Jerry S

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Let me preface this review by saying that we got here on a cold, windy, raining afternoon and I did not get a chance to walk around this large park until it was almost dark. So, my comments are not all going to be backed by a clear visual inspection of the facilities and amenities. Like the other fellow who reviewed this park in October, our stay was during the off season when the park was fairly empty and many things were no longer in service. We had a long, fairly level, gravel, FHU site. Most sites are FHU, but there are about 50 with just W&E on the north and south sides of the park. We had to pull all the way forward in the site to get satellite service but that made the sewer unreachable. Once we are ready to leave in the morning, we will just back up and dump then Most sites are back-ins and apparently seasonal/extended stay sites. There is no cable TV, but there are about 10 over the air channels. We had no problems with their 802.11 network. As others have noted, there are a ton of recreational facilities: a very large pool, a fishing lake with piers and boat dock, a swimming pond with a beach, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, a large recreation center, playgrounds, a large pavilion, and a mini-golf course. I cannot vouch for the condition of these facilities because of how dark it was when I finally saw them. I had no issues with the man (owner?) at check-in. We had no issues with too many rules (No long list was mentioned when we checked in - what problems are 2 oldies going to cause in the off season?) or dusting roads (It was raining!). This park may deserve a higher rating, but I couldn't see the park well enough or experience the park when it is going full tilt. I do agree with the prior reviewer that staying here would be a completely different experience/park in the summer. I saw no sign of recycling in the park. Once again, we did not "camp here. We stayed here in a RV site.

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So far, new ownership has not diminished the physical positives of this park: shade, mostly level, mostly pull-through, gravel sites with limited cable TV and an 802.11 network that has always been reliable for us. The cable system shows lots of channels when you scan but most of those are multiple repeats of the analog channels in HD. The park's handout shows 16 channels. The site next to the office may be the only site in the park that is satellite friendly. There were only a couple dozen RVs here the night we were, so the reliable internet situation we had may be different if the park is full. Last time we were here there was a nice middle aged couple managing the park. This time it was a nice young couple. Once again, we were not able to get the site we had been using for years. This time it was available but, for some reason, they were not putting anybody in that back section of the park. We were placed in a row of 5 sites next to a customer who had a smoldering fire going at 3 P.M. We couldn't even open any windows or vents. The air was almost suffocating as soon as you exited the RV. Of course, their RV was upwind of the very annoying fire/smoke. By dark, the other 3 sites in the row were occupied and the aforementioned back area was still empty. The office building contains the bathrooms and showers which are old but clean and the laundry which is serviceable The only recycling I saw was for aluminum. The new lounge was not open when I tried the door at about 4 P.M. Some folks, who the managers told me were part owners, where setting up for a private party outside the lodge building. It is not good a sign when the owners put their personal "fun" ahead of customer satisfaction. Although this park does qualify as a campground, I parked here in an RV site - I did NOT "camp" here.

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Previous reviews have mentioned how to check in. We have been here numerous times over the decades. Our rate based on free nights from the casino. This park has FHU sites with large, level cement pads and patios. The cable TV is 70+ channels and most sites appear to be satellite friendly. There is no 802.11 network connection in the park - you may be able to get one in the hotel lobby. The bath and laundry facilities were dirty and inadequate for this park. For those of you with a certain perspective, there were some customers here you might classify as a potential threat to your safety. The sites are great, but the lack of a check in office and internet in the RV park and poor bath and laundry facilities lowers my rating substantially. As usual in the region, there was no recycling.

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We have been here several times in the past. Rate is with Passport America. We prefer the sites on the south side of the park which has mostly level, cement, pull-through, full hookup sites with limited cable TV. These sites are fairly long and wide. Unlike the north side sites, most of the south side sites are satellite friendly. They still advertise that their WiFi network is available only in or near the office. The main building has an office, a store, a large open area with a TV and places to use your computer, a laundry with modern machines, and some individual bathrooms with entry doors on the south side of the building. The small pool is in an attractive area on the east side of the building. We have used it in the past, but the air temperature was too cool this time. From the north end of the park you can take the great paved walkway about a mile north and under the Highway 84 bridge over the Mississippi. This path has benches, lights, and informational signage. Typical of this region, I saw no sign of any recycling.

