L. Allen

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Small campground on Lake Barkley in the trees. A little rough around the edges but had lots of beautiful birds. The hosts were very nice but the computer took an extremely long time to register us. As we began showering at 8AM, the cleaning woman came in, plugged in her religious country music and began cleaning. Each sink she rinsed, each toilet she flushed, resulted in a change in water temperature and pressure. Hey COE, it is not okay to scald your patrons! Here's a novel idea - schedule a time for cleaning the restrooms so there's no conflict. Here's another - install regulators on the showers. The bath house appears old and has had many repairs but everything worked. We camped here with friends. The lawn between our sites and the lake had very deep ruts from vehicles being driven on the wet ground. One of our sites was impossible to level in. About half the sites would present a leveling challenge. Smaller campers would do better here. Sites 23-26 are on a loop and more private. Each site had two tables, one conveniently near the fire pit. No trash cans in camping area, you must take it to the dumpster by the dump station.

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Set away from the highway behind the service station/market it was quiet. Sites are short but wide, level and mostly on grass. Some had outdoor showers or grills, most had picnic tables. However, for $50/night in mid-April, they should have had adequate voltage. We had voltage drops low enough to cause the progressive to interrupt the power. This was with only 8 other sites occupied. Restrooms were rustic but very clean. On the women' slide, one of three toilets and one of three showers was out-of-order. We didn't use the Wi-Fi but both major cellular carriers had strong signals. Golf cart rental next door and the market were convenient. The staff were pleasant. They very kindly extended my checkout time.

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This is our ideal campground. Outside the city but close enough for convenience. Beautiful natural setting. Sites with or without utilities spaced nicely apart; dark and quiet at night. Clean toilets and showers in the center of each loop but only warm, not hot, shower temps. Staff was unfailingly friendly and helpful. Too bad they have pet rules but aren't allowed to eject violators - only to try to 'educate' them. Four days of barking dogs made it 'only' a 9. I would return here as often as I could.

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This is no-frills camping. FHU sites lined up in rows with little room between. The section we were in was fairly new and not many sites were level. Whole area is lighted up at night like a prison even though it's not near any streets outside the fairgrounds. There are no amenities, no restrooms, no tables, no host. Convenient to shopping.

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Nice, relaxed little park. Staff was helpful. Restrooms were clean. Some shaded sites, all nicely spaced. A section of seasonal campers was neat and didn't have a lot of junk outside. Purple Martin colonies kept the mosquitoes down. Owners on site kept a close eye on things. Off the highway and quiet. The Wi-Fi was very good. Price reflects Passport America rate plus separate electric. We would definitely come here again.

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Making my reservation by phone was easy and the person quite helpful. I just wish they had warned me about the construction causing rigs coming from the South to have to make a sharp u-turn. I had to find another way to get turned around. When we arrived we were ignored in the office. They give no discounts, saying they don't charge you tax. That's absurd. The state and county are collecting from the park so it's just wrapped into the price. The park is very large and most of it is park models or very long-term residents. A schedule of activities is published so there is much to do. Our site had a lot of little trash around it. The site was so sloped it took extra boards under the levelers to get level. The patio was level, so one side was too high to step up on. I asked for some shade and we had a beautiful big oak in the site. Annoyingly, everyone cuts through other people's campsites. Wi-Fi, if you can even get on but can't load a webpage then points off for telling me there is Wi-Fi at my site and there isn't.

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This is one beautiful place. The campground is four miles from the entrance, which is nine miles from the highway. Sites are well separated and spacious, with shade from trees. Bathrooms are very clean and everything works. It's the first state park I've seen with laundry facilities. Trails to the restrooms are laid out so that no one needs to cut through campsites. At night it is dark and quiet. No Verizon and barely an AT&T signal. Good Wi-Fi at the Marina.

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We were in the Riverfront campground, four miles from the highway so it was quiet. The other campground is right on the highway. The park is very nice but shows the hard use parks in urban areas get. The campsites are well trampled, with paths cut between them, leaving little privacy. They're closer together than most state parks, too. We did not have enough voltage to run an A/C, toaster or microwave, even with everything else turned off. There was a nice dog path and trails are everywhere. Lots of activities are available. Restrooms were surprisingly well kept. There doesn't seem to be much enforcement of speed limits or noise levels. Being close to town, the park gets lots of groups of campers.

