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Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Bob Shetler Campground COE, Johnston, Iowa

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

I did not stay in the campground, but because it does not have a previous review, this one is being posted. My comments are based on a detailed inspection of the facility. This Corp campground is behind the Saylorville Lake dam and adjacent to the spillway. It has trees that provide some shade for most of the sites. The access roads are paved. There is no water hook-up, but there are community faucets for filling holding tanks. Picnic tables and fire rings/grills are located on each site. There is playground equipment. Most of the sites are level. There are a few pull thru sites. Bathhouses are centrally located and clean. The sites are gravel and they are so big that you could get two large RVs onto one site. The campground only has 30A service, but if you can deal with that this C/G would be ideal for big rigs. We camped at Bob Shetler Campground COE in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Acorn Valley COE, Johnston, Iowa

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

I did not stay in the campground, but because it does not have a previous review, this one is being posted. My comments are based on a detailed inspection of the facility. This is a nice Corp campground. It has trees that provide some shade for most sites, but they do not interfere with the sites or the paved access roads. There are only 33 RV sites, the rest are for tents. The separate tent only area is also nice. RV sites are gravel and will accommodate most sized rigs, but the bigger the RV the more front to back leveling will be required on about half of them. All sites are 30A service and only a selected few have water hook-ups. There are community faucets for filling holding tanks. Bathhouses were clean and centrally located. There is playground equipment for the kids. All sites have picnic tables and fire rings/grills. There is a small pond in the campground. This appears to be a very quiet place to stay. We camped at Acorn Valley COE in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Limon KOA, Limon, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

This KOA is located near the interstate and a truck stop, which provides plenty of noise at all times. The sites are narrow. My rig and another almost touched slides. Motor homes with towed vehicles will barely fit the length of most sites. The access road and sites are rutted dirt. There is no shade. Bathrooms were clean. Wi-Fi is free and signal good. There is a pool. Water pressure was 95 psi, which is 30% over the normal limit and can damage RV water lines. The staff, to their credit, notifies everyone of this issue at check-in. Take a pressure regulator if you stay here. Most KOAs are just average campgrounds. This one is below that standard and well overpriced. Other reviews listed deficiencies, but still rated it high. Don’t know how that could be. We camped at Limon KOA in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Glen Elder State Park, Glen Elder, Kansas

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a large campground located on a lake with easy access in and out of it. Only about half of the listed sites are for RVs. The rest are tent sites. The park is divided into several looped sections with paved or gravel roads and a mixture of utility setups. The RV sites, all generally level with picnic tables and fire rings, are either concrete, paved, or gravel. Tent sites are grass. Water and voltage was good. The sites in the main section are all 50 amps, but not all of those have sewer. It is the only section that has trees. There are a handful of pull thru sites in the water and electric only sections of the campground. Bathhouses that were observed were clean and the grounds are well maintained. There is a nice boat ramp. No playground. There are quite a few seasonals, but they do not preclude getting a good site. The campground appears to be a storage lot for numerous older, unoccupied RVs. They are scattered through out, but mostly on the tent sites. The best way to get a good site is to drive thru before registering. Disregard the “This Site Reserved” signs. The park staff does a poor job of updating them. The biggest drawback of this campground is that you pay an entry fee, vehicle fee, and a fee for each utility which then raises the price to the level of a commercial C/G with amenities. We camped at Glen Elder State Park in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Prairie Flower Recreation Area COE, Johnston, Iowa

