Date of Stay: November, 2015
Only stayed one night after not making it to Boise due to windstorms in Wyoming. Called ahead and got reservation set up with the gentleman at the MWR office got everything set up for us, including access codes for laundry, bathrooms and wifi. (We never used the site facilities, but everything around the FamCamp looked clean and tidy.) After arriving in the rain I can understand the confusion with how the sites are numbered. Site 8 sits next to site 24, as they are configured like zipper-teeth. Your utilities between sites mean you have to do a bit of maneuvering to get your rig positioned, but it wasn't inconvenient even when flat-towing because all sites are pull-thru. Water pressure was very good, OTA TV picked up the usual suspects, including BYUtv sport channel, so I didn't bother with the dish. Sprint & AT&T both had great reception, but we used the base wifi instead. As noted there was no shade trees on our loop, and my wife thought the spaces were a bit narrow, although I felt they were average for a full concrete pad site. We look forward to staying here again when we head to Vegas and Phoenix.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
Looks like a great park! I say 'looks like' because we spent most of our two days there either inside our RV or at the Naval Air Museum thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Patricia that had 40+mph sustained winds and seriously heavy rains. We drove around the facility on our way to the NEX/Commissary a few miles away at Corry Field (Deb at the office gave us a map and helped us with extending our reservation an extra night). I'll agree with the other reviewers comments regarding poor signage - especially at night and in the rain! That said, once you have an idea where you are going (or have a good GPS app) you can get around easily. We arrived at the main gate as the back gate is only open limited hours. We didn't use the facilities due to the weather, but they looked good from a distance. Utilities worked fine, although we did lose power at the museum for an hour during the storm (uncertain if it affected the campground, but probably did), water pressure was fine as was the cable TV service (to windy for me to put out our Dish). We certainly look forward to coming back, just keep in mind you can't reason with hurricane season.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
Fantastic park. Easy access through South Gate (when it is actually open, so call ahead to verify which gate to use) and right behind the Commissary. Very easy to maneuver even the largest rigs and trailers in here, once you get past the front gates. Plenty of wide, level, paved spaces with picnic tables. Laundry facilities and bathroom (toilet in a stall, dual sinks and vanities in womens, urinal and single sink in mens) showers were great (so clean my wife said she'd go barefoot in them), water pressure throughout facility was good. Two free, high-efficiency front-loader washers that featured a 'short-wash' cycle (perfect for RV worn clothes) and two free dryers. The entire building doubles as a lounge with a huge table for folding your laundry, iron and ironing board (just like berthing back on the ship!!!), comfy chairs, cable TV, relatively current magazines and a desk/chair in case you bring your laptop. Best part of the facility was the cleaning crew that showed up every morning and left the place spotless! The only downside was waiting for people to come and fetch their laundry, leaving several guests waiting their turn. Dumpster was near our space, but there was no recycling program noted and I'm uncertain if the waste management company has a sorting facility for recycling. Wifi was good around the park (our antenna was next to the laundry), and from our spot we had clear HD signal from both Dish and OTA antenna, which yielded a dozen regular TV channels and another dozen shopping/religious/ESL channels, all with crystal clear signal. South end of the park has a row of tall trees that could provide shade in summer months, but may also interfere with your dish. Other spaces had trees around them, but they were not so dense that they'd block the signal. Sprint and AT&T had good service, but we didn't need to use our Hotspot devices. We can certainly understand why this is such a popular FamCamp, and will eagerly stay here again!
Date of Stay: October, 2015
Scott is a good place to stop over, but only for a few nights. As noted, the water/power pedestals are between each site, so you may need up to 40 feet of hoses/cable if you are in an odd number site and your hookups are on the street side of your motorhome. Even numbered sites have it a bit easier. Area is beautiful, easy enough access on to the base, easier to maneuver in the FamCamp. All the sites are relatively level and nicely treed, so that can create issues with getting a satellite signal. TV reception was good with OTA. Scary bathrooms! Wish it were just a Halloween prank, but oy vey.... Think they salvaged these components when the State of Wyoming shut down their frontier prison. It's like someone's cheap uncle built them thinking they were doing a job in a friends basement. Seriously, use the facilities in your rig. The spiders will thank you.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
Spent one night on our way across country and was surprised when we pulled in and discovered all the water spigots open. They decided to turn the water off and didn't tell us when we made reservations a month earlier. Luckily we had a full fresh water tank. One of our neighbors told us about the bathrooms in the boathouse building and gave us the combination to get in. We never saw a camp host, but there was someone at the boathouse, when we went in the next morning, who directed us to the tank-fill spigot in between spaces 3 & 4 next to the horse shoe pits. Sites had nice concrete pads with gravel approach and departures and had plenty of room around them for slides, awnings, and such. WiFi was good, with no password required and had 2 or 3 bars depending on which antenna you used. Showers were inserts into older stalls, so they were very small for my 6' plus frame. Bathrooms were dated, but very clean with plenty of hot water and good pressure. We stayed here to visit the SAC Air & Space Museum, (which is about an hour away past Gretna), so we didn't use any other amenities. Aircraft and trains were heard but never disturbed us - your sensitivity may vary. We'll stay here again, but hopefully the water will still be on!
