The weekend of April 16th through the 18th was the opening weekend for the Lake Monroe Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Bloomington, Indiana. The campground had previously been open under the name Cedar Ridge Camping Resort, and has just this year become a member of the Jellystone Campground family. My family was able to camp at the campground on it’s opening weekend.
Overall, our trip to the Lake Monroe Jellystone campground was decent but it wasn’t without a few hiccups, which is to be expected at any campground’s opening weekend. I feel as if this might be an excellent campground in the future but it needs a lot of work to get there, and I do mean a lot.
The staff at the campground was excellent, I cannot say enough about how nice they were to us. They treated us kindly, made the kids feel special, and made us feel welcome. However, I feel they were not properly trained on standard Jellystone issues. For example, during the hayride none of the employees knew how to sing the Yogi Bear/Jellystone themed songs. It was a disaster to say the least. In fact one of the employees mentioned they had only received the song list five minutes prior to the hayride. This may not seem like an issue to most campers but for those who have attended other Jellystone campgrounds they are aware of how important the songs are to the hayride.
The campground itself was clean and well kept however it is currently under renovations. Everywhere you look you can see work going on, and you feel as if you are in the middle of a construction zone, which in reality you are. The campground roads are covered in gravel from the gravel piles located throughout the campground, which proved to be a safety hazard to children who were riding bikes and scooters through the campground. And when an accident did occur the staff did not have the proper First Aid equipment on hand or the training to handle it properly.
The newly renovated restroom/shower facilities are extremely nice with automatic showers however none of the stall doors could be locked, as there was at least a three-inch gap between the door and the frame.
When we made our reservations for the weekend, which was actually just a few days prior to our arrival, we had been told that the indoor pool was expected to be open, in fact we were assured of this. However upon our arrival we learned that the pool was far from being open, in fact we were told it is likely to be Memorial Day weekend before the indoor pool was opened. Needless to say it was a huge disappointment to our family.
I am withholding true judgment of the campground until I have had the opportunity to visit again. While the campground is not in perfect shape now, I do believe with time and proper training of the staff the campground could prove to be excellent.
You can learn more about the Lake Monroe Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park by visiting the campground’s website.