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Grew up on the east coast, went to college, did some electrical engineering, got married, became a left-coaster, raised a son, led some computer engineering until it off-shored, retired and now exploring.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Emigrant Lake - The Point RV Park, Ashland, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

32 RV sites with power/water/sewer, almost all back-in but plenty long. Reservations are not accepted within 2 weeks of your stay, but the county park reservation clerk, when called, will let you know if/how many sites are unreserved at the moment, if you are arriving that day. Without a reservation, drive around checking displayed reservation slips at each site to find one not reserved for the duration of your stay. When driving in, continue past the Oak Slope no-hookups campground entrance (on left) to "The Point" campground. Quiet location, with no OTA TV or wifi, but excellent Verizon bandwidth. When we were there, the lake was *very* low (well below the end of the boat launch) but there was still a rowing club practicing at sunrise and sunset every day. We camped at Emigrant Lake - The Point RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Downtown Ashland is OK for walking around, with some nice shops. Weisinger Family Winery, south of downtown, has enjoyable wines and a pleasant dog-friendly shaded patio looking to the eastern hills, if you enjoy visiting wine tasting rooms. There are a couple other tasting rooms east of I-5 that were either closed or not dog-friendly. And plenty more further north on I-5.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Guaranty RV Park, Junction City, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Recent previous reviews are accurate. Picnic tables at all sites. Entry signage of highway 99 is poor - it's clearly an RV dealer but no entrance is designated specifically for the RV park. At my back-in site the sewer connection was at rear and water/electricity in middle of paved site, with well cared for grass surrounding the concrete. Water spigot had back-flow preventer installed, with an odd protruding center pin that penetrated into the gasket screen of my pressure regulator, bunging it up. Wifi was very good - video capable - and OTA TV included the 4 major networks. This was the only park near Eugene with last-minute spaces available on the weekend the Ducks played Stanford. Guaranty employs a private security vehicle which made frequent nightly rounds through the park and adjacent dealer/service grounds. We camped at Guaranty RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A2
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Safeway just up highway 99 in Junction City, with a good price on diesel fuel.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Red Bluff RV Park, Red Bluff, California

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

A small park, with well-kept grounds and shaded reasonably-spacious pull-thru and some back-in sites. A small swimming pool and clubhouse. and a green space that is good for dogs. Good utilities except wifi was unusable during our stay. This park is a half mile or so off of I-5, so there is no highway noise. An excellent overnight stay, when driving I-5 or on your way to Lassen NP. We camped at Red Bluff RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Rising River RV Park, Roseburg, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

On the South Umpqua river, 7 miles south of Roseburg. A few spots back up to the river, others are a mix of back-in and pull-through. Some long-term residents but sites are well-kept. Most have nice shade trees, and spacing was OK. Good utilities including a wide selection of cable TV stations but missing 2 of the 4 national broadcast networks. Wifi was intermittent. Friendly staff and hosts. We camped at Rising River RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The near end of the North Umppqua River Trail is a 35 minute drive east on Hwy 138, just past the town of Glide, at the Swiftwater Park. Great day-hiking along the river there. Looking Glass Road is a back way between Medford and Winston - a scenic country-drive alternative to taking I-5.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Southern Oregon RV Park (Jackson County Park), Central Point, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in a back-in site, J3, at the back of the park, which is quieter and not a problem for us to back our 31ft 5th wheel trailer into. Spots are on a diagonal to the park road, and do not feel too close to neighbors. Some bushes between sites. Rows L and K are closest to I-5 and highway noise. This park is operated by the county park service and is adjacent to several public fishing ponds that are pleasant to walk around. The park is next to county fairgrounds, within walking distance if there is an event happening while you stay. BBQ and Brew event while we were there. Excellent wifi, no cable TV and we could get only a few OTA stations. Clean and well-kept grounds. Quiet at night. About 7 minutes north of Medford, in the town of Central Point. Would stay again. We camped at Southern Oregon RV Park (Jackson County Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
J3
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Medford Visitor Center staff is friendly and helpful if you have questions about the area.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