Date of Stay: October, 2015
Spent three nights here just before they closed for the season in an 'upgraded' site (212) which had full hook-ups minus cable (we had our DISH setup and open views, so that was fine). Barely had 1 bar on three different wifi signals (takes off two stars), but I had an AT&T wifi card which had five bars on 4G LTE. My Sprint phone roamed on Verizon Wireless the entire time, but I had 4+ bars almost everywhere we went. The site was pretty level, but as noted before the sewer hookup was a stretch even with both my hoses and moving my RV all the way back to the edge. Water and power were fine (my site was 30A but didn't need 50A since it was perfect weather to open the windows). Everything else is KOA standard which is good, especially their pancake breakfast served from 0700-1000 every morning. The pool and hot-tub were closed down. Staff was very helpful on who, what, when, wheres and whys of what to see beyond the items we had planned. One final thought, if you use the WAZE app for navigation on your smartphone, ignore the directions that try to take you through the back gate (Concourse Dr to Saint Patrick Bypass from Exit 61 on I-90). Instead, continue on SD 16 and exit onto East Hwy 44, turn left at the first light and right at the next one, which takes you into the campground main entrance off St. Patrick Street. (I alerted WAZE about this issue, so hopefully they've fixed the navigation - if not, you can turn around a 35ft Class A and toad in the church parking lot on St. Patrick Bypass.)
Date of Stay: November, 2013
Update to my last review from May 2011 - They now have a functioning dump site! Also, they are now a year-round reservation site, so no more first-come, first-served sites during the 'off season'. Everything else remains the same as previously noted. If you are looking to become a camp host, this is a great park to try your hand at it.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
Great park, lots of security, close enough to everything you'd want to see in Las Vegas but far enough away that it's nice and quiet (apart from the occasional F-18 or F-22). We arrived late into the Las Vegas area (after 11p) and had to do some research on how to get into the FamCamp. DO NOT go straight into the Nellis Main Gate while you're on Craig Road. You'll enter off Range Road (directly across from Nellis AFB north gate) which is .6 miles north of the Main Gate. You then go around a weird loop to the right that circles back to the security gate (which is big enough to fit even semis). We pulled in about 1AM and the park has 4 hook-up sites behind the office for late arrivals as well as 2 more dry spots out front. I'd suggest parking up front and walk around the temp sites, because some folks leave their 'towed' attached and you will never be able to get around them. The front office is friendly, efficient and it's great that you get a free bag of ice daily. The gas station, commissary and other retail facilities are on the main side of the base, while housing, the VA hospital, (HUGE!) solar array and FamCamp are on the west side. The Base Police rolled through every few hours, and our neighbors ranged from rigs as small as 25 foot Terry Travel Trailers up to a Prevost Bus with an older Rolls-Royce as their towed! Every guest we spoke to during our stay was very nice and recommended different casinos, buffets and shows to see. We will definitely stay here again, probably during the NASCAR race since LVMS is two miles up the road.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
Holiday Island Campground is a small park in the retirement community of the same name that sits north of Eureka Springs and east of Beaver. The park is best accessed from the Missouri side off 'FR2300' better known as 'Stateline Road', as the bridge from Beaver on AR-187 has a 11'6" and 10 ton limit. Even with taking the long way from the west, you still wonder if it is worth driving a 35ft Class A and Towed around the winding hills of southern Missouri between Roaring River State Park in MO and the H.I. campground. Personally, I'd say a small class A or fifth wheel were pushing the envelope, but the host was in a 35ft long 5th Wheel and a 38ft Class A pulled in the day after we did. Sites here had manageable slopes, (even with blocks under our front jacks, we still had trouble leveling and our front tires were 4" off the ground) but we could have picked a different spot and not had that issue. So, bring plenty of blocks to drive on for leveling. We had no OTA TV reception, and the cable TV never worked at our space, but we were there to see family and never really needed it beyond when we were getting ready before heading out for the day. Power was fine (works off the same grid as the adjacent houses) but water pressure was low (despite being at the bottom of the hill). Our Sprint and T-Mobile cells roamed with only two bars, while our AT&T cell had between 2 and 3 bars. At the top of the hill on Holiday Island Drive all had full bars and my AT&T aircard had 4g LTE. There is no Clear (WiMAX) service in the area. A short walk from the campground will put you at the White River, which flows from Beaver Lake to Missouri's Table Rock Lake. If you have a boat you tow behind you rig BRING IT! Table Rock has almost 3,000 miles of shoreline, numerous marinas that provide full services and will take you all the way to Branson. The community has a nice marina, plus a 9 and 18 hole golf course, community center with pool and several local stores and restaurants that will save you the drive to Eureka Springs. Reservations are made through the camp host between April and October, and the main office during the 'off season'. Property owners at H.I. are given lower rates, so they may want to make the reservation for you. As with any trip to the midwest, bring a emergency alert weather radio as storms in the region can be swift and vicious. Obey all posted speed limits as they change often, but the main concern is deer that pop out along the road and local deputies reportedly look for out-of-state plates.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
