the roads and sites had low hanging tree branches. Sites 51-57 look like they are along the lake front but many trees prevent a good view of the lake. Only electric loop is sites 25 - 50.
There are some very nice sites here (esp #5, #7, #6, #18, #26). Campground is well maintained, firewood is inexpensive (and delivered to your site!), hookups are good, and facilities are clean (flannel curtains serve as doors to showers and toilet stalls). Roads for larger motorhomes are fine in the center loop (5, 7, 8, 21, 16). However, there is a real tight turn near site 31 that is nasty for a larger rig. Many seasonals here, but there are a dozen or so nice sites. Not a lot of activities at the campground itself. Ideal to have a quite get-away to catch up on reading! Short walk to a public beach (lots of sea gulls), park, fishing pier, etc. Their website is pretty accurate and the owners were friendly.
This is a lovely State Park! On the maps, it looks like sites 1 to 8 overlook Coon Lake - but there is a row of dense trees between the road and the lake so you won't have a view. Sites 1 through 41 seem a bit smaller but would be fine for tents or pop-ups. 5th wheels, large TT, and Motorhomes will do best in sites 43 to 69 (This is all in the Chase Point Campground). These sites are generally level and wide enough to support slides. Personal preference is to avoid #50, 51 & 60. 52 - 58 are really nice for larger units (no low tree branches, good entrance/exit, and nice site). Facilities were modern, clean and pleasant. The hiking was wonderful - both along the lake as well as in the hills. The hike out to Chase Point is well worth the time - fantastic view from there (we took our lunch, sat on benches at the point, and had a great time). Good "northwoods smell" - pine trees. Very nice boardwalk on the lake between sites 5 and the boat launch - great for meditating!! Row boats/canoes available for $10/hr - wonderful boating lake! Large stand of 200+ year old pine trees up by Pine Lake (about 5 mile round-trip hike). Grounds generally bug-free (thanks to the wonderful bats!) On a clear night, millions of stars are visible over the lake as it is pitch black in the campground and no big cities nearby. Average-to-poor cell phone and Blackberry coverage.
This park took us by surprise. Originally this was just to be an overnight stop on our trip to Northern Minnesota - but we found this is a destination park in and of itself. We could easily spend 2-3 days here on their hiking tails, swimming at the beach, and joining interpretative events. Sites were generally quite nice in the Petaga Campground. Sites 41, 43, and 46 are pull-throughs, level and have good space for awnings, slide-outs, and fires. All sites are "in the woods" so they are sheltered from each other. No highway noise either. Cell phone and Blackberry coverage. Facilities were clean and attractive.
We've been here several times and found it quite enjoyable. In general, you'll have larger spaces with mature trees offering good shade, most sites have a nice view of the lake. Some sites are for tenting only. Other sites only offer 20amp electric. Sites numbered 31 & up all seem to offer 30amp service. None have 50amp. No sites have water or sewer though there are several faucets around the campground. Two restroom/shower buildings (northern is newer) are well maintained. Any site would work well for a pop-up or travel trailer. 5th wheels would be comfortable in most sites as would a motorhome - check site description carefully though (some are not real level!). Good hiking at this park (trails are easy and well maintained) & canoe rental. No naturalist. Decent dump station. Swimming beach - well there is really no beach at all - just access to the lake with swimming area marked by buoys. Nice breeze in the campground most of the time. If you like bird watching, you'll love the trails here - lots of variety to see in the marshes, woods, and grasslands.
We normally prefer State Parks to private campgrounds (space, hiking, quiet, etc), but with 101-degree temps forecast, we thought an indoor pool sounded nice. Reviews here were pretty positive about Indian Trails so we called and got a site (coming in Sunday afternoon wasn't a problem - but weekends book way in advance). We had a great time! The site we got was large and was a real lake front. The breeze off the lake helped us stay cool. CG was very well maintained - all tables, firepits, facilities, utilities, etc were in excellent condition. As a family we went swimming in their indoor pool (very nice pool), hiked around the 15-acre fishing lake, and played 18 holes of minature golf (fun course, will need maintenance later this year). After the 9th hole, we were pretty hot so went into the office where they had a nice restaurant for some slushys before doing the "back 9". Activity prices were reasonable. Folks at the CG were very friendly; they have a LOT of repeat business and apparently advertise very little. CG was peaceful and we got 3 nights good sleep. Most sites are pretty good size; some are more attractive than others. If you're in a big rig, make certain they know - there are many sites that are fine for a popup but a Class A would have a hard time getting level in them. We all agreed this was a "destination" campground - one to which we will likely return.