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Daily rate based on free nights by coupon and e-mail offers plus several nights at the Passport America discount. We had 2 stays here of about a week each that encompassed the 1st and 3rd weekends of October. We have been to this resort dozens of times over the past almost 20 years. See my 5/15 review for a description of the facilities and amenities. The negative remarks about golf carts, speeders, and managerial stupidity are still valid. As usual, we have a long, wide, spacious, level, full hookups, cement sites with 60+ plus cable TV channels. Lots of the channels were a bit fuzzy but viewable. Typical of the area, there is no Comedy Central. Again, their WiFi network was fine except on weekends. Although the fall weekends are not as packed with football partying locals as in past, there is still a big difference between weekend and weekday crowds. There are only about 30 sites occupied during the week. There are also maybe a dozen extended stay customers and area workers located mostly in the south east corner of the park. Unfortunately, unlike their competitor over in Kinder, they have already stopped heating and cleaning the pool. It was usable, but just barely, in 80-90 degree weather. Again, great facilities and amenities with several very negative and dangerous (golf cart and speeders) aspects. Some folks on this site may not feel safe here because there are often customers here that do not fit their definition of "safe" people. As has been true almost everywhere on this southern trip, there is NO recycling.

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Just here for one night but would definitely return. Clean, quiet, and friendly.

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This was our first time here and I was somewhat confused by some of the statements made if previous reviews. For example, the interstate is almost 2 blocks away and cannot be heard in the RV park. This is an RV park - Not a campground. About 2/3 of the sites are pull-through and the rest are back-in. The back-in sites are on the south and west sides of the property and are the closest sites to the train tracks and the Red River. I could literally throw a stone into the river from my site. The train bridge is just a bit more distant and is the main reason for how loud these trains are. It also doesn't help that the dozens of trains we heard/saw during our 40+ hours stay, were extremely long and slow moving. I timed one on Saturday morning and, including one stop of 5 minutes, took over 20 minutes to go by the RV park. They also blow their horns multiple times within a mile of passing by the park. Our site was FHU and had a fairly level cement pad. Some of the pull-through sites looked as bit too short for larger rigs to stay hooked up. The cable channels on their 60+ channel cable system was OK but the network and local channels would lose the signal for a few seconds occasionally (sometimes several times a minute). Most sites appear to be satellite friendly. Their 802.11 network was useless during most of our stay. I was able to get one for about and hour Friday afternoon and half an hour on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Even then, the system was slow. The bathroom and shower facilities are in the same building as the registration office. They are small but clean. The laundry was also in this building and has 5 machines. As others have noted, you can use the hotel pool but have to get a door key and wrist bands from the hotel front desk. Unlike previous reviewers, we were the only customers at this large and attractive pool area. There is also a large hot tub. I saw no sign of any recycling.

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See my 5/15 review for details of this park's facilities and amenities. Again, only about 100 sites are for RVs - this an RV park with cabins and chalets, NOT a campground! We used to stay 5 days every May and October, but no longer due to several negative changes: They no longer have a pay for 3 and get 2 days free coupons, their Saturday and special day fee is now $65, golf cart owners are out of control on weekends, and bandwidth hogs often ruin the internet connection, especially on weekends. So, we now limit our stays to a few days during the week. The biggest disappointment during this stay was the laundry. A couple stays ago, 2 of their 4 dryers were out of commission. This stay, those 2 machines are gone and I feared that it might take hours to do a load of laundry because there are 6 washers (all being used when I started my load) and only 2 dryers. It turned out worse than I feared - neither of the remaining 2 dryers worked well enough to dry a load in 1 1/2 hours of drying time. A few other customers were equally outraged. Another customer told me that she has been complaining about this for two weeks with nothing has been fixed. I had to finish drying my load in the sunshine at my site - it took over 4 hours to do 1 load of laundry! As usual, this is a park with park with pretty good facilities and amenities with some glaring flaws: most sites are slanted one way or another and/or otherwise not level, poor sewer placement, refusal to fix or replace broken dryers, no control of dangerous customers, inadequate 802.11 connection when busy, etc. We stayed in an RV site.

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As I noted in my review of 2 years ago, I would not return to this park at the regular rate. Fortunately, they still accept Passport America for one night during the week. As for the recent review that gave this park one star, my previous review warned folks that this was loud, noisy urban America. If you cannot handle it, go back to your gated community. The sites are very close together but the park is actually fairly attractive. The park facilities are fine: full hookups, all back-in, brick (slightly wavy and not perfectly level) pad to park on, lots of over the air stations, a Wi-Fi network that was fine for our (e-mailing and surfing) needs. Bathrooms and showers were clean. The laundry was fine. There are exercise and recreation rooms and a small pool and hot tub. Once again, we walked to and from Bourbon St., the riverfront, etc. and were not raped or mugged by the locals in the surrounding neighborhood. The staff I dealt with were friendly and helpful. I did not ask about or see any recycling.

