Kelleys Island State Park Campground

Kelleys Island State Park Campground

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920 Division St., Kelleys Island, OH 43438
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Mary_Kathleen8 wrote a review Jun 2021
Winchester, Virginia20 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in one of the yurts at the state park. It was a nice trip!

The yurt includes a bathroom, shower, kitchen, table, and space to sleep. Our lot was right next to the lake and overlooking the most popular beach. If you are staying in the yurt, I suggest packing a handful of fitted sheets and actual bedding to go over their mattress covers. Also, some towels!

There are hiking trails within walking distance, but everything on the island is so accessible.

We look forward to coming back to the campground in the future.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Kaa5294 wrote a review Jul 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The manager at this camp was wonderful. We had run into issues with our camping spot and he did whatever he could and got us into another spot that worked for us. We were very thankful for everything they did. I would however like to advise AGAINST going to the ice cream/ shop across the street from the camp ground, Unk’l Dik’s. I went in with my 6 year old to get ice cream and left speechless at the way we were treated. The guy working there (implied that he was the owner, but not 100% sure) decided it was appropriate to use “F*ck” multiple times towards myself and my 6 year old. It was completely disrespectful, unprofessional, and unnecessary. However as he said to me, “ it is a private business and they can do whatever the f*ck they want”.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Amy H wrote a review Aug 2021
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were very excited for our anniversary trip to Kelleys Island after booking the reservation 6 months ago. We stayed at Site 32 which was full hookups. Unfortunately, two large garbage dumpsters were right on the grass of our site. You can imagine the odor that emitted from them! Bathrooms were ok. Woman working at the reservation desk was incredibly friendly. We decided to leave 3 days early as there just wasn’t much to do on Kelleys Island. We did it all in one day. I had envisioned so much more from our stay.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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snpkelley wrote a review Jul 2021
Uniontown, Ohio527 contributions189 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved the campground. Nearly all the sites are good and the campground was very family friendly. Everyone respected the quiet time rules. The only reason this is only a 4 star is because the bath houses are a mess. They need to be updated. The whole time we were there (5 days), one (of 3) showers and one soap dispenser at one of the 3 sinks was inoperable in the women's shower house. The toilets ran out of toilet paper a couple of times and the floors were full of water from leaking toilets and showers. They were honestly disgusting. We had a great time and enjoyed the island.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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UtahandOhio wrote a review Jun 2014
Chillicothe, Ohio40 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I stayed at Kelleys Island State Park Campground for 5 days during the end of May-beginning of June this year. Part of our group slept in a pop-up trailer and stayed in site 94. My husband and I camped in a tent, and we wanted electricity, so we chose site 128.
I've camped many times over the past few years, and I would rate Kelleys Island Campground as one of the best campgrounds I've ever camped at. The grounds were well-kept, the sites were spread out, and most importantly: the bathrooms were kept clean!
Behind site 128 and the yurt (site 127), is a path leading directly to the beach! It was very handy to have the path right behind our site. Here are some other site tips I gathered: sites 112-129 have a lot of trees compared to the other sites (in other words: more shade). Sites 101, 97, 95, 93, 92, 91, 89, 87, and 85 were RIGHT ON the shoreline to the lake. There is a small rock wall dividing the camp site from the water (no beach), but those sites were beautiful!
The rest of the campground consists of three loops, and those sites were far away from the lake.
Overall, we had a wonderful time at this campground and I recommend it!
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Date of stay: June 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
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MonicaMonica wrote a review Jun 2016
Columbus, Ohio392 contributions155 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Last week, we stayed for the first time in one of the two campground's Rent-A-Camp campsites (sites #121 and #122). We stayed in #121.

I wasn't familiar with the RAC sites and had a hard time finding details, reviews, or information online, so I wanted to review and give helpful information for others. I had a challenging time actually reaching a human at the campground on the phone prior to our visit, or to return a call, and the state park website doesn't give a lot of details.

The Rent-A-Camp sites have an approximate 8x10 cabin (building? shed? I never knew what to call it! lol!). It has two permanent plywood "cots". You cannot move these around to refigure the cabin. The cots resemble a narrow twin bed frame, as they're open underneath (about 18" clearance- enough to put small coolers or totes under to get out of the way). There's also a small permanent plywood table in between the beds, kind of like a dual nightstand. This little table is probably 18" x 36" and maybe 18" from the floor. Good for lanterns, personal belongings, drinks.

