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Typical of a BLM campground. This is mostly a tenter's campground, with a lot of hikers staying here because of the many excellent hiking trails in the canyon. It has some spots big enough for motorhomes and 5th wheels, but the biggest problem is the lack of a dump station and any water fill stations. There is water available, but you are not allowed to attach hoses to outlets, so you need to come in with full fresh water tanks and empty grey and black tanks. Sites are gravel, but with varying levelness and size. Toilets are not flush and no showers are available, which I suspect might be a problem with hikers in hot weather! All in all, this is a good place for a day or two, but not a long stay because of the lack of water and a dump station. Also, almost no Verizon service in campground or elsewhere in park.

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This is still one of my favorite places in California if you want a super-quiet place, in a very pretty area, and slightly out of the way. Yes, it is probably not the best choice for a really big rig, but my 32' Class C fits in most spaces very well and sites are nicely spread out. Verizon service is best from one of the higher sites. During the week off-season, it is mostly empty, but there is always a camp host. And the dump station is often locked off-season during the week because local people tend to sneak in and use it without authorization. All I had to do was stop at the camp host, and he drove down and unlocked it for me. Lake level was up 8' from early December, which is nice but still not good enough for anything but kayaking, but the rolling hills coming in were green instead of brown for a change, with views of snow in the distant mountains. Very pretty place.

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Agree with the other postings. This is a very basic campground, but it is far enough off the freeway to be really quiet and close enough to be convenient. I appreciated that the attendant assigned spaces spread apart enough for the few of us staying there, instead of packing us into one end as sometimes happens. We all had privacy that way. Beautiful views and neat to watch the gliders being towed past the campsites. Excellent Verizon, which is important to me.

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One of my absolute favorite places to stay! Not much to do, and no recreational facilities other than boat rentals and hiking trails, but drop-dead gorgeous views. Road into the campground has been washed out a few times in flash floods, but campground itself is safe because it is high above the river. Roads in campground are paved and in very good condition, as are campsites and all facilities. Sites have a large cement pad and asphalt entrances to pad. No cell service, but free WiFi worked fine, especially with my booster. Also, I was pleased to find a washer and dryer available, which is a very nice bonus. Incredibly quiet and dark at night, which is hard to find these days. I would love to rent a boat sometime, but cannot do that alone. I am taking their raft trip from Hoover Dam next weekend. Incredible value for a full hookup site with senior pass.

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Incredible views up against a mountain and overlooking the valley! Sites are indeed square and a little difficult to get into, but they are well-spread out and private, and all have terrific views. Water and electric are located at the back of sites, not at the side, so you might need longer cords and hoses, depending on how you choose to park. I was lucky to get one of the perfectly level sites, which was nice. I backed in parallel to the road and so the rear of my rig was near the hookups, which worked out fine. Very pretty desert setting overall. There is a small visitor center and several hiking paths, plus a small cactus garden.

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An OK commercial campground, but with dirt/gravel roadways, so some dust kicked up when other vehicles went by. Convenient to the freeway and good Verizon signal. Had a mix of open and shady sites. Some sites had very nice patios. I was unhappy upon check-in because I was not given the open site I had been promised on the phone. I was sent to a site under an enormous tree and told to try it out, which meant hooking up my electric and waiting for DISH to load. I ended up standing around outside for several minutes to prove to the attendant that I could not get satellite under a tree. Finally he agreed to direct me to another site. Apparently, all the open sites were larger and reserved for bigger RVs even though they were all the same price, which irritates me. After about 20 minutes, they agreed to move to me to a different site, but after a long day on the road, I just want to hookup and relax, not drive around testing sites out!

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When I was here, the park was only about 30% occupied, and I did not see any parties or hear any loud noises. If there were any oil field workers, they were gone or very quiet. It is a relatively new campground, and the sites were clean and well-kept. My only complaint was a few bites from a nest of fire ants, but they were gone the next day after I sprinkled a little borax around the nest. I enjoyed bike riding around the lake. The price of $23 for a full hookup site was a bargain. Very good Verizon voice and data, as well.

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It is a nice campground, but I was disappointed with the river view. It indeed is far in the distance, much more so than I expected. Not a lot to do in this park, and a lot of really unlevel sites. The other problem was that there was barely any Verizon voice service and almost no data service, so I had to purchase daily passes from Tengointernet, at $4 per day, and even had problems with that not always not working. I was able to get satellite from Site 29, but the site just north of me might have been better. There are a lot of trees, so satellite is pretty iffy.