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This KOA is nice enough but definitely overpriced. I believe that all sites are FHU with cable TV. Their 802.11 network was fine for our minimal (e-mail and surfing) purposes. Most of the sites are pull-through with the back section being mostly extended stay. There are some sites that may be satellite friendly but many are in the trees - specify if you want satellite reception. The two bathrooms (one in the main building and a satellite building in the middle of the park), showers, and laundry facilities are clean. There are also a handful of cabins and tent sites. There is a nice pool and spa, a playground, mini-golf, etc. Unusual for the area, they actually have a recycle bin.

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We had our preferred site: a cement, FHU, pull-through with 70 channel cable TV. Our site was fairly level and just long enough for our 33 footer, but many sites are not level and most not long enough for larger rigs with toads. Rear sewer can be a problem for many RVs. Most sites appear to be satellite friendly. The office also contains the small bathrooms with 2 shower stalls and the 4 machine laundry. They were turning folks away on a Sunday night by 5 P.M. About 6 RVs spent the night boon-docking in the adjacent truck parking lot. There appears to be a dozen or so extended stay customers. With a full park, we lost the internet connection shortly after it got dark. Thanks, all you bandwith hogs! As usual, the two ladies in the office were friendly and helpful. The pool is small and there are no other recreational facilities. The park has no recycling.

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Again, because we have had no or lousy internet connections the past few nights, I will keep this brief. My review from last May gives a fuller description of the park facilities. On a Saturday, this park had only about 20 of 123 spaces occupied. I'd like to think that their reduced service (no check-in at the RV park, unclean bath facilities , etc.) is the reason for the falloff in business. The bathrooms and laundry are too small for this size park. There is nothing recreational in the RV park. The hotel pool is available but it is a bit of a walk through either the casino or the parking lot behind the hotel. We had a FHU, back-in site that was somewhat off level. There is one row of 13 pull-through sites, but most are back-in. Cable TV was OK, but the 802.11 network was iffy in spite of the lack of other customers. This used to be a much nicer and much more customer friendly park. As is typical of the area, there is no recycling.

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I'm on a iffy internet system, so I'll try to keep this brief. I've stayed here numerous times before and the price last time was way out of line at $40. Now that it is back down to $30, this place is barely OK for a park with often useless internet and limited cable TV. Check in is at the casino building with the restaurants. All sites are FHU on mostly off level cement pads. 2/3 of the sites are pull-through and the rest are back-in. The bathrooms and laundry were clean on this stop. The cable was not good and I could not connect to their 802.11 network. Unless you want to gamble this park is not worth the 15 mile roundtrip from the interstate.

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We have stayed in this park maybe 8 times in recent years. Most of the sites in this park are level, gravel, FHU, pull through, with 30 channel cable TV. The back in sites appear to be used mostly by extended stay customers. In general, most of the pull-through sites appear to be satellite friendly but the back-in sites are iffy. The office, bathrooms, and laundry are all in the main building. The laundry is 4 machines between the 2 bathrooms. The men's bathroom was small (2 sinks, a stall, and a shower) so you may have to wait to shower. They do sell propane but there are no other facilities or amenities in the park. We were right across from the office and had no problems with their 802.11 network. That may have been because the park was not full. This is a very good park for your basic overnight stop. The women (owner) in the office has always been pleasant and helpful.

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For a change of pace, we decided to take I-55 south from the Chicago area rather than I-57. This park is about 10 minutes (5-7 miles depending on which exit (88 or 94 you are using to get here)) from the interstate. The last mile is a narrow gravel road. The park is nestled in the middle of farms and most of the park is treed. Per their handout, there about 45 FHU sites with about half being pull-through and half back-to-back back-ins. There are also W&E sites, electric only, no hookups, and tent sites. There are also half a dozen cabins. We were in a row of FHU, pull-through sites on the west side of that park that had maybe 7-8 sites that were satellite friendly. Because we were able to get satellite and, being <300 miles from home (meaning we could get our home network channels), we did not bother to hook up to their cable. As shown in the handout, their are 24 cable channels and all you need to do is make the "normal" connection. Because their immediate area did not have cable service years ago, this park has their own satellite based system that they feed to the sites. Their WiFi worked fine. Of course, there were only about 20 other customers in the park so the internet performance might be different in a crowded park. Typical of KOAs, there were plenty of recreational facilities: a pool (closed for the season), a playground with older equipment, a small dog park, horseshoes, b-ball, volleyball, mini-golf, etc. The laundry (4 of each machine @ $1.50 each) and bath/shower facilities are in the main building. They are older, but clean. The office has small store area and some game tables. The park has propane for sale. Although some of the 20 RVs here might have been extended stay, I don't think anyone stays here all year (I think the park closes Nov. 1). I found the woman (owner?) in the office to be friendly and informative.