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This park sits on a side road off the Sterling Highway so there is less road noise. The level sites as well as the interior road thru the park are gravel and easy to get around in a 40ft Class A. About half the campsites have shade trees and the others are in an open area. Most are only 30 amp hookups. There are only four pull-thrus so be prepared to back in, most back-in sites are long enough for a big rig. A nice area of grass is between each campsite with a picnic table and plenty of room for your slides, awning, grill and chairs. Toilets and showers are separated in private rooms and very clean as is the small laundry room. Staff was very friendly, helpful, and if you need help getting a rental RV backed in they will direct you. Free WIFI worked well. If you get here mid June before the salmon start running it won't be very crowded but if you're coming in July you will need early reservations.

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This park is an easy exit off Interstate 5 to Hwy 99. It does sit between these two roads so there is some traffic noise. This is an older KOA so the roads can be a bit narrow with sharp turns at times but was very doable in our big rig (40ft and toad). We stayed in a water/electric only site that was on a row of alternating level gravel pull thrus. This park is well treed so getting satellite will be tricky. We were given site #42 that was easy to pull into, had a picnic table and bit of open sky for reception. Sprint phone and 3G worked fine as did their free WIFI. Dump station and propane fill were on the way out. Bathrooms and laundry were clean and well kept. Staff was friendly and helpful.

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This is just a gravel yard with rows of power/water pedestals and sewer hookups. The sites are narrow, barely long enough for a 40-footer, but are level and will do for a night or two at best. You can make the turn into the row of pull-throughs down the center of the park with a big rig if you unhook your toad. There are no trees in this area of the campground, a few picnic tables are scattered around the park, no fire rings at RV sites. Bathrooms were old and in need of renovations, showers are coin operated. Laundry room was clean, free Wi-Fi worked well. Office hours are random at best as is the friendliness of the owners. Loud road noise 24/7 so windows closed and earplugs in.

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The park sits one mile off I-5 so there is no highway noise here. Big rigs coming in will have an easy drive to the park from I-5 and the road in the park is smooth, paved and wide with no sharp turns. 50amp full hook-up pull-thru sites all have a good size level concrete pad with grass on each side. There are large trees between each site that must be negotiated when putting out slides, awnings and getting a view for your satellite. They also take up much of the grass area where you would put out chairs and grills. There are no picnic tables or fire rings. Power/water/sewer stations are together on their own concrete pad at the rear of the campsite making for easy hookups. The park is kept very clean and well maintained. Free WIFI worked very well as did Sprint phone service. Bathrooms and laundry were clean, staff was friendly. There are lots of long term residents in the back-in sites but their areas are very tidy.

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This quiet park sits just 10 minutes from the bay on foot. It has a smooth paved road that leads to level gravel sites easily accessible by big rigs. The pull-thru campsites sit on the edge of a large grass area giving them a very open feel. There is grass between each site, a little wider most than most parks, with picnic table and fire ring. Plenty of room for 4 slides and an awning with no trees to block your satellite dish. Free WiFi worked fine as did our sprint phone and 3G. Grounds were clean and well cared for. Bathrooms and laundry were also clean and maintained. Most of the park is filled with full timers, so there are some very old, unsightly rigs surrounded by clutter, but the residents were all friendly and quiet.

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If you are new to big rig RVing this campground will be very difficult for you, but if you are comfortable with maneuvering 40ft or more I would say this place is just fine. The park is in Spokane Valley, about 20 minutes east of downtown Spokane. Its sits far enough off I-90 that there is no road noise but expect to hear the train and whistle. The road around the park is gravel, very smooth but very narrow so big rigs watch your corners. The sites are all level gravel pads that are plenty long enough just not very wide. The small grassy area between each site is filled with large trees and power/sewer hook-ups that sit right next to your neighbor's picnic table. The trees can make putting out your slides and awning a challenge as well as getting a clear sky for your roof mounted satellite. For big rigs, row “C” has a mix of 50 amp full hook-ups and water/electric only that have wider sites and a more open southern sky. Bathrooms, showers, laundry, and park grounds were all clean and well kept. The campground's free Wi-Fi worked well as did our Sprint phones and 3G.

