Judy Birchland

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About Judy Birchland

Five year full timer who just bought a house in a small town due to shoulder season issues in Manitoba. We go south in winter to escape snow as I have severe snow mould allergy and terrible asthma in the cold.

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This is an Army Corp of Engineers park and quite nice. We found maneuvering with our 30 foot travel trailer pulled by a pickup a bit tight and most of the campsites would have been too short to allow us to park without unhooking but we found one just long enough. We didn't see any official people at all and everything is done on the honour system at a kiosk. It was really quiet and nice. There is a wonderful children's park at the picnic site nearby and some really nice walking trails easily accessible from the campground. There is a also a nice wide ramp to get your boat into the water. We saw many birds and an armadillo and heard coyotes. We also saw a rattlesnake on a trail (it took off as we approached) so be careful with dogs. This place is a bit over mowed and suburban looking for my taste. Also it is obviously visited during the day by city folks from Memphis proper. We felt a need to watch our stuff a bit more closely than we otherwise would during the day due to traffic of day visiting strangers nearby.

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This campground has two sections, an older 30 amp and water that has large well appointed sites set back from the shore with fine gravel and cement pads. They are $11/night regular, half off with the senior pass. The sites on the river are all huge, cement pads with 50amp electric and water on a steep high bank overlooking the water. Most of the sites also have their own wooden staircase down to the water with a boat tie up provided and all have picnic tables. We used our stairway to launch our canoe. At the entrance to the campground is a marina so many people were launching their larger boats there and then tying them up at their campsite during their stay. Many were fishing right beside their campsite. The place is forested and lovely with abundant wildlife. The roads are wide and were easily navigable for our rig. The dump station is a double one so no waiting. Fisherman's paradise. We absolutely loved it here and we will be back.

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This park is on a large lake and has big spacious sites and lots of birds. We saw eagles, loons, three kinds of woodpeckers and there were some really lovely sites right over the water. There are big generous boat ramps. The fishing looked great watching the fishermen pulling in fish after fish from our shore. The park roadways are small and narrow with many trees and we barely managed to drive around with our 30ft rig pulled by a pickup. Also there are some VERY steep grades 13%ish that really gave my low gear and four wheel drive a workout so I would not recommend it for big or overloaded rigs.

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Park is being renovated so the showers and washrooms were not open. Not far off the interstate but otherwise not much to recommend it. It has a pool and is on a small artificial lake with a boat ramp. This looks and feels more like a municipal park type campground than a state campground set on a small lake with small lots and surrounded by cottage suburbia and lawns.

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Pretty standard KOA with lots a little on the small side for a KOA. Narrow gravel roads, small lots, about five feet to the next campsite. The electric sites, water sewer hook up all worked fine and the cable was good. WIFI was slow but worked. The campground is right off the freeway and so had traffic noise. The dog area is just a narrow bit of grass. They have a regular 7:00am pancake breakfast we did not try. The store is full of Elvis memorabilia. This is our second stop here. The prediction was for very severe weather north of the campground so we decided to sit a day out there and wait for the storms to pass. We stopped in with no reservation and still got a good campsite. It's a very typical KOA with an Elvis theme. We would stay again.

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Gorgeous spot to camp with big generous campsites. Firewood is on sale there for $4 but was soaked and wouldn't burn. We were there in spring and everything was damp damp damp. However the birds (especially woodpeckers) are abundant and there is a nice trail right near the campground. The swimming spring is within an easy walk of the campground looked very attractive and we saw some families having a lot of fun if you like deep water. I would have given it a 10 but there are ants everywhere in the campground so put some vaseline on your electric cord and do ant preparations for that. It is a wild place.

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We arrived after dark and stayed one night while moving south to Florida. Seemed like a very nice place. We used the laundry which was fine. Our lot electric/water drive through site was big, level and spacious and everything worked well. The dump station was fine. The campground host was wonderful. I had only one complaint. The speed bumps in that park will take out your undercarriage and destroy your axles if you take them at anything faster than a slow roll with your foot just off the accelerator. Otherwise an above average state park.

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Interesting spot, basically a fish camp. The major occupation of visitors is fishing and the campground also has a marina. About half the lots are taken up by people who rent by the year and park a camper for use on weekends. There was nothing disreputable or yucky about the campers so it seems the owner has standards. The far end of the campground has one row for permanent residents that is run down but it is a large campground so they are far away. There is a campground host living on site. We have stayed here several times and it is one of our favourite places. Dog friendly with a nice little riverside beach where dogs can swim too. Mature trees on a ridge so there is lots of shade. The campground is a spit of land jutting into the lake and there are numerous docks. Many of the campsites are right on the water and you could dock your boat next to your site if you wish. Those sites fill up fast so make a reservation. The inner campsites are clean neat and well ordered, long but a little narrow. The WIFI is great and cable has 44 channels. Staff are pleasant and helpful.

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We expect a certain level of service and facilities when we go into a KOA. This one had an exceptionally friendly and helpful staff in their on site management, even by KOA standards. The lots were long and wide, a pleasant surprise. This KOA is nestled between an interstate and a busy major highway but a strategic row of mature trees and a long ridge meant we barely heard the traffic noise. There was a pleasant surprise on awaking. The campground is set in lovely hills giving a picturesque view for this prairie girl. Internet was fast. Cable was good. The dog park was a typical small made for Yorkies one but they had a nice large grassed walking area with a small creek. My only complaint is they used very large gravel so our plot was full of many sharp 6cm rocks which meant I had to be careful of my knees on set up and take down but that was a minor. They had large cement pads for the picnic tables. The road into the KOA was a mess of ugly potholes with roadwork going on so hopefully the city will fix that. Meantime drive slowly. Overall an above average KOA.

