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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It's a Provincial Park and nice enough as they go. It is set on a hillside leading down to the lake and one thing I loved was the breeze blew over the lake and into the campground and we could see the lake from our picnic. The beach itself is also exceptionally nice, sandy, long stretch of shallow warm water set in the bend of the lake. What I did not like was it is a small campground tightly wedged in between private cottages and it had a feeling of being too settled. The turns were tight and while the campsites were long and generous, they were set at all kinds of odd angles to accommodate the hillside and they were less than level. We had trouble getting our dining tent up because of the sloping at our site. The other thing I did not like was busloads of people coming into the same beach for day trips so the beach area was crowded daytime and it was really noisy with people sounds. Forget having an afternoon nap. There were very few birds daytime. Evenings and mornings were fine. The train runs right nearby. I like trains so to me it was a feature but maybe not so much for other people. Mosquitoes were horrendous and so thick they were going up our nose and landing on us in spite of 33% DEET when there was no breeze from the lake so the dining tent is a real necessity. The Pas is 41km away and has all amenities. Clearwater Lake is a real fishing place. Boating is exceptional. Campers Cove has boating support and access directly to the lake and fish cleaning stations. Pioneer Bay does not but there is a good boat launch only a block to the east. The so called "caves" of this park about 6 km away are not caves, just big cracks in the coast but well worth the short hike to go and see.

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This town campground is actually located right at the turn off to Ste Rose du Lac and was sponsored by a local benevolent association. It has been recently completely redone and is gorgeous and modern and new. It is very well kept. It is set in the curve of a small river bank Sites are spacious and private and it is well treed.

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What a gorgeous spot! Campground nestled in a ravine with a babbling creek. No reservations accepted here so you arrive and hope for the best but it is possible to get a lovely campsite backing up to the creek. There are two really wonderful hiking trails over the creek.The creek has both shallow areas and deep pools. It was too cold for swimming when we were there but we saw a lot of wading. We will be back!

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State park with 2/18 sites full service. The rest have the appearance of full service but apparently don't have sewer. The place as clean, lawn mowed. Pads was level. Well worth the price/

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Typical if older National Forest that is very well maintained. Some traffic noise but can't beat the price with the senior's pass. The sites vary enormously from completely open surrounded by lawn to almost completely hidden in woods. They also vary by length and accessibility.

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This visit started off very badly but ended very well. We arrived on a Saturday and they had only two spaces left, both in the upper area. No matter how we tried, we simply could not fit our camper into that space a way that would allow us to unhitch without the trailer starting to roll and being in danger of bending our jack so we gave up. We got a full refund, somewhat less than cheerfully, though that may have been because of how incredibly busy they were in the middle of a free hamburger supper. When we asked about boon docking until the next day when another campsite would be open we were very firmly told absolutely no boon docking anywhere at any time in their facility. We were directed to a Walmart in Staughton. We left upset and frustrated and ended up at the KOA which was open instead. Because we had business in the area, we came back the next day to try again and, as we had been told, they had many spaces for the three nights we stayed. The owner said she was really glad we came back and apologized for what had happened the day before telling us she felt really bad about our situation. We got a very nice spot on the lower area. The lower area is really really nice with a sweet babbling brook, a decent sized dog park, a nice laundry and lots of stuff for kids to do. The internet connection is the absolute best and we could even However, if you are driving anything bigger than a van I would not advise going into the upper area. It is narrow, the slope must be 13% on the hill judging by the gear I had to put my vehicle in and the upper lots are horrible, not level, the roads up there are lined with deep ditches you can't drive over and it is very hard to turn the corners. At one point on our way out I thought our trailer was going to tip over. The permanent residents live up there and they compound the problem by parking on the narrow roads. So I would give it a 9 or even 10 if not for the nasty start to the visit and if you do go, stay out of the upper area.

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This is a lovely well appointed campground that is a treat to the eye. Big spacious pull through and really nice green space with mature trees. Bonus for a really big dog park and a lake with fish. They sell propane cheaply and the store is unusually sell equipped with RV needs like fuses and fluids. I didn't like their dump very much because it's set on a corner and I found it a bit awkward pulling a rig to dump and then turn. Also their internet is good for nothing more than checking your email. Not their fault because they are outside the range of any provider so don't expect to be able to do much of anything on line. The neighbours were using Verizon internet which they said was strong and clear. Staff were exceptionally nice.

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This is a tiny multipurpose business like so many in this region of northern Ontario. It is a gas station/restaurant/store with a small campground out back. We arrived in October and the campground services, including electric, were already shut down for the season but the owner and her employee were very happy to offer a free safe boondocking spot. $25 is their usual fee when services are available. The WiFi is in the restaurant and it fast and unlimited. It does not work outside in the actual campground part. The actual campground part is grassy with level gravel drive-throughs. There was abundant free firewood.

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This little town park with eight sites has had a big facelift and now has a washroom. Unfortunately it also now has fees. $30 for full service, $20 for electric only and $15 for tenting no service. I'm not sure why they put their fees so high since there is almost nothing anywhere close and it is a dead zone for cell phones. But if you are passing through and need to sleep it's still perfect.

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Meh...We decided to spend a weekend there for a free concert. It has the advantage of being within an easy walk of the Wasagaming townsite. The washrooms are clean and showers are free, not coin and newly renovated. Staff was friendly and polite. Downside, we got a no service campsite with the highway visible through the trees and the traffic was ghastly on the highway all night long. Noise noise noise. Radios, generators, children, motorcycles, cars, drunks in spite of the alcohol ban. Wet firewood that wouldn't burn was $8 for 10 logs. Our site was not level, and it was short and narrow. Traffic on our loop was also terrible with vehicles and impatient drivers going by so often it was difficult to back into the site. People were honking and going around us as we tried to back in and when we pulled out. If you want to be at the Wasagaming resort, it's perfect. If you want peace and quiet, and wilderness camp elsewhere in the park.

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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.