We needed an overnight stop around St. Louis and thought we would try this one. What a delight. Just off the interstate, easy in / out. We arrived at about 7pm on Saturday night, and Connie met us as we pulled in. Check in was easy, and Connie walked us to our site. Sites were level, clean, and there are plenty of signs to direct you how to get in /out. Nice garden spots, nice gazebo, well landscaped. Surprisingly quite for being as close to the highway as it was. Did not see the tomato plants as everyone had spoke of, but I am sure they were there somewhere. The campground is about 25 minutes NE of St. Louis and if you are looking for a nice little campground close to St. Louis and on the same side of town as Gateway Speedway, this is a great choice. good wifi at sites as well.
Big campground, kid friendly, semi close to town, lots of activities. We stayed in a newer part of the campground (site 114) and there was very little shade, very small trees. Sites were good size and pull thru. We had many family members there from all over U.S. and needed camp sites, cabins, and hotel rooms. This was one of the very few in the Dells that offered all this. Great playground and swimming pool. Good game room. Interesting walk up outdoor theater. Fishing pond needs some attention as it was more of a breading ground for mosquitoes than a fishing pond, needs attention. Trash cans at each site. This campground gave me the feeling of a retirement village with many campers being year round with porches, etc. If you are looking for a quiet campground, this is not the place for you. Lots of golf carts running around. I think if you want a waterfront river site, it may be next to impossible. I would have rated the campground higher, but I prefer my campgrounds a little less crowded. At full capacity, we were told they can jam in 5000 campers. Find that a little hard to believe, but it is a big campground, a little to big for me. They sell show tickets at the front desk for a slight discount, but bring cash as they do not accept credit cards for show tickets. Hmmm...what is up with that?
We stayed here with several other campers coming in from all around the U.S. We needed sites together as well as two rental campers. West Bay was very helpful and gave recommendations for rental camper places, and grouped us all together. The wifi is only accessible from close proximity to the main office. Campground is heavily wooded, almost too wooded as it was a little difficult navigating big rigs thru the campground. Behind out campsite was a house with a rooster with a messed up alarm clock. Started crowing at 4:00am. Also, just across the road from the campground was a dog kennel. Not too much barking at night, but during the day, you know when it was feeding time. I would have given this campground a higher score, but when we arrived to check in, there was not a proper place to park our camper while registering. When we parked in the most obvious safe place to park, we were met by a very rude man shouting "YOU CAN'T PARK THAT THERE!" There were no signs directing to where we could park. Not a good impression. That guy would not have even made a good greater at Wal-Mart. First impressions are lasting impressions. Campground is relatively close to town / WM in case you forgot something.
The previous posts were right, this park is wonderful. If it would have had larger shade trees, I would have rated it a 10. We were looking for an overnight stop between Florida and Arkansas. I had read the posts and decided to take a chance. This is easily the cleanest state park we have stayed in. Bathrooms - wonderful. Playground - wonderful. Sites, most are back ins, but very easy to back in to. Someone with some obvious knowledge of RV's had a hand in designing this campground. One section had available handicap sites that were very large, very wonderful. Unfortunately, we only stayed over night and did not get a chance to check out the reservoir. This is obviously one of Louisiana's best kept secrets.
Great out of the way park. Only about a quarter mile off highway 412. All sites are level, paved, with cement pads. Only about 10 sites are full hook ups with sewer. Remaining sites have electric and water hook ups. Very clean campground. No swimming facilities, but there is a great hiking trail that takes you into a small canyon where there is a nice natural falls and a catch and release fishing area. Camp ground hosts are very nice and every other site has a street light for security. I would have rated this campground a ten, but only a quarter mile away is a race track that holds races on Saturday nights which you can clearly hear even with windows closed until well into the night. I do not mind the sound of horsepower, but some may not like this. Campground has a very nice playground and large field for flying kites, playing ball, or whatever. All sites are shaded and many are pull thru sites.
Called ahead to reserve a site. Was able to reserve a site, but not able to "pick" which site we wanted. The friends we were traveling with has an asthmatic child, so we did not want to be on one of the gravel roads. Upon pleading, they said they would see what they could do. We arrived 8:00PM Friday night and office was closed. I had called earlier and they said they would leave directions to our sites. When we arrived, there were no directions. We were forced to grab two remaining sites in the back that were on a gravel road. Upon discussing with the manager the next morning, they moved us to two interior sites with full hookups. Campground was relatively clean, bathrooms clean, and the campground is centrally located in Memphis, but entrance is very hard to see even in the daylight. The Memphis airport is a couple miles away and the FedEx jets woke us up each morning at 4:30am. If the noise of the city does not bother you (sirens, cars, gun shots), you would enjoy this campground. It is right behind the Graceland ticket center, so that is very convenient. Got funny looks from neighbors when kids were playing in the street. Got the feeling kids were not welcome.
We had done extensive research on camping in Door County as this was an area we were completely unfamiliar with. As it turned out, this was a perfect choice for us. We camped in site 101 the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend. This campground is very clean, the bathrooms and showers were always very clean. The campground hosts were very accommodating and showed concern on us being comfortable. Campground had heated pool (but was not prepared yet as it was early in the season), small playground, game room with WiFi, small general store, "the best free popcorn in Door County" every night, some shaded spots with mature trees as well as an area that is big rig friendly with small to no trees and pull thru. The quaint downtown of Baileys Harbor is only a short walk down the road and the entire area has a small town feel. No Wal-Marts here. this side of the peninsula is the "quiet side". The other side of the peninsula is more tourist-like, and only a 15 minute drive with the tow vehicle. The only thing I did not like about the campground was that when we pulled into the campground entrance to register, we had to swing back thru the campground, exit thru the entrance, and re-enter thru the exit in order to back into our site. This may have been only akin to site 101, but it was not a big deal and the campground host lead us the entire way in her golf cart. The week before Memorial Day the area has tours of the area lighthouses. The county has plenty of fish boils, fish frys, wineries, marinas, and hiking and biking trails. Washington Island is a "must see" and a short ferry ride with your bike or vehicle. We stayed here in May 2006 and will stay there again. Other campgrounds in the Baileys Harbor area were not this nice and accommodating.