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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Grant Lake Marina Campground, June Lake, California

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Gravel roads and sites, lots of shade trees. Pull-through sites long enough for the biggest rig and a tow vehicle. Many 90-degree back in sites. Each site appears to have water, right at the front and sewer at the very back. Noticed one site with the sewer uphill and ours was weirdly turned parallel to the ground. This park is a community of what appears to be season-long residents with very permanent set-ups, despite the posted 30 day stay limit. They all seem to know one another and your are definitely regarded as a "stranger". We felt like we were being watched with every move outside our motorhome. There are some posted rules, but apparently a lot of other rules that you won't know about until you violate one. I'd strongly advise the USFS sites a bit further down the road. Try another campground along the June Lake Loop. We camped at Grant Lake Marina Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Try another campground along the June Lake Loop.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Sonoma County Fair Grounds, Santa Rosa, California

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

$22.50 was for our first night only. $45.00 for the second night. Not allowed to use Good Sam for a discount on the second night, which struck me as bad. Large gravel parking lot with quite a few shade trees. Sites are 90-degree back in and the park is very TIGHT. I'd guess that 40% of the sites are occupied by FEMA trailers for people burned out of their homes in wildfires. Nice and quiet and very convenient for our time in Santa Rosa. Note that the sewer pipes are at the very back of each site, so depending on your configuration, you many need a lot of hose. Don't rely solely on your GPS to get you in this park. Mine mapped me through the fairgrounds complex which is gated at times. And watch the entrance to the park. The curbing is a hard bounce and you'll most likely have your rig at an angle to it. Great way to unload the cabinets! We camped at Sonoma County Fair Grounds in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Golden Bear RV Resort, Klamath, California

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Sites on the riverfront are not configured for back-in but pull-in, so your motorhome windshield is filled with the Klamath River and hills beyond. Very nice. Great management team. Wi-fi was rather weak. You are right on US 101 so there is a bit of highway noise. We camped at Golden Bear RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Only shopping and dining of note is in Crescent City to the north. This is very convenient to explore Redwoods National Park.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Three Rivers Casino, Florence, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

Things have changed at Three Rivers. This is a huge parking lot with lined and numbered spaces. You find a site, then go to the casino to check in with security. Must join their player's club (free). Your first night is free. After that you must accumulate 50 "player points" by gambling to get additional free nights. Security told us this change was made because of people becoming permanent residents in their RV lot. We camped at Three Rivers Casino in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Jantzen Beach RV Park, Portland, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Well kept park in a busy area. Lots of people here on long term stays and there is an adjoining mobile home park. Site only large enough and finding a parking space for our tow vehicle was nearly impossible. I must add to the issues with noise. The commercial flights out of PDX are noisy enough but the Oregon National Guard planes are horrid with noise. Oh, well consider it to be the "sound of freedom" and enjoy how convenient this place is to Portland and Vancouver. We camped at Jantzen Beach RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Buses to Vancouver, WA and Portland run from a nearby station. The only road that serves this island is I-5 and traffic is most often heavy and slow.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Sacremento Pass Campground, Baker, Nevada

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

High elevation beautiful spot right on US 50 but very little traffic after dark. Sites located around a stocked pond with horse camp sites up the hill. The pond sites each have a ramada with concrete floor, picnic table and our site had a fire ring and a grill. Surface is gravel and most sites slope away from the ramada. We did find one easier to level around the pond near the group camp. Absolutely no cell phone signal, no over the air tv reception, but what wonderous stars to view instead! We camped at Sacremento Pass Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Not far from Great Basin National Park. We were passing through on our way to an RV Volunteer job in Washington State so only one night. But you could base here for some beautiful hiking and relaxing.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Escondida Lake Park, Socorro, New Mexico

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Self-serve campground. Arrived to find most of the utility sites boxes padlocked and marked "reserved". But the morning we left someone was taking the signs down and removing the locks. Sites are dirt/gravel, relatively flat and shorter rigs could use them as pull throughs. The sites were not well kept up, a lot of trash around. Railroad tracks nearby, large play area for kids and the fishing lake. Nice overnight stop. We camped at Escondida Lake Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Not a lot of grocery store options. The Smith's chain store was abandoned.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp, Mecca, California

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Sites with electric and water are on the edge of a giant parking lot. Pull-through, but short. You will need to unhitch your tow vehicle. Sites are close together with a small patch of dirt, picnic table, grill and a tree. Check the trees carefully for slide and awning clearance. Only 30amp service at the sites I checked. A bonus is very strong Wi-Fi included. That might change if it fills up. As I write this there are only two sites occupied.

Yes this backs up to Highway 111 and train tracks with lots of trains and a crossing nearby so you also get the horn blasts. If that kind of thing bothers you, go somewhere else. It IS noisy. We camped at Salton Sea SRA / Headquarters Camp in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you are coming from the east on I-10, California Route 195 (exit #168) takes you past the Orocopia Mountains and into a deep gorge. The road is easy to negotiate at slow speeds and the scenery is worth it.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Hole-In-The-Wall, Nipton, California

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $6.00
Overall Rating:

A word of warning. If your map program or GPS advises you to take Nipton Road off I-15 and via Cedar Canyon and Black Mountain road, DON'T! Cedar Canyon and the north part of Black Mountain Road are 16 miles of washboarded dirt road. Coming from the south on Black Mountain Road you have pavement right up to the campground entrance.