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While traveling thru Idaho we came upon this great little RV park that is also called “Down by the Depot” in some internet searches. It sits on a secondary road in town between two tall mountains and has a wonderful stream running thru it. We pulled our big rig (40ft) in and backed up to the stream with plenty of room to park our toad in front. There is a grassy area between each 30amp full hook-up level gravel pad that has room for awning and slides. There are no picnic tables or fire rings in the park so you will need to set up your own. Getting satellite will be tricky. If you back up to the stream you will need to set out a mobile dish in front of your rig, if you park on the road side you should get reception from your roof mount. There is very little road traffic during the day and hardly any after dark so it very quiet. Bathrooms and showers looked new and very clean. There is no laundry. Owners and staff were very friendly and helpful. A few small cabins sit on the opposite side of the creek and many of the sites looked great for tenting. There is no sprint phone coverage in the area, but they do have free WIFI. It only works at the pub on property but that’s not too bad because the “City Line Pub and Restaurant” is very popular with locals and travelers alike and you can have a local brew while checking your email. Also, “Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes” bike trail, which is 72 miles long, runs right by the entrance to the RV park, and if you ride 11 miles to Kellogg you can get a great lunch at the Hill Street Depot.

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This park is a good location to tour Flathead Lake with Kalispell just 20 minutes away and glacier National Park about 1 hour. It sits behind a small motel on Hwy 93 and has some road noise during the day but is pretty quiet at night. There is a paved road thru the park leading to level gravel sites with concrete patios, picnic tables and BBQ grill. Two rows of 50amp full hook-up pull-thrus fill the middle of the park. They are long enough for big rigs, toad un-hooked and have lots of room for slides and awnings. Utilities are enclosed in a small fenced area for each site; they are well placed and easily accessible. There is no Sprint service in the area but the free park WIFI worked very well. Bathrooms, showers and laundry were all large, very clean and well maintained. Only small trees between campsites so no problems getting your satellite to work. Nice set up for large groups at their covered pavilion. Staff was very friendly and helpful with great local knowledge. Price reflects passport America membership.

     

Butte KOA

Butte, Montana

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This park is right off the highway but there is a green belt that reduces the noise considerably. There are 16 pull-thru 50amp full hook-ups that are long enough for class A and toads. Sites have a picnic table but you must ask for fire ring. Some have large trees that could obscure your satellite so check at the office. The campsites are a little narrow but workable. There is no sprint phone service in this area or anywhere in Montana, UGH! The parks free WIFI is very slow so just be patient. The road around the campground is gravel with level gravel sites and a patch of grass/weeds between each. Besides the long pull-thrus there is a mix of sites to suit just about anybody. There is a long term area with old trailers and some pretty unsightly rigs. Restrooms, showers and laundry were all clean. Owner and staff seem to be working hard getting the park in shape for the season. The campground is right next to the visitor center that has several miles of paved walking path. If you have time after touring Butte you should drive the Pioneer scenic highway, well worth the trip!

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This KOA has been taken back by the owners and they are putting lots of money and work into getting it back into shape. We stopped in for an overnight stay and found it clean, quiet, and easy to get our big rig into and out of our campsite. The gravel road around the park is smooth and the sites all look level. There are some tree branches hanging down over the road that the owners said he will be cutting. All sites are 30 amp shared utilities, most with full hook-ups. Picnic tables are at every campsite and you can ask for a fire ring. The park is very treed so getting a clear sky for your satellite can be challenging. Our sprint phones and 3G did not work in the park but their free Wi-Fi worked well. Bathrooms, showers, and laundry were clean and the new owner and manager were very friendly. The park is easy to get to and far enough off the interstate that there was no road noise.

