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I can't recommend this park for anyone who needs reliable internet access. This is our second year spending a month here and the Wi-Fi is constantly up and down. It will be fine for about 10 minutes, then incredibly slow for 10 minutes, then down altogether for about 5 minutes. This happens over and over so you really can't get anything done. Either the Wi-Fi is seriously misconfiguration, or they don't have nearly the necessary bandwidth for the number of users (one resident told me that the problem is caused by Canadians streaming television). Whatever it is, I don't see any sign that they will be doing anything about it. Another negative feature is that about half of the permanent residents are stricken with Beanbag fever. Near our site last year, they practiced tossing (and cheering) from about 2:30 to 5:30, seven days a week! It's fine for a week or so, but eventually, the constant thumping and shouting can drive you crazy. In other respects, it is a fairly nice park in a great area, although, as mentioned by others, the sites are very tight and the perms, although friendly, can make you feel like an outsider. The bathrooms could be cleaner and definitely need some upgrading -- the stalls in the women bathroom don't have working latches, the toilets are trivially easy to plug up, and it's almost always cold.

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Great stopover. The owners couldn't be friendlier. The pull-throughs do overlook a parking lot but they're very level and have a very nice view of the sunset. The free Wi-Fi is excellent as is the satellite reception. Wi-Fi is free, but don't forget to get the password from the office. Note: My Garmin navigator has the park on the left but it's actually on the right.

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This is a very nice, relatively quiet park. Blacktop roads and gravel sites (fairly level). Long pull-throughs with good Wi-Fi and excellent satellite reception. Most sites have a concrete patio and many have an upright fireplace. The office staff has always been friendly to us and the facilities are clean (but a little cold this time of year). Be warned, though, they've just installed two of the nastiest speed bumps we've ever seen. They're just ahead of the registration area and no speed is slow enough.

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This CG is somewhat overpriced for what you get. It lacks charm and the staff is not particularly friendly or welcoming. . The price I paid is *after* my Good Sam discount. I did pay extra for a "waterfront" site. The so-called waterfront sites are "front-in" sites that are fairly spacious, but are nowhere near the water. The water is a river, you can't see the lake from the CG. There are canoes, water bikes, pontoon boats, etc. for rent at the park's poor excuse for a beach and they appear to be in excellent condition. There are many pull-throughs that would give a better (and less expensive) view of the water than you get in the "waterfront" sites, except that the genius who laid out the campground did it so that in almost all of them, you are facing *away* from the river. This could be a fabulous campground if a few things were changed, and it is still probably the best choice near Coeur d'Alene.

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A well maintained park a short walk from the ocean (which is not visible from the park). It's basically a gravel parking lot with two rows of back-ins, one on each side. No landscaping for the sites other than wood chips surrounded by landscape timbers and a picnic table. The wood chips are good for tracking into your rig. They drive on the beach here so cars will be going by you if you spend time at the beach. This is a *very* dog-friendly park. Our neighbors on one side had three dogs and the people on the other side had five. Not a good choice if you don't like dogs or the sound of barking but otherwise very nice. The WiFi is strong, the satellite reception is perfect (no trees), and the bathrooms/showers are very clean.

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We didn't stay here but drove in to check it out. There are a few transient sites, some of which would accommodate a moderately big rig (backed in). Anything over 38' would be iffy. There are only 2 pull-through sites. The park is close to the highway so there is some road noise. It was clean and well-cared for but didn't look very secure. There are two separate entrances, only one of which can be seen from the office (which was locked and empty in the middle of the afternoon). The park is next to an industrial area and was deserted when we visited. I think most of the residents work in Seattle. We couldn't check out the restrooms/showers because they required a code. This park is about 5 miles closer to Seattle than the other park in the neighborhood (Blue Sky RV Park). It looked like there was a nice paved walking/biking trail next to the park and it appeared that satellite reception would be OK from most of the sites.

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This park is heavily wooded with tall pines. You will almost certainly be in the shade. We were told our site would have Satellite reception (and it's the only site that might) but the DirecTV dish on our roof would only get a very weak signal that disappeared with any rain or mist. I couldn't get reception with an external dish either. The sites are relatively level and paved but all the park roads are at at least a 6% grade -- you're either going straight up or straight down. We had a pull though site but there's no way I could make the turn out of the site in my 36' rig (even without my toad) without a lot of backing up and tree-branch scraping. I ended up backing out and hooking up the toad outside the park. It's a quiet and beautiful park about 20 minutes from Seattle. If your rig's not too long and you don't need Wi-Fi or Satellite, it's a great park. Contrary to some earlier reviewer, there is no Wi-Fi at all in this park (as of August 2008).

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We spent a week here. This is not a "resort" by any means, but it's one of the quietest campgrounds we've visited. We had a nice view of the river and a family of deer walked through our patio. There are many permanent residents but they are friendly and quiet. They do have a little junk spread around but much less so than many parks we have stayed in. The town of Hoquiam has experienced some hard times and is somewhat depressing, but Ocean Shores is nearby and this is as close to it as you can get and still have Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are spotless and the owners are friendly. We'd definitely stay here again.

