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05/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was our first visit to the Indiana Dunes State Park CG. It was easy to locate and the check in process went smoothly. Nice small general store with just a few essential things someone may forget to bring. Although we didn't use them, the bathroom facilities were recently renovated, so they are very nice. Nice beach access. That is the main reason to come to this park. The CG is a typical state park, with no frills. The grounds could have used a bit of sprucing up. We will return to this state park.
05/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
We decided at the last minute to book this park. Which as I can see now, we were fortunate to get a site. The rest of the summer weekends are pretty well booked. It is a nice wooded state park, with not much privacy between sites. But that did not bother us. The sites that back up to the creek are some of the largest in the park. We stayed for six days and wish it could have been more. Although we have a full bathroom in our TT, my husband liked to use to parks shower facilities. He said they were super clean and liked the individual shower rooms. There is Lake Michigan access right at the end of the first loop. Great if you have kids, you don't have to pack them into the car to drive to the beach. It was too cold for swimming during our stay, but the views and sunset evenings were spectacular. They have a very nice and informative nature center. We stayed during the week after Memorial Day, so there may have been a total of 25 campers staying in the park. We parked out tow vehicle on the site next to ours, since it was so empty. The next day the ranger asked us to move it. That was no problem, but I thought it was funny when she said she was going to knock on our camper door at 2:30 am to ask us to move it. So glad she waited. There is shopping within five miles and a Naval museum that has submarine tours close, as well. We will come back for sure!!
05/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
Typical state park. We had a great site near the huge lake in Canvasback Cove. Good fishing and a nice general store that has a variety of items for purchase. There is a restaurant on site, we did not eat there, but we will try it on our next visit. Has a lot of boat ramps which is nice if camping with a boat. Very nice camp hosts. Be careful picking your site. Some sites look like you need to back "up" hill to get into them. Those were in the Teal Bay loop. The dump and fill station was very clean and easily accessible. Two dump's, just wish they were opposite of each other instead of facing the same direction. It could get pretty tight in there if there were a larger motorhome in first. We are scheduled to go back for July 4th. Heard they have fireworks over the lake. It should be nice.
05/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was a nice state park. Loved having the full hook up, as this is not the norm for state parks. Not much in the way of shade at this park. We understand it is fairly new as a campground, so that will come with time. We traveled from the Chicago area, and it was nice that it is off I-65, within 5 miles of the exit. We camped with our young nephew, and he really enjoyed the nature talk and walks. There are several pull through sites with lots of grass at each site. The historic area was not super special, but an interesting way to spend 45 minutes. Wonderful views in the morning. I would have given it a 10 if it had more shade and swimming facilities.
05/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
We came across this park by accident, and I am glad we did. What a hidden gem. The campground is in the Blackwell Forest Preserve in DuPage County, IL, and it has some very scenic views. There are a lot of picnic shelters, and they seem to be used daily. The grounds are maintained beautifully. My husband was in awe of the wonderful way the park incorporated the wild plant life and the grass around all the sites. There are 64 sites, with about 16 sites for RV's. Most sites would be perfect for a pop up, but go online and talk to the staff prior to booking if you have a larger unit. Most sites have shade, but the sites from about 1-14 have none to speak of. It seems like it would get pretty hot in that section without the trees for shade. The lake is fantastic, and there are boat rental's available and fishing from the shoreline is available. The campground only has camping on Friday and Saturday nights, and non over night guests need to leave by 9 pm since the preserve closes at sunset and the campground closes the gate at 9. The Ranger is stationed at the gate all night, and it does give a sense of security with the locked front gate. Even though we did not use the bathroom facilities, they were spic and span, and we would not hesitate using them. The dump station is easily accessible ,and since there are only about 16 sites that would be utilizing it, the process is very quick. We will be back for sure!!
