Jerry S

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Hardin KOA

Hardin, Montana

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We were last here about 5 years ago and were not happy with our stay - we were promised a satellite friendly site and were not given one. There are now new owners and they seem to be running this park properly, We had a level, gravel, FHU site with minimal (10 channels), Of the 77 sites listed above, only aboutn25 of those are FHU with cable TV. Only half of those are 50 Amp. There are about 30 W&E sites - half with cable and half without. The remaining sites are cabins and tent site. The park has a small pool and a playground. The Bathrooms, showers, and laundry were old but clean. These facilities are inadequate for a park with 50 non sewer (RV, cabin, and tent) sites. Their WIFI worked well for us. If you want a satellite friendly site be sure to ask - many sites are not satellite friendly. Limited FHU sites, limited cable, and limited SaTV sites reduce the rating.

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This is our go to park in Buffalo. We stayed one weekday night in early July and, as usual, had a level, gravel, FHU, pull-through site with cable TV. This park resolved the change to digital requiring a new cable box problem by getting their own satellite TV and feeding to the individual sites. Their new system only has about 20 channels. Except for half a dozen newer sites in the back of the park, very few sites are satellite friendly. We had one minor issue when we pulled into our assigned site. It is a problem I have run into occasionally and don't know why parks do this: our assigned site had just been over water causing the leftside of the parking area to be muddy and unavoidable while setting up. If mother nature wants to muddy a site, fine, but the park should not be doing it and then forcing the customer a muddy inconvenience. Everything else was fine. We enjoyed the pool and, after 2 days of terrible internet, we finally had a reliable connection. A recent reviewer stated that the sites are "small". I don't know what site he/she had but our site was fine and there were at least 20 big rigs here with plenty of room for their 40 footers and toads (some still attached). With the facilities and amenities here plus the historic significance of the area, this is more than "an OK place to stay on your way to somewhere else" as that reviewer stated. Bathrooms, showers, and laudry in the office building are older but adequate and clean. There is a trailer with additional bathrooms and showers toweard the back of the park. They do have bins for glass, aluminum, and plastic recycling. There are numerous restaurants and fast food places within walking distance.

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We have stayed here numerous times in recent years, My 8/13 review gives a detailed description of the park's sites, layout, and various facilities. As usual, we had a gravel but level, FHU, pull-through on the upper level. Most sites are a decent size, but larger rigs will have to disconnect. Many, but not all sites are satellite friendly. The office building is on the lower level and has the bathrooms, showers, and laundry (4 machines if I recall correctly). These facilities are older but clean and functional. There is a heated pool and playground equipment. As I noted in previous reviews, the sewers being at the entrance of the upper level, pull-through sites can be a problem for many RVs. For the first time we had a problem with their cable and their 802.11 connection. Most of the 60 cable channels were fuzzy to some degree and we were unable to connect to their internet at our site until about 10 P.M. Again this appears to be a "broadband hog" issue. They ask people not stream, Skype, etc., but the self-center jerks do it anyway. I saw no sign of any recycling.

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We have stayed here numerous times in recent years. My previous reviews give a more detailed description of the park's sites and facilities. As usual, had a level, FHU, pull-through, gravel site. We had 60+ channel cable TV. Although many sites are not satellite friendly , ours was. The laundry and bath facilities are limited for a park of this size with so many non-sewer sites. Even though I was only 100' from the office, I could not connect to their internet until about 10 P.M. It would appear to be a "broadband hog" situation. The pool is small and there is a playground. Due to doing laundry and threatening rain, I did not make the 5-10 minute walk over to Wall Drug. There is no recycling that I could see.

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This is the third July in a row that we have stayed here one night (this time it was a Saturday) on our way west. See my previous reviews for a little more detail on the park. As usual, we had a level, FHU pull-through site with a 802.11 network connection that worked well for us in the RV. Although there is cable TV with about 25 stations, many sites are satellite friendly. There is a small pool, playground, K9 camp, etc. They have a small café with limited menu items serving breakfast and dinner. There were a few groups of tenters the night we were there but the only problem that caused was an overcrowded pool for a couple hours. The owners and staff were friendly and helpful.