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very good Corp of Engineer campground. It is one of the more uniquely laid out ones I’ve been in. It is divided into multiple looped sections each with bathhouse and playground facilities that are centrally located and well maintained. The group and tent sections are circular with a pavilion in the center. Tent sites are grass. 30A electrical boxes are positioned around the perimeter so that a small sized rig can also use the section. It is a very nice setup for groups. The roads are paved. Some RV sites are gravel; some are concrete and all have a picnic table and fire ring/grill. Not all gravel sites are level despite the fact that they could be. The area is not hilly. There is a 30A only section, but 50A service is the norm. The voltage was good, but there is no water on the pads. There are numerous community water faucets for filling holding tanks. There is a huge amount of space between most sites. About half are shaded, but trees do not interfere with them or the access roads. The majority have ample parking for your tow or towed vehicle. Each section has a designated parking area for boats. The single dump station is two-way, but there will be a waiting line if the park is full. Trash dumpsters are at the entrance of the campground so you’ll have to driving to them. Downgraded the rating for the lack of water/sewer, some un-leveled, but one of the nicer Corp parks. We camped at Prairie Flower Recreation Area COE in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Blanding Landing COE, Hanover, Illinois

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Blanding Landing and Blanding Landing Corp of Engineer as listed on this web page are one and the same so I will just expand on what other reviewers have covered. It is a campground that can accommodate most sized RVs, but is more suited for tents, campers, and shorter rigs. It is big rig accessible, but not necessarily friendly. It is located on a lake far from nowhere, but there was cell coverage. The fifteen mile paved road leading to it is hilly, curvy, and with some areas of overhanging tree branches. Once started down the road, there is no turn around point until in the campground. The shoreline portion of lake is covered with algae making any use of it impossible. The voltage is low even on 50A service. Power management is required. There is no laundry room. The community water faucets in the campground are mainly for refilling holding tanks. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. A dump station is available. Access roads are gravel and the grass sites that are fairly level. There are only four pull thru sites but they are the closest to the railroad track. Thankfully, the trains pass quickly so noise is short-lived. There are no street lights - at night it is pitch black. Because it’s off the beaten path, you may have the park all to yourself as we did. The gate attendants are only on duty from 6-9 pm so I think there might be a problem if you pick an empty site that might be reserved by someone else. Except passing trains, I personally enjoyed the woods, dark nights, and very peaceful solitude. But I have to rate based on what other’s would expect and that is less than the typical Corp campground would usually receive. If you have the tolerance for occasional train noise and don’t mind an “adventurous” drive then bump it up a couple points. We camped at Blanding Landing COE in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Christmas Mountain Village, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is located at a corporate owned ski resort on a condo/cabin timeshare complex. There are 80 plus RV sites and 40 plus tent sites. Campground sites are available on a non-reservation basis. It’s heavily wooded with paved roads and RV sites. Access to RV pads is manageable even for big rigs. Tent sites are grass. Tents have their own separate, but nice, area in the complex. Water and voltage are good. The RV sites, which are spacious, have picnic tables, fire rigs, and grill. They are long enough for every size rig, but about half of them are sloped to some degree. The larger the RV, the more leveling required. Since reservations aren’t taken, you can occupy whatever is open. There are only four pull-thrus. Choose accordingly. The laundry, bathhouse, clubhouse, pools, and hot tubs serve the entire complex so expect to walk to one or the other. Wi-Fi is available at the registration building, but it is a pay-for-use system. There are 7 day/week multiple planned activities for adults and kids. Recreational facilities, mostly free, are too numerous to list here. A nice golf course and three restaurants are on site. The campground is not far from the tourist attractions in the Dells. Boredom is not an issue when staying here. We camped at Christmas Mountain Village in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Platte River Campground, Honor, Michigan

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

If ratings are based on an assessment of a campground’s list of facilities, amenities, and quality then this one is not a 9/10. As National Park campgrounds go this may be one of the nicer, but it doesn’t compare with any campground that actually is a 10. Unless you are a Golden Access or Age card holder, it is pricey and there is an extra charge for electricity, use of the bath facilities, and making a reservation. The sites do not have water or sewer hook ups. There is no cable. It would even be difficult to get satellite signals considering the amount of trees. Larger motor homes and 5th wheels can fit onto a number of the sites, but it is not by standard measure a ‘big rig friendly’ campground. Overhanging trees on the access roads and some tight turns into the sites just make that not so. Some sites have 50A service and there are a few pull through sites. For a park with varying degrees of terrain, I was surprised at how level many of the sites were. Even those with longer rigs would most likely be able to find one that required minimum leveling. It’s a nice place to park for a few days and enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors as well as see the nature attractions in the local area. Price shown reflects a discount with Golden Access card. We camped at Platte River Campground in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Little River Casino Resort, Manistee, Michigan

