The good news is..... each site is LOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGG, and paved. There is a good bit of grass for separation between sites. The bad news? SHORELINE? WHAT SHORELINE? Also, the park is next to the highway, road noise. Located next to a gas station and a major motorcycle dealer. However, the nice friendly "chap" who checked me in assured me the area was very safe. Since it's winter, you have to phone the office for someone to come check you in. I'm giving it an 8 because the check in staff person was very nice, and the park is very clean. No frills, but there is a small clean laundry room (3 washers, 3 dryers), and clean bathrooms. I have to come back to Eureka in two weeks for a night and I'm definitely staying here. This is good for an overnight or short term. The rate I'm showing is Good Sam Discount plus taxes.
If you want to be in walking distance of Old Town, this is the place to be. It's a brisk walk to Old Town, but doable if you are healthy and can walk. (Check out the "Washed Ashore" sculptures. Great recycling idea for junk from the ocean!) On the other hand, the spots are rather close together. Not "pass the mustard" close, but somewhat close. If you want more room, try to get spot 34, it's a diagonal corner spot. On the other hand, spot 34 doesn't have room to park a car. I was in Spot 6. Fortunately, it was winter so didn't have anyone on either side of me. Spot 6 is a pull through, but the pull-throughs are a joke. They are "front and back twosies." If someone is in front and you are in back, it is a "pull in" not a pull THROUGH. Conversely, if someone is in back, and you have to get in the front spot, it's a "back in." Spot 6 is the front spot, no one behind me, so it was "pull through" for me. Laundry was cheap, $1.75 to wash, pretty large washers. Drying was 25 cents for seven minutes. I wanted an hour, the dryer won't let you go past 48 minutes. I lost a quarter because of it, or let's say that the extra quarter only gave me ONE extra minute past 48 instead of seven minutes. Also, the buttons on the dryers were difficult, had to push them three or four times to get them to "accept" the money you put in. I had trouble accessing the Wi-Fi, couldn't get a connection. I also had trouble with my Verizon JetPack despite getting 5 bars and 4G on the cell phone. Finally got the JetPack to work, but still couldn't access the Wi-Fi. The park has great monthly winter rates if you want. Monthly winter rates are currently $420 and ELECTRICITY IS INCLUDED! The rate I'm showing is one night at winter Good Sam rate. The only "silly little fee" they charge is a lodging tax.
Rate I am showing is off season winter rate for a back in site. Not a bad place to spend a few days. Sites are on gravel, adequate spacing between sites. I recommend getting a site on the exterior, not the interior. If you get an interior site, you may be backed against the RV on the other side of the interior circle. Also, try not to get site 93. Site 93 is perpendicular to Site 94. Potential for your slideouts or back end to whack the RV in Site 94 (or for them to whack you) if you aren't careful. Because someone was in Site 94, I couldn't get as far back in the site as I wanted, and I had to use 30 feet of sewer hose and an extra long cable line. Cable TV was ok. You get an adequate supply of the most watched channels. Reception was definitely analog. Wi-Fi was a bit slow at times. Restrooms are unisex, but each one is private room with toilet and bathtub/shower. The laundry room is upstairs on top of the bathhouse. This could be an issue for those that are physically challenged. The stairs are the only access to the laundry room. $2 to wash, $1 to dry, reasonable. Price-wise, good deal in winter time.
Dove into this park after getting the "eebie jeebies" at a different park one mile previously up the road. Greeted by a friendly person who processed my credit card but didn't make me fill out any kind of form since I was staying one night. Friendly person let me pick from a variety of sites within the Wi-Fi range. Sites are gravel, and are fairly wide. Good thing the sites are wide, because if the park is full, there isn't any space between the sites. The wideness of the sites makes up for the lack of space between the sites. There is a very nice fish cleaning station. Wi-Fi worked great! Cable TV had a wide selection of channels and great digital reception surprisingly for cable. The web site indicated there are showers and laundry, but I didn't get to see those. Very short walk to eating establishments, but be careful, the short walk is on busy Highway 101. There was some road noise, but not bad from my site. Decent place to overnight on your way down Highway 101. This park is open year round.
Good park for overnighting. Owners are very friendly. Sites are gravel. Owners offered me a pull-through, I took it. No extra charge. One of the owners helps you get to your site. Cable has a good selection of channels. Wi-Fi worked great. Verizon cell phone gets one or two bars, fades in and out depending where you are. There are four separate combo toilet/shower rooms, unisex. They were pretty clean. Nice laundry room, although there are only two washers and two dryers. Prices $1.25 to wash, $1.25 to dry, not bad. If you don't have enough for a full load, I would drop some clothes on the ground to get enough to make a load at these prices. Laundry room also has a "deep sink" if you need one of those. Spacing between sites is adequate. It's pretty close to a well known grocery store chain. If you don't tow a car, you could walk, it's a short mile. Price I am showing is Good Sam plus lodging tax.
Holy cow, the previous reviews are right, this place is in the middle of a city! This place was created in 1997 after a flood devastated the area. This area was a housing development. After the flood, everything was torn down and rebuilt to a State Park. What is so cool about this place is that it is within walking distance of some restaurants, movie theater, Cabela's, a place to get your hair cut, lots of things. If you don't tow a car and find yourself in this area, try to stay two nights just to "do the town." You are close to a bridge where you can walk to the North Dakota side. The hookup sites are pull-through but the sites are arranged parallel along the driving road so that someone may be in front or behind, but nobody is directly beside you. You get a lot of acreage with your site. Restrooms were clean. I had to pay $35 ($30 camping, $5 car fee) for full hookup. If you have the Minnesota Annual Pass, you don't pay the car fee. You pay the car fee even if you aren't towing a car, but they don't charge extra for a towed car. Little pricey for a state park, but cheaper than a hotel! TV reception via JACK antenna was difficult. It seemed that you got the most channels when you turned it the direction of the least blue reception lights. You get CBS, NBC, ABC, ME-TV, CW, and some good Prairie Public PBS stations. I'm surprised I couldn't get a FOX station. The park does not have Wi-Fi. I detected a "city Wi-FI" but was unable to use it from my site. Verizon JetPack, cell phone, and wireless landline all worked great. The only thing I DIDN'T like was weasling my RV down DeMers avenue to get to this park. That is a busy street!
I had to set aside my refusal to stay at KOA's as this was the only thing available in the area. You check in at the gas station. I had a pull through site with 30 amp service. The pull through was pretty long! Sites are all white gravel. Gravel was so white that when I looked out the window after taking a nap, I thought it had snowed! Temporary insanity. There is some grass between the sites, with adequate spacing. My site was rather level, didn't take much for my stabilizers to get it. I saw an elderly couple use the pool, so I'm guessing the pool temperature was acceptable. Surprised the pool was still open, but it was rather warm today. No cable. My JACK antenna picked up seven Canadian channels, but two of the channels were duplications, so basically five channels. I had trouble connecting to the WiFi from Site 28. But after I walked to the gas station and asked for help, my laptop stayed connected, no problem. Depending on where you are in the park, you get a selection of three WiFi networks of which two require passwords and the third is a "free" access. If you don't have satellite or don't like what is offered on Canadian TV, there is a Country Store about a mile away that sells a wide selection of used DVD's. KOA's are rather pricey and this was cheap for a KOA. (On the other hand, I can't wait to see what the Canada to US currency translation on my credit card ends up being.)
