Date of Stay: May, 2008
Washington should be very proud of it's state parks, and this is one they should be particularly proud of. Aside from the incredibly beautiful natural surroundings, it is managed by very helpful and friendly rangers and camp hosts that were gracious and anxious to help any way they could. The rest rooms and showers were immaculate. We enjoyed our stay here very much and would not hesitate to recommend this park to anyone. Like all state parks, you must be able to live without cable TV and WiFi, and there are no sewer hookups, but the natural beauty and tranquility remind you what camping is supposed to be all about. A wonderful experience.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
Let me preface this by saying that no one goes to an RV park hoping for a bad experience, and we don't know anyone who enjoys giving a park a disastrous review. That being said, our weekend at this park was, without a doubt, one of the most unpleasant experiences we have endured in all the time we have owned our RV and used private parks. Don't misunderstand, the setting of the park itself is quite nice, with towering trees, abundant flowers, which is all very pretty, in fact, that is true of the entire Poulsbo area and not just this park. Unfortunately, for us, Eagle Tree did not live up to it's reviews, and this was a direct result of possibly the most repugnant, overbearing owner we have so far encountered in our travels. There are good and bad people in every profession. It is a fact of life. Once we recognize them for what they are, we are able to make informed choices based on their behavior and how they do business. Possibly the worst case scenario for an RVer is a park owner who clearly hates her job, and worse, obviously resents her clientèle's. The owner here clearly discarded even the pretense of customer appreciation, evidenced by displays of confrontational behavior, rudeness, and what we could only describe as delusions of grandeur. Her attitude suggested that. in a perversion of any normal business practice, the customer was there to accommodate her needs, not the other way around. Speaking to locals in Poulsbo, we were told that they had heard horror stories from many people who camped there regarding her behavior. Their exact description of her is not printable here. Although the surroundings are admittedly attractive, the park is nearly impossible to enjoy. The majority of sites are so uncomfortably close together that that there is no hope of privacy, and awnings and slides risk collision with your neighbor. We did not even attempt ours. The claustrophobic positioning of sites makes for a miserable stay. We were so close to the adjoining sites that their conversations, spoken at a normal volume, could be heard by us, and I'm sure they in turn could hear ours. This "sardine can" arrangement was just shameless and other campers we spoke to expressed similar dissatisfaction. There are two rest room/shower rooms provided for an 88 site park, each containing a toilet, sink and shower. These are accessed by a dirt and gravel path, causing the floors to be almost constantly tracked with dirt, mud and gravel. They were inadequately heated, in April it was freezing. A shower requires feeding a steady stream of quarters into a slot, inexcusable, in our opinion, considering the rates. Although one of the showers is set up for the handicapped, with a shower bench, one has to wonder how they would reach the shower room uphill via a dirt path in the first place. Clearly this was not a priority. Laundry facilities were, again, in our opinion, insufficient for the park's size and overpriced. A high end park, which is what Eagle Tree aspires to be, offers more amenities, not less. We cannot comment on the clubhouse as it was locked the entire time of our stay . Cable television reception was fine. Wi-Fi service was good when it worked, which was mostly not at all. If Internet access is important to you, as it is to us, be forewarned. When their Wi-Fi went down during our stay, the staff did not address it, but simply locked up the office and left for the weekend, without so much as a note of explanation on the door, leaving everyone without access for the duration. We were told by a staff member that their own computer system is not connected to their wireless provider, so they were not even aware when it was not working. You might think they would appreciate you informing them when their system was down. You would be mistaken. The park allows pets but it would be a real stretch to describe it as "pet-friendly"; barely "pet-tolerant" is a more apt description. There is no area set aside to exercise your dog, despite the woodsy setting, nearly every square inch of the site is landscaped, so you are rather at a loss. Their rules regarding dogs were repeated to us to the point of overkill. We speak English. We got it the first time. If your stated policy is to welcome animals, you shouldn't browbeat those who bring them with rules they are already following. We love our dog, we admit to prejudice on this issue, but we do think it would be better if they simply did not accept campers with dogs, as anyone with a dog they care about would be better off going elsewhere anyway. We want to make it clear that we had no complaint with the employees of the park. The paid staff we encountered were charming, friendly, anxious to be as helpful as possible, and seemed at times to be clearly embarrassed by their employer. We walked into the office on one occasion and witnessed the owner being incredibly verbally abusive to another camper. She was practically screaming at the man. We noticed most of her sentences began with the words "You people...", as in "You people are all the same". There is no doubt in our minds who "you people" were. The staff member seemed to be as mortified as we were. The owner was oblivious, and continued to rant at this poor man, despite our marked presence. Her disdain for the very people who put money in her pocket was glaringly on display. The woman is not, to put it mildly, a class act. Whatever issue she had with a customer should have been handled privately and politely rather than indulging in an ugly full blown hissy fit in a public area. We are not saying that everyone who books into Eagle Tree will have the same experience we did. We just think life is too short to tolerate deliberately unpleasant people, much less support them with our patronage. We have read other reviews that say nothing but nice things, and we are not attempting in any way to argue the point or challenge the opinions of others. We are simply reporting what we saw, what we heard, and how we were made to feel by the owner. We left earlier than planned; peace and comfort is worth more than a day's rate forfeited. We would not camp here again until the management changes, which will no doubt be sooner than later. An attractive setting does not make up for an inexcusably snotty owner and a tense, cramped and forbidding atmosphere, when there are other parks just as picturesque but minus the attitude and the nasty drama queen. In short: pretty park, ugly owner.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
Immaculate facilities and very helpful and friendly staff. Easy on and off to I-80. Every park should be this clean and well kept. Rate shown is the winter rate. We would definitely camp here again.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
This is a run down, slightly seedy trailer park with approximately 12 hookups for RVs. We camped here due to a weather emergency. Many old rusted out campers and fifth wheels being used as full time residence. Traffic by the residents was constant and noisy. No security whatsoever; anyone could drive in off the street. Ugly and depressing, it looked like where RVs go to die. We would not camp here again for love or money.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
We were very disappointed with this park. The website does not reflect the reality. The park is located on the main street of the small town of Ranchester and has parking lot ambiance. We were exhausted from travelling but were kept awake all night by a constant never ending stream of freight trains, whistles blowing, passing close by. On the plus side, the owner was charming and personable and very helpful. We would not recommend this park if you are looking for rest, and although there were many full timers there, we cannot imagine a long term stay would be any more restful. We would not camp here again.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
The sites are arranged on a terraced hillside centered around a small lake. No water or sewage was available in late March, which we were advised of beforehand. Staff was very helpful and understanding when we were delayed. Sites are gravel, not terribly level, and it is hard to distinguish the roads from the campsites, especially if arriving at night. Many sites require driving downhill, also a little tricky at night. Just a warning: after you register, do not drive straight ahead or you will land in the lake! Very convenient off and on I-80, but it also means you do have some highway noise, which did not really bother us much.