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Longtime camper and backpacker, but now RVer for 3 years.

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This campground is small and kind of folksy, but the sites are too small. I paid more for a pull through, but the site could not fit both my 25' trailer and 20' truck. Also, it wasn't as level as I would have hoped. I had to park my TV elsewhere because of the small site - which was annoying because we were just passing through, staying for one night. I wanted to stay hitched up. The sites are very close together, the WiFi didn't work for us, and the cell service was weak. The pool was clean but very small. I suppose this campground is okay if you are just passing through.,

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This campground is a basic RV park. There are some dividers between the pull through spaces which gives some privacy, but the spaces are all close together. We stayed for just one night. The utility pillar was beat up, but everything worked fine. The playground was a little sparse. The site was gravel, mostly level but with some puddles from thunderstorms. The people were polite. Some of the other RV campers were a little strange - it's hard to describe. It appears that a lot of the spaces were long term campers. I had good cell reception for my N America plan. The WiFi was mediocre. Overall, I would probably stay here again - if it was just for one night.

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I like this campground. Certainly, it is close to everything. However, the traffic in Vancouver is HORRIBLE - so even close proximity to central Van is no guarantee of an easy drive. The campsites are VERY close together. I could not put my awning out all the way. But, the sites are level and the utilities are stable. There is a playground and pool, which my 5 yo daughter appreciated. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. I had some problems with my propane valve, and a staff member helped me and referred me to an RV parts store so I could fix the problem myself. I would stay here again - I just wish access to the Seabus was easier so I could cross Burrard inlet faster to be in the heart of the city.

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For a national park, this is a fantastic campground. Every site is pull through. The gravel sites are level, and each section is part of a stair step section, which allows for more privacy between each level. There are a lot of trees and shrubs. Bear control protocols are enforced, so be vigilant and respectful. The campsite is close to Banff village. All utilities are stable. There is no WiFi, but there is good cell service. The bathrooms are clean and modern. There was no playground for my daughter, but plenty of kids around in the evening and good smooth streets for riding her bike. I wish all American national park RV campgrounds were like this Canadian version. There's even a liquor/wine store nearby. The prices are high, but at least I was able to enjoy some wine after a long day of hiking.

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This is a really beautiful modern RV park. There are bushes and trees between campsites to give you some privacy - but the campsites are close together. There is no way around it. Fortunately, not so close you can't put your your awning or your slide out. The play area is really good for the kids, and the utilities are totally modern and stable. I had no problem with cell service, but the WiFi is average for an RV park (in other words, almost useless). The staff was very nice during check-in. We had no other dealings with them. The park is about 30 minutes NW of Calgary, so not too far. It's also close to Banf National Park if you want to use this park as a home base. We stayed in a riverside site - but there really is no view of the Bow River unless you walk up the embankment and through a gate. The location did give us a little more privacy since we were on the outer rim of the park. It may sound strange, but this park is located in a kind of hidden spot, which doesn't get the full brunt of thunderstorms that pass through the metro area. Being a west coaster, I found that to be an advantage. Cochrane is an unimpressive suburb. Still, I would happily stay here again. I really loved Calgary.

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Bird's Hill Provincial Park is huge. There is a lot to do, including a really good swimming beach. We stayed just two nights. The beach and playground are great for kids. We stayed in Savannah Bay area of the park. The campsites are slightly odd - since all utilities are located at a corner of the site with is basically at the end of your unit. It may be difficult to connect. Make sure you have extra hose for either water or sewer. The sites are gravel, but fairly private. They are all pull through sites. Buses and small trees keep things fairly private. In addition to paying for you campsite, you must also buy a pass for the park. That strikes my as somewhat odd, but such is life. You can't buy the park pass when you make and pay for the reservation. The utilities were strong, though I don't think the water tasted very good. Cell service was just fine. There are a couple broadcast TV channels available from Winnipeg. The location is within 30 minutes of central Winnipeg, so I think that's pretty good. I would stay here again.

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Great campground only 30 minutes from central Minneapolis or St Paul. We had a pull through site - most are back in. The pull through sites are isolated and very private - but the back-in sites, well, not so private. I'm glad we had the pull through. There isn't much shade - just a few trees in the full service area of the campground. There is more privacy and shade in the sites with no utilities. The folks who run the campground are very friendly. The kid's playground is terrific. Plenty of mosquitoes, but not too bad if you wear bug repellent. Groceries and gas are close by. This campground is in an outer suburb of the Twin Cities. There are lots of trails around lakes and through woodlands, but no swimming. The laundry room is very nice. The access roads are a bit narrow, but okay for my 25 ft trailer and TV. You can get plenty of broadcast television, and I suspect there is no problem getting satellite in the full utility area. I would happily stay here again.

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This is a wonderful municipal park with about 25 camping spots. None of them have water or sewer, but several have electricity. We had one of those sites along the Okabeena lakeshore and bike path. The sites are widely spaced and covered with gravel. They are level and the grass surrounding them is very green. Large trees shade the park beautifully. It's a quiet campground, but especially busy on weekends. Reservations and payment must be done on the phone. There really is no onsite staffing. Just look for your name on a reservation card posted at each campsite. That's one of my two objections about this campground. I had to wander looking for the campsite with my reservation card. Luckily, I knew I had requested the more expensive water view sites. There were only 12 to look at. There is no central posting of a reservation list. That's a big oversight on the part of Worthington parks and rec. The other is the lack of water faucets. As far as I could tell, there was only one at which I could fill my freshwater tank - located in the center of the park. The kids playground was decent but located on the periphery. Otherwise, we really enjoyed our stay and would happily stay there again.

