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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

New Shady Rest Campgroud, Mammoth Lakes, California

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

New & Old Shady Rest are 2 separate CGs right across the road from each other and just behind the Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center on the main road into town. The are both FS CGs & the nice thing about them is you can walk into town & restaurants from both. They are older CGs and, as the other posts mentioned, navigating through them & parking for anything over 30 ft can be problematic. We usually pull into the Visitor Center & leave the RV in the lot & first drive the loops with our toad to find a suitable spot. These are both heavily used CGs, so I would recommend arriving well before the weekend if you are in a larger RV as your spot suitability may be limited. Be aware that as of June 2016, some of the other FS CGs are closed due to flood damage and the VC told us New Shady Rest will be FCFS all season. I think handling the campers from the other closed CGs will add to the demand on these CGs. Otherwise, the sites are mostly heavily treed and leveling can be a challenge. Hosts on on-site and very helpful & friendly. We camped at New Shady Rest Campgroud in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nice Vons in town & Rite Aide across the street.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

The Inn at Benton Hot Springs, Benton, California

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an interesting spot. 10 boondocking spots are available, each attached to a private HOT tub. The location is amazing, with great views of the mountains while you are soaking away. A bit pricey at $60.00 a night, but you are paying for the hot tub experience, 24/7 soaking. It is very quiet, no music is allowed and since it is clothing optional, most people stay in their designated spot which is surrounded by cottonwoods and small fences for privacy. Porta potties are on site, but no water or dump site available, so come with empty tanks & full water & your beach towels. Call for reservations, it was full every night mid-week, esp. if you have a larger rig. We camped at The Inn at Benton Hot Springs in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

About halfway between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, very scenic areas.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Silver Cove Resort, Silverlake, Washington

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our first time staying here and we liked the park so much we stayed an extra night. It is in a beautiful location with lots of grass and trees and canals and ponds running through the park. It is VERY well maintained and the showers/bathrooms were spotless. The staff were helpful and friendly. Some of the spots are not as level as others, but they are very spacious and the interior roads were easy to navigate. The park is off the main road to Mt. Saint Helens, so it is convenient as a base for visits up the mountain. It is also quiet at night as it is a rural area. Would absolutely stay here again. We camped at Silver Cove Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Definitely make the drive to the Johnston Observatory for a tour of the Visitor Center and great views of the volcano. Also enjoyed the Hoffstadt Visitor Center where we enjoyed a good lunch on the patio deck overlooking the river and volcano.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Elks Lodge #2642, Sequim, Washington

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice Elks Members only facility in a rural area of Sequim. There is a level grassy area with W/E hookups behind the Lodge. It's very quiet, with no road noise. There are also dry camping spots, but it was not close to being full when we were there in Sept. after Labor Day. The Lodge is open for lunch most days and the bar opens in the evenings. It is easy to access from Port Williams Avenue and easy to hook-up the tow. There is no sewer connection or dump on-site. WiFi is available in the Lodge, but did not reach our site. We camped at Elks Lodge #2642 in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Sequim has a charming downtown with restaurants and coffee shops. All the big chain grocery/general merchandise stores are nearby.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Westbay Marine Village RV Park, Victoria, British Columbia

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very tight RV park located in a dense urban area. The perimeter spots have great views of the Inner Harbour of Victoria and the adjacent Marina. Unfortunately, we were stuck in an interior spot with views of our neighbors' RVs. There is no privacy between spots & they are close. There are some full-time units, but everything was well-maintained and bathrooms/laundries were clean. Harbor taxis stop right at the Marina, so it is easy to get downtown. Also, very close to the Black Ball Ferry line. Spots were level & utilities convenient. We camped at Westbay Marine Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
42
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Royal BC Museum is great. Drive to Sooke, west of Victoria was beautiful. Traffic in Victoria is terrible - town is growing and construction is everywhere.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Crystal Cove Resort and RV Park, Tofino, British Columbia

