Date of Stay: July, 2015
All fees are in Canadian $ which, at the time of writing, is about 25% less than the U$. The site allocated to us belonged to one of their seasonal guests but had been vacated prior to our arrival. The pad was a mixed pea sized gravel and dirt all hard packed measuring about 45' x 9'. However I parked the truck, some of it stuck out in to the road. Water and 30amp electric were located at the back of the site and shared between two pads. For me, it placed them on the wrong side of the RV but I could reach using extensions. My sewer drop was on the correct side towards the rear. Between me and the next site was a stretch of grass about 15' wide containing the fire ring and a wooden picnic bench table a seats. The washrooms were clean and nicely tiled. The shower access was very narrow and would not accommodate a wheelchair if needed. Showers cost $2 Cdn for five minutes. The laundry was in the basement of the office building and not accessible to anyone with mobility problems. Washers and dryers were all $2. Wifi is available for a fee through Tengointernet but I used the hotspot on my Rogers cell plan. My phone had a full Rogers 3G service. I didn't try the OTA tv reception, don't have satellite and there was no cable. There are 33 back in sites in this campground that is attached to a small golf course on the edge of town. The nearest place of any size is Red Deer about 45kms away. The biggest downside of this campground is the trains that rumble through during the night blasting their horns in the early hours. I think we had three come through between midnight and 5am, waking us up each time. The place was full and we found it noisy with lots of young children squealing around. The campground appears to be mainly seasonal guests with some workers living here. It is a tidy and well looked after place, just not somewhere we will return to for a weekend. It isn't a destination location but would do for an overnight spot.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
The rate of $56 per night is the average rate for each night across a period of eight nights due to the higher charge for weekends. It also includes a $10 booking fee (because we asked for a particular site) and the KOA 10% discount. Our site was a premium site near the office and directly overlooking the Flathead Lake. The site measures approximately 71' x 30' which includes a large concrete patio. The pad is gravel as are the interior roads. We had a picnic table and chairs and a propane BBQ with gas included. There is 20, 30 and 50 amp power at this site, water and two sewer drops. We have two good sized trees for shade. As previously noted, there is a slight left to right bit of leveling but nothing drastic and one layer of orange blocks cures this. The WiFi was excellent last year and is again but is now through Tengointernet. It is free but limits downloads so will not allow the streaming of movies, etc. It is possible to upgrade to a higher level for a $15 per week. We have found two OTA TV channels. I don't bother with satellite and there is no cable available. All services are working flawlessly with good voltage and water pressure. Bathrooms and showers are the cleanest we have found. My Canadian cell phone is picking up a strong signal from AT&T. There is some minor road and light aircraft noise but not bothersome. The staff here is super friendly and we were actually escorted to our site before checking in. The host seemed to know who we were and led us straight over. Later I saw another site host explaining the intricacies of the black and grey tanks to a new TT owner before he then led them to a vacant site where they could dump and rinse their tanks under his guidance. Nice touch I thought. There is also a separate dump station but I guess he wanted to show the exactly what to do. We have stayed here several times before and will continue to return as this is the best campground/resort in the Flathead valley.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
The rate shown (Cnd $) is the daily rate for a FHU with 30-amp power. The camp hosts were very friendly and helpful. We talked to them for some time and were given good information about the park. The reception also doubles as a small convenience store for those forgotten items. On our arrival we were told that water has yet to be switched on at each site. Something we hadn't planned for and hadn't sanitized the potable water tank for. Thankfully, we had a supply of bottled water to drink. Being only the two of us and the fact it was only a two night stay this wasn't a problem. Because we hadn't been advised of the water situation we did receive a discount on our stay. There are a mixture of un-serviced, 30 amp FHU and 50 amp FHU sites. There is no cable but I saw several rigs with satellite dishes. There may be OTA channels but I couldn't find any. Power remained steady with no fluctuations. Each site has a metal fire ring and a picnic table. The sites aren't particularly level but using a pile of orange blocks we could get the RV auto level to flatten us out. Our site (#60) was long enough to have our truck and 41' 5th wheel unhooked and contained within the site footprint. The sewer drop is about 12" above grade but in a good position. The sites and roads are a mix of crushed gravel and dirt with some young willows and conifer tress that will provide privacy when they come in to leaf shortly. Many sites are pull through but back-ins are available. The washrooms are tidy and neatly tiled. Showers are $2 (Cnd) for five minutes. The laundry (two washers and two dryers) was, I thought, expensive at $4 for a wash and $2 for the dryer. We didn't use this but took a peek. There is a children's play area but it looks a little dated and was certainly un-even. Rogers cell gave me three to four bars of 3G service and was enough to give me a personal hot spot. There is currently no Wi-Fi. This park is Ok but I'm not sure we'll be coming back anytime soon.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
