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This park has a thoughtful layout, with all pull-through sites. There is a reasonable (though not generous) space between sites. While it is adjacent to a US route highway, linking Twin Falls to Wells, NV, the traffic was fairly light after dark and the few trucks passing by weren’t too bothersome. The property is surrounded by farms, and there were odors of the recent harvest that were not overwhelming, but had an “off” note. The “new mowed hay” odor wasn’t so new anymore. Obviously, this will vary by season and type of crops/chemicals used. There were some trees and we welcomed the shade on our RV. But most sites were treeless. Restrooms and showers were clean and well maintained. Forgot to check the WiFi signal. Verizon was strong. Between some newish highway realignments and brain-dead GPS, it was tricky to find this park (we got lost, thanks to the GPS). However, it is on the main US 93 heading south just outside the town of Filer, ID.

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This smallish park is located at the southern end of the town, some distance from the central area. It adjoins a walk/bicycle trail on an old railroad right-of-way. It is compact with not a lot of space between campsites. A few trees are on the grassy bits between sites, but most are without trees. Trees are generally close to the internal roads, and should not interfere with slide-outs. The roads and sites are all paved with asphalt. The park is organized with “Siamese” services. RVs pull in alternating directions, so a set of hook-ups are shared between each pair of RVs. Two of the spaces have no services, but rent at a discount. Noise from the nearby busy road quieted down significantly after dark. From the general “feel” of the park, the surprise was the absolutely first-rate bathrooms and showers. On my visit, they were spotless! Alsom roomy with a well-thought out layout. WiFi signal was strong, but slow at times. Verizon signal was strong.

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This is a very attractive RV park with many amenities. Sites are gravel, but all roads are paved. There are a variety of sites, ranging from pull-through to back-in. Sites are spacious and wide (those with slide-outs should have plenty of room). There are a few trees that provide some (but not much) shade (no interference with satellite reception). For small groups, there are eight “quads” where four RVs can park and share a central rectangle of grass. (Some of these have more trees/shade.) The park is on, essentially two levels, with cabins as you enter, then down a sloping road to the main section where most of the RV sites are located. The “lodge” has a large meeting room (with a great view of the river) and an attached building has a pool, hot-tub, and shower facilities. The showers are actually complete private bathrooms. These are roomy, with stonework and even “foot mats” to stand on while drying off. This is an upscale RV park — though the price was not outrageous. There were no identifiable long term tenants. WiFi was available, but I wasn’t able to reliably connect my iPad — Verizon signal was strong, however. I'd be happy to return to this park in the future.

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An attractive Idaho State Park with many mature trees and shaded campsites. Loops Alder and Birch (A&B) have W&E sites, while the Cottonwood (“C”) loop has “no service” (i.e. tent) sites. There is a nice, paved, walking/bicycling path running along the Salmon River. All camp facilities were clean and well tended. (Even the gravel area where we parked had been raked smooth prior to our arrival.) Camps sites are fairly level. There are some “big rig” sites, but most sites are probably more easily entered with a rig under 30 feet. Restrooms and showers were clean — and otherwise typical of the facilities seen in Washington or Oregon parks. No tokens or quarters were required, though for continued water, a button needed pushing every 45 to 60 seconds. No WiFi. Verizon signal was 3 bars.

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We stayed at this park a couple years ago and gave a positive review. On my most recent visit to the area, we checked out this park as a possible place to stay. (Last time we had a 43' class A -- this time a 23' Class B.) Unfortunately, the new owner has allowed the place to deteriorate -- and it was quite disappointing to see how run down it has become in a couple of years. We choose to stay elsewhere. I no longer could recommend this campground.

