Date of Stay:
August, 2017 -
We stayed at site #23 in the Cottonwood Campground in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It was a very large pull-thru site with an excellent view of the Badlands. There are no services at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. There is a dump station in the North Unit, but if you are in the South Unit you are out of luck. The North Unit and the South Unit are 70 miles apart. There are washrooms with flush toilets, but there are no shower facilities in the Park at all. There is also nowhere to buy wood, or ice, and even though you are allowed to have fires, there are no fire pits. You are expected to use the camp grill for your fires- bringing your own fire dish is not allowed. The sites though, are huge- especially the pull-thru ones. The people occupying the site across from us parked a 35ft. motorhome AND a trailer on their site! The campground is fairly shaded as it is set among the Cottonwoods along the Little Missouri River. So while short on amenities, you can't beat this place for wildlife- you are literally camping amongst it. Several times buffalo were walking up and down the campground roads and between the sites, and the wild horses were seen grazing along the river from our site. Not to mention the easy access to the wildlife driving loop where more wildlife could be observed. We have a generator which we used during the appropriate times so the lack of hook-ups was not as issue, and we only stayed for 2 days.I loved the nature and the size of the sites but as far as the campground I probably wouldn't spend much more time here than we allotted. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
July, 2017 -
Emily Provincial Park is located along the Pigeon River which is part of the Trent Severn Waterway, but there are only a couple of non-electric tent sites that have direct access to the water- most sites are a good distance away. The Lookout Hill and Circle campgrounds offer large private sites that can accommodate various types of equipment ranging from tents to large RVs. Many of these sites offer electric hook-up. There is good visual privacy between sites. Emily Provincial Park is a disappointment in the activities department. It is not at all what you would typically expect from Ontario Provincial Parks. Swimming: There are 2 beach areas at Emily- North Beach and South Beach. North Beach is located in the Day Use area and is downright gross. There are floating clumps of algae and water vegetation mixed with manmade litter making the water un-inviting. To be honest I didn't see anyone actually swimming there. South Beach was better in the sense that some effort has been made to keep it maintained. The sand appears to be groomed and a specific swimming area has been marked off. Hiking: Only one trail and it is under construction and not yet completed. Fishing: Emily sponsors a Learn to Fish program and rents out tackle and gear. You can fish off the boat docks and also from shore- you will need an Ontario Fishing Licence that must be purchased before arrival. Ontario Provincial Parks do not issue fishing licences. I am not a fan of Emily Provincial Park. I have grown to expect more from Ontario Provincial Parks and Emily is definitely not on par with these expectations. For the RVer who is a boating/fishing enthusiast and brings their own equipment, this park might be ideal due to its access to the Trent Severn Waterway. As for a typical weekend stay, I would not recommend this park. We camped at Emily Provincial Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
June, 2017 -
Killbear Provincial Park boasts over 880 campsites in 7 campground areas. As with all Ontario Provincial Parks, electricity is the only hook-up offered. The campground areas with electrical sites are "Harold Point Campground", "Beaver Dams Campground" and "Kilcoursie Bay Campground". Overall, the campsites at Killbear Provincial Park are generally good. The Ontario Parks website gives pretty accurate descriptions regarding sites especially in terms of privacy, pad slope etc. I found the sites to be generally level. They are mostly dirt and sand which does make things messy. All sites are generally treed and afford at least partial shade. I didn't see any open ones- which is great for privacy, not so great if television reception is a priority. Given how many sites there are at Killbear Provincial Park, I found it to be overall pretty quiet. The campground staff are certainly a presence as they routinely drive through. Each campground area has it's own beach on Georgian Bay. There is a recreation trail suitable for walking and cycling that runs the length of the park, as well there are many other hikes you could partake in. I enjoyed our stay at Killbear Provincial Park.Rattlesnakes. Killbear Provincial Park is the busiest location in the province that has a significant rattlesnake population. It should be noted, before you get all worked up about this fact- only 4 visitors have EVER been bitten by a Massasauga Rattlesnake. Treatment typically involves a hospital stay but no one has ever died. We camped at Killbear Provincial Park in a Motorhome.