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W9935 McGowan Rd, Lodi, WI 53555-9432
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#1 of 4 in Lodi
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Beth B wrote a review Jun 19
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My husband and I booked a site here last minute after being displaced from another campground due to a power outage and trees down after a storm. We got to our site and found that it was all gravel after I had explained to the lady on the phone that we were staying on a tent. It it was a last minute booking so my husband and I just made the best of it, still looking forward to our stay. We went to the office in the morning to rent a golf cart, as they would not let us book over the phone in advance. We then learned we could not use the golf cart after dark, which we both thought was a little strange, but still decided to go through with the rental. All was well until the next day after we participated in the water wars and poker run. We went back to our tent to relax only to wake up to find that our golf cart was gone. We went to the office right away and the girl told us they had complaints from the seasonals so they came and took it from us. We asked to speak to the owner and we asked him about the seasonal complaints and then said he didn’t know if the complaints came from seasonals or not. Well, the girl had just told us they were. He told us what the complaints were and where it happened and we weren’t anywhere near two of the sites that complained and the other one was because a kid ran out in front of our golf cart so we swerved to miss him and apparently that is driving erratically. Keep in mind the carts do not go faster than 8.5 mph so it’s pretty impossible to do anything crazy while driving them. Also, the owner automatically took the seasonals word for it and didn’t care what we had to say, nor did he ask us about it before he rudely took it from us. Then he said he was not going to give us our deposit back. He asked us what we wanted to happen and I said our deposit back and then we will leave. He told us we didn’t need to leave but we were not going to stay knowing how clearly unwelcome we were and the owner catering to the seasonals. We did meet some nice seasonals there but others clearly wanted nothing to do with overnight guests and would go out of their way to make you feel unwelcome. In addition, teenagers run the place. I rarely saw adult staff and when I did they were cleaning the bathrooms. Also, our camp site was by the playground and we were woken up by about 50 kids playing there at 8am and come to find out they run a day camp and the kids are there during the week everyday and take over everything. I wish I would have read the reviews before coming but we were just scrambling to find a place quickly. Lesson learned, never again. The owner even had the audacity to say he was concerned about the integrity of the campground and if he was that concerned he would’ve at least talked to us before he took our cart and wouldn’t have treated us so poorly. So here you go, a bad review for your campground because you refuse to listen to your overnight guests. I hope this review helps others when deciding to go here or not. I usually am skeptical when others complain about staff at places because I’m wondering how they treated them. But this is not the case. We kept our site clean, were friendly and tried to make friends and were always polite with staff even if they weren’t with us. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else because you won’t be welcome here.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Kristen H wrote a review Aug 2021
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Online, this place looks great. In person, however, we quickly noticed it was not well maintained in the least! Maintenance issues: * The water was always extremely dirty with broken water balloons, cigarette butts, bandaids, etc. * The game room was missing all sorts of pieces to the games and when we asked the front desk they said, "Oh yeah. We don't have that." or "That's broken." In fact, there is a ga-ga ball pit and when our kids went to play it, the front desk didn't even know it existed on the campgrounds nor did they have the necessary ball to play it. So- essentially, many of the items that seemed like you'd be able to use, you couldn't. Also, it was so dark inside the game room, I didn't feel comfortable leaving my kids to try to play the games that did work in there by themselves. * Our cabin, a park model, had nerf bullets and old masks laying on the floors in bedrooms and in the main room under the table. It was clear the cabin had not been cleaned well before we came. (This just kinda makes ones skin crawl, you know?) STAFF: There were two girls about 15?16? running the front store. They were helpful and pleasant. Other than that, we saw two boys who worked to clear the paths with air blowers, etc. One day I saw an adult that moved a table and commanded kids from the beach about something- I'm *assuming* that was someone in charge. Other than that, there was no adult present that looked to be supervising the campground. There are many permanent camping sites around the campground so this lead us to believe they really must cater to those that have been coming for years. (Always a sure sign leadership is lacking.) BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: They run a DAY CAMP THERE! So, not only did it have the other paying campers trying to use the waterfront and other "activities," but our kids had to try to share things with at least 50+ other kids. It was ridiculous! If you are looking for a clean, family-friendly place with activities to fill some restful days out in nature, I would not suggest this camp. You'll likely be disappointed.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Leanne T wrote a review Aug 2021
