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10/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Like staying at this park. A number of big changes in the past year though. First and foremost is you must give a social security number (or its Canadian equivalent) to get a camping permit and your number is run through a computer. Although I had no problems, if you have an arrest warrant active in Kansas or owe child support steer wide and clear of the campgrounds as Rangers and State Troopers are never far. I would think this arrangement would add to the safety. They have also added a second well designed dump facility closer to the Scott Creek Campground. Used and its great. Also lake level is down 4-5 feet and shows no sign of coming up anytime soon.
06/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
I am only speaking of the Scott Creek Campground, one of 5 units at Hillsdale SP. Efficient host. Has several lakefront sites on a dead tree arm of lake that make it easy to use a kayak or canoe. Most of the sites in unit are open sky. Unlike a lot of public campgrounds, no streetlights so starry nights abound. The Scott Creek unit is the second least used so getting a site on a non holiday weekend is easy. A mere 15 minutes from Olathe and all necessities.
04/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Lake La Cygne is the 2600 acre cooling pond for KCPL's La Cygne power station. About 1 mile off Hwy 69 an hour south of Kansas City. The park occupies the western side of the lake and its warmer waters are a year round fishing mecca. Most of the 23 full hookups sites are always occupied. We paid $12 for an e/w site which is a bargain so close to Kansas City. Roads are paved and fair, sites are gravel some being level, and the one bath house has seen better days. Constant noise from power plant and lots of powerboat noise in the early am. Most of campground sits between 2 hills so cellphone coverage is spotty. On air TV reception is poor. Wi-Fi is run by the phone company and although expensive at $10/day, appears good. Some sites drier than others in periods of rain. First come first serve, select site and pay at the marina when open. Overall not bad especially in these frugal times.
07/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Overall a nice place at a fair price. I have been coming to this place for 3 years now and have always found the staff accommodating even when overwhelmed. Yes, it is a little hard to get through on the phone. Contrary to the previous review: this place has 30 some lakefront sites. Even more have partial or full lake views. Maybe its best asset is its location: a short walk to town, 30 mins to Duluth, 20 to Split Rock/Gooseberry, and 75 to Ely make this a good base for the lower North Shore. Plans are in the works for some big rig sites across 1st Street. Town seems to have resisted the temptation to overcharge (so far). I will be back.
09/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
A very nice park with large, heavily treed sites. Can walk to the historic town but will warn you it is a long uphill down and back. Make sure to take the golf cart tour of town. It's a good base for exploring the area. Has outstanding hosts. Like most state facilities upkeep is beginning to suffer slightly.
07/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Gone is the free swimming, golf, and Wi-Fi. Even the local television LP translators have gone away. This once magnificent campground is beginning to turn the corner in the wrong direction and the deficiencies are starting to overshadow the lake view and easy access to town. Roads are now starting to show their age was the most noticeable aspect for me. Although the rules prefer no lights from campers at night the streetlights left on all night could overpower any Coleman lantern (money the town wastes on electricity). The village has big expansion plans so look for a $40 E/W soon as they balance their budget on the backs of the RV'r. May pass on this place next year.
08/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice campground on Lee's Summit side of Longview Lake. At the southeast corner of large county park. Two adjoining loops with either gravel or paved pads on well spaced sites (some dual) with lots of grass surrounding them. Rate was 30 amp electric. Some sites are shaded and some are not and all KC TV stations available on antenna. All sites have metal fire pits. Huge playground for kids. Golf course just a mile from entrance. Two hosts available plus patrolled by park rangers. Forget something? New CVS store just up from the gate plus full retail selection just 5-10 minutes away in Lee's Summit. This is the closest public campground to Kansas City. Enjoy while you can as the cookie cutter sprawl of Lee's Summit is fast approaching.
07/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Campground is at southwest edge of town across street from golf course about 7 miles east of I-35 and a mile west of US 65. Restroom shower almost new and well kept up. Gravel road with grass/gravel sites and side by side 30amp hookups. Sites are not exactly level but very shaded and quiet. A good place to stop at a good price.
