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“A lovely quirky place to spend time”
Review of Kelleys Island

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Columbus, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
22 helpful votes
“A lovely quirky place to spend time”
Reviewed 13 August 2010

Kelleys Island is a lovely location for camping and relaxing. We had a premium tent site at the state park campgrounds, right next to the lake and literally feet from the beach. The weather near the Canadian border is a relief from the mainland heat and humidity, and the residents and visitors are laid back.

The island is easy to get around, either by car, golf cart, bike or foot. Many residents sell bundles of wood for campfires. The campground is well tended with some of the better restroom/shower facilities I've seen. We are definitely going to make this a yearly visit!

The only complaint I have is that the convenience stores stock some rather strange merchandise. Only one store had any fresh produce, and there wasn't much at that. For example, I tried to purchase sugar at Uncle Dik's across the street from the campground. Not only were they out of stock in their one-aisle grocery/supplies area, but they couldn't sell me any from their coffee area. But they had plenty of sundresses and knick-knacks in the store.

Overally, a pleasant, relaxing experience.

2 Thank OHVirginiaNative
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
10 helpful votes
“West Bay on Kelleys Island Ohio”
Reviewed 9 September 2009

this place is bad....young workers are never around to take your orders,the older ones forget about you,and dont even get near the owners they are grumpy and grumpier.....poor selection of beer,food is bad,prices are high,and so far away from every thing else,....boring.

Thank donered
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Columbus, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
128 helpful votes
“Nice weekend at Kelleys Island”
Reviewed 18 June 2009

My fiance and I stayed on Kelleys Island the last weekend of May 2009. We'd been to Middle Bass Island before, but this was our first time on Kelleys Island. It's very low-key on Kelleys Island and a good place to go just to camp and relax. We stayed at the State Park on the island and got a premium campsite near the water. The premium campsites are near the entrance to the park and we were first hesitant about the traffic, but it wasn't a problem at all. They premium campsites are also near the shower house and the shelter house, but it also wasn't a problem (we didn't see anyone use the shelter house the whole weekend). The premium campsites are about thirty feet away from the water. There's a large row of boulders and rocks with weeds between the edge of the campsite and the water (so don't think you'll have your own personal little beach area). The view is still awesome and it was great to relax and watch the boats on the water. If you are camping in the premium campsites, expect to see water snakes. A lot of them live in the rocks near the water and come out and sunbathe during the day. They won't hurt you or come near you, but it's still a little shocking to see a pile of snakes laying in the sun! (seriously- there were at least eight snakes laying in the sun about thirty feet from our campsite!). There are also signs all over the Island "Water Snakes Welcome". They're endangered and protected, so expect to see some water snakes!

The premium campsites are about $30 per night. Again, the view is great and only a couple of dollars more per night than the regular campsites (non-electric) back in the trees. So splurge for a premium campsite!

While on Kelleys Island, we went to the Glacier Grooves, which are the largest ones in the world. It was pretty neat to see.

So if you're looking for a nice relaxing camping trip, give Kelleys Island a try!

5 Thank MonicaMonica
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
9 helpful votes
“What a bust”
Reviewed 2 January 2008

My mother had a bright idea to take her three kids, their spouses and four grandchildren to Kelley's Island a couple years ago... The children were 8,3,3 and 1. There was not enough to do on the island to keep us busy for the 3 days we were there. We did eat at some great restaurants even if they were overpriced, the food was good. We will not be going back ever!!!

2 Thank summerfrog81
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2 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Loved Kelleys Island”
Reviewed 28 February 2006

I have been to Kelleys Island several different times. I have been over there to party and also as a family. The best thing you can do is rent a golf cart and check out the whole island. We just did that on our last trip and there is a lot more to the island than just bars, although there are bars that you can only get to if you have transportation because it is to far to walk. A really neat thing to do is to go see the glacier grooves, they are pretty cool.

6 Thank ohioracefan
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