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10/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate is for a full hook-up site, pull-in with 30 amp service. We found it difficult to spot the road off of the main highway through town and the turn into the campground, so prepare accordingly, particularly if you come in at night. The setting is pleasant enough with fairly good spacing between sites. It is for enough away from the main road so that road noise was not a problem. The internal roads are gravel and not very wide and turns are pretty tight, some folks found maneuvering in a large rig to be somewhat of a challenge. The spaces are either gravel or have two strips of concrete for parking, which is what we had. We found this difficult to place our tires and jacks where the jacks were either complete on or off the concrete, but we made it work. We did not use the restrooms, but the laundry was clean and reasonably priced. We had a site at the front that had a lot of campground noise as folks arrived and left; a site at the back would be a lot calmer and nicer. We would go for a more remote site next time even if it meant not having hook-ups. The park WiFi was good and reasonably fast. Our Verizon phones and data worked very. Getting satellite was not a problem. Water and power were good. The park does have propane at a reasonable price. The park is fairly close to town for all of the activities, but not so close that you will want to walk. You will still need to drive. We looked at some of the other campgrounds in the area and were definitely glad that we picked this one. This would definitely be our campground of choice if visiting Taos again.
10/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
The actual rate was $3.50 per night, which reflects a 50% Federal Senior Pass discount. This is not a campground you will happen across, but if you do go to the trouble to find it, you will be rewarded. The 13 mile drive from highway 522 is slow but is easy and all on paved roads. Do study the directions on the website as your GPS may take you on a "shortcut" down a gravel road. The campgrounds are laid out on short gravel spurs off of a 6 mile paved loop road. You will want to stop at the fee/information station as you enter the site. The map you will get is critical to being able to find your way around. In terms of sites suitable for RVs, there are 5 areas. They are as follows : El Aquaje with 7 campsites, La Junta with no campsites except a handicap site, Montoso with 4 campsites, Little Arsenic Springs with 6 campsites, Big Arsenic Springs with 6 campsites. Many of the sites are fairly unlevel, but they are all well-separated and beautiful. This is really a campground for smaller RVs. There is fresh water for filling a tank, but there is no RV dump. There are vault toilets. There are no campsites that can be reserved. There is a Visitor Center that is open during the prime season and when staff is available during the off-season. There are great hiking and biking trails. Our Verizon phone worked well. Our Verizon data worked most of the time if we used our booster. This is certainly a campground we will return to.
09/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior pass discount. Even during September, when all sites are first-come first-served, this campground is very busy on the weekend, so try to arrive during the week to get a good spot. Most sites are small and almost all are unlevel. We had to use a lot of blocks to get level in our relatively short 27ft motorhome. This is not a campground for large rigs. It is a pleasant campground, but the sites are very close together, which means that if you have noisy neighbors you will know about it. A few of the sites have marvelous views of the dunes, and there is a path from the campground to the dunes, which are wonderful. The generator hours are very generous, from 7 am until 8 pm. We were able to get satellite without any problem since the trees are pretty short. We had a good Verizon phone signal but data was spotty. The park and this campground are well worth a visit.
09/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
The rate is for 50 amp electric hook-up of which there are six. The non-electric sites are $45 of which there an indeterminate number. These are the rates for double occupancy. This seems expensive until you consider that the rates include soaking in the hot springs during your stay and breakfast. Then it is more than reasonable since soaking is $15 per person per day. We soaked the day we arrived around noon and the next day until we departed around noon. On a daily basis that would have cost us $60, so we got breakfast and hook-ups for free. So, this is a great deal if you like hot springs. There are three pools of varying temperature. Everything was very clean; they even loan you fresh towels. Breakfast was a simple cold meal but adequate and well presented. Everyone that we dealt with was very nice and helpful. The sites are in a grassy field and simple but do have nice views. There is fresh water fill but no dump. The closest dump is in Salida where dumping is free at the municipal treatment plant. We did not use their free Wi-Fi so cannot comment on it. Our Verizon phone and data worked well. Satellite was not a problem since the sites are in an open field. It was quite and nicely dark at night. We will definitely plan on staying here again if in the area.
09/2014
rating [ 3/10 ]
The rate is $16 if you have the Colorado State Parks Annual Pass;otherwise, you will also have to pay the $7 per day entrance fee bringing it to $23 per night! The seven sites are right along the Arkansas River in a red-rock canyon, but it is also right along Highway 50. The river and canyon are beautiful, the highway not so nice. It has a lot of traffic, including noisy, heavy truck traffic and it is right next to the campground. The sites are well laid out with gravel for roads and parking. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring and tent pad. The numbering is strange; as you enter sites 1 through 5 are to your left. Sites 6 & 7 are to your left and through a pretty big dip that a larger RV might have a problem with. There are vault toilets. There is no dump station, fresh water fill, or trash pickup. So that is very expensive for a nice place to park along side the highway. You can think a very nice rest area along a highway. There are no park hosts. The campground is about 9 miles outside of the cute city of Salida, but we did not feel OK about leaving our rig to go into town. We were the only campers there and there was really no official presence. We would not stay here again. There is a BLM boon docking site closer to town that feels more secure.
09/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount. This campground has a lot going for it. The sites are very nice and well separated. Because of the lack of vegetation, there is not a lot of privacy but the separation makes up for that. The interior roads are either paved or gravel and the sites are gravel. The views of the surrounding mountain are wonderful. Even though it is on the lake, the lake is not a feature since it is not visible from the camping sites. There are three loops, but, during our visit in mid-September, only the Sage loop was open. This is the loop most suited to RVs, but there are some RV sites in the other loops. The campground is far enough the highway that road noise is not a big issue, particularly in the Sage Loop. The campground hosts were very nice and helpful. Be aware that, although there is water, you are not supposed to use a hose to fill RV tanks, so you might want to fill your tank before you arrive. The water outlets do not have threaded bibs. If you have a “cheater” you can attach a hose, but the signs say that it is not allowed. Make your own choice. There is a dump station, but the charge to dump is $10 even for campers. We elected to not use the dump station and go to a local campground where we could dump and legally fill with fresh water. Since it is a National Forest Service Campground, generators can be used anytime except during nighttime quiet hours. There are vault toilet and no showers. During our mid-September visit, this was the only National Forest Service campground open in the area. It will close on September 28. It is a good site for driving beautiful Independence Pass over to Aspen or to visit Leadville. The campground filled during our weekend visit, so arrive early. As noted, the campground is not really in Leadville, it is closer to Granite or the very small town of Twin Lakes. We would definitely stay here again.
09/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount. This campground is one of several National Forest Service campgrounds on the shore of Green Mountain Reservoir in White River National Forest. The GPS coordinates are 39.87944, -106.27722. It is the only one that takes reservations (recreation.gov). It is very convenient, just off of Highway 9 but has almost no traffic noise. The road into the campground and all interior roads and sites are dirt/gravel. Sites 1 – 32 are spread out along the shore right next to the lake, some with great views of the lake and surrounding mountains. They are the best for views but most are hard to level for all but the smallest RV, unless you are skilled at leveling and have ample blocks. We are 27 feet and were able to find a spot where we could level. Sites 33 – 44 are away from the lake, but are nice, long level sites. Some of these would be suitable for even the longer RVs. There is no fresh water or dump, nor are they available at any of the campgrounds on the lake, so come with full tanks and plan on leaving with full waste tanks. There are vault toilets. When we were there, campground hosts were present. Depending on the source, the campground closes for the season on September 14 or 26, so best to call to confirm closing date during the September period. We did not have a Verizon signal. There are few trees so getting satellite is not a problem. There is a great 3 miles hike around lower cataract lake about 15 miles away. We would definitely stay here again.
06/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount for a non-hookup site. This is National Forest Service Campground manged by a concessionaire. Based on what we had read and imagined, we thought that Lake Granby would be this quite, remote Forest Service lake. It is not; the lake and the area are heavily developed, so don't expect a wilderness experience. That being said, the area is still very nice with beautiful views. This campground is pretty much devoid of trees, but that does make for some good views. The sites have some separation but, because of the lack of vegetation, there is no privacy. There is also some road noise from the adjacent highway. This is the one campground on the lake with a dump station. There is also fresh water at the dump station, but, for some unknown reason you have to attach your hose to a tap that is about 7 feet up. Perhaps this is a temporary issue. Our Verizon phone and data were very strong. We had no problem with satellite since there are almost no trees. We did not stay at this campground our allotted time of 8 nights.
06/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
The sites in this park are very close together, but is still an OK place to spend a few nights. There is little privacy, but the park is well run and is quite at night. We spent a couple of weekend nights because there were few other places to stay. On Saturday morning, we were treated to a very nice Farmers Market only a short walk away. We did not have time during our stay to avail ourselves to the great bike trails in the area, plus some were damaged by the flooding of of 2013. The stay was made more pleasant by a very nice and helpful campground manager. She knew the area and was more than happy to spend time sharing her information. There was a sign on the registration window stating that they could not be responsible for low voltage. At first that concerned us, but the manager said she had never seen a problem during her stay and we had no problem. Our Verizon phone and data worked very well. We were able to get satellite, but some sites would have a problem. Some of the sites have a bit of shade, which can be quite welcome during the summer. Unfortunately, the campground does not have a laundry. You can all ahead to make reservations, but, at times, it can be difficult reaching the campground manager. The price is right. We would stay here again to stock up, but it would not be a destination park.
06/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount. This campground may be the most convenient for all activities on the east side of the park. It is a very large campground with little separation between the sites and not a lot of vegetation for privacy. However, many of the sites have spectacular views of the surrounding meadows and peaks. Loops A, C, and D are reservable during the high season. Loop B is always first-come, first-served. (At least as of this writing. These things change.) Generator use is not allowed in Loop D. Overall, generator hours are fairly limited, but enough to charge batteries. The interior roads and pads are gravel and it can be a bit dusty. We were there during prime pine pollen season, so almost everything was yellow from the pollen. There is only one dump station for the campground and it is also the primary fresh water fill station, so it can get quite crowded. The campground is nicely quiet and dark at night. In our site we were able to get satellite. We did not have reliable Verizon phone or data, only enough to send a text message or two. The campground is convenient to shopping and dining in Estes Park. There are trails that can be easily accessed from the campground. We were in Loop C and could easily get to great hiking trails to Cob Lake and Fern Falls and Lake. This campgrounds main "competitor" is Glacier, only a few miles away. We stayed at both and each has its advantages. Moraine seems more orderly and organized. Glacier seems a little less organized and a little more remote, despite the fact that is only about 5 miles from Moraine. We would stay at either campground again.
06/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount. The first important thing to note about this NPS campground is that Loop C is a no-generator zone. I thought I had checked this out but ended up with reservations in Loop C for three nights. We could have survived but preferred a site where we could use a generator. The generator hours are very specific but not a problem. The rangers in charge of the campground were wonderful in helping us find a site were we could use our generator. Our site was in Loop D, which is the most open of the loops. We were directly on the road and had to park our tow vehicle at overflow, but we had wonderful views of the mountains. Of course there are no hookups, but there is fresh water fill and a dump station. This campground is closest to Bear Lake and some great high-country hiking. It is not the best laid-out, nor the most beautiful campground, but it is quite pleasant. As noted, all of the rangers and volunteers were friendly and great to deal with. Its competition is Moraine Park Campground, only about 5 miles away. Glacier is often open when Moraine is full. We stayed at both and actually liked Glacier a lot. It is not as pretty or organized, but has a more wild alpine feel (it is at a higher elevation). In our site we were able to get satellite but many sites would have too many trees. We did not have Verizon phone or data.
06/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate stated is for camping only. We purchased a Colorado State Parks annual pass for $70 per year. If you do not have the pass, you will pay an extra $8 per night. We stayed 9 nights and planned on staying at other State Parks; it was less expensive for us to purchase the annual pass. The main positives for the park are location and location. It is great for visiting Loveland and Fort Collins and for the wonderful biking/walking trails in these two cities. The main negative is the smell of the cattle feed lots. The smell depends on the winds, but at times can be pretty pervasive. Although the campground is near the lake, the lake is not really a factor in camping. Only a few of the sites have a distant view of the lake. The campground is pretty much row after row after row of camp sites. There is medium separation between sites and there is no vegetation for visual separation. The parking pads are in a horseshoe shape, so take a bit of time to study the campground before driving in. You will want to drive down the lane that will let you drive forward into your site, not back in. The sites have strong 50 amp service. There is not fresh water at each site and the water at the dump station is noted as not potable. The only fill stations are in the campground loops and require you to block the road to fill. There are a few trees in the campground for shade but most sites have little shade. The good news is that most sites can get satellite. Our Verizon phone and data service (4G, LTE) was quite good. The campground is quiet at night but, unfortunately, the park has big lights on the restrooms so there is a lot of artificial light at night. There is a laundry which was nice and clean, but fairly expensive at $1.75 for wash and for dry. The campground is pretty open during the week, even during prime season, but most, if not all, sites are booked for the weekend. This will not be a campground that will standout in our minds as fantastic, but we would stay here again if in the area.
05/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount. Be aware that, if you come in from the east, there is no gas fro 60 miles so get gas before you head out. Based on the other reviews and the location, we had expected a very isolated, quiet camping spot. It was not. It was a busy park with many day visitors and many drive through visitors. Perhaps a part of the issue was that it was Memorial Day, but even after that it was busy. It is a popular birding spot, so gets lots of visitors for birding. Sites 2 through 5 are first-come, the others can be reserved. Sites 4 & 5 and sites 6 & 7 are double sites. We got site 2, which had some shade. The sites are pleasant and are very well separated. There is some vegetation for visual separation for a few of the sites. The interior roads and sites are gravel. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. The scenery is nice with great sunrise and sunset. There is quite a bit of road noise from passing trucks, but it did not destroy the experience. We were able to get satellite with our off-the-coach dish. Verizon phone and data (4G) were strong. There is no dump station. There is fresh water and the bib does have threads for filling a tank, but it is difficult to get to and would require a long hose; it is best to arrive with full tanks and plan on carrying out all waste water. There are pit toilets, which we did not use. There are no showers. There is a short hiking trail from the campground. There is a 21 mile, driving bird trail not far from the campground. It is a pleasant drive, particularly early in the morning or late afternoon. It is good to find or download a map for the birding trail as the backcountry roads can be a bit confusing. There are camp hosts but we saw little of them and they knew very little about the area. We would definitely stay here again.
05/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
The price reflects $14 for camping and $5 for daily entrance. Be aware that the pass for a year is only $25, so if you plan on staying at more than five Nebraska parks, go for the pass. The Park is easy to find from the interstate and is well marked. The final mile or so to the campground is down a fairly rough dirt road, but not a big problem. As you come into the park, the sites on the left are 50 amp, those on the right 30 amp. Although there are a couple of fresh-water faucets, we could not get to them because of their location. You really need to arrive with fresh water and plan on taking out waste water as there is no dump. The toilets are pit toilets and we did not use them. There are no showers. Our experience here is significantly different than others because we were there on a Memorial Day weekend. The park is all first-come, first-served, so we felt fortunate to get one of the three remaining sites in this small park on a holiday weekend. By the end of the day, all sites were full. Most of the sites had three vehicles parked at the site and lots of people – lots of people. We parked at the first available site on the left. Right after we parked, the gentleman from the end site came out and told us that he was the campground host. There was no sign or other indication of his position and we never saw him do anything. He did have some very creative, colorful language that he used in talking on the phone and in talking to his two dogs. The only official people we saw was a ranger that drove through and picked up the money at the “iron ranger.” No one seemed to be available to enforce any of the rules, many of which were violated. The trash cans were overflowing and lots of partying. We were lucky that we were at the end of the park with fewer parties. It did quite down late at night. There are a couple of short trails and, of course, the Buffalo Bill site to visit. There are other interesting things to do in North Platte, including the Golden Spike Railroad viewing tower. Cody park is a very easy place to get fresh water and to dump. We had no problem getting satellite as there are few trees. Our Verizon phone and data MiFi were very good. We were pleased to have a reasonable place to stay on the holiday weekend and would stay here again. It would probably be really great without the holiday crowd.
05/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount. Amazing campground. We were fortunate to get there just before prime season and get a prime site for our one-night stay. The sites are beautiful and many are right on the lake, as was ours. The park attendants were great, some of the best we have experienced. They were helpful and friendly. The site had good 50 amp service and water. It had great views of the lake, right on the water. Our Verizon service, both voice and data were good. The road getting to the campground is a bit hilly but doable. We will definitely stay here again, but will make reservations well in advance.
05/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a $20 per night camping fee for electrical hookup and $5 per night entrance fee into Nebraska State Parks. The first issue is getting to the park. Most GPS units will take you down either dirt or non-existent roads. You want to take NW 84th Street off of Route 6. Follow the, very small, signs to the campground, called Lakeview Campground. There are electrical hookup sites and dry camping sites. There is no water at the sites, but there is a fill station as you enter the electrical hook-up sites area. Most of the electrical sites can be reserved but there are a few that are first-come. The sites are pleasant and reasonably well separated but there is little vegetation for privacy. We were there just before Memorial Day and, even though there were many posted rules against; many folks came out and put something into a site to “reserve” it. There are camp hosts, but they are really not a presence in the campground. There are many things to do in Lincoln. We would definitely stay here again for an extended time. We would make reservations as the reservation sites are a little nicer and have 50 amp service.
05/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount. This campground on Greers Ferry Lake has moderately easy access from U.S. Route 65; it is about 4 miles on paved but narrow roads. There are 91 electric sites and 55 non-electric. The sites in D loop 1 through 13 are 50 amp, the remainder are 30 amp. Almost all of the electric sites are reservable but the non-electric are not. The reservation window starts in Mid-May. There is no water at the sites. A few of the sites are on or near the water. Many of the sites have some significant slope. We were at the park the early part of May when all sites were walk-up. The park was not very busy with only a few campers but many fishermen. Only a couple of the loops were open. They were taking only cash or checks because the computers were not working. There is no security gate at night as there are at many Corp of Engineer parks. The attendant said that the park was well patrolled and that a gate was unnecessary. We would have been more comfortable with a gate, but did not have any problems. We never saw a patrol. There was a lot of drive-by activity during the day partly due to the layout of the park where you can drive though the campground to get to the marina, boat dock, and swimming area. The park is heavily treed so satellite can be difficult in many sites. We had a site where we could get DirecTV. Over Verizon phone and data plan worked well. We would stay here again as a night stopover.
05/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount. This is a very nice Corp of Engineer campground on Lake Wright Patman with many nice modern sites. Some sites are spectacular with decks and great views of the lake. The sites near the lake are fairly close together and there is little vegetation for privacy. The sites a little ways away from the lake offer a little more privacy. It is fairly quiet during the week, but the weekends are very busy, primarily with local campers. Campers seem to like to put out a lot of very bright lights which is certainly detrimental to an outdoor camping experience. Also, a lot of locals spend many weeks at a time there. At night there is often the smell from the paper mill, which is very unpleasant. Our Verizon phone and data plan worked well. We were able to get satellite at a lake-front site. The utilities were good and strong with 50 amp service. The folks at the front booth were friendly and efficient. Overall, this is an OK camping experience.
05/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate is for a 50 amp electric and water pull-through site, which is considered premium and is $6 more. There is a $6 reservation fee even though we did not have a reservation and were just walk-ups. So, the stated rate of $22 per night is not bad but once you do the add-ons, it is very expensive for a simple overnight on the way to a destination. The lady checking us in was perhaps the most unhelpful and unfriendly campground worker we have come across in a long time. We tried asking her about the sites available and she was either unable or unwilling to provide any information. The campground is nicely laid out with some very long sites. There is little vegetation for privacy. Only a few sites have shade. Once we got to the campground, we changed sites to get one with shade. There is noise from the highway that goes by in front of the park, not the Interstate which is about 3 miles away. It is not bad at night. There are no big security lights which makes the campground nice and dark at night, which we like. There is WiFi but it was very slow and you are restricted from going to many sites, so we were unable to use it. Our Verizon phone and data plan worked well. The very interesting Poverty Point State Archaeology Site is only about 14 miles away and is definitely worth a visit. Because of the cost, we would likely pass on this campground as a simple overnight.
05/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a 30 amp full hookup site with a senior discount. Mississippi is certainly to be commended for extended the senior discount to all seniors, not just state residents. You cannot beat that rate for a full hookup site. The park is very convenient from Interstate 20, only about 5 minutes away. There are two campgrounds in the park, one called “Old Campground” and one “New Campground” – not very creative names. We had stayed there before in the “New Campground” with 50 amps. This time when we checked in we asked the very nice and helpful lady what might be the site with less Interstate noise. She suggested the Old Campground with 30 amp hookups, so we went for that. It is marginally quieter and seems a lot calmer. However, it is certainly not for big rigs. We are only 27feet long and I would not take anything longer than 30 feet or so into this campground. The turns are tight and many of the sites slope so that leveling for a longer RV would be an issue. Our Verizon phone and data were strong. Most sites would not have satellite, but we were able to find a hole for DirecTV. This park could use some TLC. It seems to be OK to build a fire anywhere and that has been done to create an unsightly campground. Even with all of this, we would certainly stay here again for an overnight on a journey. It is not a destination park.
04/2014
rating [ 3/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount for a full-hookup site in the Catoma Loop. This park stinks, literally. That is unfortunate since it is otherwise a very nice park, but the smell from the nearby paper mill caused what would otherwise have been a 9 to be a 3. The campground has two loops. All interior roads in the campground are paved. The newer, full-hookup loop is the Catoma loop. The sites are large concrete sites with picnic table and fire ring in a nicely designed and maintained gravel area. A few of the sites have some views of the water, but none have a really spectacular water view. The Antioch Loop is older and the sites are dirt/gravel with a rather haphazard layout. This would not be a good choice for a larger RV. There are electric and water hookups with a dump station. The positive is that it has a much calmer feel than the very-busy Catoma loop. It is also less expensive with a standard rate of $18. There are a few small hiking trails, but not major hiking or biking possibilities. Since the park is close to Montgomery, it gets a lot of local folks that stay for extended periods of time. The campground has heavy tree cover but we were able to find a hole for satellite. Verizon is spotty, but we had good phone and data at our site. We were very pleased to have selected the park when we first pulled in. We did notice a bit of what we thought was a sewer odor. However, during the night the smell became very intense, enough to be nauseating. We thought that there must be a major sewer leak. We found out the next morning about the nearby paper mill so it was toxic chemicals not sewer. As the day warmed up, the smell subsided by mid-morning. Unfortunately, this smell would be enough to keep us away from the park.
04/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a county campground about 9 miles or 15 minutes outside of Cedar Key. It was very hard to find information on it and to find the location. The campground is inside the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. There are some great, short hiking trails in the Refuge, just a short distance from the campground. There is an on-site manager that you register with and pay the fee. Cash only. The price is certainly right for a 30 amp and water site. The sites are dirt with a somewhat haphazard arrangement. The 30 amp was strong and allowed us to use our air conditioner. Since it is along the water the no-see-ems and mosquitoes are a real presence. Many of the sites would not be suitable for RV’s or it would be very hard to level. There are about 8 good sites. When we were there we had about 4 other RV’s and 4 or so tent campers. There is a busy boat ramp in the park and boats, including noisy air boats, go out at various hours, but we did not find that a big problem. There was quite a bit of late night music during our visit without a lot of presence from the on-site manager. We were able to get satellite without a problem and that would be true at most sites. Our Verizon phone and data were marginal. There is a dump station but you have to look carefully. You need to remove a chain across a drive near the restrooms and back in to dump. A bit strange but it worked OK. If visiting the Cedar Key area we would likely stay here again. With the cost and location it is hard to beat.