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The best part of staying at the Ingalls Homestead is the evenings. Tourists leave at 7pm and you (and your kids) can roam the whole farm. It was wonderful! There were barn kittens which my daughter loved, as well as a calf, and hens with chicks. The locations is beautiful and the stars at night are spectacular. However, the RV sites are not all that great. There are only 4 (that's good!). They are close together and you must share utilities. So, if one of you is using the 30 amp, and the other needs 30 amp, then s/he has to use the 50 amp (with an adapter). There is no other choice. Hoses and cables were everywhere. There are no sewer connections, but there is a dump station. Problem is, visitors in cars parked in front of the dump station, so we emptied our tanks elsewhere. Sites 1 and 2 are fine for trailers, but 3 and 4 would be very difficult to back into (everything is back in). Sites 3 and 4 are most appropriate for motor homes. The RV sites are next to the main visitor center on a small hill. We were in site 1 and were first to arrive. The big problem for us was when a severe thunderstorm came through at 4am. The site was very exposed. I was really concerned about our trailer. We evacuated to the concrete bathrooms down the hill when a tornado watch was issued. I'm from the west coast, so I'm not used to that kind of 50mph winds and heavy rain. I'm so glad they had a safe evacuation building. Ultimately, the trailer was pushed about 10" by the winds. No tornado touched down in the area. In the end, we had a great time at the Ingalls Homestead and I would happily stay here again. My daughter was never happier.

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Devil's Tower KOA was a great place. It's literally at the entrance to the National Monument. We were lucky - our site had some big shade trees. Many sites are without shade. The kids' playground was terrific. The store was decent. The pool was clean and a good size. We had Verizon cell service. The WiFi was almost useless. We really enjoyed the movie presentation of Close Encounters. Most of all, I just enjoyed sitting in the shade looking at our view of Devil's Tower. All the utilities were fine and our gravel site was surprisingly even. There was passing thunderstorm, but things didn't get too muddy. Overall, I would be happy to stay here again.

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The Mount Rushmore KOA is huge, and it has a ton of features. But, it's also VERY expensive and far from perfect. Thunderstorms cause big puddles and lots of mud in the roads and in the RV sites. There is no cell service of any type. The limited WiFi service is just around certain buildings and didn't work at all for me. "Oh, it never works for iPhones," was the explanation I got from a staff member. But other campers with Google phones had the same complaint as me. If your WiFi service doesn't work for the popular brands: then perhaps you shouldn't advertise as having Wifi. Also, they close the pools during thunderstorms: a reasonable precaution. However, I was told they open the pools back up 30 min after the last lightening strike. After 60 minutes, we gave up. Finally, people were smoking in the kid play areas. There is no sign prohibiting that, so I didn't feel I could say anything, but I certainly don't like it. Also, many RVs were crammed into sites too small for both the trailer and tow vehicle. I had to park at an angle and partly on the grass. Many people had their trucks partially in the roadway. Considering that I paid $80/night (including a $10 "resort fee"), I was sorely disappointed. I wouldn't stay here again. Frankly, any hotel or campground that charges a resort fee cannot be trusted.

     

Hardin KOA

Hardin, Montana

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The Hardin KOA is in a good location. It's close to the Little Bighorn Battlefield Memorial, and close to a small town with gas/groceries. It's surrounded by farm fields, includes a small clean pool. The roads and sites are gravel - and tend to be a little dusty, but it isn't too bad. There is some limited shade. The children's playground is okay. But, their claim to having cable TV is silly. It simply doesn't work. Just use a regular antenna and you'll get a few network stations with a clear signal. The WiFi signal was okay, but not spectacular. It works best late at night when most people are asleep.

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The Missoula KOA was a little disappointing. We stayed only one night. Our site was mostly weedy grass and rocks. Though level enough, it was awfully close to the neighbor. Perhaps one of their deluxe sites would have been better, but one night just couldn't justify the higher cost. KOA is already expensive enough. We did enjoy some time in the small pool and the staff was plenty friendly.

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Steamboat Rock is a really beautiful park. We enjoyed having wild turkeys crossing through our campsite. We also enjoyed the beach/swimming and the kids' play area. All the utilities are fine, and we did have a weak Verizon cell signal. Grand Coulee dam is very close by. Our neighbors were all quiet and the staff was friendly and attentive.

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The only complaint I have about this park is the check in process. You have to wait in your RV until you have permission to come inside the office. You sit there and it seems like the wait is forever. But, then a guy in a little golf cart leads you to your site (unnecessary) and your site is gorgeous. The pads are concrete and very even. The grass is green and the spacing is reasonable. There are moderately sides trees and shrubs. Campfires aren't allowed, but there is a common area where the employees will make a campfire for you. There is a play structure for the kids and a nice indoor pool. I've stayed here three times, and it's head and shoulders above the nearby Stanton Park Campground - for just 10 bucks more! Fantastic place. And the nearby gas station (run by the tribe also) has the best gas prices around.