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $68.00
Overall Rating:      

The RV sites are located on the grounds of an upscale resort with cabins. The location on McKenzie Beach is spectacular and the resort grounds are beautifully landscaped. There are nice touches like free coffee/tea, papers, DVDs and firewood. The employees are exceptionally helpful and friendly. The restrooms are kept clean even with constant usage from the big groups and families who are coming and going all day from the beach. The negatives are the small RV sites which are not at all big rig friendly and the narrow interior roads. There is no parking control, so people are allowed to park their vehicles on the road in from of their site because the sites aren't long enough to accommodate both camper & tow (or trailer and truck). This makes it even more difficult to navigate the tight interior turns. We camped at Crystal Cove Resort and RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
81
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Wild Pacific Trail great hiking. Chocolate Tofino has great ice cream.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground, Nanaimo, British Columbia

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a hard campground to review because it is so big and the sites so different depending upon where you are located. Most sites are forested and shady, although they have some tent sites on the beach or on a bluff which would get more sun. The same goes for privacy - some sites have very little and some have more where you can't see your neighbors. They charge extra for showers, which I find annoying in a private campground where you are already paying more for than a public campground. The staff in the front office was always helpful and friendly despite being non-stop busy, as you can imaging in a 200 plus site campground. This is a very family oriented place with lots of kids, especially in the summer there were big groups around. Quiet time isn't until 11PM, which is a bit later than I prefer, especially when the sites are so close together and voices/noise carry easily. Interior roads were narrow and should be one-way or better delineated for traffic flow as there is a lot of speeding, despite the signs warning of "kids everywhere - slow down." Sites mostly level. WiFi OK, but don't expect to download or stream, they will bounce you to dial up speed, even though you are paying extra for WiFi in the first place. We camped at Living Forest Oceanside RV Park and Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
81
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take the BC Ferry to Gabriola Island for an easy day trip or to Salt Spring Island for an overnight jaunt. The bakery in neighboring Ladysmith on the main street is yummy as is the ice cream at the Sweet Shoppe.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Evergreen Coho SKP Park - Escapees Park (members only), Chimacum, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our first time at an Escapees Park and we were totally impressed - what a well-run place. From the super-clean restrooms, the beautiful landscaping, the sign-up procedures to use the laundry (and "solar dryers"), the clubhouse, etc., it showed a lot of pride of ownership. We stayed in the Guest hook-up spots which were level, with plenty of spacing between the rigs for chairs, awnings, without being right on top of your neighbor. The only park WiFi is at the Clubhouse, so bring your own hot spot if you want to get on the internet from your rig. We camped at Evergreen Coho SKP Park - Escapees Park (members only) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great local farmer's markets in Port Townsend & Chimacum. Had the BEST ever homemade pie from the Chimicum Cafe, right next door to their post office.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Tillamook Elks Campground 1437, Tillamook, Oregon

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice RV park, located in an open meadow setting south of town. The Elks Lodge itself is located in the town of Tillamook. There is nice spacing between sites and they were fairly level. The hosts have local info & provide you with drink tickets for the Lodge, which is a nice touch. The place was pretty busy on a Sunday night, so be sure to call ahead, esp. if you want one of the 11 pull-though sites. My only complaint was the bathroom building - it is pretty basic, like something you find in a state park (cinder block walls and concrete floors) and there were no showers. With all the open space around this park, it needs an equally nice and inviting restroom with shower. Quiet at night with little/no road noise. We camped at Tillamook Elks Campground 1437 in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Air museum nearby. Tillamook Cheese Factory was PACKED with lines out the door on a Sunday later afternoon.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Elks Lodge #2581 (Members Only), Ocean Shores, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

