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Been fulltiming in my RV with my husband, dogs and cat since 2013.

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Rate reflects weekly rate. The place was practically empty being pre-Memorial Day. Most others were on the FHU on grass; it was too crowded for us. The FHU on asphalt wasn't appealing. Tall grass spot with W+E with no one else near was our choice. They have a dump station. The grass around us eventually got mowed. These spots are very closely spaced and most were on a slope. No picnic table or fire ring. If it were a busy time, then you may have a different experience. Loved walking around the grounds. Shower house was large and heated (it was chilly out), but not very clean. Same clumps of hair were still there after a week. Check out how the water comes out before committing to a stall. When we arrived, the CG manager took us for a ride around the grounds; how cool is that?! (Not something they normally do.) They said we could have mail delivered there, but UPS couldn't figure it out. Luckily we had a few days to resolve it by my going to UPS to pick up my package. They had a free concert while we were here.

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We were told CG #3 had more space between sites; we did all the loops and were not pleased with our options. A CG #1 premium struck our fancy. Not that I wanted to pay the extra $2/night for 50 amps, but we needed to stay for a 3 weeks and I was being picky. I assume premium is for the 50 amp service; it is certainly not for the view of the lake. We could see bit and pieces of water through the leaves, not worth extra $$. Lake is down a couple of steep sets of stairs and then there is no access due to vegetation. Lots of trails running along the lake between the campground and the lake. It rained and the trails were still very wet 3+ days later. We ended up walking on the road a lot; there were a lot of cars passing us. Most were courteous, except for the one that almost ran me over. Beach is a good 20+ minute walk on the trails or on the road. From the beach parking lot, it is 127 steps down to the beach! Bathrooms were fairly clean, mostly bugs and webs; one time I did encounter a mess like the previous reviewer mentioned. I felt it pretty pricey for no sewer hook ups. They say it is $23 for camping, but you also have to add the $5/night fee for your vehicles and another $3 per reservation fee. The touristy part of Lawrence is at least 20 min drive. We won't forget this place for an RV caught fire and burned to the ground across from us (well spaced sites! we didn't have to move) and the folks at the dump station that dumped without use of a hose despite my offer to use my hose. I certainly hope your stay isn't as eventful.

     

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El Dorado State Park

El Dorado, Kansas

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There are many areas to this state park scattered around the lake, within the areas are multiple campgrounds. We sought out the Walnut River Area since we were told it blocks more wind. The campsites are a mix from primitive to full hook ups, first come-first served to reserveable, short term to long term. For as many options in camping, there are more in fees. There is a vehicle fee ($5/day), camping fee ($21 for E+W) and a transaction fee ($3). You can pay the flat fees or get a 14-day camping pass ($112.50) or a monthly camping fee ($225ish) and/or a year vehicle pass ($25). Ghez, so much work before even parking our rig. The woman at the booth was very pleasant to explain this all to us. We ended up in Big Oak campground which was nearly empty, very quiet, lots of big trees, on the river. We had a picnic table (out front) and fire ring and grill (out back?!) Loved the paved hiking trails since it was wet. If dry there were lots of dirt trails that I would have liked to explore. There is laundry, but it was very dirty. Like other reviewers mentioned, the showers were scary, relatively clean but no curtains. One opening had 3 showers in cluster...you'd have to see it to believe it. One of the toilets was on the ground, I assume in the middle of repair, but I didn't check in on the progress.

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The site was long, but narrow, not slide outs touching, but close enough that you wanted to keep your shades down. There was gravel for the RV, a concrete pad for the truck and another concrete pad as a patio. There was no picnic table or fire ring. Train goes through the center of the park but I only remember hearing it a couple of times during our week long stay. There was some road noise, not enough to justify ear plugs with the windows open. It is across the street from a water treatment facility; the stank was only noticeable when walking on the bike path. There are three different directions you can go on the bike path right from here. Full hook ups were conveniently located. Wifi is only in certain locations like the office. Noticed cars in the lot by the office one night; someone mentioned it was bingo night. I guess transients are not notified. Lots of bits of trash everywhere and our site had over a foot high grass. There were folks mowing and raking, but not keeping up with whole place. There were large lush trees, birds, squirrels, and rabbits. Not great, but not bad either.