If you come here after Labor Day, expect total cluelessness on where to check in. PetroPumper will insist "they should be over there" and yet, the sign says, "closed, go to PetroPumper." One of the seasonals stated they are only open weekends after Labor Day. What struck me as interesting is that each individual site is beautiful. The reprocessed asphalt mentioned in a previous review is hardened. Each site has a beautiful brick laid patio, with a beautiful stone fire ring and a very nice wooden picnic table. Each site has adequate grass and spacing between sites, no "pass the mustard" here. But overall, the park as a whole, looked kind of... "blah" to me. I think being next to the gas station contributed to the "blah" feeling to me. The restrooms were clean. Inside the restrooms, each toilet and each shower are behind an oak door. Apparently you need coins to shower, according to one of the seasonals. Before I came here, I called and asked if there was laundry, was told yes. I could not find any laundry facilities anywhere. Seasonals indicated no laundry facilities. Wi-Fi worked great. Cable had an adequate supply of channels (44 of them). The cable company being used is some local company that isn't (yet) requiring any "silly converter box" to watch cable, just plug in and go! For some reason, "Family Friendly" was checked "no." I don't know why, as there is a very nice playground and jungle gym here. The price I am showing includes all taxes. The only discount they will honor is Passport America. I don't tow a car, and there was nothing close by to walk to. But this works for a good overnight, price is reasonable.
The previous reviewer said something about showers being built. It appears they are done. They were very clean. I had trouble asertaining whether the sites were "pull in" or "back in." The way the electric sites are arranged is: two RV's share one pole. Except one of you is 30 amp and one of you is 50 amp. If you need 50 amp, hope your neighbor sharing the pole is 30 amp. Also, the RV to the right of you, that shares the next pole down, will be kind of "cozy close" to you. There is still room to put slides out, but the sites are a bit cozy. I was here on a Monday, and only one other RV and the camp host were here. This park is built for the horse crowd. There are horse corrals and electric hookups close to them. You don't get a water faucet at this park. You fill up at the entrance (or one of the faucets around the park) and go in your site. For sewer all you get is the dump station at the park entrance. Verizon cell phone and Home Phone Connect (wireless landline) worked here. Verizon MiFi JetPack worked here. I have the JACK antenna and all I got was FOX over the air. I also had to drive 2 miles down the wash board road. Just take it slow. Good place to overnight if you aren't into horses.
At $25 for full hookup (if you can get one) it's still a bargain. You get great cable, Wi-Fi, and a swimming pool. There is also a children's playground if you have children. Reservations suggested for summer weekends if you want full hookups. If you can get by with water/electric, you can probably get in on summer weekends without a reservation. There were some "perms" in the park. Previous reviewer was right about the "mile long" sites. There is a reason for this. The hookups are "side by side" (two RV's share a pole with one RV pointed one way, and one RV pointed the other way). Thus, the sites are rather "cozy." The "mile long" sites are an attempt (but not a good one) to avert the "coziness." If you put your RV all the way to the front, and your neighbor puts their RV all the way to the front, then your bumpers are diagonal. However, depending on the configuration of you RV, this may not be possible. For me, I would have needed longer hoses than I had with me to sit all the way to the front. The laundry is cheap! $1 to wash, $1 to dry. At these prices, I would throw clothes on the ground for an excuse to do laundry! However, there are only two washers and two dryers, but this is a small park. The laundry, showers, and bathrooms were all in "portable" buildings, but they were sparkling clean! Verizon cell phone and Verizon Home Phone Connect worked here. Cash or check only, no credit cards or Good Sam. This park is one exit past the city exit. If you don't tow a car, there is nothing to walk to. This is just a basic park, but quite a bargain for a night or two stopover. I stayed two nights just for the great cable as I don't have satellite.
The town of Reed Point looks like it's falling apart, but this RV park is a nice stopover on your way across Montana. The owners have tried to make it look nice. There is lots of grass between the sites. There are some trees for shade. There is some spacing between sites. Site 1 is the best. It's got the most "acreage" as it's on a corner. Site 1 is a pull through, but the down side is that you have to go out of the park, swing wide, and then hopefully make the turn to "pull through." Restrooms, laundry, and showers were clean. Laundry is cheap! $1.25 to wash, and 25 cents for ten minutes to dry. At these prices, if you have only a few items to wash, throw some clean clothes on the ground just to get enough to justify a load! This park is popular with Passport America members. This park also takes Good Sam, and guess what, they give you a THIRTY PERCENT discount on Good Sam. Makes me think that the "base" price of $37 is a bit high and I doubt anyone pays "base" price.... Verizon Cell Phone and Home Phone Connect did not work at all here. (Didn't even bother trying the Verizon JetPack.) But, the park has cable and Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi worked very well. Cable had a good selection of 25 channels, no JUNK channels. However, cable reception was kind of static-y, but look where you are, out in the middle of nowhere. It was tolerable. There is a beautiful post office across the street. It looks unusual in this "falling apart" town. Once again, a good stopover.
I previously stayed here in October 2011. I am submitting another review because I have a different RV with the JACK antenna instead of the batwing, and I wish to comment from that perspective. There is no cable at this park. I was in Space #7 (which was grassy and fairly level). Their brochure indicates that seven channels are available over the air. I got seven channels, but not the same seven that was reported in their brochure. I was unable to pull in 4.1, 4.2, and 6.1 (networks). However, I pulled in 9.3, 9.4, and 9.5, which are three additional PBS channels that were not on their list. I have also had this experience at other RV parks with the JACK antenna. I left a note with the staff on this, in case other customers with JACKS have the same issue. Laundry and shower rooms were very clean! Laundry was $2.00 to wash (43 minutes) and $1.75 to dry (35 minutes). Not bad. Park was half full when I stayed. Wi-Fi worked during the day when most people were "out." But at night and early morning, I had difficulty; it was very slow. Verizon JetPack worked very well as a backup. I'm in a Class C. At my site, I needed 30 feet of sewer hose, the sewer was all the way to the front! So was the water faucet, and you need at least two hoses (25 foot and 5 foot) to connect. Staff was very nice and friendly. Short walk to Fairmont Hot Springs. I do not recommend eating dinner at the Hot Springs resort; it's too pricey!
