Scott M.

Pro

Normal, IL

Joined July 2018

Ideal for someone to get away from the crowds

There is not a lot of frill with this campground, but the sites are nice and secluded from one another with great foliage and tree cover. We came during a downpour but were able to move our camper into the trees to keep us a bit drier. It is a smaller campground that is a little bit further away from the craziness of the dells. 

The closer you get to the interstate the louder it gets and one of the loops backs right up to the interstate. So be aware if you are booking the loop it will be a constant hum. 

The shower building and pit toilets were kept clean and clearly marked when they would be cleaned during the day. I was surprised that they were being cleaned at 530 am as well as another time in the afternoon. 

Most of the campground is ideal for tent campground and smaller RVs.

Weborg Point Campground

Weborg Point is the first campground in Peninsula State Park. It’s easy to drive right in by as there are only 20 or so campsites. It’s right near the entrance and has a great feel about it. Super quiet at night and right on the water so the stars were amazing. Camping here gets you out of the mass but these sites fill up quick.

Words and photos are nice but you have to come here to believe it!

Pick in sites which were amazing. Not a bad fire was had during this trip. Stayed a couple nights and just got off the grid. Pack in everyone and everything. We stayed in hammocks and tents which made it super easy. It’s a great location for stars!

We stayed in site 9 and didn’t have any neighbors. We did talk to a few people as there were only 2 cars in the lot each time we went back so midweek was ideal and most people head to peninsula for the amenities.

Loved This Retreat

There is a lot here, so take the time to explore it all. This campground does offer some season sites so you can walk around and see people with full decks and things, but there is a lot of sites for the every day people. Tents, campers, big rvs…everything fits here. The showerhouse was super clean and very cold! The AC was on high to prevent mold and combat the humidity I guess, but the facilities were the best we have encountered. 

Lots of walking around here as there is a lot of little trails that cut between the sites. The campground staff was amazingly awesome! They were so helpful and they have a little store gifts and little things you might have forgotten. They even sell tinder with your fire bundle. They were great and super welcoming. 

We stayed at this location due to its proximity to Washington Island as well as Rowley's Bay. There is a great Swedish bakery across from the boat launch in Rowley's that we would highly recommend! Highly! Washington Island was fun, but make sure you rent a mode of transportation or bring your own as you won't wanna be walking it. We spent the day on the island and had a blast.

Big Rig Paradise

This campground is adjacent to the Burlington Bay Campground. It has 3 rows of 11 sites meant for full hookup and big rigs. They are terraced so sites 24-34 are on the top while 1-12 are closest to the water and on the bottom of the hill.

This is specifically meant for big rigs. No shade and no privacy unless you are inside. What they do offer is great facilities and an amazing view! There is also a community feel here where everyone most likely talks to each other and knows each other by the end of their stay. At the bottom of the hill is the waterfront. You can do a lot from here.

You can rent for $45.00 per night or $276.00 per week. Sites are packed graves so they are level and easy in and out with your rig. Wouldn’t want to tent camp here. They have a nice shower house and dump stations as would be needed for big rigs. It is newer than the additional campground and still close to Lake Superior.

Wooded Area

Very wooded campsites, which allowed for some privacy, but you will still see your neighbors. The campground was pretty and very well kept by all standards. It is one of the 3 campgrounds of the Black River State Forest, but this one appealed to us because of its location to the town and to the highway. Its a very nicely spread out campground that had a lot to offer. When you first pull in you are directed to the pay kiosk/office park. Note that you can't pay right now due to the virus, so you will need to have a sticker on your car ahead of it. 

As for the sites. They can be large or small depending on where you choose. The majority are for tent camping and not larger RVs so if you have a bigger RV make sure you are looking ahead at the size of the pad. We saw a variety of people in different rigs from medium winnebagos and airstreams to small tear drops. Some sites are electric and that is where the campground was full. The tent sites were nice and we could get our scamp into one of those fairly easily. The nice thing is the trees…they provide great shade and also allow you to hang your hammock up if you choose. We did see warnings of ticks so just be cautious. 

The showers were very nice and looked to be housed in a new shower house. They were working on the water heater when we stopped so the cold water was all they had, but that was fine as it was a hot day. The toilets around the campground are pit, but they are more than just an outhouse so you are safe. 

One random thing was the firewood was the cheapest I have ever seen it at any state park. Nice to see them offering up a good deal on what nature provides!

Great County Park!

This place does indeed fill up. We were there midweek and not too many open spaces were there. The people were super friendly. Site 25 was the most private…the rest of the sites were very nice, but this one was the most private. The sites are small but they were pretty easy for us to get in and out of with our little trailer. Ideally for tents. It was a nice set up with trash cans at each site. 

There is a huge park along the water for kids to play and to have all kinds of activities. It had a very nice swimming area. There was also a huge amphitheater for events to be had there. Really its an awesome venue if they have concerts there. 

The campground is near a small little town with some good food!

Perfect spot!

This was right off the highway and it was really simple to get in and out of here. Really a nice area and has a lot to offer outside of the campground. Great for a family who doesn't want to travel too far from Duluth. The sites are pretty spacious and well taken care of. They are very private which as nice and they were actually very deep so you really felt like you were in the forest. 