The two cots had a layer of eggshell crate foam, topped by a long foam cushion covered in outdoor-like fabric. These cushions did not seem very clean. We brought lots of bedding and just made sure the entire cushion was covered. I guess you could take off the cushion and top with an air mattress, but the cot has a little frame to it and I don't think the air mattress would lay flat, and a normal twin size air mattress is wider than the actual cot.

We camped with our two kids and we brought two twin air mattresses for them to sleep on the floor in between the cots. The two twin air mattresses did fit, but it was a tight fit. I was told the site was for up to 6 people, and persons #5 and #6 were intended to sleep in a tent outside of the cabin (there's room at the site behind the cabin and fire pit).

The cabin had a broom and a dust pan, a fly swatter, and a fire extinguisher. There is electric at the site, but you need an extension cord to reach the picnic table, or inside the cabin. Overall, I think the cabin was fine. We went to "rough it" a bit and we did just that. I think they do make SOME effort to take care of the rent-a-camp sites. It didn't smell, or have big bugs inside the cabin. The rent-a-camp cabins aren't for glamping by any means, but they're functional.

The RAC site also came with a cooler (this was dry, clean and empty and waiting inside the cabin). We didn't have a need for it, so we just tucked it under one of the cots while we were there. The site also came with a sturdy awning over the picnic table, a propane camping stove with an attached propane lantern, and one of those Bic lighter wands. The propane lantern was great- nice and bright. The camp stove was nice, but a little dirty on the inside (I think too many skillets of bacon).

The cabin has a door with a hook and eye lock on the inside. There are curtains covering the door and the three windows and they can be opened or shut. The three windows are screen covered- no glass. Each window has a tarp that can be rolled up and secured to let light and air in. If it rains, they can be rolled down and secured to keep the rain out.

Luckily, we didn't have a neighbor on either side. We noticed the RAC sites have the picnic tables beside each other (about 8 or 10 feet apart), so privacy at the picnic tables would be a little lacking if both RAC sites were occupied.

The bathrooms weren't close. There were pit latrines over the hill though the trees down by the beach, but they are super smelly.

The RAC sites are in a shaded loop of the campground, which made it nice. Our site was also about 50 feet from the stone/brick underground house/structure that's across from the glacial grooves.

There's a water spigot close by for getting water for dishes. There are also two trash dumpsters very close to the RAC sites too.

Firewood at the campground is $5 per bundle for five pieces. Ice is a 7lb bag for $2 and I was told they only sell ice until 3:30pm (this made no sense to me, lol). The firewood is stored inside a shed, so it's dry.

There's an Unc'l Dik's store across the campground, within walking distance. We walked there for coffee in the morning (a large cup was $2).

The bathrooms/shower house was clean, but be sure to wear shower shoes.

Black water snakes are present, and love to sunbathe on the rocks, especially on the rock shoreline in front of the premium campsites. They won't bother you if you don't bother them, but they're still a little unnerving to see if you're not used to seeing snakes on a regular basis. We didn't see any snakes around our site.

The birds that have their nests in the trees near the bathroom/shower house are VERY territorial and will likely try to dive bomb or fly a little too close.

We didn't have a problem with raccoons at night, but we did seal our trash bag and put everything in totes at night.

The beach area is nice for kids, but there is a warning about not swallowing lake water. Not the cleanest water.

The RAC sites are $47 per night, plus tax. Check-out for the RAC sites is 11am, a little earlier than the other sites (1pm). Check-in is 4pm.

