7.3 Good
American Falls, Idaho

Willow Bay Recreation Area

American Falls, Idaho

American Falls, Idaho
Phone: (208) 226-9995

Sites: 83
Recent Rate: $25 6/2015

Latitude: 42.8054925705994
Longitude: -112.835276126862

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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 ?
  • 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 no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • 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 ?
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • 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 no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
  • 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 no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • 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

10 Reviews

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

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.

Tips for other Campers:

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





Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Review Count: 22
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: 79
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 5

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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mary mcmoo

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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Nancy & Joe

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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Sandy Potter

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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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Older park. Well maintained. Bathrooms clean, but showing wear. Most sites have view of lake over public boat-launch-ramp. No wifi, nor plans to add. When I asked the hostess about wifi, she said, "you can use my computer inside, if you need to just check your email." We camped at Willow Bay Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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