This is a dated campground that could use an updating of facilities. Poorly run. Several full time/long term residents and as such you get the typical full time site "clutter". Sites are close together. If both sites have campers with slides there is only a few feet between. If both have longer rigs it can be a real problem where to park your tow vehicle at your site. We were able to squeeze our truck between our 5er and the trailer next but it left our bumper only a foot from our step and just enough room to walk between our truck and 5er. We pull a 40 ft 5er with 4 slides and only a few sites are accessible due to length of sites and trees between sites. The bathrooms are fairly clean but dated. Now for our personal experience. We made reservations by phone several days in advance. I made sure to notify the place we have a 40 ft 5er with 4 slides and we were assured they could accommodate us. When we arrived the owners had left the 15(?) year old in charge. She couldn't figure out how to operate the credit card. No way we would fit in th assigned site due to length and trees on the sides. The 15 yr old gave us a list of sites that were available and told us to pick one of those and then let her know. We found a site on her list where we could fit and it was just long enough. We informed the girl we had moved to the new site. She replied "That site isn't available." I showed her the list she had given us. She replied "Someone else called in and reserved it." She didn't know how the site had gotten reserved. Suggestions to the owners: Don't leave a kid, especially one who isn't all that bright, in charge of your business. She was representing your business and not doing a very good job of it. We won't be staying there again. There are better campgrounds in the area which are better run and more accommodating.
First the bad: Don't expect Wi-Fi - connection was very weak and inconsistent. It was so poor that it was impossible to make a connection to any website. We never were able to connect. Forget their claimed cable connection. We only received 1 station that was anywhere near watchable. The rest were so snowy and noisy they could not be watched. Over the air stations have good reception and a good number more than what cable offered. Bathrooms were 'sort of' clean. The drain in the shower didn't work. When we removed the mat over the drain we found out why. Hair had accumulate over the drain grating which prevented if from draining. It's obvious that whenever they clean they don't really clean and the mat had not been moved in a long, long time for that much hair to be on the drain. They have a sign right at the entrance to the casino property telling RVers to turn to a particular radio station for directions. By the time you get to the sign you already need to be going in the right direction. Otherwise you need to stop in the road, block any traffic, and listen to the over the air recording telling you where to go. The signs leading to the RV park need to be bigger and placed better where they are more readily seen. Food at the casino restaurant is just OK, but pretty bland and nothing exceptional. The good: Sites are level. Nice concrete pads. Grass well kept. Overall, if you're hooked on casinos then you really don't have a lot of options in this part of the state so this will work. It's OK as a stop over when traveling thru the area.
Very clean park. Bathrooms are some of the cleanest we've seen anywhere. Sites are fairly level and only required minimal spacing on one side. Concrete pads with rock edges. We did notice some street noise. Across the street is also a bar that held a couple of outside parties with loud motorcycles.
Very clean park. Sites are concrete pads and level. Water view is actually a pond. Registration was done by telephone, numbers posted at entrance. It appears most of those at this park are extended stay although, they keep their sites very neat and clean.
If going to 6 Flags or if you want to stay outside the St Louis rush then forget KOA and forget Jellystone. Pin Oak is the right campground and for about 1/2 the price. Very friendly helpful folks. Sites were clean, well shaded, and level. No highway noise. Both bathrooms could use some updating. The bathhouse next to the pool got a lot of use and seemed to always been in need of a good cleaning. The bathroom next to the office had AC and was cleaner. Trailer Life rated the bathrooms as an 8*. That is a bit high. Maybe a 7 (no star) but they were OK. Water pressure and voltage was good. Connections were at the middle of your site which was convenient. Our TV reception was limited but got enough channels to keep up on the news and weather. The first day we were able to connect to the WiFi for free. The 2nd day the free WiFi was not available. It forced me to register again and the free was grayed out. Don't know if it was the website, if I was doing something wrong, or if you only got 1 day free. Didn't matter that much but something to check on if WiFi is important. Word of caution getting to the campground. It doesn't matter if approaching from the east or west, the entrance is on a curve with very limited visibility. Be extra careful that you give plenty of warning to those behind you that you are slowing and pulling off the highway. When leaving, watch the roadway carefully.
Sites are far enough apart that you don't feel like you're camping right on the next guy. All sites are mostly shaded and some are fully shaded. Nice view of the lake. There is some highway noise from the bay bridge. Cable TV was very poor reception on our site. Most of the time the picture was unwatchable. Not a big problem as we were not here to watch TV, but it would have been nice to get reliable news. We eventually quit trying to depend on a cable picture and switched over to OTA TV. WiFi was slow but reliable. Bathroom/shower house was very clean but somewhat dated with some worn flooring.
