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Old 07-15-2010, 08:35 AM   #1
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We are looking into the possibilty of a seasonal site next year. We live in the suburbs of Chicago, so we are looking for something within about a 3 hour drive. We really enjoy water activities, so a lake would be great. Any suggetions would be much appreciated.







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Old 07-15-2010, 08:49 AM   #2
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You are welcome to do what ever you wish, but I definitely suggest staying at the campgrounds you end up considering several times before making your decision. We have stayed at the campground our season lease is at for three years before committing to a season lease. We knew exactly what to expect from the owners, the other season lease campers and the park as well.

No doubt there are several potential parks in northern Illinois, northern Indiana, southern Wisconsin and southwest Michigan. I believe that Decatur, Mi is about 3 hours from downtown Chicago and they have several highly rated camp grounds in trailer life. Sunnybrook RV park in South Haven, Mi is not on a lake, but is a condo park with an incredible pool and you are close to Lake Michigan with easy public access and marinas. This is an new condo park in I believe 2008.

Be certain you like the management, the facilities and the other campers before you commit to a season lease or to a condo site.
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Old 07-18-2010, 04:39 AM   #3
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Only been RVing for a year and have been out a numbr of times. The KOA in Lena is very nice. Probably about three hours from Chicago. No lake, and really not near any water, other than the mighty Mississippi near by. But, day trips to Galena and New Glarus, WI make the location pretty nice. Close to good hiking, biking shopping (in Galena) and a couple of state parks.The KOA is welldesigned with families in mind. Heated pool, jumping pad,mini golf and other activites.

Another place to check out is the town of Somonauk, IL. Have only been through there and not stayed. The town has a small lake and from what I hear a nice seasonal community. Maybe someone else on here can give us both more info on this town.



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Old 07-20-2010, 12:38 PM   #4
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Thanks for the Tips.How aboutWaffle Farm CG in Coldwater, MI? Anyone ever been there?
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:58 PM   #5
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I stayed there last year. We had our annual family camping reunion there. Seems to me the sites were large and grassy but we did not have sites on the water. Good interior dirt roads. Did not use the facillities so can't comment on those. The infrastructure (water/electric) is old and needs serious attention.

The management appears to be stable but I believe the ownership has been the same for 30+ years.

They normally have openings so call ahead for reservations and check them out to see it that's the kind of park you're looking for.
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:26 PM   #6
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We are looking into the possibilty of a seasonal site next year. We live in the suburbs of Chicago, so we are looking for something within about a 3 hour drive. We really enjoy water activities, so a lake would be great. Any suggetions would be much appreciated.






I would stay away from Pearl Lake. Just got back from there and won't ever go back. You can check out my review at rvparkreviews. com

In a few weeks we'll be heading to Silver Springs in Rio Wi. just north of Madison, I have heard positive reviews and looking forward to actually staying there. Will let you know my thoughts.
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We lived in Marengo for about 8 months at Lehamans and it was nice. They have a lake but no pool. I agree that you should spend a bit of time at each to see if they meet your needs.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:58 AM   #8
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We are in the same boat you are. We upgraded to a travel trailer from a pop up just to have this option.My "must have" is access to a lake and possibly a dock slip for a fishing boat and/or jet ski. We found the campgrounds in the Milton area of WI(Lake Koshonong) Blackhawk or lakeland campgrounds seem nice and look at Crystal Lake in WI, Crystal Lake RV Resort is nice. Those area's are nice. We used to have a cottage on Lake WI right next to Crystal Lakeand it was 3hrs from the Aurora area. We are in the process of camping at these different spots to figure out what we want. The thing I am most worried about is how well the campsites drain after a rain. I have heard horror stories of seasonal campsites that people thought were going to be nice and they ended up in a swamp after a rain. But like I said we are in the same boat as you, looking for a place to park. Let me know what you find also.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:06 AM   #9
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We had a seasonal in north central MN for 16 years. Boy did we get tired of it! Went through 2 owners. First one was always pretty sour then he sold it. New owner poured money into the place and got in over his head and became worse than the first owner. Between all the new rules and regulations the new fees that kept popping up and the cliques we finally had enough. I would strongly suggest staying for a few weeks before committing to a seasonal contract. I don't think we'll do it again. It got pretty boring being in the same place all the time. Might as well stay home where there's lots more to do. JMHO

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Old 08-29-2010, 10:15 AM   #10
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Please don't take this wrong......but we bought the Cruiser because of the wheels. Had we wanted to go to the same place every summer/weekend/vacation we'd buy a cottage (without the wheels . I don't mind pulling, this could change, but till I see most or all of this country, I'll keep the wheels a-turning. We are currently adding to our list, we like our traditions, we've been going to the same place Labor Day and are looking for a Memo Day destination (Pearl Lake last May--not making our list). We do Durham NCin Easter (Daughter, Grandson) and again in Summer with a side trip(s), this year it was the Outterbanks. We do a separate Summertrip, sometimes just to camp, found a good one this year, Hidden Valley, Milton Wisc. Last Year we did Mackinac City MI. Thanksgiving my SIL's driveway in Penn. Love my Cruiser...................and the way she moves.



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