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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Barton Lake
Certificate of Excellence
USA
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Excellent For Kids”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Huge campground with lots of great sites and some not so great sites. The sites toward the front of the campground are small and you feel like your sitting on top of your neighbor. The campground is located next to a toll road so you will get lots of highway noise. Lots and lots of stuff for kids to do. Three outdoor pools, one indoor pool, a kids splash park and water slides. There is a fee to play on the water slides. They have lots of planned activities. Most of those cost a small fee too. Several playgrounds are located throughout the campground and a new swinging bridge to the island. There is a small catch and release pond which was over crowded with tents, so there was really no place to fish without invading someone else's campsite. There were other places to fish on Barton Lake from the docks. The restrooms/showers were immaculate and very nice. The Ranger Station souvenir items were a bit over priced as most usually are. The game room didn't have much for the younger children but you could rent bikes from them and pay to play golf. They do have golf cart rentals and is recommended if can't walk or ride a bike any distance since the recreation room is located toward the back of the campground. For those who don't have a tent or camper they have some really nice cabins they rent out. I personally felt it was a bit expensive to stay here especially if your just looking for a weekend family fun camping trip. Overall it is a kid friendly place.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Portage, MIchigan, USA
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56 reviews
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

A very nice campground that's definitely very family oriented. A total of four pools - 3 out and 1 inside, plus a kiddie spray park and three large water slides. Regular activities throughout the day. Lake access for your own boat or rent one. Multiples of playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, open space for games. Mini golf (nice one), arcade, snack counter with nice indoor seating area. Staff was easily found to ask questions. Section we were in had large sites. I believe all camper sites have a concrete patio as well. The only downside for some will be price. We paid $62 including tax per night on a weekend in late September when all the outdoor pools were already closed. Some are used to prices like that and others won't be. However there are certainly tons of amenities that justify the price. You do get what you pay for here.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Davison, Mi
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Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

This family owned and operated campground is great. With over 600 sites and cabins and cottages to rent you won't be disappointed. This campground sells out just about every weekend and is still fairly full during the week. Lots of planed activities ranging from kickball to adult bingo games. 3 pools and a splash pad, indoor pool, gem mining, water ballon wars, paddle boats, putt putt golf... You will not be bored and your kids will sleep good :) Great staff and great all around good time. Come visit Yogi, Cindy and Bo Boo

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Our site was #585....horrible traffic noise. Just a few feet away from Toll Road. Yes, it was a nice big site, and not too far from the pool...but there was nothing relaxing about this campsite. In order to drown out the noise to sleep at night we had to keep our air conditioning on. Thank goodness we have A/C in our RV. On the bright side, our kids did not seem effected by the noise pollution. The amenities did make up for the bad site however. There are 4 pools! and a splash park. Also, there are water slides. They cost $10/day per person, or $25 per stay per person. There are three slides. My husband and daughter were hurt on the second and third slide. I would recommend sticking to slide #1, otherwise you are risking an injury. We loved the paved roads, nice to bike on. It is a slow go community, and seemed pretty safe to let the kids ride on around the campground. There are also swimming ponds, a lake, cafe, arcade, mining, nice camp store and family bingo! It is actually a great Jellystone, we would consider going back, but would only go if we could guarantee a campsite far from the Toll Road.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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93 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Our entire family loves this campground! Great activities for the entire family, lake for swimming, fishing, boat rentals. Pools one indoor and three outdoor, water slides, playgrounds, etc. We stay here 2-3 times per year and enjoy our stay every time. This summer a mistake was made for our daughters birthday. Yogi was supposed to come to our campsite on her birthday, somehow she was missed. Normally a birthday party includes one bear and a gift. After being notified of the missed birthday girl not only were we not charged but all three bears plus Ranger Smith showed up at our campsite! Excellent customer service. I agree with another review that the water does have a smell, it has a lot of iron in it, I do not feel it is that strong and it definitely does not keep us from going there. We have a water filter on our camper that hooks up to the water hookup, this filters out the excess iron and completely gets rid of the smell. I have noticed many campers at this campground with these filters. Some sites are very close to the freeway and it can be loud, especially in the fall when the leaves are off the trees. The freeway is south of the campground.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Ohio
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120 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2013

We haven't been here for a few years, but we have been here several times prior to that. This is a NICE and HUGE campground. If you have kids, once you are there, there's no reason to even leave the campground.

