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Date of Stay:
April, 2018 -
This is a new campground and a relatively new State Park. Our check in went smoothly, even though the staff is still getting used to the system and our site had been reserved the day before, but the person never checked in/out. Caused a little confusion, but they figured it out and we made our way to our site. The drive to the campground is a bit long, but is mostly paved, only the very last bit is hard packed dirt. The campground road is not paved, but the sites are all gravel with a patio area to the side that has a picnic table, fire pit and charcoal grill. We had no trouble backing into our site and more than enough room for our 39' fifth wheel and truck. Our site was level and we had no problems with the hookups. Not all sites are as spacious, but in general the sites are roomy. There is ample space between sites, you don't feel crowded at all, but the lack of trees makes for little to no privacy or shade. There are a couple of pull throughs on the inside of the loop that would feel more private. The park itself is large with a lot of hiking opportunities, equestrian trails and a lake for kayaking or fishing. We really appreciated how quiet it was at night and I've heard the star gazing is nice, but we had cloudy weather our two nights there. My only real complaint was the dust, we were near the main road and people don't seem to obey the speed limit, even some people driving in the campground loop went a little too fast. I've been told that paving the road and campground loop are in the plans. While we were there the campground host drove around offering firewood and ice, which was nice, we didn't have to drive up to the gate for our wood. Our AT&T phones would work outside, but not very well in the RV. We used our Verizon Mifi, with a booster, and that worked just fine. We really enjoyed our stay and are looking forward to returning. We camped at Colt Creek State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Publix is about 15 minutes away and the town of Lakeland has a nice downtown with with some good restaurants.
Date of Stay:
July, 2016 -
When we arrived, we weren't sure what to do. There were no signs indicating where we should park or where to go to register. We just pulled close to the grass and walked up to the building that ended up is the restaurant. The road loops around in front of the restaurant, but there were enough vehicles that we didn't think we would make it through.
So, the restaurant/bar is where you register, which may or may not take a little while, depending on how many people are at the bar. The bartender was super friendly and after we registered, we stayed for a beer since it was raining and a bit of a walk back to our rig. Our site was not designated a pull thru, but that's what we did. The site is grassy and fairly level, if you plan properly, there wasn't a clearly defined pad. There are very few trees around the sites, but that gave us good satellite reception. We had a firepit and picnic table, but the wind and rain kept us from using them. Our site was 30amp, full hookup, at $25/night it was a great deal. We had a good signal signal for phone calls on our AT&T phones and our Verizon mifi worked extremely well.
The sites were spread out, but there was very little privacy. The bath house appeared clean and there is also laundry available, but we didn't use them. The park is located on a lake with a nice beach area and docks if you have a boat. There is also a miniature golf course that had recently been repaired in spots. The new owners are putting money into the facility, so I expect it to improve over time.
We enjoyed having a restaurant and bar that we could walk to and the food was excellent. Everyone we met, including the owners, were very friendly and made us feel at home. The restaurant is a very popular stop for ATVer's and snowmobiler's, in the winter. The town of Minocqua is about 30 minutes away and has some really cute shops and restaurants and most everything you'll need. We camped at Moose Jaw Resort and Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay:
July, 2016 -
When we arrived, we checked in and walked over to check out our site, which had a popup in it. So, we returned to the office and they attempted to contact the owner and got voice mail. They found us a site to park our fifth wheel in, with electric so we could run our AC for our cat, and we unhooked and headed into town for lunch. By the time we were done, our site was available, so we headed back to get settled in. The sites are fairly close together and there are very few trees for privacy or shade. We didn't manage to score a waterfront spot, but we weren't that far and could glimpse the freighters from our window.
Our site had 50 amp and water, but some are 30 amp. Most appear to be fairly level, but the pads aren't always clearly defined. We couldn't use our firepit, since we were almost on top of it, but others had placement that was better. Big rigs work well here, but some spots are more friendly that others.
We managed to connect to the wifi, but it wasn't worth using at our site. We had 2 bars and LTE with AT&T, so I was happy. Nothing overhead, so our Dish satelite worked great. The showers were nice and restrooms clean. We didn't look at the laundry room, but they have one. There is a playground for kids in the center of one of the loops, swings and a slide, nothing fancy.