05/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stay at this state park often, and have never had a problem with it. The park itself is huge, with a wonderful lake to take small watercraft on. No gas motors. The nature center is great if you have little kids, and the general store is well stocked. The people that work in the store are very helpful and knowledgeable. You can purchase day fishing licenses from the general store, which is very helpful. This trip we chose a pull through site since we were camping with another couple. They had a back in site right next to ours so we were able to buddy camp with a wonderful grassy area for us to share. We did have some loud young adults across from us, but one mention to them that they were a bit loud was all it took for them to quiet down. The park has great ranger presence, which gives nice peace of mind if you are traveling with little ones. We will always pick this as our place to go when we don't want to travel to far from home.
05/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very nice campground. The owners seem to really take great pride in the park. The pool was not open yet when we were there, but it was a nice size pool with a hot tub. The general store was small, but it contained the most common things folks tend to forget. The other reviews regarding small sites is accurate for the section of the park where we camped. I think it was for seasonal's at one point, and as people move out, they leave it open for weekenders. I would not recommend the standard sites to anyone with equipment more than 16 ft. We were able to secure a "pull through" site with our 26 ft, and it was difficult at best to manipulate our way in and out. The premium sites are lovely; however, there are a few draw backs. There is no shade to speak of, and you are right off the main road. You also do not have your own fire pit, and that would have killed my husband to not have his own fire. The bike trail takes you right to the beach which is only about 1 mile from the park. We passed Holland State Park on our way to the beach, and I was grateful for selecting Oak Grove as our destination. They have a couple of rental trailers that looked very nice and several cabins that looked great. The internet service was pretty good and was no extra charge. Although we did not use the shower and restroom facilities, we did check them out, and they were very clean. I would not hesitate to use them. There were about 6 permanent sites for sale, which made us wonder why, but I think it may have to do with the size of the sites. The office hours are a bit strange. They close by 6pm on Saturday, and no one was there on Sunday. I am not sure if the owners live on site; I suspect they do, but they were no where to be found on Sunday. They do leave detailed instructions for people arriving after 6 or on Sunday, but I didn't like the unfriendly feeling that gave. It's nice to have people welcome you when you arrive. I would understand if it were very late in the evening, but really, 6pm and not a person to be found on Sunday. That was one of the main reasons, along with the tightness of the spaces, that would not allow me to rate this park a 10. We would visit here again.
10/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice place to go if you are visiting the Galena territory. We typically stay in Lena, about 40 minutes away, but decided to try this CG to avoid the drive. This is CG has a convenience factor that is appealing. The CG is situated between a Wal-Mart and a Culvers. Kind of neat for a walk for ice cream in the evening. We were here for the Galena Fall Festival, so the pool was already closed. The sites are not huge, but manageable. The free Wi-Fi was non existent, which is why I did not rate it higher. We are ready to book for next year's festival.
09/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
We really enjoyed this cg. Upon check in we were escorted to our site. Nice view of the lake and the wonderful new cabins. We would love to even come back in the winter to stay in a cabin. The pool area was wonderful, although closed for the season already. We were there for the first flea market weekend...next year I will bring some items to sell. Not allot of weekenders since it is toward the end of the season. Everyone was super nice...will be back...hopefully early in the season. Recommend this cg.
07/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
We have camped twice this year in our pop up and will be returning next weekend with our new travel trailer. This state park was a nice surprise. The sites a bit more grassy than most state parks. Large sites with lots of shade. Very clean. Nice beach area with concessions. Fishing and canoe rentals are nice. Bring a bike, lots of places to ride. Nature center is nice for the kids. Still wish more state parks had full hookups, we would stay more often. We will return for sure.
09/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
We typically stay here once a year for the 4th of July weekend. They have a very nice fireworks display over the lake. The sites on the expansion area a bit larger and not so crowed as the sites up front. Lots of things to do. Planned activities for all ages. DJ on Saturday nights and movies in the large indoor hall. We spent Labor day this year as well. Rained a lot, but the resort made sure the kids had something to do. Clean, great food area for purchase, game room and awesome restrooms. We will always spend July 4th here.
