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Old 01-22-2014, 12:44 PM   #1
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April camping in Sandusky, Ohio?

I'm looking for suggestions for a campground near Sandusky that might be open in April. None of the KOA's are open that early and the only Good Sam is Crystal Rock, which doesn't seem to have great ratings.

I know April's kind of early, but I was hoping to be able to break out the camper instead of hoteling it this trip. But that's only if we can find a good, clean campground that's open.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:46 PM   #2
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I'm looking for suggestions for a campground near Sandusky that might be open in April. None of the KOA's are open that early and the only Good Sam is Crystal Rock, which doesn't seem to have great ratings.

I know April's kind of early, but I was hoping to be able to break out the camper instead of hoteling it this trip. But that's only if we can find a good, clean campground that's open.
Did you try the Cedar Point CG? It's right on lake erie and part of the Cedar Point properties. Most people say nice things about it.
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I took a look at it, but they don't open until May. Most of them seem to be tied to CP's open date unfortunately.
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I took a look at it, but they don't open until May. Most of them seem to be tied to CP's open date unfortunately.
Ahhh! How about State Parks? Just up the road from there are island in Lake Erie with camping....I forgot what they're called.
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Good idea. I didn't think to check state parks.
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Good idea. I didn't think to check state parks.
Hope you find a nice place on the Lake. Enjoy being the earlier bird and just listen to the sounds and watch spring try to peek out. Sigh! Can't wait myself.
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Milan Travel Park is not far from Sandusky and might be open. Also, west of town a bit but on Lake Erie is East Harbor State Park.
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Unfortunately it looks like Milan is closed until May as well. A shame really, they were both a Good Sam location and just down the road from Kalahari, which we would like to hit one day during this trip.

East Harbour shows they'll be open, but not the full hookup sites. Might work though.

I was impressed to see that had full hookup sites though. Having camped mostly Michigan State Parks or Ontario Provincial Parks, I've never seen a site offer more than electric. I might be able to convince the DW to do more state parks if they offered more full hookups around here.
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Camped in a Michigan State Park one time on journey from Ohio to Niagara falls across Canada on into Frakenmuth. Stopped out side of Flint? After Paying my State imposed camping Fee which allowed me the right to buy an over-nite stay, we set up in an absolute Pig Sty of a campground. Absolute disgusting the conditions of this State Park. Granted it was in the 90's but I've never camped in Michigan again. I believe it cost me about 60 bucks for the one night of camping in my pop-up trailer. I finished the trip in private campgrounds, saved a ton of money and they were clean and well maintained. A vast difference from the State Parks. I wonder in anything has changed?
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I've only done 1 state park so far with this trailer. As a kid (in the 80's) the family used to do nothing but state parks. Yes, there's the one time fee for a park pass, but after that, they're usually quite economical.

For instance, I paid $27.00 a night the one time we hit a state park last year. In comparison, I average $50-60 a night at private campgrounds. The one we did hit (Holly) was clean and relatively quiet. Definitely not a pigsty.

Now, back in the 80's, we did hit the odd one that was terrible (Sterling is the only one I remember by name), but generally they were pretty good most of the time.

If we need to entertain the kids, then we look at the KOAs or Jellystones and pay the marked up rates. But if we want to just camp, give me a state/provincial park any day.
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