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Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Fishing Bridge Campground (Concessionaire Operated), Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

As noted, there are really two separate campgrounds here. Loops A-B-C are paved and appear to be fine. Loops D-E-F (we stayed in E) are separate and are essentially unimproved. The elevated sewer connection is very difficult, almost impossible, to use. The sites are so small that the offset back-to-back arrangement of the sites actually had the unit behind me overlapping (nearly touching) our rig. Plus, the campsite was hugely out of level, and the road so potholed that driving in and out of the campground was miserable. The biggest problem, though, is that the campsite was so dusty, and made even more so by every passing vehicle, that it was uninhabitable. Everything, inside and out of our RV, was covered in dirt. My wife could scarcely breathe. Walking the dogs was awful and they came back covered in dust. We've been camping in National Parks for 44 years, and this was by far the worst experience I've ever had. I understand that these loops are scheduled to be improved in a couple years, but until then, unless I could be guaranteed a spot in one of the A-B-C loops (which isn't possible under the current reservation system), I'd decline to reserve anything here and would dry camp instead. We camped at Fishing Bridge Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E213
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Conventional wisdom is that the park is so big that staying in the park, even in a substandard campground like Fishing Bridge, is worth it. After staying here, the misery of the campground might very well outweigh the benefit of an in-park location.

Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Washington Land Yacht Harbor, Olympia, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for 3 weeks while visiting my son, who is stationed at JBLM. For that purpose, it is the best location. The price is reasonable and the staff is friendly and helpful. But that's about the extent of anything good to be said about this place. As noted, it is just a gravel parking lot: no grass, no trees, no tables, no patios. The sites are so narrow that awnings come within inches of the adjacent RV. Tow vehicles/toads have to park cheek-to-jowl in front of the RVs. The restrooms in the main hall are available only if the hall is not booked for use by some group. There's no laundry and the nearest laundromat is miles away. Electric is 30-amp only. No cable TV and over-the-air is limited. The sewer hookup defies a sanitary connection, which causes everyone to gently place the sewer hose elbow on the pipe and balance rocks on top of it hope for some kind of a seal. The WiFi is terrible, so bad that at check-in we were told where we could go to get decent Internet. And down the road is a mushroom farm. Remember that old joke about "I must be a mushroom because they keep me in the dark and feed me ..." (I think the joke ends with a synonym for manure)? Well, whatever they feed mushrooms, the smell frequently wafts over the campground and it's not pleasant. And to top it all off, while we were there was a triple drug-related homicide just down the street in one of the numerous trailer parks that surround the facility. Next time, we'll suffer a longer drive and look for a better place. We camped at Washington Land Yacht Harbor in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There's a Walmart, Safeway, Costco, Home Depot, and other such stores within a few minutes. And the Puerto Vallarta Mexican restaurant is one of the best we've been to, although the portions are gargantuan!

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Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Ellensburg KOA, Ellensburg, Washington

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

OK spot for an overnight stay, which is all we used it for. Our pull-through site (#60) was level and utilities were fine. Close to adjoining sites, with little buffer, but that didn't matter to us for our purposes. Lots of road noise, though. I found it more annoying than some of the other reviewers. We camped at Ellensburg KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
60
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Devils Tower KOA, Devils Tower, Wyoming

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice, level, shady sites, with good utilities. We had a great view of Devils Tower right through our front windshield (Site #35). Gift shop and store are nice, and the little cafe also looks good (we didn't eat there). If you're in the area, there is no reason to shy away from this campground. We camped at Devils Tower KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Besides the nightly showing of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the campground also offers a nightly hay ride around the adjacent working cattle ranch.

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Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Missoula KOA, Missoula, Montana