We enjoyed the town, lots of souvenir shops and a few good places to eat. The locks are the highlight of town and we watched a 1000' freighter go through, pretty cool.
I wouldn't consider this an amazing park, but the location is great and it's got a nice view. If you want privacy and trees or activities and a pool, you won't get it here. But, I don't think you'll find that anywhere close to here. We camped at Aune-Osborn Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay:
June, 2016 -
We were concerned about being able to fit and called the night before and were told that 42' RV's (we're 38') have been here, so we were ok. When we arrived the ranger was concerned that our rv wouldn't fit, so now we were concerned again. Ended up, we had no problem getting into our spot, and there were several spots we would have been comfortable in. The road to the campground was tighter than the campground road, so no need to worry once you arrive at the campground.
The sites are hard packed dirt, with lots of space between them and lots of trees overhead, no satellite reception here. Our site was pretty muddy (not the kind you get stuck in, just the kind you track around), since they there had been a lot of rain recently and the mosquitos were pretty bad because of the moisture. Our site was relatively level, but many others weren't.
The park itself is quite nice with lots of hiking trails and the lake for swimming and fishing. We enjoyed exploring the park, but were limited in what we wanted to do because of rain and bugs. Still, it's a nice park and campground and I would return, if in the area. We camped at Council Grounds State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Merrill is a nice town with restaurants and a Walmart. We shopped at Daves, which was closer to the park.
Date of Stay:
June, 2016 -
We stayed in the Quartzite campground, mostly because we read that it was more accessible for big rigs. The drive in was a little unnerving--lots of trees and very few signs to reassure you that are went the right way. But, we did and pulled in to the parking area for camper registration. It was 2pm on a Sunday (Father's Day) and while we expected the park to be busy we thought most people would be leaving, not arriving. It was packed and the line in the building to check in wound around the small space. Even so, the check-in process was fairly quick and painless.
To get to Quartzite campground you actually leave the park briefly, but even with a big rig is wasn't bad. Our site, #99, was a bit of a challenge. Most of the sites have gravel that has been overgrown with grass. Ours had a slope on either side of the narrow pad, so getting as close to centered was important. We did the best we could, but had difficulty leveling and ended up tilted downhill on the door side. We have an additional step we use and even with that we had a large step down since the entire site slanted down from the pad. Many of the sites have this same problem, but there are some a little flatter. Some others slant up or down along the pad, which would make leveling difficult as well.
The campground is very open, but you aren't right next to people and some trees are scattered around. The 50 amp hookup worked without any issues. There are a couple composting toilets, as well as a main bath house. The showers were OK for a state park, but we didn't use them. There are water fountains and faucets in a few places, but you'll need a container to use them; there is no water at the sites. They say they are completely full every weekend, so plan in advance or arrive very early on Friday morning.
We had no AT&T signal, but our Verizon had 2 bars and LTE without our booster. I will note that even in Baraboo there was little to no AT&T signal. We camped at Devil's Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Baraboo has some nice restaurants and a farmers market on Saturdays and Wednesdays. The Mid Continent train museum is interesting and has some pretty impressive restored train cars.
Date of Stay:
May, 2016 -
This is a beautiful, but fairly remote, campground. We were traveling with friends and chose the first two sites after the camp host (which was empty), up on the hill. It was starting to rain, so we thought it might be a dryer location. The sites have 30 amp and water and we had trouble with the electric at our site, shortly after setting up. The ranger tried some things and we finally talked him into replacing the breaker, which seemed to solve the problem, but we didn't push it. We were offered the host site, which has sewer as well, but we were already setup and it was cold and rainy, so we stayed and were careful what we had turned on. The cave is interesting and worth a visit, the restaurant on site was really good, I recommend it. The ferry across the river is fascinating to watch and we took it to Kentucky and drove to the Amish area on that side. There wasn't a lot to do in the park, but it really is pretty. One warning, if it rains the mud is super slippery. The pads are asphalt, but fairly narrow, so our steps went onto the grass/mud and we had to be cautious getting to the steps. Overall, we enjoyed our stay. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Take the ferry to Kentucky and visit the Amish area, some really great food.