04/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
This park has a very different feel than any other of the many Florida parks that we have visited. It is only about 15 miles off of Interstate 10 but has a very remote feel. The road to the park is good but very narrow and at times slow. I suggest you use Exit 166 off of Interstate 10. There are numerous well-placed signs leading you to the park. There is about a half mile of dirt road leading to the campground and the drive and sites in the campground are dirt/sand. There were some pretty big potholes and standing water during our visit. There is a gated entrance but the gate was not working during our visit. The sites are fairly well separated with moderate privacy. Our site, number 19, was a strong 50 amp. Our water hookup was some ways away next to another site, so we just used water out of the tank since we were only staying one night. There is a dump station along the entrance road. It was stopped up during our visit and not draining. We had a very strong Verizon phone and data signal with 4G service. We were able to find a hole in the fairly dense vegetation to get satellite, but it is not easy. There is a historic house with tours at 10:00 during the week, so we were not able to participate because of our brief stay. This is not a park that I would recommend for a simple overnight while traveling I-10, it takes too long to get there and it is too difficult. We plan to return at some time and spend a few days there to relax. That is the type of park that it is.
04/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
The park is just a short ways off of Interstate 10, so is convenient for travelers. When we visited, a number of the trails were closed because the river was flooding. The campground sites are reasonably well separated with some vegetation for privacy but do not expect complete privacy. The utilities are good with full hook-ups. There is a one washer and dryer, but beware, the dryer ate about $2. Our Verizon phone and data worked well but with all the tree cover we were unable to find a hole for satellite. There is a Publix food store in Live Oak, about 15 miles from the park. The ranger was great in accommodating us, even though we did not have reservations. We would definitely visit this park again for a one or two night stop, probably not as a destination.
04/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
When we camped here the boardwalk and springs were closed because of flooding, so we did not get the full experience. Still, it was a very nice park. It was almost empty during our mid-week visit so it was nice and calm. We stayed in the “Hick” loop. One of the “Mag1” loop was closed. We had no problem in getting into a nice site with our 27 foot motorhome. It is true that the campground road is some pretty big potholes and has trees pretty close the roadway. The 30 amp electrical hookup was solid with good voltage. We worked very hard to find a hole in the trees to get satellite and were successful; most sites would not have satellite. Our Verizon phone and data were very marginal – almost not functional. There was WiFi just a short walk away at the snack stand. There is a nice smaller Walmart and a Winn-Dixie in Chiefland about 7 miles away. We liked the campground and would certainly camp here again.
04/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
First, it is important to note that this campground is not at the main park or the headwaters area, so a GPS will probably take you to the wrong place. The GPS coordinates for the campground are 29.088579, -82.422236. It is off of SW 180th Avenue Road, 2.5 miles north of CR 484 or 3.1 miles south of Hwy 40. This is one beautiful, well-kept campground. The utilities are great with 50 amp hookups and the sites are well separated and well manicured and separated by vegetation. We did not have reservations, but had called ahead and were told there were sites available. We were surprised to see a “campground full” sign at the entrance. The very nice young lady that checked us in said that the sign always says that since they are full most of the time. The campground is well off of the road and very quiet at night. We had no problem getting satellite and our Verizon phone and data plan worked well. We would definitely stay at this campground again.
04/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a very pretty state park with an older feeling campground and some strange layouts. Many of the sites are fairly close together with little visual separation. It was not crowded during our visit, so it was not a problem, but I would not want to camp there during a busy period. We had water and 50 amp service even though most sites around us only had 30 amp. We were able to find a hole in the trees for satellite, but most sites would not work for satellite. Our Verizon phone and data worked well. There are washers and dryers. You can put together a nice bike ride by combining the Wetlands trail in the park with some trails in adjacent Dead River Park and John B. Sergeant Park. There are also a number of nice easy hiking trails. We enjoyed our visit and would visit again.
04/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a senior discount; the regular rate is $24 per night. The park is very nice and large. For the most part, everything was clean and seemed to be well kept. Some of the fire pits did have trash in them. The park has two camping areas, designated East and West. The East area is larger and has somewhat larger sites; this is the area that we chose. The gate attendant let us drive through and pick a site before paying; that was nice. Most of the sites are very large, but there is essentially no vegetation to provide visual separation. Even though it was a holiday weekend the park was less than half full. Most of the campers seemed to be locals, so it seems that this park has not been discovered yet. It was fairly quiet, but there were some large groups, not near us, that certainly looked like they had the potential to be noisy. Since it is on the water, the no-see-ums were very apparent. Each site has water and 30 amp service, which seemed to be solid. The sites are grass and not particularly well defined. Our Verizon phone and data worked well. Satellite was not a problem since there are only a few trees. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would stay again.
04/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
It was very confusing trying to figure out where to camp based on the on-line information. So, to sort it out continue reading. There are three campgrounds. None of the campgrounds are actually on the lake. Big Flats campground is the furthest into the park at 2.8 miles past the entrance. There is water and good, solid 50 amp service. This is where we stayed and it was very nice. Spaces were close but vegetation provided some privacy. There are camp hosts and it is relatively quiet. The road that goes past to the boat and tram tours is busy during the day, but calms down at night. We did not use them, but the restrooms and showers seemed to be good. There is a gray water dump station but not one you can reach by driving. The only dump station for the park is along the main park road about a mile from the entrance. The Old Prairie campground is close to the park entrance. The sites are very close together and it has a very old feel. We were glad we did not stay there. The new, modern, very nice campground is the Palmetto Ridge campground. It has full hookups and is very nice. We would probably stay in this CG if we visited here again, but we were quite pleased with Big Flats. As noted, this is a beautiful park with lots of good biking. Just be aware that some of the trails/roads are sandy and hard biking. We were not able to get satellite because of tree cover. We had very spotty Verizon data, sometimes 4G and sometimes nothing. We would certainly stay here again.
04/2014
rating [ 3/10 ]
I am so sorry to have to give this campground such a low rating, but there is a big problem. When we arrived in the early afternoon and hooked up, the voltage was 117 amps, so all seemed well. We turned on our air conditioner and went for a bike ride. When we returned another camper had pulled in next to us and was running the AC. Our electrical management system had shut down our coach for low voltage. I looked and the voltage was going down as low as 100 volts. That is far too low to run modern appliances. I went up to the front desk and was told that it was an old system and that was just the way it is. When I asked about a refund, she said probably not and that the park manager was not available. On the way back to the RV I came across a maintenance person. He came by and decided that changing out the plug might help. He was very nice, but changing the plug had no effect. We backed without air conditioning. Finally, after dark, the voltage went up enough that we could turn on the power but could still not run the AC without having the voltage go too low. So, we were very glad we had made only one nights reservation. All of the positives noted by other reviewers are spot on. However, we would not stay here again unless they upgrade their electrical system. I would also note that I think it would be very difficult to get a big rig into most sites. We are only 27 feet long and it was tight.
04/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount with a Federal Senior card. This is a very pleasant and convenient campground that is well kept. The electrical is a strong 50 amp. There is a dump station and fresh water available. It is right along highway 41, but in our site as far back away from the highway as possible, the road noise was not objectionable. When we arrived there were only two other campers, and only two more came in for the night. As noted there were no camp hosts. The sign at the entrance is a bit confusing, it indicates that reservations are required, but that is not correct. There did not seem to be any reserved sites when we were there, but they can be reserved on the recreation.gov. We felt safe, but we probably would not leave the RV there alone because the campground is so close to the highway and there is really no security. It would be nice to have hosts. We did not use them, but the restrooms seemed modern and clean. There are no showers. We did not get a Verizon signal. Satellite is not a problem as the trees are short. We would certainly stay at this campground again.
11/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate is for a “40 foot, back-in site” with 30 amp electrical and water hookup. There is also a $5 per day fee for park use. The park has five types of camping: 40 ft. pull-through, 40 ft. back-in, 20 ft. back-in, tent w/power and water, and tent w/o utilities. We are over 20 feet, so we had two choices. The 40 ft. pull-through sites are lined up all in a row, so we did not want to do that, so we chose the 40 ft back-in and made on-line reservations, which are not site specific. The park is fairly easy access off on Interstate, with some fairly narrow roads but doable. You arrive at the Visitor Center/Camper Check-in, where, unfortunately, there is no parking for RVs for check-in; so we parked in the middle of the lot with lots of dirty looks from other visitors. After check-in we proceeded to the campground, just a short ways down the road. Be aware of the entrance gate. When we arrived, it was open. We proceeded through and it started closing. We barely avoided being hit by the gate. Apparently someone had come through before us and actived the gate, then it started to close. So make sure you let the gate close, enter your code before entering through the gate. This is a very strangely laid out campground. Many of the sites have a lot of slope and are on sharp curves. For larger RV’s I would not recommend anything but the 40 foot pull-through sites. We found a site, but it was very hard to get into, even for our smaller 27 foot RV. We also had difficulty leveling. The power was 30 amp with two-30 amp plugs. Power was good. The sites are so far separated that there is good privacy even though there is little vegetation. Prior reviewers complained about train noise; although we did hear trains, they were far in the distance and not a problem. It was very quiet and nicely dark at night. The campground is very tree-covered, but we were able to find a hole with our portable dish to get satellite TV, but don’t depend on it. We had good Verizon phone and data (4G) coverage. The hiking trails are very nice and are a major attraction for the park. We would stay here again, but would want to make for sure we arrive early enough to find a somewhat level site.
11/2013
rating [ 4/10 ]
The rate reflects a very-generous 50% senior discount that Tennessee gives anyone, resident or not, over 62 years of age. During our off-season stay, Area B was the only camping area open and it was crowded. We made reservations in advance and used the web site information for slope. Our site was listed as “slight slope” whereas others available were listed as “moderate slope.” When we got to our reserved site, we were shocked at the slope. There was no way that we would be able to even start to level our motor home in the site. There was no one in the office, but there was a ranger driving around. We were able to flag him down and he, very kindly, was able to offer us a site that worked. This campground is one of the worst layouts we have ever seen. Most of the sites are very, very far from level and very hard to get into. We were very lucky to get a nice site that the rangers said they “held back” for people such as us. Thank you rangers! We walked through the closed loops and they looked much nicer with much more level sites. According to the ranger, the loop we were in was the only one “winterized” but that the other sites are being set up for winter use. Our site had a left-over rug from a previous camper and lots of trash in the fire pit. Our neighbor had a trailer up on blocks that looked like it had been there for quite a while. It looked like a family camped out there for some time. The hookups were very strange. Our electrical hookup was a long ways away and our very long cord would just barely reach. The water hookup was an equal distance on the other side. Did I note that this is the strangest layout we have ever seen? Most sites were very close together and nothing for privacy. The campground is heavily treed but we were able to find a hole in the trees for our portable satellite dish to find DIRECTV. Our Verizon phone had a good signal and the date (4G) worked very well. We would not stay in this campground again during the off season.
11/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate reflects a very-generous 50% senior discount that Tennessee gives anyone, resident or not, over 62 years of age. This park has three camping area. Area 1 has 50 amp hookups, but the sites are very close together in rows. Area 3 is restricted to small camping units and only has 20 amps. We chose Area 2 with 30 amp hookups. Several sites had signs saying they were restricted to small units because of power problems. The power was low enough in our site so that we had to be very careful what we used to prevent our power-management system from cutting off due to low voltage. Be very, very careful driving through and backing in this campground. The small signs with site numbers are very low and close to the road so very easy to hit, which we did to scrape the side of our motorhome. When we arrived, there were signs saying you much check in before setting up, but the office was closed. The camp host in our campground had a sign out saying on-duty but was not around and was never around during our two-day stay. We set up anyway and went back up to the office at 1 p.m. when it was supposed to be open, but there was no one around. It finally opened around 1:30 and we were able to get registered. So registration was not smooth for us. The sites are fairly level, but have wooden beams on the sides with sharp rebar sticking out. A real danger, so be careful. There are hiking trails in the park that are nice. The campground is heavily treed, but we were able to find the satellite with our portable dish. Our Verizon phone and data signal were usable but very weak. This isn’t a bad campground, but looks like it could use some TLC. We would likely not stay here again. It was too far outside of Nashville to be convenient for visiting the city.
11/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This State Park is a bit of a drive from the Interstates, but worth it for us to be in a nice park. The roads to the campground are all good but a bit lacking in directional signs. The interior roads are paved and the pads are gravel. There are two camping areas, one along a road paralleling the main road and one on a more-traditional loop. We thought the second area was nicer so chose it for our camping spot. Several of the sites were not very level, but we found a relatively level site since the park only had ten or so other campers during our off-season visit. The sites are relatively well separated but there is not much vegetation for privacy. A very nice and helpful attendant came by to collect our camping fee. There is no water at the sites, but it is available at the dump station. There are several nice hiking trails in the park and nearby is a nice wildlife refuge (Crab Orchard) and wonderful bike trail (Tunnel Hill – start in the town of Vienna and go north to the tunnel). The campground is heavily treed, but we were able to find a hole in the trees for our portable dish to work. Our Verizon phone and data (4G) worked well. We had originally planned on staying only one night but extended our stay because of the attractions in the area. We would certainly stay here again.
10/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The cost reflects a $2 per night senior discount for over 65, and you do not have to be Missouri resident to take advantage of the discount -- a nice touch for this nice, quiet state park. When we stayed during a weekday at the end of October, the only other rig there was the camp host and we never saw them. I believe they depart at the end of October. So, during this time of the year, the park is very, very quiet. It differs during the summer when it is often full. We were happy to have at least one other rig there. We were not concerned at night but do not like to leave our RV in such an isolated place during the day. There is a sign and a gate at the entrance to the campground that says it is closed at night, but we were not concerned at night, it was during the day that we do not like to leave the rig alone. The park is very quiet and dark at night; we loved that. Some of the sites are very unlevel and most sites will not get satellite because of tree coverage. The check in was strange. As noted by an earlier reviewer, the sign says to check in with the host, but the host had a sign saying “off duty.” An attendant came by the next morning to collect. She was very unfriendly and rude, but got us checked in. We were able to get good Verizon coverage, including 4G data. Overall, we love this park and will stay here again when in the area.
11/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50 amp hookup site. The potable water is at the dump station. This is a wonderful state park that is just outside of St. Louis, and we have used it a couple of times as a base to visit friends and relatives in the city. It is about 30 freeway minutes outside of the city. It is a way off of the freeway, but that means no freeway noise. The roads are paved and the sites are nice, level concrete. They now even have very good high-speed Wi-Fi! This could be a model for what a State Park campground should be. One nice feature is that they lock the gates at 6:30, so no drive-by traffic in the evening. Of course, campers get a gate code to come and go as they please. One caution -- do NOT blindly follow your GPS directions to the park. It will lead you on some very back roads. If coming from the west, take exit Chesterfield Airport Road just after the bridge. Follow that road to Long Road, then Wildhorse Road, then 190 to Babler Park Road, to the Park entrance. If coming from the east, take the Long Road exit and follow the same directions. If this is not clear, call the park for further directions. In the park, go directly to the campground and the check-in booth. Do be aware that there is a very big bump as you turn to go into the campground. Our Verizon phone and data worked well with 4G. We could get satellite but most sites will be too tree-covered for satellite. We love this park and would stay here again.
10/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects $18 camping fee for a 30 amp electric site plus $5 for the daily use fee. This is a pretty amazing state park. There are all types of camping available, including backpacking. There are hiking trails. There are exhibits. Not too far away in Brownville, there is a great biking trail. You will not lack for things to do. The roads in the park are paved, but the paved roads in the camping area are in very bad shape. The camping spaces are gravel/dirt and many are very unlevel. It is heavily treed, but we did get a site with satellite reception. In late October we expected to be almost alone at this campground, but that did not turn out to be the case. For three weekends they have special Halloween weekends. It was pretty amazing; there were many, many RV’s in spaces or permits on posts but very few people. The park management lets people rent spaces even though they are not going to camp. It doesn’t seem fair but it probably brings in lots of money for the park. We were presented with about 10 spaces, most of which did not work because they were so unlevel. However, we did find a nice site. Unlike an earlier reviewer, our 30 amp service was good. We have a monitor for low power and it never indicated a problem. I do not think that big rigs would fare well in this park with the short, unlevel spaces and sharp turns. We had a very, very weak signal on our Verizon phone, enough to get text but not voice and no data. We would certainly stay at this park again, but probably not during Halloween time.
10/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects $18 camping fee for a 30 amp electric site plus $5 for the daily use fee. This is a nice, large Nebraska State Park about 10 miles outside of Lincoln. Even though it is close to Lincoln, it has a very rural feel. It is a bit difficult to get to from Interstate 80. Do not blindly follow your GPS or you will end up on gravel roads. Do study a map. Like most Nebraska state parks, the signs are confusing. We were there off-season so had no problem finding a site in the electric hook-up area. The sites are well separated, but there is little vegetation for privacy; however, the park is very nicely landscaped. Most sites do not have views of the lake. We were able to find a site with satellite reception, but many would have trees blocking the sky. There is fresh water fill as you enter the campground. The dump station is not in the campground, but is south of the campground near Park Headquarters. Our Verizon phone had good reception and 4G data. There are hiking trials in the park. Overall this was a very nice park and we would stay there again.
10/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects $18 for a 30 amp electric site and $5 entrance fee. This is a nice, large state park with hiking and biking trails and close to the Audubon Rowe Sanctuary for Sandhill Cranes, which also has great hiking trails. As noted, it is about 7 miles off of Interstate 80, but well worth it for us for the peace and quiet. It was a bit disappointing that we could hear the Interstate even that far away, but it is certainly better than camping right on the freeway. There is fresh water at the dump station for filling a tank. The roads are paved and the sites are gravel. The sites are well separated, but there is not a lot of vegetation for privacy. This was not an issue during our visit since there were only a few other campers in the park. As noted, some are a bit unlevel, but it worked for us. There are some pit toilets, but there are also modern restrooms and showers. Most sites would not get satellite but we found one where we could get a signal through the trees. Our Verizon phone and data (4G) worked well. We were only able to spend one night at this park because of our schedule. We would certainly stay here again and for more nights if possible.
10/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects the $15 camping fee plus $5 facilities fee for a site with 30 amp electric. The prior reviewers are correct; the state must have decided to save money on signs because there are very few of them. If you come in from Interstate 80, you will turn onto North Lake Road. If you continue on this paved road you will pass an area on the left that has the dump station and non-hookup camping. If you continue on the main road, you will cross the Reservoir inlet bridge just as you curve back to the left. The entrance to the Kansas Point campground will be on your left just after that bridge. This is the campground that has electric hookups. The campground is about seven miles from Interstate. The short dirt road into the campground was very rough and wash boarded, but that just means you have to go a little slower. The sites are attractive enough, not spectacular, but nice. Some are along the inlet canal or reservoir, but when we stayed the water in the lake was very low, so not really waterfront. The sites are well separated, but there is no vegetation for privacy. This campground seems to be open year round. There are water fill taps in the campground. The 30 amp service seemed to be OK, but it did go down in voltage one time that our management system cut it off. We had no problem getting satellite and we had good Verizon coverage for both voice and 4G data. We stayed on a Sunday night and there was only one other camper. On Sunday, we had many driving by folks out sightseeing. We enjoyed our stay. It was very quiet and dark at night. We would certainly stay here again.
10/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate reflects the off-season rate and Good Sam discount for a “full hookup site,” which turned out after the fact to not be full-hookup, because they had turned the water off for the season. Different folks clearly like different things. We were expecting a lot from this campground because of the previous reviews. When we arrived at the campground there was a sign on the office which said the campground was closed for the season, but they did not really mean that. On further checking of the very confusing directions we found that we could stay; it was just that we had to self-register or pay at the store. It is unclear why they had the closed sign. We started to self-register but decided that we were going to the store anyway so we might as well pay there. We were glad that we did since it was a couple of dollars cheaper than was posted at the campground. The campground does have some positives. It is clean and well laid out; there is reasonable separation between sites. It does have cable TV with a few channels and all utilities (with the exception of water) worked well. Apparently other reviewers had Wi-Fi, but we did not when we were there. Our Verizon phone and data (4G) worked well. Water was available at the dump station, but we elected not to refill our tanks since the fresh water fill was coming out of the same faucet as the sewer wash, not something that we wanted to have in our tank. The campground roads and sites are gravel with some grass between sites. The sites do have picnic tables. It was fun walking over to the store to browse. The big negative for us was the very close freeway and another very busy road on the other side of the campground. We did OK since it was cold and we had our RV shut up, but we would not want to stay in the summer with that kind of road noise. If in the area again, we would try to find something else more off of the freeway.
10/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate reflects a full-service site with a Good Sam discount. We chose this campground because it was off on the Interstates and, hopefully, would not have highway noise. The campground is about one and a half miles off of the interstate and is somewhat of a rural setting. Most campgrounds in the area are right on the Interstate. That was nice and there was no highway noise. We called ahead and made reservations since the lady answering the phone said that they did fill. Check-in was easy and the lady was nice and helpful. The campground is comprised of a front campground and a back campground. We got a site in the back campground. There was nothing said or written about Wi-Fi and we had no Wi-Fi signal. Our Verizon phone and data (4G) worked well and we had no problem getting a view of the sky for satellite. Most of the sites seemed to be occupied by long-term occupants. Not a problem, except they get up very early, even on Saturday, to start their diesel trucks, so expect a 4 a.m. wake-up call. We were there on a Friday night and could clearly hear the high school football game broadcast. The interior roads of the park are dirt, not gravel, dirt. So when it rained and snowed during our stay, it was a very, very sloppy mess. That reduced our rating by a couple of points. We had service issues that caused us to stay in Cheyenne. If we had to be in the town again, we would probably stay here again. If, given a choice, we would move on outside to the city.
10/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate reflects a 10% AAA discount for a full-hookup 30 amp site. We stayed at this campground while passing through on Interstate 80. It is very close to the Interstate but far enough off so that road noise is not an issue. When we arrived, the office was closed, and there were directions on how to pick a site and register. The office did open later in the day, and the woman working there was very nice and helpful. Since it was off-season, there was no overnight management presence in the campground. This seemed a little strange at first, but we had no problems. The campground is a gravel lot with gravel spaces behind a large casino. They have made a small attempt at landscaping, but do not camp here for its beauty. The space we chose was fairly short, but we were able to park without unhooking the tow car. The utilities, including a great selection of cable TV channels, all worked well. (There are only six 50 amp sites.) The WiFi was very weak even though we were very close to the office. It eventually went off altogether. Our Verizon phone and data, with 4G, both worked well. We did use the laundry, and it was reasonably priced and clean. There was a barking dog, but other than that it was quite at night. There were many street lights so it was very bright at night, something we do not like. We are not “casino people” so did not avail ourselves to the service, but the casinos provide a shuttle if you call them. We would stay here again for an overnight if passing through the area.
