Twenty two years of service in the Army and still chugging along. Love to be with family and friends, riding Harley's and taking it all in.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
Stayed here in our 33' trailer, and overall the stay was very pleasant. The primary purpose was to use this while we went to Holiday World. Check-in was easy. The staff very friendly. The park outlay was very nice with well paved roads. Many "permanent" rental sites but those sites were well maintained. Backing into our site was easy with no issues. The site itself was so so. Being very close to one of the camp stores ensured we had a steady stream of traffic to include the rentable golf carts from from the campground, which we did get. But I have to say between this stay and our last stay at a TT in TN I am beginning to have a disdain for golf carts. The ones here even though electric, they provide charging stations, had this annoying beeeeeeeeppppp when placed into reverse. You heard this sound throughout the night even after quiet hours. Very distracting. The camp store was very well maintained but for the one item we did need, paper plates, they were out and not expected to get any for a day or two. The big draw is its proximity to Holiday World Amusement Park and the free shuttle which takes you right to the front of the park. The campground has a nice water park but it costs extra, I believe. I am torn between recommending this park for anything more than a place to stay for Holiday World. I do not think it offers much more than that. But we were satisfied and would stay here again for the same reason.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
We stayed here during the Father's Day Weekend and as most reviews have stated the park is in need of some serious repair. With all the "annuals" living there it looks more like a mobile home park than a campground. We stayed in site 182b which was a large corner lot. But across the road from us was, as some Google reviews have stated, the "Strickland Hee Haw Gang" About 90% of the campsites on one of the roads is occupied by a member of the Strickland family and with the "home base" being the corner lot across from our site we got to enjoy constant, endless, never ending golf carts back and forth and forth and back. I am serious when I thought I was back in my suburban neighborhood. The folks were nice enough but gimme a break. There is no chance for a camper to get a lakeside lot as they are all occupied by annuals. The trading post is sparsely stocked with not the most friendly of staff. The rest of the staff seemed very friendly. The big draw for us was the really nice pool which we spent at least 8 hours in during the weekend due to our five year old. But the parks infrastructure is substandard at best. The recreation hall is aged in need of some serious upkeep. The roads are navigable but strewn with potholes and some of the sites are downright scary to back into due to erosion. Now don't get me wrong, our stay was pleasant, minus the golfcart 500 which began around 0800 and ended around 2200, and we would more than likely stay again. You definitely feel like an outsider though with all the annuals but we were not there for them. The surrounding area is awesome and offers tons of exploration due to the Natchez Trace Parkway. Our fee for our stay was zero based on Thousand Trails Membership.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
We stayed her for almost two weeks as part of our relocation to Fort Campbell, KY. We stayed in site 22. The parks location and ease of access to the Interstate is a big bonus. Plenty of room to maneuver. We saw several Big Rigs come into the park for overnights. There appear to be a handful of full time residents but their areas were well kept. The roads and spaces are gravel. The owners are very nice and the camp store has some good essentials. The park itself is not a destination and the owners admit this. It is across the street from a very active junk yard. But with my wife and me working, the sounds were no annoyance. The din from the Interstate is constant but once again it fades into the background. There is a pool, a volley ball net. and what appears to be horseshoe pits. But, based on the weather, almost 60% of the time the temps dipped to below freezing, there wasn't much opportunity to use the facilities. I cannot comment on the clubhouse or two rental cabins. We had minimum contact with others in the campground but those who did interact with us were cordial and friendly. Verizon 4g is good and the parks Wi-Fi is doable. There are two servers, one covering the north and the other the south part of the park. It is by no means high speed but did suffice. Around evening time you can tell the strain on the system as people come home and log on. We received about 15 over the air channels. Half of them religious and shopping. But the major networks are covered and the signal is strong. There is also an over the air cartoon channel which really helped with our little boy. I think this campground is a very good place for a military family with a camper to stay while they settle into the area. I highly recommend it as an overnight stay also. Overall a good solid campground which serves it purpose. We would definitely stay here again. Rate reflects our Good Sam discount and the stay six nights and the seventh is free.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