Date of Stay:
May, 2016 -
We were supposed to stay here back in November, but RV repairs caused us to cancel. My husband was very interested in staying here, so we took the opportunity on our way North. To say this is remote is an understatement, as others have said, it is out there! The campground is nice, with lots of tall trees that provide shade and block satellites, but don't give much privacy. One interesting thing, the campground loop is two lanes, so the inside pull thrus are very nice since they don't face the road.
When we hooked up we had problems with the 50amp, so we switched to 30amp. We informed the volunteer at the gate and he reported it, but didn't expect anyone to show up until the next day, which was fine. The next morning a nice man showed up and replaced the 50amp breaker in an absolute downpour! I didn't think anyone would even show with how bad the weather was, but he showed up and fixed our problem.
The restrooms were very clean, but the showers only have a single shower curtain, so they didn't feel too private. It's been quiet here, I never had anyone else in the bathhouse while I was showering, so it wasn't too bad. There is a laundry in the bathhouse, it always seemed to be in use as I walked by. There was one washer/dryer and it looked like it was $1.00 each.
If you don't boat/fish, there isn't much out here. The museum is closed until further notice, so we didn't get to visit. This is a great place to chill out and enjoy a good campfire, we bought $15 worth of wood from the country store 8 miles down the road.
We had no AT&T signal at the campsite, but we could get 2 bars and LTE by the museum. Our Verizon worked ok with our booster. We camped at Isaac Creek COE in a Fifth Wheel.
Very remote, bring what you'll need, but there is a country store for essentials and fuel 8 miles away.
Date of Stay:
May, 2016 -
We read the reviews on RVPR and thought this would be a good stop on our way North. We were very surprised when we arrived. The sites are paved and have full hookups, so that is good. Some are under tall pines, others are not, but don't offer any privacy but will block satellites. We opted for one not under the trees and selected a back in closest to the river, one of two available. The pad is fairly wide, but there is a concrete picnic table on it, we were pretty close to the edge of the pad and we couldn't walk between the table and the slide.
When we were setting up a neighbor let us know that we should make sure our bicycles on the back of our RV were locked up, since people going to the fishing pier drive behind us at all hours. We had to be careful our bikes didn't stick out in the road, but we didn't have any problems with anyone messing with them.
The road in the campground is narrow and a little bumpy. The lots at the back seemed smaller, there were several where we wouldn't be able to park our truck, but I think our 5er would fit in most of them.
My husband is a senior and we paid $25/night, the sign said $20/night for seniors. He questioned the lady checking us in and she said we were getting the senior rate. For various reasons, we decided to leave a day early. We were told that we wouldn't get our money back, and that was fine. Our neighbors wanted the site for his father-in-law and offered to pay for the night we already paid for. They come here often and when he paid us he gave us $20. I have the feeling we were taken by the nice lady in the office.
The location is great, very convenient to historic Florence and it restaurants. Drive a bit further and there are numerous big box stores and chain restaurants. We camped at McFarland Park Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
2016 - Be aware that the bridge closest to the park restricts trucks and RV's at the moment. Construction has lane width limited to 10' and RV's are directed to the new bridge to the east.
Date of Stay:
April, 2016 -
We have friends in the Tallahassee area and wanted to meet up while passing through the area. We chose Big Oak based on the closeness to the city. Upon arrival check in was easy and quick and finding our site was easy. We were in a pull thru that was just big enough for our slides and awnings, but it was big enough. There are several pull thrus side by side that are for transient people like us, it appears most of the park is populated with full time or long term residents. Our spot was fine for our few nights stay. The park is pretty and clean, with lots of oaks trees, including the very large one in the center of park with its branches that reach to the ground creating a beautiful shaded place to sit. The trees caused our satellite to be "stymied," but the cable was ok, and some sites looked like they could get a signal. My AT&T phone had 2-3 bars and LTE, I didn't try Verizon. Overall, I would recommend this park if you are visiting the Tallahassee area. We camped at Big Oak RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay:
October, 2015 -
We chose Lake Tawakoni as the second TT park we stayed at and to take a break from sightseeing and just relax. To say the park is out of the way is an understatement, but that was what we were looking for. Upon arrival, we checked in, got our information and were told to select our own site. We started in one loop, but then decided to head toward one of the lakefront loops. We were told the other lakefront loop was mostly full and that is where the annual units are. Driving through the loop, we found many of the sites were unavailable, signaled by a plastic bag on the utility pole. We found a site, but going into the loop to the right wasn't the correct direction, so my husband had to exit the loop, turn around and come back in going to the left.
