I never camped there, but had a bad experience with the owner...I was actually thinking of buying a camper there and renting, but after 4 calls to the place..never heard back till I told them I would take a ride, then she called back! Was very rude,a nd did not even care to sell me something or rent.I guess thye make way too much money She would not let me come to see anything..I had to wait till it opened up May 1st, and I was here from out of town, she was so rude, I actually had to hang up on her... I give this place a -2, why would I spend my money at a place with a rude owner. No Thank You! I called Lazy days and got right in, and they are so friendly. A whole different world there. Good Luck Hilly Haven and your rude attitude!
VERY friendly owners and seasonal campers. Family friendly and clean. great price and location. Visited a number of times and will always come back. I've camped at other places in the area and would say that this is the best place to be - especially if you are a seasonal camper - they are all so very nice and seem to always be having fun. Other places are not so friendly and if you aren't into sitting around drinking your time away or if you don't belong to their cliques, you may as well stay home. This place is NOTHING like that! We look forward to another great year at Hilly Haven in 2012! I think the people who wrote the poor reviews (a lot of what was stated simply is untrue) must be the trouble-makers who come in thinking they own the place. It's nice to know we are safe, our things are safe and that we can "live" in peace while we are on vacation, thanks to the watchful eye of the owners and other campers that rid the sites of inconsiderates and rude people who find it difficult to follow any rules.
I searched for a campground close to my son's house, and Hilly Haven was the closest. The campsites are mostly wooded, large, and semi-private. I loved the views!
This is a quiet, friendly campground that I feel offers a great value for the price. Our grandkids loved it here, and enjoyed the play area. Bathrooms are immaculate. Free hot showers, also immaculate. Owners were helpful and friendly. The seasonal campers we met were great people. Best of all, it was safe and quiet! There is a lovely pool, which we will use next time we camp here. And there will be a next time soon!
This campground is a jewel, so glad we found it!
Once you get past the accumulation of old fire trucks and RV's you enter a very well kept and beautiful campground. The owners have always been very courteous and friendly with me. I am a season camper and have been there for 24 years with various owners. The first owners had no rules whatsoever! I can only say that my first two years there with the first owners was miserable! Until the recession hit our country the campground was generally busy with only an occasional trailer for sale. I go up there to read and relax. My daughters come with their families and we have a wonderful time swimming and relaxing.
After staying the weekend at Hilly Haven there's lot of truth to all of the posts for pros and cons. First impressions aren't good driving down the gravel road at 5 mph through the middle of cow pastures and relic junked firetrucks, front loaders, dump trucks, semis, campers, and other historical vehicles. We leaned when making the reservation they don't take credit cards which creates a little bit of pain to send in a check. For the weekend we stayed in the middle of August of the 25 weekend camp sites only 5 were taken, reservations wouldn't have been needed. The check in is only open until 7 PM so if you are arriving late you better check what the procedures are. Our site was clean with plenty of space that resembled a state park campsite and a semi-flat gravel pad. Electrical and water looked like new hook ups. As another review pointed out the weekend camp sites are close to the water but there's a million cat tails so the beautiful Lake Ellen can't be seen until making it half way down the dock. There's no swim area on the lake which is a shame. As others have said there's plenty posted rules, which we were OK with since they seemed to make sense. We didn't see the owners yelling at anyone and we had very pleasant conversations with them. There was no wifi available but there were plenty of cameras keeping watch. Walking around the camp grounds we experienced the same as others, nobody around even on a Friday night. A little eerie. When you travel up the hill from the camp store it's very pleasant up in seasonal sites. Sites were well taken care of and with sheds and other structures there's a lot of creative looking camper add-ons. There's lots of campers for sale which is probably more to do with the economy than the camp grounds. The owner mentioned they have even discounted sites to seasonal sites that only use the campgrounds on the weekends down by the river. Showers and bathrooms were clean. Pool was interesting with the cover, water was clean, very warm inside the building until the garage door was opened. At $25 night including electricity and water the unusual package was worth it, but no need to go back soon.
We have gone camping for at least 40 years and have never experienced what we have at this campground. The rude and unrespectful treatment from the owners was totally unacceptable. Our family and freinds have been very connected and love spending time out doors with each other BUT this is not a place to relax or have fun.
Let me explain a few expeirnces; we usually will take an evening walk around the campground before retiring to our site. It was very ODD nobody was sitting outside or walking around (very eery). We found one seasonal walking to the bathroom and we talked for a few minutes. They expressed that we should be careful because we are being watched. We said "What do you mean? They stated "Look, there are cameras to watch you and they will be on you for any movement you do". WOW! WHY do these people run a campground if they cannot even enjoy what they have.
Another experience was relaxing at the site and the owner came by to remind us that we should not shut any doors or be up talking after 10:00pm. We felt that this should be advertised as a SENIOR CENTER campground. Being in bed by 8:00pm and nobody should be walking around without premission.
Please beware this is a campground to provide the worse expeirnce and possible turn someone off from camping. Do not let this happen to you I can provide some great campgrounds which will give a great lasting memory
When we drove into the campground it was a down hill gravel road. As we got close to the entrance there was junk all over. The campground owner came out and told us we were making to much dust coming down their gravel road. Right then we should have turned around and left, but we didn't.
Our site was big, but was a site for two campers with only one fire pit. We were told we were close to the lake but we were across from a swamp. Every kind of bug you can think of and large ticks.
We were at the park in the campground in the afternoon and kids were having fun playing tag. The owner that runs the place told them to tone it down. I could not believe it. I sympathized with the children’s parents who objected to the treatment of their kids.
This couple and their children were escorted from the campground.
Check it out if you wish.
Good luck to you
Driving into the entrance of Hilly Haven Campground is a mess but it's been drastically improved over the past few years and I look forward to see how the cleanup continues in the future. The owners are some of the nicest people you could possibly meet if all of the rules are followed. Hilly Haven, unlock many campgrounds is extremely safe and well taken care of. The NEW shower house they built by the seasonal sites is beautiful and very well done. The fishing on Lake Ellen is fantastic. I caught a 23 inch walleye. They have a lot to offer at Hilly Haven Campground. Everything from Mini Golf to Fishing to even Swimming in a pool. I especially enjoyed the pool and the water was B_E_A-UTIFUL. This is a beautiful campground and it's only been getting better as time goes on. There are quiet hours at this campground which is appreciated and the person on the golf cart goes around right at the start of quiet hours to let people know that quiet hours started.
Keep up the good work Hilly Haven
my wife and i camped seasonal for four years at h.h.h.c. and still would be there if my would not have passed away and i moved to IL. we enjoyed the time we spent with the owners and if we had any problems they took swift action to correct them. The rules might seem stupid to some campers, i guess they haven't been to a first class camp ground before. I camp seasonal campground in N. IL. which has 3 1/2 pages of rules of which are the same as H.H.H.C.
Comments about campground police cart which whith the red and blue lights only have them on in case of emergency,weather warning or notice of quite time at the of the day. It seems to get every ones attention. What's wrong with that. Where I camp now they party to 3 or 4 AM sometimes all night.
I must say you get the bang for your buck. After you pass the entrance gate the campground is well taken care of. The owners have dreams for the future of improvement but everything takes time. For the person who complained about the entrance, why don't you put a pair of gloves on and start moving things as it seems you are the only one who is bothered.
Many enjoyable hours were spent at Hilly Haven and I would still be camping there if I lived in Wisconsin. Hagers keep up the good work
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