While Mingo is not a 'resort', it is a park with a lot more going for it than some of these reviews say. Yes, there are a lot of full-timers here, but their trailers appeared to be in good repair and roadworthy, so it doesn't detract from the park. Unlike other parks in the Tulsa area, you are not mixed in with Mobile Homes, and the neighbors are friendly and quiet. The concrete in some pads was cracked up, and ours was no exception, but it never impacted us (looked like a bad pour and age rather than neglect). We rolled in after 11P on a Sunday. The person we spoke to when we called earlier that day said she'd leave an information packet for us (they didn't). We called the contact number by the office door and the lady who answered came right up. She was happy to see us (despite the hour) and quickly checked us in. She provided a park map, area guide and WiFi info. She even piloted us to our spot so we could 'pull thru' another spot into ours (the spots are all back-in). We didn't have a "privacy fence" by our space, but we were pretty tightly packed in. That never mattered to us as we spent most of our time out with family and friends in town. There are railroad tracks a mile away, but we barely heard the whistles when we were there. The Tulsa International Airport is a few miles away, but there are very few night flights and aircraft rarely fly overhead. Neither planes, trains nor our neighbors autos woke us up. Water pressure is good, although Tulsa has slightly hard water. Radio & TV reception is great, and cable TV is available. There are trees in the park, but many campers we saw had their dishes out, so they do not disrupt service. The park has a small propane tank on site, so you do not need to go offsite to fill your tanks. The hookups are easy to reach, although the water is not on a riser but in a 'flower pot', buried below the frost line, so we had to use two short hoses to put our filter in line. WiFi is provided through Tengo, so it is throttled at 1Mbps. Passwords are available from the office, and we got one for each of our laptops. Service on our AT&T, Sprint & T-Mo cells was flawless. My AT&T card had 4G LTE service, and a neighbor said that VZW did as well. T-Mo supposedly does, but we didn't have a way of testing it. Sprint currently is building out their LTE network, but only 1/3 of Tulsa was lit up. There is no Clear (WiMAX) service.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
Nice park and the central location between Kalispell and Glacier gives those of us who brought a 'towed' a big advantage. We only stayed a night, during a freeze warning, so bring your heated hose, but the views of the mountains are amazing! Sites 12,13 and 79-84 have the best view as long as there is no one in the adjacent back-in sites. They all appear level and nicely graveled with healthy grass in between. Despite the initial impression from the 'long-term' campers, the park is well cared for and clean. Sites 1-70 sit amid the trees, so satellite users will want to use 71-89 (and maybe 90-97). I found the Wi-Fi to have good speeds and signal strength, with about 5 nodes throughout the park. Since it is a cable modem, (and uses a shared connection) when everyone gets on during the summer it will be slow. Had AT&T 4G (no LTE) on wireless card, and Sprint 4G phones always roamed on 3G. T-Mo phone roamed on AT&T. We'd stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
This is a great, little, out of the way park. It sits about 30 minutes away from both Moses Lake and Ellensburg, and only has limited supplies at the local store and two gas stations, so get your supplies before you arrive. The entrance off Huntzinger Road is more of a U-turn than a sharp left, but the park roads are in good shape (except for a rough patch around space 29). The only issue I had staying here was dealing with the wind. It BLEW!! Our first day it was nice and calm, but started to pick up about 10pm. By 4am I was awakened by the slamming of our awning into it's supports as 50mph gusts tried to toss our 35ft rig on to its drivers side! After fighting with the retraction motor (on our automatic awning) between the gusts, I finally got it stored (with minimum damage). Our tent (that my daughter decided to use since it was warm) held up well as long as she and our two German Shepherds were inside. But as the wind picked back up the next day, it pulled the 3 windward stakes out of the ground and rolled over. That was just before a 4" thick, 15' long limb broke off the top of one tree and missed our neighbors 5th wheel by 6 inches in the constant 20mph gale. So, be aware of the wind, stay clear of the taller trees in it and RETRACT YOUR AWNING AFTER 