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground is located at one of the nicer Casinos in the state. Access roads are paved and all sites are concrete. Only about one third of the sites have full hook-ups. Those are called ‘premium’ sites. All have water/electric/cable. Good cable, voltage, and water pressure. The non-premium sites do not have picnic tables - an inconvenience if you like to grill and dine outdoors. The sites are long, but the space between each is only about 15 feet. The check-in office provides complimentary coffee and newspapers. The staff was excellent. Bath/shower facilities are located in that building and it is centrally located in the park. They were clean and well maintained. The laundry room only has two machines so doing laundry when the campground is full will be a challenge. Wi-Fi is free, but signal strength can be low if blocked by another RV next to yours. There is no playground for children. The pool and spa are located at the Casino. I rate this facility only an 8 due to the lack of full hook ups and picnic tables on all sites as well as the minimum width between sites; a shame because it could have been a 10. Be that as it may, it’s a very nice campground. We camped at Little River Casino Resort in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Bay Mills RV Park, Brimley, Michigan

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a casino campground that would be good for a one or two night stay unless one is willing to put up with several shortcomings. All sites are level pull thru, but are only about 15 feet apart. You will be close to your neighbor. 50A service is available, but the voltage was low. Not all sites have sewer. There is a discount for no sewer. There is a picnic table and fire ring on each site, but due to the closeness of rigs building a fire may not be possible. The cable service was good. Roads and pads are dusty dirt/gravel. More dirt than gravel. The bath house/restroom facility is located in one building, but oddly designed. The showers are separate from the restrooms requiring a walk outside and around the building after use of one or the other. The showers were always un-clean. Avoid any site with a street light. They are extremely bright and will flood the inside of the rig at night. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel/casino area. It cannot be received in the campground even tho it's only about 300 feet away. The campground staff is friendly, but has a limited knowledge of RVing. We camped at Bay Mills RV Park in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Country Village RV Park, Ishpeming, Michigan

