We were very disappointed with our tent camping experience at Spring Lake and would not recommend staying here. Here are a handful of reasons why we had a miserable time tent camping at this location:
1. When we arrived, there was no one to greet us as the Hipcamp advertisement said there would be. There was a teenage boy working the "store" who couldn't give us clear directions to our site, and forgot to give us our change when we purchased ice. The map he showed my friend and I was confusing, to say the least; we ended up driving around for about half an hour on unmarked ATV trails trying to find our tent site in the near-dark. It was very frustrating and could have easily been remedied by having simple signage on the property. Our first impression was already a bad one as soon as we arrived.
2. We were under the impression--based on Spring Lake's description--that we would have privacy at our tent site near the lake. We were positioned so close to other tents that we could hear them rolling over in their sleeping bags at night. As my friend said, it was like a "refugee camp"--we were really crammed that close together. The tent site we booked was taken by another couple, and when we complained about it, the owner of the property tried to "sell us" on a different tent site that we didn't want (yet we ended up staying there, because it was useless to argue for another square foot of space at that point anyway).
3. We paid $5 extra for firewood that we were told would be waiting at our campsite--not the case. The teenage boy at the counter told us to "grab whatever wood you need" and this "firewood" was actually discarded 4x4 pieces in a bin outside the store.
4. I went into the store twice to express my concerns to the management to attempt to remedy this situation, but the owners were nowhere to be found--just a different teenage boy sitting there each time I popped in. Cell phone service is fickle at the location, so our calls to their cellphone did not go through.
5. The bathroom/shower facilities are incredibly nice and new, but a woman drank so much that she got sick all over the bathroom floor and was vomiting in the shower stall next to mine--disgusting. It was an odd mixture of people at this place and we didn't always feel safe.
This is a truncated review; I could go on and on about how awful our stay was, but you get the gist. What a waste of money. It's a shame, because the lake was beautiful and the sunset and sunrise memorable ones. Too bad the property and the owners are in such unprofessional disarray.
My friend and I loved camping here! Travis is a great host. Before we arrived he was fantastic about communicating with us regarding driving directions and campsite amenities. When we pulled up to the site we were greeted by two farm dogs, Rudy and Molly, who were great company and played happily with my large and energetic dog. There was plenty of firewood at the site and it was quiet and clean. Their place is only 45 minutes from Ha Ha Tonka, where we spent a day hiking. It's a short drive to gas stations, stores, etc. We tent camped for two nights and we would've stayed another night if we didn't already have Monday commitments. Definitely recommend Travis and Ozark Hills Honey Farm, and we'll definitely be back!
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