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Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, Bonita, California

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

I really like this campground, but unless they get the ant problem in control, I will not be back. The sites are large, with a great view, and reasonably priced for full hookups. Roads and site pads are in good condition, as well. Overall, it is a great campground, but there are ants. Within a few hours, I had thousands and thousands of them marching into my RV. I put out Terro ant bait and sprinkled borax around outside, and even sprayed with some Raid I had, but within 6 hours they were back in full force. I went out to a hardware and bought some more powerful ant and roach killer and sprayed it outside and inside, following the ant tracks. I also took the bathroom drawer out and sprayed back there where there were a lot of electrical and water connections. All of this made me cough so I had to turn on fans and open windows. I also followed the lead of some neighbors and tied my electric cord and water hose up so neither touched the ground. This did make the ants mostly go away, but the floor on the inside of my rig was sticky with Terro and spray residue, so that meant a lot of cleaning. I talked to several neighbors who had had the same problems. You could also see a lot of white borax or Comet residue on a lot of sites. The response of the staff was that the whole campground was a giant ant hill, so what did I expect? They also said I should have put a barrier of spray and borax around my unit to prevent the ants. If that is what was needed, it should have been included on the confirmation letter as a warning so I could have come prepared with more chemicals. (Someone did come around and sprayed, which helped for a few hours, but did not eliminate the ants.) Instead of relaxing, I spent a lot of my time spraying and protecting my RV and then cleaning up the mess afterwards. I also had trouble sleeping because I felt "buggy." We camped at Sweetwater Summit Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Woodward Reservoir, Oakdale, California

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

I had heard bad things about this campground because of noisy crowds and crowded conditions during the summer, however, the $15 senior rate, even for non-residents, and the fact it had full hookups for that rate caused me to give it a try for one night on my way to Yosemite. For positives, the sites were adequately spread out, and I was able to find an open site for satellite TV. Verizon signal was excellent for both voice and data. Sites and roads were paved and the place was only about 10% occupied on a weeknight. I was told that even weekends in fall and winter are not crowded because there is no swimming or water contact activities allowed on the lake during fall, winter, or spring. I came in without a reservation and basically had my pick of sites. For negatives, the power went out in the middle of the night, but it was a campground-wide event, not just my site. By the time I left at 9:00 am, the power company was already digging up and repairing the break. The biggest negative is that this place needs some grounds maintenance. There is nothing but dirt between sites--any grass or ground cover having been worn away by heavy usage. Leaves need to be raked, and trash raked and picked up. There were a lot of small things like bottle caps, smashed cans, and bits of paper and other things hiding underneath the leaves that blew around. You could tell the place had had a rough summer. However, I will still probably come back here occasionally when I am looking for a quiet place to rest for a few days. We camped at Woodward Reservoir in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Tillicum Beach Campground, Yachats, Oregon

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Don't know how I missed this place last time I was camping on the Oregon Coast, but it is beautiful here. This is a situation of location, location, location! Nearly all the state and federal campgrounds along the coast are several hundred feet back from the beach or on the opposite side of the road, but this one has many sites literally a few feet from the beach. The sites with the best locations are the non-electric RV and tent sites, but I have one of the 13 electrical & water sites directly across from these parallel-parked, beach-side sites, and I can see a bit of ocean as well as hear the sounds of the surf all day and night. All sites are asphalt and reasonably wide. You do need to check length, however, as many are quite short. My 32' motorhome fit nicely into a site rated for a 36' motorhome, but I do not tow. Beach is deep and flat, and very walkable, although it has been pretty chilly here. Verizon cell signal is very weak, but I was able to get adequate, though slow, data through my jetpack. I even got satellite, although I suspect this is about the only site where I could do that because most are under trees. Can't beat the senior federal price, however, so I will definitely be back here next summer. We camped at Tillicum Beach Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Stop by the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area visitor center a few miles south for information on things to do and see in the area. Also, the nearby town of Yachats is worth a half-day of wandering around. You can park an RV along one of the side streets. And bring lots of groceries because it is a long way to a large grocery store.

