We went to Yogi Bear Campground in Bagley, Wisconsin, for two nights over the weekend. Two friends of David, along with their wives, invited us to camp there with them. This campground has many permanent sites for people who stay there summers, as well as regular campsites. Their prices are rather high, at $45 per night for water and electric. They do have a swimming pool, many activities, and Yogi Bear comes to visit the children, take them on hayrides, and show them movies on Saturday night. Many families camp there because of all these options, and if it hadn’t been a “2 nights for the price of 1” weekend-we would not have camped there.
The campground was showing it’s age; it has been a Yogi Bear park since the late 1970’s. Years ago, we camped here when our son was young and he enjoyed it. The park was fresh looking, very clean, buildings looked like new and were well maintained, and the grounds were well groomed. The sites were level, grass and trees kept trimmed. We were shocked to see how run down the entire campground appeared. Outside of the pool area, the miniature golf course, the check-in area in the ranger’s station, and the children’s playground-the remainder of the campground, including the ranger station, bath houses and bathrooms, main roads, dump station, and the campsites themselves; all needed major attention. Tiles were coming off or missing in the showers and bathrooms, the buildings needed paint, the grounds had many bare patches of dirt where grass should have been, the asphalt roads were crumbling, and the sites were meant for older smaller campers. Our motorhome barely fit on our site, and most sites would not be large enough for the popular larger motorhomes and 5th wheels. We couldn’t believe the costs for a site in a campground that was in such bad shape.
Sunday, we left Yogi Bear campground and headed back to Grant River in Potosi, Wisconsin. As we pulled into the campground both of us were so glad to get back to such a beautiful park. The view of the Mississippi river, the neatly landscaped grounds, smooth roads, large sites (mostly wooded, and many paved), made us feel like we had come home. Such a lovely setting for a campground, and magnificent sunsets with park benches strategically placed to take advantage of the view.