Date of Stay: December, 2013
I spent 2 weeks here starting 6pm Christmas Eve. While setting up, Santa showed up in the bucket of a front loader visiting all the loops ended by hot apple cider in the center common area. How cool was that! I have friends that spend every winter here and was glad to finally join them for 2 weeks. Got a glimpse of life with the regulars; they were a nice group of folks called the 49ers. It's nice that the RVs are by RVs, not just filling spots that don't have park models in them. We had bikes and were glad because the beach is a longish walk. We did walk there New Years Eve, and several folks had bonfires on the beach and could see lots of fireworks over on mainland. The wireless was not very good at all. I ended up riding my bike with my laptop to the library (about 2 miles); they had excellent free network there. Don't miss the Sunday Farmers Market by the library! The campground was a quiet place but we were not by the birds, that might be noisier. The spots were sufficient size, did not feel like I was sandwiched between my neighbors. Nice new cement pads. The showers/restrooms were dated but very clean. The campground staff was always pleasant and helpful. Awesome chicken wings place right across the road; if you like hot, try Dead Parrot Wings! Little private grocery and liquor store right outside the gate was convenient. Took many long bike rides while here. Saw several alligators along certain of the trails (no real danger, was cool to see them). For the hearty, take the 32 mile ride to other end of the island but, expect the wind in your face on the way back. My reservation was absolutely correct upon my arrival. I absolutely loved the fact that Fido is not allowed in this park. I am weary of little Fido in the spots around me, I don't want to be Fido's friend and I don't want to listen to Fido "talking". I feel bad for Fido's owner, maybe just have a separate loop for Fido's RV. I can't wait to get back here again. Maybe stay even longer next time?
Date of Stay: November, 2013
I didn't know about the "big" Christmas lights event at this park when I went to reserve a spot. This place fills up; reserve it now if you even think you want to stay (and you do). The park itself has several nice walk/run trails. The Christmas light show was spectacular and you can walk to it from your site. Be aware, the campground is in back of this park and if you drove hard and long on arrival day, you'll be in a long slow line of cars that are there to enjoy the lights before you can get to your camp site. Plan accordingly. We were moved to 3 different spots while here and none were difficult to get to with our 30' Class C. If they don't have a spot for you, feel good about their overflow lot; it was very big and very few RV's were there. It was not the rally style camping that I had imagined. (By time we got to SC we ended up with 3 actual camp sites so never actually stayed in overflow lot). The store was well equipped, staff was friendly and helpful. We never used showers or restrooms so can't comment. Wireless was decent at each site we parked in. Very pretty campground. I recommend seeing Boone Plantation while you're here (a bit of a drive). We also recommend oldcharlestontours.com; we took two of the tours. We would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
It was cold when here, like upper 20s so were not outside much. All the hookups worked great. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable but, my questions were not hard. Some of the staff was "young" and they were still a pleasure to deal with. It's a significant drive to the nightclubs like Tootsie's or Ryman. I guess I should have researched that further but, it worked out because I had a car. It was a easy drive to see Jackson's estate (Hermitage), I recommend you go there if into history. Wife is picky on showers and she was happy with these. Apparently some sales lot uses this place to store RV's because there were many parked but not hooked up. Insignificant point really but, I laughed when I realized why it was so quiet with so many sites "occupied". All my RV experience is out west where there are no trees or "wetness" so it was a bit of a culture shock here but, would like to come again when its warmer. They have what looks like a well stocked store. This KOA was a pleasant stay for my 2 nights. It's close to freeway but, since it was winter, I didn't notice much noise.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
I would have rated this campground a 9 or 10 if it were not for the dogs. Good grief, it must be mandatory for everyone staying here to have 2 dogs. I would not have cared except for with that many dogs there are bound to be owners that simply do not care that their dogs bark incessantly. Sitting around the campfire listening to dogs barking, sigh. Beyond that, the sites were clean and level and plenty of trees. Bathrooms were clean but, I used my motorhome facilities due to warnings from prior posters here about showers. There were a few ranger programs at the amphitheater, even in Sept! I had fair AT&T service (not so much for data). The dump site was easy to use. My 31' Class easily navigated up here via Hwy72 and Gap Road (I was nervous about coming up that way). Easy to make a quick trip to the Casinos if your so inclined. I'll come back for sure but I'll make sure to get a perimeter spot next time so I don't feel like I'm surrounded by barking dogs.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
