Date of Stay: October, 2013
Love this campground. Every site has plenty of room between them. Water, electric and sewer are all fine; sometimes your sewer outlet might be a bit far, so make sure you bring at least a 15 ft. sewer hose. All concrete roads, sites and patios with picnic tables. Since we were last here in July, the park has put new picnic tables at all sites. I compliment them. Some sites are a bit unlevel at one end, but if you level your camper right, it shouldn't be a problem. Free Wi-Fi and cable and shuttle service to casino; be sure to check the number of the shuttle bus to get back on to return to your site. Pool and water park are very nice. Need tickets to go to hotel water park. You have to get them from the RV park desk each day you go. There is also a man-made lake you can fish on the grounds, a tennis court, play ground, and they do have the usual chalets. You cannot reserve a site, but need to call ahead and make a reservation and they will try and give you the site or area you would like. Our rate was "zero" because both nights were comped due to our play at the casino. However, I did hear the rates were going up. Mid-week will stay the same, $20; weekends are $25, unless----there is a special function going on that weekend, then the Saturday rate will be $45! I think its a little steep, but its only one night. Wouldn't be so bad if there were other things to do in the little town of Kinder, LA. No pizza place, no movie theater, no large stores, very few restaurants, but they do have a McDonald's and Sonic. And, they do have a Fred's, Dollar General and Family Dollar. I think the casino should give this poor little town a lot of revenue so they can build it up more. Peace to all. Enjoy!
Date of Stay: August, 2013
Loved the ocean view. There are two phases going on. If you want all concrete pads, patio, picnic table bbq pit, pick Phase I. Two rows in Phase I, sites 1-12 (front, $35,); sites 13-24 (back row, $25). Concrete road between the sites. Phase II has sites 25-35, $30 with concrete pads and only one row with no tables, bbq pit or patio with shell and gravel road into that section. Some tables, bbq pit and trash receptacle spaced out across from sites near two-lane road from beach. We had 25 and 26 which were good sites except for the loud playing music from the neighbors till about 3 am each night and amplified during the day where you can hear it all the way to the beach. We love music, but there should be a quiet time, which the security guard was not concerned about since the park didn't enforce anything. You can pretty much do what you want there. No cable, no Wi-Fi. No bathhouse, no playgrounds. Basic park. However, we did not have any problems with bugs except for horseflies, which bug spray easily took care of. Non in camper as previous reviewers. Wind from the beach was minimal; canopy held well. Shuttle 24 hours to and from casino. We stayed 3 nights and had one night comped after signing up for players card. Casino has reasonable restaurants, except for buffet which is outrageously priced as in all casinos. Have to go into town for shopping. All sites are back ins. Call ahead for reservations as they do fill up during a holiday. Go to your site when you get there, call the casino and the security guard comes out and registers you. Employees are all very nice, except they should have some rules about some campers overtaking the park. Very beautiful two Catholic Churches along the beach, St. Clare's and Our Lady of the Gulf.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
This is a really nice park; only 30 sites, concrete, picnic tables, water, sewer, electric, trash cans at all sites. We were here once before, price was still the same $22 weekends. Still no Wi-Fi; shuttle passes 24 hours. No pool. Check-in and check-out 12 noon. When you get there, you go to the sites (must call first for reservation, but they say they don't reserve specific sites). You still need to call ahead and make sure there are vacancies; you can request a site, but they can't promise it in case someone stays over. The usual norm for lots of parks. Don't like this aspect. You should be able to request a site and have that site when you arrive. There are 3 rows; 1st row is in the parking lot, numbers 1-11 start counting from the left while looking at the park from the parking lot; back-ins, nicely spaced and still have all amenities as the other 2 rows, just no grass in between sites, but there is plenty of grass around the park. Also, if you are in Row 1 or 2, be aware of the parking lot lights right along the whole row right between rows 1 and 2. Pets welcomed. Row 2, sites 12-21, also back-ins. Row 3 is the only pull-throughs, very very nice; there are 9 sites on this last row with a nice field across from it. The park is great, but the casino is something else. Tight slots. Plenty of restaurants, but expensive; no buffet. You can now have breakfast at Cafe Bayou and with players card you get 15% discount. Service was very slow and there were not many people in the there at the time. Took us about 30-40 min to get our food. I really think this casino needs a buffet, a pool for the RV park, along with Free Wi-Fi. There is plenty of land there to add a pool and more RV sites. Still no signs leading to the park. You must go to the hotel after calling them when you arrive to confirm the sites you requested to register. People are very friendly though. There are 2 casinos in the same building. Very confusing.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
