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Emmett KOA

Emmett, Michigan

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Maybe it is because we are on day 47 of a 48- day road trip, but despite the fact that I prefer modern, resort-type, urban campgrounds, I loved this nostalgic family-oriented campground. Our site was grass, but it was level, facing the lake. It seems that you have to pay extra for some activities (and there were lots for the weekend) which could make it quite pricey. It was near the highway, but far enough to be quiet. If I lived nearby, I think I would come every weekend with the grandkids. Pavilion was very nice. They could use more washroom and shower facilities, though. Always full. Not enough for size of campground.

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We enjoyed our experience at this park, which is basically a working ranch that allows RVs, not a resort that decided to add some bison. With that in mind, I found it charming and enjoyed walking around seeing the animals. The on site store had some neat stuff. There is a train ride out to see the herd and we were able to feed them. The price stacks up to other parks and services I have seen. There was road noise and the site was not as level as it should be, but I still recommend it if you are open to a rustic site with some novel experiences.

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The park was basically all gravel. Our site was level, washrooms were fine. Short drive for groceries and gas. Not much else in town other than casinos. Best wifi I have ever had in an RV park (we were very close to the office so maybe that helped - but it was as just about as good as at home.). Good for an overnight. Close to the highway, so some noise, but I am getting quite used to that! Quite expensive for the area, I thought.

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I loved this campground as soon as we drove in. Nicely laid out with grass and shade trees. Nice clubhouse and appropriately sized pool. A cash-operated RV and car wash on site. Friendly, efficient staff. Free shuttle to Temple Square (but you must be visiting the Square, which makes sense, because the shuttle is run by the Church). We took it all 3 days because there is so much to see on the Square and the driver and accompanist provide lots of friendly information, which is interesting. (We also saw a parking lot that takes RVs on the corner of North Temple and 200 West, a few blocks from downtown for $3 a day if you prefer to drive, which is quite easy in Salt Lake City.). Next to Temple Square is City Creek Mall, which is very nice. This park is a very convenient base for visiting the city, and we would definitely stay here again.

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I am rating 7 because the view from my site was one of the most beautiful I have had from a site. We were at the back, overlooking a small river, with beautiful mountains in the distance, and a train track flanking the mountain. When the train went by, it was pure magic. However, there are some deficiencies. Bring groceries, because there is not much at KOA, nor at the Chevron mini mart (I got the only loaf of bread). There is no longer a shuttle to the casino, but it is not far (albeit uphill). The pool was small, and the water was cloudy (algae). The worst was that the office closed at 7 p.m., and along with it, most washroom and shower facilities. From 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. there is one toilet for ladies and one for men. And this was very far from our site. They need a second building. You also cannot start laundry after 5 p.m. Site was not level, sprinkler drenched the chairs I left on my site, and I could not get on Wi-Fi until 10:30 p.m. By 7:30 a.m., it was once again inaccessible. Cable was excellent, though. But that view. I think I would go back just for that, but I hope they solve some of the other issues.

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Although this park has a heated pool, the overall feel is not resort. It is a paved property with lines. Sites are not wide, but okay. View of the ocean, but it's extremely windy. It is near grocery, pharmacy, and restaurants (walking distance). Good Wi-Fi and cable. Very convenient for visiting San Francisco. They give you directions and recommend the train which is only 3 miles away where there is l Lots of RV parking at $1 a space for the day. Then $6.60 per person round trip. Once in town, you pay for municipal transportation at $2 for bus or trolley or $6 for famous cable car. You can buy a pass. Be aware that there are long line-ups for cable car and very hard to catch one en route as they are full. Price reflects Good Sam discount and is still high. I guess that is the price of convenience in the Bay area. I would stay here again.

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This is a nice, little, quiet park. I felt very safe here. Concrete pads, which is always nice. Near a marina where you can take whale tours. You can walk to a natural beach (or drive to a public beach where you can presumably swim). There are antique/collectible shops and a couple of restaurants. Moss Landing is trying hard to create a cute little tourist spot. It is about 20-30 minutes to Carmel, Pebble Beach, Monterey, so a good base for visiting. However, if you have children, there is not much to do on-site. No pool. They ask you to limit your trips to showers to 10 minutes as there are only 2 (which was not a real problem). What irritated me was that the wi-fi was limited to 1 device. My husband logged on to the PC, but when he disconnected, I was not able to log onto my iPad to email a photo to my kids - it associated the user name to the PC only. Overall, I thought it was expensive compared to a resort I had stayed in in Pismo Beach the night before for the same price. My rate reflected KOA discount

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Attractive park with all the services. A real resort feel. Covered, glassed-in observation decks. Sites level, but some were not that large. A lagoon separates the park from the beach, so you have to exit the park to access the beach, but it is very close. Also close to the pier and Pismo Beach's charming strip of shops and restaurants (Line up withe locals at Splash Café for chowder.). I would give it a 10 except for 2 things: (1) Despite multiple hotspots, Internet signal is inconsistent, and you are frequently dropped. (2). The pool is too small for number of campers. There is a laps-only time from 8-10 a.m, if you miss that, forget about getting in the pool. It is monopolized by kids, playing volleyball, etc. No room for adults to cool off.