Pattison looked good on the web, but it looks even better in person. Almost every site is a pull-through which is unusual for a State Park. However, only 18 have electricity. The sites are Large, Medium & Small (the ranger station has them labeled that way on their map) but they are all quite nice. There are a couple of double sites for camping with friends. Good playground for kids. $4 for a pile of firewood - enough for all night. Excellent interpretative center. The naturalist while we were there, Jesse, was wonderful. He was a very hands-on field work kind of a guy, not the lecture kind. His naturalist hikes were excellent - he knew every bird in the forest, he took us off-trail to a huge beaver dam, he had a fine insect collection, well, you get the idea. The hiking here was awesome. The trails were well maintained but not totally artificial. Hiking to the waterfalls is a must. At 165', Big Manitou Falls is the highest waterfall in Wisconsin and the 4th highest east of the Rocky Mountains. Very easy hike to it, and around it, and down river. Well worth it! Rangers patrol the campground hourly and it was very peaceful while we there (as is typical). It is also very quiet at night. Very nice beach and bathhouse too. Great for kids to play on or swim in the roped off area. Water was a bit cool in late August already. One disadvantage for multi-day visitors in a non-electric site: Generators are not allowed to be run at any Wisconsin State Park at any time. After three days, we had to strike camp in our Class A and take a drive into Duluth for groceries (but the drive was really to recharge our house batteries). The ranger, when he found out, was so nice - "Ya coulda driven down to the shop, I'da let ya plug in for a cupla hours. " This park, in our opinion, is a good destination park. We spent 4 days there in late August and were not ready to return home. There were good hiking trails we didn't take, more swimming to do, horseshoes/volleyball/basketball (all free, get supplies from the park office), and walking the campground talking with more people. No problem with animals (bears are very rare there). We had good Cell Phone coverage there, but there was no Blackberry (digital) coverage. No Internet access at the park (but one of the lady attendants offered to let us plug our laptop into their phone line in the office). When we return, we'll look to reserve one of the electric sites on the inner loop. All of the electric pull-throughs are quite nice. They reserve 6 sites for people without reservations - all non-electric. Site #1 is the best if you can get it (we did). Finally - that far north, the sky is spectacular at night. You can easily see the Milky Way among an incredible number of stars.
Campground hosts were very friendly and there was nice hiking to the Pilot Knob Tower (2nd highest point in the State of Iowa). Climing to the top gave some great views of the country side. The campground itself has an unusual layout. Some sites are all grass, not level, and have no indication of ever being used. Others are gravel but are not at all level. A few sites are level. It is not at all clear how to enter/exit many of the sites - or even their location. This is a very tent-friendly campground, it can accommodate Pop ups, but only a few Class A's are really comfortable there. That said, this is only a few miles away from the Winnebago Factory in Forest City (tours at 9am and 1pm) so there were about 6 Class A's squeezed in the evening before their tour. The bath house is old and run down (but cleaner than many private CGs we've been to). Avoid dumping here as the drain isn't level and... well lets say there has been spillage that won't run uphill into the drain. Yech. I'd camp here again if I was going to the Winnebago Factory (while there is free "camping" at the Winnebago Visitors Center, I think this State Park is preferrable to that concrete-city). I'd also camp here for an overnight. But we don't see this as a vacation destination. Good cell phone and Blackberry coverage.
There are some interesting things to do here - like hike to the interpretative center and watch the dozen hummingbirds feed at 6 feeders. They aren't too afraid of you so you can get close and take amazing photographs of them. Good hiking with views of the Mississippi. Hiking to Bridal Veil Falls is enjoyable even though there are hundred of stairs down. . . and up again. We saw several effigy mounds while hiking - interesting. However, many of the sites are not Class A friendly - too tilted or low branches. Sites were quite close together with no separating vegitation. Our "neighbor" had his porch-light on all night which shown directly in our bedroom window - yech. Site 38 was OK for our Class A. Lots of dogs in the campground and, with the sites so close, their chains didn't always keep them in their own site. Our personal preference was this was a fine place to visit and experience once, but we don't feel an urge to return soon.
We came for the bats and were not disappointed! This park is home to hundreds of mosquito eating bats - as a result, we could camp without bug spray! Every evening at dusk, they fly around chomping unwary bugs but never bothering the campers. Interpretative programs about bats happen on weekends. Nice swimming beach down the hill from the campground. Campground divided into two parts: small loop of sites 1-36, large loop for the others. The small loop had many Class A friendly sites that had ample room. Sites 37-128 generally didn't seem as level; we liked the smaller loop better. Vegitation separates the camp sites so you don't feel packed in. Many activities - but you'll need a vehicle to enjoy them (ie, a Motorhome without a Toad is limiting). Friendly rangers, good cell phone and Blackberry coverage. The one problem: This park is in the middle of nowhere! Better be comfortable driving on narrow paved county two-lane hilly and curvy roads to get here! Good day trips include House on the Rock (gotta see it to believe it), Pendarvis historical site, a cave tour, and a mine tour. Very nice playground for the kids.