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This park is a great place to bring kids and dogs. When we stayed at this park, an army of kids spent the day riding bicycles at full speed around the park shouting to each other all day long, every day. They were loud enough that you could hardly hear all the dogs barking. The sites are fairly close together (my slide was about a foot from my neighbor's awning and I couldn't put my own awning out because of a tree on the other side). The sites are back-to-back so there will be someone close behind you. The WiFi is very good and most sites have good satellite reception. The park roads are wide and paved so getting into your site is relatively easy. If you are looking for peace and quiet, this park might not be for you. Otherwise, the park is very convenient to the Westport marina and the local beaches. The fishing appeared to be excellent out of the marina. We saw many large bags of fish coming off the boats.

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We stayed here in March of '08 and it's a lovely park with very large sites, strong Wi-Fi and clean restrooms/showers. That said, not only have the rates gone up significantly, but we were told that to reserve a site for a month in '09, we'd have to pay in full at the time of the reservation, would not be guaranteed a specific site, and would under *no* circumstances be given a refund if we had to cancel (even for a death in the family, serious illness, or an accident on the way there) no matter how far ahead the cancellation occurred. I have to say it takes some nerve to institute such a restrictive policy and then not even guarantee you a particular site. Hopefully, they will see how much this is hurting their business and change the policy to a more rational (not to mention customer-friendly) one.

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This is a beautiful campgroung with very large sites and the largets, cleanest, most convenient restrooms/showers in the country. It's 15 minutes to a lovely beach in N. Myrtle Beach and has a 1 mile paved trail around their private lake as well as extensive hiking trails in the woods and fields around the park. There is no-license catch-and-release fishing with bass up to 10 pounds in the lake and electric-powered boats can be rented for a reasonable fee (you can't use your own boat, though). If you need a good WiFi connection, however, be warned that the whole park is served by a HughesNet satellite shared by all campers so the internet is often so slow as to be unusable. The WiFi was also down for most of the week we were here.

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This park is now called Elite Resorts Crystal River. It is not an Encore park (as suggested by another poster) but it has been sold and the lots are for sale. We arrived 12 days after Elite took over and there was still some confusion but, overall, it still seems well run (in some ways, better than before). The Rig washing site is gone, the lake area is no longer accessible, the sign is gone, there's no available propane, and they will be using a different entrance. They are upgrading the WiFi and are putting in a number of towers. We're camped next to one and, though it was down for about three days, we now have WiFi that's faster than my high-speed broadband at home. Prices are up and they no longer offer any discounts, but the sites are still very large and attractive, the park activities are more plentiful than ever, and the park is still a fairly good bargain for this part of the country.

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A nice park but somewhat overpriced for what you're getting ($300/wk - $998/month). The sites are reasonably spaced, not huge, but they're very level. They now have free WiFi, but it's up and down depending on how many people are using it. It's virtually unusable around dinner time. Satellite reception is excellent from most of the sites. There's no Cable TV. The laundry room is exceptional with something like 8 washers and dryers, all of which work, and there is a large common area in the laundry room where people gather, have fresh coffee, and work jigsaw puzzles. The pool area is also quite nice. The park has many activities, more than any other park we've stayed at (scavenger hunts, potlucks, beanbag toss contests, shuffleboard tournaments, etc.), and the residents are amazingly friendly, so if you're looking for a friendly park with a lot of activities, the price might be worth it for you.

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Kind of a depressing spot. They put us next to a permanent rig that was very decrepit and had foil insulation and duct tape at odd angles in every opening. Beware the restaurant. We've been here twice. The first time, my wife was served raw chicken. The second time, she thought it would be safer to order a burger. We both ordered them medium -- mine was well done and hers was (you guessed it) raw. It was barely even brown on the outside and when she cut it in half, the knife was covered with raw burger. When she sent it back, they microwaved it and brought it back out. Another negative was the restroom. It was quite clean, but it's constructed entirely of particle board so it looks cheesy and poorly kept. Worse yet, the men's and women's restrooms/showers both open off the laundry room and the women's is in the back so guys with laundry can hang around the open door of the women's room and women have to squeeze past them coming out of the room. My wife is not usually worried about this kind of stuff but she wouldn't use the facilities here at all. One final word of warning: They have a full-grown buffalo inside a VERY rickety fence in the park. He will charge the fence if he finds you annoying. He stops at the fence but, if he kept coming, it wouldn't even slow him down. One of the regular residents told me that the buffalo often gets out.

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Easy in, Easy out. There's no office and the campground host who greeted us was extremely rude even though we had reservations. Sites are relatively close together (though we've been in many tighter spaces). This is strictly a one-night campground. No office, no pool, no playground, etc. On the plus side, the restrooms and showers are spacious and very clean.