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Hovering between and 8 and a 9. Our site was perfect, open above for our solar panel, pull-through, and level. There are also sites that were so shaded, you could barely see the rigs parked there and those would have been great also. BUT it was during the week and after Labor Day. I'm sure summer weekends are crowded and I would certainly get reservations for those times. The signage to find the park is great, the road in is narrow but doable. We had no cell phone service but we knew that going in and didn't care in the least. We were in the loop sections, Sites 1-50. The other section, by the lake. is more parking lot like, not particularly private. Bathrooms were clean and inspected often. Nice playground for the kids. I would also get reservations if you have a larger rig as some of the sites wouldn't fit a 45'.

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I would give Jim Creek a 10+ if the WiFi had worked, but we were here for a week and it never worked even at the office. They said the weather had something to do with it, which must mean "a cloud" since we had 3 glorious days. Also, we were not able to get TMobile/AT&T cell to give us more than Emergency Service only, but I understand that Verizon does work. Saying that, Jim Creek is a must do. Sites are wide and deep and level, with electricity and water. (Dump is available on the way out.) Bathrooms are handicapped, but the toilet is metal and will take your breath away in cold weather. Each room has a hot and free shower. Also there is a laundry available for a buck. Staff is wonderful, helpful and lots of fun. Small museum tells the story of the base. Kids have lots to do: playgrounds, games, fields, bike rentals. Pets also have runs. Don't have an RV, lots of wonderful tent sites and cabins with wood burning stoves and porch swings are all over the base. Trails to hike. The lake is about 5 miles away, by trail or road. (RVs and Motorcycles are not allowed on the road as it is narrow.) Once your at the lake, kayaks and paddle boats are available. Make sure you know where you are going as there are no signs pointing the way. After the Dead End sign, you will come to the gate which is manned 24 hours a day. It is open all year long.

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Our first time. Sites are wide and well laid out. Cable TV worked well and the office also loans out DVDs so we had lots of entertainment. On the north side of the campground there is a gate to go down to the beach, its really steep going. If you walk out the south entrance and into town, the way is longer but not as steep. Beach is really clean because tons of folks are going down picking up the trash that might have come from Japan. What they are going to do with it, I have no idea, but its nice they are cleaning the beaches up so well. LOL Nice restaurant in the office, serves breakfast, lunch or brunch and dinner. Town has a grocery store that is really expensive so if you can shop in Aberdeen before you come, do so.

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Staff is wonderful, friendly, and helpful, but this park needs some rethinking. The pads are not well laid out, and someone needs to go out with you and show you where to park. Dump is old and antiquated, and WI-FI is slow. I really believe they cater to daily surfers, not RVs, and the full page list of rules and regulations and the need to wear a wristband while on the beach attest to that. Cell phones pick up Canada, so if you use it, you will be charged international rates. (We were told if you go to the east end of the park, you can pick up US. Open all year. Forewarning. If you are coming from the west side of the Peninsula and your GPS tells you to take Beach Road, just east of Lake Crescent, Beach Road is only one lane wide and 25 MPH. We were lucky; we only met one car that managed to get around us because we wouldn't have been able to back up. Trucks are not allowed, but we didn't see any warning signs and no place to turn around. We would probably return.

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The best thing going for this "resort" is that you can watch the waves from your front window. But it is downhill after that. The sites are dirt, rock, and mud. Electricity and dump were okay, but the water leaked. No WI-FI and no cable, and your cell phones won't work. They do have a small store and propane, but for any shopping you would probably have to go to Forks, about 15 miles from La Push. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Does have a nice beach, mostly rocky and lots of driftwood. Saw both surfers and folks surf fishing.

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Mid-October, cold and weatherman calling for rain and Park is half full, which attests to the popularity of this park, the beach or the surrounding area. The beach is wide sand for miles in both directions and beach combing is limited to broken shells and driftwood. Sites are generally in a wagon wheel configuration but there are a few pull-throughs. Most are level with some notable exceptions. Electricity and water at utility sites but dump is at the entrance. No beach views as dunes separate park from ocean. Open all year. No cell service. Bathrooms are clean and newish. Hot showers use tokens which are for sale at entrance. 50 cents for 3 minutes. Nearest grocery store is about 2 miles from the park and it has small parking lot. We used Senior Off-season pass. (I think the listed price is wrong in site description, daily rate without pass isn't $70+. Believe its $28.)