We stayed here over night with a Jayco 29QBH, my F150 6.5 Supercrew Cab, and my wifes Focus. I called ahead and secured a reservation. When we arrived around 8:00 pm the office was closed but no problem. I guess I forgot the Staff Lady wanted us to stay behind the camp store so I pulled into site 24, on the side of the store which is a pull-through. The campground at this time is occupied by many pipeline workers. One of them directed me to site 24 and related the site is used for over nighters. The site was perfect for our one night stay. Direct line of sight and sound to I-70 but the road noise didn't bother us. There is a lot of it though from this site. Good TV reception and being this close to the camp store provided us good internet service. The restrooms are very well maintained and the staff was nice and friendly. The rate is based on Good Sam discount. As an overnighter I would stay here again and would be interested to see the place in the spring. Temps on our stay dipped to 17 at night.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
Arrived around 7:30 pm to an almost abandoned campground. We were in site 62 and remained hooked up to the tow vehicle. Large pull through sites. Campground looks well kept and the staff were very friendly. Within earshot of I70, but road noise not an issue. As an overnight, this was a good choice. Rate is Goodsam and or Military. Good choice to eats just around the corner.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
This was our first stop on a trip from Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA to my new duty station at Fort Campbell, KY. Truly a wonderful find! At only $10.00 per night you get full hookup in a secured area, Air Force Security Forces man the gates, free laundry, access to a small Post Exchange, and just an overall nice place to stay. I made reservations, hard to come by for military camps as many are first come first serve. The lady was very courteous on the phone and related they would leave the keys to the power box on my site, site "F" if we were going to be a late arrival. We rolled in close to 2300 (11 PM for your military types) and there was a young, sharp Airman manning the front gate who within 30 seconds, checked our ID's (required to get on base) and had us on our way. The base itself is quite small when compared to Active Duty installations. This was very helpful though as we navigated the streets to the campground at night. As mentioned in a previous review, the campground is not a resort but provides concrete pads (ours was cracked on the back end) but leveling was not a problem as we were only staying the night and remained hooked up to the truck. I was able to place my 2011 F150 6.5 SuperCrew and Jayco 29QBH on the site without sticking out in the road. This did require backing up the absolute max distance. Hook ups are well maintained and sites are clean. Exercise field with a pavilion were close by as was a fitness center. Nice open field allowed me to run my dogs (with poop bags at the ready of course). Overall this would be a great place to stay to explore the area and the price simply cannot be beat. Very thankful for this benefit of being a Service Member.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
We stayed here after moving out of our house due to military orders. One of the quietest parks I have ever been too. And talk about green! The park is for DoD ID cards only. Located close to the runway of McChord AFB. You would think plane noise would be a problem but it wasn't. We stayed on site 37. Ample room for parking. The site itself was pretty level but if you have to set up in the hours of darkness, like I did, bring a headlamp because it is DARK! There is a large playground for kids and plenty of trails and low traffic roads. A running trail goes the entire length of the runway and into the base itself. Burger King and post shopping facilities are under 5 minutes away via car. The office staff are extremely friendly. There is WiFi available but we used my Verizon phone as a hotspot and had ample access. There is a clubhouse available as well as a large pavilion for rental. This would be an excellent place to stay if you wanted a base camp for exploring the Puget Sound area. For the money you can't beat it. Overall this a very nice campground and I would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This park is only available to Active Duty and retired Service Members. This was the second stop on a cross country trip. The camp only has 6 slots and is first come first serve. The camp sits at the end of the base and butts up next to a large park and running track. Very nice location but nothing over the top. Bathrooms are a 2 to 3 minute walk. We did not use the showers. I believe they are located in the physical fitness gym but I don't know for sure. The camp was perfect for an overnight and the $10.00 rate just couldn't be beat. Dump station was well maintained and the flush hose allowed me to hook up to my flush king and get a good cleaning on my tanks. An employee there was very helpful and gave us his personal cell phone number to facilitate a late arrival. One word though MOSQUITOS! After sun down they will eat you alive. I would gladly stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
