Over the 4th of July weekend we stayed home. We really don't want to subject our dog to the fireworks and we don't care for the noise and rowdiness that goes on in many campgrounds.
One of the exceptions to the rule is the cute little North Bayshore Oconto County campground just north of our home. It's 6.5 miles as the crow flies, but it's closer to 8 and 1/2 miles if we drive around on the road to get there.
They have been fully reserved of course for the holiday weekend right through until Tuesday the 4th of July. But I went online and took a peek and there had been a cancellation of one of our favorite sites for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights!
We took a ride out and drove through the campground in our Mustang convertible just to see how noisy or rowdy it was. They have a camp host present all of the while and they don't put up with any rowdiness whatsoever. There are no fireworks allowed, nor are there ATVs allowed in the park. The sheriff routinely makes loops through the park so there's never any mischief going on either.
We were happy to see that the campsite was vacant already early Tuesday morning. We immediately went online and reserved it and paid for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
The cost is $30 a night with electric and most of the sites have water.
NOTE: they have a special that goes on during the non-holiday weeks of Monday through Wednesday it's only $20 a night.
Here is the website link:
Each campsite is clearly marked with a little calendar right on a post at each of the sites for the entire month. Little X's appear on the specific nights that those sites are reserved. The camp host regularly updates the signs on each campsite. But it's still best to check online if you are planning to pick an empty site that is not X'd for the evening.
To avoid the reservation fee, if you are wanting to camp in the park on the same day, you can take a site that is not occupied or reserved. There is a pay kiosk that electronically takes credit cards over near the boat landing.
Another added plus is there are no vehicle fees required or stickers needed for your vehicles. There's a dump station on site as well as flush toilets and showers. There is a firewood kiosk that accepts credit cards. You put in your card and select your fee and it unlocks a little door in a row of doors like lockers to remove the firewood that you paid for. How cute is that?
The campground is very well kept up with neatly mowed lawns and clean fire pits. It also has dumpsters for trash and recycling over near the harbor. On the other side of the campground there is a boat ramp with two large parking areas. A lot of fishermen use this Harbor to get out into the bay. Many of the people camping also bring fishing boats and there's always plenty of room around your camper to park an additional vehicle and a boat trailer if needed. Some campers just park their boats along the shoreline on the side of the harbor, near the campsites, so they don't have to load and unload their boats each day.
On the other side of the parking areas far away from the campsite is a fish cleaning house. Beyond that is a large pavilion and group area that can be rented for a very reasonable fee with an additional playground and outhouses over there. See the website for more information.
Okay, now back to our own camping:
So we zoomed back home and tossed some stuff into the motorhome... We didn't care if it's only a couple miles from home. We were going to go camping!
Here is one of our favorite sites. It's number 15. It happens to be one of the few ones with only grass, no pavement. Most of the other sites are paved. We like it because we can park sideways on it and position our rig to the best advantage. See, the sun comes up over the bay and it's absolutely pretty in the mornings. By afternoon during the hottest part of the day, the site is completely in the shade. It's further apart than some of the other sites. Here's a picture of it before we got parked on the spot.
We slowly packed up and headed on home after lunch. It was such a long long journey to get back home? LOL actually we didn't even bother to hook up the Saturn. Steve drove that home and I took my turn driving the Winnebago View after we were done at the dump station.
It was actually my first turn of driving it since we bought it in April. I just never got around to driving it although it was really no biggie to me. I used to drive a 27 ft Winnebago Chieftain on my own for many years. Then when we had the Safari I was able to drive it too, and that was a 40 ft Diesel Pusher. This little 25 ft Winnebago View is pretty darn easy. It's kind of like just driving a SUV or a pickup truck.
We got on home, parked, unloaded, and set about doing our normal tasks. Filled up all the bird feeders and made up a pot of chili for supper.
No camping for the next two weeks we have babysitting to do for the grand puppies...