Date of Stay: August, 2014
Pros: Harbor/Bay (not the ocean) view from waterfront sites; Cable TV; can have a real camp fire; 5 min drive to Bodega Head (cliff scenic area); Sunday Farmer's market within 5 min drive. Cons: Hard to find off of roads not made for RVs & situated at the bottom of a cliff. Tight, gravel spaces. Effectively no wifi at all (couldn’t even get it near the office)--completely unacceptable! No AT&T cell service. Neighbors’ fire pit 3’ from your coach. No advertised laundry facility. Bathrooms filthy, complete with black mold on sagging ceiling tiles etc. Locals have unfettered access to everything (including bathrooms). Picnic table was decrepit. Marina docks (& many boats there) are in generally poor condition, & there's no public access to them. CG is cojoined w/a run down trailer park, complete with a burned out unit. Junk cars & boats parked nearby. Weird vibe all-around i.e. it’s run it's own way--Staff doesn’t answer the phone a lot; no dog poopie bags for multi days; seems like locals/weekenders rule the roost. Next to nothing for kids to do at the campground (or in town). Very strange town (located atop the cliff you’re camped under): No ‘main street’; No pedestrian access to anything (town doesn’t even have sidewalks); Many restaurants are not open Mon-Tues, many not open past 5-6pm; No business in town rents crab gear any longer (was at least something kids could do); No ‘normal’ grocery stores; Only diesel I saw in town was at Spud Point marina & with old fashioned pumps & being on the water there was no way I was taking a chance. Next closest diesel that I found was 30mi away. Would not come back. Way too expensive for what's offered & it’s way too far away (30mi away) from any civilization on narrow curvy roads. If not for the marina/bay I’d rate this place a ‘2’. Horrible location to visit SF from, look to Petaluma as a base for that.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
Easy access off I-80. Very wooded and very clean/tidy. Good pavement throughout the park so there’s no dust problem. Sites are ‘shared type’ that is if you’re rolling with a friend you can camp with your doors facing each other & share the space in between. Most of the sites are fairly level but some need leveling (especially in the 50amp row), where front-to-back level was borderline tricky (sites slope varying degrees). Sites are tight though, with rigs with slides on both sides coming within 1-2 feet of each other. Didn't care for the black/grey hose drain stub up, was stubbed up a good 4-6” and a bit uphill of my rig. 3 bars on Verizon cells, park wifi ranged from decent to no-go. Looked like there was only 1 restroom for the entire campground. The men’s room had 1 toilet, 1 urinal, and 1 shower. Previous review stated they have added a trailer for more restrooms but it wasn't evident to us, and wasn't mentioned at check in, and it’s not on the map. The main restroom was a bit old feeling but was stocked and cleaned. If you don’t have a TV that’s fairly new (year or 2 old) you won’t be able to get but 1 channel on the cable setup. The office does have some converter box deals you can borrow. Noise level: Since it’s close to I-80 you can hear constant freeway traffic while sitting outside your RV, nothing major, but it’s there. Can hear an occasional train horns from the rail yard that is probably no more than a mile away. The campground is also underneath one of the approach/departure tracks for the Truckee airport so you do get a few small jet aircraft (Lear type) as well as other assorted ‘bug smashers’ going overhead. Other than these few things the place is very calm… not much in/out traffic, not many kids running around. Kids: Not much to do for kids here, our teens were very bored. Not within walking distance of anything. Nearby: In 1 direction you’re only within a mile or 2 of old main street. Heads’ up: It can be a chore to find parking there and most of it is metered (pay). In the other direction you have a bit newer part of Truckee with a Safeway (that’s INSANELY busy on the weekends), Starbucks, and various other chain restaurants (Panda, Round Table Pizza, etc). CG is within a 10 min drive to Donner Lake, very pretty area. Tip: If you want to visit the Lake Tahoe I strongly suggest taking Hwy 267 to King’s Beach, it delivered a fast 20-30min drive to the shore. The 89 however, once near/in Tahoe City was brutally gridlocked while we were here.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
9/10 if using an 'overnight place scale'. Easy to find (right on the freeway), & easy sites to get in/out of. No problem with highway noise even though it's right off the main drag. Concrete pads, although narrow are nice. Wifi was decent. Close to fuel places, supermarket, and pizza joint. Bathrooms/showers were nice and they were clean--I normally won't use common shower facilities but had no qualms about using these. Would stop in here again for an overnight no problem whatsoever.