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground has all of the standard amenities plus a hot tub, horseshoe pit, basketball net, and free WiFi. Access to both the back in and pull through sites is fairly easy. The staff is polite and helpful. The only bathhouse facility is located in the office building that is centrally located in the campground so those who are parked on the perimeter will have a 150-foot walk to it. It was clean, but only four showers serve 100 plus sites. There is a small laundry. Despite the amenities, there are some negatives. The roads are dirt/gravel and need some work. The grass areas in the park are unkempt. Although they are level, the pads are dirt and gravel with grass growing on them. About half of the sites are in the open without shade. Tents are allowed on and between RV sites. There is an extra charge for cable. The utility layout of the campground is the most unusual one that I have ever been in. All sites have water and a few have full hookups. But the majority are a random mix of sewer, different amperages, and cable. One would normally expect a large 50A site to have sewer, but many do not. Many sites with cable have only 30A. A 50A site will be next to a 30A site. Many sites with cable have no sewer. It’s like someone threw out a bowl of spaghetti and didn’t plan how to separate and connect it. It would be appropriate to be very specific about your needs when making a reservation. There are several camping discounts available. They recently became a Passport America campground. I get the feeling that the other reviewers felt the same way about this campground that I did. Things are lacking, but you have to give this one a good rating because of the amenities. We stayed in a motor home. We camped at Country Village RV Park in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Penmarallter Campsite, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is aesthetically pleasing, meets basic needs, value priced, but it doesn’t have the all of the amenities of the more highly rated campgrounds. There isn’t a pool, playground, wi-fi, cable, and sewer at every site. The voltage is only 30A and there is some noise from a nearby four-lane road. However, it is a very nice, immaculately maintained campground. The roads are gravel in very good condition and the pads are a combination of gravel and grass. All sites are pull-through and the majority of the sites will accommodate a large rig. Some minor maneuvering may be required due to the trees near them. Picnic tables are at each site. There aren’t any fire rings, but most sites have a dug out portion of the ground in which to have a campfire. The bathhouse is an older cinder block structure, but it was spotless. The voltage was good, but not strong. Power management is required in a 50A rig. Tents are allowed, but not on the RV sites. The campground doesn’t take credit cards. The owners live on site and manage the campground. They provide excellent customer service. If you call and give them a little notice of your arrival someone will meet you in the campground to discuss which site best suits your rig and needs. You get the final choice of sites. They are also well versed on the tourist information. Despite the lack of amenities, I give it a good rating. It was too well run and maintained not to do so. We camped at Penmarallter Campsite in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Fortune Bay Resort Casino RV Park, Tower, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is indeed a smaller campground, but the sixteen pull through sites with hook-ups will accommodate all lengths and widths. Although, there is only about 15 feet between sites, it’s not awning to awning with your neighbor. There is some front to back sloping on about half of the sites, but easily managed. There are also sites along the perimeter but they were designed for tents or pop-ups. Those are sloped and have no hook-ups. A picnic table is available for every site, but the campground only has a single community fire ring. The wood is free. 50A voltage was good, but there were only a few rigs here during the weekday. There is no Wi-FI. Access roads and pads are gravel, but well maintained. There is a single small bath house, but it too was well maintained. No shade trees on the pads, but temps were low so they weren’t needed. The Casino is a 5 minute walk, but there is an on-demand shuttle. It was quiet despite the closeness to the parking lot. The golf course is gorgeous, rated highly by several golf magazines, and is therefore expensive. There is a large lake nearby where boats can be rented. The single staff member was pleasant and helpful. The best description of this campground is: adequate for a few days. We camped at Fortune Bay Resort Casino RV Park in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Grand Casino Hinckley RV Resort, Hinckley, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The negative reviews of this park are also a mystery to me. The park staff was plentiful, courteous, and check in was easy. It’s not an over 55 adult only park, so families with kids are to be expected. All the sites are the same length and width and equally spaced apart, which makes me wonder why one would need to “ask for another site.” The maintenance crew empties trash cans every day. The fire rings could use some cleaning, but by no means were they trashy. The hook-ups are exactly where they should be –half way between the front and back of the site in order to accommodate a variety of RVs. The grass doesn’t contain weeds, was mowed, and in the hottest month of the year, can not be expected to be a lush green. One should not expect a campground to have full time dog-police on staff, but only to correct the actions of discourteous owners when observed. I did have a minor annoyance with the security gate entrance. It’s built to accommodate a Volkswagen, not a large rig. Very tight fit. Also, one should pay close attention to the electrical box on the site. It is tall and could interfere with slide out operation. It doesn’t get a 10 because that would mean it’s perfect. There are only a handful of those type campgrounds around. But it is well worth the cost and I enjoyed my stay. We camped at Grand Casino Hinckley RV Resort in a Motorhome.

RLM

Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 25

Lakeside Casino Resort RV Park, Osceola, Iowa

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a campground at the Terrible Casino. The name of the casino is reflected in the ranking of the campground. The concrete pads are level but narrow. The roads are also narrow and in need of repair in several places. Those with larger rigs will find navigating into a site a bit uncomfortable. The sites have full hook ups, but there is no dump station, bathhouse, picnic tables, or fire rings. The courtesy lights are not working on half of the sites. There is a minor amount of road noise from the interstate and moderate noise from a nearby railroad crossing that is busy. Voltage and water pressure are ok. The valet parking section runs the park, but there is no attendant at the campground. It appears that the campground is not high on the Casino’s priority list. It is overpriced, even with a discount, and at the low end when compared with other Casino campgrounds. We camped at Lakeside Casino Resort RV Park in a Motorhome.

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