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This is a bare-bones campground, but with one big positive--the trolleys stop here on their tours. This means you can park here and not have to drive into Salem to sight see. The office sells tickets and the trolley is on/off as much as you want. It is also bike riding distance to town. The field campground is dust and dirt, with packed in RVs. Every time someone comes in, there is a cloud of dust, so I kept all windows closed. The waterfront sites are basically also cramped, but in a parking lot overlooking the marina. A big negative is that there is no dump station, so you have to drive down the road to the sewer plant. Another negative is that it is a tight and stressful drive through Salem's traffic and narrow streets to get here. Not fun.

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I probably should have asked for a non-sewer hookup site because the full hookups, at least are very close together. In fact, on my left, with my slide out, I could almost reach out and touch the next unit. Privacy is something I value, but I had a long drive today and needed a quick place for the night. The close-together sites also means I can hear a lot of talking outside. Would not want to spend more than one night here. Lots of open green space in campground, so I am not sure why they built the sites so close together. I would not want a campfire in the next spot!

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This is a very basic campground but with a very good view of St. Margaret's Bay. It is small and family run, with grass or gravel campsites. Not very amenities, but internet was OK with my booster. I did not use the bathrooms, but I found check-in unpleasant because it was in the owner's home and the place smelled very musty and unpleasant. I was glad to get out of there. Also, they cannot take an American credit card, so I paid cash, which was OK. I do not know if they take American checks, but apparently their credit card equipment is outdated.

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Beautiful view of the bay from the waterfront sites! Also, sites were grassy and fairly level. Not much of a beach for walking, but fun to watch birds fishing. I was here when the campground was pretty empty, but I can see that it would be very tight when all sites were full because there is not much distance between sites. Close waterfront sites would also block the view of the units in the second row. Very good Rogers cell connection and also very good WiFi, although I am not sure it would be so good if there had been more users. Very nice couple who own the park. I had no power problems, but that also might be more of a problem when it was full.

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Most kids would give this place a 10 because of the pool, playground, bounce platform, and all the other kid activities. While all KOAs have these things, I have to admit that this place has them in abundance to make kids happy. For me and most adults, I can say it was well taken care of with grassy and gravel camping spots. Sites are comfortably spaced apart, though not as spaced as most state and provincial parks. Once the weekend crowd left, it was very comfortable. The WiFi also was weak, but got substantially better after most people had left, although I would still have needed my booster. Had some Rogers cell service. Check-in people were very pleasant and helpful, and the campground store carries milk, bread, eggs, and a few other essentials.

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I specifically chose this campground because it had electric, water, and free internet on some sites. (I teach online and need to check emails a couple of times a day.) Thus, I was more than slightly irritated when upon checking in and asking if I needed a password for the internet, I was told I probably couldn't get any signal, even though I had one of the sites closest to the internet hub!!! And they were right. I had difficulty getting and keeping a connection, even with my booster, causing me to leave early. Mostly, I got shoulder shrugs to my complaints about the lack of internet when the availability was specified on site descriptions, but I did fill out a comment card. There are some wider and easier to access sites, but I also had trouble getting my 32' motorhome into a long, but very narrow site with some scraping of the sides by pine branches. They need to do some serious tree trimming and either widen some site entrances or post the limitations more clearly on their web site. On a positive note, sites are mostly spread apart for privacy. No cell service with Rogers, and I was told it was spotty with other Canadian carriers.

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The view alone here is worth a 10, as were the fantastic sea breezes! Unfortunately, I am downgrading it a bit because of the need to additional gravel at most sites. Full hookups and a close Bay of Fundy view are worth a lot to me, however. I did not use the restrooms, laundry, or other facilities, but sites are decently spread out for a commercial campground and it seems to attract a mostly mature crowd, so it was quiet at night. I had a site on the end, closest to the beach, which was very nice. There are a lot of seasonal campers here, but they are clumped together in other parts of this campground. A big problem is that you need to stock up with food and bring everything you need for your stay because this pleasant little town is an hour's drive on an uneven, well-patched, and bumpy asphalt road that caused my motorhome to sway and rock violently at times! (I had to slow down to way below the speed limit because I was close to losing control. No shoulders and road was narrow, to boot. Agree with previous poster that roads are too bad for a one-night trip here.) Campground internet was OK with my booster, otherwise very weak.