We loved our site, it was longer than we needed and very wide. We were right on the lake, so we had room and clear skies to put the satellite out, while still having trees above us. The site looked like it was asphalt at one time, but it hadn't been maintained. The hookups are 30 amp with water and sewer. During our stay we had to reset the breaker and all seemed well, but we had to take our RV for some work and return to the park. When we disconnected the electric our connector had plastic from the outlet melted on it. The power had been working, but we reported it on our way out and it was replaced when we returned. To be safe we purchased a new 50-30 amp plug. We mentioned it to the staff a couple of times, but ours hints for reimbursement were ignored.
Most of the sites, not along the lakes edge, have heavy enough tree cover to prevent satellite use, but there are ones that satellite will work.
There are two pools and a hot tub, along with two community buildings, one for adults only. The pools closed the day after we arrived,but they both looked clean and in relatively good condition.
We ended up staying 8 nights, extended from our original plan of 5. Overall, we enjoyed our stay. We camped at Lake Tawakoni / Thousand Trails in a Fifth Wheel.
It's remote, there is a dollar store and grocery store in nearby East Tawakoni.
Date of Stay:
September, 2015 -
We chose this park to test out our solar system and really liked it. The lake was completely dry, but the campground is quite pretty. There are very few trees, so not much shade or privacy, but we selected a spot that had a nice view and didn't directly face a neighbor.
There are no hookups here, so come prepared. Access to the park is easy, even for bigger rigs. The first loop seems a little newer and more suitable for larger rigs. The bathrooms and showers are clean and private. You are far from a major highway, so it's pretty quiet at night. Our only complaint was that the winds blew so hard the entire time we were there that we couldn't sit outside for long. The winds died down the day we left. I guess the area is known for their wind, so just be aware.
We had a very strong AT&T LTE signal, I didn't try Verizon.
We really enjoyed this park and hope to return when we can enjoy being outside. We camped at Washoe Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay:
August, 2015 -
The park is a bit of a mish mash of sites, some with 50 amp, some only 30 amp, some have sewer and some don't. You can find the hookups you want, you just need to be clear what you want. Some of the sites are wide with sun exposure and fairly good satellite reception, others not so much.
The check-in process was easy and we proceeded to our spot. Many of the sites, including ours, have large trees that can make it difficult for larger rigs to get into. The trees define the sites, so they aren't just side by side, perfectly straight. This adds some character to the park, but also means you might be looking at someone else's sitting area, although that extreme is rare.
There was a group next to us that had several RV's and tents, which was really nice for them. But, because the sites aren't clearly defined, one of their tents encroached on part of what we thought was our area. We had a lot of room, so it wasn't an issue, but others might not feel that way.
We decided to extend our stay an extra two weeks, and part way through moved to a premium site. Our site was still 30 amp, but we had woods behind us and our site had much more open space to set up our canopy.
The bathrooms in our loop were older, but clean. I used the laundry twice, the first time went well. The second time neither of the two driers I used dried my clothes. When we complained, the kid working said that they don't always work and refunded the cost of one dryer. They didn't even ask which machines we had problems with, that was disappointing.
The wifi was unusable and AT&T reception was spotty, but we had a strong Verizon signal.
The location is great and road noise is low, but there is a hospital very close and they seem to use their helicopter a lot! That was a little annoying, but it usually doesn't run late into the night.
We enjoyed our stay here and hope to return. We camped at Tahoe Valley Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Roads and parks are busy on summer weekends, parking lots can fill up by 10am, plan accordingly.
Date of Stay:
August, 2015 -
This RV park is located just off 101 and has convenient access to the Larkspurs ferry into San Francisco, which is the best reason to stay here. The sites are quite tight, it is basically a parking lot with gravel pads and no trees. We were fortunate enough to get two sites, one for our 5th wheel and one for our truck and we were grateful for the extra space. The sites are marked off with railroad ties and can be difficult to get into, but don't let that discourage you.