The price quoted is in Canadian $ making it currently good value for US travelers heading north to Alaska. The RV park switched on their water a couple of weeks ago and are now fully open for the season. Although, last night the temperature dropped below freezing so first thing this morning I had to thaw the faucet and supply pipe leading to the RV. All the services worked as expected with good water pressure and no fluctuations in power. All forty rental sites have full hook ups with 20, 30 and 50 amp power. There is no wifi and very limited over the air tv reception. Being so early in the season we had no problem getting the site we wanted but when I enquired about the May long weekend I found that the park was already over booked. Being within an hours drive for us, we will continue to use this as our weekend getaway.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
Having spent several weekends at Coyote Creek this year, nothing has really changed since last year. The water was switched on during the Easter long weekend and all the services worked flawlessly on all of our visits. The bathrooms remain amongst the cleanest we have ever encountered. Showers have lots of hot water at good pressure. The daily rate this year was $40 cnd before tax (5%) but this is no longer listed with Good Sam, so no discounts are available. I don't know about the weekly or longer rates are so they may have a built in discount. There is a very pleasant short (1 km or so) walk to the river through Crown land. The cool, refreshing river is a welcome relief during the hot days of summer. The campground remains very quiet at all times. For a break from cooking or preparing meals I would recommend the nearby (within walking distance) Coyote Creek Golf Club. The have a really good selection of bar food at very reasonable prices. By next season, their brand new club house and 80 seat restaurant should be open for use.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
This is our second stay at this still developing RV resort. Once again it was very quiet, with only two or three other RVs in the available 41 spaces during the Labor Day weekend. Not much has changed in the last twelve months since my first visit but plans are still afoot to landscape and pave the roads and sites. The bathrooms remain immaculate with plenty of hot water at a good pressure. All sites are full hook up (power, water, and sewer). The facilities at the sites are consistent with good voltage, water and sewer connection. There is no TV reception via antenna but satellite (Dish and DirecTV) is available to connect to at each power post. Wi-Fi is available at no cost in the resort and works very well. Once this resort is finished it will be an absolute gem in north western Montana. The current nightly rate for up to two adults and two children is $33. We also ate at the restaurant across the highway from the resort and owned by the same people. The food there is uncomplicated and tastes wonderful. It was also very inexpensive. Service was excellent. We will most certainly return to both establishment in the future.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
Again, this review is for the KOA and not the Class A resort at the same location. While adjacent to one another, they are separate entities. The rate shown ($63) was for a super premium site and includes a charge of $5 per night for an additional adult above the KOA base price. It also includes the 10% KOA value card discount). We arrived early in the day during the mid week prior to the Labor Day long weekend. At that time the resort was pretty quiet and empty. I had made the reservation in early June but it was not site specific. To my amazement we were given a front row site with direct views across the entrance to the Flathead Lake. As in all of our previous visits we had opted for a super premium site that comes complete with a spacious concrete patio area and gas grill. The site itself is gravel, about 65' long and needs some minor adjustment to level left to right but nothing major or problematic. All of the staff are very professional, polite and helpful. You are escorted to your site and positioned so that you have access to either of the two sewer drops and the doors open on to the patio. The resort owner and his wife are very approachable and will take the time to introduce themselves and ask if everything is to your satisfaction. The resort has a number of social events ranging from Karaoke to ice cream socials and an all you can eat pancake breakfast. The cost of these varies from free for the karaoke to $7.50 for the breakfast. The laundry is clean and the machines work well. $2.25 for a washer load and $.25 for 10 minutes in the dryer. The showers and washrooms remain among the cleanest we have ever encountered in the six years we have been vacationing with our RVs. Wi-Fi is provided and during our stay worked perfectly. I don't