Date of Stay: October, 2012
This is still a true campground great for families! Stayed with my husband and grandchildren. Easy to find. Entrance sign well-lit. Roads bumpy, some paved. Nice, relaxed owners focused on constant improvement. 90 wooded acres with large, spacious sites easy for big rigs to maneuver in and out of. There are over 3 miles of trails to walk or drive a golf cart. A beautiful new in-ground, saltwater pool; clubhouse w/kitchen to rent; bathhouse w/laundry facility; playgrounds; horseshoe pits; go-cart track; 30/50 amp sites, some FHU; easy access dump station; onsite propane; cute rental cabins; great tent sites; pavilions; great outdoor stage used for an occasional Christian/Gospel concert; pet friendly and free Wi-Fi which is great for browsing and email, but too slow for downloads/videos. They are starting activities such as potlucks and fun family weekends too.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
Length of stay was seven days. The website does not reflect the beauty of the park. You can make a reservation through the website, but I did not like using it. It said there were pull-through sites, but I didn't see any when we got to the park. I suggest calling. The park was hard to find using GPS, as it was not accurate on truck GPS or my phone app. Nice park entrance and office. Friendly staff. New managers. Sites are difficult to get into with a big rig. Lots of trees and no pull-through sites. Electric not so good: only 30amp. Some sites without water. Bathrooms dated, but clean. Scenery gorgeous! Beautiful lake, but no boats to rent. During the week, we had it practically all to ourselves; weekends bring a respectful, family crowd. Verizon phone access great; no T-mobile access. No internet. Went to the library in downtown Mapleton for access which was pretty decent (although the staff was not aware they had wireless). Small town with just a couple of restaurants. Charming little tea house there! Great area for biking as the roads are paved, marked for biking, and little to no traffic due to it being farmers country. (They don't have to drive to work!) Rates typical for a county park. $18 p/night, but they do have a senior discount. We will stay again as it's located by family, but if another park popped up with easier access for a big rig, we would probably, sadly switch.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
Stayed for 10 weeks during the summer of 2012. The website makes the resort look more luxurious than it is. A good listing of attractions in the area. They are not connected to social networking. I found most of the online reviews pretty accurate, and would average them out to a two-star destination. Membership resort, so rates vary from member to member. Confusing! They do try to get members to upgrade, but a negative attitude flows, due to the resort going downhill. Close to RT 2. Port Clinton is a water town, and about five miles away. The only thing missing from town is a laundry facility. Went all the way to Fremont for that. The entrance to the resort is beautiful! Problem is security does rounds a few times a day which creates a long line at the entrance. RV sites need a lot of work. Grass kept cut. Nice lakes. Roads good. Facilities are hotel, marina, RV area, recreation building with two pools (in and out), game room, racquetball courts, playgrounds, pool tables, snack bar, store, rental boats, laundry facilities, cottage rentals. Everything is looking run down. Terrible laundry facilities. Dryer out of order the entire stay, in both the RV area and hotel. Pool is nice, but they’ve started a new policy where guests have to go to the entrance every day to get a wrist band. They are also charging $5 for guests. When I asked why the bands were not available at the pool area, I was told, “Too many people were complaining to the employees, so they moved it to security. It was not to inconvenience guests.” Unfortunately, it does! Marina is sadly empty. RV area is run down and electrical units need repair. Putt-Putt area ripped up, non-functional. One racquetball court not up and running two years in a row. Playgrounds okay. Community feeling within resort is non-existent. No activities to bring guests together. Something is wrong here. There does not seem to be communication among the employees. The overall attitude is it’s all about making their job easier, not treating the guests with professionalism to encourage return visits. It’s also odd when making a reservation, they always give the impression the place is full, but in reality it’s empty. No pet parks, but also everyone seems to do a good job of cleaning up after their pets. Great walking areas. It’s free wireless with several towers. Way too slow over the weekends! Otherwise, I was able to watch a video with few slow downs. I have T-Mobile; husband Verizon. Lost a signal every once in a while, but overall no problems. My lasting Impression is something is wrong. Either owners are just not involved or don’t care. I have never seen the manager out and about in two years. Members are as a whole, not happy. They don’t seem to know how to generate profit without hitting their current members.
Date of Stay: April, 2012
Website easy to maneuver through and understand. Pictures stick to depicting the facilities. Rates easy to find. Good social network - Facebook, Twitter and Youtube (lots of great videos). Daily rates competitive; annual is the best in the valley. Surrounding area (Apache Junction) not aesthetically charming. Entrance into the resort easy to find and welcoming. The grounds are a well-manicured parking lot. 258 RV-only sites; tight fit and odd sizes. Just air between sites. Staff will escort you to your site and guide you away from running into anything. Facilities are classy and clean. Clubhouse facility includes office, lobby, activity room, computer room, card room, activities office, library, bathrooms with showers, exercise room with a hair salon and massage area, pool and patio, outside bar, mini golf green, laundry room, billiards and dart room, exercise room, mailroom. The only thing missing? A hall to house large crowds. Friendly, welcoming and young-at-heart crowd. Great sense of community. Volunteers never a problem. Being that it’s a smaller resort, everyone knows everyone – which is mostly good here. 30% Canadian community. Some claim “clicky,” but personally I had no problem joining which ever and as many clicks as I chose to. They are a very inviting group. If you’re shy, they will try to pull you in. If you like to keep to yourself, they will leave you alone. The workers are mostly pleasant and helpful. There are a few “bulldogs” who holler out rules embarrassing residents. Lots of great activities. Several clubs, including golf, card games, motorcycle and ATV club, cooking clubs for men and women, exercise classes, etc. Check out their online, interactive calendar. Very pet friendly. Four areas designated for pets. These are the only areas available within the resort for pets to take care of business, and this is strictly enforced. Sometimes the odor is overwhelming in these areas, but the staff does their best to bleach them down. The water is very hard here – terrible! And if you have allergies, boy will they kick in; if you don’t have allergies, you might get them in this area! Tip: get some local honey and take a teaspoon a day, but it’s got to be local. Superstition Market just down the road carries a nice variety. Free wireless, but HORRIBLE! In and out constantly, slow. If you need internet, just breakdown and get your own connection. T-Mobile and Verizon worked fine here. If you are looking for a lot of amenities such as sports courts, golf course, grass, trees, spacious facilities, this is not the resort for you. If you are someone who is looking for a tight community that makes do with what they have and has fun doing it, this is the place for you. Although Apache Junction has little to offer, the surrounding area has a lot! Less than 30 miles to the mountains and lake; 30 miles to city life in Phoenix.