You WILL get freeway noise if you stay here. However, I would grin and bear it, because the nearby (walking distance) tour of Crystal Mine is well worth the visit ($1 discount if you are a AAA member), and the price of a stay at the RV Park is reasonable. When you check in, they don't even make you fill out a registration form! The price I am showing is after taxes and Good Sam discount. By the way, the Good Sam/AAA discount is only $1. I said "no" to clean restrooms and showers" because...they don't have a bathhouse at this time. The manager told me that building a bathhouse is in the future plans. They mentioned that it would be a "coins needed" type of shower. Most of the sites have decent shade via a lot of trees. The sites are all back-in with a black top paved pad. Plenty of room for slides. You get just the basics here, water, electric, and sewer. Oh, the water hookup is shared. The faucets, which have double spouts on each, are placed every other site so one of you in the "pair" will have the water faucet on the wrong side. Since I was staying one night, I just filled up my tank and operated off that. I have a JACK TV antenna, and I couldn't get a thing on TV. To me, this RV park exists to serve the tourists who stop for the mine tour, so you wouldn't expect any "perms." However, about three of the sites looked like "perms" to me. There were NO signs directing the way to the park. The website says "easy I-90 access." HA! Not really. I had trouble finding it. Here is the scoop: If you are going east, take exit 51. If you are going west, take exit 54. Either way, you will have to get to just barely north of the freeway and travel along Silver Valley Road. (I was headed east, took exit 54 and had to double backward a couple miles.) I'm giving it a 7 because it looks like a cute little campground out in the woods. The mine tour is a MUST!
If you have Passport America, it's a definite yes for staying here. Otherwise, it's an "okay" stop for a couple days on your way across US-12. They don't take Good Sam. The grassy sites have hookups that are "side by side" so they are very close together. Even the pairs are pretty close. Although they do take credit cards, when I called to make a reservation, they did not request my credit card information. (Good to know). When I arrived to check in, they had my reservation but my last name had been completely misheard. They don't charge extra for cable TV, but not all sites have cable. If cable is important to you, ask for a cable site. Pretty decent cable, lots of channels! The rate I am showing is with all taxes. The park does NOT have Wi-Fi, but it's a very short walk to a park with picnic tables next to the library where you will detect the library's Wi-Fi. Make sure you connect to the correct one, as you will detect a LOT of different Wi-Fi's. It worked pretty good. If you need to use the restrooms or the laundry, you are issued keys for those. I did not use the restrooms, so I cannot comment. I did use the laundry. It's ok, $1.75 to wash,and $1.75 to dry. They trust you to return the keys. I don't know why "swimming pool" was checked "yes". I'm not seeing a swimming pool. If you really need a shady site, you get to negotiate your way around the trees. All I can say is...this park has the basics!
I have been to RV parks that have an age restriction on RV's. This park is NOT one of those parks. Some of the RV's were so old I was surprised they were even functional! But I wouldn't let that defer you from staying here. Good place to overnight on your way via US 12. Park is clean and beautifully landscaped. I got some great cookies on check in. The RV spaces are arranged in this really weird way. Every other spot is a LONG pull-through, good for big rigs. In between, the other slots are back to back "back in" spaces. Laundry room and bathrooms were gleaming! Laundry was cheap, $1.75 to wash, $1 to dry. At these prices, I would FIND a reason to do laundry. Regarding bathrooms, you have to pay for showers, 25 cents for 3 minutes. Also, warning for tall people regarding the toilets. I'm only 5' 4" and I thought the toilets were really low to the ground. They sell propane at this park. Staff is friendly. Wi-Fi worked great! Also, Verizon phones and JetPack hotspot worked great. The only bad thing is that this park became a "cable hostage" to a certain cable company who decided you have to have a converter box to connect to cable. Who wants to drive 300 miles, and have to be a techno-geek to connect to cable? I wasn't charged a deposit for the box, but I get the impression it's management's discretion as to whether or not they decide to charge a deposit. Price reflects a 10% discount, but I don't know if it's Good Sam or AAA as I had both, and I got a 10% discount without being told which it was. I was going to give this park a 5 because of all the old RV's here, but since the previous person gave it an 8, I decided, what the heck, the landscaping is beautiful and park is clean, OK, an 8.
I don't know why "Yes" was checked on Wi-Fi, the park does NOT have Wi-Fi. If your computer detects Wi-Fi, the signals are coming from some Preston businesses that are very close by. The sites in the back-in spaces are pretty close together. The pull-throughs on the upper deck have a little bit more spacing, but not much. Try to get a spot on the back upper part, not as much road noise there. Laundry prices are very reasonable, $1.25 to wash and 25 cents for 15 minutes to dry, but even at 3 or 4 quarters it's still reasonable! This park recently became a hostage to a certain cable company that won't allow the cable signal without a converter box. Who wants to drive all day in the RV only to find out that when you connect to the cable, you have to be a techno-geek to do so? Not the park's fault. The park charges a $35 refundable deposit (as long as you return the cable box and all attachments) to connect to the cable. If you use your antenna, you will only get a couple of channels. Verizon 4G MiFi worked very well here. Good park if you are visiting people in the outlying Seattle communities such as Bellevue, Redmond, etc.
Nice park. I was staying here in April, and the pear trees were throwing their blooms. The entire park looked like someone played with a hole puncher and spilled all the dots all over the place. Although the sites are close together, there is some grass spacing between sites, enough for "breathing room." The park still maintains a "modem room" although I don't know if there is a live phone connection. The "modem room" had a printer, it also had a box for things you want shredded. The shredding box seemed pretty private, a small slot to slip your documents through. This park recently became a "cable hostage" to a certain cable company that won't let you receive their cable without a converter box. Who wants to drive all day only to find out that in order to relax and watch TV you have to be a technology geek? Not the park's fault. Anyway, the park does not charge any deposits for the cable boxes, but if you inadvertently take off without returning the cable box, I was told that your credit card would be charged a three figure amount, I think it was $175 or something. I was told that without the box you will still get cable, it will only be the first 30 channels. I didn't test this to see if it was true. With the cable box, you get about 75 channels or so. If you choose not to get the cable box, you can get a decent amount of channels over the air. I didn't try the Wi-Fi. The price I am showing is with Good Sam discount and lodging taxes.
This place is a bit pricey, but guess what! The laundry is CHEAP and they have very nice modern washers and dryers! Laundry was $1.75 to wash, and 25 cents per ten minutes to dry (75 cents for 30 minutes)! At these prices, find a reason to do laundry! Throw some clothes on the ground so you can make up a full load if you have to! The park has a pet policy of no pets bigger than 40 pounds. They also have a special section for "no pets/children." I was on crutches due to an injury and traveling with a cat. When I checked in, I asked for a spot close to the laundry. They cheerfully accommodated my request. I got spot 80 which is the closest you can get. However, spot 80 is in the "no pets/children" section, so they extracted a promise from me that I wouldn't let my cat outside. OK, whatever. The park has very nice landscaping. The RV spots have about five to eight feet of grass between RV's. That's adequate, at least it's not a "pass the mustard" situation. The rate I am showing is after Good Sam discount plus taxes. I do have to comment about the driving road through the park. I'm in a Class C (no toad) and I found it a bit narrow. I'd like to know how the humungous Class A with toad that checked in before me got through. I did note that the Class A unhooked their toad before going to their spot. When I tried to go around to my site, someone driving a small truck came the other way right when I had to make a right turn. Apparently it's two way driving through the road. It was either I make the right turn and hit the truck, or the truck had to back up. Also, the entry to the park is very dicey (I'm told it's the local county's fault about this). You will "tail drag" unless you approach it from a 45 degree angle. I came from a street that was a straight shot into the park (didn't have to turn right or left) and I still had to 45 degree angle the entrance after I crossed the main highway. In summary, I'll say it again. Pricey, but beautiful park with CHEAP laundry!