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I agree with the previous reviewer about Central State Park. We had an option of 3 spots, the one that we figured we could fit in was very unlevel and filthy with foil on the grill, carpet in the fire pit. The picnic table was around back, no space out front; it was a drop down to the lake. Neighbors very close. They suggested we check out Scissortail Campground which is associated with Central State Park, a bit south off 15th Street. The campground is in a neighborhood (huge lots), but it is surrounded by woods that you would never know others were near by. There are 38ish large sites on the lake. There was no beach and no boat launch. There were bathrooms, the best shower that I have ever had (hot and powerful), and a playground. There were some horse trails off the entrance road, I am not sure how legit it was for us to use them. My husband took his bike out there and said they were pretty short (2 mi). You could see other sites, but they were pretty far. Water was same situation as central with having to run a hose for very long distance. I noticed those who got there first did put Y-connectors for others to tap into. Litter all over, we made our dog walks with trash bags, so hopefully you won't notice as much. :) Very quiet and peaceful. Also the price was cheaper at $25 wkend, and $20 weekday. We stayed a week and got one $20 night free. Lots of birds, ducks, geese, deer; we were very happy that we choose this place. There is a dump station. The web site says premium sites are $5 more, premium is with water view. We found it breezy by the water during this time of year and that in-land was better.

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All prior reviews reflect what we discovered. They installed new power pedestals with 50amp. The water is two below ground spigots for sites to share; they are very far away from the sites. A bit tight maneuvering to get our 35' fifth wheel in, but doable. Sites are not very level. We wanted to stay hooked up for pending storms, but it would have been way off level to stay hooked up. Very nice 10 mile trail around the lake. Disc golf and boat ramp on site. Clean enough when doing a drive by, but lots and lots of bits of trash everywhere. The bathrooms were a single pit toilet with no door, not for the faint of heart.

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Besides being a mostly open dirt/gravel parking lot, we got a warm welcome from the other campers, a very friendly chatty group. I think the owner fosters this environment, he was a card. It was quiet. Hook ups worked as expected. No picnic tables, but a few cable spools that you could roll over to your site.

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Mid-week in September, the place was practically deserted. We loved it. I can imagine it would feel a bit cramped if full (hence a few points off, I didn't want you to go in the summer and be disappointed). Great view of lake, great hiking/biking trails. The museum is spectacular; the information is presented in such a way that you can easily come away with new knowledge. The building and display cases are worth checking out even if you don't want to learn anything. ; ) There are three other CCC structures worth seeking out. We had a water + electricity site.

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Prior review still applies, but to reiterate a few points: Make sure you fill up your water in the parking lot where you register. If you have a large vehicle, you may want to shop around for the best site before committing to one. We had an end one with a good drop to into; it was pretty level once in. Fire pits, picnic tables and trash barrel at each site. When we pulled in, we were disappointed with the depressing landscape of mostly dirt and some weeds, but there was hardly anyone else around, the view was amazing, and it was very quiet except for the occasional train. Within minutes though, we were loving it. Locals walk their dogs (almost all off-leash) here resulting in more much more activity than just the campers. Excellent location for seeing the Helena sights. Loved being able to do a loop around the fairgrounds with our dogs. If you've got kids, there is a pond where children-only can fish and a great huge playground. If full, then I can imagine it feeling much more cramped.

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Wide open grass field. Ground was very uneven. Woman who checked us in was very nice; the only other camper came over to chat. There were a few fire rings and picnic tables, not enough for everyone. No WiFi or cable. Between Rt 94 and the RV park, the most direct route is Rt 7 (N Wibaux St). This road goes under the railroad tracks with a height clearance of 14'. We didn't risk it; we went over the tracks via G Street which is a few blocks west.

