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Rate reflects 50% Federal Senior Pass discount. This is dry camping at its best. There are no hookups; there is fresh water for filling a tank, which you will see as you enter the campground. There is no dump; dumping is available for $5 in Medora at the municipal campground. Half the sites are reservable, half (even numbered) are first-come. As you enter the campground, about five miles from the entrance of the Park over a rough paved road, you are faced with a choice of pull-through or back-in. Go for the pull-through, as the sites are bigger and nicer and offer more privacy. When we arrived mid-morning without reservations, there were about six sites that would have worked, to varying degrees, for us. By around noon everything was taken. Some sites have some shade. Like it or not, the generator policy is very liberal from 8 to 8. Fortunately, during our visit, campers did not abuse the policy by leaving generators running continuously. Many sites are very generous in size, pleasant, and most are very level. We were able to get satellite using our portable dish. We had weak, but usable, Verizon voice and data. This is a great base for visiting the Park and surrounding area. We would certainly stay here again.

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The rate reflects a 10% Good Sam discount and is for a 30 amp full-hookup site. The price for this campground would be about right if it were $10 to $15 cheaper. For some reason the campgrounds in Billings are able to command high rates; so we opted for this one, which is not as expensive as the very-expensive KOA. The campground is convenient to the Interstate in an industrial area, but is convenient to shopping. Checkin was convenient since we had reservations. Is is nice that they have handouts on the locations of Walmart and Albertsons. The layout is simple, RVs in a row, in a row and repeat. They are all back-in with a space next to the RV for an auto. Our space was very short, but it worked for our 27 foot motorhome. There is a little spacing between sites, but I would still call them close. The drive is pretty narrow making maneuvering "interesting," particularly when hooking up or unhooking a tow car. The utilities were all good. WiFi was great when it worked, but we were often not able to connect. Our Verizon had good data and voice. We were able to get satellite with our roof-top dish, but there are enough trees that some sites would not be that fortunate. It was reasonably quiet at night. There was really no charm to this campground and it is overpriced but it worked for us. Next time we might try Walmart.

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The rate is for a 30 amp FHU pull-through site. I have to confess that my review may be influenced by the trailer about 8 feet away that had a yelping dog the whole time we were here, or by the dog waste that I stepped in just outside our RV. This park, in an industrial area east of town, is primarily a long-term stay park with a very-few short-term sites. If you make reservations you will immediately be charged with one nights stay. If you decide not to stay, it will cost you. Check in was quick and we were shown our site, very close to a long-term camper with a dog (see above). We thought that the site was very close, but at least one side was fairly open, until another short-term camper was parked on the other side, very close. We had a view of them cooking dinner about three feet away. We were next to the restroom which also had an outdoor dish washing area. So, we had folks walking past our rig all evening going to the bathroom. We could also watch them washing their dishes as we ate dinner. On the plus side, we could listen to trains all night long. There was some traffic noise, but not bad. We did not use the facilities but did use the laundry. It was $2 for wash and the same for dry. It works well and was fairly clean. The park WiFi was good when it worked. We were able to get satellite with our portable dish. We had good Verizon voice and data. We certainly would not stay here again.

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The rate noted is for a 50 amp hookup site. It does not include the required daily entry fee or purchase, as we did, of an annual pass for motorhome and towed vehicle for $43 per year.There are two campgrounds in this park, Pine Ridge with 158 sites and Bear Paw with 81 sites. They are about three miles apart; we stayed at both since we could not get a single site for the time we wanted to stay. Be aware that, although the address of the park is Park Rapids, it is about 25 miles north of the town. Both campgrounds are heavily wooded, with Bear Paw having more vegetation for visual separation and a calmer feel; Pine Ridge is very open with no visual separation. Bear Paw is along the lake and a few sites have glimpses of the lake. Both campgrounds are very busy and full during prime season as this is one of the states premiere park with lots of things to do. In Pine Ridge we had 50 amp hook-up; the power either went out or browned out once or twice per day during our visit. At Bear Paw we were dry camping. Fill water for tanks is at the single dump station at Bear Paw. It is very busy since there is only this one dump for all 231 sites! Most sites were fairly level dirt/gravel. After a heavy rain, our site became a swimming hole, almost. We enjoyed our stay and would stay here again. In planning, take into account the 4 p.m. check-out time.

