Campground Review Summary
- Name: Cliffside Park Campground
- Dates of stay: Aug 19-25, 2019
- Location: 7320 Michna Rd, Racine, WI 53402
- Type of campground: County park
- Cost: $30/night (with online reservation fee)
- Additional fees: none
- Stay limit: Seasonal park Apr – Oct
- Accepts mail / packages: no office
- Cell reception: ATT adequate
- Website: racinecounty.com/visiting/campgrounds
- Pros: spacious site, inexpensive
- Cons: no sewer hookup
As usual for a larger city, we had to range a bit out of town to find a decent campground. This one is more than decent, especially for a county park. Most local parks can’t fit our rig size so we were pleasantly surprised to find this little gem.
A note about reservations: Advanced reservations (online or by phone) are required for one side of the campground, while the other side is available for walk-up registration, space permitting. There is no office onsite – just a board with available sites posted. We booked online well in advance in order to secure an open site near one of the bath houses. If you do book online, remember your space number, as you will need to find it yourself! Cards denoting site reservation details are also placed on a post at each site.
We had no problems maneuvering into our back in space, which was solidly-packed gravel. Utilities include a 50/30/20 amp electrical hookup and water. There is no sewer connection at any site but the camp host site. (A dump station is available near the exit) Each site also has a picnic table and fire ring. The site was quite spacious, especially compared to most commercial campgrounds! The only negative was the back to front downward slope. Even with tire blocks and manual jack deployment, we couldn’t get quite level.
The campground amenities are basic: bath houses and playgrounds, no wifi or laundry facility. The bath houses are modern and clean with very spacious showers (two shower rooms per gender in each of the two bath houses). The shower operated by pushing a button which engaged the water for about 10 seconds before shutting off. You couldn’t adjust either water pressure or temperature, but both were fine by me. It was just slightly annoying to have to keep pushing that button.
Our ATT signal worked adequately and our open site posed no problems with satellite TV reception. Some sites are more wooded than others, so your mileage may vary. We could also pull in a number of over the air TV channels from nearby Milwaukee. The City is only about 40 minutes away with the Harley museum, Miller brewery, and other attractions and amenities.
Overall, this was a great stay. The campground is scenic and quiet – the only real negative is the lack of sewer hookup. It was no issue for our short stay, but it does discourage a longer stay. The onsite camp host couple received several negative reviews on TripAdvisor, but we saw no issues with them. The current cost is $28/night plus a $14 online booking fee, which is reasonable for what you get.
Bottom Line: Great little modestly-priced campground if you don’t mind no sewer hookup.