Every time I log on to this website, there is always a review of Jim & Mary's RV Park in the "new" reviews. Why does this park get so many reviews? I found myself in Missoula and decided I wanted to see why. Oh THAT'S why! This park is so cute! This is how an RV park should be! Nice flowers around, good shade trees. Check in was easy. Nice, long spaces. I had one of the pull-throughs and I wasn't paying attention and had pulled all the way to the front and put my stabilizers down when I realized the connections were all the way in the back. Well, I had extra extensions for my connections. The pull-throughs are in the A row, and as another reviewer mentioned, if you are in the A row, you will hear trains all night. There is good spacing between the sites. I didn't get to check bathrooms, but the laundry room was gleaming! Laundry was $2 to wash, $2 to dry: not bad. While you are doing laundry, you can go in the clubhouse area and enjoy a big screen TV and reading room. The office has DVD's you can check out and return. If there were any perms in the park, they weren't obvious. Now I know why this park gets so many reviews. Highly recommend if you are in Missoula!
Good, reasonably priced, overnight stop if you are in this section of Montana. The owners are very helpful. I give the owners a 12 out of 10! When they saw that I was alone and on crutches (due to a foot injury) they rushed out and hooked up all my connections and placed my jack pads under the RV for me. Not to mention they gave me a pull-through. Also, my site was 50 amp, but they already had the dogbone 30/50 connector on the site for my 30 amp. The sites are on gravel with a wide grass section separating the sites. Adequate spacing. The one thing I didn't like was the wood frame around the grass sections. The gravel was just wide enough for the RV, then there is the frame around the grass. This wood frame on the grass could be a trip hazard coming out of one's RV. But I'm sure the wood frame was to help keep grass out of the gravel area, as the gravel spots looked nice. I arrived in late afternoon, and had trouble with the Wi-Fi at that time. It was limited. But once it was evening, Wi-Fi worked great. Verizon cell modem, as well as cell phone got good, strong signal. I got no TV reception over batwing (despite a web source I use that claimed I would get a few channels). Good time to catch up on reading or anything else. Didn't get to check bathrooms. Price I am showing includes taxes. If you are in this area, stop here just to experience some great helpful owners.
If you absolutely must stay in Glasgow, this is the best there is. The good news is… you have access to hotel amenities, such as the restaurant, swimming pool, and hot tub. There is adequate spacing between each site, but no trees for shade. Most of the sites are advertised as being at least 50 feet long. However, I’m in a 32 foot Class C, supposedly my site was 50 feet long. I backed up as far as I could go, and I still felt like my front end was too close to the driving road. There is some room for a toad next to your RV, as the sites are wide. When you arrive, you check into the hotel. But, you also have to remember to check OUT! You don’t just drive away the next morning like in most hotels. My site wasn’t level, needed to raise the front end with a couple rows of Lynx blocks. Wi-Fi was free and easy to connect. The Wi-Fi wasn’t blazing fast, but good enough for email. Also, Verizon Cell Modem got 4G coverage if you choose to use it instead of campground Wi-Fi. Good reception with Verizon cell phone. Also got loads of digital channels over the batwing (to include WGN from Chicago, thought you had to have cable to get that???), and some of the channels definitely weren’t local. Don’t know where they came from. Laundry and restrooms located in the center of the loop, accessible with a code. Laundry was cheap, $1.50 to wash, $1.00 to dry. At these prices, wash anything you can find! Rate I paid is the Good Sam rate to include taxes.
Reservations definitely needed at this campground, regardless of when you are traveling. It's either the oil workers or special festivals. I managed to squeak in a one night reservation during a Scandinavian festival. Although I'm giving the park a 6, I want to give the staff a 10. I am currently traveling with an injury and I'm on crutches. When I made the reservation, I mentioned that I needed to do laundry and I had an injury. The staff managed to get me close to the laundry. I'm not saying my site was great, but I was close to the laundry. Although the sites are gravel on ground, my site was fairly level. Didn't need Lynx Blocks to hoist up a tire or two. The sites are "side by side" and once you get your slides out, you need only to open your window, knock on your neighbor's window and say, "Please pass the mustard." I'm not joking! As for the neighbor on the other side (in the next side by side over), well, there is "some" spacing, but not much. The laundry room was very clean and had modern high efficiency washers. Laundry was reasonable, $2.25 to wash, and 25 cents for 5 minutes to dry. Let's just say, $1.50 was enough to dry a load of clothing. Not cheap, but not outrageous. I got a decent Wi-Fi signal at my site. Wasn't blazingly fast, but worked enough for email. I got decent digital TV reception over the air via batwing with Wingman. Basically three network channels and a NOAA weather info channel specific to North Dakota. As for the network channels: I found if you put the antenna one way, you got CBS, NBC, and FOX. If you rotated the antenna 90 degrees, you got CBS, NBC, and ABC. Good reception with Verizon cell phone. I noticed some road noise, but it was tolerable. Price I paid reflects Good Sam discount and taxes. Decent place to stop over on your travels, if you can tolerate the "pass the mustard" situation.
The good news is every RV site is a pull through! The bad news is the shared water faucets. If you can get a spot in the West loop (which is 100% first come first serve), you get your own water faucet. Both the South Loop (100% reservations only) and the North Loop (part first come, first serve, part reservation only) have shared water faucets, one faucet between every other site. You will need 50 feet, maybe more, of hose. But the good news is there are two water faucets on the shared pole. So, you won't have to negotiate with your neighbor over using a splitter. Water irritation aside, this is a great park! The spacing between each site is adequate, the acreage per spot is adequate. There are plenty of trees for shade. Although every spot is a pull through, the bad news is the spots on the right of the driving road are easy to get into. The spots on the left of the driving road require either that you make a 180 degree U-Turn to get in, or that you turn around and approach the site from the other direction. Basically, this means you can drive both directions on the driving road, but the driving road is not wide enough for two lane driving. YIKES! The third alternative is that you can just pull in with a left turn, and put up with the hookups being on the "wrong" side. There are some "double" sites for buddy camping in each loop. If you can get one of those, the "shared" water faucets are more conveniently located. There is a beautiful primitive tent area with adequate spacing and adequate shade for tents. There are also three "park here, hike it in there" tent sites near the lake. You don't have to hike too far. Those sites have the best shade. Swimming pool had been marked "yes," but I changed it to "no." There is no swimming pool, but there is a "no lifeguard" swimming area in the lake. Also, plenty of playgrounds for children. During the summer, there is a concession stand with pizza and ice cream on weekends only. If you have the North Dakota annual pass, the rate is $20. Without the pass it's $25. Good TV reception of a few channels over the antenna. Good reception with Verizon cellular modem, cell phone, and "Home Phone Connect" service. I would love to give this park a 10, but the shared water faucets requiring 50 feet or more of hose, and the "not wide enough for two lane driving but two lane driving is still allowed" driving road make me only give it an 8.
