Let me start by saying that the family that runs the Covert/South Haven KOA is very nice and seems to genuinely care about their campground. I think they have the right mentality to one day have a gem of a KOA. They just aren't quite there yet. We stayed in one of their 2-room cabins during our 3 night stay. When we arrived, it was in the mid-90's outside and our cabin was sweltering. We turned on the window AC unit and suddenly the cabin started shaking. The AC unit was so loud we practically needed earplugs when we were inside the cabin, and it vibrated so bad that it shook the whole cabin. It did very little to cool the cabin down, basically just made a ton of noise. We were there to enjoy ourselves though, so we made the most of the loud and steamy cabin and didn't complain. The cabin was right next to the camping kitchen, which we really find to be a useful "must-have" at any KOA. A few lights in the kitchen would be a welcomed addition though. The bathrooms/showers are a little bit of a walk, and are extremely tiny. We used the ones connected to the office because they were nicer and the closer ones were always occupied.
The Covert/South Haven KOA offers activities, but they all cost money. It's unfortunate, because we chose this KOA based off all of their activities they list on their website. When you're a family of 5 you travel on a budget. When you're not expecting extra unplanned expenses it gets to be disappointing when you constantly have to tell your kids that we can't do any of the fun stuff. The Sunday pancake breakfast cost as much as a restaurant would charge, the t-shirts cost, the jumping pillow cost each day of use, their blueberries cost. I emailed the owners about this and received a very kind email stating that they don't explicitly state on their website that anything is free. But at the same time, they don't say that anything costs extra either.That part of the stay definitely dissapointed our family, which was a big part of our choosing their KOA.
Luckily, this KOA is very close to a lot of beautiful scenery and things to do, and we took full advantage of Van Buren State Park and South Haven. If there was nothing to do in the area and we had to rely strictly on the KOA for entertainment we would have been sadly dissapointed. Because we had plenty of other stuff to keep us occupied we were able to take it for what it was worth, enjoy being together as a family, have a few nice campfires, laugh about the jet engine AC in the back of our cabin, and get a little bit of sleep in between.
While our experience was average at best, I think we'll try the other KOA's in the area and compare before we come back to this one again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Covert / South Haven KOA has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing vacation in the great outdoors. Enjoy our beautiful location just a few miles from Lake Michigan as well as all the amenities we have on the campground including a jumping pillow, heated swimming pool, planned activities and much more. Campers will love our spacious RV sites, shaded tent sites or two different types of cozy cabins. ... more less
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