09/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice CG. The sites are spacious, and love how they "hide" the sewer hook ups. Not much to do if you have kids, since there is no pool. only about 4 other RV campers when we were there. I think they have 6 cabins, and 5 were booked. Nicest, cleanest bathrooms we have seen in a long time. We were tempted to use them even though we had full hookup. Wi-Fi is free, but spotty at best. Staff could have been a bit more friendly...nice, but not to talkative. Close to downtown South Haven. Small place, but looks like they have plans to expand...not sure if that will happen. We would camp here again!
08/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great location if you want to spend the day on the beach. Dunes access is within the park, about 2-3 miles by car. There are walking trails available, but we did not take them. Sites are narrow but wide. We previously owned a pop-up and booked when that was the equipment we had. By the time our weekend came, we had purchased a 25 ft travel trailer. The park has about 4 sites that are they do not reserve on line. We were able to switch our site and obtained a pull through. Site 92...perfect for new travel trailer owners. Simple in and out. Typical state park..not much grass, our site was very level. The people were very nice and helpful. We will be back
08/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Campground is not too far off the highway, easy to find and signs along the route. That was so helpful. We booked a pull-through site, which was pretty level. However, the sites were a little close together. We were situated in between 2 seasonal sites, all were not very large, but manageable. Neighbors were nice and not put out by our presence,like some seasonal people. Great activity planned for Saturday. Car show, hog roast (fee, but worth it) and a live band in the evening. Nice biking trails!! Nicely stocked general store. We will be back.
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was a nice campground. The people were very nice. We checked in and they escorted us to our site. There are quite a few seasonal sites, but it looked like some dropped off their RV never to return. However, most were well kept. We were assigned a wonderful pull-through site with a view of the beach and easy access to fishing. Marked trails, which we didn't take advantage of due to rain. Nice general store, which also served as a small gathering place and game room. Hot baked bread on Saturday morning for a small price. We would have given this park a 10 if they had a pool and an organized activity for Saturday night. Close to gas stations, grocery store and ice cream parlor. We will go back!!
10/2008
rating [ 10/10 ]
EXCELLENT!! We called last minute. The owners were very accommodating: even after we asked for a later check out on Sunday. Very clean!! Wonderful activities planned for a late in the season stay. Very family oriented facility. It was about 40 minutes from Galena. Easy drive, and the drive was acceptable to be able to stay in this nice CG. We will be back many more times.
07/2008
rating [ 10/10 ]
We loved it. We traveled with children, and they had a blast. Sites were nice. The restrooms were very very clean. We would visit again.
06/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice people! The campground was lovely. We arrived late, but the manager was very accommodating. She took my husband out a golf cart to choose our site. The other campers were very nice. This campground has mostly seasonal campsites, but does provide about 25 weekender sites. The restaurant is on the property with access to a boat launch and boat slips. The surprise was that a commuter train runs along the campground (often). Otherwise it is a very peaceful stay. Not alot of activities if you are traveling with small children. We would come again for a lazy quiet weekend.
07/2008
rating [ 2/10 ]
The Website for this campground was deceiving. The campground does have a pool, but you have to walk across a street to have access. The campground is in need of a major cleanup and update. Most of the permanent sites were ancient and in complete disrepair. This added to the unsightly appearance to the park. The restrooms and shower houses are OLD. I think this adds to the opinion that they were disgustingly dirty. The park employee have their own bathrooms and shower stalls. Maybe their's were much cleaner!? We camped with friends, so we had two sites. Both were entirely under water after a rain. We could not stay the second night, the fear of West Nile was too great! We needed a raft to get from one site to another, or to even get to dry ground. Always a good rule, don't believe what you see on a website...always look for the reviews of other campers, especially those with your type of camping vehicle.
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