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American Falls, Idaho

Willow Bay Recreation Area

American Falls, Idaho



2700 Marina Rd
American Falls, Idaho 83211
Phone: (208) 226-2688

Sites: 83
Recent Rate: $30 8/2016

Latitude: 42.805492570599
Longitude: -112.83527612686

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon, T-Mobile Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon,T-Mobile
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

16 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice campground on the edge of American Falls reservoir. Large grassy areas, tables, and fire rings. Easy access from the interstate. There is a cafe that overlooks the water. There is also a nice hiking path that leads along the edge of a marshy area, great for bird watching. The reservoir level is low this time of year due to irrigation and power demands making it difficult to launch a boat or to fish from the banks. Really, the only bad thing about the campground is it's location next to the railroad tracks, a little loud sometimes. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Many things to do here; boating, fishing, hiking, bird watching. The Oregon trail passed close to here and you can visit Massacre Rocks State Park just west of here for more info. We'll come back to this campground in the future.

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Willow Bay Campground, manager at Willow Bay Recreation Area responded to this review

We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and we have lots of improvements coming this fall look forward to seeing you again .

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Great wide pull-thru spaces. Spaces 22 to about 28 or 29 are super long 70+ feet long and at least 50-60 feet wide. Gravel parking with grass between sites. Fairly level. Trees give some shade, yet satellite reception is good. No cable and the water is a bit hard, so use a softener if you have it. Biggest ding is freight trains which go by and can disturb your sleep. Nice café within walking distance, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food was good and fairly priced. Understand plans are underway to paved the roads and sites by next year which will make things cleaner. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 232
States Visited: 53
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Lovely park setting overlooking the reservoir. W e wish we'd had more information on the on-site cafe as we might have eaten there. Campground host very friendly and checked-up on us to make certain everything about our site was satisfactory after we were hooked-up. Nice, paved walking trails. There is a rail line which runs close to the park which can be a bit noisy ... but, nothing to discourage staying there. We'd stay there again! We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
27
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Willow Bay Campground, manager at Willow Bay Recreation Area responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us !!! We appreciate your feed back and will work harder on making sure all the extras are communicated to campers. Have an amazing trip

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has the best view and the most friendly host of all the many parks we have visited during the last couple of months in the US. Beautiful sunsets, and a host that is simply just so positive, service minded, and constructive. Full hookups, fire pit with BBQ and lots of space for everyone. There is great fishing on and by the lake, a nice little beach just a very short walk away, and a cozy restaurant 100 feet away. We will absolutely stay again. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Boat ramp very near, restaurant, small beach with park nearby. Shopping in nearby American Falls. But the main thing is the view of the lake and the very nice host.

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Willow Bay Campground, manager at Willow Bay Recreation Area responded to this review

We are so happy to hear you had a great time with us here at Willow Bay . It was our pleasure serving you and hope you have an amazing time here in the States.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Very beautiful, all sites are water view. Spacious stalls with 50amp, water, sewer hook-ups. Fire pits picnic tables. On a beautiful lake. Very well maintained friendly staff. Good-looking value. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Small town around 4,500 . Grocery store had everything we needed at reasonable prices. My husband got the repairs he needed at the ACE Hardware.

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Willow Bay Campground, manager at Willow Bay Recreation Area responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting us here at Willow Bay we hope the rest of your journeys are peaceful and relaxing.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived to find the park mostly full, due to a fishing tournament, but were assigned to one of the very long pull throughs in the outer loop on the lake front. That afternoon, 90% of the folks left, and the remaining RVs pulled out in the morning. We found ourselves in the campground with only two other RVs. The sites are mostly level, gravel surface, and have about 50 feet of grass between them. Picnic tables, fire pits, easily accessible hookups, and some shade trees make for a wonderful place to spend some time. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, as were the other campers in the park. There are a few stores in the nearby town where you can shop for necessities, but if you need more, Pocatello is a 20 minute drive to the east. We ended up extending our stay a week because the quiet and relaxed atmosphere agreed with us so much. Some other reviewers complained about the train noise but the only time we heard whistles they were off in the distance. The trains did pass with some regularity, but we didn't find them objectionable. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The onsite cafe is a nice place to relax and have a nice meal. There is also a nice walking path around the park, along the lake, and towards town. A boat ramp is available in the park should you have a kayak, canoe, or boat.