10/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a site with water and electric. There are several RV camping areas in this park. The only one that has electric is Juniper, which is almost at the end of the park road. There is a dump station. The park is fairly convenient to Interstate 80, but does require about 7 miles of driving on curvy roads after you exit I80. Unfortunately, the park does not have any maps posted, so we found it a bit confusing to find our way around at first. The campgrounds are well appointed, with picnic table, grill, fire pit, and shelter, and they are well kept. When we were there the lake was very low, but, even with that it is a beautiful area and nice park. During our stay there were only a few other campers, but reservations are likely advisable during the warmer months as the park is close to Salt Lake City. Juniper loop did have a campground host, but this area closes at the end of October. The other, non-electric sites are open year-round. There is a nice 2-mile hiking/biking trail. Our Verizon phone worked well and the data MiFi worked very well with 4G. We had planned on staying in this park for one night, but liked it so much that we lingered for an additional night. We would definitely stay here again.
10/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This recreation area is about 15 miles outside of Elko with good paved roads to the park. Make sure you go to the park website and get directions as your GPS might try to take you another way. There are two camping areas. One is 25 sites very near park headquarters. These sites are arranged in a loop on a cliff above the reservoir. They are high enough to have nice panoramic views. There are restrooms and showers available. Each site has a covered picnic table and a fire ring. Some sites have a wind shield, which should give you a hint of weather conditions at times. There are water taps in the campground that can be used for filling a holding tank. The sites, which are gravel, are well kept and attractive. Most are long and level. There are two sites that have electric for an additional $10 per night. This is the campground where we chose to stay. If you go around the reservoir on gravel roads, there are an additional 23 or so open sites. The sites are not well defined, so you just pick your area. Here there are only pit toilets. We had a pleasant stay, but did have some concerns for some campers playing music quite loudly, but it was not a problem at night. We saw no official presence during our stay. There are no trees so satellite is not a problem. We had strong, 4G, Verizon phone and data. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay here again. The campground closes mid-October.
10/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park has very easy access from Interstate 80. It is listed as being in Lovelock but is actually about 25 miles east of town. There are two separate camping areas, one on the reservoir’s west side with 25 units and one below the dam with 22 units. The west side campground is above the lake with most sites having little or no lake view. They are very close together. Each site has a covered picnic table and fire ring. Below the dam there are sites along the “river” which have some trees and are well spaced with vegetation for privacy and ones in a gravel area above the “river.” Most sites have a picnic table and fire ring. When we were here the lake was very low: there was no water to supply water to the “river” so it was only slightly damp. The campground was almost empty when we visited so we had a nice site below the dam. Overall the park looks like it has been neglected and could use some TLC, repair, and cleanup. We saw no official presence of any type during our visit. The fresh water was off at the dump station, but there were taps throughout the campground for filling a tank. We were able to get satellite at our site. We had no Verizon service for phone or data. This is a good park for an overnight passing through on the Interstate. We would stay again.
10/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate shown reflects a Good Sam discount. This is a large, well-kept campground close to Highway 36 but far enough away so that there is little or no traffic noise. It was nice and quiet at night. Unfortunately there are lights at each site, so it is somewhat bright at night. The pads are concrete and very level with ample spacing between sites. The power and water were good. The cable TV was excellent with many channels. There are few trees so satellite is not a problem. Our Verizon phone and MiFi worked well with 3G service. The campground has WiFi but it was so sporadic as to be almost useless. Overall, this is a good campground for a one or few days stay. We would stay here again.
10/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
The rate reflects off-prime season rates for a full hookup site. What a beautiful, well-kept Washington State Park! During off-season, the park does not accept reservations; we got lucky and were able to secure one of the few sites that have a view of Lake Entiat. We had planned on staying two nights and ended up staying five nights. The interior roads and sites are all paved and in excellent condition. The wonderful lawns are well manicured. The sites are very well separated, but there is little vegetation to provide privacy. There is a major highway across from the lake, so there is some road noise, but not much at night. The utilities are good, except for the sewer coming up in an ell so that attaching a sewer hose requires some ingenuity. Our Verizon phone worked well and our data plan worked well with 4G. We were not able to use our satellite dish on the roof because of tree cover but were able to position a portable satellite dish to get television. We would definitely stay at this park again.
09/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
At first, we were not impressed as the spaces seemed to be very close together, but we had to stay somewhere. We got an end space which was not too close to the adjacent site, and, being an end lot, did not have a crowded feeling. There are some sites next to the water, but these seemed to be all taken by long-term residents, of which there are quite a few. The price was certainly right for Canada when we had been paying $30 for dry camping in the Provincial Parks. This was an off-season rate; the price is much higher during prime season. The couple running the park were very nice, helpful, and accommodating, and provide free firewood for a group campfire in the evenings. We did not use the restrooms, but the laundry was clean and reasonably priced. The campground is right behind the local IGA grocery, which is very convenient. A very nice bike path starts just across the street in a pleasant park. Even though it is in the heart of the city and only a block from the main road, it was nice and quiet at night. Our Verizon phone worked well; we could not get satellite from our site because of the trees. The WiFi signal was strong at our site and fast. The campground is open April 15 - October 15. Even during our off-season stay the campground filled so getting there early or reservations would be advisable. If we were in the area and looking for a campground with hookups, we would definitely choose this park again.
09/2013
rating [ 3/10 ]
After we arrived at this park, we had to go back and see if we had read the prior reviews correctly and were at the right park! There was only one loop open when we stayed here off season. The signage in the park is very confusing. In trying to check out another loop we ended up driving through the park and into a residential area. Although the arrows indicate otherwise, loops 2 and 3 are right across the entrance road from each other. If you go past the entrance to these loops you will be on a very narrow road with little space to turn around if you are towing. There are some sites with electric hookups. In loop 2, the hookup sites are in a row, with little separation, in a parking lot. Most of the non-hookup sites in this loop are very short or not level. We were lucky and were able to maneuver our smaller RV into a dry camping site with decent views. This park has a very neglected feel; it could use some TLC. The lake is small with part of it on private land with houses visible from the park. On the positive side, there were only two other campers in the park and it was nice and quiet at night. Our Verizon phone worked well and we were able to use our data plan with 3G signal. We were able to get satellite, but most sites would not. Washington has some wonderful state parks, many in this area. We would bypass this park and stay at a different state park next time.
09/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very pretty campground, and we were able to secure a wonderful site overlooking the lake. There is a sign warning that the winds can come up quickly and be quite strong; we certainly found that to be true. The campground attendant will come around and collect the fee and sell firewood if you desire. The sites are large, level, and well-separated with some vegetation to provide privacy. There are water taps but with a boil-water warning. There is no dump station, so it is best to arrive with full tanks and plan on hauling out your waste water. The attendant told us about a dump station not very far away, but we did not use it as we were headed toward the U.S. and the dump was in the opposite direction. It is best to arrive early as, even off season, the campground filled and people were camping in the overflow area. Our Verizon cell phone worked well and even picked up a signal from a U.S. tower, so we were able to use data without an international charge! We were also able to find a site with Satellite access, although this would be possible in only a few sites. We would stay in this park again if in the area.
09/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This Provincial Park is about 9 miles outside of Salmon Arm with about 6 miles on a fairly narrow winding road. The park is heavily treed and, even though it is on a lake, only a few of the sites have a distant view of the lake. The sites are well separated and the vegetation provides good privacy. There are some nice hiking trails. There is fresh water fill and a dump station for an extra fee of $5.00. There are fresh water taps throughout the campground, but they do not have threads for a hose to fill a tank. The only issue with this campground is that $30 is a bit steep for a dry campsite, especially when you add in the extra fee for the dump station use. The attendant comes around to collect the fee and sell firewood for $7 for a fairly small bundle. Our Verizon phone did not have a signal. With a lot of work we found a site where we could get satellite. Even with the high price, we might stay here again.
09/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
This municipal campground is a mixed bag. It has a lot of potential, but is not quite there. It is one of the more reasonably priced campgrounds in the area, so is fairly heavily used. It is fairly convenient to town. There are dry camping sites, sites with electricity, and full-hookup sites. If in a dry site, you are only allowed to run your generator for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. The price shown is for an electric service site. There is fresh water fill and a dump station, which costs an addition $3.00 per use. None of the sites are actually on the lake, but it is close by. The sites are fairly well separated, but there is not a lot of vegetation to provide privacy. We chose an electric site that was fairly nice; however, when we plugged in our electrical management system would not allow it to come on and reported that the plug had reverse polarity. A test with a meter confirmed the problem. We were moved to a site that was full-hookup, but not nearly as nice. There the electricity was OK, but our view was of a large white storage container. We elected to stay only one night. We observed that the park manager had put someone into the site we had rejected and had not corrected the problem. Our Verizon phone worked well. We could not get satellite because of trees. We would probably not stay at this campground again.
09/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a pretty funky city campground in a densely wooded area with easy walking access to “downtown” Stewart. The sites seemed to have been laid out by someone with a few too many drinks, but it works. Access can be tight in some sites, even for our smaller motorhome. The young man that checked us in was very efficient and had all of the relevant information. He gave us a site that worked well for us. There is only one water fill station in the campground, but we did not have to wait to fill. The dump station is a few blocks away, but not a big deal. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring. Our site had a 15/20 amp plug that allowed us to keep our batteries charged, but we had to run the generator for anything significant, such as the microwave. They supposedly have WiFi in the campground, but when we were here it was out “because of the weather” (which had been wonderful and sunny). You can get WiFi if you set on the porch of the grocery store a few blocks away. There is no cell phone signal and the campground is far too wooded for satellite reception. To find the campground, just follow the signs as you enter town. It is a very convenient drive to Hyder from the campground and is about 10 minutes to the bear-viewing area. We would likely stay at this campground again if visiting the area.
09/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
We love British Columbia Provincial Parks, but this one was a little harder for us to love; however we still like it. The park has a good location at the junction of the Cassiar Highway (37) and 37A that is a side trip down to Stewart and Hyder and is on Meziadin Lake. Unlike many other BC Provincial Parks, this park provides little separation between sites and there is little vegetation for privacy. Some of the sites away from the lake are better separated and provide more privacy; however some of those are also side-by-side. This also seems to be a very busy park with most of the lakefront sites filling very early in the day. Some of the sites had electrical outlets, but it turns out that they had not yet been connected. There are fairly restrictive generator hours, but they were not enforced. The only water is from a hand pump and there is no dump, so plan to arrive with fresh water and haul out your waste. If you are headed to Stewart, there is a city dump (free) there. There are vault toilets. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. One nice feature is that for $5 per stay there is WiFi available. Our Verizon phone had no signal. Some of the sites are open enough for satellite reception. We would stay here again as an overnight, but would not linger for a few days.
08/2013
rating [ 5/10 ]
This is a commercial campground along the Cassiar Highway about 7 miles north of the town of Dease Lake. There is short, steep dirt road leading down to the campground located along the shore above Dease Lake. There are no hookups of any kind and there is no potable water nor is there a dump station (despite what it says in some guide books). There are pit toilets. There is Wi-Fi as long as the campground generator is on, which seems to be most of the day. You can get the signal at the first few sites near the office and it is reasonably fast. Our Verizon phone did not have a signal and there were too many trees for a satellite signal. A few of the sites have a view of the lake, but most sites have views that are blocked by trees. The sites are reasonably well separated and there is some vegetation to provide a bit of privacy. There are picnic tables and a fire ring at the sites and there is firewood sold. The owner lives on site and is very nice and personable. Although it might be possible, it would be tight for a big rig. The price is a bit steep for no amenities except WiFi. Next time, we would probably bypass this campground and either camp at a Provincial Park or a commercial park with some hookups. We had to pay $10 for dumping and water at a campground in Dease Lake. At the same park, it would have cost $23 for a site with electric and water and dumping would have been free. It is difficult because the campground owner is so nice, but we would likely not stay here again.
08/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This very nice Provincial Park is right along the Cassiar Highway, so is very convenient. It is far enough off of the highway that road noise is not a big problem, although it can be heard. Many of the sites are along the lake with nice views of the water. Some of the sites are fairly well separated, but there are many double spaces where you will be quite close to your neighbor. There is some vegetation for privacy. The water source is a hand pump and there is no dump station, so plan on arriving with all of your water needs and haul out your waste. Our Verizon phone had no signal and the trees preclude any satellite signal. The campground host/manager comes around to collect the fee and campfire wood is available for a reasonable $5 per large bundle. This is another very nice BC Provincial park and we would definitely stay here again.
08/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This Provincial Park is along the Cassiar Highway, a little over a mile off of the highway, so road noise is not an issue. This is the first reasonable size campground that you will come to as you travel the Cassiar heading south. When we did the trip, the Cassiar to this point was in great shape. The interior road and sites are good packed gravel. It is along the shore of very pretty Boya Lake with canoes available for rent. There are two loops, one small loop labeled as sites 1 – 6, but actually having sites 1 – 5. There are three sites along the lake in this loop. The other larger loop has several sites along the lake. An earlier reviewer indicated that Site 6 was a good site, but it is actually a wooded site not a lake view site. All of the sites have fire rings and a picnic table and most are fairly level. There are water taps that can be used to fill a tank but there is not a dump station. There are vault toilets. The park attendant comes by to collect the camping fee and sell firewood ($7 per bundle). This is a great campground and we would definitely stay here again.
08/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This small Yukon Government campground is right beside the Alaska Highway, which makes it very convenient, but also means there is some road noise. However, the highway quiets down considerably at night, so it is not a big problem. It is along Big Creek with only a couple of sites actually on the river. If you get there early enough to have a choice, Site 3 has the best river view, followed by Site 2. The sites are fairly well separated by distance and some vegetation, but not completely private. Overall, it is a very pleasant setting. As with all Yukon Government campgrounds, there is no dump station and the water source is a hand pump with a notice to boil the water before use, so you will want to arrive with fresh water and plan on hauling out your waste water. There are vault toilets. There is free camp fire wood, which they request you conserve. We had no signal on our Verizon phone. The trees precluded the use of a satellite for internet. We would definitely stay here again.
08/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This Yukon Government campground is conveniently located along the Alaska Highway. Since it is right next to the highway, there is considerable road noise during the day, but the highway quiets down t night. Some of the sites are pull-through and would accommodate a larger RV. Even though it is along the Kosdern River, the river, visible from only three sites, is not a major feature. The sites are well separated and the vegetation provides privacy. According to guide books, there is a hand pump for water, which we were unable to locate. Regardless, is would not be suitable for filling a holding tank, and there is no dump station, so plan on arriving with all of your fresh water needs and hauling out your waste. There are vault toilets. As with all Yukon Government campgrounds there is free firewood, which they request you conserve. Our Verizon phone had no signal and we could not get satellite because of the tree cover. This is not a destination campground, but is great for an overnight stop.
08/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% Federal Senior Pass Discount. This recently renovated BLM campground is located at around 2,900 feet at the end of the paved portion of the Denali Highway from the Richardson Highway. Because the campground was renovated in 2011, many of the camping guides have old information about this campground. When we camped here, the first 10 or so miles of the road from the Richardson Highway were good, but with significant uphill. The next 12 or so miles to the campground were very rough, but doable in a motorhome driving slowly. The panoramic view from the campground is great. The location is great for leaving a RV and driving the Denali Highway for a day trip. This campground is fairly heavily used, so plan to arrive early to get a site. The sites are well separated but with little vegetation, so not a lot of visual separation. The interior roads and the sites are packed gravel. A few of the sites are pull-through and would work for a fairly large RV. The only fresh water is from a hand pump and there is no dump station, so arrive with full tanks and plan on taking out the waste. There are pit toilets. Paxson Lodge at the intersection of the Richardson Highway will let you fill with water and use their dump for $5.00. There is a campground host and there is firewood available for sale. Our Verizon phone had a strong signal, but the Verizon MiFi did not get a good data connection. Because of the lack of vegetation, our Hughes Satellite internet worked well on satellite 127W. We would stay here again to do the Denali Highway.
08/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
Note that the rate reflects a 50% federal senior pass discount. This is a very nice Bureau Land Management (BLM) campground located along the Richardson Highway, and the price is certainly right. Note that this is federal (BLM), not state as stated by some previous reviewers. Although listed as being at Glennallen, it is actually about 30 miles north of the town. It is right along the highway, but is protected by vegetation so had only a little highway noise. The interior roads and sites are well-maintained gravel. There is a picnic table and fire pit at each campsite. It had only a few other campers when we were there. There are campground hosts, which gives a bit of added security. The hosts were friendly and helpful. Firewood is available for sale. The only water is from a hand pump and there is no dump station, so plan to arrive with fresh water and leave with waste. There are pit toilets. We had no signal on our Verizon phone or data MiFi. The vegetation is low, so we had no problem getting satellite Internet on our Hughes plan on satellite 127w. None of the sites have river views. There is a pleasant walk down to and along the Gulkana River, but do bring repellent as there are mosquitos. This is a very pleasant overnight stop along the highway. We would definitely stay here again.
08/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
Note that this campground is not actually in Cooper Center. It is in the Village of Kenny Lake, thus the name, and is about 25 miles from Cooper Center. The reason for staying here is to be nearer McCarthy/Kennicott (about 90 miles – 3 hours) so you can drive it as a day trip or overnight, leaving the RV at this campground. This is the last fuel (gas or diesel) that you will find on the road to McCarthy. The use of the onsite dump and fresh water fill is an extra $5.00 per visit. It is a parking lot (with electrical hookups) next to the road beside the store and gas station. There are also some sites without hookups that are more private and widely spaced in a wooded area. We would have stayed in one of these sites except that we were leaving the RV for a night and felt more secure with it being more in the open area. Though not terrible, being right next to the road, there is road noise. It is not a major highway, but does have considerable traffic. The WiFi was a weak signal at our site, but we could get it, and it was fairly fast. Our Verizon phone worked well here. We did not try the data MiFi. The sites are quite close, but the manager tries to spread RV’s so that there is space in between. This campground works for a few days to visit the area but is probably not a place you would want to linger.
08/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This campground arguably has the best location in Valdez, right on the water near the entrance the small-boat harbor. About half the campsites have a water view, the others are back. Compared with other campgrounds in Valdez, there is at least some separation between sites. You have to check in at the “main” Bear Paw campground, but this satellite campground has its own restrooms and laundry. (On a side note, the guide book that we had did not match up with the actual street names. Although not difficult to find, it is a bit confusing when you first get into town.) We were lucky to get a water-view site. You can pull in forward, which we did, but the hookups will be on the wrong side. This first day, the power went out a couple of times, but otherwise the utilities were good. There is cable TV, but make for sure you get the “box” when you check in. It is a bit of a hassle to hookup, but we managed and got lots of stations. The WiFi is good, strong and fast. Our Verizon phone and data worked well. We did not have any problems with the noise from the harbor, but fishermen camp there and start up their diesel trucks very early in the morning. This campground is very close to the municipal pier with big supply barges coming in. Our main problem was with a supply barrage and the associated noise and petroleum smell. On the positive side, this campground is within walking distance of most of the tours and attractions in Valdez. We would have stayed longer, but there was a large caravan coming in, so we only stayed four nights. We would stay here again.
08/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
This very nice campground is in a beautiful setting, surrounded by mountains and glaciers. It is actually about 25 miles outside of Valdez and has a very remote, quiet feel. It has paved access and sites, a real rarity for state campgrounds in Alaska. There are 15 sites with six of the sites being smallish parking spaces, two in a separate area and four along the small alpine lake. The other 9 (much better) sites are well separated with vegetation to provide privacy. This is not a campground for big rigs as the spaces are relatively short. I would guess something like 35 feet would be a limit. The water source is a hand pump, so no filling of tanks and there is no dump station. There are vault toilets. Most sites have a picnic table and fire pit. There is no campground host, so no wood is available for purchase on site. As noted by another reviewer, the trash bags are located in the toilets. Neither our Verizon phone nor data device had any signal. The vegetation is alpine and short, so we could use our Hughes satellite internet. This is not a campground for visiting Valdez, but if you are looking for something with a remote feel close to Worthington Glacier, this is a great campground. We would definitely stay here again.
08/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This small campground is combined with an overlook viewing Matanuska Glacier (in the distance). There is a short, easy one-mile nature hike from the overlook that is pleasant. In addition to the campground some guide books report that you can stay in the parking lot of the overlook for $10 per night. We saw no evidence of this possibility with any of the signage, but there were also no “no-camping” signs and folks did stay there. However, this is just parking-lot camping. The campground is pleasant enough with good separation and vegetation between sites. Sites have a picnic table and fire ring. There is not a host, so purchasing firewood is not an option in the campground. Note that there is not a view of the glacier or anything else from the campground. It is right beside the highway, so there is quite a bit of road noise, but it quiets down at night. Most sites are fairly level but short. It would be a stretch to park anything longer than around 30 or so feet. The only water source is a hand-operated water pump, so filling your tank is not a possibility, and there is no dump station. There is a vault toilet. Our Verizon phone had one bar in the campground and three at the overlook. Our Verizon data port did not work. Satellite is not possible because of tree cover. This is OK for an overnight park, but not a destination park.
07/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This campground is open again. The rate reflects a 50% Senior Federal Pass discount plus an extra $5 extra charge because of our tow car. This campground charges extra for the tow car, so without the discount, it would be $23 for our setup! The campground is at the very end of the road past the town of Hope and is on Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet. It is a short drive from Anchorage so is heavily used, particularly on the weekend, by the residents of that town. They consider “rules” such as the check-out time merely a suggestion. The campground also gets considerable traffic from drive-throughs since it is at the end of the road. A few of the sites have great views of Turnagain Arm. These are often reserved, particularly on the weekend. We arrived on a Sunday and were able to nab one of these nice view sites. Many of the sites are very unlevel; too bad this was not rectified in the remodel they just completed. We had to try three sites to get a site level enough so that we could sort-of level. The road in the campground is fairly tight, so that a really big rig would have some difficulty maneuvering. The setting is pleasant in all of the sites and there is reasonably good separation between sites. There is no dump station and the water is from a hand pump, so arrive with all the water you will need and plan on hauling out the waste tanks. There is a campground host that was unhelpful to the point of being aggressive and rude. Our Verizon phone and data card worked well here. We might stay here again during the week for an overnight, but would never consider staying here on a weekend.
07/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
The City of Seward has five waterfront campgrounds. This review is for Resurrection Campground with electric and water with 99 sites. None of the other city campgrounds have utility hookups. For a city-run campground, this one is exceptional. One row of sites is right on the water with fantastic views – there are two more rows behind. We were lucky enough to nab one of the water-front sites. It had strong 50 amp electrical service and water. There is a heavily-used dump station about three blocks away. This dump station is for all of the 300 or so city campgrounds, plus it seems some locals use it, so you will have to time your visit and you may want to bring some nose-plugs. The campground does not take reservations for individuals, but does for caravans of 10 or more. The check-out time is not until 4 p.m. If you have a water-front site, expect people to vulture you, waiting for you to leave. Since the campground is right on the water, expect the heavy morning boat traffic to start pretty early. Also, there is a very active pedestrian pathway that runs along the water in front of the campground, so it is a busy place, especially on the weekends. At night is was fairly calm and quiet. There are some picnic tables, but not at every site, and you can have a fire on the rocks along the water. There is a camp host, but we saw almost nothing of him. Our Verizon phone and data card worked well here. We would definitely stay at this campground again.
