Date of Stay: October, 2015
I've posted many reviews on Dockweiler. Park's pretty much the same as always. Decent neighbors and no disruptions. Some non-park negatives are that the beach had many more night parties than usual on the weekend (more fire rings, I think), and the ocean water was pretty dirty on our weekend stay.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
Take online reservations with a grain of salt. Our gravel pull-through full-hookup site was actually a dirt back-in water/electric only site. Front desk acted surprised at the error, even after processing my check-in that said it was a full hookup site. Park was booked solid, so we were stuck for the first night. They moved us to a proper site that opened up the next morning and gave us a discount. This KOA shows quite a bit of wear and tear, though they keep it fairly clean. I've deducted two points for the registration error and one for decrepit facilities. P.s. Best phone in that reservation.
Date of Stay: December, 2014
We still love Dockweiler, but this time it wasn't as clean as usual. There was evidence of *multiple* sewer overflows (scattered TP bits). The park is pretty empty at the end of December, and we don't mind the winter berm. I just noticed a sign for a $3 charge per dog. We'd already paid, so they let it slide. We'll be back, as usual.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
Due to budget cuts, there was no visible staff presence. Not even rangers. The visitor center is closed in the off season, as is the dump station (even though there's a sign saying the dump station is open on Sundays). Other than that, the campground is the same as ever. Nobody seems to be taking advantage of the lack of park supervision to behave badly.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This park was a wonderful surprise. We reserved a full-hookup executive site in F. The hookups worked well, the site was clean when we arrived, and we had a quiet loop. Nice playground and the loop was very kid-friendly – lots of kids playing nicely and riding bikes. The camp store is the best we've seen. It was well-stocked and the prices were decent. We went to the water park twice on weekdays and it wasn't too crowded. My kids loved it. The staff everywhere we went was friendly. The cafe near the boat ramp serves good food for decent prices. We'll be back.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This our third stay here. I've never had an issue with their Pet Friendly reputation. They've never given us a hassle over our lab mix. It has one good-sized decent dog park and two so-so dog runs. That's "pet friendly" in my book. Kids loved the pool and we didn't have much need for the beach. They had the floating platform at the beach. I'd advise against staying at the beach end of the park. Spots are cramped, noisy, and unattractive. The other end is *much* nicer in all respects…though we left right as the summer crowds were ramping up and I could see the level of activity increasing. We'll save some money next time and just find a place with pools only.
Date of Stay: March, 2014
Updated Waterfront to "no." It's at least a quarter mile before you get to water. Nice view though, and the front row sites are pretty nice. We stayed in a pull-through loop with other dog owners. Large unfenced gravel area for the dogs. Nice staff. Sewer hookup was slow. Park is inside Lake Mead Recreational Area so we paid another $10 for one week's access.
Date of Stay: March, 2014
We stayed in Atlatl's water/electric sites. Free dump station at entrance. Arrived Monday at 1pm with plenty of sites to choose from. As the week progressed, sites were harder to come by because the campground filled up by nightfall. By the time we left on Thursday, people were circling looking for people who were packing up so they could claim their spot. Great location – kind of expensive. Showers by the check in kiosk are warm and free. Other showers are 25 cents for 5+ minutes with uneven shower spray. Arch Rock sites have spring-loaded water spigots generously spread throughout campground.
Date of Stay: March, 2014
We spent one night here to see a few sites and then moved on. Nice staff. They put is in the back row where it was pretty quiet. Large pull-through site with good utilities. Gravel dog run was pretty large. Good location and well-kept, but that's about it.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
There was so much to do here that we didn't even take a planned side trip into Solvang. The drive up from Santa Barbara wasn't *that* bad if you're taking your time. Lots of trails, space, and shore to explore. Nice play structure for the kids. Saw a sign for a dog park, and there's a laundry facility on the campground map. Rented a boat and cruised the lake. Site was completely level. Minus one for general wear and tear, and minus one for fireproof firewood at the store.
Date of Stay: December, 2013
We've stayed here ten or so times, but never so close to Christmas. The place was about a third full. They even let us stay several hours past checkout for no charge since nobody had reserved our site. They also let us get a second parking pass for $5 per day, even though it was the weekend. The staff was super friendly as usual and the place continues to be well-maintained. My young kids LOVE the winter berm. Other families brought snow sleds to ride the hill. And the youth center had a free Christmas carnival with snow, bouncers, and crafts. If you park at the north end of the park, you still get a good view of the ocean. As usual, it'll be closed in January for upgrades and maintenance. We'll be back again and again.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
This was our second visit. This time we picked site #4 for its seclusion and space. The state continues the nice upgrades. The handicap sites #1, 2 have shade shelters, nice restroom, and even a hose-friendly spigot. Handicap #6 is nice as well. They're adding yet another handicap site up near the cliffs. The handicap sites are well-suited for a Class C or smaller. The dump station was open on Sunday Oct. 20th for a "trial run" from 9 to 5 or so. Fifteen dollar fee to dump, but I didn't take advantage of it, nor did anybody else it from what I saw. We really enjoyed the weekend and we will return.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
We had Site 53 right on the river. It, and the two sites to each side, is wide enough to park sideways so the front door faces the river. Very hot, but the shade and excellent swimming hole kept us cool. No Verizon service in Three Rivers or anywhere else in or around the Sequoias. All mapping services we checked gave us good directions. Just keep a watchful eye as you approach the entrance so you don't pass by and have to turn around. Staff was ever-friendly and helpful. We loved our stay and hope to return.
Date of Stay: March, 2013
Ladies at check-in were friendly and helpful, even when dealing with the difficult people in front of us. Great pool facilities! Sites are plenty big, and not too off-level. I checked Yes for Pull Through sites because if you park in the southern Overnighters and Groups section, it's pretty empty so you can drive through a neighboring spot. The drive into Palm Springs is an easy drive, so it doesn't seem so long. Quiet at night. Full-timers and residents are friendly. Above average dog park. Would love to return.
Date of Stay: March, 2013
Big thanks to the camp host who posted the earlier review. As stated, this is the last camp to fill up. Tried Jumbo and Belle but they were long since full. Spring Break is no different than any other peak weekend. Campers show up on Thursday evening to grab a spot. Most of them leave Sunday morning. Our 29 footer fit in one of the back in spots with room on the side for our truck. Nice and quiet, even though full. Great hiking. Hope to return again to Jumbo or Belle for easier access to boulder climbing for the kids.