Campground Reviews

KOA South Bend/Elkhart North

Jenny The Donkey


After driving most of the night and part of the following day on Interstate 80, we found ourselves in Indiana. We were getting really tired and decided to start looking for a campground to spend the night. After doing some research and finding a few options we decided to call the KOA in Elkhart.

GPS Issues

The clerk we spoke with determined that they had a site available and we made a reservation. They informed us that some of their guests had experienced problems getting to the campground when entering their street address into a GPS so they made sure we had the proper directions. We later saw that they do have a note on their website that refers to this GPS glitch. 

Site First, Then Check-In

After getting off the interstate we were turning into the campground in about 10-15 minutes. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by an employee sitting in a golf cart who opened the security gate. We gave him our name and he took us directly to our site. He said we could officially check in once we were set up. That was very much appreciated by us as we were super tired and wanted to set up and relax. We later found out he was one of the owners.

Travel Voucher

After setting up we took a walk over to the office and “officially” checked in. Since we are KOA workampers and were heading to a KOA job we were given three $50 travel vouchers. We decided to use one here. As is the case with many KOA’s we have been to the clerk at the desk was super friendly but did not know how to apply the credit. 

The Owner Nailed It!!!

Another employee who was standing next to her came right over and took care of it without any issues! Wow! That’s rare. Someone who knew exactly what to do. This took us by surprise since we have used several vouchers and found many KOA employees do not know how to process them and most need a manager or owner to assist them. It seems that these workamper vouchers are not something they see every day. That being said, it turns out the lady that helped us was the other owner of the campground. 

Everything Was A-Ok

After checking in we headed back to our site. The side to side leveling took two blocks under each tire on the passenger side to level which we feel is not that excessive. The front to back level was pretty close. Our site was long enough to stay hooked up which was awesome since we were only there for one night. The hook-ups were all working properly and located in a convenient spot.

Nice Layout

The park is laid out nicely and as you approach the security gate entering the campground you will see the game area (basketball, tetherball, and horseshoes) a covered pavilion, and office on your right side. The office building houses the camp store, check-in desk, bathrooms, showers, laundromat, and Gelato bar.

The covered pavilion was large and had two sets of sinks and food prep areas with range top cooking. One of the walls had a movie screen. It was set up with tables and benches throughout which provided plenty of seating and room for the different activities held during the summer months.

Not Your Normal Mini-Golf

On the left side of the park as you enter there is the special permit parking area, bike rentals, mini-golf, and a petting zoo that houses a donkey named Jenny. On a side note, the mini-golf is not your normal mini-golf. It is played with a ball similar to a Wiffle ball in a grassy area. It’s a nice twist to the norm. Next to that was an area where you can try your hand at some gem mining.

Straight ahead of the park entrance was a building that housed a small arcade and kitchen area.

Angled Back-Ins

Looking in from the office the park has four rows of RV sites. All of them are full hook-up pull-through sites. Along the left side perimeter of the park are full hook-up back-in sites. The sites are angled in a way that makes backing in a breeze. 

The backside perimeter of the park is a row of deluxe cabins. In between the RV back-in sites and the deluxe cabins was an entry to a nature trail. We love nature trails so of course, we had to walk it. It was a cool little trail that followed behind the deluxe cabins and came out between the cabins and the back-in RV sites on the other side of the park.

Where’s The Pond?

The right side perimeter of the park houses RV back-in sites, two-room cabins, and premium tent sites. The tent sites all had covers over them which we thought was a great idea. In that area, there is also frisbee golf, a volleyball net, and a fenced-in dog park/dog run. The site map shows a pond but the pond was completely dried up during our stay. It actually looked as if it had been dry for quite a while.

The Gelato Bar

Behind the building that houses the office are basic camping cabins, the dump station, a parking area, and the swimming pool. We were at this park after the summer season so the pool was closed. They were also in the process of re-doing the entire deck area around the pool. It looked like it was coming out really nice. 

Also behind the office, outside the gelato bar and adjacent to the pool is a nice outdoor seating area. They have private showers and very clean restrooms. 

We did hear a train whistle periodically but the noise is not overly loud. We also noted that the campground is in close proximity to restaurants, gas, and shopping.

Final Thoughts

We stayed at this campground because we were super tired and needed a spot to rest. We picked a KOA so we could use one of our vouchers and had no real expectations other than to sleep. We were pleasantly surprised by the park and what it had to offer and how it was laid out.

Not only did the owners and staff make us feel at home, but it was also quiet and everything in the campground was very clean. Looking around the park and talking to Thomas (one of the owners) you can tell that he and Patricia take great pride in the park. Everything and everyone there is well taken care of. We decided to extend our stay for the day and paid for a late checkout!!!

The park is located near the University of Notre Dame (for those college football fans) and you are literally in the RV capital of the world. Just about all RV manufacturers have plants nearby. There are numerous other attractions that can keep you and the family busy for your entire vacation. 

If we were ever to be back in Elkhart (and it’s on our bucket list), we would most definitely stay here again. This park is not open year-round and they are open May 1st through November 8th.


Date of Stay: 9/20/19
Site #: 24
Cost Per Night: $16.12 ($66.12-50 Voucher)
Late Check-Out: $14.99


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KOA South Bend/Elkhart North

9.6

Overall Appearance

9.7/10

Big Rig Friendly

9.5/10

Restrooms/Showers

9.8/10

Staff Friendliness

10.0/10

Park Road Conditions

9.5/10

Site Size/Condition

9.0/10

Pros

  • FHU Pull-Through Sites/30-50 Amp Available
  • Gated Entry
  • Cabins/Tent Sites Available
  • Camp Store/Covered Pavilion/Scheduled "In-season" Activities
  • Propane/Dump Station
  • Cable, WiFi-OK, Verizon & At&T= Good Signal
  • Nature Trail
  • Playground, Outdoor Game Area, Covered Pavilion, Arcade, Bike Rentals
  • Pool
  • Gelato Bar (In-Season)

Cons

  • Pond Dried Up
  • No Jumping Pillow
  • Occasional Train Noise

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