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If you really want to take your big rig out of town, this is the place. It’s on a small hill overlooking a beautiful a valley surrounded by mountains with the only sounds coming from the wildlife around the park but to get there you must be willing to drive 2.5 miles down a very dusty dirt road. The road is hard packed and fairly smooth so the drive will be easy but you should unhook your toad or it will be totally covered in a thick layer of fine dirt. Once there you can either blow off the dirt or use a California duster that they will loan you. We took our 40ft there and settled into a nice site with plenty of room for slides and awning. All campsites are back-ins with a picnic table on a concrete slab. You park on level gravel sites with lots of grass around and some large trees. The campsites are a mix of 30 and 50amp, vary in length and tree cover so plan accordingly. There is no Sprint service in the area and they offer no cable or WiFi. The owners and camp workers are very friendly and helpful. Bathrooms, showers, laundry and pool were all clean and well maintained. They also offer a weekend breakfast and potluck dinner. Your closest resupply town is Mountain Home about 25 miles away.

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This is a great big rig stop over while traveling I84. It’s easy on and off the highway but far enough away that there is little traffic noise. This is a no frills campground that’s on the rustic side but the bathrooms, showers and laundry were all usable. There is no WIFI here and our sprint phone and 3G did not work. The road around the park was smooth gravel with long level pull-thru gravel sites that were easy to get into. All the sites are full hook-up 30amp with the power/sewer station in the middle but the water is at the rear and can be long stretch for your hose. There is a little grass between sites and plenty of room for slides and awning. There are no trees to obstruct your satellite. All campsites sit across from a 300 yard driving range that is part of the park and creates a great view out your dash. The park is not staffed during the day so when you get there just stop at the office, get a registration form and map, pick any site then put your payment thru the slot in the office door. Escapees price was 25.50.

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This campground sits between exits 1 and 5 along I-35. Either exit takes you to a bumpy paved road leading to this park that backs up on I-35. With the windows up and air on there is no road noise, but windows open and you can hear some highway noise and a train. The road around the park is paved and the sites are level gravel. There are a variety of site choices but if you want a 50amp spot long enough to park your big rig and toad without unhooking you will need to get a water/electric only site. They were plenty long for our 40ft class A and Jeep but have no picnic table. All sites are full of stickers and goat heads, so beware. There is no WIFI or cable, but Sprint 3G and hotspot worked well. We did not get a chance to check out the amenities. Read the rules when you arrive, there are several that will get you kicked out without a refund. It is sparsely treed so no trouble finding open sky for your satellite

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We stayed here because of its easy on and off to Interstate 40 and its close proximity to a Freightliner Oasis where we were having some work done. The paved road in and around the park is rough but there are no tight turns. Their 50 amp full hook-up pull-thrus in front is a large gravel area where the biggest of rigs and toads can easily pull in and out. You might find it hard to level in some of these sites which all seem to be rear wheels low, making it hard for us diesel pushers to lift our rear end. There are a few trees in this area so let them know at the office and they will get you a space with an open sky for your satellite. Free Wi-Fi worked well as did our Sprint phone and 3G. Bathrooms, laundry, and indoor pool were all clean and well kept. Staff was very friendly and helpful. There is some road noise but it was not intrusive.

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Less than a mile off Interstate 49, keep a close watch for the park sign on the right side of the road. There will be a gravel road with a small park sign and it will feel like you are going the wrong way. The campground sits behind a truck fuel stop with trailer parking in the rear. Despite its location the park is quiet with very little truck noise. We drove our big rig and toad into a long full hook-up pull-through site that was level gravel. The park is very basic, no picnic table, fire ring or amenities except free Wi-Fi that worked well. The restroom and showers were quite old but clean. There are some big trees between sites so pick accordingly for your satellite dish. Also, the hook-ups are at rear of each campsite making it a long stretch for your sewer and power hoses if you don’t want to unhook your toad. The staff are friendly when they are around. The office has short hours so just find a site when you get there and catch up with the staff later. This is a good overnight stop along the I-49. There are several fast food places within walking distance so you don’t have to unhook your toad.