07/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This campground is one of several in the Anchor River State Recreation Area. The campground closest to the water is Halibut Campground but it was full on a Saturday night, so we chose this nearby campground, a nice second alternative. It is still close enough to the beach that a walk is easy. It is a fairly busy campground with lots of coming-and-going and non-campers driving through, but it calms down at night and is fairly quiet. It is a wooded area with good separation between sites. There is a fresh water fill, but no dump station. The toilets are vault toilets. Our Verizon phone worked well here, as well as our Mi-Fi data plan. No satellite since it is heavily treed. It has long generator hours from 6 in the morning until 11 at night. The main activity here is fishing. It was a pleasant campground in nice surrounding. We would stay here again.
07/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a city campground (parking area) right on the Bay out on the Homer Spit. It is the first campground that you come to (on the right) as you enter the Spit. At first glimpse, it is not very appealing as it is a gravel lot on the Bay with somewhat disorganized camping. The spaces are not marked, so you stake out your own space. Often it is tight between spaces, sometimes with wide spacing, depending on how folks park and what space you can stake out. Even though we were not attracted at first, we came to really like this campground. It has views right on the bay with your own beach with lots of activity, such as wind surfing. We think that is the best of the city campgrounds on the spit. There are no hookups of any kind. There are no dumps or fresh water fill, but there are two city dumps within a couple of miles. For $70 per night you can get the same type of view with full hookups at a commercial campground a little further out on the spit. We elected to spend $15 and use our generator. There is some noise from the road, which is close by, but the main sound is of the ocean. Yes, it is pretty much unregulated and you do hear generators at non-generator hours, but that is not really much of an issue. The main feature is the Bay. Our Verizon phone worked well, but the Verizon data plan (MiFi) did not work. It is on the open so our satellite worked well here. Visiting Homer again, we would stay here.
07/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior pass discount. Most of the campsites in this campground can be reserved, but, thankfully, there are a few first-come, first-served sites. We arrived around noon on a Thursday and got the last remaining first-come site. It was completely full for the weekend, so reserve or arrive early as this is a very busy campground. The dump station and fresh water fill are on the left just before the campground entrance. The fee for use is $5. The campground is about 5 miles outside of Cooper Landing, so is convenient for any activities, such as float trips. It is far enough from the highway that road noise is not an issue. Our Verizon phone and data card worked well here. It is heavily treed, so no satellite. The roads in the campground are narrow and the vegetation is in need of being trimmed back, but we made it OK. There are a couple of sites directly on the water, but most are in a heavily treed area. There is very good separation between sites. There is a camp host but we never saw or heard from them. Nice place, we would stay there again.
07/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate reflects a 10% Good Sam discount. Yes, this is a parking lot with very tight spaces. We were given two choices of sites. The first we could not get into because the neighbor had his awning out and the second had a car parked in it. We chose a third site without anyone on either side. However, folks did come in and stay on one side during our stay there. It has some of the closest sites that we have stayed in during our eight years of full-time RVing. It is convenient to downtown Anchorage. We walked to town one day, but elected to drive after that because of the various homeless folks that we encountered during our walk. It is in a very industrial area but is quiet at night. The trains do go by very close but it is mainly during the day and we love trains, so not a problem. Our Verizon phone and data worked very well there. The park WiFi was off and on, sometimes great, at other times nothing. The campground hosts were very nice and helpful. Anchorage has some amazingly great bike paths and some are accessible directly from the park. We did check out the other RV parks in the city and chose this one over the others, so if we were staying in the city again would likely stay here.
07/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount. This is a great campground. If only it had a dump station and water to fill a tank. Regardless, it is still wonderful and in a great location. The sites are well-separated with vegetation in between, so it feels very private. It is very quiet at night. Some sites are more wooded and some have views of Middle Glacier. Some sites are reservable and some are first-come first-served. Our Verizon phone and data plan worked well. It has a great biking/hiking path leaving from the campground. It is close to Whittier for boat tours and you do not have to pay the fee to drive your RV though the tunnel. (You do still have to pay the $12 to drive your car. The wonderful Forest Service visitor center is only a mile away, as well as the Portage glacier tour. Wonderful. We spent 3 days here and could have spent a couple of weeks.
07/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This State Park is the closest non-commercial campground to Anchorage – about 12 miles. It is a great alternative to the Anchorage commercial parks if you don’t mind dry camping. There are no hookups, but there is a dump station (extra fee) and water fill. We arrived with full fresh and empty waste (always a good idea when traveling in Alaska) so did not use these. It was not clear but it looks as if the fresh water may be hauled in and has a 25 gallon use limit. It has a four day stay limit. Arriving is a bit of a turnoff as it is across the street from the Anchorage city landfill and next to a correctional facility. However, neither of these had an impact on our stay. What did have an impact is the road noise, as it is right next to the very-busy highway. Since it was cold and rainy when we were there, we kept our windows closed and it was OK. It would be hard if we had tried to sleep with the windows open. The sites are well separated and have vegetation to provide some privacy. Some of the sites are unlevel, but most are OK. Half of the sites can be reservable and half are first-come. We had not made reservations, so picked an empty site. It was never clear to us which sites were reservable and which were not. There are camp hosts, but they are sequestered in a separate space and were not a presence in the campground. It was fairly calm except for the Fourth of July celebrations with fireworks and music, which the camp hosts seemed to make no attempt to control. Our Verizon phone and data plan worked very well in the park. We spent our four day limit and would stay here again if visiting Anchorage.
06/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is dry camping with no dump station available. There is fresh water fill available and you can dump at a nearby park for a fee. We did not use them, but there are showers available. The toilets are pit toilets. We stayed here because we tried to get into the Talkeetna Camper Park Campground, but it was full. It is a large area with somewhat free-form camping. Spaces have been marked in the open areas, but no one seems to abide by them. There is some traffic going to the boat launch and it is dusty. You check in at the front office, pay your fees, then you are on your own to find a suitable spot. There are spots in the open and more secluded spots in the trees. There is some partying that goes on late into the night. However, it is fairly quiet and much less crowed than the alternatives. It is an easy walk to the downtown area. There are brochures make it look much nicer than it is. Our Verizon phone and data MiFi worked well here. Because we liked the relative seclusion, we would stay here again.
06/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
We probably expected too much from the park because of the positive reviews. It is correct that there is grass, but the spaces are very close together with no (none) vegetation to separate the sites. It is really a large open field with some RV hookups. Some of the hookups will be on the wrong side as you share a utility post with a neighbor. It is busy. Even though we arrived at noon, we got the last site with only 30 amp electric hook-ups – no water or sewer, so if you decide to stay here you might want to make reservations. There is a water fill and a dump station. We did not use the restrooms, but did use the laundry. Washer was $2 and the same for the dryer. The laundry was very dirty and some of the driers did not work. There is very significant road noise from the nearby highway. Our Verizon phone and data MiFi worked well here, so we did not try the WiFi. We would probably search for another place to stay next time in the area.
06/2013
rating [ 1/10 ]
We had planned to stay at this campground while visiting the Wasilla area, but when we drove through we decided to move on. The campground was not well kept with grass and weeds in the sites. There is a campground host, but his site was extremely trashed. Our rig is not that new or nice but it would definitely have been the best in the park. There were people loitering around and dogs, including a pit bull, off leash. We have stayed at some “iffy” spots but would not have felt comfortable staying here or leaving the RV here while visiting the area.
06/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This campground is heavily wooded near Byer Lake. No sites have views of the lake. When we camped there, there were lots of mosquitoes as this is a very watery area. Do bring repellent. Some of the sites are pull through and some back in. Most pull through sites are not designed for big rigs because of sharp turns and vegetation. There is good separation and lots of vegetation between sites. The campground is far enough off of the road that there is very little highway noise. Overall, the campground is very pleasant. There is a great 5 mile hike (again with mosquitoes) around the lake. There are also canoes and kayaks for rent. The interior roads are gravel in very bad shape and large potholes, so you will be driving slowly. There is a dump station and water fill, but it is closes on Monday and Tuesday! We were unable to understand the rationale for this, but it is the reality, so if there on those days you will need to bring water and empty tanks. On Verizon phone had no voice or data signal. We would stay again.
06/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a National Parks Senior Pass 50% discount. This campground requires some advanced planning and you do need reservations, but it is worth the effort. There is a three day minimum at this campground to reduce traffic on the park road. We stayed for four days and wished we had booked for five or six. The campground is 29 miles into the park, with the last 14 miles (on a good gravel road) requiring a special permit. There is drinking water at the campground, but not for filling tanks. Fill your tanks the another campground, just inside the park entrance. Also dump your tanks as there is no dump station at this campground. We drove into the campground early on our first day. We had been told that we could not go in early, as checkout was not until 11:00, but the ranger at the checkpoint did not give us any problem when going in early. We drove very slowly getting to the campground to enjoy the view and look for wildlife. (No luck on large mammals). There is supposed to be a host at the campground, but there was not one when we camped there. Once you go in, you cannot come out until the end of your stay. You will want to make for sure you get your bus ticket (TEK Pass) before you go in. Book early if you want to get one of the early buses into the park. The great thing about staying at this campground is that you eliminate about an hour of bus travel in going into the park. You get a firm reservation for your first full day, and then you can travel on the buses on a space available basis into the park, but not out of the park. The campground is nicely laid out with some separation and privacy between sites. We had no phone or data Verizon service. If visiting Denali again, we would definitely stay at this campground again.
06/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a 10% Good Sam discount. We stayed at this park because we could not get into Riley Creek Campground, our original plans, in Denali National Park. It is about eight miles from the park entrance. We had seen it on the way to the park and it looked much better than the alternatives in the area. The couple running the park is incredibly nice and helpful. It was an extremely hot day and we did find a site with a little shade, but most sites are in the open. The power was strong and there is basic TV cable. They have Wi-Fi but we could not get it to work for us. Our Verizon Data MiFi worked OK so we did not need the camp Wi-Fi. Our Verizon phone had a strong signal. The site was very small, but not a problem since we have a small motorhome. The park is fine, except for the proximity to the highway. It is right on the very busy highway with lots of noise, even though we had a site further back and with some vegetation. Even with that, if we wanted a full-hookup site near the park we would stay here again.
06/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This hot springs resort and campground is about 60 miles outside of the town of Fairbanks on a good (by Alaska standards) paved road. The reason for going to this campground is to partake of the hot springs and associated activities. There is an indoor pool and two indoor hot tubs and a great outdoor hot pool for adults only. Using the pools is $15 per person per day. There is also an ice carving museum that is well worth seeing. The campground has no hookups, but there is fresh water for filling tanks and a dump station. Some of the sites are in or near a parking lot area; others are a little further away in a wooded area. We chose a wooded site because of the privacy, but these sites would not be suitable for larger RV’s. The turns are too tight and there is vegetation on the sides that can be difficult to navigate. Our Verizon cell phone worked well here, but the Verizon MiFi worked very, very marginally. There is no public WiFi at the resort. Don’t think of this resort as being fancy, it is actually quite rustic and funky. We loved this campground because of the hot springs and because it was nice and quiet at night. We would definitely visit here again.
06/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 10% Good Sam discount for one of the “Super Sites,” which means a site with 50 amp full-hookups and cable TV. We had a rocky start at this campground, but ended up liking it OK. Our check-in experience was not good. There were two young ladies at the front desk that were not very experienced or helpful. They did not explain the options of sites or ask us the size of our RV but assigned us a site that was very narrow and small, even for our smaller motorhome. We would have had to ask our neighbor to put in his awning for us to get into the site. We chose another site in the fairly-empty campground and went back to change sites. They were willing to change, but had a very difficult time with the transaction. We left for a couple of days and, on our return, chose another site that was even nicer. We found throughout our two stays that the front desk staff could use a lot more training. Some of the sites in the campground are very close together, with even back-to-back sites. Other sites are nicely spaced, a few with vegetation in between. We chose our site not because of the 50 amp but because of the spacing. Choose your site carefully and you will be happier. The campground is on the Chena River and you can pay more to get a river-front site. The campground is close to a major highway that can be noisy, so take that into consideration in selecting a site. It is also close to the airport, but not on a major approach, so we had no problem with airplane noise. Their WiFi signal was strong and worked well. The cable TV is very limited, but worked well. All of the utilities were good. I am not for sure what the earlier reviewer could be referring to. The utilities are all on the correct side. Our Verizon phone had a strong signal and our Verizon data MiFi worked well. We did use their services for booking some activities, such as the riverboat tour. It is nice that transportation to the tour activities was provided free-of-charge. If traveling in the area again we would stay here.
06/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
After looking at all of the reviews of RV parks in Tok, we had a very hard time deciding where to stay. Fortunately, we made the right decision. This is a wonderful park. Think a very nice state park with full hookups, even 50 amps, and that is what you find at this park. This is clearly a family owned/run park. Everyone that we interacted with there were very friendly and very helpful. They even agreed to forward our late-arriving mail. The sites are very well separated by vegetation, again like a state park. There are fire rings and picnic tables. It is very quiet at night, even through it is right off of the AlCan Highway. The utilities are all very good. There is no Wi-Fi in the park, but it is available at the lodge office. We used our Verizon data plan with a strong signal. Of course, our Verizon phone had a strong signal. Forget about any satellite, as the park is heavily treed. The price is definitely good. They provide a $15 fixed rate all you can use wash out front. A good deal. We had planned on staying one night here, but ended up staying three nights. If staying in Tok again, we would defiantly stay here again.
06/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is another nice Yukon Government Campground along the Alaska Highway and the last one before Alaska if you are headed north. It is near a lake but not actually on the lake, but some sites do have oblique views. About half of the sites are very unlevel and would be very hard to level an RV. It is just off of the Alaska Highway so does have some road noise, but not bad at night. As with all Yukon Government campground there is no dump. There are pit toilets. There is free firewood. There is a notice to boil water before use, but we could not find any water source in the campground. It is best to bring all of the water you need and plan on hauling the water out. Our Verizon phone had no signal and we could not get our Hughes Internet satellite through the trees. This is a good overnight stop, but not a destination park.
05/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice Yukon Government Campground on beautiful Kluane Lake. As with all Yukon Government Campgrounds there is no dump station. There is water from a hand pump, but would not be useful for filling a tank, so plan to bring whatever water you need and haul out whatever water you use. There is free campfire wood: a nice touch. There are pit toilets. There are a few campsites along the lake and many more in the trees away from the lake. When we were here, no tent camping was allowed because of bear activity. We did see a bear along the road a couple of miles from the campground, but did not see any bear activity in the campground. The campground is very convenient to the Alaska Highway, but far enough away that we did not have any highway noise. We did not have any signal on our Verizon phone. Most sites would not have satellite access, but we did have one of the few where we could get a signal through the trees for our Hughes internet satellite. We loved our stay here and would definitely stay here again.
05/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is another nice Yukon Territory Campground. It is along the Alaska Highway with easy access. There is slight noise from the highway, but it is not a big issue since the highway calms down considerably at night. As with all of the Yukon Territory campgrounds, there is no dump station. This campground did have a tap with water. There was no notice that the water had to be boiled before consumption as at other Territory campgrounds. It was very low water pressure, but could probably be used for filling a tank. As usual, there was free firewood, which was great. The campground is away from the lake, but a short trail will take you down to a very pretty lake. The campground is pleasant, not beautiful. It is good for an overnight stop, but would not be a destination park. The sites are well separated with vegetation. Our Verizon phones had no signal. There are enough trees that satellite reception is not a possibility. The campground is just outside of Haines Junction with services. We would definitely stay at this campground if passing through the area again.
05/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a 10% Good Sam discount for a 30 amp full-hookup site. This campground is right on the Alaska Highway, so access is easy. However, also going along with that, is the noise from the highway. This highway is much busier here than in rural areas along the Highway. We got off to a bad start at this campground. When we walked into the office for check-in, the lady there completely ignored us until she finished whatever it was she was working on. Her interactions were anything but welcoming. However, I did not consider this interaction in my review rating. You may have a different experience or get a different staff member, but for us, this was a big negative. We ended up with a site very close to the highway and right next to the RV wash station. If you do feel you want to stay here, make for sure you get one away from the wash station. It is noisy and very busy. The hook-ups were good and the electrical power was strong. It has easy access to downtown Whitehorse and surrounding attractions. Our Verizon phone had a good signal. Satellite is not an option because of the trees. Wi-Fi was good and strong at times, and slow or off completely at other times so don’t depend on the internet connection here. It does have very good cable television with lots of choices. If passing through the area again, I would probably try another campground. If staying here again, I would require a site further back away from the highway and the wash station.
05/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a Yukon government campground, so has no facilities except pit toilets. There is a hand water pump with a notice that the water should be boiled before use. There is no dump station, which is true for all Yukon government campgrounds. So, you should plan on arriving with all of the water you need and leaving with all of the water you bring. It does have picnic tables and fire rings at each site and firewood is provided free. It is right along the Alaska Highway, so there is traffic noise. There is also a rest area just outside of the campground, so you can hear trucks idling at the rest area. The Alaska Highway is not very busy at night, so noise was not a big problem for sleeping. There are only a few sites that are right on Teslin Lake and these are difficult to level. Most of the sites are a ways back from the lake, some with views of the lake. Some of these sites are long and level. Our Verizon cell phone had a weak signal. We did not try for satellite since it is heavily treed. This is not a destination park, but is OK for an overnight stop.
05/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a Good Sam discount. When we visited Watson Lake, this was the only option as the other two parks were not open. It is not a bad park, but it truly is nothing more than a large gravel parking lot. We did have to use some blocks to level. It is within easy walking distance to all of the Watson Lake attractions and across the street from the nice Wye Lake Park and hiking trail (a three-mile trail around the lake.) It is set back enough (about a block) from the Alaska Highway so that road noise is not an issue. It has 30-amp electrical service that seemed to be strong and work well. We had a full hookup, pull-through site. There are also a few stations available on a cable connection. Our Verizon phone had a good signal, but for some reason we had a problem with some phone calls to the U.S. The campground is in the open so we did pick up our Hughes internet satellite (127W). The campground has Wi-Fi; when we first arrived it was reasonable, but once others started to arrive it slowed to a crawl. We were close to office so we had a usable signal; I suspect other farther away had a problem with the signal. The owner was very nice. The Laundry was nice and clean. We did not use the bathroom facilities. The major problem with the campground was spacing between sites. For some reason, even though the park was almost empty, the owner put a lot of people right next to each other. We could not put out our awning, because it extended into the other space. On the other side with a neighbor with a slide, we could barely walk between the sites. If staying here again, we would ask to be put further away from the office, sacrifice Wi-Fi and not have someone right next to us.
05/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice well-visited British Columbia Provincial Park right on the Alaska Highway. The chief attraction is, of course, the hot springs. The hot springs are very nice with great facilities and are well worth a visit. Use of the hot springs is free with camping; otherwise there is a charge of $5.00 per person or $10.00 per car. There used to be two separate pools, but now the second (Beta Pool) is closed. It looks to be a permanent closure. There is water with a tap, so you can put water in a holding tank. It has a notice that it should be boiled before consumption so we did not use it as we had enough water in our holding tank. There is no dump station at the park. There are pit toilets. The sites are big and well-spaced with some vegetation to provide some privacy, but it is a very busy park. Each site has a picnic table and a fire pit. There are some sites that can be reserved and some first-come sites. We had no problem getting a site, but we did arrive at about noon. The sites are all fairly level. There is some noise from the highway, but the highway calms down considerably at night. The park seems to be very well run. Each site is raked and cleaned between uses. Firewood is available for $5.00 for a good-sized bundle delivered to your site. Our Verizon phone did not have a signal and the vegetation precluded any satellite, particularly with the low angle that it has in this far north. This campground is well worth a night or two.
05/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This BC Provincial park is right beside the Alaska Highway and on Muncho Lake with some sites right beside the lake. The only water source is a hand pump, so there is no way to fill a tank. When we were here, we could not get any water out of the pump, so you will need to bring whatever water you will need during your stay. There are pit toilets and no dump station, so you will be hauling out whatever water you use. Since the campground is right on the highway, there is traffic noise, but, at least when we camped here,, there was very little traffic during the day and almost no traffic at night, so it was not a big problem. The sites are fairly level but you may need some leveling blocks for some of the sites. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. The attendant comes by in the early evening to collect the camping fee and sell firewood. There is no Verizon phone signal. Some sites would get satellite, but we had no luck getting satellite TV because of being so far north. It is a beautiful setting and we would definitely stay here again.
05/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This BC Provincial Park Campground called Summit Lake Campground, is right beside the Alaska Highway, at the highest point on the Highway at a little over 4,000 feet, but it feels much higher because of how far north you are. You can expect it to be much colder here than at the other campgrounds in the area. It is right on Summit Lake and some campsites are right next to the lake. The only water source is a hand pump, so there is no way to fill a tank. There is a notice on the pump that water should be boiled for 5 minutes before consuming. When we were here, we could not get any water out of the pump, so you will need to bring whatever water you will need during your stay. There are pit toilets and no dump station, so you will be hauling out whatever water you use. Since the campground is right on the highway, there is traffic noise, but, at least when we camped here, there was very little traffic during the day and almost no traffic at night, so it was not a big problem. We were the only ones in the campground and there was no attendant of any type. There are picnic tables and fire pits, but no firewood was available. We had moose walking through the campground and could watch the beaver from our motorhome. There is no Verizon phone signal. Satellite is not a problem as it is out in the open, but we had no luck getting satellite TV because of being so far north. It is a beautiful setting and we would definitely stay here again.
05/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park is a bit of a diamond-in-the-rough. It is not impressive at first site. It looks pretty industrial. The lady at check-in was very nice and helpful. We had our pick of sites, as it was not very busy. There was some very noisy, industrial work going on in the park - quite a bit of noise. Hopefully, it is a park improvement. The layout is a bit strange, but we got into a site okay. It did take some blocks to level. Some of the electrical outlets looked very iffy, but we did get a connection of 30 amps and it worked well – nice strong electrical. The campground has some open sites so we were able to get satellite, but we are so far north that it did not work well when it snowed. The internet Wi-Fi worked well. There was a notice to use it only for checking email, but we had no problem in searching other sites. Our Verizon phone worked well. There is cable with many channels. It is a bit expensive for what you get and compared to our other camping experiences, but, overall, we would stay here again.
05/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This commercial park is just outside of Fort Saint John, about 5 miles from a very good Safeway. It is along the Charlie Lake shore, but not on the main lake shore. There is a very nice marsh like, nature area just behind the campground. It makes for a nice short stroll. It is close to the Alaska Highway and there is some traffic noise. We were able to get a place further back from the highway, so traffic noise was not a big problem. It is open with no privacy between sites, or for that matter, to the highway. However, even with that it is a pleasant enough setting. Satellite is not a problem as there are few trees. Our Verizon phones had a medium strength signal. The lady at check-in was pleasant and helpful. We did not use the bath rooms or the laundry, but everything looked clean. We had good 30 amp service and water at our site. There is a dump station on the way out for an extra $2.00.