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With our one weeknight stay here in early July, I think we have stayed at every KOA in South Dakota during our 25 years of RVing. This park is only 5 years old an all its' facilities are modern. We had a level, gravel, FHU pull-through site with 60+ channel cable TV. Our site was satellite friendly but many are not. I believe all 56 RV sites are FHU with cable TV. 47 RV sites are pull-through and 9 are back-in. There are also 10 tent sites, 4 lodges, and 2 cabins according to their handout. The park was not quite full and there appeared to be some seasonal and/or extended stay customers. We got a good 802.11 network connection at our site. Recreation facilities include a nice pool, b-ball and v-ball courts, horseshoe pits, a playground, a covered picnic pavilion, and a bounce pillow. The bathrooms, showers, and laundry were in the main building. They were clean and adequate for this size park. The staff was friendly and helpful. Although the park is just half a mile off the main highway (SD 50), I could see not any restaurant or stores on that highway that were within walking distance of the park. Being well off the main travel routes (I29 and I90) in south east SD is the only big negative here for coming back to this park. I don't remember any recycling other than aluminum cans.

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Check-in is at the casino hotel desk or by envelope at a bulletin board by the RV sites. We stayed here one weeknight in early July and had a level, gravel, pull-through, full hookup site. This describes all 14 sites that are arranged in one row. The sites are reasonably long and wide with grass/weeds between sites. The sites are about 200 yards from the casino between the rural road that comes off Iowa Highway 9 and the golf course's driving range. They warn of possible damage from golf balls (especially the farther down the driving range your site is) and there was significant road noise due to farm vehicles coming by early in the day (7 AM). There is no cable TV or Wi-Fi. All 14 sites are satellite friendly. I did not check for any TV stations over the air from Sioux Falls, SD which is only about 15 miles to the northwest. The casino resort has a golf course and very nice outdoor pool that RVers can use if they check with the front desk. There are no bathrooms, showers, or laundry at the RV park. There are, of course, bathrooms in the casino. Being 15-20 miles off both I-90 and I-29, this park is not convenient for an overnight but OK for gaming or golfing.

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I was surprised when I realized that it had been 8 years since we have stayed here. We stayed here on weekday night in early July and the park was maybe 60% full. The park has more than doubled in the number of sites since our last stay and has a newer building with a modern laundry, bathrooms, and a rally room. The original office building where you register also has a small laundry and bathroom facilities. The older section of the park is fairly heavily treed and half back-in and half pull-through sites. The newer section is open (good for satellite reception) with both back-in and pull-through sites. I believe all sites are level, gravel, full hookups with decent length and width. We were in the newer section and the Internet worked well for us. As others have noted, many of the customers and most of the numerous extended stay customers are here for the Mayo Clinic. While we were they occupied most of the old section sites. There is nothing (pool, playground, etc.) here for kids. The park no longer provides cable TV. Long term customers can make arrangements with Comcast to get service. I thought $42 a night was a bit expensive for a park with no pool or cable.

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We stayed here one weekday night the first full week of July. Our site was a level, gravel, FHU pull-through with a 802.11 connection that worked fine for us. There is no cable and only the 5 network over the air TV stations. Our site was satellite TV friendly. More than half the 200+ sites appear to be taken by seasonal or long term customers. Most of those are in the treed section and many would be considered messy and tacky by many of the reviewers on this site. Most of the transient sites are in the open and close to the lodge and pool. There are also some tent sites and cabins. There is a laundry/bathhouse building near the pool that services the transient area. I was bit surprised at how basic this facility was - it was very stark on poorly lit with cement floors and cinderblock walls. The showers were $1 for 6 minutes. There is a similar building in the seasonal area. The pool is decent size and there is a playground for the kids plus a better than average basketball hoop and court. You can easily access the river behind the lodge (they rent some small watercraft). but the river walk was impossible to use because of bugs even in the middle of the day. The lodge has a nice bar and grille and, in contrast to what an earlier reviewer said, what appears to be a large meeting room. This place must be an absolute zoo on summer weekends. I saw no sign of recycling. The park is OK but I doubt that I would return and come this far off the beaten path at this price.