3PM. With full hook-ups, my wife and I never used the campgrounds facilities, but my daughter did, and she reported that they were clean and in good repair, if a little dated in their look. Other than the wind, this is a great place to relax! There is no over the air TV signals, mainly due to the terrain, but there are good satellite sight lines at most spaces on the lower loop. My Verizon aircard had 4-bar coverage & my wife had a surprising 5-bars on TMobile. Both my daughter and I had only 2 bars on Sprint, but never lost signal. The boat launch has easy access, and we saw several Class A & C rigs putting ski-boats in the Columbia. It was also used by the Kittatas County Sheriff to put in their boat to assist a family who ran aground after their engine failed. Sheriff Deputies drove through at regular intervals, probably due to Parks Departments staffing cuts. There was a young coyote that came through our side of the park for a few minutes one evening (when the holiday weekend visitors had all left) - poor thing looked confused and headed back into the scrub after five minutes. The host mentioned that he had seen a herd of 25 Dall's Sheep in the gulley to the north of the park, and a Ranger told me that deer walk through occasionally as well. But, he added, it was rare to see critters when that wind was blowing.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
Not a bad place, but not great either. The lawns were maintained and it was clean with some very nice rigs staying here. A bonus points in my book. We only stayed there one night, and spent most of it visiting friends in town, so I was originally going to give it a 7, but dropped it to 5 as noted below. The park is pretty easy to get to from westbound Skelly Drive, but road construction makes it a long drive down the access road when approaching from eastbound. The park was quiet despite the nearness of both the Interstate and train tracks. The problems I had weren't major, but I would have planned my trip differently if we'd been forewarned. The cable at our site never worked, but the antenna picked up all the local stations fine, and we weren't there for TV. That said, I deducted the point because there was no response from the park when I called them about it and got voice mail, and never heard a word back. The second problem was that the water was shut off to the park to facilitate a repair at a single Mobile Home site. Yes, the entire park on a weekday morning. If we hadn't been in a hurry to get out of town, we'd have been in big trouble since we normally sleep in. If the gentleman who called us back about our reservation had mentioned the upcoming maintenance it would have changed our plans.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
Perkins is not a 'glamorous' park, but it excels at what it is. It is a place for long-term transient workers or 'snowbirds' to stay. When you are used to 'Good Sams' parks and resorts, you may be wary about staying here, but don't. It is a nice, quiet park with friendly guests and owner. The property has an RV side and a Mobile Home side. Althought there were several homesteaders (RV's with huge external propane tanks and residential refrigerators/freezers outside) they were all well kept and appear to be in good repair. There were several overflowing garbage drums around the park, but I believe the owner was busy keeping the grass mowed and just got behind. He is a nice fellow, and was very busy, allowing me to just drop a check through the mail slot when I got a chance. They DO NOT take credit cards. I wasn't bothered by the road noise, but we didn't spend much time at/around our site, and it never woke any of my family up. The water spigot has a 4-head adapter that feeds different adjacent spaces, but we never had any pressure issues. The sewer hook-up never back flowed, but did leave our downspout messy. The other issue I had was with the 50-amp service. It was just a plug and NO breaker: a cable running under the pine needles. I prayed, plugged it in, went inside, restoring the circuit breakers, everything worked, but it was a bit unnerving. The cable TV worked great, but we only watched the Weather Channel due to tornadoes in the area. No Wi-Fi but my Sprint phone and Verizon Aircard worked fine in 3G mode. There are phone company demarks at each space, so you could get a phone line and DSL if you are staying for a month or more. This park beats staying in a Wal-Mart thanks to the hook-ups and level spaces, so do not hesitate to stay at Perkins, despite its 'dated' look.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
One of the more popular State Parks, and located between the City of Ocean Shores and the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino. It is an older park, but well worth the visit. All the previous reviews are accurate, but I would add a few details. 1) The Wood & Ice Truck makes a run through the park around 5p & 7p nightly. 2) The sewer connection sits about 4-8 inches above the ground, and in most cases the typical hose supports fall a bit short. Bring a few 2x4's to set on some firewood to lift it up. 3) Grocery prices in Ocean Shores run about 25% higher than those in Metro areas. 4) The trees around the sites can make it difficult to pick up satellites, and we never could get our Over-the-Air antenna to get any local channels. Not that TV really matters, because the beach is so inviting!