Quite a few long term residents here. They appear to be construction type workers from the same company. Hosts were friendly and helpful. Some noise from the interstate and also sounded if there was a drag strip nearby. Neither noise was overly loud but noticeable. We've stayed here before and will again. It's OK for the one night stop-over while traveling.
Avoid this place. It's a dump. Mostly permanent run down trailers many which are not maintained. Also a couple of rows, as closely parked together as possible, that can only be described as "road kills". They were very old dilapidated remains of campers. Bathrooms were DIRTY and rundown. As others have mentioned this is RIGHT ON the railroad tracks. Trains come thru about every 45 minutes and blow their horns. Trailer Life rated this as a 6/6/5. Who ever did the review for TL was very generous.
Lots of full time residents. Campground was clean, but the full time area looked "full time" with the usual clutter that seems to accumulate. It's OK for stopping thru while on the road to somewhere else. We would stay here again.
Quoting the IDNR brochure "Named by Family Circle magazine to be one of the 'Top Twenty Campgrounds in American'..." NOT EVEN CLOSE! Family Circle should stick to printing recipes and home decorations. Clearly, Family Circle knows nothing about campgrounds. The state of IL should be embarrassed not only for using that quote but also by the condition of this campground. Weldon Springs definitely is not one of the top 20 campgrounds in America but what we would rate as one of the 20 worst state owned campgrounds in IL. We've stayed at quite a few of IL's state parks. Weldon Springs is definitely the worst we've stayed at. The sites are very close together. Getting into and out of the sites was a chore unless a person had a small trailer like a pop up. Longer trailers, 5ers, Class A or C could manage but one needed to watch closely when driving or backing for trees, signs, and other close by campers. Our fire ring, which are not moveable, was so close to our camper and the neighbor's camper that to have a fire would have risked scorching both our campers. Had we located further away from our fire ring we would have been so close on the other side to the other neighbor's fire ring that we would have risked scorching on that side. Very few sites are level enough to avoid blocking up one side of the camper. In fact, we didn't see any campers that weren't required to be blocked on one side or the other. We were on one of the more level sites and still had to block one side 4+" just to get level side to side. There are 75 campsites. 1/3 of the sites electrical connections did not work. Although they were suppose to be all electric sites the host admitted due to lack of repairs 25 of the sites electrical connections did not work. We found 2 other sites not listed by the host which also did not work. Even if it were well maintained and cleaned there is no way this campground could or should ever be considered for such ratings by Family Circle or anyone else associated with camping. We drove thru the COE parks a few miles northeast of Weldon Springs on Clinton Lake. The COE sites were well maintained, all were level, some had full hookups, W/S/E, widely spaced, more rural, and overall nice appearance. We will never stay at Weldon Springs again. When in the area we will be staying at one of the COE parks at Clinton Lake.
Very nice regional park. When we called for reservations the host said they had one available because the particular site was "not that good". Site was 2 down from the office, very clean, and more than adequate. We were very satisfied with it. We would recommend this to others and we would stay here again.
Very clean campground. Hosts are very friendly and helpful. They work hard at keeping the campground in good conditions as we saw them all the time cleaning up and maintaining the place. WiFi is only available next to the game room/office. We would stay here again.
Camp sites were OK but not well maintained. Some trash around the site. Shared electrical boxes. Our box had only a 30A and a 20A. If the other spot had taken the 30A outlet then that would have only left the 20A which would not be enough for AC. We got limited WiFi coverage even tho we were close to the office. I tried several places around the park and coverage was no better. Don't depend on WiFi coverage if that's an issue. Water has a very hard mineral taste. Campground hosts were friendly but not attentive to complaints and what we feel was outright lying. Owner's brother and several others stay at the campgrounds in a run down Class C a few sites from the office. (Reminded me of Cousin Eddie in "Vacation".) They turn their radio on at about 10AM every day, place the speaker so it's blaring out a window, and leave it on all day, even when no one is at the campsite and often past 10PM. The radio can be heard 10-15 sites away. We complained to the owner, before we knew it was his brother, and he acted dumb like he didn't know there was a problem and said he didn't know who the person was. Owner said he would talk to security. That night at 10:45 PM, no one was in the campsite and radio still blaring, I talked to security who said the owner had not mentioned any problem. Security said he was just by the site to tell them to turn down the radio but no one was at the site. While talking to security the brother came out of the owner's place and admitted he had left the radio on but didn't think it was a problem. He then turned it down but during the next few days it would be blaring again all day long. Owner still refused to handle the complaint. We will not stay here again due to the lack of customer service and in effect being lied to by the owners.
For active or retired military. Outstanding milcamp. The Blue Angels practice on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 AM and fly their show nearly right over the campground. This campground could probably be rated a 10 as far as cleanliness, site spacing, friendliness of the hosts, facilities, and services.