Demerits? Seriously? A management style of treating campers like school children assigns 3 points for various infractions. Exceed 12 and you're ejected. Office staff lets those who come to the office wait, while they take phone calls immediately. With only 34 first-come first-serve sites, this park certainly discourages spontaneity. It really just provides subsidized Winter housing and RV storage for snowbirds. Be prepared for days of dry-camping and hearing generators from dawn to almost midnight. It would be considerate to set aside a no-generator area for those of us who can function without one. FHU sites vary from spacious to cramped. Partial sites are next to the dry-camp field and their generators. We watched seven partial sites sit empty for three nights (maybe more after we left), but we couldn't get out of dry-camping. Neither could we make a reservation. If they don't reserve them and they don't move people to them, then what? The location is beautiful, the base has every amenity. We appreciated the library, commissary, and exchange. Gas was convenient. Easy to get to highways and tourist attractions. This is the 23rd FAMCAMP we have stayed in and the first to require vaccination records for my Cat for a 4 day visit! Bathrooms were tidied-up, but have had years of hard use. Every stall had a functional shower-head and shower-curtain and lots of hot water. Huge laundry, as is fitting for 400 campsites. Dump station is located for departing campers, not convenient for those needing to dump before dry-camping. WiFi? Forget it. Never got on it in the campground, indicating it's way overloaded.
This is one beautiful place. The campground is four miles from the entrance, which is nine miles from the highway. Sites are well separated and spacious, with shade from trees. Bathrooms are very clean and everything works. It's the first state park I've seen with laundry facilities. Trails to the restrooms are laid out so that no one needs to cut through campsites. At night it is dark and quiet. No Verizon and barely an AT&T signal. Good Wi-Fi at the Marina.
We were in the Riverfront campground, four miles from the highway so it was quiet. The other campground is right on the highway. The park is very nice but shows the hard use parks in urban areas get. The campsites are well trampled, with paths cut between them, leaving little privacy. They're closer together than most state parks, too. We did not have enough voltage to run an A/C, toaster or microwave, even with everything else turned off. There was a nice dog path and trails are everywhere. Lots of activities are available. Restrooms were surprisingly well kept. There doesn't seem to be much enforcement of speed limits or noise levels. Being close to town, the park gets lots of groups of campers.
White rock makes the park look clean but the rock is dumped in the middle of sites so you can't park to the side of a site and hope to get level. Large spaces, 25X50', but the post and sewer are in the front part so you can't back in very far. Double faucet and a hose hanger were nice touches. There's a row of small shrubs between sites and a few trees provide shade on some. We couldn't sleep with the windows open as bright security lights on high poles light up the night. It is right on the highway so traffic noise is noticeable. Party noise is frequent as there's a beach, pool and bar. Garbage collection at 5AM insures you don't oversleep. The Wi-Fi worked half the time we were there. For $110 for the cheap sites, I expect better.
Should be called Camp Pack 'Em In. The roads to reach the park are winding and get you well away from traffic noise, but it wasn't difficult to get to. Our welcome was neither pleasant nor unpleasant. The only voluntary words were, "Sign here", three times. Once for the rules, once for the credit card and once to absolve the park for any damage to appliances caused by low voltage. Our voltage was fine. The park is quiet but has bright lights on high poles. Sites are set among the beautiful trees, making it necessary to fit them where possible. Our site was at a 75° angle to the next site, putting our back bumper 7' from theirs. Small concrete patios with an old picnic table, grass/dirt sites and very narrow gravel roads describe it. Most guests appeared to be long-term and a few had piles of 'stuff' filling the site. Restrooms were clean and functional but showing their age. Water was hot and had good pressure. We didn't attend the Bingo night but there are activities. Nice location on the water. We might have liked it better if we were boaters.
Highway noise is quite noticeable. Lots of bright security lighting even though the neighborhood is a business park and very safe. Narrow spaces ~15' wide. Good voltage and water pressure. Basically a parking lot behind club. There are many activities and they will park right in your campsite on Bingo night. Wi-Fi in the lodge. It was easy to make reservations online, but a surprise that they were needed.
