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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Hy-Land Court RV Park, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Before selecting this CG, I checked RVPR first, identified the top five in Door County based upon scores, then visited each first. This was clearly the best based upon our criteria: 1) clean, quiet, well maintained CG, 2) sites large and level with FHU (most) and good utilities, 3) adequate internal roads to navigate, and either pull-thru or easy back-in, 4) shade from mature but trimmed trees and plenty of room between. This CG has an older section that started out as a mobile home park, hence about a dozen sites have a permanent home. This is the reason for the larger than typical sites and so much space between them - in the old section. The new section in the expansion field are the typical rows of aligned sites. There are no amusement amenities however (no pool, playground, game-room, store, etc.) so its better suited to adults who like quiet and spacious surroundings. I concur with the other 2017/2018 reviewers - see their comments. We camped at Hy-Land Court RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Sequist Cherry market just south CG is a must-do.

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Country Village RV Park, Ishpeming, Michigan

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

This park is the city of Ishpeming, behind a collection of shopping malls and stores, next to a major RV dealer. That means convenience (groceries, fast-food and restaurant, gas, hardware and supplies within walking distance) but without the charm of forest/lakes sites found in other UP CGs -although sites 23 through 43 at least back up against woods. However, we picked it for: a) location - right in the middle of the UP and near the biggest UP town (Marquette) and b) the other reviewers indicated it had the major basics we want in a CG: 1) Level sites, although mostly grass/dirt 2) adequate site space and ease of maneuvering/parking, 3) good utilities including FHUs, 4) clean toilets and showers, 5) well-maintained CG with good/supportive site management. They were right on all counts, this is a first-rate park. If they could just move it to the side of some lake it would be a 10. So your choice may depend on your criteria. Other lessor features (to us at least) included Pool, Playground, BB&Horseshoe courts, DogWalk, decent onsite Laundry. Downsides -only 2 found - were: 1) lack of Cable TV, although we had 11 OTA including ABC, FOX, PBS, CW, ME, and 2) Wi-Fi so weak and slow it was useless at our corner site (went to office whenever needed access as it's OK there). We camped at Country Village RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
42
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

You absolutely must visit "Da Yoopers Museum and Tourist Trap" about 2 miles west (see the giant chainsaw and rifle on the road). It's a real hoot. And visit Lacknenland Sculpture park on US41 south of Marquette for another great (and free) dose of the strange sense of humor these UP'ers (Yoopers) have. Also Presque Island Park on north side of Marquette (up the road from the Ore Boat Dock) is a great drive.

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Albert Lea / Austin KOA, Hayward, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

This was an overnight stopover, picked from the Good Sam book, without chance of checking RVPR. So our expectations were only 1: level site, 2: adequate utilities, and 3: clean restrooms. Results were 1: interior roads were dirt (actually mud as it rained the day before) and sites are dirt/mud with some gravel - but level. 2: utilities were ok 3: showerhouse is under renovation, so a bit of a mess, and not well cleaned (I was there in evening, then next morning, and they are cleaned at 1:00 but still no excuse). Location is convenient to the I-90, and far enough away for minimal road noise, and spacing is adequate for maneuvering. I would be cautious about recommending them until the showerhouse renovations underway are completed, and their roads/sites get reworked with adequate gravel. We camped at Albert Lea / Austin KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
58
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Wagon Wheel Campground & Cabins, West Yellowstone, Montana

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $75.00
Overall Rating:

This is an in-town RV camp, occupying about a block, ¼ mile from downtown West Yellowstone. That means a terrific location, within walking to stores, shops, restaurants. And it's about a mile to the Yellowstone West entrance. The all gravel sites are level, with good utilities and CATV. Most have trees, all have picnic tables, but there is no grass anywhere. The Showerhouse is clean, but a bit cramped. Good laundry, and a small game room. The location is terrific for Yellowstone visitors as the campground is a few miles from the west entrance to the park. The one issue with this camp comes from its in-town location, as the sites are very small and tight together. That and the numerous trees means getting into some of the back-ins requires some skill, and you may have to park your truck or toad on the street. The pull-thrus are pretty easy though. Site fees are high, as expected due to its location. We camped at Wagon Wheel Campground & Cabins in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1 then 11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Buffalo Bar (decent bar with average food) and Ernie's (bakery/deli) are both next block over. Make sure you see the history of West Yellowstone in the old train depot downtown. Downtown has numerous restaurants within 3-4 blocks.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Fairmont RV Park, Anaconda, Montana

