Date of Stay: November, 2013
I checked the current reviews and the older reviews. I couldn't miss the vast difference between the two. The reason? New on-site management. The cats were given new homes. The office has no unpleasant odors. The new manager has done a great job in bringing this park up to a very nice place to spend time. He is also one of the most happy, welcoming, managers you will meet. About half of the park is occupied by permanent residents. However, all of those spots, like the entire park, is well cared for and orderly. The spots are wide and each has it's own lawn. Nice pool and spa. Wi-Fi is as good as Wi-Fi gets. I had planned on an overnight stay, but stayed for three days. One of the more relaxing places you could ask for. As the crow flies, the park is a couple of hundred yards from US99. A very easy off and on. The highway noise is not annoying, it's more like one of those white noise machines you might use in your bedroom to cover external noise. Inside you won't hear it at all. The trains are closer, but inside your RV you won't notice. Plus, I never heard the trains after 10PM. The agriculture and stockyard odors were not there during the day, with the winds from the south. The odor was noticeable at night. Air your indoors during the day and there is no problem. This park will be a planned stop for me as I head north or south on US99. If you are driving between LA and Sacramento on US99, this is the nicest place you will find for an intermediate stop. It is a small park, make a reservation. The rate is for PA members.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
I could write pages of good things about this park, and not a negative word. In ten years of RVing with three full timing, this is the nicest park I have visited, which includes well over 400 parks. There isn't a pool or what I call KOA things. It's like being parked in a garden. For those who enjoy nature, sitting and reading or contemplating, it's the best. Eugene is a five minute drive. Interstate access arriving and departing couldn't be easier. One reviewer with a 45' MH said it was tight. It looks "tight" when you turn in, I drive 42', but it's really easy. If you like a relaxing spot where you can throw all of your cares away, you won't find better.
Date of Stay: December, 2012
An excellent alternative to Memphis campgrounds. Don't know how I missed it in my first 8 visits to Memphis. The $32 GS rate is for a gravel site on the river. If you're on a budget, you can get a site "in the woods", gravel sites with trees. for $25, and take a short walk to a bench on the river. All sites are full hook up. The office staff is very nice and most helpful. The river and its traffic can occupy your day. Even with the river at such a low level. Wonderful dog walking. When you make reservations, as for directions. I have two different brand GPSs, they did not agree and neither showed the best route. Most RVs should not use 8th street, there's a low ground clearance rail crossing. I will always use this campground in the future.
Date of Stay: December, 2012
I had stayed here previously during a major storm two years ago that destroyed parts of Alabama. The owners were very conscientious about getting guest into their storm shelter. A big plus. I had planned one night on this trip and stayed four. The owners are so nice and helpful, the environment so nice, the bathrooms/showers so clean, the grounds so well kept, that other than personal time constraints, there is no reason to leave. I had a tire problem. The owners called The Tireman for me. Problem solved. They have a 300 yard golf driving range! Amazing. Many acres of rolling grass hills. The spaces are level and roomy. You will totally enjoy your stay. We will definitely stay here again. Follow your bliss.
Date of Stay: December, 2012
This park was a pleasant surprise. It is very well kept and beautiful. I can't remember better bathroom facilities. The managers are wonderful and a real asset to the park. The spaces are level. The in and out was easy with my 42' MH. No better place to walk your dog. I look forward to my next visit. Follow your bliss.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
This park is large. The big rig area is far from the office. The park road to/from that area is one lane. Two motor homes meeting face to face? One is going to have to back up. I asked at the office how they avoid that problem. No answer. The area needs a lot of work. It may be new and in progress, but it looks like it was thrown together at the last minute. When you call for a nightly rate, make sure to ask if there are any add-ons. There was a hefty extra "holiday fee" of $16 when I was here. In addition to national holidays, they make up their own. For instance, all weekends in October are Halloween holidays. Otherwise it is the lowest price park in the area. Also, the location is excellent. It's a short drive to town and a shorter drive to the Park Visitor's center. Wi-Fi is not really available in the big rig area. The antenna is there, but the coverage is not. I was told to go to the activities center for Wi-Fi. We would stay here again. Follow your bliss.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
The poorest entry/exit roads I have encountered. The interior roads were not much better. The park is not well maintained. You can get an idea of the overall quality of the park when you walk into the office. We will not stay here again. Follow your bliss, but you won't find it here.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
This is a very nice campground, family owned and well maintained. The man who checked me in couldn't have been more efficient and friendly. The big painted map outside the office must have been done before the park was updated. It is not accurate as to elec/water/sewer. For those with kids, tweens, and teens, there is beach volley ball, tennis court, basketball court, a nice pool, a very well equipped kids play ground, mini golf, and for adults two treadmills and two elliptical trainers. I was parked in 206 and the Wi-Fi was excellent. There's lots of grass, trees, paved main roads and very good gravel roads. The location is close to two drug stores, a very large super market, the National RV/MH Museum, and a Cummins Coach Care facility. I look forward to staying here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