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Wide open gravel parking lot which was soft due to recent rain. Spots were oddly placed. Most of our problem identifying where to park is that the water and sewer were placed at the rear of the space; electric was more reasonably placed. Water hookup was poorly designed; it was very hard to screw our hose on. WiFi was supposed to be included, but didn't work. As the street name implies, there are train tracks across the street; it only ran a few times during the one night we stayed. The lot takes up the whole block between 4th & 5th and Everett Ave & Railroad Ave. Call the park a few minutes before you arrive to allow staff time to get to the lot to check you in.

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Price includes $7/car load day fee and $24 camping fee. Being early in the season and midweek, we scored a lake front spot in the Lake Hasty campground (with electricity). It was very spacious, fairly level with a picnic table under a roof. We just barely fit width-wise with our opposing slideouts and the picnic table roof. No water or sewer at the sites. There is a dump station (no potable water at the dump station). There are water spigots about and a dish washing sink in the comfort station. The comfort station also has three sets of washing machines/driers for $1 ea. These were open the entire time of our stay. The bathroom part of the comfort station opened in the middle of our stay, that is where the change machines are. They didn't work well (either bring quarters or lots of small bills). My one attempt at a shower ($0.50/3 minutes, $0.25/minute thereafter) wasn't hot enough for me. There is a fair amount of hiking (around the lake, one-way through the park, and across the dam). I loved the view of water and the pelicans, but there were things that were off putting that prevented me from loving the place. I guess to throw it into a general category would be the other campers: campers two spaces over on both sides with loud music (during the day but still...OMG I am turning into my mother!), one with their dogs off leash, lots of trash on the trails and especially at the fishing spots, Sunday night people left their trash bags on the ground at the overflowing dumpster, Monday morning the ranger is cleaning up the mess after the animals got in it, during the week someone didn't get their fish carcass in the dumpster and again the animals got at it.

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What the others said about this campground is still true almost a year later, same sweet old man, same price, gravel, sites close together, quiet, convenient. Laundry facilities ($1 per wash and dry, 2 sets) and bathroom facilities are in good condition. Some loose dogs, but not a single issue with my dogs. It is about 1/2 mile walk down the access road to the Cadillac Ranch.

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Price does not include the $2/pp per day fee. Loved the teepees over the picnic tables. Each site also has grill and fire pit. Everyone was back in and it was open on the sides which didn't matter to us since no one was parked right beside us. Could imagine it feeling crowded if our neighbor spots were full. All the 'furnishings' were out back; may want to find a site with bushes to isolate you from your neighbors. International Dark Sky certification is reason enough to travel out of the way for this park. Sitting out at night, we heard lots of animal critters; so much so that we had to put the dogs back inside since they were a bit freaked. The hiking was spectacular. Very clean and quiet park. Only 2 Verizon bars.

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Price reflects $24 camping (30 amp) + $7 for one person day-use fee. (Get the parks pass to save on day use fees and a couple of coupons for camping.) The layout of this park is very strange. You must drive over the spillway (running water on the road) to get to the campgrounds. Several camping loops: tent, 50amp, 30amp and equestrian. No sewer at the sites, but there is a dump station. We arrived after 4:30pm, instructions say to pay in the morning thus didn't have the problem of picking and then not fitting as lots of spots will be tight for larger rigs. Once in the site, it is very spacious with fire ring, grill, and picnic table on concrete slab. RV is parked on asphalt, but the ground was sand. No TV channels and no Sprint signal, 2 Verizon bars. Bits of trash all over. Water is opaque brown. Good wildlife viewing. It was quiet. Walking the lake side trail, lots of trash, uneven due to walking on it while wet, and then ended in water much sooner than illustrated on map. More about the layout issues... Only the northern most equestrian camp loop has the trail head for their trails. It is quite a hike from any other camping loop. Didn't matter to us, since the trails were closed! To get to the trail head for the Trailway (former railroad tracks, 20 miles total), it is 2.6 miles one way from our 30amp loop through the spillway. We could only go east on the Trailway; the westward direction was closed! I didn't take points off for closed trails, but would be nice if they were more accessible from your site than having to load up the car and drive to a trail head.