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Sycamore Grove Campground, Red Bluff, California

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

I felt a little uncomfortable here because there were mostly people staying in tents and sleeping in vehicles here who looked homeless. I do not know that for sure, but it is unusual to see families and single men camping in tents in extremely hot weather. (I kept my porch light on all night and made sure all my outside storage areas were locked up. I know that I should be kinder to people down on their luck, but it bothered me as I travel alone.) Also, I was surprised that it looked so run-down because I thought it was a Corps of Engineers campground, but I believe it is part of Mendocino National Forest. About half the sites have electric and water and all are paved, but the sites are very narrow and asphalt is not in good condition. My site was a pull-through but tight and not appropriate for a big rig. The electric boxes did look fairly new and mine worked fine. Also, I got two bars of Verizon service because this is so close to the city of Red Bluff. Grass was dry and weedy, which I guess is to be expected this time of year, but it also had not been mowed in a long time. There is an interesting dam nearby and a fish ladder that has not been used in a very long time. I came here because of the senior rate but then discovered you have to go online or call Recreation.gov and pay a $10 registration fee--no dropping in and finding a spot at the last minute. That raised the $12.25 camping fee to $22.25, so I will probably not be back. The National Forest people need to do some maintenance here and enforce the 14-day rule. I can recommend this place only for a quick overnight. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Skyline Wilderness Park, Napa, California

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Basically, this is a dusty, gravel parking lot with a few trees and hookups. Sites are right on top of one another, and very narrow and short. They have some logs between sites for separation. Also, the hookups are paired together so that every other site faces the other direction. For back-in sites, you either have to run your hose and electric cord underneath your vehicle or head into your site if the post is on the wrong side. It is not a place I would want to eat outdoors or even sit outdoors because of the gravel and dust, and walking is difficult because of sharp, dry grass and stickers. Today, one 5th wheel is hanging out making it hard to drive past it, even in a pickup truck. Luckily, I have my own WiFi because campground service is very weak and not really usable. There are really only two places to camp in Napa, and the other is at the fairgrounds and closed to others for most of the month of August, so I ended up here. Will plan my visit better next year to stay there. We camped at Skyline Wilderness Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Eagle Lake Recreation Area, Merrill Lake Campground, Susanville, California

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

I stayed in one of the full-hookup sites, but there are also electric and water sites and no-hookup sites at this beautiful campground among huge trees. This is indeed one of the most remote campgrounds I have stayed at. It is 20 miles on a curvy road to the nearest town, and there are only a couple of campgrounds on this huge lake. In fact, I discovered there is not even any mail service along the road going around the lake. And the campground is seldom full, but that adds to the peace and quiet. There are even few boats on the lake, partly because the lake level is down, although not as bad as two years ago. In fact, the marina is dry, but there is a boat launch there. Because of the changing lake levels, there is not even a beach because it is all grown up in grass, so not very good swimming. View of mountains across the lake, however, is priceless! Roads and camping sites are all asphalt and very nicely spread out. Sites are long and wide enough so you can walk around your rig on asphalt, which I like. I also enjoyed the paved bike trail. Big trees are beautiful but make satellite tricky. Not a lot to do here, but the scenery and quietness make it worthwhile. I did get 2-3 bars regularly on Verizon phone and hotspot, which was nice for such a remote spot. We camped at Eagle Lake Recreation Area, Merrill Lake Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
108
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

The marina store has milk, bread, eggs, and other essentials, but bring everything you need with you as the road into Susanville is 35 MPH and very curvy.

