Sauder Village has something for everyone. Whether you want to relax at their campground or their hotel, visit the historic village to watch live demonstrations of how things used to be during simpler days, shop in their retail shops or enjoy a meal, this place has it all.
Check in for the campground is at the Sauder Heritage Inn which is quite lovely. Their new campground expansion offers 87 sites — 77 Campsites and 10 Tent Sites. Fifty five are full hook up back in sites (3 are ADA handicap accessible), eleven are electric/water back in sites, eleven are electric only pull thru sites and ten are primitive tent sites along Little Lake Erie. All sites have a paved drive on pad and include a picnic table and fire ring. There are no pads for the sitting area.
To view the campground map, click here.
Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available here. Our back-in full hook up site was $33.00 (October 12, 2015). In 2018, our overnight stay was $40.
Overall Impression – 3/5
Since Sauder Village has various offerings for entertainment, fishing, dining or just plain relaxing and is close to other attractions, it definitely is more of a destination spot rather than just an overnight stopover. When we were here on October 12th, it was pretty quiet with hardly anyone in the campground (at least in our section), but I bet it must be pretty busy during the summer. The historic village was closed since it was Monday so we didn’t get an opportunity to visit that, perhaps next time we are in the area we will.
Our back in site #42 was located in the new section which was pretty barren, particularly since we were the only unit parked there. Although there were some trees in this section, there was evidence that they have plans to plant more. Probably once those trees are planted and have matured, this will be a really lovely campground.
Construction was still in process for a new bath house for this section and there were other landscape items still incomplete as well.
When we returned in 2018, the construction had been complete. We stayed on site #51 which was located on the perimeter but we weren’t as impressed as we were the first time. We expected that now that the construction was done, the grounds would have been improved and would be better maintained.
Young trees have been planted on the outer perimeter of the new loop. No trees on the inner part of the loop but we observed stakes marked for more trees to be planted there. During busy times we would prefer a site in the outer perimeter of the new loop, otherwise there will be rigs behind as well on both sides. The outer perimeter sites have nature behind them. The older section has slightly less spacing between sites but still not bad for a private park. The trees in the older section are more mature.
Privacy – 3/5
In the new section, there is no foliage between sites so there is no privacy but the spacing is substantially better than most private parks. Older section has more mature trees but still doesn’t offer much in the way of privacy between sites.
Amenities – 4/5
Lots of amenities – a full list can be found here.
Convenience – 4/5
With the restaurants and retail shops here, there isn’t a big need to go anywhere but if you can’t find what you need, the main center of the town of Archbold is less than 2 miles away where additional restaurants and retail opportunities are offered.
Physical Surroundings – 3/5
Although our section of the new campground loop was very new and rather barren feeling, closer to Little Lake Erie was a more natural and serene setting. Complete with flocks of geese and ducks.
Maneuverability and Roads – 3/5
Big rig friendly. Roads were paved and very easy to maneuver throughout the park.
Peace & Quiet – 4/5
Since we were pretty much by ourselves and our site was at the back of the campground and quite a distance from the main road, it was pretty quiet. We didn’t notice any traffic or train noise.
Utilities – 3/5
- Sewer – Sewer cap closer to rear part of site and well placed for motorhomes. Neck of sewer pipe is at grade and has a threaded cap providing a natural slope for our gravity drain.
- Satellite – No mature trees in the new section so no problem. We were able to hit the Dish Western Arc (110/119/129) with no problems, even on 129. The older part of the campground has more mature trees but in most cases looks like it should not be a problem.
- WiFi – Secured WiFi available, we did not check it’s performance at the site.
- Cellular signal – Good Verizon 4g LTE in an out of the coach on smartphones without booster.
- Over-the-Air (OTA) TV – Good, all network channels were detected without raising or pointing our antenna.
- Power – Very good voltage on 50A, new power pole with 20/30/50A
- Water Pressure/Quality – pressure a bit low at 30psi, slight chlorine taste, no discoloration or turbidity. Power pole and water spigot are surrounded by a concrete pad to minimize mud development in those areas.
What We Liked
– Paved roads
– Large spacious sites with very good spacing between
– Very serene, but most likely due to time of year we were there
– Lots to do
What We Didn’t Like
– Lack of privacy and stark feeling of new loop, but this will improve as the plantings mature.