Making reservations by phone was easy and efficient but cost $5. Very pretty, clean park with well-spaced sites, many shaded. Patios have much abused concrete and wood picnic tables. Views are nice. Check-in was easy, but then things fell apart. The site across from us filled with ten people, a boat, three trucks, and mountains of gear. There seems to be no enforcement of rules. At 8 PM, an ice cream truck with loud music and a noisy, smelly generator circled the park. The trains do blow their horns - regularly. Traffic noise was noticeable. We picked up 3, sometimes 4 of the park's WiFi signals, but couldn't actually send/receive data. We might return here off-season.
It would be easy to let the wonders of Glacier NP make me like this campground more than it deserves. The only reason to stay in this park is that it's $20 cheaper than a campground across the street. Most spaces were 11' wide and 60' long. Our site was so narrow we had to pull ahead of the neighbor's slide to be able to open our door. A picnic table didn't even fit in our site. Sites on the hill would have views if there weren't wires in every direction. The wind made us sorry we picked the upper level. The whole park lost water for a day with no explanation. Their restaurant was mediocre and needed a good scrubbing. Laundry was a hodgepodge of old machines and expensive. The WiFi just didn't work - even in the office. I understand the difficulty getting broadband in remote areas but don't advertise it if it doesn't work. The only thing we liked here was the sign in the office that said, "Please be kind to the Desk Clerk. New customers I can get."
Bend Elks: This seems less about hospitality and more about revenues. Just paint eight white stripes on the parking lot and install eight 30Amp posts. There is no restroom, shower, gym, lawn, picnic table, or host. Not a tree has been planted for shade or a faucet run near the 'sites'. At night, the obnoxious lights around the parking lot are impossible to completely block out. Makes one wonder if it's a safe neighborhood. There is noticeable traffic noise. On the upside, the wifi is good, it's convenient to Hwys 97 and 20, and there is good shopping nearby.
What a find! This owner-run campground is everything the previous rave reviews said it is. Immaculate, lovingly maintained, friendly and accommodating. We chose it over the other one in town because they would give us a shaded site and the setting is so natural. Wildflowers around our site and planters all over made it pretty. Even the Wi-Fi reaches the sites and is strong - a rarity. We would return here.
Hidden behind RV storage and RV rental and RV repair shop, is this huge campground/workers encampment. Most of the sites are occupied by permanent residents. Some big rigs overflowed their sites. The office staff all seemed new and couldn't answer the most basic questions such as "Do you sell newspapers?". Highway noise was very noticeable. The most remarkable problem was the constantly overflowing dumpsters. Every morning there would be enough to fill another dumpster on the ground around the three they had. Then, in the morning, the overflow would be gone but the dumpsters still full. We never saw the fitness center unlocked. Ditto one of the women's washroom doors. The washrooms were clean but aging, with plenty of showers. Sites were clean but basically dirt, that is, mud in rain, dust when dry. If you like the sound of diesel trucks leaving for work at 5:30AM, this park is for you. We would not stay here again.
Fairly neat grounds and well-spaced sites barely make up for it being at the intersection of two busy highways. The noise drones on all day long. A mountain of used tires is the view in one direction. Half the showers were inoperative, as well as some of the $4 washers. We reserved a power/water site, but were put in a fully serviced one and charged the extra. Some trees make for shade in some sites. Pads are gravel and there is a little grass. The park's four hour tour of the highlights of the area was interesting and contained lots of local history for $25. If the microphone and air conditioning on the bus worked, it would have been better. It's a long walk to town. Wi-Fi is obtained by buying a $1/day voucher good for one device. It expires at checkout time. It's slow and frustrating, but actually reaches the sites. We would probably stay here again.
After a trying day (blowout, 3 1/2 hour wait in 106°) the warm welcome we received here was especially nice. The park is head and shoulders above anything else nearby. The owners have gone to great lengths to make it attractive and functional. The restrooms were immaculate, the grounds were clean, and there is a fire pit in the common area for relaxing together. I was skeptical when assured that the wi-fi would reach my site in the farthest corner. It did and was very good. We would stay here again. Only three things kept our visit from being perfect. The highway noise is significant and incessant. The windy, hilltop location makes for a lot of dust blowing. Even though the brochure talks about nature and sunsets and stars, the obnoxious lighting made that just hype. Lighting directed down around roads and walkways would be nice. No one needs bright lights on 20' poles lighting up their roof and shining in their windows.