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Cove Palisades State Park (Deschutes Campground), Culver, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Loops A and C include almost entirely full hookup sites, which is a bargain for the price. The best and worst things about this campground is the drive in. It is 4 miles down the canyon on a road with no guard rails and over a bridge, however, the view as you go down into the canyon and view the reservoir is incredible! However, the distance and steep drive means you cannot run out to a store if you forget something. Campground roads are good, and sites are paved, but when it is crowded, you might have trouble with a very large rig, especially with a toad. Also, the camping pads are too narrow to the point where you step out onto dirt instead of asphalt--another two feet in width would have kept you out of the dirt. Another negative is that the campground is nowhere near the reservoir, so you really need to drive and have a boat or something for swimming. I did not see a beach, although they may have one I did not find. Also, no cell service or data through Verizon available and few spots will allow satellite signals. Price includes $8 reservation fee split between two nights. We camped at Cove Palisades State Park (Deschutes Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C34
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Make sure you shop in Bend or Raymond and bring everything you need with you, as it is a long drive back out.

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

La Pine State Park, La Pine, Oregon

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

It was nice to see full hookups in a state park, but they really need to remove some of the campsites in this older park as they are very close together. I suppose I am spoiled after staying at various state parks with much more room between sites, and my feelings were also probably influenced by staying here when it was absolutely a full campground. Another problem was the only dumpsters being located a very long way away so I had to store my trash until I left. Plus, there was no Verizon cell or data service at all. Lots of big trees if you like the woodsy feel, but no satellite service at all. Roads were fairly easy to navigate and my back-in site was easy to get into, which can be a problem in places with lots of trees, but they had done a good job of trimming branches. We camped at La Pine State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
91
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Ridgway State Park, Ridgway, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

I stayed two days in Dakota Terraces and six days in Elk Ridge, so I can make some comparisons. First, this is an overall excellent state park and both sections are nice, but in the lower area (Dakota Terrace) sites are a little closer together and the lack of a lot of trees makes it seem slightly less private. Verizon coverage there is adequate. In the higher Elk Ridge, there are a lot of trees, but most of them are less than 10-15' tall and some parts of the area are thinner, so satellite was not a problem at all. Sites seem to be a bit more spread out and more private. I chose a site that was a little more open, so I even had a view of snow-capped mountains. I also got better Verizon data at Elk Ridge--4-5 bars on my jetpack. One nice thing is that both areas have a camper services building with three washers and three dryers, which means not so much waiting in line to get laundry done. Also, both areas have paved roads and paved camping sites with most also having paved patios, which keeps things nice and clean. Hosts did a good job of patrolling sites and making sure campers followed rules. I also noticed that a lot of trees had been trimmed so as not to overhang camp sites. We camped at Ridgway State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
104
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Prospector Campground - USFS, Silverthorne, Colorado

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Positives are incredible views of snow-capped mountains on all sides, and well-spread out sites. Also, close to paved bike paths and nearby towns, although far away enough for quiet and privacy. Elevation of 9,100 feet also means it was cool here when the rest of the Southwest was sweltering in a heat wave. Negatives are dirt roads with clouds of dust being kicked up by vehicles driving past. Luckily wind blew most dust away from me. I do not mind dirt campsites, but dirt roads are a problem when you must keep your windows open for ventilation. Another negative is that many sites are intended for tenters or small RVs, so are not very large. I fit my 32' motorhome in nicely because I could hang the rear over the back curb, but it would be hard to fit a larger RV or one with a toad into most spaces. Also, there is no dump station, so need to drive a couple of miles and pay $5. We camped at Prospector Campground - USFS in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Loop E
Site Surface
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
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park (Fruita Section), Fruita, Colorado