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We stayed for 3 nights which was rough. The pond looks super cool with inflatables BUT it is colored water and extremely dirty! Mold growing on the bottoms of the inflatables and rings. No exaggeration, dirty. The place is not staffed with anyone but teenagers who have no authority or information. The pedal cars are all broken, the dunk tank is disgusting and there again are no staff to make sure that a little kid wanders and drowns in this unfenced tank. The best is that they host a day camp that is never mentioned when making reservations. There are like 75 kids screaming at 7 am right next to the space that we were placed by the office!! Kids running on out site is not the worst it’s just loud! Then they take over everything! The pond the park, ugh. Not recommended at all.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Diane K wrote a review Aug 2021
Waupun, Wisconsin4 contributions2 helpful votes
Last year 2020 we were at this campground and it was well taken care of. Bathrooms were spotless and they were cleaning them every few hours. This year 2021 new owner took over and it is awful. Bathrooms were dirty. One bathroom had no running water in the sink. Others had nothing to dry your hands and showers were also dirty. Our last night there a camper across from us had their music playing so loud we could not even talk among our selves. A friend went to the office to complain and the young teenager told him they have until 11:00pm. Camper next to us went over to talk to them and it did no good. People also did not pick up after there dog. We saw no older adult supervising anything. Seem like it was all being run by young adults and teenagers. This was such a nice campground, to bad it’s going down hill fast.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Sara wrote a review Aug 2021
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Great place, if you look at the website you will see it’s NOT a quite little place for outdoor camping on a lake kinda trip. It’s a cute camping kind of resort with lots of fun stuff for kids to do. This will be our second year going and plan on making it a yearly thing. If you want wilderness camping you can see by the pictures this is not what you are looking for. But more a family place with lots of kids and people. Some reviewers said it was bad but clearly did not read or do research on it first.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Tara S wrote a review Aug 2021
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We stayed in VIP site #4 with our pull-behind trailer for 4 days/3 nights. This was the most expensive campground that we have stayed at thus far, and we were really excited to have some fun. The concrete patio area, plastic picnic table and umbrella, and outside grill provided were very nice. The location we chose was perfect for us because it was close to the park for our two boys. I read on the website that they had day camp for local kids during the summer, however, I was not expecting such a large number of kids that were playing on the playground area every morning from 7:30-8:00. Kids were running everywhere from 7:30 am-4:00 pm every day. This trip was not relaxing at all! There were day camp kids everywhere, all the time! You could tell who the day camp kids were because they had matching t-shirts. This was the designated area for the kids to meet every morning until their activities began. I would estimate there were around 100 plus kids that attended this day camp every day. They were so loud!!! Sleeping in was not an option if you are anywhere close to the VIP/park area. Also, the kids kept running through our site even when we politely asked them to please go around. The number of used bandaids, balloon scraps, bottle caps, plastic garbage from food on the beach, floating in the water, and around the campsites was gross. The bathrooms were not clean and some of the showers were not working. The grocery cart experience was a bit crazy, however, our boys, ages 11 and 9, loved it. I was more concerned the driver was going to run over anyone walking on the roads between the campsites because he was going so fast. At one point, the driver slammed on his brakes and quite possibly may have left skid marks on the road. The beach setup was really nice. I liked that there were yurts and cabins available to rent that were directly on the beach. This was great until all the kids from day camp came to swim and took over the beach and inflatables. It was not relaxing at all! Watching the kids flip off of the inflatables into the water was alarming as I was waiting for a child to get knocked out because another child jumped on top of them. So many kids everywhere and no lifeguard. Some of the camp instructors may have been lifeguards but it didn't seem to be. At 4:00 the kids from day camp finally went home and the beach was a lot less congested. For the price, this campground was not what we expected. On a positive note, the permanent sites were very nice and the roads were paved.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Tom M wrote a review Jul 2021