Stayed here for one night in route for a cross country trip from WA to MI. I did not have a reservation and called maybe 30 minutes prior. This KOA is beautiful. Large and well kept. The staff was extremely friendly. We stayed in site 121. The rate reflects Active Duty Servicemember rate. Site was very level. It had two benches and a medium size fire pit. We bought some wood for $5.95. As stated the restrooms were very clean, as were the showers. Little pricey, but high season and nice campground made it worth it.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
Not so much a family friendly park. Our stay here has made me wish I never renewed my ROD membership dues. First off the campground would not honor my ROD membership due to my home resort blacking out ROD members. Finger pointing ensued and I as the customer ended up paying the public rate of $38.00 a night when ROD would have been for free. So, not happy with that as I think the campground could have afforded to let me stay at the ROD, fee free. In hindsight I think we should have stayed up the road. We wanted to use the campground as a base of operations as we explored the area including Crater Lake and the Lava Lands National Monument. We stayed in site E29. All the sites are pull through and accommodated our rig perfectly. The pool was nice and clean but as with the vast majority of the park needed updating. The playground though in existence was run down and contributed to the overall, non-kid friendly atmosphere. Many full timers here and though I am up to talking with folks, it seems I was doing EVERYTHING wrong as at least four individuals needed to come up and give unsolicited advice. The bathrooms, though clean and functional, except when a toilet was flushed, were outdated. Camp store is minimally stocked. Overall this campground would cater to: (1) Senior citizens who are full timers and stay in their rigs 24/7, (2) passer throughs. I would not stay here again and pay the $38.00 per night.
Date of Stay: January, 2012
We took advantage of our Thousand Trails membership, which meant we camped for free, during the weekend of the Icicle Festival in Leavenworth and are we glad we did! I had no problems making reservations only 48 hours out. The two foot of snow on the ground probably helped LOL but the staff really showed their dedication when 24 hours out they called to confirm our arrival and gave us driving tips i.e. come in on highway 2 then turn north before coming into Leavenworth to avoid having to go over two passes. Even en-route, staff called to make sure we were good to go and let us know our packet would be waiting for us on the board at the Ranger station. When we arrived we got our packet which had a hand written welcome in it and directions to the site. We were assigned site 93 but were told if we wanted we could get any site we could find. Due to the snow and the forecast for more the park was about 90% vacant if not more. Site 93 was a handicap site but based on reservations we were given it. It was located very close to the entrance and right next to the bathrooms in the Timber View area of the camp. The only problem was the placement of the 30 amp box but more in a bit. Getting our Jayco 29 QBH into the site was pretty easy and even for all the snow, it had been recently cleared, the site was pretty level. The water outlet for the site did not work even though it was thoroughly insulated which forced me to fill my fresh water tanks from and adjacent site, luckily my hose reached but still this was not a problem in the end. The park itself is HUGE!. With well over 300 sites dispersed in two or three areas. The winter environment was just spectacular and talking a walk in the mornings with a warm cup of Joe sure was peaceful. The bathrooms were extremely clean as were the showers. The family lodge was very very nice with a huge circular fire place that could have been lit if we wanted. The camp store was located in there but was closed. I was concerned because I saw a 30 amp extension cord which I was ready to buy because hooking up via the 110 outlet on the box was causing the circuit to trip. I located staff in the office above and asked if there was anyway possible for me to buy the cord. He said no problem and actually LENT us the cord! I tried to insist on paying for it but he would not let me. He only asked for me to clean it up and return it when we left. This was an extreme act of RV kindness and solidified our view of the park. Our two year old had a good time in the play room which even though is not a Chucky Cheese had enough to occupy him during our break from the snow. The downstairs of the Family lodge had two ping pong tables, a foosball, and air hockey game. The air hockey game took my .75 without giving up a puck but I think the activity center which was closed would have been the place to get that. Due to the weather I couldn't hook up my sewer line but did take advantage of the dump station without issue when we left. We want to make this an annual camping trip and will definitely come back. The customer service was top notch and the preserve is a good base camp for anything winter related and a good place to go and experience Leavenworth from. LOVED IT!