09/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
This small family run campground is on the south side of Jamesport, a town of about 500 in the heart of Missouri Amish country. It is in town surrounded by small-town houses next to the city park. Owners were friendly and helpful. You can watch Amish buggies passing by, they are more numerous than cars here. Very quiet atmosphere. Walk to restaurants and antique/craft shops just 3-4 blocks away. Amish country shops no more than 3-4 miles in any direction. Good cellular service, fair to poor on-air TV reception. Very little satellite interference. Bathrooms just fair but well stocked and clean. Level grass sites where everything worked fine but they are very close spaced. Devoid of the wood ticks nearby Crowder is legendary for. Some may not like this place but we do.
08/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
Run by the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board just one mile west of I-35 at exit 180 has 30 amp side by side electric on gravel pads that are pretty much level situated in a loop around a huge grassy area with a playground and picnic pavilion. Water and dump available near the shower building which although dated was pretty clean. A nice campground for a good stopover at reasonable rates.
07/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
Perhaps all the bad reviews are sour grapes over a bad night at the casino, remember folks going to the casino is optional. We had no problems here at all, everything worked from the efficient check in to the voluminous cable channels to the omnipresent casino shuttle busses. Gives a Good Sam discount as well. Of course I'll let the gamblers subsidize my travel.
07/2007
rating [ 6/10 ]
Excellent location on the Missouri River under the Centennial Bridge near the junction of 92 and 73 Hwy. Paved roads and nearly level parking for your unit. Abundant generations old trees on riverbank. Litter barrels at every site. Now for the bad, poorly signed and railroad crossing on Dakota St has potentially dangerous angles. Not suitable for larger camping units, grass only present at some sites, side by side 30amp electric poles at most sites. Dump station is headed wrong direction of travel. And the most disturbing aspect for many, despite being on the not so prosperous side of Leavenworth, this city park received not one drive thru by any law enforcement agency. There was a couple that was sleeping in their vehicle and it wasn't a class C self contained. Bath/Shower building was rather old and not exactly clean. Railroad in close proximity. Might stay here again.
04/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
At the foot of the Bellevue toll bridge in a well maintained city park. Caretaker / host friendly and well organized. Immaculate shower house and some very nice kids playgrounds. Nice river walk with fun Lewis and Clark displays. View SAC base from levee. Full compliment of stores and restaurants within 2 miles. Shade or not depending on preference. Good local TV reception. Two dump stations. Extreme water pressure so bring a regulator. Some train noise but I'm a train freak so I don't care. EZ access to zoo, stadium, and downtown. I'll be back.
03/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
I'll keep it simple, this place is nice. 10 gravel pull through WSE sites plus 8 electric only back ins along a circular gravel road. Owner left enough of the mature trees to create abundant shade without interfering with rigs. Brand new shower/laundry house. Has a playground and game room for kids. Diligent and friendly staff. Five minutes to Roaring river, 30 to Eureka Springs. Also features some nice cabins reasonably priced. On top of hill so I got pretty good TV reception. Stayed here four nights and planning a return in fall. I could go on but see for yourself.
03/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is excellent for an overnight stop but nothing more. Is at SE corner of Hwy 69 and 20th Street next to City Park and Rec shops. Also may be referred to as Four Oaks or Lincoln Park. Sites are asphalt paved pull through and nearly level. Honor box next to fence at entrance has pay envelopes takes checks and cash. No attendant. Price goes up to $12 after 7th day.
10/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Newer campground (1998) just off the K-7 exit of Kansas Turnpike in far western suburbs of Kansas City. Very close to Kansas Speedway, RenFest, and Verizon Amphitheatre. Easy drive to Johnson County, KU Med, downtown KC, Ft Leavenworth. All necessities within 1/4 mile of entrance. My wife and I just used for cleanout and winterize but surprised by well kept grounds/facilities and nearly level concrete pads at all the pull through sites. Lanes are gravel though. Our site even had a wooden deck. No fire pits but didn't need one. TV reception is very good being just outside city on high ground. Could be lots of noise from I-70 but didn't notice inside with TV or fan on. If your passing through and need a place to park for a while don't pass this place up.
