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The only thing which has changed since my last report in 2012 is they had a 50% price increase to $30. The "value" is just not there at the $30 rate. Having said that, if you have reason to be in Hillsboro your other choices entail 35-45 minute drive one way to get here. They don't allow non-event RV parking in July & August because of the number of fairground events scheduled. If you plan on staying, call 503-648-1416, Ext. 200 to be sure they will allow non-event RV parking.

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Camping fees are now $26 for dry camping, no water, elect or sewer. $33 for W & E sites. Dump station is $5 if you don't pay for a camping site. Nice grass. Mostly back-in sites. There are a few pull-thrus. We didn't actually stay, but I did walk through the park to update this report, since there has not been an update since 2014. We parked in the gravel lot at Prince's Grocery since we just wanted a place to park overnight.

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Price is $10.97. You must go to Prince's Grocery store across the street to purchase a registration receipt to put in the window. The dump is free if you stay, $3 of you just want to dump. No sewer or water hookups. A fresh water spigot is available to fill your water tank. The water tastes good. About the location of the electric post. The posts are all the way at the rear of the gravel parking spots and if you park so your hookup is on the wrong side you may need an extension cord. However unless the place is really, really busy, you shouldn't need to park on the "wrong" side. If 2 RV's are parked side by side in the adjacent sites you won't be able to open an awning and your slide outs will be very close to the other RV. As others stated this is just a gravel parking lot along the hwy. OK for overnight. There is a very nice city CG almost across the road for $26 if you prefer more than a gravel parking lot.

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This is a very basic RV Park right on the banks of the North Thompson River about 10 miles south of Clearwater (2 miles north of Little Fort) On PH-5. There is no sewer or dump station available. If your Motorhome or Trailer is longer than about 30-34 feet you will have a hard time maneuvering in the parking area. The main draw here is you are camped right on the water with a great view of the river and an open field across the river, where wildlife sometimes comes down to the river.

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Look for a small sign labeled "OFF ROAD PARKING" on the south side of the Klondike Hwy between KM 710 and KM 711. This is an heavy equipment storage area that the owner lets you park in an open gravel area. Nothing fancy, but it is quiet and compared to the RV Parks in the area at $40-$50 a night this place is great. No hookups but there is fresh water and a dump station. We stayed here for 3 nights while visiting Dawson City. Best value in town.

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If you have a sense of adventure and want some fantastic scenery, don't miss this place. This park rivals Denali NP in Alaska in some respects. While it doesn't have the huge Denali mountain, it does have the tundra covered countryside and panoramic views. If you like to hike there are a couple of good well maintained trails. However, you can hike and backpack to your hearts content and you don't have to ride the shuttle bus to get there like Denali. Just drive your vehicle to where you want to hike and take off across the tundra. There are several boondocking spots along the hwy within the 20 miles north of the CG. Park in one of them for fantastic views of the country side, mountains and sun rise and sunsets. One word of caution, it is 45 miles of gravel road to get to the CG. In Aug 2016, the last 15 miles had lots of potholes. None of the potholes were very deep, but they sure rattled our motorhome on the way in and out. Plan on a 2 hour drive from the paved highway to the CG. I would have given this CG a 10 except for the potholes in the road inside the CG. The campsites are large and well separated from your neighbors. Most sites are open to the sky so your solar panels work well. Don't miss the visitor center, great displays and info about the park. We stayed in the CG for 2 nights and spent one night boondocking at KM 80.5, fantastic view of mountains.

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The parking lot is large, mostly level and clean. There is a sign stating customers must not stay more than 48 hours. The dump station is out of order. If/when it works it is $5 each dump. A electronic station unlocks the drain if CC or money is inserted in the machine. No potable water available. Easy access from major highways.

     

Mariner Park

Homer, Alaska

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A very nice place to stay. We spent 2 weeks here in our motorhome. Our solar panels kept our batteries full. The parking sites are marked with numbered posts. You pull in your motorhome or back in your trailer for a great view of the gravel beach, water and the mountains across the bay or on clear days the mountains across Cook Inlet. When you pull in to park, align your rig so your slides don't extend beyond the numbered post and intrude into the parking site next to you. There is room to sit outside (weather permitting) on the beach side of your RV. If you have a rig less than about 30' long, there is one site #34 on the north side where you can park almost parallel to the beach/water for great views out your side windows. If it is occupied, check to see when they are leaving and grab it the first thing in the morning. We grabbed it the 2nd day we were here and stayed in it for 13 of our 14 days here. The beach front sites are far enough from the road to the spit that road noise is not noticeable. If you are set up for dry camping this is the best place to stay. The amenities are about the same as the $70/night full hookup CG farther out on the spit. So, if you must, you get to pay $55/night more for water, elect & sewer. Lots to do in Homer. The all day boat tour to Soldovia was great. We took it on one of the sunny days we had. The tour goes by a bird rookery island and then slowly cruises along the coast line to Soldovia. We saw whales on the way back to Homer. Be sure to visit the Pratt Museum, the Alaska Ocean & Island Visitor Center, and drive the various roads near Homer for great views of the mountains, bays and water.

