Date of Stay: June, 2016
We stopped for a couple nights & saw mostly RV's, that live here year round. We parked near an end site, as dogs aren't allowed to walk in the park. You are asked to carry them to the dog area. The dog area consists of a plowed dirt area in the sand away from the park. Rules are posted all over the place where NOT to take your dog, what not to do in different areas. There is no gate as stated in a different review, but they do have an alarm from 10pm-6am. So they request you to not come and go during those hours unless its an emergency. The whole property is also fenced in with chain link, with barb wire at the top. The entrance has the alarm that will go off during those hours I posted. If you have a guest, they CANNOT use any facilities at all in the park. None. It's even posted on the bathrooms that they are for PAYING guests only. If you have a guest overnight, they have to be a senior, which costs an additional $6. The pool was nice, clean, but seemed cooler after midafternoon when they shut off the pumps. Wifi is free, but super slow, only one device can be hooked up, or it costs extra. Checkout is 11am, with the cost of $1 an hour after that. Tons of goatherds (nasty burrs) that came from no wheres, as we didn't walk off the site. Cash or check only is accepted. It is noisy from the trains that go through every 30-45 minutes day and night. We were woken up 4 am by the horns blowing. Good for a night or two stay, but wouldn't want to stay long term. Trees are small so shade doesn't happen. Water pressure was very low. Electric was good. Very clean place but too rule happy.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
We stayed here a little over 2 weeks. I put $20 for nightly because all they ask is a donation for the electric. Monthly rates are $150. I have never seen such a clean, well taken care of park as here! Jim (the host) will do anything to make you feel at home, and Dave (owner) is same way. Wigi worked great, water pressure was good, and their showers will make you want to use them as they are spacious, and have BIG sun shower heads in them. This is close to town, yet out of the crowded areas. We would definitely return.
Date of Stay: March, 2016
The managers are beyond nice, but the park is run down, dirty, and a lot of dog feces everywhere. The managers live in the back, and it looks like Sanford & Son's yard--pure junk. They themselves let their dog run loose, and don't clean up after them, so why should others? There are a lot of junky long term campers in here, with fences, and some sites have 4 RVs on them. The hot tub is not hot, bleach-not chlorine-was used in it. Lights don't work in the room it is in. The "clubhouse" has run down broken exercise equipment. Not even sure if they work. It's supposed to be a 4 person, but very small. Laundry is reasonably priced, but it reeks of smoke from everyone smoking right outside that door and the office. The showers are run down, some kind of carpet on the floors of the showers--germ collectors bigtime. Passport America rates are $13 a night. If staying for a night or two it is cheap, but not long term unless you like run down conditions. Some sites have picnic tables that are falling apart. Friendliness beyond anything and cheap overnight is what they have going for them. Much cleaner parks elsewhere, but cost more. Needs to be cleaned up at this park. It would be nice if it were.
Date of Stay: March, 2016
This is our 2nd time staying here, & seems like alot was cleaned up outside. Some of the same campers were there, I think 1 or 2 were gone from the past, but overall seemed a whole lot cleaner. The pool & hot tub were relaxing, clean, and temps just right. Staff is friendly, & gift store inside office is interesting, with neat things. There weren't any cat smells as before so possibly cats are gone? Pizza Hut delivers, and we still avoided the restaurant as we weren't impressed from the last time there. I peeked in and it hasn't changed. They do make excellent bread though. This is a good place to stop for a day or two while passing through. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: March, 2016
This LTVA has a dump station, potable water, and rest rooms up near the entrance. It is $40 for 14 days, or $180 for 6 months. This is a harsh area to stay in, & if you aren't prepared it can do you in. Most people have solar panels, generators, etc. The wind is non stop, daily around 15 mph, and sometimes worse. Squaw lake is nearby where you can take a 7 minute shower for $1. Burros roam freely through there that are left over from the mining days. It is a really nice place to stay, but if you don't have solar panels, and other stuff, it will be rough on you if staying long term. A Christian center a couple miles down the road offer church services, a mail room, 2nd hand store, propane (very expensive), there's a solar store there, and other things too. They aren't part of Imperial Dam, and do offer many more things than mentioned. My only gripe is people don't clean up after their pets because they are out in the desert. Some people camping there look like junk yards, but for the most part, everyone keeps their space clean. Imperial Dam also has a boat landing, day use area, swimming area, which Squaw Lake also does.