North Dakota State Parks seems to have a "thing" about making sites share water faucets. This is the third park I have encountered with this. The water faucet is located every two spaces, and it's in the front, right between the spaces. The faucet closest to me happened to have a splitter, but not all of them did. The 5th Wheel in the next spot over had enough hose to connect to the water faucet, but my 50 feet of hose was a tad bit short. I had to pull out into the driving road, block traffic, and fill up my tank. Ok, enough on the rant. Very nice park. I stayed in the loop that is "first come first serve." If you are in a big rig, I don't recommend staying in that loop. The loop for "reservations only" seemed to have longer sites, and more pull-throughs. I am in a 32 foot Class C and I had trouble finding a spot to fit. Glad I didn't have a toad. I did notice some spots in this loop that were very wide. I also noticed some "hookup" spots that were very small, maybe a Popup could fit, but nothing bigger. The spaces themselves are very private, with LOTS of vegetation between sites. However, trying to back into one was a bit tight for me. I held my breath. I got one channel over the air on batwing, it was a Canadian channel from Manitoba. Verizon Cell Phone and Verizon Cellular modem worked very well. This park also has a "primitive" camping area, but I didn't get to check that part out. In North Dakota, if you don't have the annual pass, you pay $25 for hookups. If you have the pass, it's only $20. Oh, one more minor issue. After I found a site, I had to walk a mile to the self registration, only to find there were no forms in the box. Had to flag down a ranger but got it done. I would love to give this park a 10 but the shared water faucets were just a bit inconvenient.
Another of North Dakota's great state parks. I was not sure how to answer the "waterfront" question. I stayed in the Van Hook Loop and I had a site where I could walk down a trail right down to the water as well as a "view" of the lake. I'm going to leave the answer at "no" but I'm going to say that at my site (#5 in Van Hook Loop) I have "better than a view" but not quite "waterfront." Although there isn't a lot of privacy between sites, there is good spacing between sites. You can eat on your picnic table without being in the next site's "back yard." Plenty of acreage at each site. If you don't have a satellite, you get great digital reception of networks and PBS TV channels over the air. Verizon Air Card had blazing speed at 3G. Verizon cell phone had good reception. Restrooms were very clean. And, as another reviewer posted, rangers/staff always running around doing something. In North Dakota, if you have the annual pass, you only pay $20. I had to pay $25. Had a very relaxing stay.
This is my fourth North Dakota state park, and I am really surprised that all North Dakota State parks charge the same regardless of whether the hookup is water/electric only, or water/electric/sewer. Also, if you have the North Dakota annual pass, then you only pay $20. Without the pass, it's $25. But with all that aside, this is a beautiful park to stay in. The sites are far apart, and each site has lots of acreage. My site had the full w/e/s hookup. Most of the sites appear to be pull through, but didn't explore the entire park. If you don't carry satellite, you can get excellent over the air reception of the major networks and PBS stations. Although there are trees, the trees don't shade the sites. The trees are between sites. Great for TV reception, bad for hot days. Verizon Air Card worked great on 3G service. Good reception on Verizon cell phone. Very relaxing to stay here.
This campground is part of Cross Ranch State Park and is located two miles from the main part of Cross Ranch. If you self-register, and don't go into the main part of Cross Ranch, you are not required to pay the $5 vehicle fee on top of the camping fee. (This was my understanding, but I strongly urge you to check with the park on this. ) The electric sites ($15) are on one side of the driving road. The non-electric sites ($12) are on the other side of the driving road and face the river. Again, those are the prices that were on the sign. The non-electric sites are intended for tents, RV's do not fit into them (except for site 16, I'll explain later in this review). If you are in a tent site, you park along the driving road, and there is a small path down to your camping site. The electric sites are back-in, and are easy to get into as long as you are camping mid-week when it's not busy. However, if you bring an RV in for a weekend when it's busy, you have to maneuver around all the cars parked in front of the tent sites. Dicey! The electric sites have only an electric pole, no water or sewer. There is a water faucet at the entrance to the campground where you can fill up. Although the water is potable, might want to run it through a couple of filters as it's "well" water. There is no sewer dump. The closest sewer dump is in the main part of Cross Ranch, but if you go into the main part of Cross Ranch, you will have to pay the $5 vehicle fee (unless you have the North Dakota annual pass). Easier just to say "no sewer dump at this campground." There is a boat launch near the campground, and a picnic area and hiking trail. If you like to fish and don't mind dry camping, try to get site 16. It's kind of "hidden" and you have to go to the boat ramp to access it. You can creatively get an RV down there. Site 16 gives you "front row fish out your window" opportunity. Good place to overnight if you are out in the middle of nowhere in North Dakota and just need a place to stop. One more thing: If your GPS routes you through Hensler, IGNORE. Instead, take Highway 83 to Alt 200 until you get to Washburn, and navigate from there. Follow the signs. Sanger will be 2 miles BEFORE the main entrance to Cross Ranch.
Great primitive park with weekend activities. There are no hookups at this park. Camping fee is $12, plus you have to pay $5 vehicle fee (total $17) unless you have the North Dakota Annual Pass, then you only pay $12. Great spacing between the sites, good privacy. Lots of shade. There are also Yurts and great cabins to rent. If you are ambitious, there are some great "park here, hike it in" tent sites that offer great privacy. There are also regular tent sites, too. There are water faucets where you can fill up with water. Although the water is potable, recommend running the water through some filters as it's "well" water. On weekends, there are some great interpretive programs, (We learned to make ice cream!) and some concerts from local bands. If you don't mind dry camping, this is a great place to relax. This park doesn't get full, it seems to be a well kept secret. The park also has wintertime activities. One more thing: If your GPS routes you through Hensler, ignore the GPS. The road from Hensler involves going on a dirt road that, CAN, be dicey for RV's, especially after a rainstorm. Instead, take Highway 83 to ALT 200 until you get to Washburn, navigate from there. Follow the signs.
If North Dakota allowed "resort" status to a state park, this one would qualify! The tour of the Indian "on a slant" homes and the Custer house is worth the $6 for that tour. Not to mention a trolley you can take to town, a Commissary that sells souveniers and coffee, a small shack that sells sandwiches and smoothies, and plenty of stuff for families with kids. Regarding the nightly rate: If you have the North Dakota annual pass, you only pay $20. If you don't have the pass, you pay $25. Good spacing between sites. I would have preferred that the driving loop be routed the other direction. Even though the loop is one way, I had to make a left to get into my pull-through site. If the loop were routed the other way, then it would be easier to get into the site. The water faucets are "shared." There are two faucets on a post, but the posts are placed between two sites, every other site. If you intend to use your hose, you had better have at least 50 feet, and maybe another five foot hose just in case. Makes me wonder how the park staff gets the lawn mowed with everyone's hoses stretched out all over the place. Since I only stayed two nights, I pulled up close to the faucet, filled my tank, then settled back into the site, hose free. I had to use 50 feet of hose. I would love to give this park a 10 but the water faucet situation is a bit irritating.