I think the RAC sites are great if you don't want to mess with your own camping equipment, or don't have it. We really like the campground, as it seems very family friendly (a nice playground for kids), clean, and great views of the water.
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Date of stay: June 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Steve5863 wrote a review Nov 2014
Avon, Ohio12,851 contributions4,154 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Located on the north side of the island, this is a great state campground offering relaxing island RV, tent, group, cabin (2) or yurt (2) camping on an excellent sandy lake beach with a fishing pier, boat launch and the famous glacial grooves a short walk away. The campground is equipped with 82 electrified sites, 45 non-electric sites, flush toilets, shower house, dump station, amphitheater, picnic shelter with tables, volleyball court, playground and a small nature center in the park office; pets are allowed at some sites. The beach area has a changing booth, latrine and fish cleaning house. The best parts of the beach are near the group campsite or at the other end towards the boat launch; the middle is narrower and rockier but more peaceful if one seeks solitude. The beach is wonderful in the mid to late summer as the shallow Lake Erie water warms-up and the beach is along a small harbor opening to the northeast which shelters it from virtually all storms helping to retain its clean, warm water. Kelleys Island also offers several other natural areas with short hiking trails to explore. The campground is reached by taking the Kelleys Island ferry from Marblehead, OH; after disembarking the ferry, take Lakeshore Drive west towards the center of town and turn right onto the main inland road, Divisional Street, and travel north about 1.5 mi (2.4 k) nearly to the end and the campground entrance is on the right. Reservations can be made online for the cabins, yurts and many of the campsites; typical of a state park the cost is reasonable but one also needs to consider the cost of the ferry which can be substantial especially if brining over an RV.
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Date of stay: November 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Nkw6268 wrote a review Sep 2014
1 contribution6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
ok, drove 12 1/2 hours to stay in a rent a camp over the 4th. It was FILTHY DIRTY. Bugs (dead and alive) mold, dirt! Supposed to sleep 4 adults - only 2 cots!!! Staff was horrible, stayed 5 minutes, made us pay for a day! Horrible, terrible, awful. Stayed one night in a hotel and got the heck off that cursed island! We were supposed to be there 7 days! We lasted 12 hours! Worst travel experience ever! Never again! My kids refer to it as the SHED OF SHAME!
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Date of stay: July 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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6Gilly wrote a review Mar 2015
Telford, United Kingdom58 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff are friendly and the facilities are everything you could expect from an authentic camp site (not ones that have things akin to theme parks). What you really want in a campsite is to get out of bed, walk to the water in your board shorts, clearing a foggy head with an ice cold swim.
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Date of stay: July 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The nearer you are to the water, the less you have to walk to for a swim.
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Dawn M wrote a review Oct 2017
Ypsilanti, Michigan79 contributions29 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I spent two nights in one of the two yurts at the campground at the end of September. I'd definitely recommend it, especially in cooler weather when tent camping becomes less appealing.

The yurt was very roomy and included a small kitchen and a decent-sized bathroom with a shower. Storage space is better than most hotel rooms. Electricity, hot water, furnace, and spacious deck. The yurt is very close to the lake, so the view is really nice.

Be sure to bring soap, towels, and bed linens. We just did sleeping bags and pillows. Also, there's a coffee maker, so bring coffee and basket filters. Not a bad idea to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the deck, although there's also a picnic table.
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Date of stay: September 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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sarg1968 asked a question Apr 2017
lexington ky34 contributions6 helpful votes
Are dogs allowed?
Answer from Robin G
4 contributions7 helpful votes
Of course not at any State Parks!😉
Answer from MonicaMonica
Columbus, Ohio392 contributions155 helpful votes
Hello! If you're a regular bike rider, I would say it's do-able. The campground is right next to the beach area and the rock walkway (you can go out to this point to look back at the beach area). It's also next to the glacial grooves and a couple of hiking trails. To get to the main "downtown" area, there's a direct road, or you can take Lakeshore as a scenic route, but it would be a much longer bike ride. People see the whole island by golf cart, so I would think by bike is definitely a possibility. Hope this helps! I'm sorry I can't give a better estimate, we're not bike riders and had two small kids with us, so we we got around by car. :) Have a great time in August!
Traveler31376350185 wrote a tip Jul 2023
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Kelley's Island Ferry Boat Line offers the only daily transport service for passengers and vehicles across Lake Erie to Kelley's Island."
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Cheryl C wrote a tip Sep 2017
Ohio30 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This a Yurt at campsite not a hotel"
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Flyerboy172 wrote a tip Aug 2016
Shaker Heights, Ohio72 contributions45 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lakefront campsite are beautiful"
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6Gilly wrote a tip Mar 2015
Telford, United Kingdom58 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The nearer you are to the water, the less you have to walk to for a swim."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kelleys Island State Park Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Kelleys Island State Park Campground?
Nearby attractions include Glacial Grooves State Memorial (0.2 km), Kelleys Island State Park (0.00 km), and Kelleys Island (1.1 km).
What are some restaurants close to Kelleys Island State Park Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Village Pump, Kelley's Island Wine Company, and Kelleys Island House.
Are pets allowed at Kelleys Island State Park Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial (9.7 km), Stonehenge Estate (10.0 km), and Catawba Island Historical Society (11.2 km).
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