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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground), Medora, North Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Great location to visit the NP and Medora area. Had bison in the campground when we checked in. Most sites in our loop were pull-through. Ours was located on end of loop so the configuration made it very difficult to pull into (tight pull through loop) and they had the table and grill on the wrong side. When parked, you would look out into the neighboring site. We found it better to pull in in the opposite direction, but that resulted in us receiving the wrath of the campground host - who stalked the campground in his little cart on a regular basis - stopping any and everyone who he felt erred in some way - from how they parked, how they dried their clothes, to how they walked their dog on the road. Not a friendly person. I was lectured on not being a seasoned RVer (been doing this for nearly 50 years).

Restrooms were dirty most times we used them. As with most NPS campgrounds, no showers available. Park was quiet. Only saw bison in campground once, but did have a horse come through on another day. The ranger presentation in the evening was nice. No dump station. We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Best sites are 21 & 23.

If you want a campfire, bring a portable firepit - none available in site - only grills.

Drive the loop road to seen the scenery and view some of the wildlife. The bison tend to be seen in singles or pairs. Go to the north unit where we saw the bison in a large herd.

Medora is a quaint but touristy town. The dinner & show is OK, good to do for the experience but the food is average, but the show was well done. Great views.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Savanna Portage State Park, Mcgregor, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Heavily wooded sites on all gravel roads. Very quiet other than a constant cycling of what sounded like a circuit breaker or relay switch on a pole. We used as a stop from a longer trip out west. Very buggy (biting flies and mosquitoes). Campground is close to one of several lakes in park, but no site has direct view/overlook to lake. And lake has no swimming - must drive to other lake with swimming beach.

Restrooms were very clean. Showers were located outside toilet area as separate rooms, and were clean and hot. Small bench available, only 1 hook for hanging towel and clothes.

Site difficult to get into - at top of hill that was required to back up. Difficult with larger rig on gravel road. But once in site it was level and roomy - did have a drop-off between sites. We camped at Savanna Portage State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
14e
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Check out the rest of the park and other lakes. Although we did not have time to use - there were many well maintained hiking trails - well marked.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Leech Lake Rec Area COE, Federal Dam, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent 2 nights here. Used as a lay-over for a trip further west.

Campground was very nice. Many trees, but open underneath. Large sites and space between. Paved roads with gravel pads. Very quiet. Most people here to boat/fish so are gone during day.

Restrooms were clean, but did show some signs of use - marked up stalls, etc. There is one shower building and additional vault toilets throughout campground.

We were disappointed that you are not on Leech Lake. You cannot even see it from the campground. You are located on a channel/river and the open lake is some distance away (> 1 mile). No swimming at campground.

There during July 4th week, and the vendor for firewood did not have any available for purchase. Had to order, but they delivered to site. But it was wet and green wood. We camped at Leech Lake Rec Area COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Buy firewood elsewhere.

Small store back on US2 and another across road from park. Not much else nearby.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Soo Locks Campground, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Paved roads with mostly grassy pads, some paved (near office - like parking spaces). Some large trees for shade. Some sites along river, most have view - can see large ships go by. Campground is a "No" campground - notices posted everywhere stating NO parking, NO dogs allowed, NO wet feet, NO garbage, etc. Not full so no one near by, but could be crowded if sites are full. Fairly tight along river. East of town, but close for restaurants, Soo Locks, etc. We camped at Soo Locks Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Hattie Cove Campground (Parks Canada), Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the campground at Hattie Cove. There are other camp sites for hikers scattered in the backwoods. Great hikes to the shore & into woods. Very quiet. Site very level on gravel pad. Electric nearby. Visitor center with rentals of canoes, etc. Great scenery along shore. Enjoyed some short hikes during short stay. Will go back to explore more. Friendly staff. We camped at Hattie Cove Campground (Parks Canada) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Pass Lake, Ontario

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

A large campground with many sites. Some of electric sites are just lined up in a row, and some are scattered in more secluded and larger sites. Most of the sites are in trees with shade. Some may fit larger units. There are many trails, a boat dock, beach, and a store. It was raining during our stay so we could not use all the facilities. But we would go back to explore more. Our site was level with view of lake. We camped at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Grand Marais RV Park & Campground, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

