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09/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
Let me preface this by saying that we camped here off season. By off season, I mean after Labor Day. Things tend to shut down in MN after Labor Day. If you want mature shade trees and a great view of the lake, book a site adjacent to the lake. These sites do not have cable TV, however, if that's important to you. We chose the lake over the cable. The "inland" sites have cable. There is only one restroom, so if you plan on using it, keep that in mind when you book. Otherwise, it would be a pretty far walk from some of the sites to the restrooms. The playground was fine. Also available are shuffleboard and sand volleyball. The scenery is very beautiful. Some negatives were the pool and hot tub heaters being broken and unavailable for use. The bathrooms were also not cleaned the entire time we were here. There were old shampoo bottles and dirty underwear in the shower stalls. Worse, the lights in the bathroom are on a motion detector. I was the only one in the restroom while taking a shower and the lights went out on me midway through my shower. Shower in the morning when some light comes in through the windows, shower really quickly or bring a friend to keep moving while you shower. Finally, the sites are extremely close together, so much so, that the lake sites have their picnic tables at the end of the campsite rather than in between campers. The mini golf course is a bit run down. Our balls kept getting stuck in mud and in broken PVC pipes. The owners were very, very nice. They gave the kids a free ride on their little train to make up for the pool being closed. They also helped us back into our site: a service I haven't experienced elsewhere. Campers who have come here more often tell me there's more staff during peak season, so I suspect the bathroom cleanliness concern would not be an issue. I'm definitely willing to try coming here again, but I will come during peak season.
09/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is about the nicest municipal park and campground anywhere. There are so many things to do here. This is the perfect campground for a long weekend because the kids never get bored. Park activities include: bike and surrey rental, swim beach, five playgrounds, mini golf, bumper boats, go-karts, paved trails, small zoo and Story Book Land. The campground office is very nice. The camping cabins back up against a small duck pond. Story Book Land is free! The grounds are immaculate. The restrooms are clean. There are two restrooms, both situated in the middle of the campground, so they're not too far from any of the campsites. Tip: If you want mature trees on your campsite, select a site on the south end. The other sites do have trees which provide some shade, but they're not as big. The campsites are also fairly close together, so choose an end site if you want more privacy. All in all, this was by far and away the best family campground we went to this summer.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
If you're looking for a place to get away from it all, this is not the campground for you. If you're seeking scenic beauty, this is not the place for you. If you're looking for a place to entertain your kids, then this is the place to be. This park offers lots of kids' activities: wagon rides with Yogi, crafts, contests, pool/hot tub, two playgrounds, mini golf and a jumping pillow. You are escorted to your campsite. Your garbage is picked up if you leave your bag next to the road. Grounds are immaculate. Cannot comment on the restrooms because I did not use them. Staff was friendly. Plenty of things to do in nearby Sioux Falls. Negatives: No storm shelter, pool is too small for the number of campsites and there is traffic noise from adjacent I-90. Tips: Do not book a site in the southernmost row. This is the closest row to the interstate. It is also lacking in mature trees (unlike the other rows) and is the lowest lying should heavy rain hit. Our kids enjoyed themselves, so we will return.
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