I went camping this past weekend with my wife and son. I took the kayak and fishing gear, and we stayed in a primitive camping area with a picnic table, grill and a safe area for a fire.
The people there were very nice. I went for the kayaking and fishing; my son went for everything under the sun; and I think my wife went to socialize. Everyone we met was very friendly.
The lake was very pretty (you can rent boats there too), but don't expect to catch a lot of fish. It seems over-fished to me, and there are plenty of weeds to keep you busy. Still, it's a great place to paddle around and just soak in the peacefulness the lake offers.
But there were times when it wasn't exactly a peaceful experience. I guess someone was having a party at one of the cabins because it was very loud on that side, and I was glad we decided to camp on the opposite side of the campgrounds from them.
I did see quite a bit of wildlife while there. We saw ducks, hawks, bats, and I even got a very close look at a large opossum as he was sneaking back into the woods at night! (I think he was looking around campsites for a free meal.)
The overall condition of the park was fair. It really could use some maintenance, litter pickup and improvements. But, at the same time, those little things I noticed that could use a little attention weren't deal breakers for me.
I think my biggest fault in all this was we simply didn't have enough time to do everything we wanted to do. My son wanted to go hiking, and we walked around some, but we didn't have enough time to find a trail. Next time I plan to find one of those to see if they're worth exploring.
So, here's my basic summary:
Camping: Yes on the primitive sites.
Fishing: Not so much.
Hiking: No clue.
Paddling: A big yes.
I'd recommend this park to a friend if they're looking to get away for a weekend, and especially if they like to kayak or canoe on peaceful waters.
Oh, and I don't hold the park responsible for the party someone was having at their cabin. We picked a weekend when the weather was pleasant, so I knew going in that we were going to be surrounded by tons of camping folks. And they were far enough away that they didn't cause any issues for us when it got late enough for sleeping.
I would've been annoyed if I would've camped on the same side with them though.
I'm giving this park a 3 though because I think they can do a little better with maintaining the park. And there are little educational things I've seen at other parks that weren't present at this park. Simply putting up small, wooden signs so folks (and especially children) can learn the different types of trees and plants can be a big attraction for many people.
And it would be really nice if the lake were stocked with fish. Even if you could only catch and release certain times of day/month/year, it would be worth it to know that at least you could catch a few fish when you spent more than a couple hours fishing there.
Little things like that go a long way, and while the lack of these things don't (and won't) keep me away from parks like this, those parks that have all those little things taken care of are higher on my list of parks to visit.
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