This is not a luxury lodge, so please book somewhere else if that is what you are looking for. This is a place for families with kids in tow (like us!). This is a blue collar experience, not the Ritz.
We stayed here during the early summer, and the hotel was gearing up for the "Family Camp". So there were alot of young folks around doing training, however they were all courteous and followed the quiet time rules (10 PM to 8 AM).
First let me discuss the positives and then the negatives:
The rooms are large compared to a standard hotel. We had a king bed and two bunk beds and still had room to move around. Beware that the bathroom (at least in our room) was tiny. We had a room in the main lodge, and I would definitely recommend staying in one of the cabins if you can get it.
The beds were comfortable and looked like that had been recently replaced. The only problem with the bunk beds is that there was no safety bar. Maid service only replaced towels during our stay and did not make the beds. Not a big deal for us.
The biggest problem we had with the rooms was the location and the lack of air conditioning. It gets warm up there in the summer months and none of the rooms have AC. We had the windows open all night and the fan going full speed with little relief until late into the night. If you are going to stay at any of the parks resorts, make sure to inquire about AC.
So with the windows open came alot of noise and full sunrise too early for us! There were several porch lights that beamed right into our room, and the back door to lodge was used all night long. Unfortunately it was right below our window and also very load when every person let it slam behind them. We did not sleep well any night and the kids were exhausted when we left.
We also had a terrible view from our room. It overloooked two large garbage cans and the counselors housing. I tried to include a photo of that with this posting.
Meals are included with your stay, and we found them to be acceptable. We are not talking about gourmet cooking, but the adults and the children all found something to eat every day at every meal. The first night we arrived about 6:30 to the buffet and several main items were already gone. And when they are gone, they are gone!
The eating area ia large enough to accomodate everyone, however if it is crowded you could wind up sitting with another family. If you don't want to socialize, go to the outside tables! During our stay, we did not have any trouble getting a large table to ourselves. Beer and wine can be purchased as well.
The biggest problem with the food are the flies and the so-called 24 hour snacks. Given that the food is served buffet style and sits out for awhile, flies do land on everything. It was a bit disgusting to be honest, but we managed. The kids liked serving themselves and loved getting hot chocolate whenever they wanted.
Forget the 24 hours snacks. It is a row of cereal dispensers that you can help yourself to whenver you want. There are no real "snacks" like chips or cookies or crackers. Bring your own. There is an ice cream selection, but you do have to pay extra for these. Coffe and tea are available anytime.
There are alot of things to do at the camp. We spent our days touring the park and then did a few activities when we returned after dinner. We most enjoyed canoeing on the small lake and catching the small fish with the provided nets. We were going to play tennis but never got around to it!
This is one of the areas where the place has potential. There is horseback riding, water skiing, canoeing, hitting golf balls, tennis, archery, firing range, fitness course, hosershoes, volleyball. But be forewarned that these activities are not included in your stay unless you do Family Camp. You will pay extra.
To be honest the facilities are run down and need work. Our kids had a great time while we were there, but we did not pay for any of the extra activities either. I have no idea how good the camp counselors would be with the activities. They all seemed pretty young and maybe need more training?
The lake is pretty small and there was no swimming when we were there (no lifegaurds on duty). The kids were very disappointed. We thought we would have the pool as a backup, but it is very small and was filled with alot of debris. The kids did not want to go in it. THe hot tub looked nice, but we never got in.
Oh, and if you go in the summer months bring alot of bug spray with you. The mosquitos are pretty bad, especially at dusk.
There was a nice walking path around the lake, maybe about 1/2 mile long. I did it a few times in the morning and never saw a sole out there. It was very peaceful and well maintained.
There is a shelf with alot of kids books on it, they all looked well used. THere are also some board games, but not a whole lot. I saw many puzzles in the game cabinet as well, although we never put one together. I expect they would be missing alot of pieces.
The web site does not really show you much of the facility with photos, so it is a bit of a guess when you book where you will be. We booked online and did not have any issues. The hotel was recently purchased by new owners and I believe being renovated.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.