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Jellystone Park at Barton Lake – Fremont, Ind.

Family-friendly campground right on Barton Lake
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
$33 to $75
  • 90%


Summary:

Jellystone Parks are well known for being kid favorite places to camp. Plenty of activities and attractions, the resorts keep kids hopping from swimming to crafts to mini-golf. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Barton Lake is no different. Guests enjoy more activities in a day than most parks offer in a week.

Family-owned and operated since 1965, the campground is an ultra-modern RV park featuring 541 campsites, 21 cabins and 21 luxury cottages. Set on 90 acres of property, the resort is expansive. While you can walk from one part of the park to the other, it's best to rest one of the 50 golf carts they have available for guests.

A new attraction this year, the Aqua Play Zone, is just one way families can cool off. The park also offers three water slides, an indoor pool, three outdoor pools for various ages, and a splash playground for tikes. Other activities include miniature golf, volleyball, multiple playgrounds, a full craft shed, large game room, two jumping pillows, water wars, gem mining, boat rentals, bike rentals, a sandy beach, catch-and-release fishing, and a full athletic field.

The park made a substantial investment in improving its internet connectivity to the point the free service clocks in at 2.21 mbs download and 1.03 mbs upload. People can subscribe to a premium connection, which allows streaming video, for $5 per day. Verizon's Mi-Fi clocked in at 4.07 mbs download, but a miserable 0.66 mbs upload.

The park enforces a dusk curfew on use of bikes, scooters and skateboards, but quiet hours don't begin until 11 p.m. A large store sells some RV supplies, but plenty of food items, souvenirs and toys. An ice cream shop is busy morning til night serving a local brand of ice cream. People can also order pizza, hot dogs and sandwiches as well as pretzels, corndogs, chicken and other fried snacks.

Seasonal sites, which comprise about 35 percent of the park, are available from April 23 to Oct. 18 and cost between $3,120 and $4,140 per year plus electricity. Visitor fees range from $7 per person in the off season to $10 per person during summer months. Overnight visitors require a $15 per person fee.

Although check in stops promptly at 11 p.m., late arriving guests are able to stay in the front parking lot where they have access to water and electricity until the park reopens in the morning. The park changed its reservation policy to allow current weekly guest to reserve a week the following year upon checkout. Others seeking weekly or seasonal sites can make reservations starting Jan. 2 for a week or longer. Partial week stays can be reserved on a space available basis after April 1.

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(photo courtesy of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Barton Lake)
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(photo courtesy of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Barton Lake)

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Pros

  • 540 campsites offering 30- and 50-amp service.
  • Some sites have full hook-ups, but the park offers three dump stations as well
  • 21 rustic cabins have electricity, heating and air conditioning, a small refrigerator, picnic table fire ring and charcoal grill. Water is available outside.
  • 21 deluxe cottages include two separate bedrooms, a kitchenette with stovetop, sink, full-size refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, pots and pans, dishes and silverware and free satellite TV.
  • 50 golf carts available for rent, but not to day visitors.
  • Four swimming pools, including one outdoor, designed to accommodate different groups from little children to teens to adults
  • Three water slides, a splash pad, new aqua zone play area and beach area
  • Boat and bike rentals available by the day or hour
  • Special themed weekends every week from late April to late October.
  • Plethora of daily activities include family wagon rides, crafts, organized games, dances, karaoke, lunch with Yogi, bingo and even Bible school.
  • Current weekly guests can make a reservation for the following year upon departure
  • Daily birthday party celebrations
  • Special packages allow people to leave units on site for multiple weeks
  • Limited free accommodation to active duty military
  • Honey wagon pump out service available daily
  • Shuttle service helps move people throughout park
  • RV dealership owned by campground adjacent to park

Cons

  • Park is very big and requires a lot of walking to reach various activities
  • People wishing to stay four nights or less can’t make reservations until after April 1
  • Snack bar seems to small to accommodate summer crowds. Would be nice to have pizza delivery option
  • Only 50 golf carts available to serve nearly 600 sites, plus 20 reserved exclusively for seasonal campers

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at editor@letsrv.com

One comment

  1. This information was provided by Gina Hole, marketing director at Jellystone Park of Barton Lake:

    I just found this review you did on the park. Thank you! It’s a great review of the park. Great pictures too!

    I just wanted to correct one thing regarding our reservations policy. We take weekly and package reservations a year in advance. All other reservations start January 2nd.

    Starting January 2nd, campsites may be booked for less than four nights – unless it’s a holiday weekend, of course.

    Only the cabins and cottages have the four-night minimum from January 2nd until April 1st. Starting April 1st, the cabins and cottages can be booked for less than four nights.

    In your review it made it sound like campsites had to be four nights or longer as well.

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