Wednesday, July 14, 2010

All About Oak Lake Family Campground

(Fair Oaks, IN) - I haven’t written a lot about the park we’re in, so tonight I’ll talk a bit about it.

There aren't very many reasonably-priced campgrounds or RV parks in the greater Chicago area.  This one is about 45 miles south of downtown Chicago, and about an hour from where our family lives.  It's a neat park that offers a decent monthly rate and has full hookups and 50 amp electric. It’s been awhile since we’ve had full service. The only things missing at our site are wi-fi (although it is available in the office/rec room), a concrete pad, and an awesome view.

This is the office/rec room, with games, restroom, and tables for large groups, or to sit and use the free wi-fi.  You can buy snacks, drinks, ice and other miscellaneous merchandise (including the 3 ingredients for s’mores).
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The sites aren’t real close together.  Some are gravel but most are grass.  Some of these photos are of the seasonal area.  They look very "lived in."
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There’s a nice playground for the kids near the swimming lake.  Cabins are available for rent.  There’s a short hiking trail through the woods surrounding the park.  I don’t have pictures of the trail, but Jim has walked it and says it’s nice, but has lots of mosquitoes.

Here’s the play area:
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The cabins:
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The park owners have upgraded the bathhouse and laundry. They're sparse but clean.
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We’re in site 1 next to the entrance to the park.  This is the view of the entrance gate from our front door:

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This was one of our occasional "do nothing" days.  We both went to the office and sat a couple hours downloading photos and videos we've received by email over the past couple weeks.  Using the park wi-fi allowed to save bandwidth on our Verizon Mi Fi.  (We're limited to 5 GB of bandwidth per month between the two of us.)

Tomorrow will be a little more active.

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