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Do you like golf carts? Loud music? Endless noise? Then this is the campground for you! Holy cow. We paid for a two-night stay and left after less than 24 hours because of the poor experience. Campsites were the smallest and most cramped I've ever seen. Golf carts DID NOT STOP and are not quiet. My wife and I couldn't even sit by the campfire at night and have a conversation because golf carts chugged by literally every 10 seconds on average. And when the sun went down, they all fired up their headlights and their tricked-out rope lights, BLASTED music, and continued doing laps around the campground for no discernible reason. "Quiet" hours start at 11pm, which wasn't enforced. Campsite next to us fired up their string lights and had music on blast most of the night. The "WiFi" as advertised is only when you are literally standing outside the office or in it, nowhere else. There were so many people crammed into the space, we couldn't stand it. A lone port-a-potty was around the corner from our site, but had soap and no water so you couldn't wash your hands. We kept walking up to the main building just to use the toilets. We couldn't figure out where the money was going. We were charged $135+tax for a tiny cabin (fine), but it had no running water despite being immediately next to a campsite with water hookups. You couldn't throw in a sink? There's a closet in the back of the building, just drop a toilet in there if you're charging this much! It had A/C, but the ceiling fan was so loose that it made loud noises keeping us from sleeping and we had to turn it off. My wife had a terrible experience with ONE coin-operated shower in the bathroom: the machine taking the coins was way on the outside of the shower, the motion sensors controlling the lights kept shutting off in the middle of her shower, the shower head was damaged and sprayed more water on the wall than on her, and kids kept sticking their heads in on her. The shared bathrooms are tiny, and the stall in the men's room had no lock on it. There's nothing "camping" about this campground. It's a big pile of people everywhere, stumbling drunks, more golf carts than you've ever seen, no quiet, no room to breathe, and no privacy.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Lynda Wolfer wrote a review Jun 2021
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin1 contribution1 helpful vote
Class A 37.5 foot towing. We arrived at Smoky Hollow and were put in Blue15 pull thru site. Bare dirt, mud actually, because it had rained. No grass, pavers or gravel. 50amp and water. No sewer, no cable, no WiFi away from office. We paid $70 for the privilege of tracking mud into our rv every time we stepped outside. We consider it off-highway robbery, rhetorically speaking.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Steve P wrote a review Jun 2021
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This is a dangerous place for small children. Between the “hot laps” with the hot rod shopping cart and the never ending golf cart speedway. Our 2yr old grandson on his bicycle had a near miss with a golf cart. We took the bike away so he wouldn’t get ran over. It is difficult to go for a walk or for kids on wheels the golf carts race by continuously. We were a group of 5 units camping together with small kids. It’s a nice campground with a lot to do but it’s a speedway and dangerous. I wouldn’t recommend it for kids under 10.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled
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T S wrote a review Jun 2021
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin3 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a large group in the blue B section. The spots were level, hook ups good and blacktop around us. The kids enjoyed the swim pond and playground areas. Later in the day/evening the golf cart traffic increased with some playing loud music. Walking the kids from campsites to amenities became increasing difficult account of motorized traffic, we seldom rode our bikes which was unfortunate because the campground blacktop roads were smooth. Then it happen! The hot rod (full size car engine and drive train) shopping cart. This speeding hot rod cart was giving people hot laps around the campsites. The owners must be self insured or the insurance company doesn't know about this liability. The loud, fume smelling, fast hot laps went on for two hours around our campsites, we had to corral the kids. Folks if you like the traffic and the races this campground is for you.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Smokey Hollow Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Smokey Hollow Campground?
Nearby attractions include Kd's Bar & Grill (3.4 miles), Apocalypse Paintball, Inc. (2.0 miles), and Smokey Hollow Farm (2.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Smokey Hollow Campground?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, kids activities, and kids outdoor play equipment.
What food & drink options are available at Smokey Hollow Campground?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Smokey Hollow Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Remi's Thirsty Moose, Fitz's On the Lake, and Log Tavern Pizza Co..
Are pets allowed at Smokey Hollow Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Smokey Hollow Campground?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Willow Tree Wellness (4.2 miles).