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White rock makes the park look clean but the rock is dumped in the middle of sites so you can't park to the side of a site and hope to get level. Large spaces, 25X50', but the post and sewer are in the front part so you can't back in very far. Double faucet and a hose hanger were nice touches. There's a row of small shrubs between sites and a few trees provide shade on some. We couldn't sleep with the windows open as bright security lights on high poles light up the night. It is right on the highway so traffic noise is noticeable. Party noise is frequent as there's a beach, pool and bar. Garbage collection at 5AM insures you don't oversleep. The Wi-Fi worked half the time we were there. For $110 for the cheap sites, I expect better.

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Should be called Camp Pack 'Em In. The roads to reach the park are winding and get you well away from traffic noise, but it wasn't difficult to get to. Our welcome was neither pleasant nor unpleasant. The only voluntary words were, "Sign here", three times. Once for the rules, once for the credit card and once to absolve the park for any damage to appliances caused by low voltage. Our voltage was fine. The park is quiet but has bright lights on high poles. Sites are set among the beautiful trees, making it necessary to fit them where possible. Our site was at a 75° angle to the next site, putting our back bumper 7' from theirs. Small concrete patios with an old picnic table, grass/dirt sites and very narrow gravel roads describe it. Most guests appeared to be long-term and a few had piles of 'stuff' filling the site. Restrooms were clean and functional but showing their age. Water was hot and had good pressure. We didn't attend the Bingo night but there are activities. Nice location on the water. We might have liked it better if we were boaters.

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Demerits? Seriously? A management style of treating campers like school children assigns 3 points for various infractions. Exceed 12 and you're ejected. Office staff lets those who come to the office wait, while they take phone calls immediately. With only 34 first-come first-serve sites, this park certainly discourages spontaneity. It really just provides subsidized Winter housing and RV storage for snowbirds. Be prepared for days of dry-camping and hearing generators from dawn to almost midnight. It would be considerate to set aside a no-generator area for those of us who can function without one. FHU sites vary from spacious to cramped. Partial sites are next to the dry-camp field and their generators. We watched seven partial sites sit empty for three nights (maybe more after we left), but we couldn't get out of dry-camping. Neither could we make a reservation. If they don't reserve them and they don't move people to them, then what? The location is beautiful, the base has every amenity. We appreciated the library, commissary, and exchange. Gas was convenient. Easy to get to highways and tourist attractions. This is the 23rd FAMCAMP we have stayed in and the first to require vaccination records for my Cat for a 4 day visit! Bathrooms were tidied-up, but have had years of hard use. Every stall had a functional shower-head and shower-curtain and lots of hot water. Huge laundry, as is fitting for 400 campsites. Dump station is located for departing campers, not convenient for those needing to dump before dry-camping. WiFi? Forget it. Never got on it in the campground, indicating it's way overloaded.

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Highway noise is quite noticeable. Lots of bright security lighting even though the neighborhood is a business park and very safe. Narrow spaces ~15' wide. Good voltage and water pressure. Basically a parking lot behind club. There are many activities and they will park right in your campsite on Bingo night. Wi-Fi in the lodge. It was easy to make reservations online, but a surprise that they were needed.

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Set in an Industrial area. No tables, very bright lights all night. Spaces are tight, gravel and asphalt. Baths were clean. Office was helpful. Wi-Fi is another case of telling you that you'll have it and you don't.

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Making reservations by phone was easy and efficient but cost $5. Very pretty, clean park with well-spaced sites, many shaded. Patios have much abused concrete and wood picnic tables. Views are nice. Check-in was easy, but then things fell apart. The site across from us filled with ten people, a boat, three trucks, and mountains of gear. There seems to be no enforcement of rules. At 8 PM, an ice cream truck with loud music and a noisy, smelly generator circled the park. The trains do blow their horns - regularly. Traffic noise was noticeable. We picked up 3, sometimes 4 of the park's WiFi signals, but couldn't actually send/receive data. We might return here off-season.

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It would be easy to let the wonders of Glacier NP make me like this campground more than it deserves. The only reason to stay in this park is that it's $20 cheaper than a campground across the street. Most spaces were 11' wide and 60' long. Our site was so narrow we had to pull ahead of the neighbor's slide to be able to open our door. A picnic table didn't even fit in our site. Sites on the hill would have views if there weren't wires in every direction. The wind made us sorry we picked the upper level. The whole park lost water for a day with no explanation. Their restaurant was mediocre and needed a good scrubbing. Laundry was a hodgepodge of old machines and expensive. The WiFi just didn't work - even in the office. I understand the difficulty getting broadband in remote areas but don't advertise it if it doesn't work. The only thing we liked here was the sign in the office that said, "Please be kind to the Desk Clerk. New customers I can get."