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

Just an overnight stop for us. An odd campground, sort of dropped down in the middle of a residential-commercial area, with the lanes of the campground sharing use by others. Our lane, for example, was shared by a school bus maintenance facility, which led to some school bus traffic at the end of the day but otherwise was not noticeable. Although many of the sites are shaded, ours was sitting in the bright sun. On the plus side, the staff was great, the bathrooms are clean, and the facilities are good, with lots of activities. Shopping is nearby (I can't say "convenient" because getting there requires braving horrendous traffic) and access from I-90 is long but tolerable. It almost looks like a suburb grew up around a campground. If one can stand a somewhat eccentric design and location, I'd say this place is fine. We camped at Missoula KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
N5
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated), Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Camping in the Badlands is such a wonderful experience, that any shortcomings in the campground seem too trivial to mention. Understand, though, that the campground is basically an open field with only wind/shade shelters and picnic tables. Only some of the sites have electric hookup (no water and no sewer). And the "pull-through" sites are really "pull-over"; that is, there are wide spots in the loops where one pulls over and sets up. That also makes for a weird arrangement where, if the pull-over is to the left of the drive, the curb-side elements of the RV (door, slide-out, etc.) are on the roadway. For this reason, the best sites would be those where the pull-over is to the right of the roadway, although that would mean running the electric cord to the curb-side. (Or, some people simply drive the wrong way on the campground loop and then set up.) The whole campground is an easy walk or bike ride to the amphitheater where they have wonderful ranger programs every night. And, of course, the Badlands Loop is memorable. Hiking in the Badlands is different from most national parks; the whole area is basically open and people are free to walk or climb wherever they want. There are a few marked trails, and we did several. The "Notch Trail" (if you don't mind climbing a ladder) is especially worthwhile, and the 4-mile loop trail out into the grasslands gives a worthwhile perspective. We stopped in Wall, but decided to skip the Wall Drug experience. We camped at Cedar Pass Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
87
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Mitchell KOA, Mitchell, South Dakota

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice campground, conveniently located to I-90. Sites were easy access, level, and pull through. Staff was friendly and helpful. The bathrooms and shower were very clean, but starting to show their age (such as needing some repainting and TLC). We didn't use the pool, but it looked fine. One negative, though: there's a small cattle lot adjacent to the park (on the west side, I think), and the prevailing winds from time to time brought a cattle-ish aroma and flies wafting onto the campground. I guess that's the price of camping in cattle country, and it wasn't unbearable, just noticeable. We camped at Mitchell KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C-11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Convenient to the Mitchell "Corn Palace," which has such an unusual facade that it's actually worth seeing just to say you've done so.

Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Sundermeier RV Park, Saint Charles, Missouri

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $53.00
Overall Rating:      

Just a concrete pad with grass strips between the spaces. Still, this is campground has a couple features that almost elevate it to the "Good" category. First, it's very close to old St. Charles, which is a charming area with shops and restaurants. Second, it abuts the Katy Trail State Park, which provides a couple hundred miles of biking and walking, including a connection to St. Charles. On the other hand, it is very expensive for a parking spot ($59 without the discount) and there is an elevated train track that runs right next to (nearly over) the campground. We camped at Sundermeier RV Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
24
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Victorian Acres Campground, Nebraska City, Nebraska

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Just an overnight stop for us while northbound on I-29, but a pleasant surprise. Very nice and quiet campground, beautiful grounds, nicely shaded, and sparkling restrooms. Helpful, friendly staff. Enough space and trees between campgrounds that we didn't feel crowded at all. Very pet friendly. WiFi was usable. We were only able to get a water-electric site, but full-hook-up sites are available. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Victorian Acres Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

There's a nearby Lewis & Clark museum, but unfortunately we did not get a chance to visit it.

Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

EZ Daze RV Park, Southaven, Mississippi

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Concrete pads with a picnic table, but that's about it. Bathrooms were very nice, facilities are good, and staff was helpful. Still, not much more than a parking spot, and definitely not an RV "resort" (no matter what they call it), which means it's hard for the campground to be more than average. We camped at EZ Daze RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Heritage Acres RV Park, Tuscumbia, Alabama

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Basically just a gravel lot with hook-ups. No trees and not much grass. There is a field with some paths to walk the dogs, although it must be tick season because the dogs (and us) got a fair number of them. Staff was fine and the facilities are well-maintained. But it's just impossible for a gravel lot to be anything other than an "average" place to stop. We camped at Heritage Acres RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
45
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Miami Everglades Resort, Miami, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Our experience here was very good (hence the "8") rating, and our site (#257) was just fine, but a few cautions are in order. First, as noted, there's an on-site wastewater treatment plant and an adjacent set of dumpsters, and one or both of those features produced a noticeable aroma from time to time. Second, some of the sites seemed to be more dirt than grass and after a heavy rain (there was a torrential downpour right before we arrived) were pretty muddy, although management quickly spread out straw and/or gravel to mitigate the effect until the water drained. It looked like only a small fraction of the sites would be affected in either respect. Subject to those qualifications, the place is fine and we're already making reservations to go back next year. The facilities are good, we found the staff to be friendly and helpful, the clientele is upscale and interesting, and there are lots of activities, such as a very nice pool (one of the best we saw), miniature golf, shuffleboard, pickleball, and a biking/jogging path around the campground. We particularly enjoyed one of the regular pot-luck suppers. Plus, the campground is tolerably close (about 30 minutes) both to activities for nature lovers (the Everglades, Big Cyprus, and Biscayne) and for the citified, high life alternatives of Miami and South Beach. We were told that a nearby public golf course is one of the most reasonably priced in the area. A Walmart and a variety of restaurants are within a few minutes. Except for when a diesel-powered irrigation system went off for a few minutes on an adjacent nursery, the resort is quite quiet. Our site was level enough to work without undue effort and the hook-ups, although somewhat oddly configured, were perfectly usable without jury rigging. We look forward to going back. We camped at Miami Everglades Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
257
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Lots to do in the area, both for nature lovers and city lovers. For us, the Everglades was a highlight, and we particularly enjoyed a ranger-guided canoe trip through the mangroves. The "back country" boat tour from Flamingo was also good. The Biscayne visitor center is one of the best we've ever seen, worth a trip even without a trip to Biscayne Key itself. We didn't have a chance to do the Shark River tram tour or the "wet walk" through Big Cypress, but plan on doing both on our next trip.

