Danno

  • Review Count 122
  • States Reviewed 43
  • Helpful Reviews 9

About Danno

My wife & I are retired full time RVers traveling the country one campground at a time! I served in the USAF for 30 years and we decided to travel for a few years before choosing a place to live. We had a 40 foot toy hauler (5er) for our first 2 years and now we have a 35 foot 5er. We travel 8 months out of the year and hunker down for the winter. Happy trails to you!

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Nice campground with long, level gravel back-in sites suitable for any size rigs. If desired, you can reserve a site online but that will cost you an additional $7. With taxes and a $4-6 entry fee per car, we paid about $28 per night for a 2 night stay--a little steep for an electric only site. All sites are 50A electric only & generously spaced apart with a picnic table & fire ring. I only saw a couple of water spigots so bring plenty of fresh water. There is a dump if needed. Heavy shade will likely prevent satellite access. Both Verizon & ATT had good signals. There are some nice bike trails in the park and in downtown Sioux Falls.

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We really enjoyed this quiet county park! Black Hawk County runs several RV parks and they really take care of them well. Black Hawk Park has spacious back-ins and a couple of pull thrus. Most are FHU but a few are electric only. Sites are generously spaced apart, some with full shade and others with partial shade, & big rig suitable. Our site was over 60' long with a level concrete pad. They don't take reservations. You self-register at a kiosk. Nearby Big Woods RV park is also county run and very similar, except it does take reservations for some sites. Our pedestal had a bad 50A circuit breaker and the county promptly sent someone to repair it. If you ride a bike, you'll love all the bike trails that connect the campgrounds to miles of well-maintained paved trails through Cedar Falls and Waterloo. There's also a free archery range and gun range in the park. We were there over a weekend in July and many sites were still available. Verizon had a strong signal and ATT had a weak but functional signal. We had a satellite friendly site. We'll be back for a longer visit!

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Excellent state campground! With everything there is to do here, this park could easily be a destination park for those in nearby cities. We were visiting friends and didn't get to enjoy the water park or historic 1920s farm. But we did ride the paved bike trail. They have a nice play area for kids, hiking, fishing, and historic places to visit nearby. There is an extra one-time fee of $8/$10 per car but that is good for your stay. There's no wifi or cable TV. We were able to get satellite but just barely between the trees. Verizon worked well but ATT had a weak data signal (2 bars). Sites are generously spaced with trees for privacy in the FHU area. Sites on the east side are electric only (50/30A) with water spigots within walking distance. The bathhouse is on the electric only side. There's a dump when you exit the camp. Interior roads are paved & sites are gravel. Back-ins are nicely angled for easy in/out. Make your reservation for specific sites on Reserveamerica.com.

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I like this KOA but it comes with some caveats. Good things include wide enough roads to maneuver, nice pool and other activities for the kids, including a very worn mini-golf course. My only real hesitation is the lack of level sites. We stayed in one of the ten full hookup pull-throughs at the lowest level. I was able to level my 5er by lowering the nose landing gear fully. I don't like doing that, but at least I was able to get level. Some of the other campsites up the hill were laughable. Many slope both front to rear and side to side. Granted most of these were their smaller sites but still, do some leveling before graveling in these sites. We also rented one of their cabins for a few days and it was very nice for about $100 per night. Wi-Fi connected okay but seldom provided an Internet connection. Both Verizon and AT&T had good signals. There is road noise from nearby I-65 too. The KOA put on a very nice fireworks show on the 4th. I'd stay here again but be ready for leveling challenges.

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Very nice park! Well laid out sites provide ample room and easy in/out. Gravel roads lead to mostly level concrete pads of varying lengths. Many sites are suitable for big rigs. They provide free cable and many sites would be good for satellite too. Friendly staff. Only negative is you may have a long hike to the bathhouse & laundry depending on which site you get. There were a few long term campers but that didn't detract. There's a catch & release fishing pond, a small outdoor pool, and a nice meeting room adjacent to the laundry. Sites closer to the highway will have road noise. Both Verizon & ATT worked well. I had a good signal on the campground WiFi on my external antenna.

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Forget your anxiety and bring your RV to Fort Wilderness! Tolls coming south into Orlando were only $9.75 for my 4 axle rig. The park itself is very easy to navigate. I read the reviews and knew the premium sites would be right for us. We paid a little more but the space was worth it. Our large 60' concrete back-in was easily wide enough for the RV and picnic table plus two large vehicles. If you get the slightly cheaper standard sites, you'll have a sandy area for a tent too. For large rigs, premium is the way to go. We had no issues other than a 2 hour power outage during a storm. Disney washes each pad between campers and maintains the area extremely well. There's a $5 upcharge for pets. We were in loop 800 and loved it. Free Wi-Fi is available too if you put a deposit down for their cable modem. Both AT&T and Verizon had strong signals. Satellite TV is unlikely but Disney has adequate cable TV too. One caveat -- the mugs you buy to get drinks for your entire visit only work in Fort Wilderness, not in the parks. That wasn't clear before we laid down $16+ each for 5 mugs.

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This is an acceptable low frills campground for an overnight stop. They park overnighters on one-half of a very long grassy pull-through in the center of the park. I presume if they ever got busy enough, they might have someone back into the other half but I didn't see that while I was there. Interior roads are paved. Hookups worked fine with a $2 surcharge for 50 amp. There's no shade in the central area but there were also a few grassy pull-throughs at the park entrance with some shade. There's a laundry and clean but dated restrooms & showers. Park Wi-Fi worked fine. Cable TV worked but was fuzzy even after I checked the connection. Long termers seemed friendly enough. We'd stay here when passing through. Both Verizon and AT&T worked fine. Sites were good for satellite too.

