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07/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
A great location for a campground - a beautiful lake, plenty of hiking trails, and some fascinating history to learn about in the area. We took advantage of a geocaching class held while we were there, and went to look for one of the caches hidden in the park. However, significant storm damage in the park from a few weeks back resulted in a huge pile of bulldozed trees being deposited on the cache site, and we were unable to extricate it. Considering this is Minnesota, we were expecting to be eaten alive by mosquitoes while sitting around the campfire, but were pleasantly surprised at the lack of biting bugs. The bathrooms are great - updated and very clean, which was notable because the campground was packed while we were there. In addition to taking advantage of the park itself, our family enjoyed learning about the local history (1862 Sioux Uprising) and traveling to nearby Walnut Grove to visit the site where Laura Ingalls Wilder's family had a dugout on Plum Creek. The downsides to this campground: the sites were really packed closely together, at least where we were camped at site 19. Our site was difficult to back into and had a big, muddy puddle at its entrance that was still holding quite a bit of water after three days. The electrical outlet was positioned oddly at our site, and the fire pit was so close to our camper, we had some ash burn a hole in our canvas. Or maybe that was ash from the fire in the next campsite, which was immediately outside our windows on the other side!
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We only stayed one night, but wish our visit could have been longer! This campground was easy to navigate. Our site (like most) was spacious and very level. The beach was absolutely gorgeous, although quite crowded during our visit. The only downside was the bathrooms - the stainless steel used for the sinks and counter tops accumulated persistent puddles and didn't seem very clean, although there wasn't any noticeable trash or filth. We definitely want to come back for a multi-night visit.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
A friendly campground with great owners who take you to your site and help you back in. Owners also take the time to make recommendations about what to do and not to do in the nearby area, which was helpful. The campground was very well maintained, with nice landscaping. We all loved the pool, which was clean and well-kept and a godsend during the very hot and humid weather we experienced while there. The bathrooms were also clean, well-kept and cheery. Room for improvement: you can't select your site when you make your reservation, which means you are at the mercy of the owners when it comes to where you will camp. The campground seems to cater primarily to motor homes. We had one of the few tent trailers at the campground during our stay, and were given a spot with a steep uphill incline. The limestone/gravel rock on the site, combined with the incline, made backing in tricky. The sites are relatively small. The bathroom showers have barely a stream of water, supposedly in regards to conservation of natural resources, but this seems an unfair disadvantage to those who don't have showers in their campers. We would camp here again if we were staying in the area.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Wonderfully large, pull-through lots. Despite a significant amount of rain while we were at this campground, there was a noticeable lack of puddles and bugs. The towering oaks with the hanging Spanish moss are impressive. Bathrooms were OK, not great - they could use some updating. The park was less than half full when we arrived early on a Friday afternoon, and there were still many empty spots over the weekend, so July is apparently not their busy season. It was about half an hour drive from the campground to fabulous Tybee Beach, where our family spent quite a bit of time. I'd camp here again, but my husband wants something closer to the ocean if we are going to spend that much time on the beach.
07/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very well maintained, friendly campground. Our site was wide, level, and very shaded. The fire pit was the best we've had at any campground. The bathrooms are clean, relatively new, and have plenty of hot water. The main building had a variety of activities, and there were a couple playgrounds and a volleyball area. The staff is GREAT, very friendly, and helpful. Quiet time after 10:30 p.m. (and before) is the norm, and campers generally respect the posted speed limit of 5 mph. The only two reasons we don't give this campground a perfect 10 is the road noise and the pool's small size and location. With the campground being directly adjacent to the very busy Hwy 42, the noise from the passing cars is constant throughout the day and well into the night. The pool looked bigger in the pictures - in reality it is smaller than many residential pools - and is situated right next to the entrance and just a short distance from the highway traffic. However, with all the positives this campground presents, the negatives are minor in comparison. Definitely warrants return visits!
07/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Great campsites - spacious, wooded, flat. NO mosquitoes, which is very unusual for Minnesota. We didn't believe the "noticeable lack of mosquitoes" claim and packed plenty of bug spray for hiking, but didn't use it at all, not even in the woods or after sundown. Our older son (13) enjoyed the beautiful and challenging hiking trails, but some of them were not safe for our younger children. Beach was sandy, but water looked unappealing. Only one of the shower buildings has been renovated, but it was accessible to most campsites in the upper campground. We plan on making this campground an annual destination.
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