Park was nice but some sites are kind of scrunched together on some rows especially behind the office near the pool. Others are very well spaced. We asked for concrete pads because we had 2 trailers coming in and thought the patio would be concrete as well, but no, it was partially grassy and dirt. Naturally, it rained all weekend. Before checking in, I asked about other sites on the next row, especially sites 89-93 which had some limestone for the site but it looks like a concrete patio for those sites, which I would have preferred, but the owner said those were reserved. The 3 rows behind the office are pull throughs with full hookups. The love bugs were at their extreme on Labor Day weekend. Couldn't go to the pool with all the kids that look like they live here. Lots of sites looked like full-time settlers. Price was right though, $25.00 with Good Sam discount. Office hours are weird, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to ? I think owner lives on property as well. The back in sites look the best, 111 - 116 are all fully concrete. Don't know if the price is more for these. No shuttle to casino, but only 4 miles; close to I-10 and only about 20 minutes from Texas line. Town of Vinton has really nothing to offer; although a nice little St. Joseph Catholic Church not far from the park. Also, is pet friendly and children friendly considering the pool and playground. Has a couple of tiny cabins. Found it weird for a park that big to only have one dumpster. Owners very nice. No cable, but digital channels were very clear. We will probably come back here if I can get the sites I'd like. They do take reservations. Very shady.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Love the park when everything is working; however, this trip was better than our last at this park. At least the main gate is open now and you don't have to go to the back south entrance. Cable did not work well; Wi-Fi was so-so; hot tub still not working; pool was nice except for the sprays of water that come out of all the walls of the pool; hard to relax in the pool with sprays of water hitting you in the face. They said it keeps the water cool. I think a timer on it would be well worth it. Did not use laundry or restrooms. Passport America price. My biggest drawback was tiny needle type stickers in the park grounds that would stick to our dog's paws (extremely painful). Don't know if we'll be back here because of that, unless its just certain times of the year these little devils come out from the trees and fall to the ground. If you have a pet, beware of these.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
This park was great! Not kid friendly, which is just right for us. We want grown-up relaxing and it is perfect for that. Sites are all concrete and very level. Trash receptacles at every site. Patio and picnic table. Only draw back with no Wi-Fi, which they say they are working on. Also, you have to take the shuttle to Shorty's Casino next to Cypress Bayou to get registered in your site. You have to call and reserve a site first. The tell you to go ahead and set up in the site they give you, then call for the shuttle. Nice large sites with a field across for you to walk your dog, fly your helicopter or just relax with your favorite food and brew. Stay out of the casinos though; they will rip you off! No buffet, although there is a very nice Mexican Restaurant called Loco's which was pretty reasonable and food was good. The last row, sites 22-30 are the pull through. The other 2 rows of 9 are back-ins, but were still nice and looked wide enough not to have any problems. Finding the park is a different story. When you get to the casino, you do not know where to go for the RV Park. Stay on Ralph Darden Memorial Pkwy, go pass the casino and the park is on the left a little ways down. Very hard to find, but once you there, its very nice and quiet. Shuttle passes frequently to pick you up. Runs 24 hours. Don't know if we'll be back this way unless the casino loosens up some. P probably not until they finish building their hotel.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
I'm like the other guy, I would have given it a 10 but I would save that for a resort. Sites were very clean and neat and very level. Even though we had the premium sites with the patio, I still would have preferred a pull through site on the same row as the office. I just don't prefer being in the middle row of a campground. The trash bins (2) were way at the end of the park. Prefer trash receptacles at least every other campsite. The railroad tracks spoken about in another review are very bad if you coming from Texas and traveling on Sampson St. to the park. If you come from the Lake Charles side the tracks are not bad. There's only one set of tracks you cross. It is a very quiet park. I think we were the only lively ones there. We had two travel trailers side by side with our relatives in the other one. All connections worked great; Wi-Fi was great. No problems. Isle of Capri Casino is 3 miles away. LaBaurge is across the river back towards Lake Charles. Don't eat the buffets, very expensive. We have a small dog and we really enjoyed the dog park facility there. Fenced in with water bowl and bench for you to relax while your dog wonders around free from others. Our dog doesn't get to do that very much. The Park only take Visa and MasterCard, no Am Express in case you're interested. Nice wide level sites. Not hard to get to at all from the interstate. We had sites 17 and 18. Very friendly people in office. Price reflects Good Sam discount. If you have your site number after reservation is made and no one is in the office, just go ahead and pull in your site and settle up later. We may put this park on a come-back list.
