Price includes tax which is a bit over priced for what you get. Park has no Cable, Wi-Fi, 50 amp, or pool. It has two sections, a lower under larger trees and an upper which has smaller trees 15 - 20 feet tall all of which need to be trimmed. We did not enter the lower section but it was hard to find an upper section site where you could avoid contact with small tree branches. We were on the high end of the park and had barely enough water pressure to take a shower which probably is not an issue on the lower sites. A fairly active railroad track is less then 200 yards from the park and town. There were a few over the air TV channels which we left on all night to drown out the train noise. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice park. Owners very helpful and friendly. Close to the hot springs and to downtown. The restrooms and showers are very clean and well kept. The campground has two levels with the lower level having very large trees. A few pull through sites. Some noise from the trains and the highway but not too bad. Very nice for a couple of days. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Basic family operated campground. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Camp was within
three blocks of Lava Hot Springs Hot Baths, a state operated facility. We spent the entire afternoon and evening there. There are 4 pools ranging from 104 to 110 degrees. Camp is on small river that runs through town. It was close to highway and train but noise was not bad. They have little supplies, but every store in town is within walking distance. It is a nice area to spend a day or two. Hot Springs also operates a large pool complex in the summer with waterslides and such. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful location, great amenities, lots to do in town and around camp site. Only complaint would be the trains that run night and day that are so close to this site you can feel the ground shake. If you have young babies, they will not be able to sleep here. We camped here in a Tent.
Not Big Rig friendly! The sites are level for some areas but extreme slope in others. They have 3 premium sites that are premium because there is a concrete pad 40 feet long. But trees obstruct the satellite coverage. Nice people and new owners, but I wouldn't stay here in a Big Rig (over 34 feet ). We camped here in a Motorhome.
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Campground has 30 & 50 amp area. We were in the old 30 amp area with FUSE boxes. Our power blew those old screw in fuses and we had to wait until morning to get another fuse. We had only our fridge and clock using electricity. We left messages on their answering machine, but they did not return our calls. Employee in the morning didn't know where the answering machine was. Dusty campground that advertises that they deliver pizza to your site. The kitchen area is messy and dirty and not appetizing. STAY AWAY! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We love this park and have stayed here several times. Pros: location is within walking distance to hot springs. Riverside sites are beautiful. Bathrooms/showers very nice and private. Cons: sites are small, railroad and highway noises are loud. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was one of the worst KOA's we stayed at during a 2-1/2 week vacation. Sites are crowded and you are either at the edge of a tiny dirty river or about 10 ft from a major highway. We moved from our "pull thru" site because it had a half buried building in front of the space to one by the freeway - lots of semis and several trains run by. No river access for the kids which wasn't a big loss considering. Sewers are not capped except by large rock or tin can - smell is terrible. Has to be a health hazard. Find a different spot to stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
My site was not close to level. Personnel were friendly and helpful. Large pull through sites are double so you also have a place for your truck. Trains are a problem without earplugs for they come 2-3 per hour and the campsite is at the bottom of a steep grade so the trucks are extra noisy. Spent two days and decided to move on. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I have no idea why anyone would rate this park over a '3'. The park owner was nice enough, but the 50A sites are not even close to being even. The drive out there is 5 miles of nice 4 lane and then a one land bridge with a traffic light (not the CG fault, but it is what it is). Then 2 lanes and a very small pull in portion for the CG. Trains are incredibly loud, I mean very loud. Wi-Fi worked but not super well, all in all it's not a KOA quality CG. I hope they work on getting it better, but as of now, I would never ever return to this CG. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I was really surprised by all the positive comments regarding this park. The location to town, river and WiFi were the only thing we found as a plus. The entrance to the park is definitely a negative, there were 2 RVs in front of us and our tow ended up on the highway with no way to move it or the rig. The site we were assigned was not level, dog waste around electrical and water connection, plus trash in site next to us. It was hard to figure out which site was ours because there were two slots for the site, the rig in front of us had the same problem, very confusing. The highway and train tracks are very close, they normally don't bother us but they did during our stay. We ended up leaving early so we could get down the road to find a spot to sleep. The owners must have purchased an older park and are trying to update it, but they have a long way to go. It did have nice tent sites which were along the river. We would not return to this RV Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Although it was nice to be by the river, the sites are small and very close together. On the weekends, the park is full of kids and families. We would not stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Enjoyed everything about this park, bathrooms and showers brand new. Very friendly staff. Nice sized sites. Floating down the river was a blast. Hot springs and pool w/ slides was in walking distance and cheap $11/day. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park managers were very friendly, but the facility is in need of repairs. The men's bathroom showers had uncovered holes in the walls, and the outside door lock was broken. The RV spaces need to be leveled. Lots of highway and train noise. We stayed only 1 night. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A distance away from the interstate (about 13 miles), but this park is located right on a well traveled road. Also there is a train track close by, and we had a few freight trains interrupt our sleep. Location is right on a very pretty river, with many trees in the area we stayed in. Owners were extremely nice, and seem to be working hard to improve this older park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
It's a long walk to the rest rooms if one is camped near the end of the campground. Assigned camping spots are not very clean (empty cans and paper in bushes, junk in fire pit). We were there on a Friday night and the place was extremely busy with hundreds of people and only three toilets (women) and three showers. Paper was strewn about in the shower/restroom area. This area too looked quite neglected. Trains running all day and night. The tent spots are quite large and nice with grill, fire pit and table. The hot springs are 10 minutes on foot. The swimming pools are at the other end of town. We camped here in a Tent.