use satellite and didn't deploy my antenna so I have no idea what the television reception is like. As the weekend approached, the resort began to fill gradually. With that said, the pool was fairly quiet and for much of the Friday afternoon I had it to myself. The pool and the adult only spa are clean and well maintained. During the evenings the camp workers drive around in a gator spraying for mosquitoes, wasps, and whatever other bothersome bugs appear to be in season. This all helps being able to enjoy the facilities without being plagued by critters. May not be environmentally friendly to the wasps but it works for me. Polson has several good restaurants and a brand new Wal-Mart Supercenter. There is good access to the lake for water craft and some clean parks for kids to play. On Fridays there is also a pleasant farmers market in the downtown area.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This is our fourth or fifth stay at here. The resort is fantastic. For the daily discounted rate of $33, it just cannot be beat. We had a black top pad long enough to accommodate our 41' 5er and tow vehicle. Each site has 50, 30 & 20 amp power, water, sewer and cable. The is a small concrete patio and most sites (not all) have a picnic table and chairs. There are no fire pits but propane fires are permitted. The resort boasts a magnificent club room available to all guests, an excellent pool with hot tub, Boca ball and a putting green. The resort borders a pleasant parkland golf course with a new housing neighborhood wrapping itself around. There is a nearby small airfield used by light aircraft but nothing bothersome. The name suggests it is in Spokane but in actual fact it is about 20 miles north in the small town of Deer Park. This has several good eateries, grocery store and several gift shops. Spokane is easily accessible from the I-90, has two Costco outlets, Wal-Marts and Camping World store. The staff at the resort are friendly and professional. The take really good care of the resort and their guests. I saw the interact with a family who had a dog barking; they were polite when pointing out the rules and the matter was resolved professionally. Wi-Fi is OK. Not the strongest I've experienced but this was the week leading to the July 4th long weekend and the resort was almost full, so I guess there was a lot of people using the network. They provide curbside garbage collection, recycling bins, and a large garbage collection bin for trash outside of the collection hours. The washrooms and showers are amongst the cleanest I have ever found, with good water pressure and ample hot water. The laundry has plenty of washing machines, dryers and even ironing facilities. Washing machines and dryers are both still $1.25 a load. A change machine is available as are dispensers to purchase detergent and softener. For the July 4th celebrations the resort staff provided a wonderful barbecue at no cost to their guest. Thank you. There are water sprinklers around the resort that activate during the night so don't leave things out as they may get a soaking. I guess the only slight negative is the location of the power, water, and sewer connections. These appear to be a long way back for many RVs so be sure to bring extension cables and hoses. Over all, an excellent, well maintained and friendly resort in a quiet town. We will return.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
The rate posted with this review is for a super premium pull through site before tax. I am not aware of any discounts such as GS or AAA. The first thing I noticed upon arrival was the large open space just inside the property line. This enabled me to park our 41' 5er easily without obstructing anyone else. Check-in was effortless and conducted by an extremely polite and courteous site host. He then proceeded to escort us to our site, despite it being in view of the main office. Nothing appeared too much trouble for this gentleman who assisted in guiding us so that we sat perfectly in our enormous, treed pull-through site. The crushed gravel pad must be at least 80' long and plenty wide enough for our five slides and awning to be deployed without any interference from the trees or shrubs. All of the neighboring sites were empty but there is plenty of room and the trees allow for a feeling of privacy. The whole resort is very 'big rig' friendly. Water, power(50, 30 & 20 amp), sewer and cable connections are all well placed and functioned perfectly. I had forgotten about the cable service prior to our arrival so that was an added surprise. Our site was also equipped with a large metal fire pit and grate as well as a large wooden cabana with a picnic table and bench seating. Each site also has their own garbage bin. I don't know how often these are emptied as I never saw it happen but I do know mine never contained waste for long. WiFi worked well and was very fast but then we were directly opposite the antenna. There is one main bathroom block in the centre of the resort. This requires a numerical code to access but once inside everything is spotlessly clean. The whole unit is well lit and professionally tiled. There is another washroom (not shower) attached to the back of the office block which appears to be available during office hours only. Also attached to the office building is the laundry. $1.25 for a wash and .25c per 10 minutes in the dryer. All washrooms, laundry and office are easily accessible to those with mobility difficulties. For