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I had my pick of sites in the electric area and was able to get a fairly level site. This was very expensive for one night because I had to pay a $7 entrance fee (should have been $9 for out-of-state, but host gave me a discount) plus $34 for the site. My site was OK, but the pad was old and very narrow so had to walk on wet grass and mud. Also, I did not use the restrooms, but noticed that most of them were pit toilets. Lots of trees so I probably had the only site where I could get satellite reception, and Verizon was 3G only, and lucky to get that. Also, this place might be difficult for big rigs because the roads were narrow and it had some tight turns. I agree with the previous posted that this place needs some updates, but I was glad to have a very quiet, peaceful one-night stop.

     

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Punderson State Park

Newbury, Ohio

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I stayed here in late April and early May when it was cold and rainy while visiting nearby relatives. I had my choice of campsites, but like a lot of Ohio state parks, this one has a problem with uneven campsite pads. In addition, the asphalt pads are too narrow, especially when it is muddy, with the result that you get wet feet because you have to walk on the grass to get into and out of your RV. (My shoes never dried out.) Another problem is that electric was only 20 amps instead of the 30-50 amps at most other parks, so they really need to upgrade this, as it makes it very hard to use AC. On a positive note, I discovered the upper sites near the water tower. They are a little farther apart and the area up there is more open, making it easier to get satellite, and more importantly, letting the sun dry out the grass a bit. It is also farther from the lake and thus quieter up there. Another benefit of the upper sites is that Verizon data went from 2 to 4 bars, which is important when you work online part-time. The park has added more full-hookup sites, but those are down by the lake and a bit more crowded--still muddy, however.

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This is still one of my favorite Ohio state parks. First, the person who laid it out put curves in each of the spokes radiating from a central drive. This means that you can see only a few nearby campsites, even if there are 30+ on your spoke. Sites are also well-spaced apart and small trees and greenery give some privacy between sites. Sites are also wide enough to walk beside your RV without walking on the grass, which is important when it rains. The land here was farmland, quite a few decades ago, and has grown into a variety of ponds, wooded areas, and overgrown meadows--which is perfect bird habitat. In addition, while the campground is NOT directly on Lake Erie, it is close to the lake and on one of the major Eastern U.S. flyways from Canada. Birds fly over the lake and stop to rest and eat at this "birdy paradise" during spring and fall migration. The only problem I had in this campground were the really dumb female cardinals who insisted on bashing themselves against my windows all day long. I finally hung ribbons to deter them. The state park has some long bike trails that go to the hotel and nature center, and there is a 1.5 mile boardwalk through some prime habitat. Also, a full-sized golf course. Good Verizon service, as well.

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I stayed in the lower and newer, more open area closer to the lake. Sites were large and fairly well spread out with good views of the lake. I arrived before the water was turned on, so I had to go to a relative's house to fill my tanks, but the rangers were working on it and got the water on for the weekend. If you go in early spring or late fall, you might want to call ahead and find out about the water situation as it is turned off during the winter and freezing times. That means no showers or flush toilets during that time. Roads and pads are all asphalt, and the ones in the lower area are especially clean with grass between sites. Verizon signal was weak, but I was able to get both voice and data.

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The best part about this campground, other than the senior federal rate, is the fact that there is nothing to do! No swimming beach, fishing is not good close to shore, motorboating is not good near the shore. What all of this means is that it is an exceptionally quiet place, with no noisy weekender and partiers! Also, a long way from expressways and noisy highways. My kind of place! Campsites are gravel with a few paved sites, but all are large and have water and electric. Decent Verizon cell and data service, with quite a few sites with good satellite access. All in all, this is a great place if you just want to rest and relax.

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I reserved one of the waterfront sites almost a year ago, and had been wanting to come here for a long time. Positives are being right on or close to the beach and marina, as well as large, private sites because of vegetation. Also easy to drive in so you face the water and easy to back out. Also good Verizon service. There is also a bus stop at the entrance if you want to take the bus to Key West and north to Marathon. Negatives are road noise from the Inter-coastal highway bridge which is directly across from my site and blocking some of my view. Another negative is the lack of laundry facilities.

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This state park just recently added several back-in, full-hookup campsites with brand-new cement pads. I had plenty of room for my 32' motorhome and the hookups worked fine. The problem is that the grass is going to take a little time to recover so mud was a problem. Also, the lake has been temporarily drained to raise the dam 2', so if you want to fish or boat, you need to call to find out if the project is finished and the lake refilled. Overall, it is good to see improvements being made and the park should be very nice by next summer. Verizon service was adequate.

