Debra M.

The Dyrt Pro

Bloomingdale, IL

Joined August 2020

Close to Visitor Center, Trails and food

Loved  this place.  Less than 10 minute walk to the Visitor Center, restaurant, ice cream shop and camp store.  US Post Office on site will stamp your mail with the Mammoth Cave cancellation stamp.  Many sites are drive through, no electric or water at site, lots of trees so little solar power collection.  Large sites with space between. The caves are not fully open with COVID but the self guided tour was great.  Rangers around to answer questions.  Hiking paths are of every type, easy paved to  high rugged.  Wild life is mostly white tail deer, squirrels, chipmunks and birds.  Easily could spend a week here.

Quiet naturalist preserve

Nine lakes, seven connected by water ways. Many trails with ratings from easy to  rugged, distances of 1 mile to  4 miles and many of them cross to  make your hike longer.  Many campsites with some space between, but if the park was full, would be crowded.  Very friendly rangers and well kept park.

Many lakeside sites, extra long drives for boat trailers, quiet and scenic

Rend Lake is a large COE recreation area with 4 campgrounds, some with full hook ups for $28 a night, two dams, 2 beaches, several boat launches, a marina, golf course and a restaurant.  Not all facilities were open when we visited in March.  Hiking and biking trails and close to town for gas and bait.  Each site has a stone picnic table and fire ring.  Showers, bathrooms and  playgrounds in multiple places and convenient locations.  Some sites do have steep grade, originally booked Bluejay 48 and moved.

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233504?tab=seasons

Convenient with Full Hook Ups

We stayed here for 5 nights and enjoyed how easy it was to walk or bike ride to the South Rim.   In non-Covid times there are shuttle buses from the campground to the rim and other locations.  There is a market within walking distance to the campground.   It snowed about 5 inches while we were there and the roads and sites were plowed frequently.  The shower house walkway was always clear.  The trash is easily accessible and emptied at least twice a day.  Having water, sewer and electric at the site was very helpful for the five day stay.  Elk were sited in the campground as well.

Hidden Gem

This RV park is 6 miles from the entrance of Mesa Verde and is open before and after the other parks in the area.   It is well maintained and a very short walk to a great town, the town you wished you grew up in   We were literally standing on the corner when the mayor came up to us and asked how she could help up.   The bakery has the best food as do the other restaurants in town.  We spent a day just walking around town.

Views for Miles

We stayed here the first week o f November 2020. Not all sites were open and the park was not crowded at all. The bathrooms were open and the weather was beautiful. The sites are all pull through and private. We had lots of space behind us to stretch out in. A picnic table was also placed in a space where shade would be provided on a concrete slab. Electric and water at the site and a dump station at the exit.

One time is not enough

Been here several times and still haven't see it all.   National Parks Campground a bike ride away from the beach.  At the intersection of the road to the campground and State Route 12 there is a restaurant, camp store, gas station and a church.  The campground does not have water or electric at sites.  There are water pumps near the dumpsters through out the campgrounds.  The sites are a good space apart.  In summer the leaves on the trees make the sites private.   In the fall the park is less crowded.  The Indiana Dunes are  very large.  There are bike routes in the area and stopping points to look at birds and marsh lands.   In 2019 the rangers had a number of programs and shuttle bus between the campground and the beach and learning center.   None of  these were available in 2020 as a result of COVID.

Beautiful Lake with Many Trails

Great park with a beautiful lake, snack shop, boat rentals, fishing piers and hiking trails.  Several loops for spots some close to camp store and lake.  Paved walking and bike riding trails.  Great for bird watching.

Very Close to Lake Geneva

WI State Campground that needs a vehicle pass to enter.  Not very large, fishing pond was very dirty and did not see any fish.  Lots of picnic tables near the front of the park with views of the lake.   This part of the lake is shallow and many party boats anchor near the shore.  If  you are looking for nature and quiet this is not the place, but if you like parties you will enjoy.  Several places to eat within walking distance.

Spaces are not consistent, some very large and shaded and some smaller and crowded.  Short trails in the park to hike.   Stayed in many parks in WI, I would not return to this one.

Many different areas in one location

This campground in is a WI State Park.  The campground is up a hill with a trail to walk to the lake.  We were here in September 2020 and COVID cancelled programs, but still lots  to do for 4 days.  Some sites are all the same. They vary in size and how level they are.  Not all site are electric and that contributes to the price variance. There is also a change in price depending on WI residency.   This is one of our favorite parks - plenty of trails, beach, lake, fishing spots and a dam.  We brought our bikes, but did not ride because of slopes of roads.  If you mountain bike you will love this park.