Date of Stay: December, 2011
I took my two kiddos, 17 year old son and 12 year old girl here so we could get a leg up on the clamming season which ran for two days, 22 and 23 Dec. About one week prior I contacted the park directly, I am a K&M Traveler level member, and at first reserved the 22nd and 23rd, but two days before leaving decided to get camp set up the night prior. I had no issues with adding the extra night. Getting there was a snap and upon arrival, around 1600, the front office was closed but the manager was outside. She politely told me my paperwork was in the late arrival and just to check in at 1000 the next morning. We got our paperwork and saw we were assigned site 123 which is the most western, beach side, corner of the park. As noted in previous reviews the park is divided into two sections, beach side and non beach side. The beach side is reserved for K&M members only. The non beach side has the club house and by appearance the sites look closer together but the park was around 10% full when we went. More on the non beach side later. We crossed a wooden bridge and found our site with no issues. It along with all the other sites I saw were hard packed gravel and there were very little trees, more on the non beach side. The site was really level only requiring a small amount of leveling on the left wheel. Beach access is via a trail which is about 700ft long. I could see a possible issue with flooded pathways during heavy rains but the park is upfront and relates they are not allowed to build any walkways or bridges because the dune area is state land, fair enough. Ease of access was a big plus but in the end we just drove the truck down to Ocean City and got vehicle beach access as it was more convenient for clamming. I did have an issue with the cable, thus the 9 rating. There is a $1.00 per night fee for cable which I find acceptable but when I hooked up, be sure to turn off your antenna boost, the picture was snowy and filled with lines. I got 10x better reception with my antenna. I notified the manager and a handyman promptly came out to look at the splitter and determined the splitter was bad. So no charge for cable but kind of a bummer esp with the rain hampering our campfire time at night. The bathrooms on the beach side also have the showers and they were very clean and the showers worked perfectly. Only downside I can see is limited availability as there are only two stalls. This could become an issue during peak season. The club house on the non beach side was very nice and cozy. Well maintained. It had a pool table, a couple of old arcade games, plenty of books, a couple of couches, and several "banquet" tables which were decorated for the Christmas Season. Free coffee, hot chocolate and cookies were available. Advertisements for Saturday breakfast and Friday ice cream socials made us wish we could have stayed an extra day. the bathrooms on this side were just a good as the beach side. The hot tub was closed so no review on that. This is the first time we have stayed here and I sure would like to come back. Staff was very friendly and the park looks to be very pet friendly. Beach access is a big plus and if you stay on the wooden bridge long enough you will see a plethora of wildlife to include otters in the water below. We also saw a Bald Eagle just hanging out on a piece of drift wood on the beach! Very nice park and a definite jewel in the K&M inventory.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
I stayed here for the Sturgis rally. Drove my Hog all the way from Seattle. I am a member of Thousand Trails and Resorts of Distinction but during the rally all bets are off. But that was okay. The campground is about 40 miles south of Sturgis so you are away from all the big time partying, if that is what you want. What makes this campground so good is it is centrally located to all the major rides, Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore etc. The campground was very well maintained. The cabin we stayed in can hold up to 5 but it would have been way crowded. We only had two and it was perfect. Inside are two bunk beds with one set having a full or queen size bed on the bottom. The cabin came with basic amenities. Microwave, coffee pot, small fridge, plastic utensils, linens, and a small flat screen TV. The cabin had AC and a small wall mounted heater. The construction was very solid and we felt secure sleeping in it. Outside was a picnic table and a fire ring. In actuality we did not spend a whole lot of time there as we were busy riding. The drive from the Buffalo Chip at 0100 in the morning was a little tiresome but knowing we would be away from all the hustle and bustle of Sturgis was good. Overall I highly recommend this campground. From what I saw of the camper sites they looked pretty level and well maintained. Excellent experience and would not hesitate to bring my rig there for a family stay.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