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Heavily forested State Park with river/lake frontage, although few sites have views of either. We came mid-October and on a Sunday so had the place pretty much to ourselves. The quiet was broken only by an occasional "geese-flyover," and annoying crow, and an evening frog serenade. A deer family strolled by in the mornings and osprey, loon and grebes are pretty common. The spaces are pretty typical of older State Parks, neither overly long or wide. Rigs over 30' should probably choose a backin sites and check online for site description before coming. Our 30' fit snugly but glad we didn't have a slide or were any longer. Sites are pretty level and the heavy undergrowth provides for a lot of privacy. Cell phone service is iffy at best and don't expected to find any sites with southern exposure. Open all year Restrooms are clean, flush toilets, cold water sinks and hot showers. ($.50 for 3 minutes, tokens sold at entrance.) Speaking about entrances, there is a new system being tried. You call on the yellow phone behind the entrance office and they will register you that way. All and all, its a pretty nice park with hiking trails around the lake. We used the Senior Off-Season pass available for WA residents over 65 I think.

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Dry camping, reservations available but if you don't care where you camp probably not necessary as many spaces are available even on the weekends. This campground is mostly used by boaters who bring their RV for the evening and Canadians who like the cheap price. Bathrooms were old but clean, no showers. Most sites are pull-through but like another reviewer said, lots of trees make the spaces tight. Most are slightly off-level but not by much. If you like privacy the 50 series sites are tucked far in the back. Water sites are really nice but there is about a 6 foot drop to the water and no beaches. There was a sign that warned of "swimmer's itch" a parasite that borrows under the skin and causes allergic reactions in some, so if you do go into the water, rinse off!! Also bring mosquito repellent as they were hungry. A nice trail runs south of the campground from the dump station and also a small store/cafe is at the boat dock. Dump site also has a fresh potable water spigot.

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Oasis in the desert. Bridgeport State Park is very nice and we enjoyed our 2 day stay very much. We chose space 5 and it wasn't the best, it was pretty level but it was right across from the garbage cans and hard to maneuver in without getting on the grass. Not all spaces are level so check carefully when you make reservations on the site you chose. Signs warned of an algae that would cause death if swallowed especially by dogs and livestock so if you want to go swimming in the lake, you might want to call ahead to check the water quality first. There is a boat launch and folks were fishing and the algae didn't see to effect them.

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On our way home we stopped for the night at Lincoln Rock after finding one site we could reserve. Arrived about 3pm and the place was full with RV's waiting outside for possible openings I guess. This is a very popular campground and so I wouldn't recommend even trying to go without reservations as there is very little else in the area. Sites are level and private with grass and trees. Views of the lake/river are magnificent and I would highly recommend this park.

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I am also a fan of this nice quiet campground and will always return, but I must add to the review below that Wi-Fi don't work at the north end of the campground but there are tables near the office where you can get reception. Also, during the summer suggest you get reservations or at least call to make sure there is room as it is very popular. Staff is friendly, pool is small. Happy camping.

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This is our second time coming to Crow Butte and we will be back. One of the questions above is "Big Rig (40 foot length) access and the default is Yes. I walked around the park and there are some spaces that will accommodate a 40' but they are mostly back-in sites. I didn't see many that would fit a 40' that had a tow also. The park is way out, away from any other park so before you come you may want to call first and ask. The caretaker is very helpful and friendly. Also call for reservations in summer. We were here in mid-September weekend, it was rainy and the place was full.

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What the last reviewed didn't like, I found charming about this campground and would have given it a 10 if it wasn't for the slightly annoying road noise of I-90. This is a real keeper and not at all like the new sterile parking lot campgrounds you often find. This one has REAL mature trees and a natural landscaping, giving it the look of a park instead of a lot. The fragrance of pine was so pronounced, you found yourself breathing in the heady aroma often. Site spaces are wide and private, you won't be looking into your neighbors rig when you walk out side. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The cable was great. No Wi-Fi and even my air card didn't get a good signal, but that was okay. I think they do accept tents as the price was listed but I would call first, I didn't see any but there was a huge space by the lake in the back where folks could set up a tent. This is a great alternative to Ellensburg, it's a higher in elevation so cooler and out of the wind. A great side trip would be to Roslyn WA, where they filmed Northern Exposure.

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This is a fine park for over nighters and while I never met any of the staff and registered via an envelope, I did call three times and they were helpful and friendly... The wind was fierce that night, so I don't know if the noise we heard was that or the freeway, but while it is also a truck stop, I didn't hear any of the trucks There is a McDonalds, a Subway and a store there where you can purchase snacks and anything a travel may want.

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This park is a keeper and I plan to return, for no other reason than the friendly and helpful staff. The park is clean, neat, but nothing special. Spaces are wide. Husband was impressed with the sparkling clean showers and bathroom. Also it's off the beaten path if your traveling the Hwy 84, but I feel it's worth the extra few miles.