I called to make reservations for a one night stay on a Saturday and was pleasantly surprised they didn't require a credit card for the reservations. When I arrived I found out why: cash or check only. But at least you can write a check. Rate reflects Good Sam Discount. My GPS couldn't get me here, so here is what you do: Take Exit 61, head toward the Wal-Mart (if you know where it is). Make a right turn right before the Wal-Mart. Then go about a mile. Basically, follow the blue "tent" signs. I don't know why the city has blue "tent" signs, normally it would be a blue "RV" sign for this kind of park. There are a lot of "perms" here, but it appears this park has standards, I did not see any "messy" camp sites. I think the overnighters get put in the B section where there are some pull-throughs. I had a really huge pull through, I could have gotten two RV's my size in this slot. The "perms" have great spacing between their sites, but the section where the overnighters get placed are closer together, I was six feet from my neighbors. In the section I was in, the sewer and water hookups are pretty far from the electric hookup. Depending on the configuration of your RV, you may either need lots of hose and cord, or lots of sewer hose. I personally didn't like having the water connection close to the sewer connection, so since I was only staying one night, I filled up my tank so as to not have to use the water hose. No cable, but you will get great digital reception on the antenna from four networks, four PBS stations, and what appears to be a TV version of the NOAA weather alert. Didn't get to see the bathrooms. Laundry room was decent, with large washing machines, and good prices; $1.50 to wash, $1.50 to dry. Wi-Fi worked very well from my site.
The sites have electric only, no water or sewer. I noticed water faucets available between every other site, just kind of "plopped" where ever, no consistency to location. I also noticed what appeared to be an "attitude" from camping guests of, "I hooked up to the water faucet first so it's mine, neener neener." On the other hand, some of the faucets were being used with splitters by neighboring camping guests. I asked a ranger, "What's up with that?" The ranger explained that you have to share the water faucet with your neighbor. If you don't have a splitter, they have them in the park office, they will bring one to you. Okay.
Since I was only staying two nights, I filled my tank from an "unclaimed" water faucet to avoid confronting the neighbor who had already "claimed" the faucet (and no splitter). The camp host explained that the park plans to add more water faucets to avoid the sharing issue, but who knows when that will happen. Overall, I had a very nice stay at the park. Sites are dirt, but reasonably level. There is adequate spacing between sites. The trees may prevent you from putting out your awning. The park has a group camp area, but it seemed small to me compared to what I have seen at other parks. Basically, the group camp area was the size of two RV slots. I've seen bigger. Bathrooms and showers were fairly clean. Oh, and the biggest surprise, this park has free Wi-Fi! It's the only park in the North Dakota State Park system with Wi-Fi, courtesy of a "Friends of the Park" organization. Wi-Fi worked great! Thank goodness, as Verizon cellular modem wouldn't work at all. Verizon cell phone had trouble getting a signal. Verizon wireless land line (Home Phone Connect service) barely got a signal, but worked much better then cell phone service. Finally, I want to add that I came in as a "walk-in" (no reservations) on a Thursday and was told that I was very lucky as this park tends to fill by Wednesday. I'd love to give this park an 8 or 9, but the sharing water issue made me knock it down to 7.
I have three "pluses" for this park. 1. Safe. 2. Good Free Wi-fi. 3. Actually get network digital TV stations over the air. Other than that, not much else to say. Nothing to look at here. Just a cheap overnight stop. Sites are grassy. The Pull-throughs are "side by side." If you get the odd numbered pull-through, all of your connections (W/E/S) will be on the correct side. If you get an even numbered pull through, well, depending on which way you decide to go (can go either way), you will have to choose whether you want the water and electric on the "wrong" side or the sewer on the "wrong" side. Sites are kind of close together. The back ins have more room for awnings, but no shade. The shade, if you can call it that, is mostly on the pull-throughs. The trees get in the way so you cannot put your awning out. The restrooms and showers are kind of old, but the building was amazingly clean despite being old. No laundry. Cash or check only, no credit cards. No Good Sam discount or other discount.
This park is located equi-distant between Clinton and Drummond. Mixed bag of reviews, either a good experience or a bad experience. When I checked in, the owner's mother was helping out as one of their employees, had just quit. There are 30 amp sites and 50 amp sites. Don't know if they charge more for 50 amp. The rate I am showing is the 30 amp site rate after Good Sam discount and lodging tax (base rate is $32). To me, the rate is a bit high for not having sewer at the site. Sites are grassy. Some have shade, and some don't. The park has a propane station but for some reason they can only fill bottles, can't fill permanent tanks. The mother said they don't have the right "fitting." I was here on a Monday in July, and there weren't very many people in the park. This park is merely a decent overnight stop. I didn't check bathrooms or showers. Lastly, the dump station is a bit difficult to find. It is located on the way out of the park as if you are going back to the freeway. I'm in a Class C (no toad) and I found it cumbersome to get into. Hate to see a Class A try it. Camper or tiny trailer would be no problem.
The owners of this place have put some money in and made some improvements! The "perms" are either gone or were made less obvious somehow. The RV park is behind a vintage bungalow motel. The grass and flowers in the center of the "RV circle" were very pretty. I must give one "heads up" for one major driving issue. If the motel is full, and there are lots of cars, you have to play "thread the needle" to weasel your RV through the cars to get to the RV section. I held my breath and I'm in a Class C! I'd hate to watch Class A's do this, although there were some Class A's here during my stay. Also, the sites are rather close together. So, if you stay here, just hope your neighbors are decent. The owners are very nice and will help you get in your space, as it's a bit tight weaseling around the RV section. I didn't use the WiFi or cable, so can't comment. The $39 I paid is with taxes and Good Sam discount. Yes, a bit pricey for what you get. But the location is good if you are attending an event at the Fairgrounds, or if you want access to mass transit. There are other RV parks in Spokane area along Sprague Avenue, but. Let's just say this is your best option if you want to be in Spokane and not in the outlying areas.
Park is not fancy, but it's clean and well kept. Even the perms don't really stand out. Wi-Fi worked very well. Cable TV had a few channels and half of them didn't come in. Cable TV appears to be off satellite. Staff is pleasant. Little bit of road noise, but not too bad. There appears to be some traffic all hours of the night, but it didn't bother me that much. Good overnight stop on your way to where ever you are going. Price I paid is Good Sam discount plus taxes.
