Date of Stay: June, 2015
We arrived on a Friday for a 4-night stay in loop 3. The check-in process was easy and the staff was very nice and provided us with a campground map. Our first stop was at the fresh water fill, which was very slow. For some reason, they have a water pressure regulator on the potable water faucet which made a 90 gallon fill last about 25 minutes. Loop 3 is a premium electric site and the sites are well spaced and pretty level with a concrete pad. We had an ant problem at the site and I wished I had bought some insect spray as we kept finding them in our TT and climbing up the stabilizer legs. I used the shower and toilet in our trailer but my wife used the loop's flushing toilets and shower. She reported they were clean but the showers do not have vent fans and were very damp and humid. The campground store has a fair amount of items but a bit costly. The staff at the store and the park ranger I talked to on a few occasions was very friendly and offered us suggestions on places to swim since the Shut In's river was closed due to high water. One annoyance I had was with some of the grounds crew. They used gas powered leaf blowers to clean off the porch area at the store while my wife and I sat at the outdoor tables...very loud and annoying. The laundry room had 4 working washers and 4 dryers and was fairly clean. There was no Sprint or AT&T cell service in the CG and the store Wi-Fi is a bit slow.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
We stayed on the Pittsburg side of the state park in loop 3 during the middle of the week at $17/night for premium electric. Weekend rates jump up to $23 a night for electric premium sites. This campground is not gated like many of the places we have stayed at, but check-in was fast and easy. Loop 3 starts at the top of the hill then dips down to the lake level. There are about 40 electric only sites in loop 3 and many near the lake are close together or have obstructions like trees, slopes, deck railings or short driveways that prevent anything larger than a pop-up or short hybrid from using them. If you have a rig with a slide, awning or anything over 20' long, check the state's website for this campground on each site's restrictions or drive through the loop and check them out yourself if you don't have a reservation. Many of the sites near the lake are close together but we chose a site near the top of the loop with some privacy. The door side of our site had a nice slope right off the step and my kids fell a few times in the loose gravel off of the concrete pad. The slope prevented us from sitting under the awning or using any of the space on the door side of the TT. The lake level was 12' higher than normal so the swimming beach was closed and bank access to fishing was nearly impossible. The restrooms were clean but there are limited showers and flushing toilets for a CG this size. Lastly, the dump station is a bit crude and did not have a faucet with a threaded end to allow me to use my tank flusher.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
This is the newest and cleanest of the three campgrounds run by Jackson County. We stayed for two nights and the campground was only about half full so noise and traffic were not a factor. We initially set up at site 18 and I had to do some leveling due to a downhill slope but it wasn't a big issue. When we woke up the next morning, we had no power and the nice attendant determined something happened to our 30a feed at the post so he moved us to site 21 (a bit more room since it was on an outside curve). The rest of our stay was uneventful. The campground is clean and they have a newer playground inside the campground; there is another nicer playground about half a mile down the road too. We did hear some noise from boaters off the nearby lake but overall, we had a nice experience. The wife and I would take the family there again.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
This is probably the oldest of the three campgrounds (CG) operated by Jackson County and it is starting to show its age. My wife and I have tent camped here before but this was the first CG we used in our new travel trailer. The sites seem fairly level but I had some issues with a worn out 30A connector at the site post and used the 50A feed and adapter to bypass the problem. The park is fairly well laid out but there are some sites that seem a bit cramped. There is a playground for the kids but it is an older, galvanized pipe one (didn't seem to bother the kids). Sidewalks to the cramped, hot bathrooms were cracked or bowed in a few places so you had to watch your step. It's still a clean, functional facility but I'd like to see some updates or improvements to the CG before we decide to go back there again.