Campground review: City Campground – Madison, IN

IMG_4226.JPG The City Campground in Madison, IN is all about the river view. While there are sites on the north side of the one campground road, the sites on the river side are by far the most popular. The Ohio River is right outside your rear window (or if you pull a motor home in nose first, it’s right outside your front window). A short distance from the campground is a very nice city river-front walking area. Historic downtown Madison is also a short distance away with interesting shops and nicely preserved architecture, hearkening back to the day when riverboats plied the waters. Again, it’s all about the river.

100_4775.JPG The campsites, themselves, aren’t anything to brag about. They are way too close together putting your neighbors on either side just a few steps away. If there’s any redeeming point about the spacing it’s that each site is at a pretty hard angle making your “front” yard also your neighbor’s “back” yard. If everyone just uses their front yard there’s enough room for you to use the picnic table and set out some lawn chairs to watch the river. However, if your neighbor in a motorhome happens to want to pull in nose first that scheme is messed up and you end up with the front door of their RV matching up with the front door of yours – creating a shared front yard. On the other hand, the utility hookups actually support this approach because the water/electric hookups are on every other site. If you get an even numbered site they are on the normal, driver’s side of the rig (when backing in). Otherwise, you either pull in nose first or you have to pass the hose/electric under the camper.

100_4773.JPG There are no sewer hookups in the campground, but there is a dump station. The campground has for-pay WiFi. We didn’t use it as our Verizon signal was a strong 4G. Also satellite TV was easy to get – after all you are basically aiming it out over the river and there are no trees in play. The bathrooms are old and worn but reasonably clean and in working condition. Because of the public nature of the campground (right along a city street) you pay a $5 deposit to get a bathroom key.

The number of sites is limited so if you are coming during the busy time of the year I strongly suggest you call ahead for reservations – especially if you want a riverside spot.

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