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Willow Bay Campground, manager at Willow Bay Recreation Area responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we are doing. We enjoyed having you and look forward to maybe seeing you on your way back to your home base. Have an amazing summer !!! Be safe

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is within the city of American Falls run Willow Bay Recreation Area. The campground has had some improvements (it appears) since some of the older reviews. There are two loops. First loop looks like it has been modernized with all paved sites, hookups and newer bath. Not much shade here. The loop has combo of back-ins and pull throughs. Second loop which has great views of the reservoir is more shaded with full hookups with level gravel pads. There were only about 5 campers in the whole campground. Very nicely maintained and clean. The fee you pay is based on services you want. Electric and water is $25 and full hookups are $30. There is a dumpstation. Boat launch is right in front of second loop and there is a small cafe at the boat launch where you check in. We arrived mid Sunday afternoon and cafe was closed so we just picked a site. Fortunately it was not reserved so we did so we did not have to move the next day. Only downside of the campground is the train tracks that run about 300 yards behind the campground. It is a a busy line and trains run regularly day and night. Was not too much of a bother but it was noisy when they came through with whistles and engines. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Great bike path right from campground to take you about 4 miles through the recreation area and into town.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an OK park; we stayed there overnight. In the part we stayed in, the sites were all pull-through, paved, pretty level and surrounded by grass. They also have a picnic table and a fire pit. On some the sewer hookup is not well located. The bathrooms are spartan but clean. The owner of the RV park runs a restaurant and, while we didn't eat there, it looked OK. The park is near the Snake River and there is a hiking/bike path adjacent to the RV park that I think goes along the river. One thing other reviewers may not have mentioned: the park is not too far from a railroad line and trains do run on it at various hours, including at night. If you're a light sleeper, this could be a problem. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We just used this as an overnight stop; it's 2 miles off I-86. Sites are fairly spacious with lawn in between, gravel interior roads and sites. Fairly level, and we did not have to unhook. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Their WiFi worked fine, and we had a good Verizon cell signal. The restrooms and showers looked OK, but I didn't use them. The reservoir/river is visible from most sites and is an easy walk. It is $30 for full hookups. There is a dump station. We paid $25 for a water/electric pull through site. This park could use a little TLC, but I would stay here again. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice park. There is a few reasons I did not give it a 10 rating. First, the owner is very sweet, friendly and we really like her. However, she seems to be biting off more than she can chew. Meaning, this site is severely understaffed. The cafe is a nice place, but the food is hit and miss. When it is a miss, the service is slow and sometimes the wait staff is not so friendly. When it is a hit, it is usually because the owner is at the helm and cooking. Service is better and staff is friendlier there when she is around. The grounds are large and spaces are also large. Very shady spots and we love the scenery. There are times when the sprinklers will be going for days at a time. One day, we had to go turn them off because they had been going for 10 days straight. The owner puts a lot of effort into this area, but again, I feel she is so severely understaffed and overwhelmed at times. The bathrooms are generally never cleaned. We, as guests, have taken the mop from the storage area of one of the facilities and cleaned the floors ourselves. When it gets busy, toilet paper and paper towels seem to go for long periods before being refilled. They definitely sell their propane well under their cost, which I am not sure how they do that. The reservoir and Snake River are within walking distance and you can have your boat here all summer along. We love being able to put the boat in and go fishing. Overall, yes, we would come back here again. The owner puts her heart and soul into this place and she makes it so that you want to return. We will be back. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The RV park has some very large spots. Shady in most areas. We enjoyed our long-term stay here with a few exceptions. The owner is a very nice lady and liked her very much. However, she tries to do Everything from running the store, cooking at the cafe, mowing the grounds, etc. The Cafe was pretty good overall, but at times it could be hit or miss. If the owner was cooking, it was a hit, otherwise, it could be very slow and the food, so-so. The store and cafe would run out of beverages over some of the biggest/busiest weekends, as if they didn't stock up for the weekend or anticipate enough. The bathrooms were generally not clean. Toilet tissue and paper towels were frequently empty and the showers were not cleaned and in need of repair. All the shower heads were broken. The laundry facilities were OK, but when the dryer broke down, it was not repaired, at least in the two weeks prior to our departure. No notice was placed on the dryer to indicate that it was broken, so some of the campers lost money. Next, they do their best to make sure the sites are watered and green; however, it was not uncommon that they would leave the water running for days at a time. Some of the sites were flooded due to that. They did do their very best to make sure things were fixed when they good, but one water faucet ran for two weeks straight before it was repaired. Like I said, it is a nice place, no problems with crimes, etc, but it just seems the owner is overwhelmed. Yes, we would definitely stay again. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

There is really nothing at this campground or in this area, but that being said, the campground is really nice. It's on the Snake River and you have a great view of it and can walk down to it if you like. The restaurant is within walking distance and the food is pretty good. It's quiet and the spaces are shady and well spaced. I would stay here again. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice campground near the American Falls reservoir. There are two sections, old and new. The new is paved with nice level sites and 50amp service. The old is dirt/gravel with 30amp service. The older section has larger trees so sat service may or may not be available. We stayed in the new section and enjoyed our stay. Elec/water was excellent. Short walk to the beach, but water was iffy. Lots of fishermen and semi permanent residents. Park mgmt personnel were great and helpful. We would stay here again. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

They have opened a section with 50amp hook-ups. This is a scenic location with a great cafe on the water. There is a beautiful park along the water and a boat ramp. Our Sprint phones and Verizon Air Card worked well. We would stay here again. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Small private campground about 2 miles from town. Trails through park lead to town. Park adjacent to cafe and boat ramp. Well grassed sites with fire rings and table & chairs. Union Pacific railway line about .5 miles away, so regular horn & rail noise. We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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