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Camping on a Budget North Ridgeville OH

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control.

Camp Wa-hoo Camping Grounds
(440) 934-4625
5504 Colorado Ave
Sheffield Lake, OH
Maples Campground
(440) 926-3700
17273 Avon Belden Rd
Grafton, OH
Panther Trails
(440) 647-5453
48081 Peck Wadsworth Rd
Wellington, OH
Clare-Mar Lakes Campground
(800) 421-7116, (440) 647-3318
47571 New London Eastern Road
Wellington, OH
Number of Sites
630 Total Camp/RV Sites,630 Electric and Water,40 Max RV Length,130 No Hookups,24 Pull-Thru Sites,3 Total Rental Units,
Dump Station,Firewood,Group Area,Handicapped Restroom Facilities,Ice,Pavilion,Pets Welcome,Propane,RV Service/Repair,Showers,Store,Cabin Rentals,Park Trailers,
Basket Ball,Boating,Canoe Rentals,Fishing,Hay Rides,Pedal Boat Rentals,Picnic Area,Planned Activities,Playground,Swimming - Lake,Theme Weekends,arcade/game room,

Maple Grove Marina & Park
(440) 967-4525
1120 Vermilion Rd
Vermilion, OH
American Wilderness Campground
(800) 421-7116, (440) 926-3700
17273 Avon Belden Road Route 83
Grafton, OH
Number of Sites
150 Total Camp/RV Sites,150 Electric and Water,125 Full Hookups,45 Max RV Length,30 Pull-Thru Sites,100 Sideouts,75 Tent Sites,
Cabin Rentals,
Boat Launch,Fishing,Golf Facilities,Playground,

Schaun Acres Campgrounds
(440) 775-7122
51468 State Route 303
Oberlin, OH
Clare-mar Lakes Rv Sales Inc
(440) 647-3318
47571 New London Eastern Rd
Wellington, OH
Willow Lake Park
(330) 225-6580
2400 Substation Rd
Medina, OH
Pier-lon Park
(330) 667-2311
5960 Vandemark Rd
Medina, OH

Camping on a Budget

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February 8, 2010 by Camping Life Magazine · 4 Comments  

Article Courtesy Camping Life Magazine , Written by Stuart Bourdon

Couple Enjoying a Picnic at a Campsite Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It’s impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Your Camping Trip Ahead

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it’s a must. If you make your reservation online that’s fine; it’s convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When considering a campground, think about whether it’s down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that’s also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent features in the campground?

The answers to these questions and others l...

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