I was with a group and was not in charge of picking the RV park. The recent reviews here are pretty accurate. It looked like there were much nicer parks in Soldotna but, grass is always greener. This was convenient walking distance many things including Dairy Queen! While here, don't miss the Hardware store, great place to graze and honestly, the prices of things were often same as the (far away) Fred Meyer. I might stay here again, I have had much worse experiences (and many better too). If your just here to fish and sleep then it's fine. My son had an RV up here too and he was fearing the worst after looking at the google map satellite photos but, he stayed longer than he thought he would saying, "It's not just a gravel parking lot like it appeared to be." (But that isn't far from true.) Hard to imagine this big of an area in AK that has so few trees.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
I fear I do not have much to say about this park. It was clean and tidy and quiet. Total lack of trees so no privacy at all. The laundry was expensive (per my wife). The staff was friendly. The gift shop was well stocked with souvenirs but, I do not recall it having any supplies that one might NEED. It may have, I just do not recall. We chose it for the location and it delivered what we expected for a fair price. All the hook ups worked well. The catv channel choice was very limited. Spots were level.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
We stayed here 2 nights. The first night exceeded my expectations. Then a new neighbor with a Class B was shoehorned between me and the prior neighbor. The new class B ran their generator almost constantly and I was always fighting having my gas alarm going off. The new neighbor was not sympathetic and only offered me things that I should do (he made no accommodations). The RV Park attendants were ineffective at best. They offered to let me move but not the new neighbor (in his small class B). I didn't have this problem until they put him right at edge of my awning. So much for my first experience with "Ralley Style" camping. Take that for what its worth. OTHERWISE, this location is convenient, via frequent shuttles, to the real reason we were there, balloons. There was much confusion among the staff what tickets they had and when they could be used. They had white tickets and creme colored tickets. Some staffers thought there was a difference, others didn't know. The first day, campground ran out of tickets, this caused me to get up at 4am to avoid "the long lines to buy tickets" the next day. I never saw long lines to buy tickets when I went back for the actual show at 6am. This is all to say, the staff was not very knowledgeable. They were nice (mostly) but they were not knowledgeable. The spots were mostly level, I needed no wood blocks at all, some places you would need them though. I lucked out and had water hose tap at my site. It was not a far walk from RV to balloon site, maybe a mile (but repeating earlier, shuttles were frequent enough) I feel like I rambled a bit, sorry. Bottom line, I would do this again and would stay in standard parking lot again. I now know I need to have something ... big pieces cardboard ... something ... to block an un yielding neighbors generator exhaust tube outlet whenever I go somewhere with "rally style" parking
Date of Stay: September, 2011
Very nice park. Getting a spot here is not handy but, it worked out. Friendly staff. Clean showers with plenty of hot water. We ended up with spot #1, right next to dumpster. Luckily the truck showed up at 0845 not 0700. Easy walk distance to a nice downtown area (and Coors tours). Bike trails nearby but was too crowded on Saturday to actually ride on it, better once away but very steep there too. No handy groceries. Spots very level. Awesome city playground just outside campground. Our spot had electric only which for just 2 nights was fine since there was a dump site on the way out
Date of Stay: September, 2010
Awesome campground except for no shade trees and even mid September it was hot. (Went inside and fired up the a/c @ 3pm.) Level clean spots. Some have shelter over a picnic table. Spot 34 had marginal cell service AT&T and Verizon. (I wasn't staying in 34, just found that it had service.) Showers were $1 for 4 minutes and very clean. Toilets clean too. Town of Rifle is nearby for groceries, etc. Very well kept campground, walked around and whole park. It seemed nice. The swim beach was a long ways to actual water which was muddy, not unexpected for September at a reservoir. Plan a side trip to see nearby Rifle Falls, you won't be disappointed, lots of water even in September.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Slow check-in. Lots of shade. Nice showers $2 for 6 min. This is a GIANT camp ground, long ways from campsite to showers, stores, visitor center. Sites were small but, plenty of trees helped with some privacy. Like Fishing Bridge, always someone breaking camp very early or arriving late so don't count on much sleep. Fishing Bridge earlier in week had tons of mosquitoes, none here. Spot was mostly level, I saw several that were far from level. Pull through was tight and door was away from table. This was far nicer than my time at Fishing Bridge. Generator usage was respectable. You are allowed to have campfire here.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
The check-in staff was "disinterested" in us but, it was done efficiently, just was a bad first impression. Most spots looked reasonably level. The nearby store was very well stocked. Lake cruise, $26 well spent. Dinner Cruise was sold out. Forgot the price. Breakfast cruise was $36 but was 7:15am, yuck! The hookups all worked well, welcome after boondocking the week prior. Try to catch all the Ranger talks you can. Take 'squito spray on walking paths. I'd stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Light sleepers stay away. Someone was always coming or going early and late. It was only place I could get reservations and the experience was as I suspected it would be. The check-in staff was courteous and mostly efficient. The store was nearby and sufficiently stocked. The evening ranger programs were very good. The mosquitoes here were awful. All sites are basically the same except some sun orientation can leave day times hot. Lots of rental RVs show up here...I'm just saying.