To set the tone for our trip, our GPS didn't find them accurately. We called and were given a new address to put into our GPS. We did and then found that we were directed in the wrong direction again. When I called back a second time, I asked if they could give me landmarks of businesses we would pass along our way to the campground so we knew we were headed the right way. The staff said "I'm not from this area so I have no idea." I just about fell over. REALLY?!? Come to find out, one of them was from New Jersey! Why is this campground not hiring from the local area?!? I'm not even sure the owners were even on site.
When we checked in, the staff was not very friendly. They acted like they were just going through the motions to just get us out of their hair. When asked for specifics on their activity calendar for the 4th of July, they referred me to the list that they had on their website. They didn't have a handout that detailed when the fireworks took place, date/time when the bike parade was going to happen, or date/time when the glow parade was going to happen. When I pushed, they just looked at me like I was the one who was nuts.
Then the site itself. 85% of this campground is FULL SUN! It's as though they cleared a field because there are NO trees even starting to grow to provide shade in years to come. IT WAS AWFUL! Also, you are right on top of your neighbor. And I mean right on top of them. There is absolutely NO PRIVACY! I mean come on. That's not camping. How can that be considered relaxing or enjoyable? Oh and did I mention that we are really close to the Eagle River Airport???
WI-FI campground wide? NO WAY! I was NEVER able to connect at my site. The only time I was able to connect was when I was sitting up at the picnic tables by the office. This feature was a major reason for why I chose this campground.
The only thing that this campground has going for it is the bathrooms. They have very nice, modern, spacious showers AND they were clean. However, 3 stalls is nowhere near enough for a campground of this size. You have to wait for a LONG time. There were 6 toilet stalls which was nice too. The paper towel and soap dispenser kept running out and not replaced quickly.
We even checked out a day early because we were so fed up with the whole experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hi-Pines Campground, our family-friendly campground in Eagle River, Wisconsin! Only 1 mile from downtown Eagle River. Our 75-acre RV park offers terrific camping activities like fishing and swimming on our one-acre pond, playing in our water park, hiking on our trails, or working with your horse at our horse stables. You can relax on our beach, do some bird watching, or plan a fun picnic lunch or dinner at your own campsite, using the fire pit that's in each site. We offer free WIFI throughout the campground. Stop by the clubhouse for some food or beverages. With nearby attractions like the World Snowmobile Headquarters, the fun of Minocqua, and beautiful Bond Falls, you'll always find something fun to do in our area. ... more less