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This is our second stay at Pine Near and we just love it here. Last year we have a few feet of snow but this year, almost no snow. People are finding out about this wonderful place; there were lots more people here this time. There is nothing terrible remarkable about the sites themselves - some are in better locations than others. They have nice trees in the summer. But the people are what makes it special, specifically the manager. She is not rigid which we love. So many park people that run campgrounds are so rule-bound that it takes some of the fun out of camping. But this manager flexes . They are putting together a group camping room which will bring our Airstream group up north for a rally, for sure. We come here for the balloon festival - it was all so much fun. Thank you, Pine Near.

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I really liked this little park so much. It is right off 395 so you can hear some road noise. The center sites have water and electric while the perimeter sites do not. We had one with hookups. There are many lovely trees to provide shade and fire rings. The table pads are concrete and the sites are gravel/dirt. I like it most because of the lovely shade trees. We would definitely camp here again.

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This campground was a ways off our route, but well worth the extra travel. The price reflects the Golden Passport rate. Sites are very widely spaced, a huge plus for me. They are all deep in trees with fire rings (which we used each night) and sturdy picnic tables. The camp host is a true delight and she made the experience so much nicer. She knows all about the lake and can answer any questions you might have about the area. There is a nice marina store nearby with newspapers and all the stuff you need. We went at the end of the season and I can imagine in the summer that this place might be very busy and popular. There are loops with full hook ups, water and electric and no hookups, something for everyone! There is a dump station right across the road for $5 for the loops without full hookups, so we opted for water and electric only so we could be farther from the road. This is a gorgeous area and we would definitely come and stay at this campground again.

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Sorry, but I don't agree with the previous reviewers and for a couple of very specific reasons. We called ahead for a reservation because the website looked so lovely and because it was right on the river and we have dogs who love to swim in the river. We had asked for two spaces together as we are traveling with friends. Now, the picture on the website of palm trees and grass is there, yes and it is lovely. But there is another side to this park - a gravel lot that backs up to a chain link fence with no vegetation whatsoever - bleak describes it best. There were two spots right next to each other in the "pretty" area and as both couples arrived separately, we asked for those sites. When I asked, could we please be there, the woman shrugged her shoulders and said "I thought about putting you there but no, I'm putting you in space 4 (which is by the desolate fence area). We watched carefully and NO ONE took those sites that night. The other negative for me is that when I went to do the laundry, there were no lights in the laundry room. Perhaps a couple light bulbs were burned out in the ceiling fixture but the wall switch light had been replaced with a blank plate so using the wall switch was no longer possible. It was pitch black in the laundry, with the exception of some light from the outside. It was scary to be in there in the dark when some guy comes in, after having a few drinks, looking around! I took my husband back with me to get our things from the dryer and he's a contractor and also couldn't find any lights that were functional. My next complaint is the check in system. It took close to 20 minutes to check in And in the end, I got three separate pieces of paper. It seemed such overkill. It was easier to apply for my Global Entry card with Homeland security! In addition, we were given three pages of rules - there were exactly 50 rules, in rather specific legalese. Really? Now for the good things. The pretty RV spots are really pretty - nice green grass, well tended spaces, palm trees, very very nice. There is a great little cove where the dogs can swim, protected, safe, clean, very much a plus. The club room looked nice and tidy. The pool was being worked on while we were there. Overall, the thing about the spaces left a bad taste in my mouth. There was just no reason not to let us stay in those nice spots and delegate us to the fence. So if you plan to stay, ask which spots are available. The pretty spots are down the middle. And it seems to me that lighting should be watched carefully.