Upon checking in we received a lot of information about the area and getting into SF. The front desk was very helpful with our questions. The walk to the ferry is about 15 minutes, they give you a ferry schedule upon arrival, use it! The park has full hookups, so I didn't use the restrooms or showers, but my husband used then men's showers. You have to leave a $10 deposit for the card to use the shower, which you get back when you return the card. My husband said that two of the four showers were not operational. There are also showers and restrooms available at the pool area, I didn't visit those so I don't know what shape they were in. The park has a large laundry facility that is clean and fairly convenient. There are many washers and dryers and sizes range from large to extra large to really extra large. Prices vary, depending on hot or cold water and the size of the washer/dryer. There is a large table in the center for folding laundry.
The pool was open while we were there and our granddaughter used it once. It's small and can get quite crowded. I wouldn't call this a campground, it's really a parking area for visiting the area. There is little to no space to entertain outside, we didn't spend anytime outside at our site, even with the extra space.
I'm not in love with the park, but the location made it a good choice. We camped at Marin Park in a Fifth Wheel.
The exits can be confusing, take it slow and pay attention to signs.
We used Uber to help us get around, easy and relatively inexpensive.
Date of Stay:
July, 2015 -
The majority of the sites that we saw in this park are quite tight, with ones in the center being back to back sites. We had very little room to park our truck and just barely fit into the site assigned to us. The single tree next to us was so close that our slide pushed into to get it open. I used the laundry and it was clean and convenient. The location is an easy drive into downtown Pendleton and close to the highway.
When we booked, we selected a back-in, full hookup 50/30 amp site. Our spot was is in the middle of the park, with another site directly behind us. We unhooked, leveled, and I went to plug in and the site only had 30 amp, with the heat we really wanted 50 amps to run both AC's (highs were 100+), and we had reserved a site with 50 amps. We went up to the office and they only had one 50 amp site for our stay (just a couple of days, but over the 4th). It wasn't a great location and looked awkward to get into, and we'd have to take our bikes and bike rack off to fit in. We decided to see if we could live with 30 amp for a couple of days.
This was a learning experience for us, we thought if you reserved 50 amp that you will get it. It's especially frustrating because, before our arrival, I tried to get the days leading up to our stay but they only showed 30 amp available, which led us to believe that we really had 50 amp. It's the ultimate in bait and switch. We don't often stay at KOA's, if we can help it, but we hadn't experienced this problem before, so we really were upset about it. At least the staff attempted to be accommodating, and they weren't upset when we told them we backed in to the picnic table and bent it.
Overall, we survived and we're glad that we cut our time there short. If you need to be in the Pendleton area, by all means stay here, just don't expect a bunch of room and be prepared to not get what you reserved if it's a busy weekend. We camped at Pendleton KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Wool factory tour is free and interesting.
Underground tour, for a fee paid to a non-profit, gave a really interesting look into old time Pendleton. The stories of the brothels might not be suitable for younger children.
Date of Stay:
June, 2015 -
This is a beautiful campground located in a nice county park that includes an arboretum that has a paved walking trail through it. The access to the campground was not direct but fairly easy from the highway. The roads to the campground and in the campground were fine and access to most of the spots is easy. The check in process is self serve, take an envelope, select your spot, fill out the envelope and put it and your fee in the slot. The spots are gravel and mostly level with nice grassy areas with a picnic table and a firepit. Hookups are electric and water, no sewer, with a dump station on the way out that was an easy pull through. There are lots of trees, although they don't provide much privacy, except towards the back where some of the smaller spots are. We had no difficulty finding a spot big enough for us, although there were some that we wouldn't fit in. We had no problem with our satellite, but it might be difficult towards the back.
I tend to like state parks with lots of privacy and tree cover, but this campground (the campground, not just the park) is so beautiful I wanted to stay much longer than the one night we had planned. I would recommend this campground for anyone wanting a quiet place to spend a few days. We camped at Morgan Creek Park in a Fifth Wheel.