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The site I booked on KOA's web page said, "These sites are 70' to 75' long..." When I got there, they assigned me to a site that was 55' long. I looked around and saw longer sites available. I booked the longer site because I park my tow car behind my rig and everything fits if I get what I book. I met the owner and she said their booking system has no way to tell what size site you booked. Well that's not the customer's problem. The worker who escorted me to the site on Day 1 said I could squeeze my car behind the rig. On Day 2, a different worker said I needed to park my car elsewhere. I'm not a complainer and it's my fault that I accepted the shorter site. However, I shouldn't need to complain to get what I booked! Beyond just the short site, they park you awning close to your neighbor. My neighbor's pedestal was 6' from my front door and their sewage hose was 5' feet from my picnic table. Yuch. Wifi & cable TV worked fine. Both Verizon & ATT had good signals. Were it not for the site snafu, I would rank them a 5 (average) due to tight spacing between rigs.

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Superb Corps of Engineers park! Roads are asphalt with long, level concrete sites suitable for any size rig, easy in/out. Most sites are water & electric only but a few are full hook-up. A few sites are pull-through but most are easy back-in. You sign up for specific sites online. Only some sites can be reserved with the rest held for walk-ups. If you have a boat or like to fish, this would be a great getaway. There's no Wi-Fi unless you bring it, but both Verizon and AT&T had good signals. Large mature trees and heavy shade make satellite access possible only with a portable dish. There are also a lot of ticks as we pulled 6 off our dog and one off me in only 4 days. There are 3 small laundries, each with 1 washer and 1 dryer.

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Nice place to stay for a few days. Sites vary from big-rig size to travel trailer size. Our site 24 was just 40' long. Some sites have a separate parking pad for a TV, but ours didn't. There is overflow parking available. I noticed they upgraded to 50Amp service on most and possibly all sites. I didn't check them all but every one I checked was 50A. All sites are W/E only with a waste dump available. No WiFi but Verizon had a 3-bar signal and ATT had about the same. Bathrooms appear to only be cleaned once every few days.

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A great camping spot for military eligible folks! There's a stocked fishing lake a short walk away too. I didn't see any boats or a boat ramp. As others mentioned, wifi & phone service are real spotty. We mostly had 1 bar or no service with ATT and Verizon was about 2 bars at best. Many of the 50Amp sites are good for satellite but most of the 30Amp sites are deep in the trees. You can only reserve the 30Amp W/E only sites but you can take a 50Amp full hookup if available when you get there. They still require you to give them your Social Security number when checking in which really irritates me. The Army is so slow moving into the 21st century! We had a long pull thru full hookup which was nicely spaced from our neighbors and easy in/out. Three sites were fully paved and the rest are gravel. Most sites are big rig suitable too. Trees needed trimming going into the 30Amp W/E area but those sites would take any size rig too. There's a camp host for after hours support.

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This KOA is barely average. We liked the friendly staff. But there wasn't much else to like. They have covered almost the entire park in gravel so there's very little green space left. What little grass & shrubbery that does exist is full of weeds and not well tended. With so much gravel, it's like a honeycomb of confusing sites & roads. Some BBQ pits weren't cleaned. A cap was left off the sewer next to us. We had a premium pull thru yet it was a sparse 40' long. Very few sites were level. Sites were awning close together. Two of their longer premium sites are nose to tail so RVs share a common patio between them -- a peculiar & undesirable arrangement. Roads & turns are a bit narrow especially for larger rigs. Park wifi was intermittent. Both Verizon & ATT had weak signals. Cable TV worked well which was good since trees block satellite access. I'd look elsewhere unless you have a smaller rig.

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This is a destination park for those who are looking for a great camping experience on/near a beautiful lake! You won't have TV (unless you have satellite) & you won't have WiFi (unless you pay $4/day for their Tengonet or bring it yourself), but you will have a nice getaway. Sites are easy in/out & plenty big enough for large RVs spaced nicely apart. Some of the back-ins would easily take a 45 foot unit and our pull thru site 9 was at least 65 foot long. I never unhooked from my RV and had plenty of room to park my little car behind the rig. Activities center on the lake with its free marina, boat ramp, playgrounds, & fishing. There's a small restaurant serving bowling alley type food. Sites have very little shade and the lake is only visible from the front sites. Make your reservation on www.reserveamerica.com and you can see your exact site & dimensions. They give 10% discount for AAA & Military. The park stayed pretty full the week we were there. Both ATT & Verizon had weak but useable signals (2-3 bars).

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Very nice campground, with a few caveats. The staff is very friendly and helps you set up, and I saw them clearing the exit road for an RV leaving too. The park is small and there's a fairly steep but manageable hill that you may have to navigate depending on what spot you get. Our pull-through site was about 6 feet between slideouts with the sites next to it, although it was no problem getting in or out. I wouldn't bring an RV over 40' in here due to maneuvering room. Also, I don't normally care for parks that aren't kid friendly but this one clearly spells that out on their web site. I thought the park was pricey for what you get but the only competition is the even pricier KOA down the street. Wi-Fi and cable TV worked well. Both Verizon and AT&T had good signals. Satellite access is doubtful due to trees.

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I concur with recent reviews. This is a small but great campground for a getaway. The park was immaculate and the owners were very visible working on upkeep. My only hesitation for this park would be for larger big rigs (40+) as it's a little bit tight to get in the entrance and down to the river sites. Several sites are big enough for any size rig. Satellite access is good for the pull-throughs, and they have cable if you can't get satellite. ATT signal was usable but weak. Verizon worked well. Park Wi-Fi was good but dropped off at times.