Date of Stay: June, 2012
RiverWest is an event/entertainment campground (music, movies) for tenting that recently added RV sites. It is a beautiful location on the Elkhorn River trees and grass. For RVers it is still under development. Toilet facilities are porta-potties, and the shower is an outdoor screened area with a tankless propane heater, which we really enjoyed. There are no sewer hookups, but they have a sewer service. Water hookups is by multiple hoses. They show movies every weekend, and they blared on until 1 A.M. The music area is at the other end, and we did not hear it. The biggest problem was power. After we began to have low voltage problems, we discovered that we were hooked via five daisy-chained 30A extension cords to a breaker box 150' away. Our voltage monitor sounded several times (set at 102V), and we had to turn off the A/C to run the microwave. Most of the sites had small hookup boxes (not standard RV boxes with breakers), but it was unclear what size wire served them. We hooked to one for several days, and the voltage was higher and acceptable but still fluctuated when A/C and microwave were on, which leads me to believe that the wiring was too small. I talked to the owner about the voltage, but he did not seem to understand the risk to RV systems. In fact, he wanted to move us back to the extension cord to accommodate new campers in the other slot. Ticks were also a problem. We are still finding them in our rig at the next campground. I really wanted to like RiverWest (Omaha desperately needs another campground), but it is not ready for prime time even if you do not mind not having sewer. I suspect that the owner does not understand the needs of RVs. The owner says he plans to build a new RV area, but he does not plan to install sewer. Too bad. This could be a wonderful and much needed new campground, but as it stands you have to like primitive, noise and be willing to endure low voltage. I really hope that changes in the future.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
We camped here for two nights with three grandkids. The rate was $26 plus $2 per child for 30 amp with full hookups. Eagle's Rest has large level pull-through sites with trees, and the roads and sites are gravel. The park was unattended when we arrived, and we selected our own site. To use a credit card we had to call a local business and provide the information. I never saw anyone in the office, although we were gone during the day and could have missed them. The showers and rest rooms were clean, although the grandkids freaked out over a few bugs in the mens room. There is a laundromat accessible via the showers. The Wi-Fi signal was very strong but very, very slow and almost unusable. My iPhone data service was not much better, but that is rural northwestern Nebraska. The grandkids were disappointed that there is no cable TV. This is an OK place to stop if you do no need any extras. There is not much else in the area.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
This is a nice but not outstanding campground. There are plenty trees and a small lake. The pads are concrete with gravel between. The park and sites are a bit tight but manageable. There is a good Cajun seafood restaurant named Fezzo's within walking distance (behind McDonald's and Harley store adjacent I-10. The night we were here there was a Cajun music jam at the tourist information center near the park entrance. The rate is with the KOA card.
Date of Stay: December, 2008
We camped here with our club. There were a surprising number of rigs there for the time of year. This campground is a tradeoff. It is a bit primitive but not junky or dirty, which is understandable since this was former Boy Scout camp. The trees in the RV area are all oak, making it a bit bleak in the winter. The roads are dirt but not muddy since they were sandy. There is no Wi-Fi (did not look for a modem hookup), but on the other hand deer, chickens and guinea fowl wandered through the campground. I watched the owner feed a herd of probably 30 deer, and one ate from his hand. We built a campfire where we wanted without any complaints. The bathhouse had only two units in a very basic building, but they were very clean, well-stocked and warm. The meeting room was clean, large and had a full kitchen. The biggest negative was car traffic in the middle of the night in the campground and on the nearby highway and a nearby oil well pumping unit that made a pulsing motor sound all night long.