We stayed a week here and really enjoyed ourselves. Our site was near the play area and close to the store. The pool was really nice and clean. We walked along the river tent sites, but the mosquitoes were unbearable! Tubing on the river was pretty mellow, but a bit long for our young kids. Location was nice for day trips to the cities.
Very well kept campground with spacious sites and lots for the kids to do. Nice playground on the property and the campground is right on Ely Lake, with a nice beach and a fishing dock. Wi-Fi is available, but you need to be close to the office to get it. Paved trail goes right by the campground, which is great for biking, inline skating, etc.
We like this campground because of the big sites and privacy. The campground is new, so they don't have showers/bathrooms yet. They do have a dump site, but no water hooked up there yet. Not sure about the pump service. We spoke with one seasonal guest who said he pumps himself out, as it never seems to get done when he asks. There isn't a playground, but lots of kids biking and playing with the big sites. The lake is across the highway from the campground, which is a little inconvenient, but there's a beautiful public beach there. Location is nice with Island Lake and Boulder Lake right nearby, as well as many other lakes within minutes. A short drive/bike from the campground, you'll find a couple of bars/restaurants, an ice cream shop, and a convenience store with gas and groceries.
We used to stay here quite often and I have to say that it's gone downhill. Our day started off getting yelled at by the manager because one of our campers wasn't parked straight! After that was fixed, we did our best to jockey the other campers into the cramped spots taking special care not to be out of alignment! The sites were very uneven and we had to use many blocks to be level. Our site on the lake was in between 2 other lake sites. Because of the way we had to park and the size of the sites, we couldn't back up our truck to leave until the camper next to us left. Also, because of the lot sizes, we had to park our vehicles at another location in the campground. We usually use our truck as extra storage, so this was a bit of an inconvenience. While here, we looked at a site that we used to stay at, and found that it has since been split into 2 sites! If you stay here, remember to bring your quarters so you can shower, and bring an extra buck or two to buy purple garbage bags, or you'll be forced to take your garbage home with you. One thing that really upset me is that one of the manager's seasonal campers doesn't apparently have to follow the rules of keeping his dog on a leash. One morning, while he was sitting on the deck with the managers, his dog went down and did it's business on the beach where the kids play. No consequences. Oh yeah, don't let your teenage kids be seen walking after 10pm. Ours were walking from one of our sites to another, and the cops were called on them. On a positive side, the officer was super nice and we ended up talking with him for a half hour about Northern Minnesota hockey! My advice, stay at the Point. Much nicer and less money!
No sewer hookups unless you're seasonal, but I heard they do have honey-pot service. The site we were given was a little awkward, as the area was shared with the camper next to us. If we had stayed here, our doors would have been facing each other and our awnings would have almost touched. Since we had friends staying the same time, we doubled up in their site. The bathrooms and showers were clean. The beach is perfect for kids, as you can go way out and it's only 2-3 feet deep. Although, a lot of local non-campers came by, which made the beach area very crowded. One group was smoking marijuana on the beach and another group was smoking cigarettes while floating out on the lake. We kind of hoped a campground worker would check on the beach area once in a while, but we never saw them. The place has a store with snacks, gifts, etc, and all the staff was very nice. If you forget anything, there's a convenience store just a mile down the road.
This place has potential to be an excellent place. It has a store, game room, indoor pool, and lots of trees. However, the place had some downfalls. We had to be extremely patient with the lady checking us in. Our group had 5 sites reserved together, but she kept trying to put my family in another site on the other side of the campground. After about 15 minutes, we finally were able to go to our site, which seemed like it wasn't ready for the season. It wasn't cleared as far as it should have been. The long grass was almost right up to the fire pit, and we literally had a stream running through our site when it would rain. The indoor pool is a neat idea, but it was extremely gross, slimy and moldy. They had fire truck rides that seemed very unsafe with kids hanging off the sides. They said there was Wi-fi, but we weren't able to pick it up at our site. The line for the dump station could only handle a few vehicles, and not wanting to block the road, we ended up dumping when we got back to our hometown. All in all, we had a good time, but I'm not sure the place was worth the money.
I've heard new management is making the place nicer, but we've had issues in the past with gross bathrooms, having to share water with multiple sites, and extremely wet sites when camping in the rain. There are nice bike trails, both off-road and the Munger Trail nearby. They have an area to pull your boats up on shore, but you have to awkwardly walk through sites to get there. May stay again if we hear things continue to get better.
We've stayed many nights here and have always enjoyed ourselves. On the downside, there's not much available to keep kids entertained. They do have a pool table, some board games and puzzles. They have a playground, but it's not much. They also have a swingset by one of the ponds. The big pond has some canoes, a row boat, and a pedal boat, plus a dock that you can catch small panfish, perch, and bass. We caught some northern pike in one of the other ponds. Bathrooms are clean, but only one stall and one shower. Sites are very roomy, but not private. It's very open and can also be pretty windy. The owners are very nice and accommodating. Most campers seem to be seasonal, long-term, and full-timers. Will definitely stay again.