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We enjoyed camping here. It's a pretty desert area and there is a lot of room between spaces. There are a few trees here and there but nothing for shade. You have to go to the visitors center first if you get in before 5 PM to register. You can self-register at the campground if you get in after 5. Kind of backwards, I think, and inconvenient. The price of $25 with no discounts available for seniors or anything else. We did get electric and water hookups which was nice; there is a dump station. We could hear a train going all night, which was a little distracting. At the season we went, there were lots of little stickers in the ground and our dogs got them in their feet and so did we in flip flops. I'm thinking this might be seasonal. There are very nice picnic tables and the spaces are flat and easy to park in - lots of pull-throughs on the outer edges also. If you interested in archeology, you might stay longer but if not, you might not stay too long. We would stay here again.

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First, I can't speak to the restroom issues - didn't use them. But the views cannot be beat. And our site had water and electric. I wouldn't think this would be as great in the summer, although you could use the electricity for air conditioning, I supposed. The picnic tables have nice covers over them for shade, there are nice concrete paths from the camping spot to the table area, it was wonderfully breezy. Our spot is quite private. The check in lady was so nice. If I wasn't worried about snakes for us and our dogs, I would give this a 10, no question, but I do worry about that here. But we would most definitely return here in the future. And a little tip: spot 57 in the Buffalo loop is Amazing.

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If you had an option for 8.5, that's what we would have chosen. KOA's sites are all a little closer together than we like. It's a business, not a state or even a county park. Space is at a premium. Having said that, I asked in the reservation request for a space with a tree and privacy and that's exactly what they gave us. The host was extremely nice when we came in, he was ready for us and told us about the 3 acre dog park as I had indicated that we had pets (we actually have 2 labs). I consider that dog park a huge plus for us - Huge. If we can get these dogs tired, they are less likely to wake us up at 6 am. There is a nice gift store with a small grocery and essentials and we have full hook ups and they have a great laundry room and pool table and community room, big screen TV. All are immaculate. We also have a great view from site #20. I think when evaluating KOA campgrounds, one must remember that this venture is a money making business and one cannot really compare it to government run parks. There is a time and place for both. I would definitely stay here again. Kudos to the park for the care obviously given.

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We thought this was quite a nice park. The campsites are very well spaced so as to make each site have some privacy - they are not crammed together at all. It is right next to a golf course and we camped in a very back space next to the golf course, which was not an issue. There is a train that comes at various times, I think once during the night. That took off a point as I couldn't go back to sleep right away after that. There was also a bit of an odd smell at our site but there was a big culvert there and we were a little close to a pond with green scum on it in the golf course - not the fault of the park of course. If there had been an option for 8.5, I would have given that. We would certainly stay here again.

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What a lovely little park this is. Yes, it has slots in a big parking lot formation, but it has well kept grass and nice trees between each site, and it has a HUGE pet area where we could throw the ball for the dogs. It is also very close to the river and has a terrific walking path. we would definitely stay here again. We went in the fall, so I don't know how busy it would be in the summer, but in September, it was quiet and peaceful and not too many campers. We did get a spot away from the road which was good. I think most campers would be quite happy with this little spot, indeed.

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I LOVE this little gem of a park. The sites are hugely spaced apart, grass, trees, water, pet friendly, lots of walking areas, and $15? This place is my ideal camping situation, really. If you like close neighbors, concrete, stay in your camper most of the time, you won't love it here. But if you love getting, being outside, lots of space between trailers, you are gonna love it here!

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This is a good wayside campground for a night or two. It is quiet and clean and good Internet connections, for certain. Yes, there are some long-termers but we didn't find that distracting. There are lost of nice trees and shade. The campsites are a little compressed together but not bad, actually. Though it is near the freeway, we did not hear any freeway noise during the night. The people were friendly and courteous. This is not a destination campground like a state park might be, but it is pleasant and not too far from the main Baker City. One thing I will note: our dog got into some foxtail the day before and was having a very rough time. We took her to the Baker City Animal clinic and the vet and staff were AMAZING. We got right in, got excellent care and would highly recommend if you need animal care to go there. Very impressive.