Date of Stay: November, 2012
Weird place in that it has both significant good and bad things about it. The good: The valley it’s located in is quite nice, especially considering everything else around it. There’s horseback riding available there (within a healthy walking distance anyway). The lateral space in between each site is quite nice and if you’re backed in to one row of sites you have a wide grass field between you and the folks in the row uphill from you. The staff was visible at times but was not intrusive. The drives and the pads are asphalt. Verizon cell coverage was max bars here. The bad: Located a long way from I-15 i.e. 6-7 miles, so this isn’t a good OVN location in my opinion. The layout of the site driveways are all wrong in that the angle of them in relation to your neighbors across from you is way too sharp. If it were not for the fact my neighbor had parked his tow vehicle somewhere else I wouldn’t have been able to back into my site without spending significant time doing multiple ‘pull-ups’. No cable & no Wi-Fi for the price they charge is a bit out of line. The ‘facilities’ are terrible; run-down old school park bathrooms/showers with accompanying damage, not one of us would use them. The ‘Lake’ has been dry for a couple of years as I’m told (storm damage to dam) talk is there’s no plan on fixing the dam. Park closes early and if you want back in you have to unlock a paddle-locked swing gate (not easy when it’s dark outside), which is cumbersome and inconvenient. Finally, multiple freight trains running 24/7 within a stone’s throw of the sites. I would go back here but only because it’s a good centralized location for us to link up with friends whom live in the L.A. area. This place has crazy potential, but I guess when the county runs something like this there’s not much chance it will reach anywhere near the level it could be at if given to a private concern with adequate money to run/maintain/develop it.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
$66 a night for a pull-through with no grass, no trees, no pavement? No thanks. For the same price one can stay within walking distance of this place, at literally a world-class RV park for the same money. This park is not worth more than $35 a night, even considering West Yellowstone prices.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
This place is the real-deal. Service, appearance/condition, site layouts, and customer service staff are all the cream of the crop (and have been for many years). The only reasons I cannot give them a 10 is that they still cling to a dinosaur of a Wi-Fi service that is ridiculous and a pain in the rear end. Even though we were in a premium site, we could only connect two (2) devices to their Wi-Fi. C'mon guys, that doesn't work with a family of four in today's day and age. Also, cable TV needs to have a few channels added, especially when considering those traveling with kids (i.e. Disney etc.) Additionally, they're going to need to watch the weeds starting to grow on some of the RV parking surfaces (in the gravel). It's a little bit nit-picking but I was surprised they hadn't jumped on them as they were starting to sprout up enough to hit them with weed killer (or pull then). Rest rooms and laundry facilities are far and away the best I've ever seen, what you smell when you enter them is newness and cleanliness: both good things. The morning coffee and hot chocolate is a hit with both the kids and the adults. Beautiful green grass and flowers all around. When staying in the West Yellowstone area, Grizzly is the ONLY option as far as we're concerned.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Typical KOA in many regards. Dirt/gravel access road and sites. Had to use levelers on one side, I really hate that as in the majority of cases there's no excuse for unlevel sites. Park is located out by itself and its store closes at 6pm (way too early when there's no other viable walking option). Restrooms were in less than stellar shape the morning I used them. Pool area was nice. Staff friendly enough. Lots of ATV people here. 30 amp connection couldn't keep up with my 1 A/C when using the microwave & water heater (breaker popped 3x during my stay). Bottom line: More expensive than what it should be given where it is and what they offer. Would consider it for an overnight again but that's it.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Good place for a quick overnight. Located right off I-15 and just opposite from a Flyin' J. Even though it's right up against the 15, the lower elevation coupled with the sound walls made the road noise just about completely non-existent. Nice grassy areas and nice pool complex. Permanent trailers on the distant end of the complex didn't bother us, although I couldn't use the shower because a transient was loitering around trying to use the facilities. Staff member that checked us in was, although nice, utterly clueless (we had to show her how to use the credit card machine). This is not a resort by any stretch, but I absolutely would stay here again for an overnight.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