There are 10 water/electric sites available in the parking lot of the lodge, just a block or so off the main drag. The sites were REALLY close together, as in all you can see is the side of your neighbor's rig when you are parked. A little too close for me, but for a night it was OK. The lot is gravel and nothing special - no plants or trees for shade/privacy. Also, it backs up to a HUGE electric substation-type place, so if you worry about that sort of thing, that's a factor to consider. Quiet at night, no road noise from the highway. We camped at Elks Lodge #2581 (Members Only) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Ocean Shores is a typical beauty tourist town with lots of things to do and see. Beaches and a lake nearby. Also, check out the Interpretative Center, which is really fascinating. You can drive on the beach in spots. There is a big casino down the road.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Wow - this is a really spectacular location right at the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. It is a very popular place and when we arrived without reservations around 10:30AM on a Monday, we were lucky to get 1 of 2 spaces left. No walk-ins apparently. The CG is arranged in loops of 10 sites each, which is very nice and intimate instead of the long rows of sites that is usual in most state parks. The sites were nice and long, no problem backing in with our 30ft MH and room for a tow in front. There is lots of privacy in the back and not so much between sites. Bathrooms were clean and showers were coin operated. We camped at Cape Disappointment State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
114
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great hikes in the park and a terrific Lewis & Clark Center near one of the 2 lighthouses. It was freezing in late July - windy & gray - so dress accordingly.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Collier Memorial State Park, Chiloquin, Oregon

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We were in a pull-out that was very tight and right next to the road. All of the sites in the hook-up section felt very crowded and I was worried someone would clip our tow car making the turn around the loop. I would have preferred to get a non-hook up site which seemed spaced a little further apart, but the trees at the entrances to each site were really close together and those sites weren't angled. Bottom line, for a 30ft MH with tow car, we were a little limited. The place was packed mid-week in July as they had a big group of 33 taking up most of the hook up spots. Perhaps a group site would be nice for them, not sure if they have them.

Otherwise, the park was nice, clean and had very friendly hosts. We camped at Collier Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Interesting login museum and river trails right in the park area - no need to get in a car and drive.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Elks Lodge #1858 , Florence, Oregon

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the nicest Elks Lodge RV facilities we have seen. Unlike most Elks, where you stay in a parking spot behind a lodge in town, this is actually an RV park for Elks members only, about 5 miles north of the Town of Florence. It has back-in and pull-through sites, plenty of shade and room between sites. There are plantings between sites to provide privacy. The showers & restroom are spotless and the grounds are well maintained. The staff is helpful and pleasant. The sites have only water & electric hookups, but there are 2 convenient dump stations on the grounds. We camped at Elks Lodge #1858 in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Old Town Florence is charming and has lots of great shops and restaurants for strolling around. We were here in July and the mornings were calm, but the winds kick up in the afternoons. Fred Meyer's grocery is convenient to the Elks RV park.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Casey's Riverside RV Park, Westfir, Oregon

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We just love this park. It is our second visit in 3 years. It is located on a beautiful stretch of river, with most sites having a riverfront view. Most are pull-throughs, with some back in sites. The showers/restrooms are spotless. There is a nice pavilion with tables for anyone to use. They also have a soft-serve ice cream machine for guests - very nice touch. It is quiet and located away from the highway. The only negative is the extremely slow WiFi - it was either so slow or someone was using up all the broadband - we simply couldn't stay connected and just gave up. Otherwise, no complaints at all. Registration was easy & Host was great. landscaping and site maintenance impeccable. We camped at Casey's Riverside RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
46
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Days End RV Park, Standish, California

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great little park with easy access off of Hwy 395. It was quiet, small, adult-oriented and the restrooms were spotless. The sites were well-maintained and nicely spaced. No leveling required. We were only passing through and just stayed the night, but if there was something to see in the area, I would not hesitate to use the RV park as a base for exploring for a couple of days. I would not hesitate to come back again and will probably stay here on our return trip. We camped at Days End RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

We enjoyed sitting at our site in the afternoon after it cooled off and taking in the rural countryside - great views!

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