Two rates at this time: $30 for a "non water view" site, and $35 for "water view." If you come during mid-week, ask for site 303. It's very wide, and it's considered a "non water view" site; however, as long as no one occupies sites 305 and 306 (which are both "view" sites and are both meant for rigs under 25 feet) next door, you have a water view without paying for it! And you get a ringside seat to watch the ferries come and go. Try to avoid getting site 311. That site is on a "side by side" hookup, and is located right next to the driving area. Cars and RV's driving in to their sites will drive right next to your RV. SCARY! Sites are grass or gravel. Cable TV appeared to be analog, didn't get any digital. If you use antenna, you will get some digital channels. Laundry prices were decent, $2 to wash, $1.50 to dry. There are a some good restaurants within a short walk from this park if you don't tow a car. Good skate park for kids within walking distance. If you want to come here on weekends, even in winter, you need reservations. Port Townsend is a cute place to hang out, and this park is close to town. Price was reasonable for what you got,, but these are "winter" rates. According to web site, rates go up to $50+ in summer!
If you just want a cheap overnight, this place is OK. Park is a bit loosely run. Owner's daughter checked me in, and said that the parents would collect from me later. No one ever came, I had to go find someone to pay. At the time I was there, the pull through sites had been winterized and couldn't be used, only the back in sites were available. Bathrooms and laundry were locked, don't know if you need permission or what to use them. There is some spacing, but not much between sites. TV over the air is rather spotty. All channels you can get are digital, but the channels will fade in and out depending on which way the wind blows. Verizon cellular modem worked fine on 3G. Verizon wireless land line (Home Phone Connect) service worked well. This park is located in the small "notch" of Oregon that is on Mountain Time. However, your cell phone may flip back and forth between Pacific or Mountain Time. Cash or check only, if you want to use credit cards, they will charge extra. Inexpensive place to overnight on I-84.
Resort? HA! This is just a gas station stop. However, I do agree with previous reviews, this is QUITE a find! I was surprised there weren't any reviews of this park on this website (because I thought it was located in Rupert) until I discovered the "technical" location is Declo. All spaces are pull-through. Adequate spacing between sites. Good Wi-Fi, although unsecured. Laundry and showers were clean. Laundry was CHEAP! $! to wash, $1 to dry (as of this writing). There were some "portable" bathrooms (real toilets, not outhouses) around the park, but at this time, they appeared to have been taken out of service for whatever reason. Cable TV wasn't the greatest, it faded in and out depending on the time of day or the position of your TV. Great stop for an overnight! Rate I am showing is after Good Sam Discount and taxes.
Ok, so where is the lake? Oh, I see, a river. Slight exaggeration. Sites are "side by side" duplexes where two RV's share a pole, but point different directions. Although there is adequate spacing between the "duplexes," if someone is on the other side of your "duplex," you are in a "pass the mustard" situation. Fortunately, I didn't have to share a "duplex" the one night I stayed. There is a "group camp" area that looks like someone is using it for storage of old equipment. Lots of trees that provide shade if it's summer time. Cable is decent, good selection of channels. Wi-Fi is unsecured, no password required. Plenty of playground equipment for children. Good for an overnight stay, wouldn't stay here much more than that. Rate I'm showing is with Good Sam Discount and taxes.
After "slumming it" in cheap RV parks or the last week, this was an upgrade! Sites are very wide, which means you can park your tow car next to your RV instead of in front or behind, if you tow one. Although the water faucets are insulated, if the temps drop below freezing, the camp host will request that you take your water hoses off so the water won't freeze in the hose. If you don't tow a car, there is a restaurant next door, and a good grocery store in the Kroger chain 3 blocks away. Laundry and bathrooms were very clean. There are a few "perms" here, but that didn't diminish the overall appearance. This park is on the main street through town. Didn't notice any noise or anything, as the park was about 1/3 full at this time of year. There are three Wi-Fi connections you can use, but I found that I got "dropped" a lot, no matter which one I connected to. The rate I'm showing includes the Good Sam discount and all taxes.
Rate is Good Sam discount with taxes, full hookup, 30 amp. Nice long sites. The person who checked me in made a big issue of saying, "Just like it says on the internet," after every sentence. Hmmm: wonder what that was about. Spacing is a bit close, but heck, it's just an overnight park, which is what is advertised. Close (walking distance) to restaurants. Good Wi-Fi. Cable TV has lots of channels, and guess what? This park supplies the cable, don't need to use your own cable. No laundry facilities, unfortunately. Didn't see any showers or bathrooms, either. Not bad for a cheap overnight.
This place has a name? No name was shown on my receipt and there is no sign other than "RV Park." Texola, Oklahoma is nothing more than a gas station stop, with an RV park behind it, so I'm guessing this is where I stayed. When I checked in (at the gas station) I was immediately asked if I had Passport America (PA). Sorry I didn't. Would have been half the cost. The good news is: this place honors PA regardless of the day. I am taking a wild guess that they charge different rates for 50 amp versus 30 amp. The 50 amp boxes were bright yellow versus dull gray for 30 amp. The person who checked me in instructed me to look for the dull gray boxes since I was 30 amp. More good news, all sites are pull through! This park is good for an overnight, and it's cheap. Spacing between sites is adequate. No showers or laundry. There is a restaurant within a short walk. The restaurant is open Tuesday - Sunday or something like that. I didn't try the restaurant. Great digital TV reception via antenna, good number of channels. No shade here this time of year and it was pretty warm, although temps dropped to 40 degrees during the night. Even if the few trees do bloom, don't think you will get much shade. This place is out in the open on the prairie. As a solo, I felt safe here. Good for an inexpensive overnight.
As the previous reviews mentioned, "Any port in a storm." I stayed here for two nights trying to avoid tornadoes in surrounding states. Let's just say: the owners/managers are very nice and accommodating; and it's CHEAP! However, cash or check only, no credit cards. The 3 pull throughs mentioned in earlier reviews: I have a sneaking suspicion that those 3 sites are kept for overnight. When I arrived, I was immediately offered a pull through, although there were plenty of back in sites available. However, the three pull throughs are close to the freeway. But on the other hand, they are the nicest and most level sites in the entire park. The cable TV has plenty of channels to watch, but it fades in and out. If you are desperate for TV, you can switch to antenna and pull in a decent amount of digital channels. No laundry facilities or bathrooms. But hey, any port in a storm and it's CHEAP! As a solo, I felt safe here.
Great park. However, trying to get into a back-in site is dicey if you drive a big rig. The road is narrow and when you get ready to back up, you have to be careful you don't hit a tree with your front end. Sites are spaced apart fairly decent. Sites appeared to be fairly level, at least my site was. I got here around 3:30 PM and the office was closed to do inventory (month end) and I was told I could pay with a credit card in the morning. A ranger stopped by later and verified that I could do that. There are abundant trash cans, it seems there was a trash can every other site. Restrooms were OK, not the cleanest, but not bad, either. At this time of year it was pretty quiet. I was told in the office that if you have a Water and Electric only it's $20 as opposed to $25 for full hookup. However, I was also told that if you are in a full hookup site and only use the Water and electric, you can specify so and just pay the $20. Guess it's OK to do that at this time of year. No TV reception via antenna. Verizon Cellular modem (4G) worked well. Verizon Cell Phone and Wireless Landline both worked, although the Wireless Landline struggled to keep a signal.