07/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
As with any real estate, its LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. It really doesn't get any better than this. Nice cross-section of site types with varying services serving tents to big rigs. WI-FI (Boreal Access) not only covers campground but entire town. A caveat, as the system was built for a town of 1500 permanent residents, surfing can be slow when the towns population triples on weekends. Leave your vehicle (city parking is problem) and walk anywhere in town in 5-15 minutes. Visit state's best woodcut artist. Some sites have breathtaking views of the harbor, only luck or good planning will get you into these. Can hear the waves of Superior from any site. Sites are generally flat and grassy with varying shade. A fair number of pull-throughs but sites are narrow. Paved lanes. Bonus new this year, your receipt gets you into the on-site city-run indoor pool. But wait folks, it gets better, 9 free holes of golf at Gunflint per camper per day, get passes at office. Best MuttMitts in the state to pick up after fido. Only certain sites have cable, which can be contracted by week or month, this is mainly for the full timers on the east side. Listen to community radio WTIP 90.7FM for fun mix of music and local talk. Everyone nice and friendly with all age groups represented and low-lifes were nowhere to be found. Expensive for a Muni but worth every penny in my opinion. Drawbacks are minimal, City Works and Yard is on site as are power lines for same. City ball field on site but no lights so done by dark. Close neighbors might put off some, but we were in town all day. An off leash dog park would make this a complete package. The last word for this piece of ground is RESERVE, RESERVE, RESERVE.
07/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
This campground lies on the north side of the city right on the Current River. Right off the Trans Canada Highway. It is in the middle of a boreal forest so there is abundant shade everywhere. Site are spacious but bring along adapters and extension cord as electricity is in odd locations. One section appears to be getting a 30amp upgrade with water at convenient plugs. Some sites could use levelling. Good TV reception of local channels. On site manager friendly and efficient. City crews do a good job maintaining we always saw them working during the day. Beware of Bears though, as they can visit at night. Falls are great for wading (they are only 3 feet high max) in dry weather. Watch out after rains though. Trails to Cascades in one direction and Centennial Park in the other. Not very crowded during mid week but people we did meet were pleasant.
07/2006
rating [ 6/10 ]
In city campground in Duluth's west side right on St Louis river. Close to Canal Park and all attractions. Sites are fairly level with good shade. TV reception pretty good. Now for the bad: Badly understaffed, poor city worker was at end of his rope by 3pm on Saturday of 4th of July weekend. Bathroom/Shower buildings were in terrible physical shape and generally unclean. All this from a city that extracts a 12% tax on even a Big Mac. Despite being "City" park did not see one cop in 3 nights. Expect to pay the 16% lodging tax on your patch of grass. Location is this place's saving grace.
07/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
Stayed here on my way back from North Shore, took my reservation over the phone, had my site ready when I rolled in just before dark. All sites are level or nearly so. Plenty of shade and grass, excellent layout as well. Shower building was well kept. Only drawback was is camp is located next to I-35 but is 2 miles from nearest exit.
06/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
A 9.9 if due to the lack of Water/Sewer connections. Newer (2003) sanitary building boasts 8 PRIVATE shower room. All sites paved, mine was so level I needed no adjustments. New playground in center. Just 10 minutes from Amish community in Jamesport, but 30 minutes off I-35 on 2-lane Mo 6. I'd say its worth the drive, one of my favorite Missouri parks. Fair to abundant shade on a hilltop, little traffic noise. Good chance you can show up at this place without a reservation, better chance than Wallace, Watkins Mill, or Weston Bend. I could go on and on, but I'll let the traveller see for themselves.
07/2004
rating [ 7/10 ]
About midway between Two Harbors and Silver Bay on 61. Abundant shade in campsites. Only reason I don't rate this park higher is no electricity. You gotta boondock here. As with all Minn. St. Parks permits are obligatory if you are spending three nights or more or anticipate visiting other parks on the north shore buy the annual sticker at $25. Minnesota uses a rolling year so chances are sticker will still be good next season. Sanitary building is spotless. Gooseberry has excellent facilities with large visitor center/gift shop, miles of trails (some ADA and paved), and Lake Superior location (good for boatwatchers). As with any park on the north shore reservations are a MUST during peak season. Best for tents, pop-ups, and smaller trailers.
05/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
About 3 miles east of I-35 MM47. As with all the sales tax funded state parks in Missouri, this is nice. Drives are paved, sites are level or nearly level, about half of electrics are paved. Shade varies from fair to abundant. No water or sewer but double dump station. Sanitary building is spotless. Two playgrounds and a swimming lake with small beach. Even with reservation fees above average facilities at below average prices.
05/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
Hard to believe this is the middle of suburban Kansas City. Just east of I-470 and Colbern Rd. Very well kept with secure gated access only. $24 pays for full hookups. Less for tent and electric only.
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