Not so much a family friendly park. Our stay here has made me wish I never renewed my ROD membership dues. First off the campground would not honor my ROD membership due to my home resort blacking out ROD members. Finger pointing ensued and I as the customer ended up paying the public rate of $38.00 a night when ROD would have been for free. So, not happy with that as I think the campground could have afforded to let me stay at the ROD, fee free. In hindsight I think we should have stayed up the road. We wanted to use the campground as a base of operations as we explored the area including Crater Lake and the Lava Lands National Monument. We stayed in site E29. All the sites are pull through and accommodated our rig perfectly. The pool was nice and clean but as with the vast majority of the park needed updating. The playground though in existence was run down and contributed to the overall, non-kid friendly atmosphere. Many full timers here and though I am up to talking with folks, it seems I was doing EVERYTHING wrong as at least four individuals needed to come up and give unsolicited advice. The bathrooms, though clean and functional, except when a toilet was flushed, were outdated. Camp store is minimally stocked. Overall this campground would cater to: (1) Senior citizens who are full timers and stay in their rigs 24/7, (2) passer throughs. I would not stay here again and pay the $38.00 per night.
We took advantage of our Thousand Trails membership, which meant we camped for free, during the weekend of the Icicle Festival in Leavenworth and are we glad we did! I had no problems making reservations only 48 hours out. The two foot of snow on the ground probably helped LOL but the staff really showed their dedication when 24 hours out they called to confirm our arrival and gave us driving tips i.e. come in on highway 2 then turn north before coming into Leavenworth to avoid having to go over two passes. Even en-route, staff called to make sure we were good to go and let us know our packet would be waiting for us on the board at the Ranger station. When we arrived we got our packet which had a hand written welcome in it and directions to the site. We were assigned site 93 but were told if we wanted we could get any site we could find. Due to the snow and the forecast for more the park was about 90% vacant if not more. Site 93 was a handicap site but based on reservations we were given it. It was located very close to the entrance and right next to the bathrooms in the Timber View area of the camp. The only problem was the placement of the 30 amp box but more in a bit. Getting our Jayco 29 QBH into the site was pretty easy and even for all the snow, it had been recently cleared, the site was pretty level. The water outlet for the site did not work even though it was thoroughly insulated which forced me to fill my fresh water tanks from and adjacent site, luckily my hose reached but still this was not a problem in the end. The park itself is HUGE!. With well over 300 sites dispersed in two or three areas. The winter environment was just spectacular and talking a walk in the mornings with a warm cup of Joe sure was peaceful. The bathrooms were extremely clean as were the showers. The family lodge was very very nice with a huge circular fire place that could have been lit if we wanted. The camp store was located in there but was closed. I was concerned because I saw a 30 amp extension cord which I was ready to buy because hooking up via the 110 outlet on the box was causing the circuit to trip. I located staff in the office above and asked if there was anyway possible for me to buy the cord. He said no problem and actually LENT us the cord! I tried to insist on paying for it but he would not let me. He only asked for me to clean it up and return it when we left. This was an extreme act of RV kindness and solidified our view of the park. Our two year old had a good time in the play room which even though is not a Chucky Cheese had enough to occupy him during our break from the snow. The downstairs of the Family lodge had two ping pong tables, a foosball, and air hockey game. The air hockey game took my .75 without giving up a puck but I think the activity center which was closed would have been the place to get that. Due to the weather I couldn't hook up my sewer line but did take advantage of the dump station without issue when we left. We want to make this an annual camping trip and will definitely come back. The customer service was top notch and the preserve is a good base camp for anything winter related and a good place to go and experience Leavenworth from. LOVED IT!