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We've been to the Long Beach peninsula several times. We were very pleased with Andersen's RV Park ("Andersen's on the Ocean") ... it is in about the middle of the peninsula, and is convenient for access to most features one might wish to visit. The facility looks a bit off-putting -- like a large parking lot. But considering the weather and typical beach conditions, it's lack of charm is made up by its convenience. The camp sites are all back-in type along two sides of a huge gravel rectangle. This gives larger rigs plenty of room to maneuver. The spaces are defined by rail ties buried on the sides of the numbered space and the utilities are in an area covered with wood bark between each site. A wooden picnic table is present at each site. There is no shade (nor is there any interference for satellite TV from trees). On our visit, before the busy season got underway, we noticed that the sites were filled every other one -- that that our 'neighbors' were not too close. There is room for slide outs, if you have 'em. Restrooms/showers are old, but well maintained and clean. There were no long-term tenants. We would stay here again.

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After a revision of plans, we found our first choice, a WA State Park was filled to capacity, so we had to continue on. It was dusk when we arrived at this RV Park: having observed signs on the highway. It is located a couple of miles outside the town of Sprague on a small lake. A busy rail line runs along the far side of the lake (but we weren't bothered by the passing trains). The RV site itself was lovely: we parked on lush grass in a space close to the lake under lovely trees. It was a very lovely, pastoral scene. The primary reason for the relatively low score is that on the basis of value compared to cost, this park falls well short. The price (including state and local tax) was for electric and water only. If we wanted WiFi that would be $3 extra. If we wanted a sewer hook-up, that would be another $2. Showers are 75 cents "for water conservation." We thought the high charge might have been due to our late arrival (but no, reviews here showed it was the "normal rate"). The manager was somewhat brusque, but direct and to the point (ok by me). She did not say where the dump station was (I forgot to ask) and we did not find it when we left early the next morning. Finally: I marked "not clean" on the restrooms not so much that they were dirty but rather they were very old and unappealing. My wife described the facilities as "creepy" and I have to agree with her. I elected to skip my morning shower. I would not stay here again!

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This was a delightful RV Park. Situated on a mountain slope, the individual camping spots are mostly cut into the forest of trees. "Pull through" sites appeared to be 'spots' along the cross roads that connect the uphill/downhill roads. These appear to have little privacy (though the picnic table, etc., is blocked by the RV) and water and electrical hookups are on the "wrong side" requiring longer than normal hoses/cords. Some of the "regular" sites are "Siamese" so one is back in, and the other is "front in." Water and power is placed on the dividing line between these paired sites. Our assigned site was sideways to the mountain slope: and did not have any part that was comfortably level (our small Roadtrek RV does not have leveling jacks). This was a minor inconvenience and (if warned) I'd have brought some boards to raise up the low side. The dump station was located near the office and was convenient to stop by on our in-out trips (we do not have a toad). This park, located near the entrance to Glacier National Park has a "stop" for the "red bus" tours (but you must reserve a tour in advance and arrange for them to stop for you.) We stayed 4 days and were very pleased with this park for its ambience and proximity to the national park. We did not use their WiFi, but our tablet got good connections to Verizon wireless (2 or 3 bars).

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Typical of Washington State Parks, this one is reasonably up to date with a new-ish shower/toilet facility. Price reflects add-on for online reservation. Site was level and trees provided shade (but might cause problems for those wanting to use satellite dishes). Overall, we had a pleasant overnight stay. While this park is on the edge of Spokane, it is located in a lovely area along the Spokane River. It's some distance from Interstate 90 along a narrow 2-lane road that passes a sewage treatment plant (but there were no odors or noise). There was no ranger on duty at the gate when we arrived, but we were able to follow the procedure to register. It was a simple process as we had printed our online receipt and had the necessary number to fill in on the payment envelope to show we'd already paid. Also, as typical of WA State Parks, tokens were required for the shower, adding a couple of dollars cost. There was a token vending machine by the entry to the park.