Date of Stay: March, 2012
It seems as though all KOA parks have sites close together and narrow roads. Although, we've only been to 2, one in N. Little Rock and one in New Orleans, which is actually River Ridge, outskirts of Kenner, LA. The one in N.L.R. was much nicer than the one in Kenner and felt safer; it wasn't in a neighborhood; it is right off the interstate. At River Ridge, the park is in a horseshoe shape as another viewer said and would be more feasible driving if you could go out the other gate facing Jefferson Hwy, but I guess for security reasons, they keep it locked although the other stays open all the time, so I don't see the point. There are houses on both sides of the metal fence and all around the park. The ending road to the locked gate (sites 68 to 91) is in very bad shape and narrow. There's only one way to go, then you have to struggle to back into a very unlevel site and hope you can find a place to park your truck where no one will hit it pulling in and out. The water hookup is far from the site towards back of camper. All hookups worked fine for us; but our relatives next to us could not use their 30 amp hookup due to the park; instead, luckily they had one, they had to use their 50 amp. Good thing ours worked because we did not have that capability. The best sites are the row in front of the office. They save those for big coaches and rigs, although still tight to get in and out. The pool looked OK but not great. The water was not as crystal clear as I've seen at other parks. Staff is very friendly; they do help you get in and out of your site, thank God! We had gone for the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Treasure Chest Casino is a straight shot back up Williams Blvd. pass I-10 to the end of Williams. They also have a Cafe du Monde on Williams after you pass under the overpass of I-10 coming from Jefferson Hwy. Nice little St. Matthews Catholic Church on Jefferson not far from the park. I don't know if we'll be back to this park unless we can get a front row site. Still had a good time. Weather was great!
Date of Stay: February, 2012
Park was OK, a little tight driving through and parking. In fact, no room to park your truck after you unhitch; you have to park it sideways in your drive site, which ends up partly on the driving road. We had a back-in site to the Red River where the RR tracks are; and they are very loud. You can feel the earth shake when the train comes through, which is pretty often. Water hook up is very low to the ground, hard to attach your water hose. Sewer and electric was OK. Two dumpsters, one at each end of park. Wi-Fi was a problem at first. My husband was having problems so he took the lap top to the office and the office help was not sure themselves of how it works. Together, they did get it working. We were in one of the back-in sites along the river; numbers start from #1 through 12 on that row, start counting from the casino parking lot as #1. There is a free shuttle. The office will call for you up until 9 pm, then you have to use the payphone outside the office for the shuttle or just walk: its just a hop, skip and a jump from the RV park. Casino is fair, but they don't take your comps at any of the restaurants here on weekends. That's a bummer. This was our first trip here: may be back, may not. Price was fair. There are other shuttles in the area that will take you from one casino to another and to the RiverWalk for $3 a person and pick you up no matter what time of the night and up until 3 a.m. $15 up to 5 people if you want to go to Harrah's, which is in Shreveport, if you don't like to drive in the traffic at night. Course, you have to pay each way, going and coming. I guess my biggest gripe is that the streets are too narrow and the train noise is horrific! Happy Camping!
Date of Stay: December, 2011
Campground is very nice in areas, depending on what your preferences are. Very close sites and paved roadway but roads are very tight. Fortunately, we had a good site, G14, with picnic table, fire pit, BBQ pit, wrought iron patio set with 2 chairs, paved site and patio area. Very nice, except it rained the whole time until the day we left. Could not enjoy the environment. Utility connections were kind of spread far apart along the pad but we made it work. Not much room to park the truck after the camper was situated. Water connection was very close to the ground; hard to screw and unscrew the hose connection. Enrolled in VKR Rewards for $24 a year for 10% discounts since they don't take Good Sam. Pool looked very nice. Office workers were very nice as well. Wi-Fi worked great and so did cable TV. Wanted to use the dog park but it rained too much; from what I could see, it looked OK. Only one garbage receptacle located behind the office; you have to dump your own. We will probably be back; if not this park, another KOA.