I am an active duty Soldier and while camping at K&M Beach-wood last year we meet a retired Navy guy who highly recommended this campground. It took almost a year but we finally got around to it and we are glad we did. First off make sure and check the campgrounds website for specific criteria as this is a DOD facility and not everyone can enter but if you make the cut I highly recommend this site. The drive to the front gate was a little "scary" as there are no signs whatsoever directing you to this location. It is a site which allows worldwide communication with the Naval Fleet and thus is well advertised. But as you trek down the well maintained 2 lane road it comes to an abrupt halt at the front gate. But no fear, it is manned 24/7 and as we approached the gate opened up. We checked in with the full time armed security who directed us to the MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) office where I checked in. The front desk staff are just too nice and very professional and helpful. We stayed in site 11. All the RV sites have a large cement pad to park on. But as we found out the pads are not level and slope. No problems. Some leveling pads and we were good. The sites have a type of water hook up I have never seen before. You attach your hose, and pull the lever up and in the process pull down a round bypass switch when then diverts water into the hose. Strange. Well ours was sort of broke and it took some wet sleeves and pair of needle noses to make it work but the camp host was Johnny on the Spot and assisted me and made sure maintenance was made aware. The sites are just perfect with enough trees to provide cover from the rain and spaced apart far enough to ensure privacy. As with all military MWR sites they offer all sorts of outdoor equipment for rent form horse shoes to mountain bikes. Activities were planned throughout the weekend including an ice cream social and hay ride. All the facilities are well maintained. To top it all off, since the site use to have an Officers Club, they have a nice bar in the top of the check in office and serve all sorts of beers and mix drinks at a fraction of what you pay in the civilian world. We didn't take advantage since we had our kiddos but looked to be a very nice gig. The other main draw is Twin Lakes. Following a somewhat narrow, semi-improved, curvy road up and down the mountains, you end up at a picturesque lake. No swimming but small boats are available for rent as well as entire fishing sets and you can buy a license. So much outdoor stuff to do! We will definitely come back again. Highly recommend to get reservations as early as possible. We booked for the Memorial Day weekend about three months prior. A+++ Good job Navy!
Date of Stay: April, 2011
This is one of best settings I have ever encountered. The views are phenominal. The big rig area is divided into basically three tiers which are at different levels. The middle tier which we stayed in, site 21, with our Jayco 29QBH, could have been challenging if we had neighbors on each side. There is a short but substantial drop off to the first tier which could make backing a big rig, esp TT a little challenging without cutting a corner through your neighbors site. The reservation process is a little bit of a pain but we had no problem with a first come first serve. Just make sure and check the available sites on their web site and if there are plenty left covering the length of your stay, you should stand a good chance of getting in. I checked the day before and day of. We had reservations at Diamond Point, K & M but based on Salt Creeks photos we chose to take our chances. Sites 1-5 are nice but could present a challenge for a big rig. The remaining sites, on the west side of the area are all dry and for the most part pretty small. We could have gotten into some of the sites but not the majority. The pull throughs look to be pretty unlevel. Our site was almost perfectly level side to side. The camp host was very friendly and firewood bundles are modestly priced. Firerings are provided and are very adequate. There is a dump station but no fill station, minus water points which you can fill water cans with. Playground is nice but designed for 5 and up. Plenty of trails and open spaces. I saw four or five horseshoe pits which looked to be very well maintained. The must see are the tidal pools which are just awe-inspiring. Our weather was near perfect with not one day of rain. Closest store is in Joyce about 10 minutes away. I can't wait to bring my in-laws up here as they will really dig the ocean and WWII bunkers, which are neat to explore. Bring good shoes for the tidal pools though as volcanic rock is kind of jagged.