Don't be a fool. I was!

The campground has several pull-through and back-in sites large enough for big rigs. The campground loop roads are gravelled, the sites hard pack dirt. Everything is pretty much as the other reviews describe. Windy? Yep, you are in the desert. We camped at Hole-In-The-Wall in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Water is very limited. Bring a good supply.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Pegg's Adult RV Park (55+ park), Long Beach, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Basically a rectangular lot with gravel, grass and about 30 hook-up sites very close together. Solid surface throughout. Four long term residents but things were neat and clean. It was us and one other "weekender". Can't comment on restrooms because they were locked.

We have a 36' Class A and were rammed against the tree limbs at the back. Some spaces further back appeared to be deeper.

A two-block walk on a path to the beach, not bad compared to some other parks in the area.

We enjoyed our stay, found the owners friendly and helpful. Their rules may explain why the place was early empty on a beautiful summer weekend:

No children allowed

No credit cards, cash only

No open fires, fire pits

Only one dog allowed per site

Quiet hours begin at 8PM

I don't think the experience would have been as nice if the place were full and we were jammed in like an RV sales lot. As it was we had the last spot before the beach path with a nice view toward the ocean. We camped at Pegg's Adult RV Park (55+ park) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15R
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

You are approx. five miles from two full service grocery stores, one north, one south. No conveniences/restaurants are within close walking distance.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, Delhi, Louisiana

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Wonderful park as described by others. Nice laundry facility and the free Wi-Fi is a nice feature. You can tell that it can be buggy and hot here. The campground is some distance south of the lake, so no lake views from the sites. There are four huge pull-through sites, the others are back-ins and there is very generous spacing between the sites. Electric and water hook-ups are poorly placed in some sites. I am giving the park a less than stellar rating because the posted rate was $18.00 for my site. As a walk-in, without a reservation, they charged me the $6.00 Reserve America Fee despite not having a reservation. I have volunteered in several parks that use Reserve America and have never imposed a national reservation fee on a walk-up camper. We camped at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Fauntleroy Park, Gatesville, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Municipal park. The site configuration is somewhat awkward with the first four sites along a narrow paved strip. If someone was in sites #1 and #3, you would have to parallel park your RV to get into site #2. When I camped there it was empty so easy to get in and out. Sites #5 - #8 are along the creek and right beside the park loop road so you will have traffic noise and they aren't very level. But it was a pleasant stop with a cow pasture for neighbors. And if you don't like this spot the 8th and Bridge RV park is right up the hill. To get there from US84 take 7th Street south which becomes the park entry road. You have to maneuver around the county courthouse at 7th and US84. No manned or self-pay station at the park. You pay at the Police Station on North 8th Avenue, a block north of US 84. Sign at park says $20.00 but they only charged me $15.00. We camped at Fauntleroy Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Riverbend RV Park, Mount Vernon, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Rate reflects Good Sam Discount. Stayed here one night after picking up my new motorhome at a nearby RV dealership. Lots of permanent residents but the park appears clean, neat and had no noise problems. Dealing with a new rig and tow vehicle, I got outstanding assistance from the couple that manage the park. Very friendly and helpful people. Not a resort, but a good overnight stop if you are in the area. I'd strongly suggest calling ahead as they filled up on a Wednesday night. We camped at Riverbend RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Estrella Mountain Regional Park, Goodyear, Arizona

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

It was a bit difficult to find the campsites in this park. Follow the signs for the Arena and you'll get there. The park also offers primitive camping for $10.00 per night. I saw what appeared to be these sites near the day use park and none looked capable of handling even a pop-up camper. There are seven total sites with full hook-ups, one occupied by the campground host. These are gravel, perpendicular back-ins and a bit tough to get in. But once in you'll find a beautiful smooth concrete patio with picnic tables and a great view. Despite what is noted in earlier reviews, each of these sites has 20, 30 and 50amp electric service, water and sewer. The sites are adjacent to a rodeo arena and the host said he could hook up "one or two" units at the arena with 20amp service and water. I examined this and you would need very long utility cords and hoses and the sites would be unlevel. There are no restrooms at the campground but while I was there the arena restrooms were open and clean. No showers. The host said that the hook-up sites fill up with park volunteers for the winter season from October until around May. I arrived to find only two sites available. Also note that the park is very close to Phoenix International Raceway. We camped at Estrella Mountain Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Woody Mountain Campground & RV Park, Flagstaff, Arizona

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

We spent four days here and really enjoyed our stay. Very remote feeling but you are less than 3 miles from the University and town. The shower, bath and laundry facilities are clean and functioning but old and worn. Utilities at the sites we saw were installed and working properly. Most of the sites require some leveling of your rig. Wi-Fi is free at the store/office along with very good and very cheap coffee! The staff were very friendly and helpful and escort you to your site. I would like to get in a "plug" for the Flagstaff RV Service Center near the mall north of town. We had a water line problem and these folks helped us out, not even charging for some small parts we needed. We camped at Woody Mountain Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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