Date of Stay: November, 2011
I gave it a 7 because this park did not meet up to my expectations according to the other reviews. True, they do have concrete pads and roads, patio, picnic table, BBQ pit, pavilion (don't get near there: crowded sites), water, sewage, electric 30/50, Wi-Fi (not working when we got here. Eventually during our stay it would work on and off). The cable TV we didn't use as the antenna on camper was sufficient. The cell phone worked well. We called ahead and requested 2 sites next to each other in a non-crowded area. Well, we got the 2 sites, but it was near the pavilion which is very crowded. The lay out of the campsites are weird; the patio with table and pit is not in front of your door so you could put your canopy out over it; they are all mostly near the street. The casino buffet for Thanksgiving was OK; cornbread dressing very mushy; desert was the best; price was high. The machines were tight; we couldn't spend enough to get comp'd; only $2 discount. For being a Good Sam Park, they would not take the $5 discount coupon; said we had to mail it in to Good Sam with the receipt from the park. What a bummer! There are better looking sites not as crowded on other end of the park. At least it looked like that. I may come back if I can get a decent site. Oh, don't near the water; the gnats are all over you when it rains and the water rises. Our electrical box had the cover broken off and I reported it, but they said it wouldn't hurt anything even if it rained, and it did rain, a lot. A shuttle does come by until midnight, then you'd have to get security to bring you back to the camp site. I think we will try another park next time we're down this way.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
Really do like the park when everything is working. 1) Main entrance blocked due to repairs on levee; had to come in the back way; 2) Speed limit 5 mph (how do they expect you to pull a rig going 5 mph; most parks are 10 mph; we are all responsible adults; we know to look out for children or anyone else or thing in the road.); 3) The web site states Hot Tub (beware not working) 4) The web site states free Wi-Fi (not working). Some people need internet to keep up with their jobs away from home; they depend on this; 5) The web site states Free Cable (not working) 6). The web site states Free Shuttle to casino(beware: not true) 7) Chalets are being put up the south end: meaning a more crowded park. All in all it was a pretty stressful weekend. I think the park should give discounts for the inconvenience of their guests. For the price they charge, $5 wouldn't break them. I do like the wide sites, especially ones facing the Mississippi. Very nice staff; I guess its not their fault for false advertising on their web site. This is our second trip here; the first one a year ago was an A+. Hot tub wasn't working then either; but I still like the park; it was just very inconvenient going from the south end of the park at 5 mph and traveling all the way to the north end to get out of the park. Also, at night, it is very hard to see the extreme turn in the street across from the office with no lighting. They need lights at the two corner turns. Enjoy your camping!
Date of Stay: September, 2011
One of my best parks to go to. $16 rate is with Good Sam discount and $5 coupon from Good Sam web site; plus we got one night comped with Players Card; we were there for 2 nights. Prices do not change from weekday to weekend. Nice, roomy, level paved sites. Nice large patios with picnic tables. Trash receptacles every other site on both sides of street. Wi-fi, cell and digital TV all work great. No problem with internet. 24 hour shuttle, which has improved as far as picking up from casino site back to camp. For Catholics, St. Philip Neri in Kinder with Sat. Mass at 4 pm and Sunday 8 & 10 am. Free newspaper at lodge. Pool opens March 15 every year and closes the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Weekend nightly buffet over $20 unless you have players card and enough comps on it to comp at least one meal, then I would say it's worth it. Comps are much better at this casino than any other I've seen. Staff is friendly and helpful. Enjoy!
Date of Stay: September, 2011
This is a kind of small park upon entrance considering the sites up front and across from the office; other sites further back seemed a little larger; but they stuck us in the first and second site right across from the office; was a little hard driving into the site; to unhook, the truck was blocking the entrance to the park, which was very inconvenient for us and people trying to get in. Wi-Fi worked good with code from office. Office employees had so many rules couldn't keep up. Staff was a little cocky at times. Price is cheap though; and free shuttle to casino 24 hours. Our site was very level; the water connection is very out-dated. Looks like some homesteaders are there to stay. Only one trash bin way to the far corner of the property. Went there from Biloxi to get away from Tropical Storm Lee, but it found us on Labor Day; we hitched up and left. Oh, got lost trying to find the place; came in on the wrong side of town according to my phone map. Town layout is pretty weird, but all in all, a nice little town. May be back if the park is upgraded and the staff is a little more people-friendly.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
Unlike the guy that rated this park a 1 in July, 2011, we love this park. It is not a field; the layout of the campers on some rows is somewhat different than other parks, but if you have a group of campers or even just 2, they can be set up to where the awnings will face each other and makes it a nice way to socialize with your family or friends in a site facing you. If you don't like this way, you can get a back-in near the trees or a very well kept concrete parking lot with all the hook-ups as far as I know; never tried those spots. We like the ones near the office and pool. The pool is always very clean when we go. We had reservations during Tropical Storm Lee from Friday to Monday; needless-to-say, we only stayed one night and then headed north on Saturday. The very friendly staff understood and didn't hold us to their cancellation policy; we only paid for one night. Love the free shuttle to Treasure Bay Casino. However, the fire ants did get me too. Still have the welts. Sites are pretty much level; Wi-Fi is good; didn't use cable, our digital TV picks up fine and so does cell service. Any problem you have, just call the service guy; he'll fix anything. He fixed their sewer connection when we were there back in May, 2011, so that our hose would fit properly. We always come back to this place. Prices do go up during holiday season however. But its all worth it.