05/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 30 amp site with a 10% AAA discount. This is a very convenient campground just outside of town on Highway 97 South. We had a site further back in the campground so road noise was not a big issue, although it could be heard. The WiFi signal was very strong and relatively fast. There are few trees so satellite was possible, although it is very low in the sky up this far north. Our Verizon phone had a strong signal. The woman that checked us in was very nice and helpful in pointing out where to find things to stock up in Dawson Creek. The laundry room was very clean. This is not a destination park, but a great place to stay for an overnight on your journey. We would definitely stay here again.
05/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This BC Provincial Park is right on the highway. It is heavily treed, so no satellite is possible. The sites closest to the highway get a lot of traffic noise, but the sites back in the woods are very quiet. There are no hookups, but there is water to fill a tank at the dump station. As at all BC Provincial Parks, there is a $5.00 fee for dumping. When we were at this park, the device to pay to open the dump lock was broken, so no dumping was possible. The sites are nicely spaced apart, so fairly private. The park opens on May 15, so we were there for the first opening, and it was very empty. This campground is across the highway from the lake, so no lake feature. Our Verizon cell phone had a strong signal. This would not be a destination park for us, but it is fine for a one-night stop as you journey past.
05/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is different than other BC Provincial parks in that it has water and electric hook-ups at the sites. However, when we visited there, they were having electrical problems and several of the sites with hookups did not have power. We chose a site with electrical, but the system on our RV to protect it from electrical issues kept cutting of the power with the message of reversed polarity, so it seems they have some type of system-wide problem. Even with that issue this is a very nice park situated along the Thompson River. Some of the sites are directly on the river which is very nice. There is a train track on the same side of the river and one across the river, and they are very active. However, even though they are very active tracks, they did not blow their whistle while near the park. We, in fact, enjoyed the trains, but others may find it difficult to sleep. The park is far enough off of the main road, about mile, so that road noise was not an issue. Some of the sites are open enough for satellite. Our Verizon phone got a weak signal, but enough to make a call. As usual at BC parks, there is a $5.00 fee for dumping. We would definitely stay at this park again.
05/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is another great BC Provincial Park with very easy access from Highway 1, the Trans-Canada highway. It is set back a bit from the highway, so traffic noise is not bad, particularly if you choose a site farther back in the park. It is nice and dark at night, which we love. There are no hookups, but there are water taps at the dump station (on your left as you come into the park) and throughout the campground. The taps do have threads, so you can fill your tank. The dump station use is an extra $5.00, pretty much on the honor system. Although the campground is fairly heavily wooded, we were able to find a site with satellite access. Our Verizon phone had no signal. The campground was immaculate, the sites were all raked and the fire pits were clean. There did not seem to be any firewood for sale when we were there, but it looks like there are bins were firewood may be kept at times. There are trails, which we did not check out. There is a nice picnic area across the road with views of the Frasier River. We would definitely stay there again.
05/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
There are four campgrounds at this provincial park, located along Cultus Lake. I am reviewing them together since they are all very similar. When we were there only two of them were open, Delta Grove and Entrance Bay. Delta Grove campground is the only one with any views of the lake, and they are oblique views, not right on the water. There are no hookups at any sites. There are water taps located throughout the campground but they do not have threads so you will have to use a water “thief” to slip on the tap to fill your tank. There is a dump station with a $5.00 extra charge. Unfortunately, the dump station is located at the furthest point from the main entrance to the park. The sites are all heavily wooded so no satellite reception. We were able to pick up a cell tower with our Verizon Phones, but did not use them for data because of the cost of cell phone data in Canada, so no internet. The sites vary in size, with some quite large. A big rig could possibly fit, but there would be a lot of tight turns, so I would not really recommend it for anyone over around 35 feet and even that might be tight. There are also some low-hanging tree limbs to watch for. We were there on a Saturday night when about half of the sites were occupied and a Sunday night when the campground was almost vacant. Apparently it can get very busy on a weekend during prime summer season. Our site in the Entrance Bay campground was very private with lots of vegetation to shield us from our neighbors. The sites in the other campground were not as private. The park is managed by a park management company and they seem to do a very good job. The sites were clean and well kept, even nicely racked and the fire pit clean. You can buy firewood for $7.00 for a good-size bundle. We used this as a stop-over point from the TransCanada highway. We would probably not do that again since it was a little too far off the main highway and a little difficult to get to. Otherwise it is a very nice campground.
05/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a nice state park not too far from the city. The park is really not set up for large rigs, although there are a few sites that larger RVs can get into. The park is heavily wooded, so no way to get satellite. Our Verizon phone and data card (MiFi) worked well with fast 4G service. The park does get some road noise, but it quiets down at night. There is also the train, but we love trains so that did not bother us at all. It is nicely dark at night. Because of the tree coverage, it is also pretty dark during the day. There are camp hosts that were pleasant enough. If visiting the area, we would definitely stay here again.
05/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very pleasant park fairly close (about 15 minutes) from Interstate 5, so a good stop-over park for a night or two. The hook-up sites (water and electric) are in a cleared area. There are a few sites with enough view of the sky to get satellite, but only a few. The sites are large and easy to maneuver. Even though it is not far from the Interstate, neither our Verizon phone nor MiFi worked – not a strong enough signal. We had to drive almost all of the way back to the Interstate to get service. There is a camp host who was very helpful and friendly. It is nice and dark and quiet at night, so some good sleeping. We would definitely stay here again.
04/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a 55 or older campground; we qualified, so not a problem. If you do not qualify, I am not for sure if they would turn you away or not. We selected it based on the reviews on this site. We tried calling the listed number several times to see if we could get in, but no luck. There was no answer and messages were not returned. So, we took a chance and went there. There are new managers and said they had been having problems with their phone system, so the reason for the phone problems. They said they are working on a solution to the phone problem, but I am not convinced it will actually be solved. The park has no web presence; the link posted here previously was for a park in Canada? As noted, it is basically a mobile home park with a few RV sites. Most of the sites are in front and OK but not overly attractive. These have 50 amp services. There are, in theory, four sites located more into the park with only 30 amp service; however, these sites have shade and a nice view of the small pond. We elected one of these sites. Since we were the only ones there, it was great. If there were more than two RVs there, it would be crowded. The park is very nice and pleasant. It is far enough away from the interstate that there is very little noise. Most people would not notice it at all. There is some train noise at night, but in the distance, not a problem for us. It is fairly dark, which is good. Satellite is a bit of a challenge because of the trees. The park, supposedly, has Wi-Fi but we could not pick it up. Our Verizon phone and data plan worked well. We would definitely stay here again if passing through the area.
04/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount. This is a Corp of Engineer Campground, one of two on Black Butte Lake, the other being Buckhorn Campground. Buckhorn campground is open year-round; whereas Orland Buttes is closed during the winter (currently the first part of September until around the first of April). There are no hook-ups, but there is a dump station. Fresh potable water is available from three threaded faucets in the campground loops. There is some shade and some sites out in the open. There are only a few sites where satellite is possible. Only a few sites have a view of the lake. Only about half of the sites are suitable for RV’s and of those only a few are very level. There are a very few sites where a larger rig would fit. The campground does take reservations but the times that we have been there we have not had any reservations and it has not been an issue. There is a campground host that is very nice and helpful. The terrain is rolling hills with, primarily, oak trees. There are some hiking trails around the lake and some great biking on the country roads around the campground. One great ride is from the campground to Grisly Flats. The campground is very pleasant, nicely quiet, especially during the week, and dark. Our Verizon phone and data card worked well. We have stayed here twice and will likely stay here again when in the area.
04/2013
rating [ 5/10 ]
The rate reflects a $2 per day senior discount. Unfortunately, we did not have great experiences at this otherwise very nice California State Park. The park setting on Clear Lake is very pleasant and pretty. Just a note on the lake: when we were there the lake was very pretty; however, the lake can get very significant algae blooms and can be pretty ugly and smelly. The park is large with many campsites and day-use areas. When we were there only one area was open. There are no hook-ups at the park, but there is a dump station. Our Verizon phone and data card worked well in the park with 4G service. There are nice board walks and some trails in the park. There were a lot of people fishing. A warning: the lake is heavily contaminated with mercury. I would never eat any fish out of the lake. Our experience was not good because of fellow campers. We had reserved a site ahead of time. Check in was easy. When we went to our assigned site the problems started. Two sites over was a camper with a very loud “contractor” generator running and a junked up site. We knew that we could not live with that so we went back to the entrance booth and asked to change sites. They were happy to do so, so we found a site far away from our first site – much better. Unfortunately, there was a large group that set up a few sites down. They partied and made noise until well into the night. So, a very nice park experience was very significantly marred by other campers. We are not for sure if these are locals or what the problem is, but apparently this park gets a lot of party groups. We were there on a weekend. Perhaps it would be better during the week. However, we will probably not visit this park again because of the folks that seem to frequent this park.
04/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a $2 senior discount. This is a California State Recreation Area now being managed by the city of Colusa. The prior review is unfair since the reviewer did not even stay at the park. There are 15 numbered sites with a rate of $28 per night. However, there is a big parking lot with many sites that are $13 per night. The only differences are grills and picnic tables for the numbered sites. If staying here again, we would probably stay at the unnumbered sites and pay half price. The campground is very nice and very well kept up in this very tidy town of Colusa. You can think of it more like a very nice city park, as that is how it is used by the locals. While staying we were treated to all types of interesting events including the local fire volunteers practicing. If feels very safe with highway patrol, sheriff, and local police coming through quite often. It is fairly quiet but with some highway noise noticeable at night, but not bad. There is a short nature trail but there are miles and miles of levees for hiking or biking. The small town has a decent grocery store. The park has a host that very enthusiastically welcomed us and offered to help. This is a great place to stay while visiting the various wonderful wildlife areas in the area. We found one of the sites with satellite access. Our Verizon cell phone and data card worked well. We would not hesitate to recommend this nice campground and will definitely stay here again.
03/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice Monterey County park and very convenient. It is very quiet, but with some visitation by the locals. There is some noise from the highway but not bad. There are some nice short biking/hiking trails. The utilities are solid. Our Verizon cell phone and data package worked well. It is a bit hard, but we found a site with satellite access. Many of the sites have trees and satellite would be difficult. We did not see a lot of official presence. We would definitely stay here again if passing through the area.
03/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% discount with a Senior Pass. This is definitely our favorite Death Valley Campground. It is the quietest and farthest away from the most visited places in the park. However, it is close to Scotty’s Castle. It is a campground for tenting and smaller RV’s. We have a 27 foot motorhome, and there are probably a dozen or so sites in the campground that will accommodate us; however, many of them are very sloped and require a bit of leveling. And yes, we did get the side of our motorhome scraped by some thorns, but it was worth it. This campground is open year round and does not take reservations. It can get full for larger rigs, so plan to arrive a bit early in the day. There is a dump station and fresh water. There is also a restroom with flush toilet, but no showers. Satellite is not a problem. Neither our Verizon phone nor our data card picked up a signal. Stock up before you go, since it will be a long way to any supplies. We will definitely stay here again.
03/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% discount with a Senior Pass. This campground is a little nicer than Stovepipe Wells or Sunset Campground (across the street) since it has more separation between sites and a few trees for a very little bit of shade in some sites. There is a dump station and fresh drinking water. There is also a restroom with flush toilets but there are no showers. Each site has a picnic table. The campground is open year around. It is the only Death Valley campground to accept reservations, and reservations are essential during high season. Satellite is not a problem in most sites since there are few trees. We were surprised that our Verizon phone worked; there is a cell tower at Furnace Creek. However, our Verizon data card did not work. Furnace creek is the main headquarters area for the park. The Visitor Center is a short walk away and there are restaurants and a small (very expensive) store. There is also a gas station with very expensive gasoline and propane. Since we love Death Valley, we would definitely stay here again.
03/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a 10% Good Sam discount for a “Standard Site”. This is more than we like to pay for a campground, but it is the market in the area for anything reasonable. The park has many amenities, such as pool, which we do not use. This would be a great park for a family with kids. The park is very nice and well maintained. Utilities were all good. We did get a site with satellite, and for most sites it would not be a problem since the trees are still very short. Our Verizon phone and data plan worked well. If you ask, they will give you free tasting vouchers (four per day) for some select wineries. If visiting the area, we would likely stay here again.
03/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
This Kern County Park and campground is actually quite a ways outside of Bakersfield, on the other side of Interstate 5. This would not be a park to stay at to visit Bakersfield. The rate reflects $39 for a waterfront site with utilities, plus $7 for our towed vehicle. This is very expensive for a county park and very unfair to charge for a towed vehicle. We arrived at this park without reservations and without much knowledge of the park. The gate attendant lady seemed amazed that we would arrive without a reservation, even though there were many sites available. She asked what type of site we wanted, waterfront or not and utilities or not. Since we had no familiarity with the park, we asked to drive through so that we could get some idea of the layout and what we wanted. She refused, even though the park was not busy at all. That is the first time that we have been refused that common courtesy. We decided to go with waterfront and full hookup. She gave us a list of sites available for one night but cautioned us that we could only stay one night. (We found out later there were many sites available for more than one night.) She also cautioned us not to set up on the site until we came back and let her know which site we had chosen. We found a site and unhooked the towed. One of us drove back and the other stayed with the RV at the site. When we went back to let her know and to pay, she said that we had not done as required and that we had set up on the site. For some reason this became a big deal. Regardless, we finally got checked in with one of the worst park entrances we have ever experienced. The site and park is actually quite pretty. There are many, many rules, which everyone seems to ignore. There was trash around our site which we picked up. The park does seem in need of some TLC. The overall park is very large, and we had a great time riding our bikes around. It was quiet at night. Our utilities were good, and our Verizon phone and data plan worked well. We were able to find a site that we could use our satellite. So, overall, a nice park but way too expensive, and there is no reason to put up with a rude gate attendant, so probably will not return.
03/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
There are a lot of permanent residents in the park and some very run down trailers, so don’t expect a beautiful park. It worked for us as an overnight while passing through and was nice and quiet at night. It felt fairly safe since one of the residents was a sheriff’s deputy. The lady manager was very nice and accommodating. The service is 30 amp but seemed to be strong service. We did not have reservations, but there were lots of open spaces. We did not have a problem with satellite since there are no trees. Our Verizon phone and data card worked well. The prior reviewers have pointed out the things to do in town, so I will not go into them. There is a surprisingly good food market in town. As noted, do expect wind. We would stay here again if passing through, but only for a night on the way.
03/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a $2 per night senior discount and is for a full-hookup site. We had good, strong 50 amp service. Because of earlier expressions of concern about the water, we arrived with a full fresh tank and did not use the water. We were there during the week, and the campground was not crowded at all. They do take reservations which might be advisable for a weekend or to get a favorite site. The campground is a fairly easy drive from the freeway. When you go through the gate you are directed to take a site and the “ranger” will come by to collect your fee. We did that and someone did come by. He did not get out of his truck; I had to go out to his window. Oh, well. I paid for two nights, but we decided to stay for three. No one came by to collect for the extra night; since we left early the next morning, there was no one to pay, so I had to mail in the check. The sites are not particularly attractive and are down in the arroyo, so no views. The park looks quite tired with some trashed picnic tables. One big CAUTION: There are nails all over the place, perhaps from folks burning wood with nails or perhaps from earlier construction. We got a flat in our tow car, luckily not in the motorhome. The park was fairly quiet except for one night with a lot of shouting and cars driving at high speed on gravel roads. There did not really seem to be much of an official presence after dark. You can visit the ghost town, but don’t get your hopes up for something very special. We would stay here again but only for a night while passing through.
03/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% discount with a Senior Pass. This campground is basically a large parking lot in the desert. The only reason that it gets a high rating is because it is in beautiful Death Valley National Park. It is just across the street from Furnace Creek campground, which is a little nicer with some trees and picnic tables at each site. Sunset does not take reservations. There is a dump station and fresh drinking water. There is also a restroom with flush toilets, but there are no showers. The campground is open from October through April. Satellite is not a problem since there are no trees. We were surprised that our Verizon phone worked; there is a cell tower at Furnace Creek. However, our Verizon data card did not work. The Visitor Center is a short walk away, and there are restaurants and a small (very expensive) store. There is also a gas station with very expensive gasoline and propane. Since we love Death Valley, we would definitely stay here again.
03/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% discount with a Senior Pass. This campground is basically a large parking lot in the desert. The only reason that it gets a high rating is because it is in beautiful Death Valley National Park. There is a dump station and fresh drinking water. There is also a restroom with flush toilets, but there are no showers. Only the tent sites have picnic tables. The campground is open from October through April. Satellite is not a problem since there are no trees. Neither our Verizon phone nor our data card picked up a signal. There is a small store next door and a bar and restaurant. There is also a gas station that had significantly cheaper gas than at Furnace Creek. Since we love Death Valley, we would definitely stay here again.
03/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior pass discount. This is a former KOA campground in the newly minted Pinnacles National Park (from a National Monument). The new designation is increasing visitation, so reservations are recommended. This is in an isolated area, so no cell (Verizon) or Verizon data. Most sites will get satellite. The roads to the park are slow and windy, so be prepared to go slowly. Some of the sites have 30 amp and some 50 amp. We were lucky and got a nice 50 amp (good and strong) service. The campground is laid out very strangely, sort of like done by someone that has had too much to drink, but it works OK. There is not a lot of privacy, but it was quite and dark at night. The park is definitely a hiking park. If you are not a hiker, there is not a lot to see. If you are a hiker it is great. We enjoyed our visit, but probably will not return as we have “done” the park.
03/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This park is a bit out in the country with some winding roads getting to the park. The positive side of that is that is very quiet and wonderfully dark. There are only a few RV spaces for over-nighters, so it is definitely advisable to make reservations. As noted, there are a lot of long term residents but that is not a problem; they were all quiet and respectful. There are a few sites that will get satellite. Our Verizon phone and data card worked well. The park has a very nice feel with a large green space and sites well-spaced. The manager was very efficient in getting us registered and accommodating our satellite needs. The utilities are all good, but spacing is a bit strange with sewer hookups located quite a ways away. We would definitely stay here again.
04/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a Santa Clara County campground in a park. They have 15 RV sites for smaller rigs. The official policy is no RVs over 31 feet, but we have seen much longer RV’s. There is water and 30 amps at the site and a dump station. Larger RV’s (and perhaps smaller as well) will have an issue with the road into the park. The last two miles on Sanborn Road is very narrow with some overhanding limbs and a one-lane bridge. It is also very steep coming up the hill into the park. The dump station is very, very tight. The sites are all back-in and fairly short and not very level. This is a campground that I would recommend for smaller RV’s with a sense of adventure. Once you get past that, it is a wonderful, quiet campground with great access to the Bay Area. You can make reservations but we have never, ever seen it full. If you do not make reservations, you have to pay day-by-day; a bit of a pain but it works. The gates close at sundown so it feels secure. If you talk to the right person, you can get the gate code to come in after dark. The park is a bit strange in that it gets some folks camping because they have no other housing, but it has never been a problem for us. Our Verizon phone and data card did not work in the park because of the terrain. There are some sites where you can pick up satellite.
04/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a Good Sam discount from $45. This campground is a couple of blocks off of the freeway and convenient to access. The roads are a little tight and there are some deep ditches but not a big issue – just go slowly. The manager is very friendly and very helpful. It is not a place that you are going to get satellite because it is heavily wooded with eucalyptus trees. Our Verizon cell service and data service worked well here. They supposedly have several cable channels, but we could not pick them up. It was likely our issue, not theirs, but we did not do a lot of trouble shooting since we were there only a couple of nights. They do have WiFi, with an interesting twist. You get a slower internet for free; if you want faster, you pay quite a bit. I guess that is fair since their slower speed is not as bad as most RV parks. There are a lot of permanent/long-term residents, but that is not a problem. It is fairly quiet, but you do hear some noise from the interstate (not bad) and some noise during the day from the paint ball facility next door (not a big problem). Unfortunately, they have put in some very bright lights that shine in at night. Too bad, otherwise it would be nice and dark. The town of Vacaville has a very nice bike path. This is an OK park to spend a couple of nights or to explore the area.
03/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects 50 amp service; 30 amp service is $25. This was a difficult campground to rate because there were some goods but some not-so-good points. There are four campgrounds in Tecopa, three reviewed on this site and the county park, not reviewed (yet). The managers/owners for Peterson's are very nice and helpful. The spaces are close together but when we were there, the park was only about half full, so we could get a site with empty spaces on either side. The site is hard-packed desert sand and there is no shade since this is the desert. The main draw to Tacopa are the hot springs. Peterson's has two very nice and very clean private soaking rooms. There is a 20 minute limit per visit, but you can return a often as you like. We never had to wait for a room. In the same soaking room there is also a shower. The water is cooled to a constant 104 degrees and is wonderful for soaking. If you come, try to come with full fresh water as the only water available is the hot springs water and it is very high in minerals. You can also drink bottled water and use the spring water for non-potable purposed. We did not use their WiFi but used our satellite internet. No problem with satellite since no trees. Our Verizon phone and data did not work in Tecopa. So, with all of the positives, why not a higher rating. That is because of the electric power. When we got there mid day, we hooked up to a 30 amp site. We can use either 30 amp or 50 amp but only have one AC so usually go for 30 and it is not a problem. When we connected, it was a solid 120 volts, no problem. However, later in the day other coaches arrived and everyone had their AC going. Our safety system cut off our power since the voltage had gone below a safe level. We turned off everything in the coach and the voltage was still below 109 volts. We could not use AC or microwave, etc. The next day, I talked with the manager/owner. He said that the problem was that I really should have connected to 50 amp. I tried to explain that we really did not need 50 and that without any load it still had low voltage. No luck. Finally we moved to a 50 amp site in another section of the park and that worked for us. So, we would stay there again but would make for sure we had 50 amps.
02/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a $2 senior discount. This campground is on a gravel loop with gravel sites. Many of the sites are not suitable for RV's since they are either very short or very unlevel. However, there are some beautiful sites along the cliffs. If someone drives by at a high rate, dust can be an issue. Sunsets and sunrises are spectacular, and there are some nice trails. There is a Visitors Center, but it was closed "for the season" with a note saying it would reopen at the end of March. The only official presence was a park ranger driving by in the morning. We did not have Verizon phone or data service. Satellite is not a a problem as there are not trees. We had only 8 or so other campers during our visit. It is close to the highway, but there was very little traffic noise. As noted it has a nice, dark night sky. The dump station is still closed with the only amenity being water and trash disposal. We would stay here again. Our only concern was that without any on-site presence of any kind, there could be a party group come in.
02/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
the rate reflects Good Sam discount. This is a good, solid RV campground. Hookups are good. Sites are clean. Good, clean laundry. It is outside of the main Bakersfield area, which is good with us as it is on the way toward Tehachapi pass going toward Death Valley. It is just off of the freeway and easy to find and access. It is a busy park but they handle it well and it is quite at night except for some freeway noise. Our Verizon phone and data worked well. They do have WiFi but it is on and off at times. It was fast at times and very, very slow at other times. We have stayed here a couple of times. The first time we stayed in the area without sewer hookups and there were fewer people. This past time we stayed in the full hookup area. It was much more crowded. The next time we will stay in the water/electric sites. We will stay here again if in the area.