West Fork BLM Campground, Chicken, Alaska

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

Some pull-through sites in right-hand loop; back-in sites on left hand loop. Trucked-in water in a tank on the left loop. Pit toilets. No utilities. Very quiet and almost deserted. Because it is close to a river and pond, mosquitoes are heavy. Great for an overnight stay before driving the Top of the World road south into Canada. We camped at West Fork BLM Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Klaus, the site host, is friendly. if you are driving through Chicken to Canada be aware of the operating hours of the customs office. The road is bad dirt, steep, narrow and windy from Chicken to the border. Much better on the Canadian side.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Riverview RV Park, Fairbanks, Alaska

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

Mostly level sites, most pull-through. Close to Chena River (so plenty of mosquitoes), 3 miles west of Fairbanks (street address is in North Pole, but that town is 5 miles east). A busy park when we were there, but maintenance was keeping up with it. Cable TV. Wifi was so intermittent as to be unusable. Free vehicle wash behind adjacent Riverview Convenience Store. We camped at Riverview RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
89
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Visitor center in Fairbanks has free wifi and lots of local and park service info. Creamer's Field has several walking trails with placards. Museum on campus of U of AK is world-class. Great Alaska Pizza delivers quickly to the park and is tasty. During summer, Rich Eskew (resident) gives cowboy poetry and "tall tales" talk on Friday nights.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Teklanika Campground (NPS Campground), Denali National Park, Alaska

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

29 miles into Denali NP, the farthest into the park that RVs are allowed to camp. Clean vault toilets only; no showers. A few water spigots are in the camp. Sites are close to level mostly back-in. Some short, some very long. Specific sites are FCFS so arrive as early as you can for best choice. Minimum 3-day stay. Forested area close to braided Teklanika river. We camped at Teklanika Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Buy a Wonder Lake Tek pass for $40/person to get park shuttle bus privileges. It guarantees a seat at chosen time on first day, and as-available seating on subsequent days, but only to go farther into the park. Driver is not a tour narrator but will answer questions and stop for wildlife sightings. Camper store at campsite registration building near park entrance. Dump station and potable water fill-up there too.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Cantwell RV Park, Cantwell, Alaska

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Level, all-gravel pull through sites in an open area. 30A power and water. No TV, no wifi. Verizon coverage OK. Very friendly owners/operators and well-tended park. No sewer at site but dump is convenient (does require exiting and re-entering park). A half-mile off the main highway so no road noise. The owners dog-sat for us ($35/nite) while we camped at Teklanika camp in Denali NP for 4 nites. Cantwell is a tiny town, bring with you what you need, but here is a fuel station (high $) nearby. There are some RV staples available at the park office, and washers/dryers. We camped at Cantwell RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
68
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

There is some shopping at the Denali NP entrance, 29 miles up the road.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Portage Valley Cabins & RV Park, Girdwood, Alaska

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Level gravel site. OK Verizon, campsite wifi mostly unusable. No cable TV and no OTA but free DVDs at the office if you want. No sewer at the site but dump station. Pull thru sites are narrow... you'll meet your neighbors. Campground bathrooms are porta-pottys but there are showers (didn't use). Every evening community campfire ad the owners are very social. There are dry camping sites behind the main campground, around a pond (with a resident beaver). This is a good choice if you want electricity and to visit Whittier without dragging the RV thru the tunnel. For dry camping, Williwaw NFS campground would be a superior choice. We camped at Portage Valley Cabins & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Portage Glacier cruise is a pleasant one-hour cruise around the lake and by the glacier ($34/person). Whittier harbor is interesting and the fishing charters seemed to be bringing in a lot of fish. Not much else to do in Whittier. The 2.5 mile railroad tunnel drive ($13) was interesting, it really is narrow. Trail of Blue Ice is a 4.5 mile bike/hike trail that offers good views of several small glaciers between the RV Park and Portage Visitor Center.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Homer / Baycrest KOA, Homer, Alaska

