We had a great time! Yes there is a huge power plant across the lake but it didn’t bother us much. We had a water view site #032 loop B and there are many more. If you want to avoid the view of the power plant a bit , pick water edge site 25,26,27.
We were able to put our kayaks in right at our site and swim in the lake too. Nice trees for our hammock . There is a hike along the lake that leads to a waterfall where we could swim. Visited Hot Springs National Park, and this is a nice campground that is nearby.
It all starts at Grayton Beach state park with having several sites with water view on Western lake . We were able to put our kayaks in right off the site. We would definitely go back. However be advised that in September 2018 to 2019 , a full year, the older half of the camp ground is being “upgraded”. They are putting in sewers and they are not sure what else. We loved it just how it was so … fingers crossed…When we stayed, there was only one other tenter and the rest were RV’s. Plenty of green space between each site in the old section but the newer area not so much. Im hoping that remains unchanged.
So much to do in the area . Special Dune walks, beach, town with great shopping and restaurants . Sites and bathroom facilities are well maintained by friendly volunteers.
We visited in January and there was a cold snap but still pleasant during the day.
We originally were going to stay in the Badlands national park but the weather turned cold so we decided to switch since fires are not allowed in the National park. Pro: This campsite was close enough to everything of interest. We did get up early and drove 1 hour and 45 minutes to the Badlands for sunrise. Spectacular! We did Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse monument another day and a third day hiking and checking out the local waterfalls.
The camp sites are very close together ( no privacy) but people were quiet and respectful. There is a lovely creek you can sit by and enjoy. Facilities clean . Management is friendly and laid back. The laid back was a con for us as dogs were allowed to be off leash inspite of the 6 foot leash rule. That was not good for our small dog when a large dog ran over to check out my dogs food. (The loose dog owners loved it!)
This state park Is only 20 minutes from home and we love spending time there. Almost every campsite is close to the water. Our site had kayak access and that was a real bonus. It is a spotless facility. Evan in August it was not crowded .
We chose Chain O Lakes because we enjoy kayaking and with 7 lakes connected by small tributaries this fit the bill. Also it is 30 miles from Shipshawana where the Amish have a flea market and auction (Tuesdays & Wednesday) . Rangers were helpful and delivered firewood to our site daily. Bathrooms could use a bit of paint but were clean enough. We were there during the week and had he place to ourselves. All in all it was a fun stop on our way to Colorado.
There is so much to do …or you can do nothing at all. Folks have mentioned a lot in the reviews I have read, so I'll just tell you my favorite "don't miss" thing to enjoy. When you are on the beach near the camp sites, and facing the water, go left and walk along the coast about a half hour + or -. You will come to a most spectacular beach spot. You'll know it when you get there. We had kayaked the other side of the island all morning going along the coast to mangroves where we shared the water with manatee and an alligator so we got a late start to the beach. It was 4:00 pm. We stayed till sunset, 8:00pm. I won't tell you everything so you can discover it for yourselves but don't miss it . It made the trip for us. Bring your head lap for the walk back. The camp site beach can be very populated but here we had it all to our selves. Spectacular! Btw we each had our own thermacell bug repelent device. Works great and is a must have. We were bug free but other campers were eaten alive, hundreds of bites.