There are 4 loops in this campground. We originally booked a spot in loop one.. Based on the site/bathroom ratio. Photos of our site were deceiving and our TT barely fit. The rangers helped us figure out what sites would be open and we drove around to find a better spot. Loop 2 was a straight road with wooded sites, loop 3 was nicely wooded but we choose loop 4.. The largest of the group, but closest to the lake. Bathrooms were large and showers were clean, but the woman's bathroom needed a bit more care, as people were not very sanitary in the disposal of their supplies:( we set up camp in a non-reservable site that was open.
The campground was nice and the occupants friendly. We were a short walk to the marked off swimming area. Our visit was HOT and extremely humid, so a dip in the lake was necessary each day. The water was comfortable... However the lake is dirty (different from our clear water and sandy bottomed lakes here in Michigan) and I'm not sure I'll ever be able to wash the dirt out of our suits!
They offered pontoon boat (and fishing boat) rentals, so we booked it with a tube for a few hours. Their summer hours were puzzling as they were open daily from 9-4pm. Not early enough for fishing in the mornings before it gets crazy hot and not late enough to enjoy a cooler part of the evening.. Regardless, we were glad to have rented it for just two hours.
They have docks to fish off, and we caught a handful of small fish, but not enough to keep the kids entertained. The water is muddy so you cannot see anything while fishing.
Our biggest complaint was their serious TICK problem! Oh my! We have never encountered them before (Michigan has them... But no where near this). My husband and daughter went for a walk.. Just off the trail and only for a few minutes looking for a turtle they spotted. When they arrived back into camp... Ticks were all over them!! Everywhere and in every crevice! I pulled at least 8-10 out of their skin and found one large one buried in my daughter's back below her underwear waist! Now we were all completely freaked out and from that point forward we did not attempt to walk the trails in this beautiful wilderness. After a few days and finding them everywhere, even while sitting at our site.. We called our trip done and packed up looking for something out of the Missouri heat and tick-ville!
Over all, it's a good place to come to if you have water toys! Launch pad is right off loop 4. And, if you aren't afraid of ticks. The Missourians had no complaints and it seems to be part of everyday life there there. But, being that they were so prevalent and on the kids.. It was too much for our group and we needed to leave.
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