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Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Naples Motorcoach Resort, Naples, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $120.00
Overall Rating:      

Wow. Easily one of the nicest resorts we've ever been to. Lots of very expensive coaches, but surprisingly down-to-earth, friendly, welcoming people. Beautiful grounds, immaculate sites (many owned and then rented out), activities galore, and wonderful friendly people, starting with the staff and including all of the occupants. There was a jam-packed party for the Super Bowl, weekly trivia parties, breakfast socials every morning, weekly dinners, several pickle-ball tournaments, and lots of lounging around near with the pool (and lakeside sandy "beach"). Two reasons why this is a "9" instead of a "10": first, you pay a hefty premium for this kind of luxury, which I guess isn't really a criticism, just a fact; secondly, the resort is a good ways away from Naples, which, given peak-season traffic, means that getting to and from Naples proper is a bit of a pain. This place may be outside our budget but if we ever won the lottery, this would definitely be our home base for wintering in south Florida. We camped at Naples Motorcoach Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
178
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Definitely visit the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary about 20 miles away. It contains the largest preserve of Bald Cyprus in Florida (maybe the world?), and the 2-mile boardwalk through the swamp is a great way to spend the morning.

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Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Sun-N-Fun RV Resort, Sarasota, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

The only way to describe this place in three sentences is to use massive, run-on sentences. So here goes: this place has two pools, a three-story water slide, hot tubs, an exercise facility (with over 130 exercise programs), a steam room and sauna, an on-site restaurant and bar, and live entertainment almost every night. Plus, it has facilities for billiards, volleyball, Frisbee golf, mini-golf, pickleball, tennis, shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce ball, lawn bowling, something called petanque, and something else called ga-ga ball, which seems to involve throwing a ball into an octagon with a mass of old geezers and letting them grapple for possession. It even has a track for racing radio-controlled model cars. It boasts over 150 activities, including biking; jogging; fishing in a private lake; poker; bingo; woodworking, lapidary, and stained glass shops; music ensembles; and numerous educational classes, including music lessons and computer operations; as well as a huge variety of special interest clubs (like quilting, music, and every other hobby one can think of). It even has its own ham radio club and club station, W4SNF. And, there are about a gazillion golf courses in the area. And, the resort is only a few minutes from downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key and other islands, and countless, beautiful beaches. As one of the reviewers said, "If you're bored here, it's your own fault." And to top it off, the bathrooms and showers are immaculate and the people are as friendly as we've ever met anywhere. (OK, that was more than three sentences.)

But still, we're not sure it's our kind of place (and hence the "8" rating). To me, it feels like Manhattan--lots to do, but no respite from the oppressive commotion. Would we come here again? We're not sure. But if you're looking for a place with great winter weather and a surplus of ways to occupy yourself, this place would be hard to beat. We camped at Sun-N-Fun RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
AZ32
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Kaz

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Cedar Key RV Resort, Cedar Key, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park with large, level sites, good utilities, fine WiFi, and good facilities. The park is about 6 miles from Cedar Key and there's not much to do within walking distance, but there is a gas station/convenience store adjacent to the park, which is very convenient. Our site #3 was unshaded and close to the park entry/exit, so it wouldn't be my first choice on our next visit, but it was still fine. Cedar Key is definitely worth a visit. We'll be back, next time for more than 4 days! We camped at Cedar Key RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Cedar Key is definitely worth a visit, and you must (absolutely must) get the clam chowder at Tony's Seafood Restaurant. It is the best clam chowder in the world by actual testing at the Newport RI Clam Chowder World Championship (and they ought to know), where Tony's chowder won three years in a row before they retired his recipe from further competition!

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