Natalie C.

Nixa, MO

Joined February 2019

Good fishing and great views

Very peaceful campground. It has a peninsula with some nice, shady sites but also another very wooded area on a bluff. The backside of the peninsula has zero shade (sites 26-40). All sites have good picnic tables and fire rings. Sites near the dump station can be very aromatic. No swim beach but you can access the water straight from the rocky shore. A lot of people tie their boats to shore below their campsite. There is a gas station/trading post right outside the entrance. And a tasty little restaurant with all kinds of sandwiches and ice cream treats. Beautiful sunrises and the sun sets over the dam. I really like this campground. Family friendly and everyone seems to have a dog:) but people do a good job of picking up after them.

Family fun

Cricket Creek had nice, roomy sites. They weren't too close to each other. My biggest complaint is that I couldn't see the lake from our site and we had to drive to the swim beach. Typically, the swim area is just a little walk… but this was a bit much for hauling a cooler and swim gear. The beach area was nice and even had a little playground. It was tucked away in a little cove so there wasn't a lot of boat traffic.

Spacious sites

Lake Catherine provided a relaxing spring break! Beautiful scenery, nice hikes and very peaceful. The campground was quiet. Bathhouses were in good shape. Lots of space between sites to play frisbee, etc. 

There were some hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. You need to be part billy goat for part of it. I recommend the path that runs along the lakefront and heads back to the waterfall. 

Only downfall was seeing the factory across the lake.

Scenic views and clear water

Floating the Buffalo is a lot of fun! Scenic views to enjoy along the way, pit stops for some amateur cliff jumping and just floating in the cool, clear water is worth the trip.

Fun but dangerous

I want to start by saying that this is an awesome sight to see and experience. With that being said, it is also hazardous and not easily accessible. The shut-ins are rock formations smoothed over by water. They are extremely slippery! Shoes are a necessity. The rocks also become very hot to the touch. There is no easy access to the swimming hole. You must climb up and down the hot, slippery rocks. It is not for the faint of heart, or anyone not physically capable of hoisting your own body out of the water, or small children who do not listen. 

Despite these warnings, I was glad that my family was able to traverse the shut-ins. It was adventurous (and a little scary) but very cool to do.

Shady sites but no play areas

We stay at this campground every year but there are pros and cons. 

What we like: lots of shade, some campsites have built in benches and railings, swim area is decent and we can always find a site

Things we dont like: campground is on the side of a hill, very little grass with lots of rocks, bathhouse is always busy, a few of the campsites are behind the parking pad (camper blocks view)

All things considered, we like Aunt's Creek and always have a good time.

Fantastic views and huge showerhouse

This is our absolute favorite campground and we stay a couple times a year. It usually takes some planning because it fills up fast! 

The campground is on a peninsula with waterfront sites all the way around. Every waterfront site has great views! The interior sites are ok. Some still have nice views but they are a little too close together for my taste. The showerhouse is spacious and clean! The whole campground is well maintained with a playground, swim beach and sand volleyball court. 

Each site has a paved pad, fire ring and picnic table. Lots of dogs but I have never been bothered by any barking or any waste disposal issues. There were lots of pro fishing boats that put in last time…must have been a tournament in the area. It was fun to see the teams with their matching trucks and boats.

Good swimming area

This is a favorite campground and swimming hole! It is close to Silver Dollar City and other Branson activities. We most recently camped in the far loop which is not waterfront but has nice sites. We could hike down to the waterfront but there really arent designated trails from this area. It was rough terrain. There is plenty of shade and places for the kids to hang their hammocks. We like the bathrooms with the private toilet and shower. No issues with crowding or waiting for one to open up.

The swim beach is nice and has picnic tables for use. We kayaked around the cove while others swam. No alcohol or pets allowed in the beach area which I appreciated. Family friendly!

Quiet, clean campground

Nice camping area. We have stayed at this campground multiple times when visiting the KC area for sporting activities. Showers are clean. Sites are well taken care of. Never had any issues with noise, etc. It is a great spot to set up camp and then take advantage of all that KC has to offer.