We went with 5 other families to this park in August, 2005. It was absolutely awful.
First, I called the park to inquire about shaded sites. I was given 6 site numbers, which were described as being "partially shaded" and having water and electricity. Only 2 of the sites had any shade whatsoever (the other 4 had saplings no larger than 4 feet), and only one of them had a water hookup. Additionally, one of the 2 large trees on one of our sites was covered in poison ivy! When I pointed this out to the park employee, he admitted that he did not know what poison ivy looks like. So my 7-year old daughter and her 5-year old cousins helpfully pointed it out to him. I think a park employee who is responsible for maintaining a campground should educate himself about something like that, and perhaps invest in a bottle of Roundup to boot.
The beach (if you can call it that) is absolutely revolting, with large rotting fish carcasses strewn all over the place. Lake Erie is filthy and smelly there, although it is clean and clear in other places. The beach was closed on the Saturday we were there because the rain storm the night before had stirred up Lake Erie, so that the bacterial count might have potentially been too high for safe swimming. Although the beach was closed, the lifeguard sat in a chair and read a book for most of the morning. Perhaps her time would have been better spent cleaning up the dead fish on the beach? She and another park employee did make a halfhearted attempt to pick up a few of the carcasses around mid-afternoon, when the sun and the stench of the rotting fish were at their highest. However, after they were finished "cleaning", there were still dead rotted fish all over the place.
The bathrooms were dirty, gross, and without any toilet paper for most of Saturday. One stall in the ladies' room was completely unusable because someone had defecated all over it. It stayed that way the entire weekend we were there. Oh, and did I forget to mention the charming camper who gave her dog a shower in the ladies' shower?
I cannot understand how in the world this park made Camping Life's List of Top 100 Family Campgrounds in the US. I am cancelling my subscription to the magazine because of this, and am also requesting a refund of our camping fees. I would never, ever go back to this campground, and recommend that no one else go there, either.
- Also Known As:
- Lake Erie State Park Hotel Brocton