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We were disappointed in this campground. I had chosen it based on reviews, but did not realize that North Beach and Oceano Beach were two different components of Pismo State Beach. We had to go to North Beach to dump as there is no dump station at Oceano, and I agree that it looks nicer. Oceano had okay washrooms and decent showers with lots of hot water (minimum 50 cents - bring quarters). The beach is about one bloc, away down the street...but this section is a Vehicular Recreation Area, which means trucks and ATVs churning up the sand. You can feel it as you walk up to the beach, and you really could not spend time there. Water electric is $50 and unserviced is $35. Expensive for what you get. We left early and went to a resort a few miles away.

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Location, location, location! This campground is right on the beach, while being near to town with groceries, etc. Beach is not groomed, but it is still wonderful. Watch kids play, watch the surfers, catch a sunset. Washrooms and showers are about what you expect from a state park (clean but rundown) and sites are very close to each other: pretty much a parking lot. Those are the only reasons I am not giving it a 10. I would go back in a minute. Note that if you are less than 2 days from arrival, you cannot reserve. You have to show up and hope for the best. You can only get 1 night and then need to go in the lottery the next morning for available spaces. If you are lucky, you will get an unserviced site right next to the beach for $60. We also had a serviced site in the 3rd row for $70 (and there are water electric sites too). Expensive, but worth every penny.

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This campground is pretty, nice landscaping against a backdrop of mountains. However, it is a bit off the beaten track. There are peacocks running free on the site, but we did not get to see them. The site was unlevel from back to front, as well as side to side. You had to climb a fair number of stairs to washrooms, and there was no light in the shower, only skylight, making evening showers a bit difficult. The KOA guide says Internet is free, but that is only 1 hour in a 24-hour period. You need to pay $4 extra to have unlimited access for a day. Felt like false advertising. Dump station is inconveniently located, with nowhere to line up without blocking the access road. No pool either. Overall, expensive for what you get.

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This is a tough property to rate. Lots of good, some not so good. Beautiful rose bushes, but in the econo section (still $55) just gravel and no landscaping. Seemed to be lots for kids to do, and they seemed to enjoy the pool, which we did not use. Very convenient to San Diego. We walked 5 minutes to bus, transferred to trolley, and were downtown in 45 minutes door to door, on a $5 day pass purchased on the bus and good for unlimited rides. Very good printed info on how to use transit system, if you choose not to drive. You can walk to grocery store and various restaurants. Staff very helpful. Now for the less positive: smell of sewage at various places, including washrooms; warnings to spread powder to avoid ants in RV (but at least they warned you!); Wi-Fi access very inconsistent. Expensive.

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Lovely park, nice pool, club room tastefully furnished. Very clean laundry room with newer machines and reasonable prices. Wi-Fi worked well. You can take shuttle from casino/RV park next door to both the strip and the older downtown casinos. (Allow at least 15-20 minutes to walk to the shuttle. Last return is quite early, but you can take city bus 202 and pay $2 on the bus: same distance to walk back from bus stop as shuttle.) Best thing about this park is the shower facilities in the middle of the park. There are very large, separate locked rooms with shower, toilet, sink. Your own ensuite! Rates were a bit higher here, even with their current promotion, but we felt it was worth it. Only downside, no cable TV.

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This is a case of 'it depends what you are looking for.' Not as picturesque in terms of natural setting, but they have added some lovely fountains. Bathrooms very clean. Cable worked very well. Our site was small, but there are larger ones. It is an adult park, with children being allowed if accompanied at all times. It was very quiet. There are a lot of rules - written in a folksy, humorous way, but still rules. I did not see office, store, or staff, as we arrived late at 8:30 p.m. and left before 10 a.m. opening time. However, we had a thank you card taped to our truck window, which was nice. Wi-Fi was useless, but there was a note on the office door saying it was down. No Wi-Fi, no pool made it seem a little expensive for what was offered. But if you want total peace and quiet, this is the place.

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Beautiful setting against a mountain. No pool, and not all sites have cable TV. Wi-Fi worked great. The recreation pavilion looked a bit worn out. There were not enough washrooms for the number of campers using them. They are cleaned in the morning, but by evening, they could use another cleaning. We usually use dumping stations on our way out, but since we had the sewer service on-site, we decided to use it. Consequently, we left at 11:06 after putting our paraphernalia away, but they came by at 10:58 to ask if we were ready to leave. We felt they were a little overzealous.