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Has a nice sand beach with clear water for swimming, as well as a pool area that are both great for the kids. There’s also a few animals that you can go over and feed if you like. It was mostly quiet when we went, which was a very good thing. As long as you find a spot that’s not too close to the office, you’re good. If you’re too close, the dance parties that they host can get a bit loud, but are still fun for the kids to drain some energy.
Stayed here at site D for two nights - the site was great, with gorgeous views of the Mississippi, tons of different birds coming by, and just enough room for our giant tent and a couple of hammocks. Even got a nice view of the milky way! The site is maybe 200 feet or so from the parking, and there are big plastic wheelbarrows you can use to haul your gear. The park had the perfect number of trails for us to tackle with our 5 and 10 year old, but not much else to do (which was fine with us). We did end up doing a short canoe trip on the Grant River which was also great. There's an agricultural museum across the way, but was closed due to covid. There were a lot of trains, but that never really bothered me - but it was noticeable if you're sensitive to that kind of thing.
A group of us stayed at Boot Lake campground in the end of July. Normally this campsite takes reservations but for 2020 it’s strictly first come, first serve. We lucked out and managed to snag one of the better sites (#14) on the lake. While there are roughly 8 actual lake sites, if you’re there to go canoeing or kayaking, 13-16 are probably the best options for that, though there were several motor boats tied up along the shore of some of the other sites. Be aware the lake is very popular for water activities so if you’re looking for a calm quiet location for fishing or canoeing, you’re mostly limited to mornings and evenings.
There is a trail that goes along the lakeshore and if you follow it going clockwise, you’ll find a rope swing for jumping in to the lake.
Fair warning, both campsites we were at had poison ivy around them so watch out. Also they have just finished clean up following the storm in 2019 so some of the campsites are a bit more open than I imagine was intended, particularly in sites away from the lake. Though there was a lot of standing water and a fairly large swamp across the road, mosquitoes were not bad at all.
Overall, it’s a great campground and we would return.
What a gorgeous state park! From the moment you enter, you are in awe of the landscape. Trees tower above you as you drive through the park. For this particular trip, we reserved group sites A and B. They each have concrete pads for 3 campers and TONS of space to spread out and/or set up tents. Non-flush toilets in between the two sites on opposite side of the campsites. Each have electric for each pad, and there is water that can be pumped on each group site. We didn’t have group site C, but that one only had a pad for 1 camper and was a smaller area. Group sites are close to the beach and boat launch. Water was refreshing and there is a small beach area. Beautiful hiking trails, but watch out for the biting deer flies as the sun goes down! Three kids got attacked in one of the trails and had huge welts and lots of tears. May have been an isolated incident, as everyone else was ok. Overall, I would highly recommend this state park and group sites!
This county park hits all the important stuff. Great sites. Electric sites. Nice restrooms with flush toilets/showers. Store. Fireword on site. Clear water for swimming and no motorized boats. Playground, sand volleyball court. On the ice age trail. Bike trails. Near ATV trails and they offer disc golf. Ill be back here for sure.