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

A few miles outside of Homer, so driving required to get anywhere. Unusually high priced and laundry was $4 for one of two washing machines. You pay for the view I suppose which was excellent. Site was on bluff several hundred feet above Cook Inlet with views to multiple volcanoes in the distance across the water. All back-in sites. Utility connections at rear of site. Park was clean and easy-in/out, but we'd stay at one of the multiple parks down in Homer on the Spit of we visited again. We camped at Homer / Baycrest KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Captain Pattie's is a great seafood restaurant and seafood market with good view. Take a $75 water taxi (round trip) across the bay to Kachemak State Park for easy and rewarding day hike to Grewingk Glacier Lake. For local info, the Chamber of Commerce has very helpful staff and brochures.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Stoney Creek RV Park, Seward, Alaska

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

Level gravel sites, most back-in. A few wooded but most sunny. Some Verizon coverage; wifi was mostly unusable... seemed like the server crashed every evening. Location is down an unlikely-looking country road with a few turns, adjacent to Glacier Creek. Foliage along the creek has been plowed under, making a nice walking lane along the gravel-lined creek. While not within walking distance of downtown, this park offers a more bucolic atmosphere than the city-operated waterfront parks in Seward itself and is just as close to Exit Glacier. We camped at Stoney Creek RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A4
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Harding Icefield trail in Kenai Fjords NP a great hike, even if higher reaches of trail are snow-covered; Marmot Meadows is spectacular. Resurrection River Trail in the national forest (not the park, so dogs OK) is a pleasant out-and-back hike. A Safeway in town for shopping. Fuel expensive - fill up in Anchorage. Resurrection Roadhouse's patio has a spectacular afternoon view, but get there when they open at 5pm or patio tables will all be taken.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Golden Nugget RV Park, Anchorage, Alaska

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This park has an A side and a B side separated by a low fence. The A side is a trailer park with some sleazy trailers. The B-side is for RVs, with level gravel sites and FHUs. Like other Anchorage "downtown" RV parks, this one is located in a somewhat seedy part of town... most of Anchorage seems to have a homeless population problem. Staff was functional, not attentive. There was a security vehicle with flashing lights making occasional rounds, which was a good thing. OK Verizon; wifi worked when not overloaded in evenings. I notice some sites with broken glass in the gravel sites so I don't think they were cleaning them at all. We camped at Golden Nugget RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
159
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Kincaid Park has lots of walking and biking trails in Anchorage. Flat Top Mountain has good overviews of Anchorage, if it's not too windy and cold (as it was when we visited in late May). Potter Marsh was a bust for wildlife viewing. The Bridge restaurant was OK for seafood and a walk along Ship Creek - king salmon season had just started and there were anglers galore.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Valdez KOA (formerly Bear Creek Cabins & RV Park), Valdez, Alaska

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

If you don't need walking-distance to downtown Valdez (it's 3-miles out), this is a great place to stay. An established RV park but recently became a KOA. Owner is friendly and accommodating - he moved us to a more suitable site before we asked. Level sites, some pull-thru and some back-in. A well-stocked bale channel list. Verizon good; wifi worked reasonably well. Shower combined with restroom, in two rooms. An well-stocked RV parts store in the office. No sewer connections at sites but on-call honey wagon. Good mountain views from the park. We camped at Valdez KOA (formerly Bear Creek Cabins & RV Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
88
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Valdez museum is worth a visit. We took a helicopter tour with VS Helicopters to Valdez Glacier (walked on glacier) and overflew Colombia Glacier. Expensive but quite an experience! Fat Mermaid restaurant on the waterfront was OK for seafood but we heard later that their pizza is best in town.

Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park, Copper Center, Alaska

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

Convenience store, gas station (& diesel), diner, RV spots on large gravel area with electricity only (separate water fill and dump stations). Although sites back up to highway, traffic is so limited that it's not a noise problem. Powered sites are level but tight side to side, so if they are busy you may have close neighbors. There are dry camping sites back in the woods too. We stayed in late May and were only RV there (except for one whose plates expired in 1994). Friendly staff. Verizon signal OK. WiFi worked well at the office only. There may be one RV park closer to McCarthy at the Chitina (pronounced Chit-na) airport, but this was close enough to be convenient. We camped at Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

If visiting Wrangell-St. Elias NP, stop at the visitor's center a few miles south of Glenallen for info. They also offer a very informative audio CD to play while driving the 58-mile dirt road to McCarthy. That road was in relatively good condition when we drove it in late May 2018.

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