I usually don't write reviews (good or bad), but I felt I needed to in order to make up for some of the bad reviews this park has received. I agree with the poster that said the negative reviews were probably all from the same person using different names.
We just got back from a Boy Scout family camp at Hartman Creek and I have only positive things to say about it. First of all the park is HUGE. Over 1,400 acres. And there is plenty to do from hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming (nice sand beach and clean lake), and of course, camping. There were about 20 of us who did a one-night camp from Saturday noon to Sunday noon and other than the rain, we had a great time. Our group camp site was wonderful with plenty of areas among the trees to pitch our tents and set up our kitchen.
As for the Rangers... I will say that they were certainly more visible than at other state parks I have been to, but not in an overly intrusive way. They did come to our site once in the early afternoon to let us know that there was a severe thunderstorm advisory (which I thought was nice of them). As for the Rangers being overly agressive in their enforcement of park rules such as quite time. I was in my tent by a little after 10:00 and some in our camp stayed up talking until well after 11:00 and the Rangers never snuck up on them and told them to quiet down. Actually, I was the only one who eventually had to ask the few night owls in our group to keep it down because I was worn out and wanted to sleep. :) One person in our group said that they came back again about 11:30 when they were still up talking but all they told them was that if the winds get too strong we may want to consider moving our tents into the field rather than staying in the woods.
Bottom line, check the park out for yourself.
- Also Known As:
- Hartman Creek State Park Hotel Waupaca