the kids there is a playground area with climbing frames. I also saw horse shoe pits for the adults and there is a short nature walk (no bikes) in the woods around part of the resort perimeter. The whole resort is wrapped up in mixed cedar and deciduous, mature trees giving a definite 'woodsy' feeling. The office stocks some groceries and RV supplies. Propane is available at what I considered to be a very reasonable rate ($15) for a new, empty 20lb tank. Within striking distance is Camping World, Costco, Wal-Mart, Safeway and an outlet mall. There are way too many other attractions in the area to list. The only negative for this entire area and every campground, resort or site (within a 30 - 40 mile radius) is the noise of jet aircraft taking off and landing at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. They resumed their training flights earlier this year after a moratorium lasting about 7 months. Occasional (30 or so per day) flights go from about 10am until midnight, four or five days a week. Again, this isn't a slight on this RV resort. The noise will affect everyone for many miles around so I haven't deducted an score for that. Despite this, I would most certainly stay here again when next in the area. This is a fantastic resort with excellent staff. Thank you for providing such a great service.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
The rate shown is their off season daily rate before tax. We booked in for four nights and were given a hedged concrete pad with a lawn, shade tree, and picnic table with bench seats. Power, water, and sewer all worked flawlessly and were well positioned although the sewer drop was about 6" above grade. Wi-Fi is available at $5.35 for one day and $10.50 for three days. The resort is advertised as 'big rig friendly' and by and large it may be but I did find it tight reversing my 41' 5er into our assigned site. Ostensibly, this resort is for owners and seasonal visitors. Many of the sites are occupied by park model mobile homes, not RVs. The rental spots are dotted in amongst these and are either sites that have not been sold or are being rented by the owners. The washrooms are accessible for those with mobility issues but I would not class them as the cleanest I have found and I used them directly after they had allegedly been cleaned. The floors and walls looked grubby and could do with a fresh coat of paint. The showers had rust stains in the walls, the fittings hadn't been wiped down and the shower floors remained full of sand and dirt for the duration of our stay. Although this is a lakeshore resort there is absolutely no access to the lake. Something I hadn't realized before making the reservation. There is a laundry, $2.25 to wash and $2 to dry. There is a small pool and hot tub with a large deck in a gated area. Again, we didn't use this so I can't really comment. Overall, this is a very quiet resort although there is constant traffic noise to be heard from the very nearby Hwy 97. We don't have young kids or pets and so didn't interact with the residents too much. Contact with the staff was limited to our checking in. This was efficient and polite which is about all I can say. If you are checking the aerial view on google maps you will see there is a railroad line adjacent. During our stay only one train came through so not an issue. I'm not sure we would stay here if we are in the area again mainly because it is more for the seasonal guest, not the touring traveler.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
We camped at Spring Creek RV park over the May long weekend in a 50 amp pull through site. The rate shown does not include tax or any discounts (none offered or advertised). The campground is older and spaces are quite narrow but fairly level gravel pads long enough to hold our 41' RV. It is located less than 1 km from the trans Canada highway so there was some noise but not enough to spoil it for us. Spring Creek runs along the northern edge of the campground as does the railroad track. There is also a pleasant short walk leading back into Canmore town centre along the side of the creek. Seeing as it was a long weekend, the railroad wasn't too busy but there is definitely some noise from the rolling stock, which in this part of the continent. It can take 10 or so minutes to pass through. Only a few hundred meters away is a helicopter company running tourist flights into the mountain. This wasn't a problem for me because I enjoy listening to a helicopter turbine engine start and the rotor sound as they take off. Being an older site the facilities were a little tired looking although clean and functional. The washrooms had three pay-to-use shower cubicles and one toilet stall. The interior was clean but again, dated. Freshly painted block walls and white gloss painted plywood doors, nothing smart or close to modern. With that said, the water in the hand basins was very hot and a good pressure. I didn't use the showers, instead, electing to use the on board shower we already have. One thing I did notice was they did not appear to be too big and access for the disabled may be more challenging than other places. A laundry is available but we didn't use this or even take a look at it. Each site appears to be equipped with a shallow block built fire ring and a weathered picnic table with bench seating. Although there are fire pits there was a sign indicating that no fire wood was for sale. Whether this is a temporary glitch or a regular