Thinking of attending the Grand and wondering what the lodging options available? Camper rentals, hotels etc and distance from shoot. I have heard that people stay anywhere from 30-50 miles from Sparta. Thanks for your help!
Before the Grand officially moved to Sparta, there were a lot of people saying they would stay in tents if they had to just like they did 100 years ago ... If all else fails tents are cheap down at WalMart right downtown ... Just an idea ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
Due to the area, there are few really nice motels. There are a couple of Bed & Breakfasts in Sparta & Marissa. There are motels in Freeburg and Belleville which are about 1/2 hr. away There are numerous RV dealers throughout the US that rent Motorhomes. The problem is the cost when added to site rent. A full service RV space at The Grand is $450+ for the shoot. There are always numerous spaces available due to this high cost. The cost almost doubled when the ATA took over camping.
I keep telling my wife we need to rent the house out. I live in Marissa. If you have any specific area questions, let me know. I've lived in the area for 30 yrs or so. Dad used to duck hunt the big lake to the east. Back then it was known as the 3850 pit. That was the number of the drag line that dug it.
My hope is that the weather holds during August. If you get an RV, make sure it has air conditioning. The restaurant at the Shooting Complex is changing out. The 17th Street BBQ is leaving and an Italian restaurant is coming in. The new restaurant has another location in St. Louis, but I don't know the name. I can give you reviews after they get going. We are out there once a week.
With the way Ill. gun laws are going I will probably be going to cardnail in Ohio This year. I have attened the one at Sparta since the beginning but never could figure how an anti gun state and Pro criminal state government could get the grand anyway. Bill