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The rate is for a 30 amp site and a Good Sam discount. The woman at check-in was very nice, but there were a number of people checking in at the same time so it took about 30 minutes. The campground grounds were well-kept and heavily wooded. We were not able to get a satellite signal through the trees, even with our portable dish. The electrical was strong. They do have cable, but you have to use a cable box and have easy access to the back of your TV with some hook-up, plus there is a charge for the use of the box, so we declined. They have WiFi that was good at times, but slowed down to a crawl as many folks were online. The sewer hookup was strange. It was elevated without any screws, so we had a hard time getting our sewer connection to stay in place. We did not use the restrooms, but did use the laundry. It could use some help. The equipment was old and rusty and it could use a good cleaning. Our biggest complaint was the traffic noise since it is on the corner of two very-busy highways. It was quieter at night, but still definitely there. Also, it is very, very well-lit at night. We prefer dark and quiet. We would use this campground again as an overnight, but definitely not a destination.

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The rate does not include the required daily entry fee or purchase, as we did, an annual pass for motorhome and towed vehicle for $43 per year. There are two campgrounds in this State Park -- Lodge Campground without any hookups, really more designed for tenting, and Chase Campground with sites without hookups and several with 50 amp electrical. The non-hookup sites are larger and better separated, but not really designed for RVs. The electric sites have reasonable separation with some vegetation for visual separation. Most sites are fairly level, and there are several pull-through sites that are suitable for big rigs. Be careful when making a reservation, our site was listed as a pull-through but it was not, so check the campground map. There were some maintenance issues such as very smelly, overflowing dumpsters, and no rinse water at the dump station due to a broken faucet. Also, there was a sign on the fresh-water fill saying it had detected positive for bacteria but was still OK to drink. We used it because we had little option, but you might want to arrive with a full tank to avoid this concern. The campground is heavily wooded but we were able to get satellite with our portable dish. We had strong Verizon voice and data. All sites are reservable and you will want to make reservations well in advance. Also, be aware that the check-out time is not until 4 p.m. The area is .... well ... scenic, and we would stay here again.

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The rate does not include the required daily entry fee or purchase, as we did, an annual pass for motorhome and towed vehicle (for $43 per year), and is for a no-hookup site. By the time we got around to making reservations, only dry camping sites were available, so that is what we got. This is a heavily wooded campground. Our site, and most, were heavily shaded. There is a beautiful lake, but is not a feature of the campground. On our loop, the trees were very close and scraped the side of the RV. A little trimming would be nice. Because of tree cover, satellite was not possible, even with our portable dish. The sites are well-separated and had lots of vegetation for privacy. We had OK, Verizon data and voice coverage. We had mechanical problems and all of the staff was great. We would stay here again while passing through, but not as a destination park.

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A "resort" this is certainly not, by any wild stretch of the imagination. A place to spend a couple of night while passing through or visiting the area, it is OK but expensive for what it is. The rate was not noted on their web site and $37 is expensive for a basic gravel site with only basic amenities. Because of mechanical issues, we found ourselves in need of a last-minute place to stay in Ely, and found this place with one of our apps. We called the number listed, but it went to a recording; three calls over time had the same outcome. Since we were only a few blocks away, we decided to just drive over to find the place less than half full. We went into the office and the lady there said they had sites available for the night. The place looks fairly new but some of the tenants' sites were quite junked up. She gave us a very long list of park rules, very detailed, and some very silly. The sites are gravel and fairly level with good 50 amp service. There is little tree cover, so satellite was not a problem. We had good strong Verizon voice and data. They do have WiFi, but the signal was pretty weak at our site on the end. The campground is a block off of the very busy main street, so fairly quiet at night. We did use the laundry, which was clean, but expensive at $2.50 per washer load. You have to give $20 cash as deposit for the laundry and restroom key card. Check out time is 11:00 with a $20 charge for the first hour over that, then $10 an hour for each additional. We would stay here again for a night, but it is certainly not a destination park.

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The rate reflects a 50% Federal Senior Pass discount. Do not just blindly follow your GPS to reach this campground. You will want to take County Route 2 from Highway 61. It is paved for about three miles, then becomes (good during our visit) gravel/dirt for the next 20 miles or so. During our visit they were working on the road in preparation for paving part of this, so your results may vary. There are 49 sites with about half reservable. Most sites are large, level and well separated with lots of vegetation for privacy. There is fresh water for filling a tank and a dump station located at the outfitters that manage this campground. There are no hookups, so this is dry camping. The outfitters have showers and laundry available for a fee. The outfitters host were nice and helpful. We had no cell voice or data with Verizon. The outfitters do have very slow WiFi at their offices, next to the campground. We were unable to get a satellite, even with a portable dish because of tree cover. We enjoyed our stay.

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The rate does not include the required daily entry fee or purchase, as we did, an annual pass for motorhome and towed vehicle for $43 per year. This heavily-wooded campground is right off of Highway 61, a very busy highway. Consequently you do hear considerable traffic noise, particularly in the sites closest to the Highway. The highway does calm down at night, so it is tolerable. This campground is really designed more for tents and smaller rigs, with some pretty tight roads and turns with considerable close-in vegetation. The interior roads are gravel and can be dusty. During our visit, there was ongoing construction. Currently there are only pit toilets; they seem to he constructing modern bath houses. Fresh water fill is at the dump station, convenient when arriving at the campground. We were able to have satellite TV by using a portable dish and finding a small hole in the ample vegetation. We were able to get weak, intermediate Verizon voice and data, made stronger by our Wilson amp and roof-top antenna. One important note, check-out time is not until 4pm. The campground served our purpose as a central spot to visit the area; we would stay here again.