The phone message said "check in with the bartender." I'm thinking this isn't good. Well I did, and it was fine. It also introduced me to the restaurant, in common with the bar. I had my choice of two sites. The campground is small so I walked the whole thing, thinking of how I would maneuver my 42' MH. I eliminated one site due to a very tight turn. The second was a pull through, entering from the south. I didn't want to do that either, so I turned around and backed in. If you have a 45' rig I suggest you ask for site 5, and back in as I did. This is a charming park. The river and the bluff overlooking it, are the prime ingredient. It's a place where you can sit for an afternoon and read, contemplate, or talk. The restaurant/bar are a big favorite with the locals. Always a good sign. Try the buffalo burger. The Wi-Fi is good. Sprint is not available. They will let you use the land line at the bar with your phone card. I enjoy my stay and added another day. When you leave if you're heading east, the U-turn to the on ramp is tight, lift the tag if you have one. I will definitely stay here again, and plan a longer stay.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
This park is one of those gems that if you are fortunate you will stumble into maybe once in three years. I had driven 280 miles through Montana and ND to get to Fargo for a three day sit for maintenance. That didn't work out. So I continued east on I-94 to the first campground in the book. I planned and overnighter. It is so nice, I stayed 4 days. I would like to have stayed longer. It's easy off easy on from I-94, exit 77, a few hundred yards north. Though it’s convenient to the interstate, there is no noise problem. As I write I'm sitting in the drivers seat, looking at two lakes, a meadow, and acres of green corn. I'm surrounded by grass and trees. The WiFi is great. Sprint cell service is great. The couple who own/manage this park is great. He’s a former combat Marine, she is meticulous in keeping the place looking perfect. If you like to find a perfect place to relax, read, whatever is your bliss, this is it. For kids, there are acres of mowed grass to run, play baseball, football, etc. There is a play ground structure with 10-12 stations, that will keep younger children occupied for hours. It’s a great place to chip golf balls or give your dog and yourself a nice walk. If you are close and it’s time to stop, give this place a try. You will enjoy it. There is another RV campground about 9 miles south of I-94 off of the same exit. I happened to drive by, so I took a tour. It’s probably 80-90% seasonal and permanent campers. I wouldn’t call it big rig friendly. I wouldn’t be comfortable taking my 42’ motor home there. In fact, though the campground was full, I saw only one motor home.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
I almost passed on this park because of previous reviews. I am so glad that I didn't. The location is good. A short drive to Portland Downtown and the "interesting things" to see. It is true that arriving in Portland during rush hour is a problem, and rush hour begins at 2:30. All traffic is eventually routed onto a limited number of bridges, which will cause delays. However, prior to 4:00, the delay isn't long. Jensen's is a pleasing park. Lots of grass, three pools, a reasonable gym, and nice people to welcome you. Very nice place for dog walking. I do not notice a noise problem. I was there for two nights, Friday and Saturday. Train whistles can be heard, starting about 9:30PM. The last was at 11:30 PM on Friday and there were very few prior to that. I didn't notice any road noise at all during my entire stay. There are long term RVers. However, there are none of the problems we associate with that description. This park is well managed, well maintained, and a great place to stay, long term or just overnight. My motorhome is 42'. I tow a car, and had no problem maneuvering within the park. I would have rated this park a 10, but for the poor Wi-Fi. I will definitely make a reservation at this park for my next trip to Portland.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
I made a reservation at this park for five days. I stayed for eight. For the last two I dry camped since I didn't have reservations for those days, and the park was full. There are limitless spots for dry camping. Just pick an open space and park. I chose a space on the lake shore. This is a smaller park, and trees are plentiful. It just smells good, like a pine forest. Lots of room and privacy at each spot. The owner and the manager are most accommodating. At the back of the park you will find a path along the Yakama River. One is tempted to wade in. It's crystal clear, and moves fast, but I'm sure it's quite cold. There were a few people fly fishing from the bank. The store at this park surpasses any park store I have encountered. It's more like a small dedicated RV store. Cle Elum brings memories of 1940s-1950s mid-America. Here are some points of interest that deserve your time. For excellent Wi-Fi visit Stella's. It's a small restaurant, opened for only three weeks when I was there. If you are health conscious, this is for you. All vegetables are local. All meat is unprocessed. The ice cream alone is worth a visit. There is buffalo chili on tap. It is so tasty. When you leave the park for town, at the first traffic light turn left. Thirty yards prior to the next light, Stella's is on the right, a few yards back off the street. There is bicycle shop next door. Next is the Cle Elum Bakery. Famous in the area. Turn right at the first traffic light after leaving the park. Go 4 tenths of a mile. The bakery is on the left, on a corner. You will be amazed at the selection of goodies. The third POI is across the street, Owens Meats. Think 1940's neighborhood butcher shop. If you are a meat eater, well, it's the realization of a dream. Lastly there is Beaus. I had dinner there the night before I left. Nice variety on the menu. If you like beer, try the Roslyn local brew. From the light, turn right. It's about three blocks on the SW corner. Enjoy.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