This park works well for groups and that is the rate posted. Sites are an okay size and there is ample shade. It's paved, but rain still creates puddles that make it hard to navigate. Traffic noise is very noticeable except in the middle of the night. Lighting is good, but not obtrusive. The voltage was excellent. Beautiful bathrooms are a recent upgrade. Office staff is helpful. There is a restaurant, motel and store on-site. Monterey is less than an hour away.
The warm welcome set the tone. We asked to be away from lights and noise so were directed to a nearly empty loop. It was quiet and dark. Beautiful, big sites with everything working. Nice views, immaculate washrooms, and shade over the picnic table. Altogether a pleasant stay. We checked out @2:15 PM (after a tour of the Blue Bell plant) with no problem. My one complaint is that the 30A loop was closed so we paid more but w/ Golden Age it was only and extra $2.
This is the worst state park visit ever and it starting with the sullen, terse reception upon check-in. It's a beautiful park, set in tall mixed forest. A trail winds through out the park and there is a stable for arranging trail rides. Wi-Fi was weak but usable. Three camping areas, nicely separated with some sites right on the lake. We chose Red Oak to be away from the lake and road. Like most state parks, the sites are generous. We like state parks for their naturalness. The quiet and dark allow us to sleep with windows open. The Park Host next door had a dozen 8" white light bulbs strung around his site, lighting up the entire woods all night. The neighbor across had multicolor and white strings of lights, also left on all night. Same neighbor left two barking dogs tied out while they were away. Texas State Parks are reluctant to enforce rules, since they want campers' business. By Saturday morning, incoming campers were parked everywhere, even though the rules clearly prohibit parking off pavement. We would not return to this park.
No discounts were available. There are no toilets, showers, or laundry since hurricane Ike. Park is run down and maintenance is non-existent. Pot holes serve as speed bumps but fill up when it rains creating hazards of unknown depth. The doors have rusted and fallen off the electrical boxes. The dumpster sits open attracting scavengers because fish offal is put in it. Grassy sites w/ concrete pads are wide enough and a picnic table is attached. A concrete walkway make fishing around the perimeter possible but puts the people fishing right at the back of your RV. There's a boat launch. Security must be an issue since there is excessive lighting everywhere. We would not return.
Rules are what make places function well for everyone. Pleasant enforcement is what makes the rules palatable. The people at this park make no effort to do it pleasantly. I counted 22 occurrences of the word 'no' between the entrance and the registration parking. The grounds are very attractive for an urban park with many trees and shrubs. Sites are small, which results in the area around the office looking like a 'used car lot' with guests second cars. Visitor parking is always full of residents' cars. Facilities are kept very clean but sites have ugly oil spots. Grass strips between sites are too small to use, nor are there picnic tables at sites. Pool is an indoor one. Traffic noise is loud. There are numerous glaring, unshielded lights on buildings and interior roads. Park is convenient to major shopping malls and RV supplies. Never again. I will find someplace more pleasant next time.
In a four month trip to Alaska, this was our favorite RV Park and we stayed again on the return home. There are lots of trees and plantings, RV and car wash, gift shop, walking paths and very nice staff make this a pleasant place. Wash rooms are immaculate and have fresh flowers. Wifi was very good as we requested to be near the antenna. I would give this park a 10 if they put in speed bumps and a folding table in the laundry. The front-loading washers and dryers are excellent. It is convenient to town.
Proximity to Bosque del Apache NWR is the attraction here. Park is pretty run-down and very basic. Picnic tables are cable spools. Shower is out of commission due to lack of a shower curtain, I was told. Sites are level, power is good, shade is non-existent. Owner and son are very nice and helpful. Train noise is an issue. The brewery in Socorro is gone now. But we would camp here again for the location.
Most of this place is taken up by park units and long-term residents. Some attempts have been made to make it attractive, pastel painted picnic tables, decorated recycle boxes. Washrooms are in basement, down half a flight of steps. Steps to women's had a light on a sensor that didn't work well, making it dangerous at night. But they were very clean and neat. So was the adjacent laundry. Showers were hot. Park is right next to Hwy 97 and quite noisy. Our biggest problem here was the low voltage. Couldn't even run the microwave. Wi-Fi was somewhat slow and wouldn't always connect. Would not stay here again.