02/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a Corp of Engineer campground on Eastman Lake about 20 miles outside of Chowchilla. The rate reflects a dry camping site with a federal senior discount card. We chose the dry camping site since it is one of the few sites that have a view of the lake. Most sites do not. The reservoir is very low, so it is a ways away. The road in is rough, as pointed out by a prior reviewer, but not that bad. Most of the roads in California are in very bad shape now. However, do watch the railroad crossing; it gave us a good bump. As noted, there are hookup sites of varying kinds. When we were there, we had only dozen other campers, so lots of room. Many of the sites are very, very sloped where we would not be able to level. Our Verizon phone worked on and off. The data did not work at all. Most of the sites would not have a problem getting satellite. There is not a lot to do, so go if like the peace and quite and nice dark skies. We will definitely stay here again if in the ares.
02/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate reflects a senior discount, with a normal rate of $30. This is a county park very close to the small town of Rio Vista. It is in a pleasant setting along the Sacramento River. There are a few sites with views of the river and most without views of the river. We had a site with river views, which was nice. We did not have any problem with the power as reported by another reviewer. The sites were power and water without any problem. It is true that it is windy there, even in February. There is a short bike/road path that will take you to the bridge across the river. Our Verizon cell and data worked well there. There are few tress so satellite was not a problem. The reason that it does not get a higher rating is because of the partying at night from the locals. We were next to the boat area. The first night there, the locals started doing "donuts" in the parking lot at about dark. The party went on until 3 in the morning. We called the local law enforcement, but it had no effect. We talked to the local "ranger" and he said that is what happens since layoffs meant there was no presence at night. He seemed not to care. The camp host was new and had no input. The next night the party went on, so we left. Too bad that a nice park could be ruined by lack of law enforcement. If we were to stay here again, we would park away from the day use area and the parties.
02/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This campground is on the grounds of the county fair just outside of the downtown area of Dixon. Sixteen of the sites have full hook-ups with 50 amps. These sites are on gravel and well spaced with some newly-planted fruit trees in between. The other 12 sites are water and electric only and are pretty much parking lot. It is nothing fancy, but for the price in the area it can't be beat. It is a good place for visiting Davis or Sacramento. The power was very good. There are no showers or restrooms. Verizon cell and data were good there. There is some noise from the fairly-busy street but it is fairly quiet at night. There are no large street lights so it is fairly dark which we like. There was one night when there was an event at the fairgrounds, and it was noisy until about 11 p.m., but it was not bad. The staff in the office were very friendly and helpful. It is a good idea to call ahead to make for sure there is not an activity at the fairgrounds that would prevent you from staying there. We would definitely stay there again.
02/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is not a destination park, but it works quite well for a short stay in the area. As noted, it is a fairground, so it will not be available all of the time for folks passing through, so it is best to call. You check in at the fairground office across from the pool. I put that the campground has 39 sites, but their numbering system indicates there may be more that I am not counting. When we stayed there were only about 10 other campers, so there was lots of space. When it is almost empty like this, you can make some sites into pull-through sites. Also when occupied like this, there is lots of space. If the campground were full, it would be very crowded with close spaces. It is in a very quiet area and felt very secure. There are some big lights around, but they did not come on, so it was nice a dark at night, which we like. It is very convenient to shopping, such as there is in Gridley. It is also very convenient to the Gray Lodge Wildlife area, which is the reason we visited the area. Our Verizon cell phone and data worked well. If visiting the area, we would certainly stay here again. For the price it cannot be beat.
02/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
The rate reflects a 10% Good Sam discount. It is very seldom that I give a park a rating of "10," but I could not really find anything wrong with this park. The location is good, very close to downtown Chico, with restaurants and other activities. It is fairly quiet for an urban campground. It is fairly dark, unfortunately they do have a number of "street lights." There is a pool, but when we were there it was much too cool to use. They have WiFi that is strong and fast. Our Verizon data and phone worked well. There are only a few sites that can get satellite. We were luck to get one. We did not use the cable, so cannot comment on that. The staff/management were all very helpful, nice, and accommodating. Water pressure, electrical were all strong. Sites are reasonably spaced. Unlike many parks, there did not seem to be a lot, if any, of long-term residents there. The laundry was clean and only a dollar. So, really could not find anything wrong and will stay here again if in the area.
01/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount. This is a Corp of Engineer Campground, one of two on Black Butte Lake. The other being Orland Butte Campground. The campgrounds are open year-round; when we were there in the winter, only 22 campsites were open, but this was not a problem as there were only a dozen or so campers. There are no hook-ups of any kind, but there is a dump station with fresh potable water. There is some shade and some sites out in the open. The campground does take reservations during the peak time. The campground can be accessed off of Interstate 5 either from Corning or Orland. The better road to the campground is from Orland. The road from Corning is very narrow in places. Some sites have a view of the lake and some are back from the lake. The terrain is rolling hills with, primarily, oak trees. There are some hiking trails around the lake. The campground is very pleasant, nicely quite and dark. We have stayed here twice and will likely stay here again when in the area.
02/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a river-front site with AAA discount. Hum, this park is a bit hard to review. First the positives, it is a ways from town so a bit calmer than the parks in town. It is along the river, and, for a slight premium, you can park with great views of the river. The staff were very accommodating to our wishes. There is a nice wildlife refuge next door with hiking trails. They supposedly have Wi-Fi but we did not use it. Verizon data plans work well. Now the other. Satellite coverage is very difficult because of tree coverage. The local road is a bit noisy, but not that bad. The park is well used and a bit tired. There are a lot of permanent residents, but that was not a problem for us. There were a lot of pets running around. They were all very nice. They only have 30 amps and that was a bit weak. If you are looking for a resort this is not for you. If you are looking for a site along the river outside of town (not far) then this could work for you. Be for sure and visit the local olive oil places and winery. We would stay here again.
02/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a Federal Lands Senior Card which is half price. This is a National Forest Service campground. Only some of the sites have electrical hookups, but those are a great 50 amps. A big issue is that there is no dump station, so you have to arrange that elsewhere. There are only a few sites with satellite coverage because of the trees. Verizon data plan worked well. The campground is easy to find and convenient to the Interstate. The park gets heavy use from locals as a hiking area. There are some hiking/biking trails in the park that are nice, if not that long. There are a lot of homeless folks in the area, sleeping under a close-by bridge, but that did not seem to be a problem in the park. There are park hosts but we only talked with them at check-in. The fire pits were full of ashes and not cleaned during our stay there. The park is fairly quite and fairly dark, which we love. We would stay here again.
01/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
There are a lot of positives about this RV park and a few negatives. The entrance to the campground is strange, through a used car lot. There are a few not-too-savory folks around the lot, but it was not an issue in the actual park. The park is nicely, centrally located, and Redding is a nice town with some great hiking/biking trails. The park is clean and relatively quiet for a town RV park. As noted, some train noise but not a big issue. The Wi-Fi is very fast during non-peak hours but slows down to a crawl during peak hours -- typical. Verizon data is good. Satellite is very difficult because of tree cover. There are a few sites with satellite but not many. The main negative issue that we had was with the lighting. They have huge street lights with very bright lights. We were there in the winter and could completely shut up so it was not a big issue. We would not like that during the summer when we would like to keep the windows open. The light would be very disturbing. It is too bad that park feels they have to put in big lights. We would stay at the park again.
12/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a wonderful state park, essentially at National Park quality. The waterfalls are wonderful. Some require some hiking, but not a lot of difficult hiking. In December, with lots of rain, the waterfalls were flowing at a maximum, so quite nice. The campground is nice, not wonderful. The positives are that most of the sites have privacy because of the vegetation. It is in a pleasant setting and close to the main features of the park. When we were there, the only sites open were in the "B" loop and about half of these sites had the water off. The negatives are that the campground is close to the highway going through the park and the logging trucks start at four in the morning. They use their Jake Brakes, and they make a lot of noise. It was not a major problem in the winter with windows closed, but in the summer with windows open, it would be quite annoying. They have only 30 amps hookups, but the power level seemed to be quite good, even though the power outlets looked dated. As noted, the water was off on many of the sites when we were there. The dump station is very inconvenient. It is in the group campground about 5 miles away. There are gray water dumps in the campground which could be used. No Verizon service. Satellite is available in only a few sites because of tree cover. Although the park is not too far away from a town, it has the feeling of being very remote. There are very nice hiking trails. The biking trails are OK, but when we were there they were covered with vegetation. All of this is worth it to see and hike this wonderful state park. Good work Oregon. We will definitely try to visit this park again.
12/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a really great campground. It is neat and well laid out. There is not a lot of privacy since there are not a lot of trees, but the sites are well spaced. It is a very quite campground. We were concerned when we first arrived since there were "street lights" all around. Thankfully, most of them did not come on at night, so it was fairly nice and dark. Since there are not a lot of trees, satellite was easy to get. Verizon phone and data card worked well. The local town is not too far away and has all of the major stores. The park is full of history with great staff and volunteers. There literature is some of the best that we have seen at state parks. Really nice and well-done exhibits in the Visitor Center. There is a great, only 4 miles but nice, hiking/biking trail. We would definitely visit this park again.
12/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
There is a lot great about this park and some not so good. The good, it is easy to get to from Interstate 5, but far enough away there the noise is not too bad (see below). It is along the river and it is fun watching the ship/barges/boats go past. It is clean and well kept. It is, in general, quite. The camp hosts were nice and accommodating. The sites are fairly far apart, so some privacy. The negatives are that even though it is fairly far away from the Interstate, there is still noise. We were there in the winter with doors and windows closed, so not a problem. In the summer, you would be able to hear the noise with windows open. Not bad, but there. The major problem for us was that the park has put up a number of very bright street lights. They are not high, so shine directly into the window. We like nice dark, quite places and, unfortunately, what the park has done distracts significantly from that for us. The other is that the park has Wi-Fi, but they have a complicated code to log on. You have to have a different code for each different computer. If you do not use it for a few minutes, you have to go through the complete log-on process again. There are limits on the amount of download. So, the Wi-Fi is fairly difficult to use. Lastly, there are lots of rules. On check-in, they give you instructions on the fittings to use for your sewer connection. This could be a great park. Unfortunately, it is not because of the management.
12/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
The city of Oak Harbor is certainly to be commended for providing this wonderful RV park near the heart of the city. We had planned on staying for two or three nights and ended up staying for nine nights. It is a great park for exploring this area, including taking the ferry over to Victoria from Anacortes. There are RV sites, some with sewer and some without and there are tent sites. The rate for full hookup is only $20 per night. It is 30 amp service. A prior reviewer complained about the power being weak but we certainly had no problem. We were there in the late fall and many of the sites had the water turned off, but they even use heating cables to have many of the sites open throughout the winter. When we were there there were only a couple of other RV's. The park is very close to the city but on a dead-end street so that it was very quite. Thankfully, they do not have a lot of bright street lights to destroy the night sky. The RV sites are right next to a great city park and the beginning of a short, but nice, hiking and biking trail. This is definitely a park that we will return to.
12/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is an amazingly wonderful park. I very seldom give a park a 10, but this is deserved. Be aware that there are two different campgrounds. We have stayed here twice, always at the campground along the water. The two campgrounds are very different. The campground away from the water has lots of trees. It would be pleasant, but a very different camping experience. So this review is for the water-front campground. It is quite at night and fairly nicely dark. A few of the sites have views of the water. The campground is all open, so satellite is not a problem. Our Verizon cell phone and data card worked well. There are hiking and biking trails in the park. Some of them are very interesting like the hike or bike to the Memory Vault. There is a lot of history here. Port Townsend is an fun town, with more biking trail. This is definitely a place to send some time.
12/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
It was very wet when we stayed at this campground, so many of the sites were closed. It is a very pleasant park, but it is very close to the highway. This was during the winter with our windows closed, but it would be another issue in the summer with windows open. The wildlife here is great. We saw five Bald Eagles at the same time! There are very few satellite sites because of the trees. Our Verizon phone and data card worked well. It is an interesting area, particularly if you are into birds.
11/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate listed of $30 per night plus tax is the listed rate. If you are a Brazel's customer, the rate is $20 per night plus tax. Most folks that stay there are having work done on their RV and the stay is free. The park is certainly nothing fancy, but it is well done and well kept. There is not a restroom or shower associated with the park. The electrical power is excellent and the Wi-Fi is supper-fast. Verizon cell is excellent and, since there are no trees, there is no problem getting a satellite signal. It is next to a fairly busy road, but it calms down at night. It is also right next to a fairly often-used train track. We like trains, so that was not a problem. The noise was not a problem in the winter with the windows all closed. In the summer, it might be an issue. There is shopping nearby. This would not be a destination park, but as a place to stay while you are having your RV repaired/enhanced this works. Brazel's is to be commended. Most RV repair places have a really bad spot to stay while the work is being done. We had a lot of work done on our RV at this excellent repair facility so we spent a pleasant five nights here. Since we were having work done, there was no charge.
11/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a great campground with lots of things to do in the area. When we were there, off-season, there were only three loops open, one for reservations, one with full hookups, and one with water and electricity. Most of the sites are in very wooded, dark areas. As it was overcast and rainy and as we wanted to get satellite, we opted for one of the few open sites that happened to be in the water and electric sites. This site worked fine for us as we were only there three nights. The park has some great bicycle trails which we really enjoyed. Our Verizon phone and data card worked well here. Astoria is only a short distance away with lots of things to do. We only started to explore the area and will certainly try to make our way back.
11/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
For a commercial RV park, this campground is great. We ended up here because of some emergency repairs on our RV. It is easy in and out. Our Verizon cell phone worked well. Our Verizon data card worked well. The have a very good and fast WiFi system. The only slight negatives are that you can hear the distant roar of Interstate 5 and they have some very big and bright street lights that we find annoying when we are trying to sleep at night. Also, we were there just after some significant rains and many sites were flooded, including part of ours. It is a nice campground and we will return if we need to stay in the area again.
11/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a three night stay with the reservation fee and the out-of-state fee that Washington State Parks charge.We had a full hookup site, which was nice. We were also lucky that we got a site that was open enough for satellite. The sites are not completely private, but OK privacy. When we were there the weather was quite bad so we did not get to enjoy all of the activities that we would have liked. Our Verizon cell phone did not work there, nor did our Verizon data card. We enjoyed the park and will definitely return when in the area.
11/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice Oregon State Park, providing hookups for RVs. The sites are heavily covered with trees, so only a few sites get satellite, but our Verizon air card and phone worked well. The beach is great for walking and there are wonderful trails and bike paths in the area. In the winter, one loop is for reservation, but there are two very large loops for first-come. Having two large loops open is great in that you can spread out and not be right next to someone. We will definitely return to this park.
11/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a great Oregon State campground with full hook-ups. During the winter one of the loops is reservable and the other is first-come. One of the loops is closed because it floods. The roads are a little tight but not bad. There are only a few sites with satellite access, but our Verizon phone and air card worked well here. The beach and trails are wonderful for walking and there are many activities in the area. We would definitely return to this park.
11/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This campground is about your only choice around Corvallis. It is a part of the Benton County Fairgrounds. It is pretty basic but pleasant enough. We were concerned when we first arrived, thinking that it would be noisy since it is right next to the fairgrounds. However, while we were there, their were no events at the fairground, so it was nice and quite. If you arrive without reservations you check with the camp host and he will assign you a site and collect your fee.There are both back-in and pull-through sites. There are only a few sites where you can get satellite. There is Wi-Fi that is fast when it works, but it seems to fairly frequently go down. Verizon air card and cell phones work well. The campground is convenient to the university and downtown and has bike paths that originate from the fairgrounds. Corvallis is a great little city and we will stay at this campground again when we return.
10/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a hard park to rate. If it were not for the noise from Interstate 5, it would get a 9 or 10 rating. However, this is significant noise from the very close I5. During the time we were there it was cold enough that we kept the windows closed most of the time so it was not as big a factor, but anytime you went outside it was a significant sound. Other than the noise it is an excellent campground. The sites are well spaced, but without much vegetation,so not a lot of privacy. It is well kept. During the time we were there the WiFi internet was not working. We could connect, but no internet. We had good Verizon cell coverage, but the signal was so weak that we did not have high speed Verizon internet. The Verizon map shows good coverage, but we could not connect to the 3G, so it was slow. We have satellite internet and TV and we were able to find sites where we could get both to work, but most sites have too much tree cover. The park web site does list sites that are able to get satellite, but we did not find that to always be accurate. The park is nicely dark except for lights on each pedestal. We like dark parks, so we wish they did not have lights on the pedestal, but it was not too bad. The camp host was not very outgoing, but he got the job done, so that was OK with us. Overall, it is a good park to stay to visit Eugene, a nice city with lots of bike paths, and the area. We would stay there again.
10/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate shown reflects a current special of pay for two nights, stay the third free. This is very nice, well kept Escapees campground. It is close enough to I-5 to be convenient, but far enough away that there is no traffic noise. It is a very quite park. Also, there are no large street lights, so it is fairly dark, which we love. The only traffic issue is that the residents drive very fast on the campground roads, so be careful. The sites are very large with parking on gravel, but with a nice concrete patio to step out on. The only issue with the site was that we had to use blocks to level, but that was not a big deal. Everyone is friendly and helpful, but they do have many rules to know and follow. Perhaps that is necessary to keep it nice. There is WiFi but only at the clubhouse, not at your RV. However, our Verizon Aircard worked well. The town has all of the basics needed for an extended stay and there is a lot to do in the area. This park is good for an overnight or for an extended stay. We will definitely stay there again.
10/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a "Discovery" (off season) rate. This is one of the harder campground reviews that I have done, because the rating depends so much on what you are looking for. First of all, it is very convenient to Interstate 5, so if you are traveling I-5 and want a place to stop for the night this place is for you. That, however, is its negative, the continual noise from I-5. We were there when it was cooler and wet, so we kept the windows closed, so it was not too bad when we were inside. However, once you step outside, you will know that you are interstate close. If you can tolerate the noise, the rest of the park is good. It is along the Rogue River, but the river is not really a major feature of the park since it is hidden in the bushes. In some sites you can somewhat hear it over the roar of the Interstate. There are some full hookup sites and the sites are spacious, however without a lot of privacy. There is a very nice 4 mile bike path that goes through the park. The hosts are nice and the park is well maintained. So, for a night or two, this park will work. However, for use, it is definitely not a destination park because of the proximity to the Interstate and the resulting noise.
09/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate at the beginning of our stay was $20 per night. On Oct 1st, it went down to $16 for "Discovery Season". The park closes at the end of October. This is a very nice state park. It is well manicured and well maintained. It has some nice hiking and biking trail. The only reason for not giving it a 10 is that, even though it is on Lost Creek Lake, the lake is not really a feature of the CG. There is not really a view and the lake is not really accessible from the CG. The other negative is that it is so well manicured there is no shielding to provide privacy to the sites. On the positive side, it is quite and nicely dark at night. Don't expect to get satellite without a lot of work. There are many trees in the CG. After a lot of work, we did manage to get a site where we could get the satellite. Our Verizon phone worked on extended service and our Aircard got very, very slow internet. The closest shopping is in Shady Cove, which has a nice little, well stocked grocery. This park is definitely worth a visit. If we are in the area we will stay there again.
09/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
The cost reflects a 50% Federal Senior Pass discount (available to any U.S. citizen over 62 years of age for $10 for a lifetime pass). This campground is actually located close to Union Creek, an unincorporated area 11 miles north of Prospect. This is one of several Forest Service campgrounds along highway 62 between Medford, OR and Crater Lake National Park. Other than this campground, the other campground that is suitable for RV’s is Farewell Bend CG. (See review elsewhere). The campground is along the Rogue River and almost all of the campsites are right next to the River with the views and the sound of the River. The campground is far enough away from highway 62 that noise is not an issue. The campground is nice and dark at night, which we like. Some of the sites are long enough for a big RV and most are fairly level. It is a bit tight getting an RV into the campground, but can be done with care. There are no hookups, no dump station and no water available. If you need a full dump station, it is available about 11 miles south in at the Crater Lake (Prospect) RV park for a fee. There are only pit toilets. This is a good campground for visiting Crater Lake National Park, about 20 miles further along Highway 62. It is a lot less expensive than the campground within the park. There are trails and other natural features of interest within the area. Becky’s restaurant, famous for their pies is less than a mile from the campground. This is a first-come, first-served campground. No reservations are accepted and it does fill during the prime summer months.
09/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
The cost reflects a 50% Federal Senior Pass discount (available to any U.S. citizen over 62 years of age for $10 for a lifetime pass). The campground is actually located close to Union Creek, Oregon, an unincorporated area. This is one of several Forest Service campgrounds along highway 62 between Medford, OR and Crater Lake National Park. Other than this campground, the other campground that is suitable for RV’s is Natural Bridges CG. (See review elsewhere). The campground is along the Rogue River and about half of the campsites are right next to the River with the views and the sound of the River. The negative is that, since the campground is right next to the highway, there are also the sounds of the highway, including the logging trucks. However, the highway calms down considerably at night, so we did not find that to be a big problem. The sites right along the road are much less desirable. The campground is nice and dark, which we like, except for overly-bright lights on the restrooms. The sites are paved and several of the sites are long enough for a big RV and most are fairly level. With the exception of some “buddy” sites, the sites are nice and far apart, often with no views of your neighbor. There are no hookups and no dump station. However, there is water available with nu-threaded taps, so you have to use a “cheater” to put on the faucets to fill your tank. There are also gray water dump sites throughout the campground. If you need a full dump station, it is available about 11 miles south in at the Crater Lake (Prospect) RV park for a fee. There are restrooms with flush toilets, but no showers and no hot water. Even though the sign at registration implies otherwise, generators (contained in the RV or on pavement) can be used between the hours of 7 am to 10 pm. The campground is run by a concessionaire, Rogue Recreation. The campground host sells wood for $6 per bundle. The host was very helpful and friendly. This is a good campground for visiting Crater Lake National Park, about 20 miles further along Highway 62. It is a lot less expensive than the campground within the park. There are trails and other natural features of interest within the area. Becky’s restaurant, famous for their pies is less than a mile from the campground. This is a first-come, first-served campground. No reservations are accepted and it does fill during the prime summer months.
06/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate reflects a Good Sam discount. This campground is a convenient place to stay to visit and do business in Medford, which is why we stayed there. It is only about a 10 to 15 minute drive to almost anywhere in Medford. Based on the earlier reviews we had some mistaken impressions, so I will try to clear that up. The campground is described as being quite. It is fairly quite, but it is only a block or two from two major roads (140 and 62) so don't expect a quite country setting; it is not. However there is not a lot of activity in the campground, so it is quite from that perspective. As noted, many of the occupants are long-term campers, but that was not a problem for us in any way. I would say that there are only five or so sites for short terms stay, so make reservations if you want to be sure of getting a site. The second wrong impression was that it was heavily tree covered. It is not and I don't see how anyone would have a problem in maneuvering among the few trees. We had no problem in getting a satellite signal for TV or internet. Also, our Verizon air card worked well so we were fine with internet despite the lack of park Wi-Fi. The park is clean and seems to be well kept. We do not use park restrooms, but we did go into the office next to the restrooms and did use the laundry. At times there was a major sewer smell which made us glad that we use the facilities in our RV. One strange thing is that they have very strange sewer connections with a large male filling sticking up out of the ground. That made it very hard to firmly attach our sewer line, but we got by with a little duct tape. We would probably stay there again to visit Medford. It is the best place for that.