For a park that touts itself for 'award winning 'this-and-that' I just didn't see it. A lot of sites (including ours) were not close to being level. Both ours and our travel partners RVs had to drive up on levelers. The pool was cold, dirty (saw a bandage floating in it), and cloudy from lack of chlorine/balanced chemicals. Picnic table was beat up. Rest room was not stocked with paper in the morning I tried to use it. Also, although not oppressive, we could hear road noise from the interstate and Hwy 93; same with jet noise from the Missoula airport. Some of the staff was friendly, some were a touch on the rude side. Be aware, it can be very hot in Missoula; it was 100 degrees when we got there. Although it wasn't a horrific overnight, it was not worth the $ they charge and there's really no excuse to have to use levelers in an "award winning" RV park. We would most definitely look for another alternative if we had to stay in that area again.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Nice little park on the outer perimeter of Whitefish City proper. They have a limited number of 50 amp slots and unfortunately for us we were here in a 30amp site during what the locals were all saying was "an unusual heat wave". 1 A/C couldn't keep up in our nor our partner's 5th wheels. Therefore our main "problem" was we weren't in a 50amp slot. The small motel that is located in front of the RV park serves as the office for the RV park and has a small pool however, RV park guests cannot use the pool. There is a nice aquatic center within a 2 min drive but still, would've been nice to have use of an onsite pool. Wendys, Pizza Hut, Subway, and Taco shop within easy walking distance as is a car wash, Radio Shack, and NAPA Auto parts store. Wi-Fi kicked us off a lot at times but otherwise was passable. Cable TV was passable as well. Bottom line: This is not a 'resort' and there isn't much for little kids to do but our teens managed just fine. We would stay here again but would choose to be in a 50amp site if at all possible.
Date of Stay: March, 2012
To say the campground is 'rustic' would be generous. Nobody was in the guard station to check us in upon arrival however, we had our site # in advance so we found it ok although our site's accesses was initially blocked by another camper storing his tag-car trailer. Sites consist of the natural desert floor dirt, with some being very far off from level, and hook ups all the way in the back. Our sewer hookup was significantly above grade which made dumping interesting. Sites on the "loop" are generally short and very cramped laterally. Some sites had small trees between them and by trees I mean that ranged from the oddball small Mulberry to a full-blown thorn tree (with 3"-4" thorns on it). Fair amount of trash blowing around as well as dead vegetation such as large palm trees cut down and left to rot in place. The only thing that looked modern/decent/kept-up in the entire campground was the bathroom complex, which we ended up not using. AT&T and Verizon service ranged from weak to non-existent depending on where you were standing. The ghost town was fairly nice with our teens keeping themselves occupied up there for a few hours but the campground itself leaves a lot to be desired. Bottom line is the campsites are located in a small, but high-walled unattractive canyon (no view) that is dusty, crowded, and mostly unkempt looking. Doubt we would stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
This is a large modern RV park that is big-rig friendly. Sites are paved with lava rock in between. Rock likes to migrate inside so be careful as it can really destroy smooth floors. Staff in the check in area was nice and friendly. WiFi was sketchy in our group’s sites. Nice shower/laundry room however, odd they only have 2 men’s stalls for such a huge park. The cable TV worked good and had a good channel selection. There is no grassy (or even dirt) areas for fido; the dog-run is pretty much gravel/lava rock. Our site was not perfectly level side-to-side but we lived with it. Staff makes you sign, stating you must use pads under any stab jack points as well as acknowledging mandatory use of ramps for sewer