I took my two kiddos, 17 year old son and 12 year old girl here so we could get a leg up on the clamming season which ran for two days, 22 and 23 Dec. About one week prior I contacted the park directly, I am a K&M Traveler level member, and at first reserved the 22nd and 23rd, but two days before leaving decided to get camp set up the night prior. I had no issues with adding the extra night. Getting there was a snap and upon arrival, around 1600, the front office was closed but the manager was outside. She politely told me my paperwork was in the late arrival and just to check in at 1000 the next morning. We got our paperwork and saw we were assigned site 123 which is the most western, beach side, corner of the park. As noted in previous reviews the park is divided into two sections, beach side and non beach side. The beach side is reserved for K&M members only. The non beach side has the club house and by appearance the sites look closer together but the park was around 10% full when we went. More on the non beach side later. We crossed a wooden bridge and found our site with no issues. It along with all the other sites I saw were hard packed gravel and there were very little trees, more on the non beach side. The site was really level only requiring a small amount of leveling on the left wheel. Beach access is via a trail which is about 700ft long. I could see a possible issue with flooded pathways during heavy rains but the park is upfront and relates they are not allowed to build any walkways or bridges because the dune area is state land, fair enough. Ease of access was a big plus but in the end we just drove the truck down to Ocean City and got vehicle beach access as it was more convenient for clamming. I did have an issue with the cable, thus the 9 rating. There is a $1.00 per night fee for cable which I find acceptable but when I hooked up, be sure to turn off your antenna boost, the picture was snowy and filled with lines. I got 10x better reception with my antenna. I notified the manager and a handyman promptly came out to look at the splitter and determined the splitter was bad. So no charge for cable but kind of a bummer esp with the rain hampering our campfire time at night. The bathrooms on the beach side also have the showers and they were very clean and the showers worked perfectly. Only downside I can see is limited availability as there are only two stalls. This could become an issue during peak season. The club house on the non beach side was very nice and cozy. Well maintained. It had a pool table, a couple of old arcade games, plenty of books, a couple of couches, and several "banquet" tables which were decorated for the Christmas Season. Free coffee, hot chocolate and cookies were available. Advertisements for Saturday breakfast and Friday ice cream socials made us wish we could have stayed an extra day. the bathrooms on this side were just a good as the beach side. The hot tub was closed so no review on that. This is the first time we have stayed here and I sure would like to come back. Staff was very friendly and the park looks to be very pet friendly. Beach access is a big plus and if you stay on the wooden bridge long enough you will see a plethora of wildlife to include otters in the water below. We also saw a Bald Eagle just hanging out on a piece of drift wood on the beach! Very nice park and a definite jewel in the K&M inventory.
I stayed here for the Sturgis rally. Drove my Hog all the way from Seattle. I am a member of Thousand Trails and Resorts of Distinction but during the rally all bets are off. But that was okay. The campground is about 40 miles south of Sturgis so you are away from all the big time partying, if that is what you want. What makes this campground so good is it is centrally located to all the major rides, Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore etc. The campground was very well maintained. The cabin we stayed in can hold up to 5 but it would have been way crowded. We only had two and it was perfect. Inside are two bunk beds with one set having a full or queen size bed on the bottom. The cabin came with basic amenities. Microwave, coffee pot, small fridge, plastic utensils, linens, and a small flat screen TV. The cabin had AC and a small wall mounted heater. The construction was very solid and we felt secure sleeping in it. Outside was a picnic table and a fire ring. In actuality we did not spend a whole lot of time there as we were busy riding. The drive from the Buffalo Chip at 0100 in the morning was a little tiresome but knowing we would be away from all the hustle and bustle of Sturgis was good. Overall I highly recommend this campground. From what I saw of the camper sites they looked pretty level and well maintained. Excellent experience and would not hesitate to bring my rig there for a family stay.
I am an active duty Soldier and while camping at K&M Beach-wood last year we meet a retired Navy guy who highly recommended this campground. It took almost a year but we finally got around to it and we are glad we did. First off make sure and check the campgrounds website for specific criteria as this is a DOD facility and not everyone can enter but if you make the cut I highly recommend this site. The drive to the front gate was a little "scary" as there are no signs whatsoever directing you to this location. It is a site which allows worldwide communication with the Naval Fleet and thus is well advertised. But as you trek down the well maintained 2 lane road it comes to an abrupt halt at the front gate. But no fear, it is manned 24/7 and as we approached the gate opened up. We checked in with the full time armed security who directed us to the MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) office where I checked in. The front desk staff are just too nice and very professional and helpful. We stayed in site 11. All the RV sites have a large cement pad to park on. But as we found out the pads are not level and slope. No problems. Some leveling pads and we were good. The sites have a type of water hook up I have never seen before. You attach your hose, and pull the lever up and in the process pull down a round bypass switch when then diverts water into the hose. Strange. Well ours was sort of broke and it took some wet sleeves and pair of needle noses to make it work but the camp host was Johnny on the Spot and assisted me and made sure maintenance was made aware. The sites are just perfect with enough trees to provide cover from the rain and spaced apart far enough to ensure privacy. As with all military MWR sites they offer all sorts of outdoor equipment for rent form horse shoes to mountain bikes. Activities were planned throughout the weekend including an ice cream social and hay ride. All the facilities are well maintained. To top it all off, since the site use to have an Officers Club, they have a nice bar in the top of the check in office and serve all sorts of beers and mix drinks at a fraction of what you pay in the civilian world. We didn't take advantage since we had our kiddos but looked to be a very nice gig. The other main draw is Twin Lakes. Following a somewhat narrow, semi-improved, curvy road up and down the mountains, you end up at a picturesque lake. No swimming but small boats are available for rent as well as entire fishing sets and you can buy a license. So much outdoor stuff to do! We will definitely come back again. Highly recommend to get reservations as early as possible. We booked for the Memorial Day weekend about three months prior. A+++ Good job Navy!
