Date of Stay: May, 2015
When we pulled into the park we were immediately impressed with how everything was kept and maintained. A very lovey area. But to be completely honest we sometimes dread working with State Park employees. Sometimes they are incredibly unfriendly. THIS PARK WAS DIFFERENT. The woman we met in the check-in area was absolutely wonderful. Talkative, bright and super friendly. She made us feel welcome and glad we came. She shared that her husband gave a talk down on the beach about the various shipwrecks that had happened over the years, and we attended and very much enjoyed his talk. (There is a shipwreck remnant on the beach.) Speaking of the beach, we loved that 4-wheel drive vehicles were allowed to drive right down onto the beach. The campsites were beautifully kept and well maintained. We would most definitely stay there again.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Each Spring we drive up to Garden Valley, Idaho to attend a retreat and often take up our travel trailer. RV spots in the Garden Valley/ Crouch area are REAL hard to find, which is too bad since this is a gorgeous area. The Starlight Mountain Theatre camping area is primarily set up to accommodate the folks who come to Garden Valley to see the various dramas that are put on during the summer. But depending on availability you can camp there even if you don't wish to see the plays. We always go up before the plays begin and usually have the place pretty much to ourselves. There are about 6 sites with full hookups which will cost your $21.00, and there are some other sites with just water and electricity. Those are $17 a night. We have stayed in both. The area is pretty poorly cared for and it's not uncommon to see trash on the ground. This year it appeared there was a bit more of an effort to improve the grounds but it was still far from perfect. You'll find little more than a place to park your RV (if you didn't come for the theatre). There are no bathrooms or showers so your RV will need to be completely self-contained. The address of this park says "Garden Valley" but technically it is situated in the small village of Crouch.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
We live a little over two hours from McCall and have been camping at Ponderosa State Park for over 20 years. This is an extremely well-kept park that now includes five camping loops and 163 serviced campsites. The original three (Aspen, Blackberry and Chokecherry) offer water and electricity with a dump station along with restrooms and showers. The two newest loops (Dogwood and Elderberry) offer sewer connections at every site and several paved pull through pads and a large shelter area in each loop. You'll find an area with bathrooms and community showers. The park is situated around Payette Lake and campers can easily walk from any site to the lake. Ponderosa is gorgeous and located close to McCall which is a beautiful Idaho town. You won't regret spending time there.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
The park is very easy to find (near the huge Cabela's retail store) and close to the freeway. There aren't a lot of sites so be sure and call ahead. Also, it appears the check-in office closes at 6:30pm. (Not positive what late-comers do.) The entire place is spotless and well kept. Wi-Fi is accessible (albeit somewhat slowish) and there is cable TV access from the power ped. Sites are crushed gravel and easy to access. We would DEFINITELY come here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
Everyone knows there is a difference between camping and RVing. In a campground you (usually) have lots of trees and basic facilities. An RV park typically offers paved spaces, not a lot to look at but great options like free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a convenience store on site. Shakopee Valley RV Park does its best to merge these two concepts into one. Trailers are pulled into a heavily wooded area that can be a bit dark on cloudy days. Spaces are graveled and mud can be a problem after rain. Full hookups are available, but Wi-Fi is only available in the main facility. However, there is ample seating and even power outlets. Smoking is (apparently) allowed so you may have to deal with that while you surf the web. When we were here someone was watching a (very adult) movie in the TV room so I had to walk over and close the door so my 13 and 16 year old kids weren't subjected to that. The indoor pool (also in the main building) is of moderate size. The pool area includes a jetted spa. The facilities are passable but certainly not stellar. The bathrooms are aging and you can tell the management is struggling with upkeep. One of the most surprising things about this park is that it was almost completely full. But I believe a good many folks there are staying for the summer and doing some gambling at the nearby casinos. Several RVs have permanent decks and "yards" which gives the impression that you are entering more of a community than an RV Park. We chose this park because of its convenient proximity to ValleyFair. If we were to travel this way again I seriously doubt we would stay here again, although the owners seemed very friendly and accommodating. The darkness of the RV area was a bit too oppressive. When we're RVing we prefer a more open-air feel.