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We were pleasantly delighted with the friendliness of the campground owners. All other staff we meet were friendly and helpful. The owners spend each day improving this campground. The day we departed they were busy installing new brick fire rings. We were able to walk to the Hot Springs via a small trail connecting to main street. We can't wait to return to see what else has been upgraded. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This place is not for everyone but we liked it. Had a spot 20 feet from the river with electric water is available but not at all sites. No sewer hook up. People are very friendly would definitely stay here again if in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We've stayed here before. A nice place on the river but priced too high. There wasn't even a dumpster this time. It is right across the street from the hot springs so very convenient. Staff and owner are very friendly and try to be accommodating. I would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stayed here with my family during our kids fall break from school. We really liked how close the site is to the hot springs -- (just across the street). RV site had nice cement pad outside our door, and river behind our rig was fun to listen to. Sites feel a bit close together, and no frills at this site. For example, fire ring is a bunch of rocks too close to RV to be useful, no barbeque, no table. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Don't let this place fool you when you pull up. It is a GEM! The hotel is old, and I have no idea about the rooms, but drive to the back and you will find several spots right on the river with full hook-ups. We stumbled upon this place 2 years ago, and we were apprehensive, but after we got settled in, we realized we had the best RV location in town. This little slice of heaven is right across the street from the Lava Spa and pools. And at the camper, we could listen to the sound of the river all night long. All the other RV places are so close to the train tracks I would not recommend them. This place is on the other side of the street and the river buffers the train noise. The managers were so wonderful and when our refrigerator went out in the camper, they had no issue with letting us put our food in theirs. I tell you, give this place a try. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
This was a great park to stay at. It is well maintained, clean bathrooms - the main bathrooms are closed from 10pm to 8pm but regularly cleaned Porta Potties are available with hand sanitizer for the night. Trees are large, most (if not all) spaces had a picnic table, a tree for shade and a fire ring. The river is nearby but well fenced off - the only RV park we found in Lava Hot Springs with that feature (we travel with little children so that's a great feature!). The staff was friendly, they are hard to reach by phone but leave a message and they will call back. They go out in person and make sure you find the right site and will not answer the phone while checking another camper in. This is a non-profit campground run by the Sheriff's Association and managed by a retired sheriff. Probably not the campground for anyone who wants to party all night!!! (I'm chuckling as I type that!) I toured the other campgrounds that I could find in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, and this was by far the best I could find. I recommend this campground, it will accommodate large rv's. It is not paved but we didn't mind. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Since you cannot put specifics on this website, lets just say the staff is 'get in your face' rude. The sites are on top of each other. The river view sites are way above the river and you can barely see it if you lean over the fence. You are right off the main road so there is a lot of traffic noise. They lock up the bathrooms at night so we did not use them. And make sure you read the list of rules, because they are all over you, if you break them. The shade trees were great and they did come around and pick up your trash. I would not stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful little park in a beautiful location. The Good: Friendly greetings; a quiet park (we were here during the week, I think weekends are busier); just far enough away from town for peace and quiet, but close enough to walk to the Hot Springs, which are amazing. This park is right up against the hill behind the KOA park, so the train is further away and relatively quiet. Trains tend to blow their whistles at the other end of town. Nice grassy location. The only thing I regretted was that we were right under a light. The stars are amazing if you can put a tree or two between you and the lights. The one warning I would issue is the water pressure is extremely high (95 lbs). We blew out a hose, but without our regulator we could have damaged our RV. Would stay here again when we are in the Lava Hot Springs area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