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When we checked the website to make reservations, about a month before our intended arrival, it showed nothing available. On a lark, we called and were able to get a site. So don't necessarily believe their website. Give them a call. Arriving was a bit confusing. As you turn off of highway 62, the office is on your immediate left. There is no sign, but that is where you check in. I think your experience in the campground will all depend on what section you are in. Our experience and rating is based on our stay in site 22, but the comments would apply to sites 1 through 66. This is a very close-packed campground, with only a few sites having a reasonable view of Lake Superior. If we had put out our awning, we could have provided shade for the camper next door. On the other side our view was of a very white camper about ten feet away. We did have a bit of a view of the Lake out our front window. Our picnic table and grill were behind our neighbors site. We had good, strong 30 amp and water at our site. We did not have the worst site by any means, most had no lake view and were even more crowded. It was not quite since there were so many people crowded into a small space. The campground roads are one-way and the angles are wrong on the turns. Even in our relative short motorhome, we had to back up once to get around a turn. The dump station is also very tight with wrong-angle turns. At our site satellite was not a problem since it was fairly open. We had good strong Verizon data and voice. We did look at the other sites and many were much better than those in this loop. Sites 1B through 34B are large, reasonably separated, and most have a lake view. This seems to be a newer section of the park and is set up for bigger rigs. Sites 67 through 91 are significantly better than our loop was. Sites 92 through 102 are quite close to Highway 61, a very busy road in this area. We certainly would not stay in this campground in the same loop as this visit.

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OK, full disclosure, we did not actually stay at this campground. We had reservations. It sounded nice on the Forest Service website. We knew it was just off Highway 2, but we did not realize that our selected site would be about 6 feet off of the highway, which gets lots of traffic and is very noisy. I would not advise driving through in a motorhome because of vegetation. This campground is really designed for tent camping if you can tolerate the traffic noise, and in some cases site. We did not stay and simply forfeited our fee that we paid to stay. It would have been really bad. Not for us.

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The rate is for a 50% Federal Senior Pass discount. The name of this campground is a little confusing, so I entered it with both spellings to aid in searches. The official name for the campground is Brevoort, but the local town name is Brevort. So you see it both ways. This is a typical Forest Service campground without any hookups, but it is excellent for what it is. We loved it. There is water at the dump station for filling a tank. The sites are well separated with lots of vegetation for privacy. It was very quiet when we were there. About half the sites are reservable and the other are first-come. We came in fairly early on a Friday and had no problem getting a wonderful site with some partial lake views. We had to work at it, because it is heavily wooded, but we did find a hole for Satellite TV using our portable dish. We had strong Verizon voice and data. We would certainly stay here again.

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The rate is for a 30 amp site and does not include the required daily entrance fee or annual pass at $31 each for motorhome and towed vehicle. The name of this park gives somewhat the wrong impression as this is pretty much civilization with a camp store. The roads to the park are good, if a bit bumpy and narrow in places. We were there during the week but it was still crowded. We had OK spacing but the sites are pretty close together and there is no vegetation for visual separation. It is fairly tree covered. We were able to get satellite by asking our neighbor if we could use a bit of their yard for our portable dish. We had Verizon data and cell by using our Wilson amp and roof-top antenna. A few of the sites are on the lake or with some view of the lake, but I suspect these go early. In our loop, we were back in the woods. As we were leaving they were preparing to open some full-hookup sites, which should be nice. Good to have full hook-ups in the wilderness. Since it was crowded and the sites are pretty close, it was a bit noisy at night, but not too bad. We would probably not stay here again.

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The rate is for a second row from the water site with 50 amp, water, and cable TV (which we did not use). Since they do not accept reservations, we arrived fairly early in the day on a week-day and had no problem getting a site. However, by the weekend, they were putting people in overflow sites, that were not that nice. You drive, or walk, around and find a site without a tag and without anything in the site. You set up, then go back and pay. Some of the best sites next to the water are taken by season (or almost season) renters, but we still got a nice large, fairly level, site. We did not use the facilities but did use the laundry. From the smell in the laundry room and coming from the restrooms, we were glad we are self-contained and did not need the restrooms. We were able to get satellite TV by using our portable dish. We had good Verizon voice and data. It was fairly quiet in the campground at night. If visiting the area again, we might choose to stay in Munising where there are more activities, but this campground worked for us.