Date of Stay: January, 2016
There are good & bad things about this park. The bad is they have fees they don't tell you about until you arrive. Electricity is through the electric company, & if you have never had power in AZ,don't have it elsewhere, you will have to pay $250 deposit to hook up the first time. After that, its $25 if you return the following year. Name tags are mandatory to buy. They charge a "utility" fee for water/sewer/cable. $50 month, & if staying 5 months, $264 up front. The cable doesn't work in alot of sites.You can't pay it monthly. Very limited on where you walk your dogs.This place is monthly only. No daily or weekly rates. It caters to park model owners. T It's VERY dusty in there & needs new gravel Water gets cut off alot from lines breaking. Internet is through Aire Beam, & doesn't work half the time. Verizon doesn't work well within the park.Good points? Tons of activities. Beautiful heated pool, & hot tub. The place is kept clean. Water arobics is via a tape you listen to, that is the same over & over. They do have a mini golf that is fun, & exercise room, with broken equipment.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
We spent almost a month here, and even though we didn't use the bathroom or showers, they were spotless. They have a dog wash area here ($7), a very nice dog run, indoor heated pool & hot tub. Our lot was level, nice sized, and we had a picnic table. The lots are pea sized rocks, but the roads are wide and concrete in here. This is conveniently located near several restaurants. The staff is very friendly, and the park is super clean. It's quiet, and you feel safe in here. Alot of the people staying long term in there are quite friendly too. They have activities going on alot of times too. We had one problem only while staying here. Mice. We have never EVER had mice in the rv so it horrified us, and I still have nightmares about it. We did find out that the mice prob was very bad that year, and the old section of the park, has had the probs for years. If you stay, put steel wool at the bottom of all slides, as these nasty critters seem to find any place to come in. It took us 3 days to stop them, and we had 3 other "permanents" we met, say they deal with them all the time. They also laughingly said its a problem no one talks about, and isn't mentioned unless you say something. Other than that? This place is great. The prices are excellent, and its the best in the area to stay at as far as we are concerned.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
We stayed here for 1 night while passing through. ALot of old campers in here with junk around them. It's a gravel lot, with close sites. The showers were very old, need a major update, but were ok. The swimming pool & hot tub are stained on the bottom and walls, but were clean. The restaurant? I wouldn't eat there again. Loaded with dust stuck to the chairs, and other stuff in there. The carpeting is stained, snagged, and needs to be replaced. It's a great place to stop for a night, but not one I would want to stay at long term. Their "dog run" is just a gate out into an open area that isn't fenced in. You have to take your dog past an older rv that has cats all over the place, and you can smell the spray from them. Overall, its an ok stopping place, and clean--just needing alot of TLC.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
We stayed almost a month here, as prices are reasonable. It is kept very clean, has showers, a "clubroom/kitchen", laundry, but that's about it. The office area does smell of sewer & cigarettes as the hosts smoke alot right outside the door pretty much non stop if their boss isn't there. The sewer smell is only in the building area of the office, and a couple nearby sites. All the sites are roomy, wifi works well in most areas, its quiet in here, but no "real" activities. They just started a birthday cake & ice cream once a month, to celebrate anyone's birthday who wants to be let it known they have a birthday (feels like something nursing homes would do). They are now starting up card nights, coffee or donut mornings once a week, craps, and other games to gather and play. Not much in the activity department. Staff is nice though, and its a good place to relax, and unwind. Different sites are diff prices depending on what you want to have on your site.
Date of Stay: September, 2015
Great place to stop overnight on your way through the area. Convenient location on Route 66, walking distance to a local restaurant, and the place is loaded with history up and down the road. Owners are nice people, plenty of spaces available, free wifi, cable, and full hookups. Wifi is shut off from 11 pm-7am. When I asked why that was (as I get up before 7), the owner said that you are supposed to be sleeping at night so don't need the internet during that time. Checkout is 10 am (I thought that was rushing anyone there), but otherwise the place is a good place to stop at while going through. It's a quiet park, even being close to the road. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2015
I went by the last review in 2010. Bad mistake. We spent 1 month here due to $$. I couldn't find anyone to pay for 5 days. Their sites are mostly 30 amp, with a few 50 amp. Full hookups behind the trailers, no sewer in the wooded area. No dump station. They tell people to use an empty lot that has sewer to dump at--which has no water at it to rinse with. I had to put in a number for the site. It's just a huge grassy area with oddly numbered numbers to hook up to. I never did know what our site number was. 3 dogs roam the park & are in their clubhouse on the furniture, tables daily. They haven't had baths in forever & the place reeks. There are no firepits-not even in the tent areas. Picnic tables are broken, picnic area has no tables, beach is overgrown & gone, shoreline is slimy, their "cabins" are nothing but run down old trailers. It looks like a trailer park when you first enter it. Mostly members stay there. I only met 3 other people there not members. Labor day (Monday), they shut off the lights at night as they stated no one was there anymore so they wanted to conserve. The place is pretty, but needing a lot of TLC. A lot! The pool was kept clean, grounds are too, but very run down otherwise. Trailers are a major eye sore. There is nothing around at all. Their online brochure is from 15 years ago. Even the playground is cluttered with broken paddle boats, climbing toys, etc. We also had to move our rv due to bag worms dripping brown all over our rv. Others who came in behind us moved asap too once they saw that mess. Nature can't be controlled, but spraying would have helped with this problem. We would never stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