This is one of best settings I have ever encountered. The views are phenominal. The big rig area is divided into basically three tiers which are at different levels. The middle tier which we stayed in, site 21, with our Jayco 29QBH, could have been challenging if we had neighbors on each side. There is a short but substantial drop off to the first tier which could make backing a big rig, esp TT a little challenging without cutting a corner through your neighbors site. The reservation process is a little bit of a pain but we had no problem with a first come first serve. Just make sure and check the available sites on their web site and if there are plenty left covering the length of your stay, you should stand a good chance of getting in. I checked the day before and day of. We had reservations at Diamond Point, K & M but based on Salt Creeks photos we chose to take our chances. Sites 1-5 are nice but could present a challenge for a big rig. The remaining sites, on the west side of the area are all dry and for the most part pretty small. We could have gotten into some of the sites but not the majority. The pull throughs look to be pretty unlevel. Our site was almost perfectly level side to side. The camp host was very friendly and firewood bundles are modestly priced. Firerings are provided and are very adequate. There is a dump station but no fill station, minus water points which you can fill water cans with. Playground is nice but designed for 5 and up. Plenty of trails and open spaces. I saw four or five horseshoe pits which looked to be very well maintained. The must see are the tidal pools which are just awe-inspiring. Our weather was near perfect with not one day of rain. Closest store is in Joyce about 10 minutes away. I can't wait to bring my in-laws up here as they will really dig the ocean and WWII bunkers, which are neat to explore. Bring good shoes for the tidal pools though as volcanic rock is kind of jagged.
We are part of the K&M resort plan and this is our home resort. We stayed in site 80. The overall campground was very nice. Due to recent rains though it was very very soggy in spots and several of the most eastern plots were closed down. The actual RV resort is down the hill from the "residents". Admittedly we were skeptical of the place at first due to it's location but those thrust went away quickly. Our site was fairly level and only required one elevated wheel block. The sites do appear to be cramped if the park was full. Luckily we did not have anyone next to us. In hind site we would have parked our Jayco 29qbh in the southern section which were all grass. After we set up and walked around a bit these sites seemed to have the most space. The club house is one of the best I have seen even though we did not use it. This was the first run with our new camper. The hosts were very friendly and even let me use some firewood for free. Very nice folks. The bathrooms were well maintained and according to my son the showers were great. We used our campers shower to test the system. The pool though closed looked to be well maintained. We camped here for free based on this being our home resort. Even though you are with a mile of the highway I couldn't hear it. We plan to use this camp more since it is only one hour from the house. Highly recommend.
This was our first time at this campground. We utilized our ROD camp free membership thus the $1.00 nightly rate. When we arrived we were told since we were not Thousand Trails members we would be stay in the south part of the park. The north park, closer to the pool is reserved for actual members. But don't let this deter you. The south side does have cable hook up, we didn't use it. The sites are no more different from the north side. They were spacious and we had no problem getting our 27' camper backed in. The check in process was simple enough. We showed up, cruised the south part and picked a site, #40 located on the very southern portion of the park. One neighbor appeared to be a full time resident but did not show up the entire stay. We were close to the playground, southern one has no swings while the northern one does. Our site backed up to a wet land which creates a natural barrier to the housing units about 400-500ft away. I imagine in the late spring and summer when the trees fill out, the view of the houses will not be there. Almost during our entire stay the weather was rainy. Between mist, full rain and believe it or not pea sized hail. But there were a couple of days that were great. When the rain was falling puddles formed throughout the campground but would drain within an hour or two once the rain stopped. We observed about seven sites on the south side which were closed by being blocked off and plastic bags covering the utility hitches. I do not know why. The staff were friendly and responded to our questions and needs, renting a burn pit for $5.00/night, we will bring our own next time. The swimming pool was very well maintained and great for when the weather was foul. The hot tub was great but when we had our 1.5 year old in the area and not fully in the tub, it seemed a staff member appeared out of nowhere to tell us we couldn't do it. We had no problem with this as we knew we were breaking the rules. The staff was friendly in their interaction. My wife said the women bathrooms were very clean. One of the shower brackets in the men bathroom was broke causing me to hand hold the shower head to rinse off. The laundry facilities were great and in my opinion very affordable. .25 for 11 minutes in the dryer and $1.50-$1.75 for a full cycle and heavy cycle in the washers. The town of Seaside is located about .5 miles west of the main entrance and did not impress me much. Cannon Beach, further to the south was great with many neat shops and places to eat. If you are a Costco member there is one 15 miles to the north where you can save at least .15 per gal compared to the local stations. We plan to come back again and hope the weather is better but I bet it will be harder and harder to get a reservation but we will try. Highly recommend.