We decided to try a new campground this year for our vacation, so we headed to Hazel Green, WI to Coconut Cove Beach Club & Resort. This campground was built just last year, and opened with full operations in 2018. There are still a few things they are working on including a beachside tiki bar and paving all of the roads inside the resort. There are also future plans to expand to the north when that becomes possible. Because the resort is new, the grass is still kind of patchy and there isn’t a lot of shade. However the facilities are wonderful!
In the clubhouse/office, there is a small store that sells ice, firewood, snacks, bait, camping items and t-shirts. Outside firewood is not allowed. A full load is $30 or half load for $15 and is delivered to your site. Wifi is also available in the clubhouse area. At the back of the office building is a full-service restaurant and bar with a very nice deck with an amazing view of the campground lake and the Mississippi River. There is also an outdoor patio with tables. On Saturdays there is live music on the patio from 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm. Next door is the swimming pool and poolside tiki bar. Food is available at the tiki bar and there is a late happy hour. In addition to the pool there is a zero-entry kiddie pool. The shower house connects to the pool area and laundry facilities are available there. In the future there are plans for theme weekends and activities which can be found on their website and Facebook page. The public is welcome to buy day passes to use the pool or beach.
You can also rent golf carts to use in the campground. Seasonal campers may bring their own, and ATV/UTV’s are allowed. Many roads in Wisconsin are ATV routes, including the road outside the campground. We brought our bicycles thinking that we would ride around the campground, but due to the gravel and dust we quickly decided that a golf cart would be a lot more fun!
There are 148 campsites at Coconut Cove, all of which are full hook-up. 112 are seasonal sites and 36 are transient. Of the transient sites, 22 are pull-thru and the rest are back-in. We have a large 5th wheel and felt that some of the pull-thru sites did not leave much room for parking. The back-in sites are much more roomy. All sites include a large fire ring and the pull-thru sites also have a grill. Prices vary depending on the time of year, weekend or weekday and site type. Reservations are highly recommended for weekends. Coconut Cove starts taking reservations for next summer on January 15th.
Coconut Cove has a 10 acre lake where you can fish, kayak, swim at the beach, or play sand volleyball. There is a playground for the kids as well as a jumping pad. There is an inflatable “island” the kids can swim to and play on. For an additional fee, Coconut Cove also has an Aqua Park. The Aqua Park is an inflatable playground on the water with slides, monkey bars, jumping pillows, a swing, runways and climbing features. You must be at least 48” tall to use the Aqua Park, life jackets are required and provided by the resort. There are plans to expand the Aqua Park in the future. Currently under construction is the beachside Tiki Bar which will also have bathroom facilities.
Next to the beach there are 2 cabins available to rent. They will sleep 6 and have a master bedroom, bunkbed room and pullout couch. Cabins have a full bath and a kitchenette with a sink, refrigerator and microwave. There are 2 TV/DVD’s and a nice sized front porch.
Also available near the beach are Glamping Pods, which are compact cabins. Pods have a full-size bed and a futon and will sleep 4. There is also a full bathroom, kitchenette with a microwave and sink, AC/heater unit, 1 TV/DVD and a small porch. As with the campsites, prices vary with time of the year and weekend or weekday.
The closest town to Coconut Cove is Dubuque, IA, a quick 5 mile drive. Dubuque has everything you could need and plenty of things to do. We spent an enjoyable afternoon at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. There is also the Fenelon Place Elevator, a narrow gauge railway that is the shortest and steepest in the world and the Shot Tower, a 120 ft tall tower where buckshot used to be made. We also took an afternoon to ride our bicycles on the Heritage Trail, a 29.5 mile rail-trail between Dubuque and Dyersville. It is a mostly flat and shaded trail. Dubuque also has 2 casinos that also offer entertainment such as concerts.
We spent one day in Galena, IL which is about a 15 mile drive from the campground. There is plenty of interesting shopping, eating, a brewery, a distillery and historical sites including Ulysses S Grant’s home.
There is some boat parking available at the campground and a small boat ramp is nearby with access to the backwaters of the Mississippi. A golf course is also quite close by.
Generally, we enjoyed our stay at Coconut Cove Resort, but being a new campground there are still some kinks to work out. Perhaps the biggest problem, however, are the train tracks that run adjacent to the campground. Unfortunately, the transient sites are the closest to the tracks, and a nearby road crossing means that the trains always blow their horns right next to the campground. The trains run all night and really disturbed our sleep. We would recommend this as a great campground though, especially if you have kids. There is plenty to do and see and we expect that it will be even better the longer they are open.
Information about Coconut Cove can be found on their Facebook page or on their website.
Review by Allyssa R.