This was a hard campground to rate as it has its pluses, and its minuses. It was clean, quiet, the pool was spotless. We never went into the bathrooms or showers. Our first day there, a teenager walked by from up the road. A trailer park is up the road, & was told kids come into the campground ALOT to use the wifi. We saw that alot our week there. The wifi worked on & off depending on how many were in there. The fishing "lake" is pond sized and covered in green. Almost every day, the pool would have people from town come in to swim, & smoking, drinking is allowed. Ourselves, along with another family always left when that happened. The owners said they couldn't say anything as smoking is allowed outside in Illinois. It's a private cmpgrd! They could put up no smoking but I guess they like the $$ they make off non campers. If you have young kids, its a shame they let outsiders smoke. TV reception is null. Branches need to be trimmed over campsites. The arcade, pool table was removed a long time ago. Playground is very outdated but safe.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
We stayed here a month, as it was close to some places we had to be while there. When you first get there, the park host (Dave) will show you your site, offer to help you set it up, and anything you need he will do what he can to make it easier on you. Each site has a firepit, and picnic table. We had a fantastic view of the lake out our back & side windows. The beach is only a minute walk away, boat ramp (we didn't use), is also right there. The park is very quiet, super clean, and alot of nice people stay there as a seasonal. The internet is ok depending on if any coaches are in the lots next to the office--which block the signal. The few short times that happened, I just walked over to the pavilian to use it. That was the only inconvenience I had while there. We chose to be in the open instead of shaded areas so our rv wouldn't get dirty from staying there for so long. There are different types of sites to choose from while there, depending on the openings of them.When you leave, the hosts will come say goodbye, and they really do make you feel at home. More campgrounds need hosts like this! We would definitely go back again!
Date of Stay: July, 2015
We spent 3 weeks here, and stayed out in the open area as we didn't want tree junk on our rv , with staying the long period we did. The internet worked well all around the campground (I used my phone to check diff areas too), but the cell service for Verizon was on and off depending on where you were at in there. It worked well in town. The water pressure was low. We went to go fishing, and didn't have much luck. They are so well fed, plus I swear the fish know how to strip a hook of a worm. The "lake" to go swimming in is not a lake. It is a very small pond, with green slimey things that float all around upon entering the water, from getting stirred up. There is a rope dividing where you can swim and where others can fish in that pond. The sand was firm in the water right in the middle, but you sink anywheres else. The water only came up to our waist and we only went that one time. Neither one of us cared for green slimey things floating all around. There are 2 other ponds in there too, that are for fishing only. Near the front of the campground is a small stream that flows through it. Very relaxing, nice, and ankle deep. Also many walking paths, but the bugs were too thick to go on the paths without taking a bath in bug dope first. What we found out while staying there, is that families with children get charged different than any place we have ever been. The rates didn't affect us, but I wouldn't go there with kids. 2 adults per site for that $28. Each additional kid, even if they are yours, is $3 extra a night. Also extra tents aren't allowed on a site with a larger tent, or an rv on it. They insist you must get another site for that tent. So.....any family with 3 kids, 2 adults would cost $34. As I said--the prices didn't affect us. I just don't agree with how they charge. They did give us a senior discount as we had paid for the month. The regular rate is $520 a month. They charged us $510. That was our discount.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
We had originally planned on staying here for 2 months due to its price, but once we arrived, we saw a few "flaws" in our plans. There are A LOT of feral cats in the campground park, and the cat spray can be overwhelming at times to breath. We had taken a spot in the rear, as the other spots were too close to other RV's for my taste. The spot in the rear had plenty of room, even if another one moved in next to it. Our first night there, we not only heard, but felt the vibration of a stereo bass by the neighbors outside the park. They have it so low or whatever it is that makes it thump and vibrate, and just sit in their yard doing that 3-4 times a day--and sometimes at night. Not only do you put up with that, but non-stop barking dogs tied out on the other side of the fence and more thumping stereos that drive up and down the road. Within a week, we were very disgusted. We moved our RV up front to get away from the thumping stuff, but the cat urine is smelled on and off everywheres. A woman who lives in there, feeds them, which keeps them coming around daily. We could still hear the stereo, but the vibration wasn't felt up here. We weren't even in our spot for a day, and while we were outside, the person who lives in his coach was screaming obscenities about killing kids, blowing up playgrounds, ripping up rapists. Very vulgar and alarming. This went on for an hour, and I did report it to the manager, who was busy at that time making popcorn for the train rides they have there in the amusement park they have been restoring forever. She told me he was probably singing to music. I walked off. Call it what you want. There wasn't any music that was loud coming from his place. We decided to leave. The manager is new, doesn't know much about RV's, but is very nice. The area is very high crime though. Not worth risking staying in this area. We heard guns being shot our last night there.