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River Bay Campground & Marina
Minnesota
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35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Just fine for our purposes”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2011

We stayed in a standard cabin. The whole reason we stayed here was that we got a half price deal. That being said, it was a fantastic deal with the Chula Vista passes included!!! The cabin was nice, and really wonderful that there was a toilet in it. I am used to cabins where you have to go to the camping outhouses. They were clean and plenty of room. We didn't take advantage of the things the campground has to offer because we wanted to spend our time at Chula. One thing I would change is to have free unlimited wifi.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Spring Valley, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2011

Unfortunately, I do agree with many of the reviews here. The staff was friendly enough when we were there, but when I called to make my reservation it was over 4th of July weekend. At that time the staff seemed a bit unorganized.

The cabin was very nice and one of the best I have seen in the dells area, but it was an upgraded more expensive cabin from the standard one rooms I have previously stayed in. The staff did allow us to put a small tent next to the cabin at no additional charge. That was very cosiderate. My favorite part of the cabin was the front porch - which was really nice for sitting and relaxing. Although - I would upgrade to a screened porch, or put on bug spray sooner. I was eaten alive. There was also a smell from the dump station which was located fairly close to our cabin... it wasn't consistant enough to be a real problem.

The garbage dumpster was located next to the pool and it did smell. Since we were not there on a holiday weekend and incurred the same problem many others have had, I would suggest the campground do something to remedy this problem. The pool area/arcade was nice besides the smell.

The shower and bathrooms were ok. They were camground clean. I'm not sure why they decided 7am was a good cleaning time though.... I would suggest later morning or early afternoon. Many people are waking between 6-9 and need the shower and bathroom areas. The showers do cost a quarter for a little over 3 min. of water. I have stayed at other campgrounds where the showers were free, but understand this is a faily common practice.

As with all places you do have to purchase wood locally. Unfortunately the wood I purchased at the campground was $5.00 for a smaller bundle, but the wood was wet and didn't burn well.

The golf carts were a constant irritaiton. They come through often and they drive fast..

This campground is also about 10-15 min from the popular Dells attractions like Noah's Ark. Nice for relaxing, but difficult if you have people in your party that want to be in the action.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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East Troy, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2011

We were at River Bay for 6 days in July. We absoulty loved it and will go back again next year! They were friendly from the moment we arrived, showed us to our camp site and showed us around on their golf cart. We also had our 25 ft boat with us and they put us in a perfect spot seeing you need to have your boat on your site as there is no boat parking. We rented a boat slip as well....the first one they gave us would not work for our size boat, they quickly called and they put us in a different one. We ate at the restrauant for their Friday fish fry and it was very good. The showers/bathrooms were clean. You do need to put in .25 cents for every 3 min. but that was ok....water temp in the showers were hit or miss in the womens, now my son said their showers were hot. We were their over that very hot spell...they kept the pool open for all of us to try and cool off in...at 11 PM it was still in the 90's! Very nice playground too. I only had two complaints...one on Fridays they have karokee and there was a very loud group you could hear and then they walked through the camp ground at like 3 in the morning still yelling and screaming...the other would be the price of the bikes they have for the kids to rent....5.00 for 1/2 hour that seemed a little high...but the kids enjoyed it! We also had Mr. and Mrs. raccoon that like to visit our site at 4:30 for three of the mornings....so don't leave anything out. My daughter had put a box of doughnuts from the morning into a Wal-Mart bag and left it on the picnic table inside the screen house.....they took the bag and dragged it out into the woods....in the morning we went to go and look and they ate the rest of the doughnuts. I can't wait to go again!

Besides it being very HOT! during our stay we had a GREAT time!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Chicago, IL
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2011

We have stayed at several campgrounds in or near the Dells, that were much better than this. Unfortunately we planned our vacation over the 4th of July and waited until June to book - when our favorite campgrounds were already full.

Horrible Customer Service.
From the moment we arrived, it was clear they were unorganized and unprepared. The ladies running the office weren't very helpful, and the owner was rude. We paid for a tent site with electric and water and they were happy to charge my credit card right away, but no site was ever reserved for us. Instead the owner drove us around on her golf cart to look at available sites. She tried to offer us a primitive site with no electric and water, and also tried to offer us a site within the RV only area. Unhappy with these options, she told us to get off the golf cart and wait while she took care of other people behind us. Forty minutes after checking in, she finally was able to find a site for us.

Restrooms and Showers.
Bring quarters because it costs you 25 cents for four minutes of water! The bathrooms weren't terribly clean, and have very poor air circulation. Also, the small number of restrooms and showers is grossly out of proportion to the size of the campground.

Garbage and Smell.
The dumpsters are right next to the pool and smell BAD! We camped over the 4th of July weekend, and there was so much garbage it was piled waist high all around the dumpsters, and baking in the sun. Management should have planned ahead in anticipation of the holiday weekend and excess garbage.

The River.
It leaves a lot to be desired. The view is not all that great, and don't count on fishing from the shore because there is nowhere to fish from. The boat launch is convenient if you plan to take a boat out for the day but that is about it.

Noise.
Quiet hours are from 11 pm-7 am, but there is a bar with live music smack in the middle of the campground, so don't count on any peace and quiet.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Travelers are raving about these Lyndon Station hotels

Northlake, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2011

I have tried other campgrounds and seem to enjoy river bay better than all the surrounding campgrounds..The owners seem to give a 100 %.!! We are seasonals and they respond to all of our needs. They are always improving the place and have great maintenance workers .Great get away!!! The princess kay is also a plus!! They also make it a fun place by having karaoke on weekends...

Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2011

They also took our credit card to hold a site, But when we went to pay for our site the owner Rhonda points at the ATM and says we only hold the site with the Credit Card and we only accept cash for non seasonal sites. Sounds like something not right to me or even illegal, Bait and switch when we got there. Garbage dumpsters within 50 feet of pool, Golf carts racing though the park dusting us down every 5 minutes and the water gave my whole family the runs,

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Dakota, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2011

I camped here around age 13 to 17 every weekend in summer for 4 years before the place had many campers there were only around 10 to 15 perm.sites we were one friends were on side .boat launch was private sat on dock in boats we had 2 ,rode 4 wheeler all over. Pool was clean .Wayne was the owner then also .great guy.took us out on his speed boat ,showers were 25 cents, but had long shower, I love my memories there, I'm 38 now, still camp and plan to take my wife here and tell her my stories ,they say it's awful don't go ,it's to bad u didn't have my experience ,you are right,maybe it is getting run down it's been 20 some years ,but I'll be there again atleast once.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Property: River Bay Campground & Marina
Address: W1147 River Bay Road, Lyndon Station, WI 53944
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Lyndon Station
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Lyndon Station
Number of rooms: 325
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
River Bay is located on the beautiful Wisconsin River 5 miles from downtown Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. We offer an active type of camping with special events scheduled many weekends throughout the year. River Bay is the port for the Princess Kay Paddlewheel river boat and the township boat launch is located right on the resort. River Bay has seasonal campsites, overnight campsites, and cabins/rental units. In addition, River Bay offers tons of amenities for the active families to take part in. These include: heated outdoor swimming pool, basketball court, volleyball court, two playground areas, peddal cart rentals, golf cart rentals, pontoon rentals, pier slips, Bayside Bar & Grill (offering great food and cold drinks), weekend entertainment, Chula Vista water-park passes included in your stay, and fun events to take part in all summer long. ... more   less 
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