As far as Lava goes, Mary's place is a decent place to stay, if not the best RV park in Lava Hot Springs. Due to the draw of the pools, RV's pay a premium to stay in Lava. To sum this park up, it is a large grassy area with mature trees. The spots are very close. The hookups are older but seemed to work well for us. The staff was accommodating, not super friendly. The entrance to the park is a single lane road and can be tricky as you cross the river. We had cars trying to go around us as the line to check in pushed us back a ways. Once checked in, our site was adequate. Still on the expensive side, but we knew that going in. The fire pits are small and we decided to not have a fire as the smoke and noise would have been right near the side of the RV next to us. The train is annoying, however it adds flavor. The park was quiet after hours. We did hear they had an issue with dogs as owners were not picking up after them. I would hate to see them ban dogs as many people travel with their pet. We did not see any problem, but that could have been due to the park owners cleaning it up. Overall, a nice place that will probably only get better as all the money they make goes right back into the park. I'm looking forward to seeing what improvements they make! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Despite the lack of reviews, this is THE BEST place to stay in Lava Hot Springs. It is SO much better than the adjacent park that you will be kicking yourself if you stay there. It's excellent and one of the prettiest campgrounds we've stayed at. The reason there are no reviews is that the place has recently changed owners -- it was part of an estate that was left to charity and now it is run by different owners as a non-profit. All of the money goes towards improvements to the campground and to charity. The campground itself is beautiful, with grassy sites and very nice trees, beautifully landscaped. The pull-through sites are very long and wide with full hook-ups. They could fit very big RV, unlike the nearby park which is extremely tight. The campground backs up to a very pretty hill and is adjacent to the river. Just gorgeous. The location is perfect for visiting the hot springs, which are walking distance away. The people running the campground are extremely friendly and helpful as well. The only reason we didn't give this campground a 10 is because it only has 30-amp power. There is also a noisy train that passes by right across the road, but this would be a problem no matter where you stayed. Finally, if you are wondering if the hot springs themselves are worth visiting, they are. They are run by the state and are immaculate. While they are certainly developed and touristy, they are nicely done. The bottoms of most of the pools are made of pebbles, which feel great on your feet. The hot springs have no sulfur, so they don't stink. Wonderfully relaxing and pretty too. Definitely worth a stop. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We enjoyed are stay here. It was nice to be so close to the swimming pool and town. We stayed by the river and there is hot water from the pools that dump into the river. The kids liked to hangout there, especially after floating the river. You can bring your own tubes or rent them. They have very large trees that make it shady. You can tell this is an old campground and needs some updates. It is almost like it has been passed down the family and now the kids just do what is needed. The staff was very nice and helpful. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Our experience here was different than other reviews because in September we were the only RV here. We had some train noise but not after 10 PM, when it was very quiet. It is a close walk to one of two hot springs and not far from the large one. We were able to get DirecTV from our site. Yes, the hookups are old but 50 amps worked fine and we backed in on the grass site with no problem and it was very level. The normal fees here are $45 but during off season in September we paid $33. This time of year this is a decent location for the hot springs that are available. We camped here in a Motorhome.
In 25 years of RVing, this was the worst experience we have ever had. It was definitely meant for campers, not RVers. Lots of tenters, dogs and kids run loose throughout the park, everyone walks through others spaces, noisy. It does have lots of shade and is right on the river. May be perfect for families with kids, but not for older RVers. No enforcement of hours. Awful! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our family loved the park and the location by the river and the close to the hot pools in town. The down size is that the spots are too close together and there was no room to open slide out and awning. You had to choose which you wanted to open. The camp was not crowded over Memorial Day weekend as it was snowing and raining. Camp staff was fantastic. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The park was fine. Our site was not level, so it took awhile. Our hook up did not have a 30 amp so had to use a converter. It appeared that there were some units that were there all the time, but it was a nice place, and close to the Hot Springs and other sites. We would return again. We camped here in a Motorhome.