Scott M.
Normal, IL
Joined July 2018
Beat Primative Campground

We experienced a strong thunderstorm while we were at the campground but because of how well the canopy is above the sites we stayed with a fire the whole time. Some sites have a lot of privacy and some have a little less. This would be a great place to have a few groups go together as little pathways between sites would be nice. We did some hiking and it was enjoyable for us as there were some nice views and we didn’t run into too many people. This campground is a bit away from Turkey Run. It was nice to be in a primitive campground as people actually got out and talked to one another.

Nice retreat!

Nice place! Good balance of shade and no shade spots. Don’t fee as though you are on top of everyone and even the generators won’t be too loud tonight. Little buggy and gotta watch for ticks, but this is camping and you are in nature.

Amazon Location and People

Campground located next to the park and ride shuttle station which was a huge plus. while there are no electric hookups the “comfort station” has running water and flush toilets. they do nightly programs for people of all ages and the rangers were awesome to work with. Its an awesome location in the park and has plenty of sItes fo choose from with 150 different sits.

Perfectly perfect!

No electric or flush toilets but that didn’t matter. The campground is located about 8 miles from the main road and a short distance from Monarch Lake. It takes about 20-30 minutes to get into downtown so it’s peaceful out in the campground. water is close and easy to pull off the side of the road and walk down to secluded beaches. Lots of critters and even saw some moose here. Sites here vary from shade to none; close to water and away; tent and space for a big event. Its a great spot for families as you have plenty to do even if you just want to walk. We saw several families out for bike rides as the road within the campground isn’t that busy.

Beautiful Views

We ended up staying even though we were in the wrong location. The gal at the check in was amazing…she warned us of the snake and hawk that have been spotted around. She was super helpful. Just know the camp group has a lot of dust and dirt and not much shade but you trade that for the reservoir and the views. It is a bit difficult to get too and expect some gravel, but the drive is amazing no matter what direction you come in on.

Massive Campground with Plenty to Choose from

If you can't find a campground you need to not be camping. There are options ranging from Tent to Yurts. It really is a diverse place. Lots of big rigs with big boats at this place. The sites range from no electricity (which made it a bit louder with generators going at night) to 50 amp. Little dusty in places. We stayed in Sandy Beach and had a great view of the water which was perfect at sunset, but we also had the trains near as well. The campground didn't have flush toilets which is why most have their big rigs to use. The town itself doesn't offer too much and it looked as though most people were there to boat.

Hosts were amazing!

First, the hosts were great. They came down and chatted with us about our Teardrop and then also shared their story of their campers. They suggested a couple places to visit. This is a campground that is made for 5th wheels and big RVs so they made us feel comfortable with our TD. The location can't be beat. We did Rushmore, CrazyHorse, Custer Park, Black Elk Peak, Wind Cave National park and some just piddling. It is right across the street from the lake. There may be better places, but this was perfectly located.

You'll be treated with a smile and have all your answers given!

This campground is busy because of its location to the Badlands National Park…so expect people. They offer a lot here…Full hookups with water and cable tv. They do have wifi but with so many people you probably should not count on it. They have cooks who will make you food and it is good. The people who checked us in were great and very helpful with everything!