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As we approached this place once we got off Highway 40, it was one wow after another. I felt like we were in Bryce Canyon with all the amazing rock formations. They are positively stunning. This place is not easy to find - look for the Red Creek and Strawberry Pinnacles sign to turn off. It is easy to miss and we did miss it and had to go back. Part of the road is dirt (not much) and the roads are very narrow but completely doable. The lodge and cabins and camping are on two different little roads, and the river is in between with two bridges to connect the locations. As the other reviewer commented, the campsites are in kind of a bowl area with these amazing huge rocks surrounding it. Lots of hiking possibilities. I would have given it a 10 but it needs some upkeep. But we would definitely come again and stay for longer. I felt like I was kind of in a different world there.

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This is a great little find of a park. it is just off Highway 40 and I would have given it a 10 except you can hear a little bit, just a little bit, of road noise. The showers and restrooms are clean, though we did not use them There is a nice little laundry, two washers and two dryers. The reception people are friendly. There's a lovely walk on a gravel pathway near the river that goes a ways into the woods. The sites are well spaced and have small trees planted between them, though they are not tall yet. Lots of open space and many sites have these wind shelters around the picnic tables that look like they would be needed on many days, though when we were there, it was not windy. There were just a few mosquitoes around. We would most definitely stay again in this nice little park.

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We were the first overnight stayers at this park. The park is still very much under construction at the time that we stayed in June. That fact certainly influences our opinion about the camp. While we were there, they were dumping huge loads of gravel, starting at 7:30 in the morning and then grading the gravel all day long. The sites we stayed in were close together but would be OK with some plantings in between. The sites back up to another camping place that is not as nice and the addition of a big wall of trees would be so helpful in terms of separating this very nice park with the one behind it, which is not so nice at all. There are cabins that are amazingly pretty - so well done, nice taste, complete and new and sparkling. When we were there, the restrooms and laundry and showers were not done. It said on the web site that there were showers and laundry, but that will come down the road, I'm sure. The best thing about the park is an amazing huge dock that is great for boats and fishing and swimming. Our dogs jumped off the dock over and over swimming after toys. The owners let the dogs go free since were were pretty much the only ones there and that was great fun for them and we appreciated it. We expressed some disappointment over all the construction and lack of a laundry and they gave us a free night which was very generous. In the future, they are going to have RV sites up on a hill over the resort which will be just gorgeous. With full hookups, I could see paying $50 for those. But $50 for the sites they have now seems really steep compared to the prices we pay all over the US. The north woods is exceptional in its own way, but if I owned this place, I would charge $30 or $35 for the lower sites and maybe $45 or $50 for the upper sites that are still coming. The reservation lady (wife of the owner and likely half owner) was very friendly and funny and made us feel welcome in advance. The man who owns the resort also got us all set up for fishing and even picked us up a batch of minnows. Currently, they have a 4 PM check in time and a 9 AM check out time. That is so far out of touch with what other parks do, I can't imagine that they will keep that schedule. We were able to stay later but only because there was no one else there. This must certainly change. This place just needs time to grow into itself. I believe it will be fantastic. Right now, they might want to wait a bit to open officially until a few more things have been completed.

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We stayed in this park overnight only. The sites are huge and very separate from each other. The night we stayed, the mosquitoes were so big and plentiful they could carry you away. Setting up was a real challenge with all the bugs. The first site we chose had no electric active, so after getting all set up, we had to unset up and move. The campground itself is very nice in terms of its natural settings being preserved. I think this might be used for long summer stayers as well as campers who just stay a night or two. Kind of like having your own north cottage. The people are friendly and accommodating. We walked over to the restaurant and had dinner which was fun. There is no path really between the campground and restaurant yet. The road worked. I think a standard price of $40 is a little high actually; the price does go down with longer stays, however. We were given a discount for confusion over directions and the terrible mosquitoes. That was so nice. We might stay again but the bugs were so disruptive. I guess sometimes you have to pick either stay in a parking lot with fewer bugs or woods with more bugs. We never know quite what is best. These people are trying hard, are kind and responsive and the spaces are lovely.