A Look Inside the Nation's Top Jellystone Park
The Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Warrens, Wis., has received this year’s “Camp-Resort of the Year” award from Leisure Systems Inc., the Milford, Ohio-based company that franchises Jellystone Parks across the country.
The Warrens park, which has 645 RV sites, 132 cabins and a 100,000-square-foot outdoor water park, was cited for its outstanding customer service and guest reviews, attractiveness of facilities and dramatic double digit growth in each of the last two years, according to a news release.
“Achieving this kind of double digit growth is significant, especially during a recession,” said Rob Schutter, COO of Leisure Systems, which franchises 78 Jellystone Parks across the country.
The award was also a noteworthy achievement for Friendswood, Texas-based Legacy RV Resorts, which purchased the Warrens Jellystone three years ago. Legacy RV Resorts also owns Jellystone Parks in Cherokee, N.C., Milton, Pa., Pelahatchie, Miss., and Waller, Texas, but the Warrens location was the first to receive the “Camp Resort of the Year” award.
The Warrens Jellystone draws camping enthusiasts from throughout Wisconsin as well as Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. And while its outdoor water park is a key attraction, Jellystone Warrens is also regionally famous for its weekend activities, which include live music, organized family activities and entertainment provided by visiting hypnotists and magicians.
“We have something going on every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day,” said Jellystone Warrens manager Dean Bradley, adding that the most popular weekends are Father’s Day, when the park has its annual classic car show, and Labor Day weekend, when it holds a barbecue competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. The park also fills up during the last weekend of September, when Warrens holds its annual Cranfest celebration, the largest cranberry festival in the world.
Jellystone Warrens also has a “Trail of Terror” haunted house from the first week of September through mid-October. “We have an awesome haunted house,” Bradley said. “We have an indoor trail that leads guests through a maze of terror. It’s pretty scary. We have quite a few people who leave there pretty quickly.”
Jellystone Warrens has two on-site food service facilities and an on-site store, which makes it possible for guests to remain at the resort without having to leave for food or supplies to make their vacation complete. The park is open from April 15 to mid-October each year. Warrens Jellystone will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year. For more information, please visit the park’s website at www.jellystonewarrens.com.