There isn't a shower house and the toilets are vault toilets but that does not bother us. Very very nice rangers and super helpful and full of good knowledge. You do need a sticker to get into the park since it is Wisconsin so make sure you get one ahead of it. They do have a kiosk but it was not working when we went in. 

The falls….can't say enough at how relaxing they were. I could have stayed for days here. There is also a nice covered bridge and some history in the area! We had some great relaxing hikes.

1 Night Stay

This campground…isn't so much a campground and I would say is a bit dumpy. Does it have everything you need to camp…yes, but it is close to the highway and can get noisy. People were nice and accommodating, but it is not the ideal location in the area. You drive in and you aren't really sure what to think; is it open? is it closed?

It does have access across the street to the river and a fishing hole so that was nice, but no need to stay here past 1 night. If you are pressed for a place to stay I would go this route…otherwise stay on the road and go north or south a bit for a more comfortable spot.

Not Private, but beautiful setting

The campground is located in a very nice small town and the water sites are amazing for sunrise. The campground has all the amenities you need; Full hookups, water, dump station, fire rings, and picnic tables. Tent sites were the most numerous, but there were several RVs. We saw everything from big RVs to motorcycles here. Things were clean but it was a super packed when we were there. You can't sit outside without getting to know your neighbors inner secrets! 

The view and access to water is what would bring us back.

Easy Access

Nice campground in upper Minnesota. I thought the best site was 4 as it was closest to the river, but really anything was pretty good. Site 7 had the best set up for us but 5 and 6 were good as well. Some sites were right next to each other and lacked a little privacy but it was still good. There was a nesting turtle caution when we were there. 

There were no showers here but they did offer 2 toilets and a water well so you can easily manage a weekend here without a shower. It does offer for small RV and tents. 

The boat access was not as easy…its not a traditional boat ramp so it is better for Canoe or Kayak. If it is rainy it would be a problem for the tow vehicle. Very basic campground but perfect for a rustic getaway.

Gem

What a nice little surprise! We were traveling down from the Boundary Waters and needed a little respite and this fit the perfect relaxing place. The sites are super nice and private. We also liked the size of the sites as they gave us plenty of space to be away from the action. The sites are wooded and give you loads of privacy. Some of the sites are right on the water and super convenient for us with a kayak. I prefer #26. 

It also has a nice beach area that is not just "beach" by name…there is actually sand and a place to swim without being tangled in weeds. The boat launch was pretty easy to get in and out of as well for any type of watercraft. 

Its location being right off the highway was ideal for us. It is also fairly close to the boundary waters. Some hiking trails are there but the mosquitos were pretty prevalent. The sites all have great views so you can't go wrong.

Bare Bones

This little campground is here as overflow for the nearby resort. It is located near the water, oak harbor golf course and the little town of Baudette. Its right off of highway 72 so it is very convenient.

Its also close enough to several waterways from Wheelers Point and Baudette border waterway Rainey river. It’s basic and it serves the purpose. Mostly for RVs but if you needed to tent you could. They are gravel pads so better to sleep in the car. They do have electricity.

Close to the Marina

The campground itself is the biggest of all of them in Zippel bay state park. It is also the closest to the marina and this is probably why it was full midweek. Couple families were occupying a couple of sites so it was a bit noisy but I don’t blame the campground for that. There was no host to talk to about it but the eventually went to bed after having a good time.

The sites are simple…fire ring, table, sleeping area. You are in a tall pine forest so the trees above you will creek and sway all night on a windy night, which it was the second night I stayed.

The marina/boat ramp was really nice and updated. Bathrooms, interpretive placards, fish cleaning area, and slips for boaters to leave boats if they wished to do so. Everyone was pretty cordial at the boat ramp and there was most certainly a traffic jam created by the one person who wasn’t experienced at putting a boat in, but people will super nice about it and helped out. As the day wore on not so busy.

Brilliant location near Lake of the Woods

Nice, simple campground for a stopping point to do some fishing in and around Lake of the Woods. Tent camping and the park was pretty empty but there were lots of day users on the water. Lots of fishing and a jumping point to go to Garden Island.

I’d highly recommend this location. It’s part of The state park. Everything was clean but didn’t have water turned on. No showers just vault toilets. I’d avoid mosquito season as it could get nasty but June was not too bad. Stayed in a pretty simple site…had some nice tree coverage for part of the day but also helped avoid getting dumped on when it stormed. Did a hike but came back covered in ticks. According to the DNR the ticks are just super bad this year so heads up.

All and all this was a great stop over for me just bc of the simplicity of it.

Great location on lake Vermillion

Nice little campground that isn’t overly luxurious. Mostly built for RVs with hookups as there isn’t much shade and it would be very hot come July/August. So why stay…the fishing. Campers all had boats to get out on The lake. There is some great walleye fishing here, which is why I stopped. Nothing too fancy but they have almost 60 sites that range. Some are able to be near water and others are just in the sun. Everyone I saw had air conditioners are going.