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We loved the place but then we are geeks. As other reviewers have pointed out, the park is indeed full of tiny toy rocket debris but otherwise it is clean and neat. We stayed here two nights and took in the museum nearby for a wonderful full day. Our site was a pull through, neat, clean and level though some looked a bit rough. Water, sewer electric worked perfectly. Speed wise, the WIFI was top notch; although, we were close to the office so it might not be further out. It's very relaxed this time of year. Folks coming and going and the fellow at the office was charming and full of stories and tips on things to see and do at the museum. My husband says he's one of the attractions. Easy on easy off the main highway. Even though it is late in the year, the park was almost full so I recommend reservations. For $20 it was a really great deal and we'll absolutely be back.

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We go to a KOA expecting a certain level of quality and we got it. A typical if somewhat more overcrowded KOA. Clean, all facilities well run and in good working order. We camped here because we had friends to visit in Memphis. The KOA is normally a 20 minute drive to Memphis. This drive required nearly an hour and we had to go through a nightmarish traffic situation to get over the bridge into downtown Memphis. For visiting Memphis I would wait until the construction is done or go somewhere on the Tennessee side. They do have tours of all the major sights right from the KOA to avoid the driving. Two things struck me about the place. One, this would be like a parking lot when busy. I have never seen such efficient close packing of trailers. You give your rig size and you get a site exactly to fit and not one foot more. There is only just 8 feet of grass to the next site. It is also an easy on and off from the interstate because it is on a service road so the noise was really problematic. Truck roars all night long. Wi-Fi was a delight after trying a few of the repeaters to get onto one close by. Cable was minimal for a KOA. Great for an overnight or to park your rig at while taking their tours into Memphis, but I don't think we'll be back anytime soon.

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There are several campgrounds within the park so make sure you get the right one. We camped in the West Side Campground of the Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area, which is right on the lake itself. The East Side Campground was closed. Hunting season was in full swing and all the other campers were serious male hunters in all male hunting bands. Polite and friendly but I felt kind of out of place as a female. We heard a lot of shooting nearby so we went around with our orange and yellow raincoats on. We went for a canoe trip in the cypress swamp from the dock across the road from our site. Very nice place if you would like to canoe in a cypress swamp and we enjoyed that. However the water tap didn't work and when we tried to dump, the dump site was plugged and we had to contend with a mess. Showers were closed. For an overnight it was a lovely scenic park but don't expect the water and sewer to work. The electricity was fine. Long narrow roads in and out where you can't turn around but the sites are huge once you are off the roadway into the campground. Not worth the $20 we were charged, in spite of he lovely canoe trip.

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Super friendly staff helpful staff settled us in after a warm welcome. Exceptionally dog friendly with a brand new fenced dog run (big enough for our big dogs) and doggie treats on arrival. The place is well groomed with nice wide and long lots with grass and hardtop.gravel to park on. They have benches overlooking the lake and lovely flower beds to sit and contemplate life. The sunsets were fabulous. We stayed a week and we really liked this place. The laundry is small, 1 washer and 1 dryer but cheap. It's a short drive from the campsite to every major box store you could want. The campground is set well back from the interstate so there was some noise but far off. We heard coyotes and saw jackrabbits. The lake is a small manmade one stocked with fish. There is a creek/drainage ditch nearby making the boundary on one side of the park. It was pleasant to walk around the lake with our dogs. It was late fall when we arrived and we stayed a week because we had friends to visit. Internet alternated between impossibly slow and super fast and was mostly adequate to good though we found we could not use Skype. They had only one space available for a full week as it is very busy with many fellow snowbirds migrating south although most don't stay more than one or two nights so call ahead for a longer stay.

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Pretty little small town campsite perfect for an overnight. Drop box to pay at the washrooms, $15 gives you a modern full service campsite with electricity, water, sewer. (Cash or cheque only.) There is a nice children's playground in the same park. Town itself is a typical midwestern one with gas and groceries available within walking distance. Police station is visible from the park so we felt safe. Mature trees, nicely tended grass, all very clean. The campground is run by volunteers and any one of them driving by checks up. You must register within 4 hours of arriving. We had only one complaint, that being there is also a rest area for truck drivers nearby and there was a lot of coming and going of trucks all night long. Still for an overnight, especially when in October when so many places are closed, it was perfect.

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As small town campgrounds go this one is a gem due to the fact it is on a small lake above a dam on the Little Saskatchewan. The campground has twelve sites with lovely mature pines, an adjacent children’s park and small beach that was sand during last year’s stay but due to recent flooding in the region is really just mud this year. The lake is lovely for both canoeing and wildlife watching with abundant birds, wildlife and the fishing is great. We saw a river otter from our window. The campground does not have water even though all sites have taps. You must get water from the town office. The washrooms were closed when we were there. Each site has a 30amp and two 20 amp plugs. Cell phone service exists here and our Roger’s internet card generally worked well but did have some intermittent slowdowns. The turn around at the lake side was tight.