thing, I don't know. Our pull through was equipped with a 30/50 amp pedestal, a tap for water and a capped sewer drop. These all appeared to be working as designed and you can drink the water as there is no after taste. Apparently there is WiFi. It shows as being a signal I can connect to without a password and I can see the signal strength indicator on my iPad. However, even though I'm shown as connected it is so painfully slow I have yet to be able to open any email or web site using it. I have now resorted to using the personal hotspot created by my phone. The campground is about a 1km walk along the creek from Canmore town centre. This is a well established tourist town nestled in the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. The mountain views from our site were spectacular. Canmore has several excellent grocery stores and restaurants but if you need RV spares, and I did, there is nothing doing. It is also outside of the Banff National Park so no park pass was required. Head a few km further west and you need to buy the pass if you intend to stop in the park. If you're just passing through and heading straight into BC along the trans Canada then, again you don't need to buy one. Some of the campground has been developed into condos. Whether this is in the long term plan for the remaining part I wouldn't know but I also wouldn't be surprised. Being as it was a long weekend, there was no construction taking place at the condo development but my guess is that 'under normal conditions' there will be some construction noise. Being less than an hour from home and in the mountains we may camp here again for an occasional weekend but nothing more.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Once again, this year we have spent several relaxing weekends at this RV Park in Sundre. There is little else I can add that I haven't already said. They don't have WiFi because it is cost prohibitive and a pool would also be too costly for the amount of time it would be serviceable. With that said, it is a very relaxing location set in a golf course. The restaurant offers very good food and you can get WiFi there. This year both the golf course and the RV park suffered extensive flood damage in June, just prior to the busiest part of their season. Both have now fully re-opened and are repairing the damage caused. The services at the RV park work as flawlessly as ever and do not appear to have suffered too badly. Some of the roads in the park have been damaged and the asphalt has been washed away in several places. On the same note, the township road leading to the campground was also damaged but has been temporarily repaired by the town using gravel. We will continue to use this park for our weekend breaks.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
The rate shown is the weekly discounted rate, otherwise $33 per night, but they do also offer a Good Sam discount. Set in a clearing and surrounded by mature pine trees, there are 41 sites, 12 of which are pull through. All sites appear to have full hook up (50, 30, and 20 amp), water, sewer, and satellite TV connection (just need your own decoder). All of the sites also had a new wooden picnic table with attached bench seats and a stone fire ring with wood available to purchase. Right now, the sites are gravel and sort of level but having chatted with the owners and hosts, the plan is to pave it all with blacktop. There is a one way traffic flow through the campground. Between the sites is an area that will be landscaped in time. At the moment it is a mix of wild grasses and clover. The bathrooms are centrally located. On the men's side the is one general use stall, one urinal, one shower and two hand sinks. There is also a separate room and of a very generous size that has a toilet, sink and shower all easily accessible to the disabled or those with mobility difficulties. The water temperature and pressure was good coming out of the showers and taps at the sinks. The shower stalls were expertly tiled and looked very pleasant. Apparently the ladies side was set out in a similar fashion with one obvious omission. The bathrooms were always spotlessly clean and fresh smelling - even had fresh flowers in there. There is a laundry open 0800 - 2000 daily. I found this rather odd in that it was an honor system which I have never seen before for a site laundry. One washer and dryer load $5, two loads $8 and three loads $10, payable to the camp hosts. There are three washers and three dryers, all of which worked very well. There is also a small table for folding clothes. The park offers free Wi-Fi that worked very well all the time we were staying there. I couldn't get a cell signal from any carrier which meant that work couldn't get hold of me that way - oh well, how sad and tragic! I cannot pass comment on the satellite or TV reception because we don't have satellite and I didn't crank up our TV antenna. There is a bark chipped walking path around the site that is about 90% complete. This is bear country so you are requested to be cognizant of this and clear away barbecues and store food carefully. There are two lakes within a stones throw for fishing, kayaking or boating and there are public launch ramps available at both. Across the road from the RV park in McGregor Lodge, owned by the same people. This has a full service bar and restaurant open from breakfast to supper and beyond. The food here is excellent and very reasonably priced. We thought we'd been