They have several pools--indoor and outdoor and a huge water playground. This campground is on Barton Lake--you can rent paddle or row boats. They have mini golf. They have waterslides. They have all-day activities/crafts for the kids. They have a large store and a snack bar, etc.

If you don't have an RV or tent, you could rent a cabin. They have basic bare-bones cabins to very nice big cabins.

This campground is very large, and if you are able to bring your bikes along, I would recommend that. They do have bike rentals here too though.

We had many happy memories at this campground. We have been to several Jellystone campgrounds, but this is by far the best one we've been to.

This isn't rustic at all. It's very clean, open and family-oriented. I definitely recommend it for a fun/affordable get-away for your family. Young kids will especially enjoy seeing Yogi, Cindy and Boo Boo, and they will get the chance for photo opportunities with them.

Room Tip: *Take a bike if you can---will make getting around the park to activities much easier.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Midwest
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

We just returned today from a quick 2 night stay. I have been coming to Jellystone since I was a kid (1970's). It was called Barton Lake back then. We took our kids in the '80's and '90's and this time it was a 3 generation trip with our now grown children and our grandchildren. This place just keeps getting better and better!! We stayed in site 614 and it was full hook-up with a cement pad and plenty of room. Close to the nicest, newest playground which is next door to the pools and water park. The newest bathroom was at the end of our row. We didn't use it, but our daughter and son in law who come here often, say that it is the nicest and they will walk across the entire park to use it. When you drive into the registration building parking lot, you know you're at a nice place. It's a Disney-like attractive building and immpectably groomed grounds. The staff is quick, helpful and very, very friendly. There is a guide waiting to lead you by golf cart to your site and to help or answer any questions. Most sites are pull-through and have lots of plush grass and a tree or two. There are 4 pools; a family pool, a sports pool, a quiet pool and an indoor pool. There's a big water play area for the little ones, 2 big bouncing pillows; one for 6 and under, one for over 6 which is obviously nice for saftey reasons. There are also 2 water slides (extra charge) and many, many other activities. We rented pedal bikes and had a really nice time at family bingo. See their website for all the fun activities. This is a really nice place. It's clean and the staff is friendly. We've camped in many places and only the Fort Wilderness resort at Walt Disney World is as nice as Jellystone!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Barton Lake
Address: 140 Lane 201 Barton Lk, Fremont, IN 46737-8845
Region: United States > Indiana > Fremont
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Fremont
Number of rooms: 582
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"2013 Camp Resort of the Year" "2010 Facility of the Year" Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™ Camp Resort at Barton Lake, Fremont, Indiana is your destination, vacation camp resort! With 540 camp sites, 21 cabins and 21 deluxe cottages we can accommodate all of your camping needs! Facilities include an indoor pool, 3 outdoor pools, a water splash park, 3 giant water slides, paddle boat & row boat rentals, 5 playground, laundry facilities, fully stocked camping store, snack bar, game room, mini-golf, swimming beach, Water Wars, Pedal Cart rental, golf cart rental, a large recreation building, kiddy train rides, wagon rides, lighted basketball courts, horseshoes, sand volleyball courts, wagon/stroller rental, Free Basic Wi-Fi, showers and restrooms, dump station and honey wagon service, as well as an award winning recreation program. Not to mention Yogi Bear™ and his friends Boo Boo™, Cindy Bear™ and Ranger Smith™ ! YOGI BEAR and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and (C) Hanna-Barbera . (S15) ... more   less 

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