hose. Park is directly adjacent to the train tracks (in linear fashion). Over a holiday weekend we saw probably 6 trains a day. Didn’t bother us, but be aware the tracks are right here and they will blow the horn going through those crossings. So if you’re noise-sensitive (or fido is) then you may want to consider other choices. The pool inside the hotel is nice but it is a hike from a majority of the sites. They do offer golf-cart shuttle service which is a help getting to/from the hotel amenities. One thing that is a major drag here is no campfires are allowed, not even in self-contained fire pits. For that reason alone we would be hard-pressed to go back. It’s not camping, (especially in a group setting with kids) when you cannot have a campfire. In addition here’s a special note about the weather. Although not the campground's fault, the winds blew as hard as 55-60 mph for almost the entire 3 days we stayed here, which made it miserable. It blew so hard one day it lifted one corner of the trailer up off the wooden 4x12 block. I had a stab jack cranked down and blew it more than half way under the trailer!! The temps also got down to 30 degrees at night over Memorial weekend. All in all, a nice park but can’t give it a ‘10’ as there was no soft area for fido to walk on, the train noise, and a no-campfire policy. Would consider for an overnight again but that’s probably it.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Whomever designed this park knew what they were doing. It has a modern layout with plenty of room, has paved streets, and concrete pads. Park is located within walking distance to Wal-Mart and other businesses in town. The office was closed when we arrived (sign said gone for an emergency), but our site was posted and after-hours check in materials were handy. WiFi was sketchy but worked if you took your device to other areas of the park. Beware though, the WiFi here is unprotected (no password required) so use at your own risk. The laundry facility looked brand new as did the exercise facility however, we couldn't get into the exercise room as we were not provided with the code to access it. The biggest negatives I can comment on is there are probably a half-dozen or so "full-time" resident trailers on the property and most are unsightly due to the park allowing them to put foam insulation skirts around the bases of them. These are not RV skirts but foam from a hardware store not meant for exterior use. If they got a handle on that and had a pool I could easily rate this park a 10. Would stay here again no problem.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Easy access from the hwy. Pretty scenic setting. Some cable TV channels and mostly slow Wi-Fi connectivity (but better than nothing on both accounts). No AT&T service but our Verizon phones worked. Kids really enjoyed themselves here playing outside most all day while we were there. Not much to do in the immediate local area if you're not into fishing (no "town" nearby). The park store is fairly expensive and the on-site pizza place had pizza's listed for like $23! Check out the Trees of Mystery just north of the park, really worth the $14 adult admission. Warning: A lot of the interior sites are extremely non-big rig friendly. If it were not for some vacant sites around us we'd have physically not been able to hook up and get out. Additionally, all the sites are grass and ours was in a big uneven hole that required levelers. Good thing it didn't rain or we'd have been sitting in a pond. Unlike many of nearby parks this is not directly on the river. Black bear in the campground came out of the woods every night at 7:30 and again at 10:30. Watch you kids as the staff doesn't run him off until a crowd gathers. Kind of a cool sight to see but if you have kids please brief them on the situation. Another place that's a tad too expensive. Might go back if passing by otherwise one visit is enough.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
Beautiful area and probably the most friendly, competent staff of any park I've ever been to. Calling it "big rig friendly" is a stretch but there are some places you can get into. Only about a 5 minute drive to Bandon which is a nice little town. We rented crab pots and bait from downtown and the kids had an absolute blast crabbing in town on the wharf and at and the park's boat dock. The store will clean and cook your crab for like 75 cents, neat place! AT&T worked on expanded network mode (but very slow) and Verizon was no problem. Would stay here again for sure. One note for those with kids: Oregon has a new law requiring kids under 16 to wear helmets on bicycles. The rangers enforce this.