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Price reflects Good Sam discount. We spent two nights here. Unfortunately, the first night was extremely hot (even for the Sacramento Valley), and to make matters worse, an accident at the freeway offramp destroyed the power pole carrying the high voltage feed that served the area. The park lost power at 5:30 PM and it was not restored until about 4:00 AM the next morning. (This also affected its competitor down the street.) This is hardly the fault of the park management. Since temps were 112 degrees, those with generators were allowed to operate them all night long. Our second night was uneventful! We shifted from a "premium" site to an alternate closer to the showers. Staff was helpful and pleasant about making the change. Though the site was no longer a "premium" site, we were not offered a reduced charge (there was no cable TV at this site). Roads are wide and easy to maneuver on. Some are paved, but most are gravel as are the campsites. There was a nice "patio" of square concrete "stepping stones" at most of the sites and included a picnic table. Trees were plentiful, but oddly did not offer much shade. Showers/restrooms were clean. If we need to come to this area in the future, we'd stay at this park, though the value received for the amount paid was a bit unsatisfactory.

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Oregon has some fabulous state parks -- and this is one of them. We arrived mid-week with no reservation and were able to get an electric-water (no sewer) site with no problem. As requested, we were given a site relatively near to the showers. Sites vary in size (larger RVs will have more limited choices), and many are screened from neighbors by strategic plantings of bushes. The park is far enough from the main highway that road noise is non-existant. Showers and restrooms were clean (aside from the usual sand seen in coastal locations). The showers are operated by pressing a button for a measured bit of water. My wife got 2 or 3 minutes, but I guess I had a defective timer, as I had to press the button about every 30 seconds -- a minor annoyance. Dump station was conveniently located and was clean and easy to maneuver into position. I will stay here again.

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This is a very attractive park, with lawns, bushes, and a small lake. Many of the sites feature a wooden deck with a "camp fire" stove overlooking the lake. The deck also had a picnic table. Sites are screened and separated by a trellis with bushes and vines growing on them. There is a play area for kids on a large lawn in the center area of the park. I didn't notice exactly what play amenities were provided, though I did notice a horseshoe pit (and some kids playing). In the morning, there was a line for the shower (1 each, for men and women)... and when my turn came, the water was luke warm, but just adequate to do the task at hand. (I did not encounter this problem on a previous stay). Sand was ubiquitous in the restrooms and showers, due to the proximity of nearby beaches. I would stay here again.

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I've stayed here previously, though it was several years ago. On the positive side, this is possibly the best RV park in the Ft. Bragg, CA area (I've tried a couple others). Most of the sites are screened with plantings, giving a high degree of privacy. We arrived without reservations, but were quickly accommodated with a site that was sized reasonably for our smallish class B. Minor frustration with the access road being a bit narrow, making a "clean" back in somewhat difficult. The primary annoyance is the use of a coin operated timer on the showers -- I understand that water is often expensive and subject to shortages in coastal areas, but it's inconvenient to have to stop mid-shower to feed in more coins. Add a couple dollars to the nightly rate to cover the showers! The showers and restrooms were clean, though sand tracked in from the beaches, etc., was present. We are likely to stay here again.

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This park is located in a somewhat congested location along the waterfront of Bodega Bay. An adjacent "mobile home" community (not owned or managed by the park) gives a slightly tacky impression as you enter. Landscaping is minimal to non-existant. This is essentially a large mostly gravel lot with RV sites. Most sites have a nice brick raised fire ring and spacing isn't overly tight. The restroom and shower was relatively new and reasonably clean, though sand was tracked throughout (hard to avoid with beach/waterfront locations). Showers, were somewhat small. No serious complaint, but the "going rates" for the area seem high relative to the amenities provided. I would stay here again.

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I've lost count of the number of times we've stayed here. It's a convenient middle of trip spot for a frequent route we take. The park is clean, with nice paved roads, concrete pads, lawns and attractive landscaping, picnic tables at most sites. The downside is that it is right next to I-5. Too bad that there's no sound wall or solid fence to moderate the noise. However, for summer-time the noise of the AC covers the traffic noise sufficiently that we get a good night's sleep. Restroom and showers are kept clean. The staff is pleasant and will offer helpful suggestions for dining within walking distance. (Office hours are a bit short, but late check in is handled with notes on the door for those with reservations and a list of vacant spots for non-reserved arrivals.) I expect to stay here again in the future.