Date of Stay: April, 2010
I work close to the campground so I figured a early year break in on the new camper was in order. The campground host is very pleasant and if you call ahead you can reserve a spot with her help and she can make sure you are happy with your spot. The pros: THE VIEW... you are right on the river close to a bridge. Some spots are only 10 feet away from the bank and you can wake up and just feel the morning river mist. It is very very nice to walk out and take a stroll on the river. Also fishing is allowed with no permits on the bank, I am unsure if you want to use a boat. There is a boat ramp within 100 meters of the campground. The park is kept up nicely with full mature trees that are 50' tall and full. Shade is great, and plenty of twigs to start fires with. If you like tent camping then you can get a site for $8. The Cons: It is a $10 park, so there are some cons. First the shower house toilet area is very primitive. The toilets are toilets, but the shower area is open roof. Then of course you have a train. This park is right next to the tracks (my site was within 25 meters of the track). They do have a no whistle zone around the park, but still you can feel it and hear them. The trains stop around 10:30 at night and resume around 7am in the morning. So if you are a earlier riser it should not bother you. All for all I will be back, decent price, and of course having a 5th wheel to isolate me is great. I would not use the showers though.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
First trip of the year and it was early March. The campground was pretty empty besides the full timers and a few weekend travelers doing a one night stop over. First time to a KOA as well and was impressed with the staff, and having a little RV part shop in the store helped with breaking in a camper for the year. The Pros: First the restrooms were very clean and the showers were private with great water pressure. The staff were very accommodating. (I had to use a chalking gun to fix a leak and they provided me one to use). They had a pizzeria on site and the delivery to your rig was nice (not the best tasting pizza I had, but hey you do have to rough it I guess). Free WiFi, for those that bring their computers, and cable TV is extra of course. Also the park is well kept and they were always leveling the gravel every day I was here. Lawrence is about 5 minutes away and it is a college town (KU) so it has a great downtown area to walk in, and many places to eat and drink. The Cons: They have a dog area, which is just used to let the animals do their business. Not really a dog park or a walking area. The train is within ear shot and does run continuously, it was loud enough to wake me in my rig, so if you are in a tent bring ear plugs. Overall a great place to camp and explore the Lawrence area. If you have kids, there are plenty of fun play ground equipment and they have a pool and a jump pillow. Also could see this being a good site for a family reunion or another gathering.