undercharged for our meal and drinks only to find it was correct when we asked for them to make sure our drinks were included. There is also a small grocery store for essentials and seeing as Kalispell is 30 miles away, it is very handy for the odds and sods you may need. Highway 2 runs right by this RV park so there is some traffic noise but this is only noticeable because; a) apart from the sounds of nature, there is no other background noise to blend with it and b) the traffic isn't very heavy so there are long periods of silence broken by the odd semi or Harley chugging past. The camp hosts and owners are very friendly and helpful, both prior to our arrival and for the duration of our stay. The owner was genuinely pleased that we had come to give his new RV park a try, even though it isn't yet completed. We will certainly return within the next few years as I believe this RV park will develop into a premier location for camping in NW Montana.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This is our third year at the Polson KOA, this time spending a total of eight nights split into three night and five night blocks with a break in between. This is however, our first time during a major holiday as we were fortunate enough to be there for the Independence Day celebrations. With that in mind I had booked very early but if I recall correctly, there may have been the odd site still unoccupied. As in our previous visits to this resort we were greeted warmly by the staff at reception and then escorted to our site. Again, we had selected to stay at a premium site over looking the Flathead Lake. The views remain stunning beautiful from our location. All of the services provided worked perfectly and having a gas barbecue as part of he site is a nice touch. The site is slightly uneven from left to right but again, use of the orange levelers cured that. The staff work tirelessly to maintain the resort and it shows. The grounds and individual sites are well maintained and there are trees to provide some welcome shade. These have been trimmed since our last visit and did not impede our awning or slides. The bathrooms, showers, pool, laundry and office/store are spotlessly clean, spacious and well appointed. Washers are $2 a load and dryers .75c for 25minutes, dependent up on the program selected. Despite being much busier than on our previous visits the resort remained calm and relaxing. Even the pool was not as busy as I was expecting, much to my enjoyment. The owner and his wife take personal pride in their property and their guests, always taking the time to ask about your stay and introducing themselves. The had an organized meal ($) for the July 4th celebrations but we did not avail ourselves of this. We did take advantage of the location to watch the town fireworks display which worked very nicely for us. The WiFi has been improved this year although I don't recall having a problem with it in years gone by. By far and away, this is the best KOA we have ever had the pleasure of staying at. The nightly rate reflects the KOA card member discount. We will most definitely return and also recommend this to family and friends.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
This was our first time at this location and we were not disappointed. We arrived after a 7 hour drive and were greeted by very friendly and helpful staff. The check-in process was swift and efficient, and we were quickly directed to our lakeside site for our 3 night stay. The roads and sites are crushed, compacted gravel and based on the site we had, level in all directions. Our site was equipped with water, 30 & 50 amp power, sewer, fire pit, and picnic table/benches. These all worked well and were in good condition. Each site appears long enough to take on the big rigs (ours is a 35' travel trailer) and wide enough so that you have plenty of space even when all the slides and awnings have been deployed. The campground does offer free wi-fi that worked well some of the time, but did also get frustrating at times when it was in a 'slow' phase, making even opening an email a challenge. Several TV stations are available through your antenna, but we didn't bother to watch any of these; why would you with spectacular views right outside your door. If I had one criticism, it would be that there is only one set of washroom facilities located next to the main office. If you are at the far eastern edge of the campground, as we were, it is a pretty long haul, especially in the dark. There are no lights around the road system, but on a fully booked campground there was always sufficient ambient lighting from other trailers. The washrooms and showers are clean, tidy, and spacious. All are accessible with ease to the disabled. The showers had lots of hot water at good pressure. The weather in this part of the world changes rapidly, and summer storms can easily form. So when leaving you unit make sure your awnings are in and your inflatable rafts are secure. We witnessed one unit's inflatable kayak get blown onto the lake and then way out. It was subsequently recovered by the campground staff and returned to the owner. If you're in the area for more than a few days, bring plenty if provisions. There are no big retail stores nearby, and prices in West Yellowstone are on the high side. The same can be said for gas and diesel, both much higher than anywhere else in Montana. If we return to this part of the state we will certainly use this campground again.