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We made our reservations online and there was no reservation fee. I assume the reports about the fee was for phone reservations. Great CG. Great to be able to pick up the shuttle bus at the CG and save 2.5 hours on the round trip. Also with the "Tek Pass" you get one reserved day on the shuttle and you can take as many space available trips on the shuttle bus as you have days at the CG. You must stay 3 nights minimum. You may not leave the CG in your vehicle. If you do, you may not return past the checkpoint at MM15.

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Ditto on the last 3 entries from 2015, 2013 & 2011. A nice clean campground, friendly hosts.

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We visited Savage River CG while staying at Riley Creek CG and wanted to give an update since the last review was in 2010. We didn't see anything to change from earlier reviews. This is a much nicer and quieter CG than Riley Creek. Great hiking trails within 1/4 mile of CG. The main down side is, no cell phone signal (Verizon), so no internet from our MiFi device. Many of the campsites have a view of the mountains. CG fees are $22 & $28 with 50% off for senior pass. "A" campsites are for RV's over 30' & "B" sites are for under 30'. Not all "B" sites will take a 29" RV and not all "A" sites will take a 40' RV. Arrive by noon for best selection of campsites. Fill your water tank and dump at Riley Creek CG before coming to Savage River. Signs at water spigots request that you not fill your RV water tank. You MUST get your camping pass at the Wilderness Access Center (WAC) or Riley Creek Mercantile before going to Savage Creek CG.

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The bad part first, my poor rating is for the horrible road conditions in the campground and the very, very tight RV parking pads in the campsites. We are a 30' long motorhome and a lot of the "B" campsites are much too small for us. Very few of the "A" campsites are large enough for a 40 footer and very tight for 35 foot RVs. "B" sites are for under 30' and "A" sites are for over 30'. About the reservation fee mentioned in the 2015 reviews, I made 3 separate "online" campground reservations in early June and was not charged a reservation fee. Perhaps there is a charge for phone reservations but not for online reservations. There is pretty good separation between campsites for privacy. However, when I compare this campground to staying in one of the RV parks where all I see out my windows is the RV crammed in next to me, this campground is great! I would stay here over an RV park anytime. We spent 7 nights here. The $11 rate is for the 1/2 off senior pass. Regular rates are $22 for "B" sites & $28 for "A" sites.

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A nice campground. Some rules are very strict: Don't put any part (a single tire) of your RV or other vehicle on the ground/grass outside of the designated parking area. Do not arrive before 1:30pm. NO registration or admittance before 1:30pm. It doesn't matter if your reserved site empty or not, you will not be allowed in. You will be told to park somewhere and come back at 1:30pm. If there are no sports events at the near by ball field/soccer field parking you can park there until 1:30pm. Ok. Got that gripe out! The park is nice. Some sites have great views of the lake. Easy access to the NW part of the Dallas area. Price is right for Seniors (don't remember age restrictions), 1/2 off of the $18 for 50 amp & $16 for 30amp. No sewer, but a dump is on site. Free WiFi which actually works.

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Very nice park, clean and easy access. We stayed in the bay side camping area and loved it. The campsites are arranged in a wagon spoke but angled so each RV is positioned so the view at the rear of the campsite is past the back side of your neighbors RV. We are in a motorhome so we pulled in so the view out our window was looking out over the water and all the birds feeding. It was cold and rainy for the 4 days we were here so it was great being inside watching the birds from our windows.

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The park has been restored. There are 13 nicely paved campsites, 10 of which are pull-thru with W&E, 50 & 30 amp. Very good tasting water. Dump station in the park. No showers. Vault toilet at one end of camping area. Staff is friendly and helpful. Very close to the beach and excellent beach access via boardwalk. No vehicles allowed on the beach area at the end of the boardwalk. There is about 2 miles of drive-able beach and primitive beach camping available for RV's under about 30' or tents. I don't understand the previous very negative reviews. It is no secret this SP is in the middle of nowhere. Also being 100 yards from the water, if the wind blows there is nothing to stop it. Your RV will rock or your tent will be blown around.