Jill B.
Marshall, TX
Joined April 2019
Beautiful Hidden Gem

I'm from Texas, and I've never thought, "Let's go to Mineral Wells!".  My daughter who lives in Ft. Worth suggested we go the Lake Mineral Wells State Park for a weekend camping get away.  We wanted to spend the weekend hiking and hanging out at our campsite.  This was the perfect combination. 

We stayed on the Live Oak campground loop which has 30/50 amp/water.  We were lucky to snag the very last spot for the weekend.  Our site was right on the lake on a little 20 foot bluff that was perfect for watching the sunrise and drinking coffee each morning.  We spend our only full day hiking.  We visited the rock climbing area and also hiked to the primitive camping area.  The weather was perfect, blue bird skies and breezy mid-60's.

We felt very safe at this park.  The close the gate at 10 pm and you must have a code to enter after that.  The park host is also a ranger.  He and his wife were directly across from our site.  The whole park seems to be heavily patrolled.  Always a good feeling.  I would recommend camping here!

Woodsy Get Away

Big Bay Town Park We enjoyed our stay on Madeline Island towards the end of June. We stayed in in a travel trailer with our dog on the“modern” side which has electric service and is on the other side of the road from the office. The campsites on the lake side are rustic only. The modern sites are secluded with a good buffer of woods between them. Nice privacy. 

There is no WiFi or cell service, however there is good WiFi at the office. 

There are 30/50 amp hookups, a picnic table and a pad for a tent. There are 2 bathroom facilities with water spigots. The bathrooms are new and well maintained. There is a pretty trail that connects the 2 bathroom buildings. Unfortunately, the shower house is across the road in the office building.$1.75/3 Minutes. 

The staff was very friendly and made sure we had all the information to enjoy our time on the island. Since the weather was pretty rainy, there weren’t a lot of people on the island, so it was very quiet. There were only 4 other campers in modern side, and a few tents on the other side. 

The only thing that was kind of a bummer is that we brought our own kayak, but there really wasn’t a good way to carry the kayak down the many steps to the beach. The park has kayaks for rent on the honor system at the beach. The park parking lot is on a bluff above the beach with steps leading down to the water. The beach was nice to walk on. Our dog loved it. We only ate in town once, but the food was fantastic.

Great Small Campground for Kayaking

Northland Outfitters I stayed here overnight in mid-June to take a kayak trip down the beautiful Manistique River. We decided to come here last minute after seeing it pop up on a Google search. When I called the owner was very nice and told me he had availability for kayaking and camping. Since we have our own kayaks, he suggested we go upstream in our own vehicle and then kayak down to the outfitters, then they would take us back to get our car. It worked out great. The river was up and it was a beautiful ten mile trip which took about 2 hours. 

The campground is wooded and spacious. Maybe 14 or 15 sites. There is electric, but no water at individual campsites, which is typical of the U.P. There is a convenient spigot to fill the fresh water tank on our travel trailer on the way in. No dump on site. Our campsite#10 was only a few feet from the river and had a perfect view. There are fire rings, picnic tables, a BBQ grill and WiFi. There is a camp store with everything you need. There is also a cute restaurant that serves great comfort food just down the street. This was a fun place to stop and camp. I would definitely recommend if you need a spot for the night and/or want to kayak or canoe the river.

Nice park in a Pretty Setting

Stayed here for 5 nights while attending an equestrian event at the Kentucky Horse Park. The staff at the park are really helpful & friendly.  We had a little mishap with our RV (our fault, not theirs), and the staff was nice to try to help us sort it out.  The sites are gravel and most are not level, but not too bad.  There is all manner of leveling going on!  There seem to be some full-time residents.  The ones next to us were friendly.

The park is well-maintained. The grass is mowed regularly and everything looks neat and tidy. 

The park has A LOT of capacity.  The spaces are very close together. There is not much space for parking your tow vehicle.

A nice park to spend the night after longs days touring around the area.

Beautiful setting near lake, restaurants and groceries

We stayed at this campground in late July 2017. The sites are first come first serve. We got lucky and snagged a great site for our 41' 5th wheel just as someone was getting ready to leave. The campground was totally full. There is water and electric only. But, there is a pump truck you can contract with to pump your tanks as needed. We have only planned to stay for 2 days, but because the setting was so nice, we stayed for 7 nights! Definitely one of our favorite camping experiences. Lake Superior feels like an ocean.

We will definitely try to make it back one day!

Newly Renovated - Beautiful

I just visited the park for the first time since the renovations have been completed. The park was closed for three months, re-opening in December 2018. Many people consider Caddo State Park to be the nicest park in the system.

It's really nice. There a some sites directly on the water. There are also really nice full hookup sites for RV's that are pull-through.

Local news story on the renovations:


Very high-end class A Resort

We have spent six weeks at this park for the last 6 years. We attend a horse show circuit near by. It is the creme de la creme of RV parks. The sites are individually owned (and leased out) and many of the owners have made their lots very nice. The park is limited to Class A, Fifth Wheels and Class C only. This park is dominated by big, very nice class A's.

We have a 5th wheel and have appreciated the amenities very much. Great wifi, curbside garbage pickup, trails, dog park, and many others. You are limited to 2 dogs, and they are very strict about leashes and picking up poop. But, that keeps the place looking nice.

We enjoy it very much and it is so close to the horse show, it cannot be beat. Because they are such a popular place to stay during the show (July - mid August), they sites book up a year in advance.

Fantastic State Park Campground

We stayed at Petit Jean State Park for the first time over Easter weekend. Even though the park was booked to capacity, it is so well laid out that it was really nice to be there.. The first night we were in loop we were in loop D. Unfortunately, the space was too small for our fifth wheel. So when I spoke to the visitor Center in the morning, they were able to put us in the highly desirable loop A. We ended up in site #30. It had a beautiful view of the lake. It's was also a plus to have full hookups including 50 amp service and sewer. So unusual for a state park.

The during the days before we arrived, the area was hit by torrential rains. The weather cleared and I hiked down to the Cedar Falls trail to see the falls. The video is of the roaring falls. There is not typically so much flow. We were lucky!

We spent most of our days hiking the many trails the park is known for. It was at peak Dogwood season, so the understory of the Forest was beautiful!

We will definitely camp there again!