> Great place to stay for visiting Chicago. > Not many sites, so recommend reserving well in advance. 24 hr sign in. > Only issue that we had with Reservations was that we made the reservation several months in advance for a 30amp site @ $19/night. Even got an email confirming that. But I happened to call the day before arriving to say we were going to be arriving late, and found out someone had switched us to a 50amp service at the higher price. The price and service difference were no big deal, but that someone had changed us with asking, and without needing to, wasn't right. However, when the discrepancy was pointed out, the staff immediately changed it without fuss. > They could pass out a better better map of installation. The one we received was geared for Navy Graduation Ceremony Visitors. It didn't show the Marina, didn't explain which buildings had facilities helpful to RV'ers. While we were there, there was road construction going on making it difficult to get to the Marina, but everyone was helpful with giving us directions. There are signs pointing to the RV campground, which is nice. The online map is very good: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrma/installations/ns_great_lakes/about/installation_guide/installation_map.html > Note: The Marina Office (Bldg 13) is just down the road from the campground. The laundry is inside Bldg 13, along with the rental & bait shop. The sewer dump (free) and propane (minimal charge) are next to the Marina Bldg - just check inside the bldg first. Water in summer is available at Beach House (Bldg 10) on the road between campground & Marina; in winter, water is available next to side entrance of the Check-in building (Bldg 62) - ask at front desk for assistance. Showers are available at the Field House (Bldg 440/441), just up the hill from the campground. >Navy Exchange, food court, and gas station are a block up from the Field House. There's also a McDonald's and two other food places near Bldg 62. Checkin desk can tell you about the many activities available (movies, etc) > The campground was clean, the cement pad was fairly level. The campground has a fantastic view of Lake Michigan. It was very quiet while we there. Lots of picnic tables, and nearby gazebo. Dumpster is a little inconvient. >The campground is very pet friendly... lots of area to walk the fur kids. Most pet owners seemed to be pretty good about picking up, only noticed one empty site where the previous camper apparently did not. >Lots of stores near the base... Walmart, Target, local grocery stores. Several RV service centers in the area. If need to rent a car, there is an Enterprise desk at the Exchange. >
What a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. We were able to spend two weeks plus at this campground (27-30 Apr and 6-20 May 2016). We made two trips, one for three nights to get the lay of the land, the second visit was for two weeks. The location is wonderful, right on the lake with a back in site (#14) that allows us to view the lake through our front and side windows. We did have issues trying to locate the main gate. We parked our coach in a large lot on Sheridan Ave and drove our jeep around to locate the main gate, the Navy Lodge and the campground. I suggest following Hwy 137 to Martin Luther King Jr Dr., turn right across the railroad tracks then turn right on Sheridan Rd. The main gate is tow traffic lights down on Farragut Ave. We had no issues going through the main gate with our ID cards, all of the gates guards where professional, polite and in most cases friendly. The information Kokomo36 provided in August, 2014 was excellent. The road signs directing you to the RV Campground will take you to the Naval Lodge to register. A few tight turns and you drive across the installation to get to the campground. Tight in some places and lots of sailors moving around. I rated "Amenities/Facilities" 3 because of the condition of the campground and the location of the water and dump. The weather left a lot to be desired, we had rain most of the 17 days we were there. The grounds turned into small lakes and lots of mud. Impossible to get into our coach without stepping through the water and mud. The sites are close together and did not allow much space to relax next to your coach. The fresh water is still .3 miles down the road and you have to park on the road close to a large bend in the road. I had to be a road guard to ensure the vehicles could safely get by while I filled my fresh water tank. The dump station is another .3 miles along the same road and presents a few challenges also. You can obtain Propane close to the dump station at the Marina. The laundry, showers and latrines were in the best condition of any campground we have stayed at. They were extremely clean and well maintained. We did find a NEX, gas station and Food Court on the installation, the Main NEX and Commissary are off base. The staff at the Lodge and the Marina where great. All friendly professional individuals willing and able to assist. No improvements to the facilities, campground had ditches across the road, lots of pot holes, poor drainage, 30A power. The location, view and the people make this a place we will return to in the future. Overall a fantastic RV campsite.
What a great GREAT experience on the Great Lakes. The RV Park is a rock throw from Lake Michigan and the views are phenomenal. The people at the marina are superb and we were able to take a chartered fishing trip right out of the marina. Yes, there is no sewer or water hookup and the bath house is not very convenient but everything else makes up for it. Chicago is real close and a day on the Navy Pier is a must. There is easy access to public transportation...will make a point of visiting again and will book more than a few days.
One of the most friendly staff we have come across. The frontage road was under construction but even with having to travel thru the base to get to the dump I would of still went back. One of the most beautiful views you could ask for.
R.L. left this review using the Directory software: Not the easiest place to get into. There was quite a bit of road construction and with 2 roads with railroad tracks in the middle it took a while to find the way to the gate. It would be helpful if the gates were numbered so one would be sure they were at the right one. Also be sure if you're going out in the evening you can find your way back in. The 2 gates we were familiar with both closed early and we were lucky some friendly sailors directed us to the only one open. Again, if it hadn't been for the road construction it would probably be a lot easier. The campground is great, the view can't be beat. We weren't bothered by the lack of water or sewer. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the base, it's a beautiful place.
Outstanding location to view fireworks from either the base or looking up and down the beach to the local municipalities. The staff was great and very helpful. We plan on going back over the labor day weekend. The view out over the lake is wonderful. Yes it's a hike to restroom, but the view on the way made up for it. If your going to ride the Metra into Chicago, walk up the hill by the marina and exit the base by the hospital gate. The Metra station is right across the street.
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