Date of Stay: June, 2010
What a difference a year can make. This is an update to our June 2009 review for the same park. Even though we said we wouldn't be back, this park's location 'forced' us to give it another try. Yes, the same silly $7 reservation fee applied, and yes, the "park rules" page is still huge. Other than the check-out times, we proceeded to just ignore the whole darn thing, and we made it fine. As other reviewers have said, the roads in the park are paved and easy to navigate; the sites are well-established gravel, and are reasonably level. (We believe the FH North Loop's sites are slightly better in that regard than the South Loop's.) The yards are grass: they are of different sizes and shapes (some are long and narrow, some are nice, long, and wide.) This time around, we stayed in the South full hookup loop, and our coach leveled easily. We reserved the site online, and we are pretty happy with this loop. We also were pleasantly surprised to find that they have free WiFi, something they didn't have a year ago. The biggest enhancement for us was that the 'old grump' wasn't here. In fact, all the staff were nice, friendly, and accommodating this time around. Definitely would recommend this park to those planning on visiting the Minneapolis area. Use the full hookup loop North of the registration office!
Date of Stay: June, 2010
We reserved a spot here for our Spring Vacation. Even though we specifically requested a 50A site, upon arriving, we were put into a 30A one. The spot is slightly uneven, and is missing quite a bit of gravel. The water hookup is shared, and needs to be routed under the RV (It is readily apparent that this RV park (really cannot call it a 'resort') is geared towards 'seasonal' and/or 'permanent' residents - the majority of the spots are not available for a nightly or a weekly stay. Wi-fi signal is 50-70%, apparently requires $$, but the landing web site does not even come up. We were not able to use the Wi-fi; stuck with our Verizon Broadband card. DirecTV satellite is working well. In summary, extremely beautiful area, with tons of 'outdoorsy stuff' to do, but this park is definitely not a resort. If you will be using the park as a 'home base' to explore the area, mostly sleeping in your unit, a good choice; if you're looking for a nice park to stay around your rig & relax, we'd advise against this park.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
Overall nice park, reasonably priced. Stayed here for the Schnauzer Nationals in Bloomington, so it was mainly a 'sleep over, home base' type stay for us. While the park is manageable for a big rig, care must be taken when navigating the roads. In the non-seasonal pull through sites, shade is a rare commodity, since the trees at the entrance of the site do not provide a lot of it, but will probably prevent the roof-mounted satellite dish from getting a good signal. Overall a good home base type park, with friendly neighbors, but kind of crowded. No Wi-Fi, good water pressure (used my own pressure regulator, since none provided), and convenient hook-ups. Sites are level, and concrete patios are a nice touch. Would stay here again, even in 'non home-base' usage.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
Nightly rate includes the vehicle fees ($6 for RV plus $6 for towed car) for a 30amp full hookup site at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk (site 269). This park is amazing. Our back-in site was right above a creek, with a soothing sound of running water. The view to the creek is obscured by hedges, and there is a pretty steep drop off behind the site down to the creek, but there is enough room behind the concrete pad to safely and easily move around the rig. Site 269 was 'special' in that the actual picnic table and grill were on a concrete pad on the driver side of the rig - i.e. awnings etc were useless - we walked around the back to sit down at the table. No big deal, just something to be aware of. It appears as if the pads for the tables for other sites were in the normal spot, on the passenger side. Even though, maybe because of the late season, we did not have any issues with this set-up, since the trees and hedges provided enough shade to comfortably sit around the table in the afternoon and evenings. Highway noise in our loop was pretty much nonexistent, and we slept with the windows open with the creek sounds in the background. Side tip: When visiting this area, do so in late September to get the full effect of the changing colors. And take an SUV or other 'back roads capable' toad; it'll be worth your while exploring the many dirt and gravel roads around Ridgway, Telluride, and Ouray (or rent a Jeep in Ouray).