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

I also liked this campground very much. I listed the fee for an electric and water site, but the reservation fee adds another $10 for a one-night stay. I already bought a $70 annual Colorado State Park pass since I am going to spend quite a bit of time at state parks here, but you do need to know that there is also a $7 per day fee beyond the campsite fee. That can make this expensive for one night. I liked paved campsites and was happy to find a laundry room with three washers and three dryers, PLUS a change machine! My pull-through site was large and very clean, plus I was able to get 3 bars of Verizon data and good voice coverage. This campground is near stores, but also very close to the Colorado River, so it does not seem cramped or noisy. I want to come back here next year when it is not so hot and I can stay longer to take advantage of the paved bike trail along the river. We camped at James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park (Fruita Section) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
23
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Navajo Lake State Park, Pine Main Campground, Navajo Dam, New Mexico

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is indeed perched on a bluff over the lake. It is a beautiful drive getting here, and I really enjoyed driving over the dam itself! Not for the faint of heart, however if you dislike heights with dropoffs and without railings! In addition, the lake is gorgeous, although not accessible from the campground. However, there are some negatives. The campground is indeed tight with a lot of scrubby trees that mostly block any view of the lake. They also make it very hard to get into some camping spots. Plus the loop with sites 1-28 is on a fairly steep slope, which meant that I could not get out of my 32' Class C motorhome to check the spot (#12) before backing in uphill. Luckily some neighbors helped me maneuver between the trees on either side and the campsite wooden marker! It was a very tricky backup, especially because sites are small and cars are parked partly on the roadway. One lady had to move her car so I had turning room. Also, the asphalt on the pads is worn and the pads are too narrow with the dirt around them eroded away, with the result that when I stepped off my step, it was a long drop. I used boards to level, but still could not get very level. Same problem with the front cab doors. Ground is also covered with stickers of some sort, which got into my sandals. Overall, this is a pretty location, but the campground needs to be redone and some of the trees close to the entrances of sites removed. Wider and longer pads would help as well. We camped at Navajo Lake State Park, Pine Main Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
A12
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tips for other Campers:

The Aztec Ruins National Monument 30 miles away was worth a day trip. There are no grocery stores or services within 30-35 miles so bring what you need and combine shopping with any day trips.

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

John Martin Reservoir State Park, Hasty, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

I arrived late afternoon on Friday before Memorial Day and found no one to check me in at the Hasty Campground booth. I had wanted to buy an annual pass, but no one to sell me one, so I camped illegally. I would have thought someone would be there on this big weekend. Campsites were large and reasonably level, and there was a laundry room nearby with three working washers and dryers, which was nice. A big disappointment, however, was that this campground was behind the huge dam so there was absolutely no Verizon phone or data cell service. Also, no view of the big lake or much of anything else. Also, to get into my loop, you had to wait behind people who were filling up water tanks since this is electric only. This is a very bad placement of a water spigot as the road is too narrow to get by and the trees scraped my rig to get close to water. Also, this is the kind of faucet where you have to hold lever down while you are sticking hose in tank, which is tricky when you are alone! They need to trim trees and put water fills in a different place. Nice dump station, however. Paying $24 for the site plus a $10 reservation fee and a $7 use fee makes this a very expensive state park for one night. We camped at John Martin Reservoir State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
056
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Minooka Park COE, Sylvan Grove, Kansas

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

I love this campground! The campground is in several loops on a high, hilly ridge covered with grass. I stayed in Site E16, which is at the far end of the campground and practically hanging over the lake, so the view is fantastic. Sites are very large and have nice gravel pads, while roads are paved. There are not very many trees here because this is plains, but that just makes it easier to see long views. I walked around to check for good sites for my next visit, and I will have to say that the only negative is the un-levelness of some of the sites. Some of the sites are seriously unlevel front to back and others are unlevel side to side, all to the point where levelers might not be enough. My site was not too bad, so one set of 2x10s with another one on top was adequate under one wheel. I got good satellite TV and 3-4 bars of Verizon 4G LTE data service on my mobile hotspot. We camped at Minooka Park COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E16
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
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

No stores nearby, so bring everything you need.

Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 37

Cagles Mill Lake / Lieber State Recreation Area, Cloverdale, Indiana

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Cagles Mill Lake / Lieber State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
64
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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