During nine years of RVing I have stayed at over 175 campgrounds. I stopped counting at that point. Some are remembered for being awful, more for being excellent, and a few for being outstanding. Bakersfield RV Resort is in the last group. And just to confirm the identity of the campground, it is on Wible Ave. There is another in the area with a similar name. The rate is $39 minus 10% for GS. It is not now nor has it ever been $55. The resort is convenient to the Hwy 99, about six minutes and two turns away. I planned an overnight stay. I was so impressed and so comfortable with everything, I stayed for six days. The sites are long and wide. Each has a concrete patio and a lawn! I'm not kidding. The grass is lush. There is something about sitting on thick green grass that is totally relaxing.. Each lawn has a tree, most have two trees. It's a perfect setting for reading or just kicking back. The park is 5 years old and continuously maintained. The architecture is southwestern in flavor and very pleasant on the eyes. The desk staff is very accommodating and couldn’t be more friendly. The resort location is close to any service you will need. Camping World is about 1/4 mile away. Big malls are within minutes. For those inclined, churches, gyms are close by. I enjoy country music. Those of us of a certain age, will enjoy the Buck Owens museum, The Crystal Palace, about 5 miles north on 99. The resort pool, spa, and gym, are an added plus. The store is well stocked with those basic items you may need right now. The major surprise for me is the restaurant. On-site RV park restaurants are often just basic. The Crest Bar and Grill, is a stand alone restaurant, very popular with the locals. Always a good indicator of quality. Each time I ate there I was pleasantly surprised. The first evening I ordered a Garden Pita and tomato bisque. The latter was the best I have ever enjoyed. The pita was like no other I have ever had. It was a great meal! Not just the snack I had expected. Their chef has a great imagination. You will be given a coupon when checking in for a free brownie sundae when you order a meal. I tried that. As a retired airline pilot, I have eaten in restaurants all over the country and much of the world. In LA, SFO, NY. Atlanta, Seattle, etc., that brownie sundae would be priced at $15+. The price at the Crest, $3.95. It's plenty large enough for two people. And that's the small one. The Resort is also pet friendly. No "Keep the Dogs Off Grass" signs. Bag dispensing/disposal stations are provided through out the resort. Traveling through Bakersfield? Make it a point to stop at this resort. I will always do so. As another full timer told me, "This is a hard park to leave."
Date of Stay: March, 2012
Some of my review will refer to comments in the previous review. I found that review to be overly negative in content and tone. I discovered this resort fours ago. I have been coming back every year for an in and out 3-4 month stay. I have been here in all kinds of weather. There was a rain storm last week. Yes, the ground gets wet, but the drainage is excellent. The laundry room has five washers and five dryer, with wheeled baskets and long tables for sorting and folding. The bathrooms are kept clean and fresh. The Wi-Fi is very good with multiple antennas. Especially at $10 a month. Park security is good. The gate is closed at 8 pm and the entry has a coded keyboard. Both the Long Beach and Harbor police patrol. In four years I have not heard of a theft. If you like you can lock you bike on a rack in the office. In the center of the park is a large grass area. If that's your thing, take your chair or just sit on the grass and relax. This is a well manicured resort. After each departure the site is raked. The grounds are beautiful. If you are parked on the south side, you look out at a marine preserve. There is a nice little public park just outside the gate where you can walk and exercise your dog. A beautiful walk along the river takes you to multiple restaurants. The Queen Mary is just across the water. Want to go to Catalina? The Catalina Express dock is next door. I have never encountered a nicer office staff. If you need a particular retail service, and if they don't know of one, they will search the internet to find one for you. They accept your mail and shipments from Amazon or any other source. The resort is in downtown Long Beach. Many activities are available. If you're into gyms, a 24 Hour Fitness is a 8 minute walk. Anytime Fitness is a short drive. The abundance of bike paths extend for miles. If inclined, you can bike to downtown LA, Marine Del Ray, Venice Beach, or just bike on the beach for miles. The paths are well marked and maps are available. If you like to bike hills, take your bike to Palos Verdes. I lived there for years, the best biking I have encountered. Palos Verdes is the location of the Trump Golf Course. Yes, that Trump. From the RV resort, it's about a 20 minute drive and right on the ocean. I cannot imagine a more beautiful golfing experience. The club house is exactly what one would expect at a Trump facility, including three restaurants, a cliff side bar, and views beyond description. All things considered, this is a great RV resort. Worthy of the title Resort.
Date of Stay: November, 2011
I have stayed here four times previously, and will stay again any time I am near. It's big rig very friendly. The $15 fee is for Escapees members, non-members $27.50 to $31. There are two areas to park. One is open with large trees for shade but with good satellite reception available. The other area offers a good tree canopy. Great place to walk you and your dogs. This park offers a nice laundry facility, a large activities center offering full cable TV, and a huge library of VHS/DVD movies and categorized books. There is a group lunch on Tuesdays and breakfast on Sundays. The Thanksgiving dinner was amazing. The spaces are larger than normal, level, with full hook ups. The Wi-Fi is good. Something else is available you will find at no other park: the Smart Weigh system. Every wonder about the weight of your stuff? Are your tires, axles, or coach over loaded? Smart Weigh is a precision process, offering "need to know" information. Much better than truck stop weighing. Take advantage of it. It's the best RV thing I have done for myself, except for buying my motor home. The fee is $45. It will be the best $45 you will spend on RVing.