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Review Count: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

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

Review Count: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

Punderson State Park, Newbury, Ohio

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Punderson State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
139
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
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, Ohio

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

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. We camped at Maumee Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
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
No

Campground Details

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

There are several birding activities scheduled in fall and spring, so check the park's calendar. There are also several other marsh areas nearby, and although I did not have time to visit any of them, they were highly recommended. One was Metzger Marsh and the other was Magee Marsh.

Review Count: 108
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 36

Pinckney Recreation Area (Bruin Lake), Pinckney, Michigan

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Pinckney Recreation Area (Bruin Lake) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
92
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
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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