The campground is well off the highway - 4 miles of dirt road. Sites are in the trees and nicely separated. Pull throughs are long enough for motorhome and tow vehicle. Easy payment box system. Park is very clean and well maintained. Lake with boat launch is near campground loops. Town is close by. Would stay here again.
Large park is right on highway. It felt like camping in a vacant lot. Wi-Fi was a poor signal when we received one at all. Vehicle wash is a nice convenience. Potable water fill was just a few feet from dump station and its hose probably gets used to rinse sewer connections. Okay stop if you like waking early to truckers from the motel side warming their engines up. Wouldn't stay here again.
This is a beautiful, well maintained park. Great views, spacious sites and good interior roads. We wasted $5 for the WiFi which was never up. There was rarely anyone in the office to report it to. The generator hours are nicely limited to morning and evening, but the host declined to enforce them (and violated them himself). Maybe our experience was made more pleasant by being early in the season when the park was sparsely populated. We found it much nicer than the parks in Stewart/Hyder.
Big, dirt parking lot. During our stay, it was either dusty or muddy. Our reception at the gas station was surly (we needed instructions for the payment machine on the fuel island) and a receipt was not available if you were slow. Campground host was very friendly but rarely around. Extra $5 for WiFi that was weak when we could even get it. Showers clean but $1 for 2 and 1/2 minutes. Not convenient to town. Wished we had stayed at the government campground.
We were so impressed with the scrupulous cleanliness of this park we stayed longer than planned. The owner-hosts were kind and welcoming, the views were really beautiful, wildlife abounds and it's quiet. There are smaller sites nestled in trees and sites large enough for big units. This is a place to unwind and relax. Showers were fine but new ones are being built. The only shortcomings we experienced were low water pressure and very slow WiFi. For the remote location, that's to be expected. Fuel and groceries were available nearby.
Lovely park in old growth forest with a nature trail. Spotless heated washrooms with clean, hot showers. Privacy in sites separated by vegetation. Very welcoming couple manages park. Revenue generated by campground supports adjacent Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre. Tours are available. Ferry access road is 2.3km.
There is a great deal of pride in this park and it's evident in the plantings, including a shared herb garden. Extremely clean and well kept. We were made to feel like welcome guests. Quite pleasant in spite of the highway location and nearby industry. Sites were close but not unpleasantly so. Attracts a variety of camper types. We couldn't have asked for cleaner washrooms and laundry. Wi-Fi was free and generally worked well.
The cleanest park I've seen in years. The sites have grass between, paved patio, room to park and enough space. View of mountains. Not much traffic noise. Beautiful facilities, as clean as could be and staff who are helpful and friendly. I could live here!
Attractive park but not fancy. Views are fantastic. No landscaping between the gravel sites. Very clean and neat. Baths are aging but clean. I was coolly received but staff became friendlier. Yes, lots of rules but they make it work for everyone. The claim to have WiFi is overstated. For 4 days it was up and down. When up, it was so slow as to be useless.
Too many permanent residents with too many vehicles and loose dogs. One of two bathrooms out-of-order. Used to be a nice, relaxed park but now getting shabby. Management unresponsive to requests to fix shower. Two domestic violence police visits insured that I'll never return.
Friendly owners with a commitment to upgrading and expanding. It was clean and neat, had a small store, propane and group facilities. Gazebo was a great place for a party. Solar powered. Close to historic and natural areas. Tent sites were very nice. Some cabins available. Partial hook-up sites quieter and farther from highway. Convenient to, but not in, town. A few long-term residents and a fascinating Emu! I'd go back.
Clean, neat park but little shade. Nice mountain views. Sites ample but water is on curb side while sewer is on street side and electric is in back. Gravel sites with concrete patio and table. Lots of lights. It's located on the frontage road, so highway noise is considerable and it seems to be a major truck route. Amenities are very nice, fitness center, lobby, computer table with telephone directories. Wi-Fi coverage was erratic.
A pleasant little park with a friendly welcome. Bathrooms and showers were immaculate. Landscaping was attractive. Hookups worked well. We felt very safe here and would return again. Cable TV no longer worked since the digital switch.
Grim, unattractive park. Charming video on website gives an impression that is not met on-site. No shade and little vegetation. Dirt sites. It had Border Patrol vehicles going past frequently. We chose not to stay.