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

This CG is under-rated now, as a new owner took over this year and has been improving it. But since the total RVPR rating seems to be cumulative, the overall score is still carrying the burden of the last owners. I suggest you look at 2017 ratings/comments only. We have stayed their twice now in the past month. It is an excellent campground near Anaconda, the mining (actually smelting) town north of Butte. Sites were of decent size and mostly level gravel and grass, some with trees. Utilities were good, no cable, but a few OTA channels. Wi-Fi typical for a CG (weak and spotty). Shower house with toilets were clean, shower stalls quite large (even had seats) and is air-conditioned. Laundry is good, (4 washers/dryers) with tub, and an ironing board/iron. They have a gas pump on-site, and a small convenience store with ATM. Great views of surrounding Montana hills. We camped at Fairmont RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
50 and then 20
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Butte has a tremendous history, there are interesting local things to do: 1-check out the massive Berkeley Pit on the edge of town 2-visit the Clark mansion 3-Take the Butte history tour (sometimes called Underground Tour) 4-There is a fantastic used book store in Butte 5-World Mining Museum is terrific. It has an old mine, equipment graveyard, and really great old town of stores/shops from old west

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

7th Ranch RV Camp, Garryowen, Montana

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

This is an exceptionally fine CG, as I expected from the ratings. The grounds and buildings are meticulously maintained, and the showerhouse is spotless. There is clear pride-of-ownership here. The gravel sites are spread up a sloping hill with great view of the mountains, yet nearly level, or at least within 1 board of it. The I-90 highway and train tracks are far enough away not to be an issue. Sites are average in size, and all are pull-thus with interior roads adequate for maneuvering, and they guide you to the site. Utilities are good, Wi-Fi above average, but no CATV. Each site has nice grassy spot (kept lush green due to in-ground sprinklers) as there are many with mature but well-trimmed trees. Picnic table (on gravel) and grill on each site, no fire-pits. There is no pool nor significant kid stuff aside from a small playground. The only negative (for some) is its distance from any town, the nearest with a grocery store is Hardin, 24 miles away. We camped at 7th Ranch RV Camp in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
number 18
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Little BigHorn Battlefield (Custer's Last Stand) is a few miles up the road. There is an excellent cafe at the Custer Battlefield Trading Post across from the entrance. At Garryowen Conoco Gas station there is a private museum worth seeing (in the back of the store)

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Three Flags RV Park, Black Hawk, South Dakota

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

This is a clean and well-maintained park right next to I-90 just north of Rapid City. No amenities for kids, just a great overnight stay (or home base when visiting Black Hills, Sturgis, Badlands). Sites are mostly level for the FHUs (#s under 40) and mostly Pull-thrus except first row (1-12). Utilities are good, Wifi average, CATV has 4 channels. The gravel access road is OK, with 1 hill and turn to get around, so take it slow if you are big-rig. The sites over 40 are W/E and are up an increasingly steep slope where front-to-back leveling will be considerable. I did not see any occupied there, presume they are used more for summer tent campers or Sturgis rally week. The possible issue may be the camp its location right next to the Interstate, as there is considerable road noise. We found it passable, with windows closed, due to the droning effect. We camped at Three Flags RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site number 35
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Chicago Northwest KOA, Union, Illinois

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

As a retired couple we normally don't stall at KOAs, as they are more kid/family oriented and have amenities (pools, playground, etc.) that we don't use. But we stayed here 4 days while meeting up with relatives travelling cross-county, and they picked it for being closest to Chicago with full-hookups (and decent ratings). We are glad we did. The campground is clean, well-maintained, with a fairly new and clean shower-house (in the RV section, we did not try the one in the tent-camping area). Campsites are gravel/dirt and fairly level, all are grass-separated with picnic table and fire-rings. There are about 25 full-hookups, and some are tree-shaded. Entrance requires a key-card, and they charge for visitors. The pool looked clean (didn't use it) and they have a 9-hole, par 2 miniature golf course. No cable TV available, but lots of Chicago/Rockford stations available.

The only downside I saw was the front entrance drive (about 100 yards long) is a single lane with a 90 degree curve at the office. On the slight chance you meet someone coming the other way, it will be an issue if you can't back up. And in the last hour before checkout deadline, the road can get crowded with people stopping at the office to check out. We camped at Chicago Northwest KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
90
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Wild West Park is next door, a place for kids so we didn't go. But the town of Union has 2 outstanding museums: 1) a massive railroad museum, the largest in the U.S. It has 500 units on display, in 12 buildings, and two on-site rail lines. 2) McHenry County Historical Museum, an excellent facility with lots of items even non-locals will appreciate - the "history of humanity" chart in the attached schoolhouse is amazing!

