This is a really beautiful campground with wooded private sites. Each campsite has lots of space with a large table and fire ring… some with mossy areas which are extra comfortable under a tent.
This was a great stop on our way through to the BWCA a state away. We got a great night sleep with our tent at the base of a magnificent pine tree. The smell of the pine trees and forest was delightful.
There was no one at the gatehouse as we drove in, but we had booked our site online, so just drive to our site. There were only half a dozen sites taken during our stay, so it was even more private than anticipated.
The only negative was that the two pumps for water at the campground pumped brown water. We decided not to use the water as it wasn’t clean looking. Perhaps it was rust, but it was not worth a health risk. We drive a couple miles back down the road to the gas station/convenience store and got some potable gallons.
All in all, a very nice stay.
This was truly the worst camping experience of our lives! I preface this review by saying… we love nature and getting in tune with the peaceful, natural elements, with at least a moderate bit of privacy. This campground has no privacy, and is poised for people who are looking for noise, no boundaries and partying. Period. I kid you not, there was an ardent drumming session/performance wailing on until 11:00pm just down the hill from us in the wooded tent area. And then, the 15 people at the site adjacent to us continued to chat loudly (sometimes screaming and clinking their beer bottles) until 2:00 in the morning, despite two polite attempts to quiet them. In other words, no one respected our wishes for a simple night’s sleep. The vibe here is: city dwellers bringing the city to the country! The sites are also mostly dirt, no green patches in the wooded areas. We witnessed people urinating pretty much wherever they liked. Again, this was a very unpleasant place and experience for campers who thrive in places like the BWCA. Perhaps the one redeeming quality is the pretty beach area on the lake. We did not go near it, however, because there were hoards of people, and no one wore a mask or seemed to have any inkling that a pandemic is sweeping the planet. To summit all up in a phrase… “ghetto camping”. Avoid, unless the above mentioned appeals to you.
We stayed in the primitive camping area which had an otherworldly beauty with draped Spanish moss hanging from the trees. The sites in here were very pretty, many shaded, some less shaded, but most all had a good amount of space and privacy. The sites with the best view of the water were too close together for us, and we were able to switch to a more private site on arrival since many sites were open. The ground is packed sand and dirt, no grass. The restrooms are across the road from the camp sites, so a decent little walk from the sites. The water spigot was near the check-in office which was a few hundred yards away. We planned to be self contained, bringing our own road shower and pop up restroom, so we had no issue with this. The grounds are truly beautiful, though quite hot in early July, of course. You can buy firewood at the office and they drop it off right at your site for you. It was great burning split pine. Very enjoyable time for my wife and 7 year old son and I.
It was a little tricky finding the entrance to this campsite, but when we managed to Google map our way in into the park, we were very happy with our selection! These campsites are in a beautiful pine woods forest. Many sites have a pretty mossy pathway near the tent platform. The platform is elevated and and dirt framed in wooden railroad ties. The sites have great privacy and the campsite was virtually empty except for us and one other family. The campground ranger said they only fill up on the 4th of July. They set-up and trash can with a bag for you upon arrival. There is no general store nearby so bring wood and supplies in with you. There was a water pump/spigot near the restroom with great pressure (potable water). We brought our own pop-up shower and road toilet with us, so didn’t need the restroom. The ranger that greeted us was super nice and respectful. He gave us the gate code in case we needed to leave after they closed the gate at 9:00pm. Very quiet and peaceful.
We stayed in the backwoods part of the grounds. The sites were more private than the river sites. The winding layout allowed for more distance between other sites. The woods were beautiful with easy walking trails right from the site. There is a well stocked souvenir/general store just as you enter with camping supplies, ice, wood, etc. The RV sites are near the entrance to the campsite - this area seemed rather tightly packed-in with not much space between campsites (more of a party vibe). We are tent campers, so this wasn’t an issue for us. Friendly staff and warm atmosphere.