Date of Stay: September, 2015
First, this park is under new ownership and management. It has been renamed the Lake City RV Resort. There is another park in the area named the Lake City Campground. Unfortunately, on rvparkreviews.com the Lake City Campground is incorrectly listed as the Lake City RV Resort which is sure to cause confusion until it is corrected. Over the past several years we have stopped at the Oaks n Pines (aka Lake City RV RESORT) for a couple of nights to visit with my wife's brother. We are glad to see the park under new ownership as the former owner was very unstable and his behavior was unpredictable. However, one of the things the former owner did well was to maintain the grounds. He was always out there cutting the grass and cutting limbs. The new managers aren't going to do that so they will have to hire someone. Since we left there in April the grounds have become poorly maintained. The grass was very high. The interior dirt road, although never in perfect condition, has become very rutted. The road to the exit is narrow but we have never brushed up against shrubs or had tree limbs scrape across the roof of our motorhome. This park has a lot of work to do to keep old visitors and attract new visitors. I expect next spring (April 2016) that we will stop at this park. If conditions haven't improved it will be the last time. It will also depend on the rates they set as the new owner has decided to not be part of Passport America which is the main reason we always came to this park.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
We wanted to visit friends who were at this park but hesitated because we weren't sure we could use our roof mounted dish. The park's management assured us that we would be able to use the dish in an open area. That turned out to be the case. There are a few sites in the open are 7-8 sites in the open area. Past reviews from many years ago gave this park low ratings but that wasn't what we saw. We had a 50-amp full hookup site with good power. The park also has Wi-Fi that worked fairly well for us in the open area, which is close to the office. There were several times the Wi-Fi wasn't offering a strong signal and I had to switch to my Verizon modem. Most sites in the park are in the trees but that works for a lot of campers. The staff was very friendly and hospitable. We signed up for a week ($180) but liked it enough to extend for a second week. The rate does not include electric. Everyone pays for their own electric usage. Other than for monthly stays we had never seen that before in our 15 years on the road but it wasn't an issue.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
This was our 6th stay at Rondout Valley. When we found this campground in 2000 as we started out as full time RVers we used it as a base to visit family. We loved the park. It was, and remains, a very family and kid friendly park. We always had a decent site although the last time in 2011 we had trouble getting a site to use our dish which is important to us. Now that Thousand Trails/Encore is involved with the campground we thought we would find improvements, especially for the $60 per night rate when Passport America rates are not valid. We found no improvements which makes the $60 rate very high for this campground. One day we walked outside to the heavy smell of sewer. Another day I started to take a shower and the water coming out had a disgusting sulfur smell. I had to ask my wife to go outside to turn off the water so I could switch to the water pump and use the water in the tank. Also, when I called to make a reservation I told them it was necessary to get a full hookup site that will allow use of the dish. I was told no problem, but when we got there we were told there were no such sites and we had to take a water/electric site in the rally field. Very disappointed in this park. It seemed a better park before Thousand Trails got involved.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
We camped here in 2002 with Coast to Coast and had a good experience. Not this time. It was my fault for not checking the current facilities available with a Coast to Coast site. Apparently, C2C didn't do such a great job of negotiating and C2C members can only get water/electric. We were counting on a full hookup given that we had been boondocking the past several days and planned to be here for a week. They had ONE site for us for the week and, as are many others, it is very unlevel. I have both front wheels off the ground, which I hate doing. When I asked if we could upgrade to a full hookup site for a few days until the weekend and then move back to a water/electric site I was told the full hookups are for members only. Even if they sit empty. The only thing going for us with this stay is the price. So we suck it in and deal with a less than enjoyable stay. I doubt we will return here again.
Date of Stay: January, 2008
We have been stopping here on the way south and north for over a year. It's great for an overnight or short stay. They seem to have fixed the Wi-Fi and we had a very good signal the last couple of times we stayed here. And it's free. The cable TV is great and even has HD stations up at the higher channels. Because of that we stayed New Years Day to watch the bowl games. The owners are very nice. We asked to be parked out back in the open so we could use our dish and they have been very accommodating. We used the Passport America rate.
Date of Stay: January, 2008
We have been to this park for short stays or three month winter stays every year since 2000. It used to be a great park. Now it's just an okay park since it has been sold to ELS. The staff is wonderful, but they have no choice but to implement some very dumb rules created by corporate. The worst of the rules is that you can not get a month long stay in this park unless you come in on the first of the month. We have never experienced such a thing in eight years of fulltiming. If you arrive after the first, you can only get a daily or weekly rate. If you wish to stay for the six month winter specials they want to do a background check which means giving up your social security number and other private information. This rule has generated a lot of dissension among the winter regulars. The pool used to be open for evening swimming until ELS took over. They say the pool is closed because of an ordinance, but it seems the reason is because the lighting is insufficient and they won't put in strong lights. For these reasons, we have changed our opinion of this RV park from a 10 to a 5.
Date of Stay: November, 2007
We stayed here for the month of November with three of the weeks being at the Passport America rate. It's a nice enough campground with concrete pads. However, they do have some serious drainage problems with some of the sites when it rains hard. The WiFi was very iffy, but it was free.
Date of Stay: March, 2005
This is a great park. We are fulltimers and have spent at least two weeks each year there. We spent three months there in 2005. However, a recent query to reserve a site for a week in December 2005 indicated that their rates have gone out of site. A pullthru site is now $252 for one week. A standard gravel site is now $240 for one week. Although we love this park, that is way too much for a campsite for one week. Sadly, we will not camp there again.