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Follow the River RV Resort, Florence, Indiana

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

The campground seems brand-new but is actually 9 years old. It was obviously designed for big-rigs, and by someone who knows something about RVers needs:

1-concrete, level pads

2-paved and wide interior roads (2 lanes wide)

3-each site has a wide apron, with paved strip up to the pad

4-sites are well-spaced, better-than-average at least

5-full hookups, good utilities, with cable

6-adequate WiFi strength/speed

7-clean shower houses/bathrooms

It is not on the river itself, but across Highway 156, which is the road that runs along the Ohio river. There is a "fishing" pond in the middle, which is just a large puddle-like a retention pond. It's catch and release only, and I did see some people catching small fish. There is a playground, with a large bouncing balloon. There is an excellent ½ mile paved trail around the wooded along the west boundary - one of the better ones I've seen at any campground. A major casino is just up the road.

The only negatives (minor) are :

1-most of the sites are in an open clearing, with the parking lot feel of an open field. If you want some trees there is one row along the back where the sites back up to the woods.

2-Cable TV has limited channels. We camped at Follow the River RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Down the road is Madison, a very historic town with lots of touristy stores and attractions.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Michigamme Shores Campground, Michigamme, Michigan

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

I picked this campsite from the reviews of all of western U.P. - it seemed to have the best overall reviews. I concur with them, it's a very well managed/maintained, clean, nice campground on the lake Michigamme with a decent beach and rental boats. We were there in off-season, so that meant few campers were there, and we got almost our pick of the sites - the best are in the loop just off the beach (48 to 53) where you look out on the lake.

Regarding other reviewer comments, see below - neither was a problems for us, but here is my take on these concerns:

Trains - yes, there are train tracks running right through the campground. (See the campsite map at bottom of their website). We noticed 2 trains in our 10-day stay, there were probably others. For the campsites adjacent to the tracks they are closer than it appears on the campsite map - really close. (This includes sites 1 to 6 in the big-rig section, and low 40s, and 18 to 21.) But for the loops for sites from upper 40s thru 50s to lower 60s - and the small site loop 26-36 , they are reasonably far enough away.

Bathhouse - The bathhouse is clean, but is small for the number of campsites, especially as there are many small sites that could only handle tent or popups without the in-unit option of full size RVs. This was not an issue for us due to being off-season, but I can imagine they could get crowded when full during the summer. We camped at Michigamme Shores Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
49
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Hickory Hollow Campground, Utica, Illinois

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

I noted the divergence in ratings, but in reading between the lines of the highly positive vs very negative reviewers, it seemed like maybe the differences may be in the expectations of the reviewers - so we went ahead and booked 4 days here,

Here is what we found:

1-The park is exceptionally clean, and well-maintained.

2-Guest are mostly RVs, big rigs including buses and 5th wheels.

3-Lots of pull-throughs, long sites with full hookups.

4-Very few small sites and/or small trailers or tent-campers.

5-Dogs are allowed.

6-A lot of transients, staying 1 night, and gone the next morning - I presume this is because they are right off of I-80.

7-They have camp rules, which seem reasonable such as Quiet hours;-and they seem strict on enforcement, and it's a point of view if they are a bit stiff on the admonishment for rule-breakers. So if you value a quiet, clean, kept-up park I would consider this park, but if you have a bunch of kids that like to run around, or want a place to party (i.e. get rowdy) steer clear as they will be tough with you.

8-Now the park is right off of I-80 and that means highway noise in the background. That did not bother us as it becomes "white noise" and mostly goes away with closed RV windows. But I can understand tent campers' issues about highway noise all night.

9-There are corn fields on one side, and a large long berm across the other side - with some large industrial complex buildings in the distance. There are some woods onsite and a creek runs through it. But the view vistas for most of the sites are not impressive.

10-They have free Wi-Fi, but it's very slow, so you better stick with text only connections and even those will be slow.

11-If you feel the ground shake sometimes, that not an earthquake, but blasting in the quarry next to the campground (hidden by the high berm along the edge) We camped at Hickory Hollow Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
middle section
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Starved Rock State Park is nearby, one of the best state parks in Illinois.

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