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This is our first time here in 3 years. The new owners have kept this park up well. We had level, gravel, pull-through that was fairly wide. This describes most of the RV sites. There are also a dozen W&E back-ins on the eastern edge of the park and another half dozen group sites to the right of the entry road. The southern edge of the park has dozens of stored RVs. Some folks might consider this a negative. The park seems to have a lot more extended stay customers than I remember from my previous stays. Some of these appear to be people working in the area rather than vacationing or travelling RVers. There is no cable but there are all the local stations from Madison and most sites appear to be satellite friendly. I found the 802.11 system to be rather slow. An earlier reviewer praised the speed of the system but he was here in April when there were hardly any other customers. The bathrooms, showers, and laundry are all in the office building. They are older, but clean and acceptable. The pool is nice but small - 5 or 6 active kids will dominate the pool. There is also a playground that kids were actually using. As others have mentioned, there are 5 fast food places within a 5 minute walk of the park. The wide entry road has a dump station and propane sales. The rate is a bit high for a park without cable and such a small pool.

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As with our previous stay here (see my 2014 review) our supposed full hookup site's sewer was too far from the pad to be worth getting out extra hose for just an overnight stay. Fortunately, we were able to get satellite TV reception and the Wi-Fi system worked for us. The sites are fairly large but, as indicated above, the utility placement is poor. This park is fine if you don't need convenient sewer or TV. There is nothing within easy walking distance. Like most parks on this trip, there was no recycling.

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This park has full hookup sites with cable TV and a Wi-Fi system that worked for us. There are many trees in the park, which means most sites are not satellite friendly. There are at least 3 individual bathrooms and laundry facilities are clean and functional. There is no pool but there is a small playground and a covered pavilion. There are no restaurants or stores within close walking distance.

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Once again I am not as impressed with this park as many reviewers. There are FHU sites in all 3 sections of the park. Those in the trees seem to be occupied by extended stay customers. About half the sites in the open sections near the river give good views of the river. After decades of seeing river barges from this park and two other RV parks in Caruthersville, MO and Vidalia, LA, I don't see the fascination others rave about. Then there are the continuing negative remarks about the area you have to drive through to get to the park. Please tell me why it is "sketchy". The sites are a decent size and, except for the section where the sites are in the trees, most sites appear to be satellite friendly. Although you can get a good number of over the air stations from Memphis, there is no cable TV. Their 802.11 system worked OK for us. I see nothing recreational for kids in the park. The location and free laundry are the only things that make this park above ordinary.

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We stayed here one night on our way south the first week of May and one night the last week of May heading back north. The park has decent facilities (FHU, cable TV ( 60 channels), and internet that has always worked for us. Although the sites have cement pads with a small cement patio, the pads are narrow and not level. The patios are so small that few RVs will be able to line up their doors with them. Large RVs will have to unhook their toads. The pool is small and there is (a recent reviewer said there was a spa) NO spa - that was removed several years ago. The single bathroom for each gender have only a sink, a toilet, and 2 small shower stalls. The laundry is 2 of each machine and relatively cheap. For some reason, we had a little trouble connecting to the cable on our second stay but it eventually worked. Most sites are open for satellite TV.

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We stayed here 3 times in May for a total of 10+ days. Our rate was a combination of PPA and GS discounts plus a couple free nights. The physical facilities (large , pull-through, FHU, cement, sites with cable TV (60 channels) are very good. Most sites are large, cement (both pad and patio), level, pull-through, and open for satellite. The large pool that was closed for 5 days of our stay because of a broken ladder. There is also a playground next to the pool area. The one weekend we were there, the 802.11 system was almost useless because of the number of customers try to use it. We have never had that problem here before. Once again, golf cart users and speeders (both customer and employees) were a serious hazard for anyone walking in the park. The great facilities and amenities in this park are overshadowed by poor management and their failure to address safety concerns.