05/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflects a 50% senior discount. There are three campgrounds very near to each other, this campground (Sunset), Aspen Campground, and Lake of the Woods Resort CG. Lake of the Woods has hookups and is reviewed elsewhere on this site. The other two (Sunset and Aspen) have no hookups. They are Forest Service campgrounds that are managed by Lake of the Woods Resort. All of the campgrounds are on Lake of the Woods. So, if you want hookups and are willing to pay the price, stay at Lake of the Woods Resort CG. If you want cheaper and calmer sites and don't need hookups, go for either Aspen or Sunset. One hint is that Sunset and Aspen share a dump station that is between Aspen CG and the Resort. That is also the place to fill a holding tank with fresh water. There are water spigots in the CG but they do not have threaded hose bibs. Get your water at the dump before you get to the CG. Sunset Campground is located on 15300 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Klamath Falls, but is actually about 32 miles from the town, just off of Highway 140. The sites are long and very well spaced. Some have oblique views of the lake, but most are in heavily wooded areas with tall Douglas Fir trees. Don't expect to get satellite here. Our Verizon phones and air card (for internet) worked well. When we visited the park, even on a weekend, it was not very heavily used. It was very quite and the lake is nice, with some good photo opportunities. It is nice and dark with the exception of some (too) bright lights on the restrooms. The hosts were nice and the sites were raked and very well taken care of. There are fire rings and picnic tables. Some sites were unlevel but we were able to find a nice site that was flat and easy to level. Some of the sites are reservable. We loved this CG and would definitely stay here again.
05/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice, clean, quiet, pleasant State Park Campground. It does not seem to be used as a destination CG, but one where campers stay one night, then move on. It is easy access off of 395 and easy to get to and maneuver in. Take an evening stroll down to Goose Lake to watch the birds or stroll around on some of the easy trails in the park. The park staff and camp hosts are very pleasant and helpful. Other reviewers noted unlevel sites, but we certainly had no problem in a nice long, level site. We would defiantly stay here again when in the area.
05/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This campground is not for everyone. I submit it here in case you want to visit Sheldon Wildlife Refuge and want an easy place to stay. First, the CG is 2.5 miles off of the paved road. The gravel road conditions will vary; when we visited the road was good but still required a speed of about 5 to 10 mph to not rattle too much. The campground is a little hard to locate. The GPS coordinates are N41 51.166; W110 00.152. There are signs from NV route 140 directing you toward the Opal Mines and a commercial campground "Royal Peacock" which is 10 miles down the gravel road. That is where we were initially heading, but did not want to do 10 miles on the gravel road. The CG is free. There are probably a dozen or more somewhat defined campsites with tables (at some) and grills (at some). There is a CG host, which we did not interact with during our 2 night visit, but it was good to know that there was someone around. There are no reservations, so you take you chance as to whether a site will be available. During our visit, there were many sites available, but on a holiday weekend it might be a different story. There is water available, which seems to be OK, but we came in with a full tank of fresh water so did not use it. There are warm water showers and a warm water small pool available. It can be dusty and the CG is not overly beautiful, but there are nice sunsets and it is quite. As noted, the main reason one would want to stay here is to visit the refuge, which is wonderful if you like wildlife, such as birds and pronghorns. If the opportunity arises, we would certainly stay here again.
05/2012
rating [ 5/10 ]
Way too expensive for what you get! I agree with previous reviewers that I do not know why this park would get a high rating from anyone. For $35 you would think that you would not need to have blocks to level, but we did in a sloping site. We did not need, nor use, the cable TV or internet. We have our own Satellite for TV and internet. When we asked for a site with a clear view of the southern ski for our satellite, the woman simply laughed at us and said that there were trees and that she did not know if we would get a satellite view, nor did she seem to care. We were escorted to our site, but the escort did not stick around to see if the site was OK or if satellite would work. There is some interstate highway noise, but it did not keep us awake. They have lots of lights around the place, so it is very bright, which we do not like. As noted, there are many permanent residents, but they seemed to be nice and did not make noise. So, for a quick overnight stop, it is OK, but I might try to find a cheaper alternative.
05/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
As noted, there are 10 sites in this Forest Service campground, which is just off of Highway 50 east of Austin, NV. We are only 27 foot and a motorhome, and there were only three sites that we could have gotten into and leveled. We were fortunate in that we had a nice pull-through site and leveling was easy. The campground can be a bit hard to find, it is just east of Bob Scott summit, which is just east of Austin summit. There is a sign on 50 to note the campground. The GPS coordinates are 39.456378, -116.994735. When we were there at the last of May, the water faucets were not turned on, so take enough water with you. There is no dump, so plan on hauling out everything you haul in. There were trash cans. We did not use any of the restroom facilities, so cannot comment on them. From our site, we had wonderful views looking out across to the mountains. We had no road noise at night, Hwy 50 is not a very busy road. It is self-registration and only $10. Please do pay so that we can keep this nice campground available. I paid the full 10, even though I would have qualified for the $5 senior.
05/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
As noted, there are actually two campgrounds, Elk Flat & Lake View. Elk Flat is the CG that you come to first just as you enter the park. The dump station and fresh water fill are located at the entrance to this CG. (There are also fresh water taps throughout the CG, but to fill a tank, the dump station is easy to get to.) Elk Flat CG appears to be newer and more easily maneuvered in a larger RV. Most of the spaces are nice sized but leveling will be an issue in some of the sites. The sites are well spaced and many have great views. Lake View CG is about a mile further into the park and right next to the lake. Many of the sites in this CG are small and leveling can be very difficult. we are only 27 feet long(motorhome) and thought that we would fit into this CG. We did find a site long enough, but we were not able to level the RV. We ended up staying in Elk Flat and were glad that we did. It has a much more open and calm feel than Lake View. This park appears to be very well maintained. The gravel in the sites was recently raked and the fire pits were very clean. Good short trips are up to Success Summit, a steep gravel road with nice views and over to Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park.If you are a birder you will love the park, lots of bird watching to do. We would definitely stay at this park again.
05/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects off-season rate (water not on in the campground yet) and 50% senior discount. There is drinking water available at the dump station which is about 5 miles from the CG. Lower Lehman is the most medium size rig friendly CG in Great Basin National Park and it is not really for big rigs. We are 27 feet long and I don' think you would want to try for anything longer than 35 or so feet. As noted, leveling is a significant challenge that becomes even more difficult as your rig gets longer. The setting is nice, beautiful, calm, dark & quite, all of which we like. Some of the pull through sites are right next to the stream flowing through the campground. When you come into the park, there is a sign pointing to the right toward "Wheeler Peak." Even though it does not mention the campground, it will take you to Lower Lehman, Upper Lehman, and, eventually, Wheeler Peak. Lower Lehman entrance is 1.9 miles up this road. It is a fairly steep climb at supposedly an 8% grade. If you are a larger rig, do not go past this point. Some medium rigs might fit in Upper Lehman, bit it would be a tight fit and even harder to level than Lower Lehman. Definitely do not go past Upper Lehman or you will be in for about 8 miles of very steep, very winding mountain road to get to Wheeler Peak CG. There is another campground in the park -- Baker Creek, but it is up a dirt/gravel road to fairly small sites. This one would be for tenter's or the very adventurous. We would definitely stay at Lower Lehman again.
05/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Location, location, location is what this campground has. As noted, the closest, easiest to Bryce Canyon and the place to stay if you want hookups. None of the campgrounds in the park have any hookups. The park is expensive, but that is what the market will easily bear. The campground is well laid out, with ample space between sites. It is nice and dark at night as is appropriate for a park that prides itself for its dark skies. The park is fairly quiet at night, unless you have a couple of big families camping next to you, like we did. However, even that was not too bad. When we made reservations, we were told that we could not reserve a specific site. OK. When we came in they assigned us a site that was very small and close to the next camper. We found an empty site that we liked, so went back to the front desk to change. We were told that the site would not be available for the full five nights that we would be at the CG. When questioned, they said that the site was reserved, even though we were told one could not reserve a specific site. They really need to decide what the policy is and stick to it. However, we did get a very nice site and were happy. We would normally stay in the park campgrounds but wanted hookups for this trip. If wanting hookups,we would definitively stay here again and try to make reservations for our new favorite site.
05/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
Based on the location and other reviews, we were quite pleasantly surprised at this park. It is certainly nothing spectacular, but it is the only park in the area. The sites are gravel/dirt and we had to use blocks to level, but all sites were well kept. As noted, many of the sites are taken up with long term folks, but no problem with them and no junk lying around. Overall, the park was quite at night. Even though the desk clerk had warned us about barking dog from neighbors outside of the park, it was not a problem. The park is also relatively dark without bright streetlights, which we like. There are picnic tables at each site. This is certainly not a destination park but if you are traveling through the area it makes a great stop. We would stay here again.
05/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects a Good Sam discount. For the price in this part of NM, this park cannot be beat. It is nothing exceptional, but it is pleasant enough and well kept. The sites are nicely spaced apart and all utilities work well. They have pay Internet but our Verizon data service worked quite well here so that we did not need their Wi-Fi. It is close to the interstate and there is definitely some noise but, even with windows open, it was not objectionable. Several of the sites seemed longer term residents, but, as noted, all was neat and clean. We had made reservations based on the reviews on this site. We pulled in on a Sunday around noon. (By the way, the office is closed between 12 and 1 for lunch, so if you get here during that time you will have to wait..) We first had a sinking feeling, the area looked pretty rough and there were signs noting the "detention facility." There were also signs noting the race track. We were worried, but should not have been, the stay was quite pleasant. The park is convenient for visiting Albuquerque. Even going into town during prime traffic time in the morning was not too bad. If visiting ABQ again, we would definitely stay here.
05/2012
rating [ 5/10 ]
Rate reflects a 15% Escapees discount. We stayed at this park because of the positive reviews on this site. We arrived very optimistic. On the positive side, the lady that seems to run the park was wonderful, very friendly, very accommodating. the WiFi is very, very fast. We have never had faster. The laundry is as reviewed before, nice and clean. The overall park is very clean and well kept. However, as noted by the last reviewer, the two overnight sites are RIGHT on the highway. Most of the sites are taken up by, very nice, longer terms folks. No problem with that. However, the two overnight pull-through sites take the front of the coach to within 10 yards of the very busy highway out front. So, if you like staying at an RV rest stop, you will love it at this park. Now, to be fair, the road does "calm down" at night making it possible to sleep. However, if you plan on being around during the day, prepare for the sound of large trucks continually going by. Also, we prefer very dark at night and this park has some large, bright streetlights. So, we hate to give this park a lower rating, but, sorry, being this close to the busy highway is a bit too much. We would not stay here again.
05/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a wonderful NM state park. It is dark, to enjoy the night skies, and quite with widely spaced sites. It is a great place to come just to relax or to enjoy the features in the area. In addition to the Caverns there is a great state park called "Living Desert" that is on the outskirts of Carlsbad that is great. There are site with full hookups (closer together) and sites with electricity (50 amp) and water (wider spacing). we have always made reservations, just to be sure, but the CG has never been anywhere near full. As noted by another reviewer, there can be a slight petroleum smell in the air, but not bad enough to keep us away. We had the wonderful smell of the blooming desert when we where there. We always try to stay here when we are in the area.
05/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a 10% Good Sam discount. I left the question about "shade sites available" checked with a "yes" but should note that there are a few sites that have a small amount of shade. Reading reviews of campgrounds in the area, it was a toss-up between this campground and another. We picked this one because we like dark, quite campgrounds. If you arrive at this campground between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. you will not find anyone in the office. The system is to take one of the map sheets with a site marked on it and go to that site, then to check back in when the office is open. A bit of a strange system, but it seemed to work OK. As noted, there are some longer-term residents, but this was not a problem. When we arrived at about noon, the park was only about 20 to 30% full. However, around 5 p.m. they started to stream in and, although not completely full, it was getting that way by dark. We got a site quite a ways back from the freeway, so we had no issue with freeway noise. We were near the entrance road with some traffic but not a big problem. Also, when we were there it was quite warm so we ran our AC most of the time. The sites are quite large for a commercial RV park, so you did not have the feeling of being cramped. Maneuvering around the campground was easy. Overall, we were very positively surprised at how nice the campground was, particularly given the area. We would definitely stay there again.
05/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
If you like trains, you will love this campground as the train tracks are about 20 yards away from the camp sites. I would estimate that there are about 20 trains that come through per day, both day and night. I do like trains so these do not bother me. It is also right next to the road, but there is not much traffic (no big trucks) and almost no traffic at night, so not a problem for us. The campground is not much more than a gravel parking lot, but not much else is possible out here. All of the utilities work well. The campground is often almost empty so you can pick your site. The campground is adjacent to and part of the motel with a nice courtyard. One night we were here there was a wedding in the courtyard, but they were quiet, and it was not a problem. One great thing about the park is that it is dark. Thank goodness they have not put up a lot of lights, so that you can still see the great night sky out in west Texas. There is now a pretty good pizza place in town (Guzi Pizza) where you can get a take-out or eat-in pizza. We have stayed here a number of times and will definitely be back when we are in the area. The rate reflects a Good Sam discount.
10/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is our second time to stay at this park. The first was off season and we got a great site and we loved it. This time we were there on a busy weekend and it was a little different. First, the park has good and easy access to the interstate. That is good, but it does mean that you hear some traffic noise at night. Not a lot, but some. This time we only remembered at the last minute to get a reservation since it would be on a weekend. It is good that we did since we got almost the last spot. We got a spot in Cedar Point area, not the best of spots. It is unfortunate that because of the one-way posting and the way the sites are laid out that sites 12, 13, 14, 16 18, 19, and 20 have the hookups on the wrong side. Also, your door opens directly onto the road. Almost all of the other campers in this loop were tent campers, probably the best for this loop. All of the staff were great. We would definitely stay here again, but would either stay off season or make reservations early on so that we could get a nice site by the lake. We like dark campgrounds and think that taking a flashlight is a good idea.
10/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount. First, a note, the noted flooding is past. It is a beautiful campground and could be a great place to camp, except there are problems. It is very crowded, even during midweek in October. The reason that it is busy is that the local folks have found a way to get around the stay limits and stay there for weeks, even months, at a time. They set up pretty much permanent sites and they use lots of lights. It is not a camping experience, but more like an old campground with lots of permanent campers. Too bad. We would stay here again for passing through, but not as a destination campground.
10/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount. We have stayed at this park about 3 times over the last few years. It is a nice COE park on Beaver Lake. It is starting to show some signs of neglect, probably due to budget restrictions, but still nice. This visit the lake is lower so not quite as great but still nice with some waterfront sites. The sites are paved and most are OK level, but some are sloped. The park is not far off the interstate and not too difficult to get to, but lots of traffic. There are lots of businesses in the area. We were able to get satellite television at our site (number 15) and Verizon phone and air card worked well. This could well be a destination park. A nice place to spend a week or two. It is a great birding site. We will definitely stay here again.
10/2011
rating [ 5/10 ]
This was a very hard campground to review. As we sit here on this nice, sunny, warm weekend, in a very busy loop, I would say that we would never come back here again. We had been here off season several years ago and it was good. It is a very, very busy campground with close sites. It is very noisy at night during the busy season. Lots of yelling, etc. with little sign of any noise enforcement. Even the stated quiet hours only go from 11 pm. to 7 pm. so don't depend on a lot of quiet. Also, lots of smoke from smoldering campfires. The lake is lovely and would be great for water sports. There are some hiking trails. Biking is OK, but the traffic is very heavy and fast, again with no speed limit enforcement. Most important, many, many of the sites are very, very sloped. I would say at least 50 percent and perhaps more would not be usable my a motorhome. They will only let you change sites once and the sign says that you cannot change sites on weekends! So, what do you do when you cannot fit into a site? I left it as big rig friendly and drive through sites, but am not for sure where those would be. I would certainly not come here in a big rig. So, if it is off season, OK. During prime season, if you want some peace and quiet, find another place.
10/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
The park is very easy to access from Interstate 70, only a short easy drive. Everyone there was very friendly and helpful. It is quite and dark, which we like. The water fill was easy to get to. We did not use the toilets, which are only pit toilets. It was wall maintained. The paved areas were narrow but nice and long. They have fifty amp circuits where are nice to have. It is nice and a great place to hang out for a couple of days, but probably not a destination park. The lake is a ways away from the camping area. It will be a very easy park to forget, even though nice, since not a lot of major features. We had a problem with the RV on the way out. The park staff were extremely helpful in solving the problem and getting us on our way. We will always fondly remember the park because of those kind folks.
10/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is the second time that we have stayed in this state park. The first time was a number of years back when it was very busy. We liked the park then, although we had to leave early because of a state budget issue. Now off-season, we love this park. I think this may be the first, or almost the first, time a gave a park a 10 rating. The park is very easy to get to on very good roads. As noted, the staff is very friendly and efficient. Although our campground host might have been having a bit of an off day. The park is very well maintained with level sites. Although the paved part of the sites are a bit narrow. It is very quiet and wonderfully dark at night. We love that. I should point out that I am referring to the "modern" campground with electrical hook-ups and not the primitive sites on the other side of the lake. There are hiking trails and the park is great for bike riding. Of course in the summer there are all of the lake activities. If you are birders you will like the park as it is promoting its birding activities with on-site kiosks for e-bird. The park also has a nice new, small lodge that is very attractive. We were able to find a site with good satellite reception and our Verizon phone and Internet card worked well. We would definitely return to this park. It would be great to spend a week or so, or even longer, at this wonderful state park. Well done Pennsylvania!
09/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This NY state park is fairly easy to get to off of Interstate 88. When we stayed there the only camping area open was the Hilltop unit, so I can only comment on that area. Also, there had been a lot of rain and the rain continued while we were there so we were not able to check out the area extensively. There are a very limited number of electric sites and many of them are too small or sloped to be usable for most camping units. Many of the sites have no gravel, just on the grass. We are only 27 feet long, so had no problem in getting into our site, but I would not really call the Hilltop camping area big rig friendly. The power pedestals are shared by two sites, so will be very difficult to access from some sites. It will take a very long cord. The dump station is quite a ways from the Hilltop camp unit. The campground is pleasant, with some sites in the woods and some out in the open. We were able to get satellite from out site and our Verizon phone and internet worked well. It was nice and quite at night (only about 10 other spaces occupied) and fairly dark, which we like. There is a nice warm glow from a cola machine, which does not really add to the ambiance. We did not use the restrooms or showers, but did look and they seem clean. Overall everything looked a bit tired and rundown. Like many of our state parks it could use some help. We would stay here again as an overnight or two but would not go out of our way to visit this park.
05/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a very difficult campground to rate. It is right on the ocean. If you are lucky enough to get one of the 4 or 5 waterfront sights, the view is great. We were here preseason so, we got lucky. It is inexpensive for here, as $32 per night is extremely cheap. The owner/manager is very nice. She even accepts out-of-state checks. (No credit cards accepted). It is hard to rate how it would be in busy season, but I suspect it is very peaceful. This is a great area to spend time, with Rockline very near with all of the restaurants and services on top of the many beaches and lighthouses to explore. Now the somewhat negatives. The campground if very funky. It seems to have been laid-out by someone that has had one too many drinks. There are various power poles and water outlets around. The sites are marked, but pretty haphazard. We were there when it had been raining a lot, so it was pretty sloppy. There are no sewer hookups. There are 20 and 30 amp (no 50 amps.) We had 30 amp, but not really. We have a safety device to cut power if the voltage drops too much. We had to be very careful not to use too much are the voltage would go very low,so don't expect to use AC or electric heaters or water heaters. (AC's and electric heater are banned by the park rules anyway.) Oh yes, it is a very quiet and dark park, which we like. A few streetlights around, but not too bright. If you are looking for a "resort" stay far away. If you like views and quite for a few days, give it a try.
05/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park should have received a higher rating except for a couple of problems. The electrical sites are in loop D. We were very fortunate in that we got one of the loop D sites there that were not side-by-side, so we were fine. However, most of the loop D sites look more like a commercial CG than a state park. They were pretty much lined up in row. The other ironic issue is that the last night we were there, there were dogs barking all night. This is ironic because the park charges a big extra charge if you have a pet (we did not). The barking, which we had heard earlier in the day, was coming from housing within the park, presumably a park employee. The park has some nice trails and the lake is beautiful. It is too bad that the cabins are along the lake but the CG is set well back into the woods. You can rent boats to go out on the lake. The park is now charging a 5 dollar fee for making a reservation. This is on top of the fee charged by the reservation service. We would stay there again, but would question the dog issue.
05/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a nice quite, dark campground, which we love. I left the big rig friendly checked but I don't really think I would bring a big rig into the park. We are only 27 feet and had no problem, but there are tight turns. There are trails,but we did not use them since it was raining when we were there. It was pre-season, so the beaches were still closed. It is close to Gettysburg, so lots of things to do and visit. The fresh water faucets are strange. Blue or yellow faucets are OK, red are off limits. The red is at the dump station. Don't expect to get satellite here, too much tree cover. We would stay there again, but not for long term.
05/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
This campground is sort of a jumble of sites. We did just fine and got a nice site in our 27 ft motorhome, but I certainly would not want to negotiate it in a big rig. Many of the sites are very short and not level, so you have to pick your site carefully. As noted by others, there is good 50 amp service and water at the sites. (Not for sure if they all have 50 amp but we did.) There are two dump stations. The folks at check in were nice and helpful. The park is very convenient from the interstate. There was very little freeway noise and, for the most part, the park was nice and quiet. We would stay again but only for a day or two in passing through.
05/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a nice campground with full hookups. It is modern and very well kept. It is pretty sterile without any water, etc., features. It would have received a rating of 8 except for the lighting. We go camping to get away from noise and light, but the designers of this CG decided to put very bright streetlights about every third CG site. If you like Wal-Mart camping you will love this. No, really not as bad as a Wal-Mart, but it is very bright. Otherwise, nice hiking and beautiful park. We would stay again for a night or two but not for longer because of the lighting.
05/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a very nice campground only a short way off of interstate, and that it the problem. It gets freeway noise. Now, this is not a problem if you go into your RV, shut it up and turn on the AC, but if you like to spend time outside you will hear the interstate. If had not been for that, it would have received an 8 or so. We had a very nice "premium" site on the small lake. The birding was good and the view was great. It was quiet and fairly dark. The ladies at the front still did not have park maps. Apparently a lack of copiers, but no problem. We were able to find our site and find our way around the park. We would definitely stay again for an overnight, which is what we did, but would not make it a longer term destination park.
