Been going here my entire life. Amazing small town feel with cute shops, family activities, world's largest glacier groves, shallow beach and fun history. The park is always clean and we'll kept. A lot of shaded sites and waterfront sites that are right on the water. No city lights and being in the middle of the lake means lots of stars, the sounds of water and being so dark you can barely see. Awesome place to explore. Wifey says the bathrooms were above average (most important for her). HIGHLY recommend going at least once.
First notes… you have to take a ferry to the camp ground. Kelley’s Island Ferry in Marblehead. It is a few miles to camp ground so if you are renting and don’t bring a vehicle you will want to rent a golf cart. You can bring a car to the island.
The camp ground is away from the downtown(think small) a few restaurants and a general store and market.
Now for the campground. It is great right on Lake Erie. Most space have at least one tree. The tent only area has lots of shade. The bathrooms are relatively clean. The folks who oversee are actively there working on things. Cleaning marking reserved spots. You can reserve a spot ahead and I would absolutely do that during season. The island has space to launch kayaks a boat dock. Plenty of hiking bring your bike to see the whole thing via peddle power. There is a brewery and winery.
Beautiful scenery. Located right on the water, with beautiful views of Lake Erie. Well maintained campground, although the bathrooms had limited number of toilets. I usually had to wait to get a stall. You can rent a golf cart, but I took my bicycle and everything was a short ride away. It’s a very quiet island; especially during the week, which is when I went. If you want more shopping and nightlife, consider Put-in-Bay. But Kelley’s Island is a perfect quiet getaway.
Lots to do on an island for 2 nights. Beach with kayaks at campground. Trails, cute downtown with KeyWest island vibe.
If you like boating, camping and drinking, this is the place for you. Never a doll moment on Kelly's island. Nice facilities and great people.
- it is only about 20 years old and in good repair, clean, well kept, friendly, and close.
- it has its own beach,
- it has a boat ramp
- fishing is great
- shipwreck diving right around the corner
- in town bakery is very good
Cute island for a 3 days runaway!
The campgrounds are quite large, and as it was quite late in the season for camping we had a lot of space to ourselves. The campsites are located close to one another, and there is little tree cover between the sites which could potentially make for a less enjoyable experience at busier times of the year. The bathroom has pretty nice showers, though I would recommend showering in the evening (the water runs quite cold in the morning).
Our site looked out across the water which made for quite a different camping experience than my usual, but it was a beautiful experience that I would greatly recommend. The island really has something to offer for everyone, and the ferry ride over is something worth experiencing for those who don't have the opportunity very often.
The campgrounds are located next to some Glacial grooves which were quite interesting to see, and as the island is not very large, you're not far away from everything else either.
Clean facilities, nice shower houses. Store across the street for misc forgotten items. Beach is nice and shallow for kids with a long walkout pier for fishing. About 1.5 miles from downtown.
Sites are generally larger than many state parks.
Remember that your Golden Buckeye card gets you half off on weekdays.
Disappointed to hear that two of the prime lakefront sites will have cabins built on them in the near future!