Date of Stay: September, 2009
Stopped here over night. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Park is quite cramped, with many a 'permanent camper.' Looks like park is essentially the owners' backyard . Maneuvering a big rig through the narrow roads in the park, as well as in and out of the sites is tricky (had to have the neighbor move their car for us to be able to get in & out. (Our rig is 39ft MH, toad unhooked). Sites VERY cramped, and hookups shared. OK for a stop over.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We stayed here for a week over the 4th of July, visiting family in the area. This is a nice park, with very friendly and helpful staff. Made a reservation a couple of months ahead of time (no specific site, though), and when we arrived, everything was ready for us. No escort to the site provided, but the roads in the park are paved and wide, easy to maneuver, even with toad attached. The sites are gravel, but level. Some standing water puddles on the sites in case of rain. Clean park overall, with some 'permanent residents' around, but quiet and a good 'home base' to explore the area.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Like a previous reviewer, we were a little surprised at the fact that those of us from out of area, who have to reserve to make sure we have a place to sleep, are punished by having to pay a non-refundable "reservation fee" of $7, increasing the price for a site by a little over 24% (from 29 to 36 - that's resort-level pricing!!! I used the inflated number as the nightly rate, since most traveling RVers will most likely want to reserve) Then there are the really grumpy "camp hosts." Since we had a reservation and a campground layout from the Internet, as well as due to the fact that the parking area in front of the registration booth is rather small (at best one 35+ foot RV fist there; and one at a time), we proceeded directly to our site. Once the 'host' was done with the people that blocked the parking area for us, he came over in his golf cart and proceeded to lecture us on how we did not stop to register before proceeding to the site. After setting up, we went to the registration office, and realized just WHY they 'needed' us to stop by: Their "rules" page is one whole page of legal size paper long! Pretty ridiculous rules, overall, but the most asinine one was that, if you didn't check out by the check out time, they want to charge you another day, AND MAKE YOU LEAVE - yeah right... Regarding the site - number 12... While even, it was FAR from level, rising hard towards the back. In fact, the levelers in our coach were not able to completely level the coach (front to back). Almost, but not quite. Finally, we were due to leave the next day. Check out time is noon, and we were relaxing next to the RV in the grass around 11:10 - 11:15, when the same old grump came by on his golf cart again, "reminding" us that we were leaving... AT NOON... We just packed up then and got the heck out of there. We will most definitely avoid this one in the future, unless there is absolutely no other option.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
We stayed in this resort overnight on our way to the Black Hills for our fall 2007 SD vacation. The park is easy to find, and very quiet. The spots are level and large enough even for big rigs. Only negative for us was that we reserved over a month in advance, got a confirmation number, as well as a spot number, but when we arrived, we were put in a different "less prime" spot. Since we only overnighted, we did not push the issue, though.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
We chose this park to stay in during our 2007 Black Hills fall vacation, to some extent based upon the reviews on this site. This park is beautifully located in Spearfish, with lots of shade trees and nice concrete walks along Spearfish Creek. The sites seemed cramped, with campers 'butting up' to each other without a lot of space between sites. The electric, water, and sewer hookups are located at the end of the site, requiring long sewer and electric hoses. The "killer" for us was the fact that the roads are narrow with very close shade trees, which were not trimmed very well. The site assigned to us had trees framing the entrance, and maneuvering the coach into the spot was a challenge. The trees also were so low as to hit the roof of the coach. The staff was very nice, and tried to find us a spot that was less crowded and less treed, but all the more open ones were already taken. It appeared that there were some paved spots right next to the creek, which would have worked well for us, but they also were not available (even though one of them was empty) - we ASSUME these are "long timer" spots, judging by the 'gardens' etc around the rigs parked there. While this is a very nice park, with very nice and helpful staff, the number of "big rig friendly" spots is very limited. In the end, we received a full refund and stayed at Elkhorn Ridge instead.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
We stayed at this park for a week (9/9 - 9/16), after originally planning to stay in the (less expensive) Spearfish City Campground. The other reviews on this park are spot on. Due to the late season, there was only one other motorhome and us staying here for the full week, most other rigs overnighted, or stayed 1-2 days before moving on. The park is great, although the lack of shade may be an issue during the hot months; in the fall, winds may be an issue due to the parks exposed location and lack of trees. Park staff is helpful with nice amenities, and very clean facilities. We will definitely stay here again if we're back in the black hills area.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
Lewis and Clark campground is a great place to spend a leisurely vacation in the outdoors. The 112 campsites, 100 with electrical hookups and 12 with full hook-up, lie along the lakeshore. Modern rest rooms and showers are available, as is a trailer dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system or by calling toll free 1-877-IAPARKS. Half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This campground has recently been enlarged and an all new electrical infrastructure was installed. Most sites have 50A service available, and a number of full hookup sites have been created (end of second level in main campground). The lake is a 'no wake' lake, mainly frequented by fishermen - no loud and obnoxious water power sports type activities. Sites can be reserved via the Iowa 'park reservation system' (https://eservices.iowa.gov/iowaparks/).