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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

Hood Park - COE, Pasco, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $7.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent COE park, as usual, at a good rate for seniors with the federal passes. Nice location on the Snake River and nice grass and sites. However, if you are here in hot weather when a lot of other people are running AC units, you need to reserve a spot in the upper loop, not the lower one, as the lower one has older 30 amp service and some sites share breakers with nearby sites. The upper loop has been upgraded to 30/50 amps and has newer electric boxes and stronger service. Upper loop sites are numbered 19-69. Verizon phone and data service is adequate, but could be stronger. Also, sites are just a bit small if you have a larger RV and are towing or are towing. Also, lots of trees makes getting a satellite signal difficult. We camped at Hood Park - COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
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
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

Orland Buttes Campground / Black Butte Lake COE, Orland, California

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is the second of two campgrounds on Black Butte Lake. It has a reputation for being less rowdy than the other one, which is closer to the lake and more on a level with the lake. This one is on a bluff overlooking the lake, but there is a fence on the steep hill that would get you down to the lake. Frankly, I think even if you could get around the fence (I did not check if this were possible), it would be a very hard climb back up. So don't plan on swimming here, even if it looks close to the lake on a map! I was here on a weekday in spring, so there was only one other camper other than me, so I was able to pick a campsite that was long enough and level. Many of the sites were short and not level, so I would not recommend them for big rigs. Also, most of the pull-thrus were just wide spots on the roadway, so I am not sure I would want to be here during hot and busy summer times. As it was, this was a good experience because it was empty and very quiet, and I had a good view of the lake. Three-four bars of Verizon data, also. Also, trees would make it very difficult to get satellite unless you had a portable unit. We camped at Orland Buttes Campground / Black Butte Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

Calico Ghost Town & Campground, Yermo, California

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

As others have said, the sites are pretty narrow and most are also very short and uneven. One important point is that there are really two separate campgrounds here--one is near the entrance and was packed with off-road bikers and 4-wheelers. I would NOT want to stay there because of the dust from vehicles constantly coming and going. The other campground is down two canyons and was almost deserted, which was gnice because it would not have been pleasant had it been full because of the narrow and short sites. The best part is that no off-road bikes or vehicles are permitted in this area! Roads are paved but sites are gravel, and there are no-hookup sites, electric-only sites, and full-hookup sites. I chose a full hookup site primarily because it looked bigger and was in a more open area for satellite signals. I was able to get two-bars of Verizon data, which was also good, but this seems to be spotty due to the canyon walls, which are not horribly tall, but some sites back up directly to them. I stayed in the circle area and the restroom looked very new, although I did not use it. We camped at Calico Ghost Town & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

Kit Fox RV Park, Patterson, California

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

There are very, very few campgrounds along I-5 in California from Bakersfield to Stockton, so this was a welcome stop for one night. It is typical of highway RV parks in that it is a bit cramped and dusty. The best thing about this place is that there is a cluster of fast food and regular restaurants at this interstate exit, so it was convenient to get food and gas. There were some permanent residents, but the place was fairly clean and not too noisy, other than highway noise, after dark. We camped at Kit Fox RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area, Taft, California

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

This is a quiet place for a night or two in the off-season. There are no-hookup and also full-hookup sites arranged in a semicircle around a reservoir filled with ducks. The sites are gravel curved pull-throughs, though a bit short, but I had no problems getting my 32' motorhome in. As others have said, there is hardly anyone here during the late fall and winter, and the price is a really good deal for this area. The only problem I had was very weak Verizon data service. The ladies at the check-in booth were very helpful and suggested sites, though I could have gone back and selected another if not satisfied with the one I picked. Got satellite signal, which was good, but wish there had been better Verizon service. We camped at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
51
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Tips for other Campers:

The gas station on the road on the way in has propane, which I desperately needed because it was a very cold night, but it was expensive--$4.00 per gallon--but that is typical California.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

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
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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

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
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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

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: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

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: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

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: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

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: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

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: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

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: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

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
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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 45

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
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