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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Portage, Indiana

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

This park has potential, but it is not well maintained. Unfortunately, it is situated in the worst possible location. It is sandwiched in between two major Interstates (which are busy at all hours), and a railroad track. It is so noisy, I don't understand how people live there permanently. The "lake" that is there was probably engineered in the building of the Interstates. It is small and not especially attractive. The campsites surround the lake on the Interstate side, so even though you may see the lake, the noise level is so awful I would not recommend it to anyone. There are many permanent residents. If you are stopping there with your camper for a couple of nights and then moving on (which was our situation) you do not feel as if you are "fitting in." Some of the camp sites are nice, some are totally unkempt and messy. The one next to ours had an old dilapidated golf cart, and old shed, and at least 10 old bicycles piled up at the edge of their site which made it practically on our site. Old flower pots and junk were also there which we had to move slightly in order to get to the water hookup. Trains run on the opposite side of the lake, but still the noise is unbearable. We did not even venture to the club house. To get into the park, you have to drive through an area that looks to be from a third world country. Then you pass hundreds of small, permanent trailers that are probably left overs from Katrina. When you do finally get to the park, you go through a stop at a small building with a movable bar to tell them your purpose, then you proceed onto another small building with another bar and you go in and pay. There are so many permanent residents that there are two lanes there, one for the residents to show passes to get back in, another lane for people who want to camp there. That lane is so small, two lined up campers block the entire passage. To cap all these glorified amenities, you pay through the nose to camp there. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The reason we stopped here was the location. It is close to Indiana Dunes, and bike trails. We would leave the park during the day in order to bike trails close by and to go to the beach at Indiana Dunes and the National Lakeshore.


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