I normally don't like the big parks - pack 'em in like cordwood and treat 'em lousy! However, I had a wonderful surprise at this State Park. It is large and very spread out so each campground has spacious sites and has an isolated feeling. You don't feel like you're camping in a sardine can. Most sites had a wide level gravel pad great for a Class A. Wood is sold ($5/box and you pick the pieces). There are two main campgrounds: Twin Valley and Cox Hollow. We camped in Twin Valley (don't know about Cox Hollow). There are two areas in Twin Valley: Wooded and Open sites. The wooded are very wooded - so much so I felt a bit confined. However the open sites have lush vegitation around their perimeter (so you don't see your neighbor) and have a large sitting area (great for campfire conversations). Facilities were clean. Some "Dual Sites" which are two adjacent sites great for multi-rig gatherings. You'll need a separate vehicle to get to the swimming beaches or drive to trail-heads (so the motorhome without a Toad is at a disadvantage). Beaches looked great as did the trails. Interpretative programs on some weekends but not during the week. Few bugs, not bad. Has both Cell Phone and Blackberry coverage.
This is one of the nicer Wisconsin State Parks we've been to. The campsites are Class A friendly (level gravel pads with approprately trimmed trees). Most sites have been carved out of woods which gives you an isolated feeling. Good hiking trails, interpretative center, mounds, and rental canoes are present. Good dump station, cell phone coverage but no Blackberry coverage. Very clean and well-maintained facilities. Bring bug spray. Wide variety of plant life and trees. Breeze through the trees smells very nice. Scenic over-looks. Enough to keep a family busy for several days or more!
This park is in extreme SW Minnesota a little SW of Pipestone. We loved camping here for 4 days. The campground is roughly divided into two parts: Those North of the restrooms (sites 7 through 20) are wooded and private while the others surround a football-shaped grassy field. For motorhomes, we think sites 3, 23, 25 are excellent with the others being very good. This is a small park so in a day or two you can hike all of its trails, swim at its nice beach, rent its canoes ($8/4 hrs) or paddle boats ($2/hr), and chat with your neighbors. Cell phone service was poor but sometimes possible. No Blackberry digital coverage in campground. No interpretive center operating (State funding cutback). The river is dammed just below the park so you've got a nice lake, boat launch, and docks within easy walking distance - and this is not a busy park! You're close to Pipestone so you might catch festivities in that area last 2 weeks of July and 1st week of August. Pipestone National Monument is awesome to see too.
We drove through the campground, but did not stay. The campsites are very tight with many of the driveways sloping front/back and side/side. It would be very hard to level a Class A. Most sites could not accommodate a full sized motorhome. The sites were carved out of a forest - many sites had so many trees opening slides could be problematic. However, for tent camping or popup camping, these issues would not present problems. Tent/popups might not mind the narrow roads with tall trees and boulders lining the road edge. We had a picnic down by the water - which was very nice (lots of mosquitos of course). Nice fishing dock for the kids (but the water was pretty opaque). Campground does have a dump station.
Spots are almost always available here. However, very few sites are sufficiently level for a motorhome. On the B loop (electric loop) site 20 is the best for a MH followed by 19, 18 and 17. The others are either too small or too tilted to level without your wheels hanging in the air. There is no dump station at this park any more. Showers and restrooms are in the non-electric "A" loop, are old and dark but kept clean. Nice hiking trails but the woods are very buggy - big flies and hungry mosquitos abound. Poor cell phone coverage in the campground. Most sites don't have good "run around" room for kids - Site 20 has a great "back yard" though. We'd stay here again for an overnighter if we needed a place, but we would not think of this as a "destination" for a week. (Most needed improvement is to regrade sites to be more level side to side and front-to-back. )
Two campgrounds: White Fox and Big Island at this state park. We stayed at White Fox - best sites for Class A are 55-63, other sites very fine for popups. Sites are open but shaded. Good run-around room for kids. Big Island campground have sites carved out of the woods. Some sites bit tight for big rigs but are fantastic for tents or popups. Facilities at White Fox are new and kept very clean. Big Island facilities are older but kept clean too. Excellent hiking and bird watching here. Can rent canoes too.