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I got a late start on the Friday before the Labor Day weekend and knew I would not be able to make it to my son's house before dark. I also knew all of the area state parks and even commercial campgrounds would be packed. This service plaza parking area was a perfect quick solution - right on my way and easy to access. Admittedly, spaces were just large back-in areas marked with paint stripes on pavement, but there was electric for each site and water and a dump station were available. Some of the power posts looked pretty old and in need of replacement, but the one I had worked OK. One problem is that although spaces are wide enough to park a vehicle next to an RV, they were not very long. I had maybe 6' in front of my 32' Class C. Anything over 36' would not fit in, nor would toads or tow vehicles unless unhooked. Also, machines accepting payment take exact amount in cash only and you need to look carefully for the sign at the entrance to the service plaza that says "RV Parking." If you miss it, you cannot easily circle back. The sign is confusing and several RVs drove through looking for actual parking, were surprised to see hookups, and then drove through to the regular truck lot. Good Verizon service. Lots of road noise, as you would expect, although the RV sites are in the far back area and backup against some trees and a grassy area.

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Beautiful location on the Mississippi and very pleasant campground with electric hookups. Only problem is that water spigots to fill your tanks are located in the middle of several sites, so you do need a long hose. Very nice paved roads and paved camping pads, withy clean gravel patios. And COE senior price is a very good bargain. Negatives are the piles of dog poop along the grassy area near the river!! And, of course, the trains. If you are a light sleeper, you might want to choose a site as close to the river as possible, as that will be farther from the trains. Trains really usually do not bother me, but I did hear them at night. went right back to sleep, however, so I will come here again. Two bars of Verizon data service and OK voice service. Also, I was able to get a site where I could get a satellite signal, but there are a lot of trees, so I was lucky.

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Typical KOA, set up for families with kids who come there to use the pool. Roads dusty and dirt/gravel pads made my rig even dirtier than it already was. Roads are fairly easy to navigate with a big rig. One big problem is that many of the sites have shared water and electric pedestals--meaning that some sites have the sewer on one side and the water on the other, which makes it hard to hook up water and almost impossible to rinse your dump hose after dumping unless you have a very, very long water hose. I found it easier to fill my tanks because the fill is on that side. I have enough electric cord to run it under my motorhome. A lot of trees, so nice for shade, but hard to get satellite signal. Good Verizon access, however.

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Very pretty place right on the Missouri River at Beaver Creek. I was here midweek in August, but almost had the whole place to myself. Sites are asphalt and very nicely spread apart so even when full, it would not have felt cramped. I had site 31 which was right on the river, so had a great view and very close to the boat ramp if I had had a boat. In between sites, there is well-kept grass and roads and camp sites are in good condition. I will definitely come back to this COE campground for the low senior rates and pretty view. Only negative was only 1-2 bars of Verizon service, if I was lucky. Kept dropping at times.

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This is a better than average national park without hookups. It was very hot when I arrived, which worried me because I hate to bother people with my noisy generator, and I do not do well in hot weather. Luckily, generator hours were from 8-8 pm, which is very generous, so I was able to stay cool the first night. In addition, sites are fairly spread out and the side of my rig where the generator was located was facing away from other campers, so I felt comfortable that I was not bothering anyone. My site was a very long pull-through with room for another RV or even two! There were a few trees for shade, but I was still able to get satellite by moving back and forth to find the right spot. Very quiet area.

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I had an emergency and spent several hours in the local emergency room. I knew it would be after dark when I got released, so I called this campground about a reservation that night. I do not usually drive or back up into a spot after dark, and the office would be closed, so the owner very kindly told me to call again and he would meet me at the office and check me in, as well as help me park, which I really appreciated. I ended up with a very long gravel space near the office which was fine. Luckily I had a 50 amp converter, but he would have loaned me one. I was very relieved to be able to find this place and get so much help getting in and hooked up, especially since I was still shaky and having effects from pain meds. I would stay here again.

     

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Plymouth Park COE

Plymouth, Washington

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Where else can you get a paved, clean full-hookup site for only $13 for us seniors? Agree with all others, but want to add that it is in a very quiet place, away from major roads and freeways, which is nice. No view of the Columbia River because of brush, unfortunately. Also, I had site 18 and was able to get Dish satellite signal and good Verizon service. It was very hot the days I was here, so I appreciated the shade from trees. I will be sure to come back here whenever I am passing through.

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Park is a mixture of long-term residents and short-term visitors. Kids enjoyed the heated pool and laundry was clean with multiple machines. Sites are gravel and paved with grass in between. Reasonably sized for a commercial campground. Landscaping was well taken care of. One benefit is that this is walkable distance to a shopping center with Target and several other chains, but unfortunately not a big grocery store. A bit noisy, like all urban campground, but if you are visiting the city, a good place to stay at a reasonable rate. Got 3 bars of Verizon cell and data service.