A large campground spread along the shore of Lake Superior. Most of the sites are in the open with a few large trees for shade. Grassy sites and mostly paved roads. Many seasonals but it was still neat. Waterfront sites are near the shore through the trees. Some sites overlook the marina. Sites require some leveling. Park is very close to town: one can walk to shops and restaurants. There are many places to eat. Last stop before Canada or BWCA. Friendly staff. Most of the sites are a bit tight to each other. We camped at Grand Marais RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Gooseberry Falls State Park, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Great state park campground. Sites nearly secluded from each other, neat old CCC buildings (which have been updated with modern restrooms & showers), new visitor center, friendly staff, great hiking & bike trails to the shore, falls, and deep woods. Roads and pads are gravel, a bit tight with trees in spots. Some sites may fit a large unit. We had no problem with 30' 5th wheel. Close to town of Two Harbors. Would have gotten top rating if sites had views of water and electric available. We camped at Gooseberry Falls State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Little Sand Bay Recreation Area, Bayfield, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

A bit off the beaten path, secluded and quiet. All sites on grass with gravel roads. Showers available but are pay, restrooms next door at the NP parking for the Apostle Islands. Close to beach (across road), marina/harbor, and historic fishing works. Hosts very friendly. Nice beach to walk along, clean, sheltered. Can see some of the islands from campground. Most sites open and with few large trees for shade. Tent sites off to side more removed from main camp. We camped at Little Sand Bay Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

City of Houghton RV Park, Houghton, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Positives were sites on the water - there was a covered deck that hangs out over river at the sites along the water, all sites have a covered deck with table & bench, paved roads & pads are level, Wi-Fi available, close to town, nice city park right next door (can use restrooms there - no showers, locked at night) with beach & large play structure. Negatives are sites are a bit tight to each other, no shade, and manager was a bit cranky - forgets who the customer is. We would stay here again due to convenience to town and MTU. We camped at City of Houghton RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Silver Lake State Park, Mears, Michigan

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in site 228, in the section across the road from the lake. The campground for the weekend was full every night, very heavily used. But we were surprised at how calm it was, especially after dark. We were concerned that with all the ORVs & 4x4s, that it may be a bit rambunctious, but it was VERY quiet after dark and pretty normal during the day. The park maintains strict control over ORV use inside the campground - not allowed unless road licensed. The restrooms and showers (separate from the toilet area in separate rooms) were not spotless due to the heavy use, but fairly clean (sand is everywhere). One complaint we do have is that multiple vehicles are allowed on each site, so the access roads were very tight and crowded with all the vehicles (even beyond the ORVs) - getting some large units in and out could be a bit tough. Unit across road was very shaded, no grass, but large sites. The unit near the lake had trees but not as thick, so some grass, but sites were much tighter. You can walk to the nearby town for basic food, hamburgers, go-carts, etc. You do hear some of the noise from the road that runs between the two units - it is heavily traveled by the ORV traffic heading to the dunes.The park also has a beach & day use area, a boat launch, off-site parking for extra vehicles & trailers, and within the campground along the lake front, a nice large grassy area with benches for kids to play and to sit and watch the activity on the lake & the sunset. We camped at Silver Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Leisure Valley RV Resort, Decatur, Michigan

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Park was hard to find due to sign overgrown by weeds & bushes. Campground is located in rural area behind homes. It is very quiet. Park was only partially full. I was able to pull through multiple sites due to empty spaces. There are paved interior roads for full hook-up sites but dirt for electric & tent sites. All sites are grassy with shade from large maple trees. This is a clean park with mostly seasonals. It has small ponds for fishing & swimming and a short hiking trail through woods. Restrooms are dated but fairly clean. Park once had grand plans but is not quite reaching them. We camped at Leisure Valley RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort, Austin, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

Park is now part of Jellystone Resort. Stopped for 1 night - easy on & off from I-90. Park is very busy with many kids running around - having fun. Not a place for a quiet weekend away, but looks like a great place for families. Staff was very friendly & helpful. Restrooms are dated and well worn and dirty at end of day. Interior roads are tight & congested. Caution needed due to high traffic of golf carts. OK food served at on-site cafe (pizza & breakfast). We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Custer State Park - Stockade Lake South Campground, Custer, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground is built on side of hill, so most sites are tiered or terraced into hillside. Difficult to get into site (2E), had to back in from side. Only a couple of sites appeared to be easy to get into (14E-20E). Cabins also nearby, causes more users for single restrooms & showers. Close to the town of Custer on western side of Custer State Park. Wi-Fi is available at lodges in state park. Host friendly & helpful. Park was full but quiet. All sites shaded by tall Ponderosa Pines. Similar to Stockade North campground on other side of lake. We camped at Custer State Park - Stockade Lake South Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Super 8 Motel / R & R Campground & RV Park, Mitchell, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground behind Super 8 Motel. All pull-thru sites (except tent sites). Guest can use hotel pool. Showers by pool were like warm and not very clean. Restrooms & showers by office much better. Campground between interstate and railroad, but very quiet. We camped at Super 8 Motel / R & R Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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