It’s all about the fishing here tho.

Not my cup of tea...too busy for me

This campground is near the small town of Waskish. Half the campground is on one side that has water sites, the other half is across the road in what looked like an open field that had been mowed down.

This looks more like a more permanent dwellings with some. Probably some lake cabins that formed a coop to allow RVs and other to camp. The owners were super nice and said they get overflow from big bog up the road so that’s really why they came to be I’m guessing. Not much space between sites so not a lot of privacy, but mostly big rigs.

Perfect Entry Point to Boundary Waters

The campground is ideal…has plenty of sites to choose from. Some are reservable and others are not, and yes there will be a line at the office in the morning. The ideal sites are the waterfront sites as you don't have to rack your boat every day. You can leave your boat down by the rocks and walk up the stairs to your site. I stayed in site 23…it was right on the corner before the beach parking lot. The parking are was below the tent pad and fire ring. This was the case in many sites. The camper sits below the fire ring and any extra tents you might need. Talked to many people here who stay for a week but actually only use it as a base camp while they are out in the boundary waters. One couple I met said they stay for 2 weeks (the max) and canoe for a couple days then come back for a shower and resupply then go out again. The campground is super clean….and the hosts (which are numerous) are very good at what they do. This might be the most welcoming campground in the United States. 

It is nicely located near ely so if you need something you get can get back into town pretty easily…or if you just want Custard…I'd recommend. The town certainly goes dormant in the winter months, but in the summer months it is full of people. 

The fishing, boating, and paddling here give you plenty of options. It is right on the border of the boundary waters so you will need to get a permit. Day permits for non motorized are free and can be done at the camp check in or via paper at the boat landing area. The camp store is only open certain hours so if they are closed just go to the boat landing to get the permit filled out.

Great Northern Minnesota Option

Stopped here on the way to the Boundary Waters. A lot of the campground was closed and there was some rough weather, but still had a great time. At the campground you can do some hiking and also some water sports. 

The Campground Beach…not too much of a beach as it is a shallow spot, but it is still perfect for families to lounge in on a hot day. There are lots of shade trees to relax under if you like so that is nice. 

The Hiking…I hiked all the hikes and I can honestly say there are some good sites to see. I would recommend Blueberry Lake and Becky Lake hike. It is a mixture of rolling grass and rocky terrain. I did it in the rain so mosquitos were not as bad and was able to pass by the back country sites as well. You are mostly covered under the pine forest but you do get to glance some of the views. The hiking club hike (Norberg) isn't too bad, but it is very heavily trafficked. I saw more nature on the backcountry hike than the hiking club. 

The water…some good look nooks to get into in the east and north bays. The actual lake itself is pretty windy and made kayaking difficult. I would say it would be a great paddle on a calm day or early morning. Caught several pikes and many bass. There are also loads of panfish. The shallows have crystal clear water so it is nice to just sneak up on the pan fish to see them. 

The campground…I was in site 43 and it was pretty nice and secluded. The DNR had blocked off over half the sites due to the Covid. They also had the bathrooms closed along with the fish cleaning shanty. The cabins were opening up on the 1st for families. The sites that are back to back with the other loop (59-73 and 26-39) don't have much privacy at the back of their sites. Most sites have simple pathways to the sites on either side, but mines was pretty secluded and a good location. The sites along the water (51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58) all have pathways down to the water and some docks to hold boats over. It was a nice campground and there really is a lot to do. The sunset are great and the big field by the campground cabin was a great place to put a blanket and watch the sun set behind the trees.

Doesnt take long to feel at home!

After walking around and kayaking around I’ve come to realize this place is always full for a reason. The hiking and lake provide something to do for everyone.

The water: boating, kayaking, canoe, and beach to swim. Everyone has something to do here. I kayaking all of the two lakes and there are some good fishing to be had if you can find the right spots. The families were all along the shoreline having a blast! Lots of people out in canoes and very few in boats. Sure there isn’t a lot around the park itself but you don’t need a lot to be around if you are going to nature!

The campground: two campgrounds here. You have the lodge which is smaller and fewer electrics and a little quieter. Sites are a little bigger. I stayed in 78 and it’s right next to the water and where people put in their canoes/kayaks. I had no problem as it’s a deep sore so you can get away from them. Around me it was easy to see everyone which was ok as people were friendly. Sites are bigger which was nice. There is a small loop of electric sites here and non electric mixed in. Chase point is the busy place! Sites are smaller and more on top of one another. Louder when I walked through and less privacy. Hike in sites: these are the place to be! Yea it takes some work to get too but you are never gonna be disappointed as you are isolated form people which is really nice. They are directly on the water and for sure have the best views. Shower houses were very clean and nice so I was very happy to see that with as many people as we have.

The hiking: the trails are not long and not demanding so they are perfect for families. I’d say it was a good time away from the water which was perfect. Some great views of the water but mostly wooded. Of course hike out to chase point for sunrise bc that’s totally worth it.

Overall: yes!!! This place is perfect! It’s up there for a reason! It takes a while to get here and that’s ok. It is very much worth the drive! Highly recommend it.