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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Conestoga Campground / Smith River Valley, White Sulphur Springs, Montana

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Conestoga Campground was a nice stopover for us. Friendly campground is well maintained and within a short drive or walk to town. Large pull through sites (49) with some full hookups and a dump station. Picnic table at each site. GOOD FREE WIFI. Clean bathrooms and showers with privacy. Lots of flowers planted around the office and a big collection of wooden silhouette cutouts. Wide open and grassy with a low fence around, but small trees are being cultivated. Nice little gift shop. Small pond for fishing. No catch and release. $6 for each fish caught. Honored our Passport America discount. We would stay here again. We camped at Conestoga Campground / Smith River Valley in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Downstream COE, Fort Peck, Montana

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

This is a wonderful place to camp! The park was practically empty after Labor Day weekend the we were able to get a nice level pull-thru site with a view of the bass pond, in a loop that closes shortly after Labor Day. Downstream Campground and Kiwanis Park is a beautiful campground with 86 sites in 3 loops, some electric hookups, near the dam at Fort Peck Lake on the Missouri River. The dam was built in the early 1930's as a public works project. Lots of fishing (pallid sturgeon) in the lake, we heard loons, saw least tern, watched a fisherman land a huge bass, and observed deer browsing near the lake shore. Showers were clean though needed a little updating. We had power only, no water at the paved level site, concrete picnic table, fire pit (fires were discouraged). There were water spigots in each loop. We were near the group site with playground and group picnic shelter but it was really quiet during the week. We would definitely come here again. We camped at Downstream COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
78
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

There is a paved bike/walking path around the entire park, boat launch, and we loved riding our bikes over the dam (4 miles each way). We liked it so much we came back after we were forced back east by the forest fires at Glacier National Park. Construction on the Route 117 bridge in Nashua may cause a slight delay and a maximum 10 feet wide restriction makes the crossing a bit tenuous in the motorhome.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Trails West RV Park, Shelby, Montana

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Great Wifi, but bring earplugs! We did a quick overnight here with hopes of exploring Glacier National Park the next day. The RV Campground is behind the Best Western at the corner of a big intersection (I-15 and US-2) with a busy train depot across the road, a highway entrance adjacent, and lots of trucks. You check in at the desk of the Best Western. The regular pices is $35.00 per night, but they honored our Passport America which gave us a 50% discount. The desk at the Best Western prints out a daily update on the status of the roads in Glacier National Park. The hotel also offers campers an "All You Can Eat" breakfast for just $6.00 each, notify the desk clerk if you plan to attend. There are 32 sites that can accomodate 30' to 60' campers, some back-in and some pull-through, gravel, mostly level, a few small trees, and concrete picnic tables, basically wide open and not much to buffer the noise from the trains and highway. The bathrooms and laundry were clean and functional. Tent areas available near the bath house. Sprinklers start at midnight to 7am so don't leave items outside overnight. Unfortunately the air quality worsened during our stay and many roads were closed due to forest fires so we were unable to explore Glacier National Park. We camped at Trails West RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Restaurants, gas and retail nearby, with Shopko home store adjacent. This is a good home base to venture into Glacier National Park.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Turtle River State Park, Arvilla, North Dakota

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

We called ahead on short notice the Thursday night before Labor Day Weekend and was able to get a campsite at Turtle River State Park. It's a big wildlife and recreation area with over 70 campsites with water and electric and many more tent sites. A former CCC Camp, the impressive remains of a hearth and chimney from the CCC Camp Lodge can be seen near the trailhead. The rangers at the office check in were very friendly and helpful and ice and firewood are available. The paved roads in the park were nice for biking and we rode the Prairie Loop Trail, which was fun but a bit of a challenge on our road bikes, probably more suitable for mountain bikers. Our site was adjacent to the modern bathrooms/showers, which were spotless. Sites are wooded, mostly level with the nice picnic table and fire pit. There were few other campers ahead of the Labor Day weekend so it was very quiet. The rangers said they were completely booked for the weekend. We didn't see much wildlife. Would stay here again. We camped at Turtle River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
70
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The Turtle River is stocked with rainbow trout, and youngsters can borrow fishing gear at the park office.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Twelvemile Beach Campground, Grand Marais, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $7.00
Overall Rating:

It was raining when we pulled into this USFS campground located on Twelvemile Beach near the Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior. The sites were very tight with lots of trees around, perfect for tent camping but barely enough to back our 25 ft. motorhome into a site. The campground looked full, but we did a loop hoping we would be in luck. A van with a 15 ft. travel trailer was getting ready to move on as we passed by and he offered us his spot. The spot was very narrow with trees around and we managed to fit in but were unable to put our side slide out and had to use leveling blocks. Very shady with nice big birches all around. No power or water, pit toilets, so make sure you are tanked up when you arrive. This was also a no generator site, but it had a nice fire ring and picnic table with a latern post. In the morning after the rain we ventured out and discovered the beautiful beach views with stairways down over the dunes to the beach on Lake Superior. As we were packing up a camper was driving by before 9 am and asked if he could claim our spot. This is definitely a camp to come back to, but get here early because sites fill up fast. We paid $7.00 for the night with a Senior Pass. We camped at Twelvemile Beach Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Straits State Park, Saint Ignace, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Straits State Park is on the northern side along the lakes on the outskirts of the cute little lakeside town of St. Ignace. One would think that with 270 camping spots there would be plenty of room for everyone, but this place books up on weekends so call ahead to reserve a spot. We checked in on Friday, August 25, after making a reservation, and there were just a few empty campsites. The campground has sites of many sizes, suitable for tents up to 50 ft. rig pull-throughs. there is an upper and lower campground, the lower being closest to the lake. There is indeed lake shore camping, if you don't mind being close to your neighbors with lots of kids playing nearby. The water views are beautiful. We picked Site #249 in the upper campground, which was surrounded on 3 sides by cedar forest, level, shady and lovely, with an electrical hookup. First thing we noticed was the road noise from Interstate 75, a bit of an annoyance but tolerable. We headed out on our bikes to the town of St. Ignace, very picturesque with harbor lights, a boardwalk along the shoreline, shops and restaurants, and nice water views. We camped at Straits State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
249
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There are several private ferry companies located in St Ignace which will be happy to take you on the 40 minute trip to Mackinaw Island, where there is a historic fort and museum and the Mackinac Butterfly House and Conservatory. Round trip for the two of us with our bikes was $72, plus admission to the attractions on the island also require a fee.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Van Riper State Park, Champion, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Following a beautiful drive along the shore of Lake Superior, with a stop at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, we ventured further west to beautiful Van Riper State Park on Lake Michigamme. There are 2 campgrounds, one "Rustic" with 40 sites and the other "Modern" with 147 sites. We opted for the "Modern" with electric hookup (water was spaced throughout the campground). Sites are well-spaced, fairly level grass and dirt with plenty of space between campers, but not a whole lot of privacy. Each site has a nice picnic table and a fire ring. Firewood is available at the check-in as well as ice. We arrived at 4:30pm on a Monday and there were lots of sites available. Very friendly person at the dest gave us a map and told us to take a drive through and pick a spot from the many available. We picked #43, forested on one side and close to the beach. We were disappointed with the road noise at first, but it quieted down at night. Also train tracks nearby with a train arriving at 7 pm and another at 7 am so it didn't bother us during the night. Just steps from our sites was a stairway down to the lake and we experienced a beautiful sunset the first night. The swimming beach was a short walk from the site. We would definitely stay here again! We camped at Van Riper State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
43
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The sandy beach is beautiful, and there is a bath house, benches and a playground. There are some nice nature walks and wildlife viewing areas. Also several walking paths with beach access leading to another part of the park with boat launch and convention center. We liked it so much we decided to stay an additional night and set out on our bicycles and were able to find a nice 17 mile ride down a quiet logging road across the highway toward Clowry and back again. It was great fun.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, Ohio

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

A beautiful park, beach and campground with 256 paved level sites in 8 loops with electrical hookups. The grounds were very clean and spaced with a small patch of shrubs and small trees in between for privacy. There are at least 2 drinking water/grey water stations in each loop. Showers and bathrooms were very clean and there is a laundry in one of the loops. There is a small playground near each of the restroom/shower buildings.There is even a small pond with free fishing for kids. There is also a hotel and conference center on the beach side with a big parking lot and a permanent outdoor reception tent setup. Very scenic and would be a nice place for a wedding reception. We enjoyed several miles of shaded bicycle paths/walking trails through the woods and along the beach. We biked over to the boardwalk at the Nature Center and walked the 2 mile loop. Didn't see a lot of birds, but it could be nice during some times of the year. Although we stayed in Campsite#75, a sunny corner spot, the night was quiet. There was a nice grassy area to spread out the yoga mat and a picnic table. Fees were $28 Sunday - Thursday including electric, $29 Friday and Saturday, and $30 Holidays Friday thru Sunday. We paid only $14 each night with our 50% off Passport America. They also offer military discounts. We camped at Maumee Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
75
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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