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We stayed at site 197 from Wednesday to Sunday for our third trip to the Patoka campground. By far the best location as we had a trail from our site directly to a rocky beach on the lake. Frankly, site 200 is the penultimate site on this loop with copious amounts of space and two trails to the lake from the site. Being only three sites down, it was not a bad walk. Small bluffs and large rocks there make a perfect perch to watch lake traffic, amazing sunsets and breathtaking views of the night sky. We could see just about all the stars. It’s a bit of a hike to the bathrooms and even more so to the showers and it’s a solid hike with two 5 year olds to the playground. Going forward, these will be the first sites we check.
As first time campers, we went with relatives with camping experience. They have a trailer camper and we got adjacent sites, their RV in one and our tents in the other.
The sites were clean and well-shaded. There was lots of room for camp chairs around the fire, as well as for the younger kids to run around. They reported an easy time parking and hooking up their camper.
The bathrooms and showers were very clean and well maintained.
There were fun trails to hike on that were enjoyed by all, including kids and dogs.
Everyone we met seemed so friendly, something that we honestly were a little worried about being Asian-American city folk venturing into the woods in the middle of nowhere.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience that convinced us to come back and keep camping.
Nice large campground… most sites are very nice! Electric hookups only… fresh water fill as you enter and spigots throughout the park to top off if you have enough hose… Marina has boats and toys to rent… dump station has 4 lanes… cell reception is ok and antenna tv is pretty good… a couple of bars/restaurants right outside the gate to the park along with a local winery… gas station with lots of camping and boating supplies
This is a great campground. It deserves the 5 I gave it. We stayed in site 21 which was right on the lake. All the lake front spots seem to have a good amount lakefront footage. We probably had at least 40 feet. They have both vault toilets and flush toilets in the shower buildings. All the campsites I saw weee pretty level. They all seemed to be pretty shady as well. The beach area was huge and there were a lot of playgrounds. Overall there was nothing bad to report. If you want to rent one of the kayaks, get to the office right at 8 or they will be gone for the day
This place is run by Kerry on hipcamp. He is very kind and welcoming to all. He has firewood for purchase and will set up your fire for free with his propane torch, which was very helpful for us after a rainstorm. The forest is beautiful and we had no problems with ticks or mosquitoes while sleeping in our hammocks. The whole place felt safe and perfect for relaxation in the woods.
We came here in 2017 with a group of friends and camped in the primitive camping area. It was an awesome set up and we had a great time. We went around Halloween time so the kids participated in a costume contest, pumpkin decorating contest, and trick or treat. The water park was a huge hit with the kids as well, even though it was a little chilly out. Definitely recommend to others, very family friendly.
We love this area for roughing it. We usually choose a site far back into the wilderness area. The sites are primitive with no amenities. Tent camping only although there are both hike in and drive up sites in the wilderness area. Great place to get away from it all.