05/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice, quite campground close to Shreveport. We were here during the week and it was almost empty. We were told it is very crowded on weekends. The sites are nice, level and large. The good news is that the lake is almost full again! As noted, some of the sites have decks that are great. Overall, the campground seems to be very well kept. It is a bit far to shopping, about 20 miles (30 minutes) to major shopping, so bring your supplies with you. The campground has usable WiFi, although not very fast. The sites are shady, good for hot days but not satellite friendly. We would definitely stay here again.
05/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a smaller Texas State Park campground on a smallish lake. It is very shady which is great on a hot day but not good if you must have satellite. As noted, the sites tend to be smaller and sloped, but we certainly had no problem in our 27-foot rig. I left "big-rig friendly" checked as yes, but I am doubtful that a really big rig would be very happy here. It would likely be very difficult to level and the roads are fairly tight. We had a nice shady site tucked away at the very end. It was nice and quiet and fairly dark, which we like, even though it filled for the night. There is lots of room for strolling and birding and a small swimming area for the kids. The staff were very nice and helpful. We would definitely stay there again.
05/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is the same campground that used to be known as "Fort Retire," now under new ownership and management. We have stayed here four times over the last several years. We use it as a base to visit and take care of business in San Antonio. We like it because it is quiet -- no road noise -- and fairly dark. The campground is largely long-term residents, but that is certainly not a problem. The owners live on site and manage the campground. The are extremely helpful and accommodating, remembering you from one visit to the next. The campground is fairly simple with few frills, which is not an issue for use since we do not use clubhouses, etc. It gets the job done very well. It is clean and well kept and, as already noted, quiet. The new owners have added lights which we would prefer not to have as we like the darkness, but that is not a big issue. Most of the shady sites are taken by long-term residents but the sites are nice and big and level with good services. It is a ways into San Antonio, but is easy to do and on fast freeways. We checked out several of the parks in and around San Antonio and clearly prefer this one.
11/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a fine park. We stayed in Deer Ridge area. Most of the sites there do not have water views. We were there on a weekend -- lots of kids. We did not have reservations and the sign said if you do not have reservations, don't even bother. However, we had no problem getting a site. We were lucky, our site had a lot of space, but many of the sites there are close together. There are some nice walking/biking trails. We would stay there again, but would probably make reservations and would try for a weekday with fewer kids.
11/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is an OK park for an overnight stay. We only stayed one night but extended stay would seem to be OK too. Nothing fancy. Basic sites, but everything worked well. The woman that checked us in was very nice and helpful. We changed sites and she had no problem with that. There is some traffic noise but not bad at all for only being a short distance from the freeway. I did notice that the campground is for sale, so things may change but I would not hesitate to stay stay here again. They do have propane as well and a small grocery.
10/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park should really be reviewed as four separate parks since there are four, very different camping areas. We stayed at the Walnut River area since it was the only area with water available in late October. The sites at Walnut River range from water and electric only, to full hookups. There are spaces where you can stay two weeks and others where you can spend the season. Some of the spaces are level but many of them are very unlevel. There is obviously a lot of deferred maintenance with some electrical boxes taped with yellow caution tape. In many ways, it has more the feel of a county park than a state park. The campground could use some cleanup. There was quite a bit of trash around. One of the host sites was very trashed: never a good sign. As noted in earlier reviews, the payment system is very difficult to figure out. The sign at the front gate said no credit cards, debit cards, or out-of-state checks were acceptable. That turned out to be for entry only. Out-of-state checks were OK for camping. There is a self registration kiosk, but that was for entry payment only. We could not find the camp host. Another camper said she would come around later for payment, which she did. It would be nice to have a simple sign saying to take a site and someone would come around to collect. By the way, the host said they were going on a reservations system next year. There is a maximum security correctional facility about a mile from the campground, if that is an issue for you. There is also a tornado siren just across the street. This is an urban park with views of houses across the street. Having said that, the park was nice and quiet at night. We would stay here again but only for a night passing through.
10/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice, simple campground that is well run. Many locals camp here. Several of the sites do not have electric hookups and some sites are not level, but it is well worth the hunt to find a suitable site. In the summer, you would want reservataions, but off-season, no problem.
10/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
There are two campgrounds in Sangchris Lake State Park. Deer Run Campground is the larger of the two and is without water front or view sites. Hickory Point has both water view and water front sites. Camping here in the off-season we were able to get a great site at Hickory Point right on the water, but I suspect in prime season you would definitely need reservations. The campground is neat, clean and well kept and the lake is very pretty. The staff were very nice, friendly and helpful. If you are into birding this is the place to be. The Park is about 30 minutes outside of Springfield but feels very far away and out in the country. The park is nice and dark and quite. We would definitely stay here again.
10/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
We did not have a good experience at this campground. The first encounter was with the park attendant. She would not let us pick our own sight but assigned a site. When we later tried to change the site, he acted very put out that we would ask and basically refused to change the site. That set a very negative tone which was made further negative when our neighbor moved in and listened to the radio very loud all afternoon. Finally, there is a lot of interstate traffic noise and they have a very bright streetlight by the restroom. So, if you are looking for peace and quiet, we could not recommend this park. I suppose, it is better than a Wal-Mart parking lot to spend the night, but not a lot.
10/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is an OK campground for an overnight stop or a couple of days. Most campers seem to bunch up near where there is a very remote view of the lake, so we were able to get a pretty nice spot away from the crowds. The campsites are fairly level. The spots to get fresh water are in strange places so a little hard to get to for filling a tank. The electrical was OK but could sure use some upgrading. The folks we met in the park were helpful and friendly. The park is very poorly maintained. Not in the campground but it you walk a little ways down the trails there is trash all over. Down by the lake there are trash containers with trash overflowing. This park could use some TLC. We would stay again for a quick overnight or two, but certainly not a destination park.
10/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice state park and would have received a 10 rating except for a couple of issues. First the positives: The park is on a Corp of Engineers reservoir and several of the sites have views of the water, which is very pleasant. The park staff and volunteers are very helpful and friendly. For the most part, the sites are well spaced to provide some privacy. The grounds are very well kept. Now the negatives/issues: Many of the sites are very sloping, making leveling difficult or impossible. The other negative is the reservation system. My advice – make a reservation. We came without reservations on a Thursday and the park office was closed. We found a nice site and set up, planning on staying for two days. We registered and paid for two days. About 6 p.m. a park ranger came to the door, saying that our site was reserved for the following night, so we could either move then or move the next day. He was very nice and accommodating , and gave us a list of available sites. We elected to move the next day. When we talked to a volunteer the next morning, she explained that even though the sites had shown available, anyone could go on line a make a reservation at any time, so that they would then be taken. We would have no way of knowing. Therefore, our only option was to go to a loop that was walk-up. Most of the sites on this loop were very unlevel, but we did finally find one that works. So, if you go make a reservation and one weekends you have to reserve for two nights. Despite this, we would stay there again.
10/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a nice enough park, but is a bear to get to and is not recommended for a simple overnight stay. The road into and out of the park is pretty steep and hard for a larger RV. Maneuvering in the campground is also rather tight. When we were there (off season) the lake was down quite a bit, making it not as attractive. When we went by the park office the attendant made us wait while she finished some paperwork before she would talk with us. Not the best customer service, but not a really big deal. The rate reflects off-season and senior discount. Do note that the pet sites cost more even if you do not have a pet. We would probably not stay there again.
10/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed in the Beechwood campground. It was off-season so there were not many campers. The water had been turned off in the CG for the season; although water was available at the office. The restrooms had been replaced with port-a-johns. The campground is nice with ample room between sites. There are a number of trails to hike in the area, which is quite attractive. It would probably have a very different feel in high season since there are many camping sites and cabins available. The rate stated reflects off-season and senior discount. Another reviewer had stated that it was not big rig friendly, but another couple traveling with us had a 40 foot motorhome and had no problems. We would stay here again.
10/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
As noted by other reviewers, this is a nice park that is right on the ocean and a short walk to a beautiful beach. It seems much more like a commercial park rather than a state park. The sites are pretty much lined up and are not attractive, but being on the ocean makes up for the parking lot feel. It also has a very urban feel and is close to several beach attractions such as restaurants and arcades. That was fine being there off-season, but I would not want to camp there in high season. Interesting, we had a completely different feel about the camp attendant. The campground has fire pits that are only usable from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. for some reason. We are told to make for sure that we parked far enough forward so that the attendant could see all of the fire rings from her RV. We did as told; however, as we were getting set up, the attendant drove out and said we had to move forward even more. Not a big deal, but not the most friendly. Also, as noted by others $50 is excessive, especially for a state park. I would probably not choose to stay there again.
04/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a great state park in a wonderful setting in a beautiful part of Maine. There is lots to do in the area. We were here off season. Thankfully, they open early so we had a place to stay. We were greeted by the park staff and offered many options. The park is great. The only drawbacks are that it is close to the highway, so there is some highway noise. The sites are fairly sloping so leveling can be a bit of a challenge. As we are here tonight we are the only folks in the CG, so it is sweet.
04/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This campground is very nice for what it is, a primitive non-hookup campground. They note that they cannot accommodate RVs over 35 feet and that is true. We are 27 feet long and had no problems. We stayed in site 22. If you look on their website you will see that they show sites that can handle larger RV's. It should also be noted that they do not have an RV dump, so come with empty tanks. The CG is wooded with nice spacing between sites. There is a road close by with some traffic but it calms down at night and is not a problem. There are some nice hiking trails in the park and park staff are very friendly. They also open much earlier in the season that other state or private parks. We would stay here again.
04/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
From what we saw this is the best campground in the area. The pet issue noted by other reviewers was not an issue for us since we do not have pets but the owner has put up a sign noting a new pet area in the park. The park is small and very well kept. The manager is the owner and that makes for personal attentive management. If you want to know anything about the area, just ask him. We did not find the noise to be a problem but we were here off season. Another plus for this CG is that they open earlier than anyone else. We would definitely stay here again.
04/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
The owners/managers were kind enough to accommodate us with a site even though they were not officially going to open for another week. We certainly appreciated that. Since we were the only people in the campground, it is hard to give it a valid rating. Our site was level and nice. The sites are in the trees so satellite TV was not possible. Our Verizon aircard did not work here. It should be noted that the sites are in the trees and maneuvering among the trees is a bit difficult. I am not too sure about this being big-rig friendly, but perhaps some sites would work. The sites do not have sewer, so a trip to the dump is required. As noted in earlier reviews, you can hear road noise, but not too bad. Overall, a nice place with nice folks running the park. We would stay here again.
04/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
To call this a gem is a bit too much. We stayed here because they are open year around and in April there are almost no campgrounds open, so we stayed here. The "sites" are some grass areas behind the owners house. The sites are very close to the highway and there is a lot of highway noise. I would not recommend this CG unless you really need a place to stay when everything else is closed. It is fairly easy to get to off I-90.
04/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
We were here on the first day when they were supposed to have water available at one source in the campground. They did not get it turned on on April 1 but did make it by the next day after a call to the office. The campground is fine but not very exciting. It is unfortunate that there is this nice lake out there and the campground is set very far back; although, as noted there is a nice paved trail that goes out to the beach, marina and hotel. When we were here in off season, there was not a lot to do since there is not a lot of hiking or biking trials and it was far too cold for the lake. As noted, the park police drive through very often during the day, but we never saw them at night. There are a lot of "lookers" that drive through. It would be nice if they could put up a sign "campers only." That might help a bit. There were only a few other campers in the campground, but when those few others came in after 10:00, they chose to camp right next to us. What is that all about? In summary, an OK campground with few negatives but not a lot of positives. We would stay here again but only in passing through.
03/2010
rating [ 4/10 ]
I post this review since it is one of the only RV parks in the area. Is is an OK place to stay if you need to be in the area. Most are Mobile Home sites with a few RV sites, some long term. It is not too bad noise wise, but the air conditioners on the business next door do make noise. When we were there it had rained and the site was very muddy. The hook-up's are far back and not conventional. It is expensive for the area at $30. We usually stay at the local state park in Crowder, but it was completely empty at the time and we did not want to leave the motorhome there alone while we were in town.
03/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a nice RV campground. It notes that there are Lake sites available. We did not see these, but some of the sites were closed because it was off season. The fee of $25 or no water sites is steep, but the sites are fairly private and nice. The Campground is fairly tree covered so it is difficult, but not impossible, to find a site where you can get satellite reception. There is not a lot more to add to the other reviews. It is a nice campground, not exciting, but nice. Oh yes, if you like trains, you will love this campground as you can hear trains in the background all night long. (We like train sounds so it was not a problem.)
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was a great overnight stop. None of the negatives noted in the earlier reviews. It was clean and nice and all of the staff were great. When we were there it was very quite since it was off season. It is a little tight and don't expect to get sat. because it is very tree covered. It was very quite. Would would certainly stay there again.
03/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a really great campground. This is our second time to stay here while visiting folks in St Louis and it works perfectly for that. The sites are relatively level and large. The hosts are helpful and nice. One great added bonus is that there is a locked gate to enter the park at night so we felt secure in leaving our RV here while in St. Louis. We came on a Sunday and had no trouble finding a site. Of course this is off season, which is also reflected in the rate. Note that there is a steep down, then up on the road into the campground but not a big deal.
03/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
We stayed at this campground while visiting relatives in Rolla. The address is Rolla, but it is actually closer to a small community called Edgar Springs. It is about 15 miles south of Rolla on Highway 63, but it is an easy quick drive into Rolla. The address of the CG is 24125 County Road 6050, Rolla but it is right along Highway 63 so there is traffic noise, but it was cold and rainy when we were there so we were closed up and traffic was not a big issue. Also the highway calms down at night. The sites are packed gravel. As noted, it was very wet when we were there so it was fairly sloppy. There are 18 sites but they have several others in the works. Since the CG was not crowded there was lots of space between RV’s but if it were full some of the sites would be pretty close together. The owners are nice and helpful and everything seemed pretty clean and in good order. The washers/dryers are only a dollar and that is nice. Also, the $20 per night is very reasonable given current commercial campground rates. This is not a resort CG but an OK place to stay if you want to visit the area.
03/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
We happened on to Riverside because it was the only RV campground open in the area in mid-March. There are a couple of important issues. First, they have a very strict rule of no pets, so if you have pets this CG is not for you. Second, it is two miles down a gravel road. It was not too rough when we went in, but it sure gets your rig dirty. If it were wet, it would not be so great. If those two issues are not obstacles for you, then the CG is pretty nice. The CG is right on the Spring River. It seems to cater mostly to fisher people and those floating the river. It is a large CG complete with a small store. In mid-March there were only about 10 other campers. The sites along the river are nicely spaced, but, if it were full, the spaces in the middle would be relatively close together. The spaces are long and fairly level with packed gravel. Some of the sites have shade but most are in the open. The sites have 30 amps and water but no sewer. This is a dump station. When we were there it was quiet, except for the train. If you love trains this CG is for you as they run right past and love to blow their whistle when going past. There were about three trains during the night. The staff was friendly and the CG is well kept. The bathhouse is rustic but clean and nice enough. The grass was well manicured. We would probably not stay here again as a quick overnight.
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
The rate reflects a senior discount of 50%, This is a very nice, quiet park even though it is close to Little Rock. The sites are far apart, long and level. There are lots of trees and getting a satellite signal is difficult. The earlier reviewer that suggested releasing gray water is very wrong. Releasing gray water onto the ground is not legal and certainly not proper! The CG is right along the river and any waste released is going directly into the river. It is also very inconsiderate of others in the campground. They do not want to have to deal with your waste.
03/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate reflects a senior discount. The main road into the campground is still closed because of flooding, as noted by an earlier reviewer. Also, part of the campground is closed because of flooding. We have stayed at this CG before and, had I reviewed it then, I would have given it a higher rating. The CG is nice but it was very, very crowded. That would have been OK had the rules been enforced, but they were not. Even though the rules say that cars must be parked on pavement, cars and boats were parked everywhere. Many of the sites had many more than the allowed number of campers. This made getting around difficult and the campground to be rather unpleasant. The crowds were probably because of spring break, and because parts of this and other nearby campgrounds were closed because of the flooding. So do come to this CG, but try to pick times when it will be less crowded.
03/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
The rate reflects a 50% Escapee RV discount. This is a great RV park. Everything you would want and more. As noted, the owners are friendly and helpful. The park is wonderfully quite and peaceful. The spaces are wide and far apart. When we were there it was almost empty so it was very peaceful. The spaces are packed gravel with lots of grass around. We will certainly stay here again.
03/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
The rate reflects a 15% Escapee discount. We stayed at this park one night as we were passing through. When I made reservations the day before, the woman was very insistent that check in time was 1:00. We got here about 11:30 and she made a big deal again about check in even though the site we occupied was empty. We have a short motorhome, but even with that, maneuvering to get into the site was difficult. It was a very narrow site and very unlevel. We had to use blocks under the front wheel to level, something we do not often experience at commercial campgrounds. There was a wooden deck that had a sharp metal object attached, not good. The park is very close to the interstate and road noise is quite loud, at least at our site. Perhaps it would not be an issue at some of the other sites. We were close to the entrance and the dumpster, so we had lots of company. We would stay here again only if we needed a place to crash for one night, certainly would not make this a destination spot.
03/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
The rate of $14 reflects a monthly rate. We stayed here a month to see San Antonio and take care of some business. We really, really wanted to like this park. We had read about the other parks in the San Antonio area and did not like the sound of those. We also looked at some and they are very, very packed parks, so this out of the way, but close park sounded wonderful and exactly what we were looking for. The bottom line: it worked for us and was OK, but not nearly as wonderful as their website makes it sound. Everyone at the park was very nice and helpful, but the park is very much under construction. There are several sites set back among the trees and more along the river that have long-term inhabitants. The available sites are more out in the open. They have grand plans to establish a number of new sites but only five of them are currently available. The grounds are pretty trashed because of the ongoing construction, which is going very slowly. So, currently there are no restrooms in the new part of the park. You have to travel quite a distance to the clubhouse if you want to use the park restrooms and showers. (This was not a problem for us, since we use the facilities in our RV.) The sites are packed gravel with small tile patios. Otherwise it is dirt. The horses are nice to see, but a very big disappointment for us was the noise. One of the reasons we were attracted to this park was since it was out of the way, we thought it would be quiet. It is not. Even though it is some distance from the interstate, through some interesting acoustic phenomena, it gets a lot of noise from the interstate. Often it is quite a roar, particularly at night. Not to mention the close-by rodeo that happened one night. We had also hoped for dark, but they have a number of lights around. The park was safe, and there were no problems, but it's in a pretty poor area. There is lots of trash around the entrance roads. It is close to San Antonio and it is very easy to get into town. However, there is no close-by shopping. It is a ways to a food store or Wal-Mart. It is hard to say if we would stay here again. We might if we had business in the area again, since the other parks are so close packed, but it would certainly not be a chosen destination park for us. Perhaps if they get all of the construction done, it will be better.
02/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Agree with the other reviewers. It is a nice campground in a wonderful park (actually State Natural Area). There are great hiking trails and fantastic scenery. The park is clean and well tended and the staff are very helpful. The sites are large, so big rigs are not a problem. The highway (187) leading into the park is fine, but it is very narrow. This is not really a problem since there is so little traffic (at least at this time of year).
02/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a good park to stay in for a few nights coming and going from Big Bend National Park. The folks here are all nice and friendly. The sites are level and relatively roomy. The wireless internet is wonderful. Very fast. The trains coming through are interesting. I would not hesitate to stay here. The town is small and friendly. The restaurants may or may not be open. If you have lots of money: eat at the Gage, but be prepared for very poor service and a very big check.
10/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Good campground in Alpine. Folks here are all nice and helpful. They heavily use folks that work in exchange for a camp site. Clean campground with some nice views. It is a good place to stay for a night or extended. We have stayed here three times now and all have been good. If you want to stay here during cowboy festival, then you will need reservations.
10/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
What a wonderful place. Now, this park is not for everyone. If you like bright security lights right outside your RV, if you like the sound of highways, or if you like the noise of close neighbors, this park is not for you. If you like profound quiet, peace, and darkness then try this park. You must make reservations: no drive bys, but it is well worth the extra effort. It is like being at a very exclusive resort or visiting a great relative that actually likes you. We could look out our front window and see Bighorn sheep. We could see great birds all around. It is only a short drive to the Cat Walk (great). This park is not easy to find: it is closer to mile marker 56. There is a very small sign after you turn, that says Sundial road. You will drive a total of about a mile to the park. You will pass a road on the right that says 519a. You will pass two signs that say road closed ahead. You will come to a gate with notices that you should not pass if you do not have reservations. You will be thinking how do I turn around if this does not work. Finally you will come to a great site with only eight RV sites. When we were here, we had no other campers: wonderful! The hot springs: you have to let your host know that you want a bath. It is extra of course, but well worth the cost. We stayed here three nights and did the hot springs every night. We had a totally private pool under the stars: wonderful. So, if you want an interesting experience with quiet, dark, and wonderful views, do give this place a try.
10/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
From our view this is the best park in Las Cruces. We have stayed at a much more expensive park and definitely not worth the extra cost. It is a fairly quiet, fairly dark park. Everyone we have come across working at the park has been very good. We have our favorite site here and it has always been available. The park is close to everything in the city. Would recommend staying here.
09/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Both Sunset Campground and North Campground are within Bryce Canyon National Park. The North Campground is reviewed elsewhere. In Sunset CG, Loop A is for RV's. Loops B & C are for tests only. Sunset CG has fewer RV sites than North and the sites tend to be smaller and not as level but it is still a great CG. It is a little more out of the way, so tends to be a bit quite. It is actually more convenient for the shuttle than North CG and it is quite easy to walk a short distance and be on the rim where most of the hikes start. It is a little more removed from laundry and showers, both in the General Store, than the North CG, but you would likely want to drive in either case. Sunset is not recommended for really large rigs, for that go to North.
10/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
As noted by other reviewers, this is a great campground. We have a 27 ft motorhome and found the road and sites tight but very doable. The shuttle is very convenient. Reservations are definitely a good idea, particularly during high season. We drove through the full-hookup campground and definitely would not want to stay there. Very close and trashy. To correct a prior post, generator hours are from 8 until 10 a.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. That is a bit restrictive since we wanted to be out hiking earlier and often wanted to be out to dinner during the evening hours. But, we made it work.
10/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed at Greer's for two nights on our way out of the Grand Canyon. It was convenient to a new Camping World in Bellemont where we had some repair work done. It is also very convenient to the Flagstaff Mall where we wanted to do some shopping. We did not have reservations, but were able to get in without any problem. We arrived mid-day. It would be best to make reservations since it seem to get quite busy later in the day. The gentleman at the front desk was quite polite and helpful. We wanted a site where we could get satellite television which is not easy because of all of the tall pine trees. He drove us around in his cart so that we could use our compass to find a "TV friendly site." We were successful in finding a nice level site which worked well for us. In our site there was very little road noise. It was very quiet and peaceful. Even though it looked like most of the sites were filled with long term residents, most of them were not present during October. There would probably be a lot more traffic during the summer. We used the laundry and it was fine. We never use the pool, showers, and other amenities offered by other campgrounds, so their lack was not a problem. It was perfect for our two night stay. We would stay there again.
01/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a wonderful state park, close to the Mexican Border. The bird watching is great. The sites are great and it is nice an quite. This is desert scenery.
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