If you drive a MONSTER CLASS A and pull a toad, I would skip this park. The road through the camping area is narrow and very dicey. In fact, at the beginning of the camping area, there is a sign instructing you to unhook your toad. I don't know how vehicles pulling trailers handle it. Some of the campsites can be accessed on the way up the road, some on the way down the road. You drive all the way up, turn around in a narrow "turnaround" area, and go back down. Some of the sites are dicey to back into. Site #28 was very spacious, but cumbersome to get into. But it was a very level site. There is adequate spacing between you and the neighbor. Restrooms were fairly clean. I had a great stay once I got into the site. I was staying "Free" due to a pass I got from previously camp hosting at another Georgia State Park, therefore, I put $1 as the price. The lake was wonderful! There is a great visitors center where you can buy T-Shirts and things. The park also has some great "hike in" tent sites, where you park here and "hike in there." Verizon Air Card (3G), Verizon Cell Phone, and Verizon Home Phone Connect worked great here.
Very nice small state park. You get here by weaseling through some housing areas. I was here Christmas Eve. There was no staff available when I arrived. The entrance gave the day use rates, but didn't show the camping rates. Adequate spacing between sites, good trees. The sites are a bit small. If you have a toad, might be tight on big rigs. Wouldn't bring an RV over 32 feet here. Rest rooms were surprisingly clean. Verizon Air Card and Wireless Land line worked well here. Good TV reception via antenna, good selection of channels.
Just want a cheap and safe place to stay overnight? This works! A little off the beaten path, but it's cheap! The park even sells propane. After you check in, the road down to the camping sites is a bit steep, might want to unhook your toad if you have one. There is a swimming pool, but it was closed in the winter. I detected a Wi-Fi that required a code to use, didn't use it, as the office was closed by the time I figured out there was a Wi-Fi. It appears that this park caters to hunters in the fall and winter. There is a campground host. The host will bring the rule sheet to you after you set up.
This was such a cute place, decided to stay two nights. Rate reflects Good Sam rate. Restrooms were closed for winter, except for a shower near the laundry room, and restrooms in back of the office. The section I stayed in was all pull throughs, nice! If you stay here, site 4 is the best, it's right next to a wonderful little stream. Laundry is $1.50 to wash, $1.50 to dry, not bad. Water faucets are heated, so no problem leaving hose on all night. Campground has nice woodsy feel. There are separate sections to the campground. There is a great clubhouse for parties. Office has a neat store. Worth the $36 in wintertime.
If you are traveling in the winter, this is the only campground for MILES that is open all year. You drive through a bunch of subdivisions and viola, there is an RV park! Winter rate is $46 for every site, so get a harbor site. The harbor sites are paved and adequately spaced. The interior sites are "pass the mustard," too close together. Also, the interior sites are full of perms. Bathrooms were closed. Laundry was cheap, $1.25 for washers and dryers. If you arrive late, they have self check-in, and they give you the internet code on the self check in slip. Wi-Fi worked good. Cable TV had lots of channels, some snowy, some not. We had called ahead and were also told if we arrive late, we can pay by CC in the morning. Verizon Wireless land line and cell phone got good reception.
Nice, wooded area, surprising after weaseling the RV through lots of housing areas. We didn't have reservations, but phoned ahead to ensure campground was open. We arrived after dark. Staff checked us in. We were told that we could not have our hose hooked up due to winter temps. It happened to be warm enough that we could have left it attached all night, but we decided to obey the command to not have it attached. We used our hose until bedtime, then took it off, then re-attached it in the morning. Water spout was way in the back of the site. I thought the showers and bathrooms were ok... but my traveling companion thought the men's room could have been cleaner. Laundry was EXPENSIVE! Dryer and washer were $3.25 each! YIKES! Roadway was a bit dicey to travel through due to the woods, but it made for nice ambiance. Spacing was adequate between the sites. Each site has a nice wood built patio. If you are great at maneuvering your RV, maybe you can get it to go between the patio and the sewer spot. If you are lucky, you can get your RV to where the patio meets your doorway! Cable TV was snowy. As for the Wi-Fi, I think you need a code for it. We didn't use it. Verizon 4G Air Card, as well as wireless landline got good reception.
Stayed here two nights while exploring Raleigh. Had to hunt someone down for check in, but we discovered that someone is available at the phone number shown 24 hours a day, so you can check in any time you want. You call the phone number, they tell you to pick the site you want and they will come collect payment later. Cash or personal checks only. Great TV reception if you use an antenna. Great Verizon Air Card reception on 4G. Only bad thing is this is basically a parking lot with hookups. The hookups are side by side, if you take one side, the connections are on the correct side, but if you take the other side, the connections will be on the wrong side of your RV. Sites were not very level. But if you just want to explore Raleigh, this will work.
Great state park with a real woodsy feeling in the middle of a city off Two Notch Road. However, the road through the camping area can be dicey, I have a Class C and I had to pull my mirrors in to get between trees on each side of the road. I don't know how Class A's or Fifth Wheels would manage. Adequate spacing between sites. Plenty of shade if you are there in summer. Restrooms were clean. Pretty quiet at this time of year. Great TV reception on digital if you use the antenna. Good signal from Verizon Air Card on 4G. Good value for $22.50 that we paid. Dump station easy to get through.
If you are in a big rig, HOLD YOUR BREATH when coming into the park. The entry road to the State Park area is narrow, winding, and steep. If you tow a car, might want to unhook the car before going into the park. I'm in a 32' Class C (and NOT towing a car) and it was arduous for me! But once you get here, it's a nice area. Adequate spacing between each site. Park is open year round, and there weren't very many people there when I stayed. My site was fairly level, didn't need to work the stabilizers that much. My site was also fairly long, plenty of room for a tow car if I had one. Georgia State Parks appears to have this "color code" thing. I was assigned to a "yellow" spot, whatever that means. I had a back in site, fairly easy to back into. I tried to get into a pull-through (also colored "yellow"), but the pull through that I tried were too "arched."
A state park with CABLE TV SERVICE? Oh my. I'm not coming out of my RV for two days! I was quite surprised to find cable TV service at a state park. It's pretty basic, 10 channels, consisting of the networks, Weather Channel, USA, and TNT. Works for me! Other than the fact that I hibernated with my TV set for two days, this is a great park! Lots of trees for shade. In the two loops, the RV sites are back-in. There are a few pull-through sites, but they are outside the loops in a separate area. Both loops have "comfort stations" featuring bathrooms, and a washer and dryer. Having a washer and dryer for public use at a state park is rare! $1 to wash, $1 to dry, pretty cheap! No charge to use the showers, unless you are camping in the primitive group camp area, then it's $2 for a shower. The office is open every day, and has great souvenir items (hats, T-shirts, etc.) as well as some basic food and camping needs. I did find it odd that there are two water faucets at each site. I wonder why two faucets are needed, never found out why. Wood campfires are currently banned here due to drought and recent wildfires, but charcoal fires are allowed. Verizon Air Card (4G) wouldn't connect at all. Verizon cell phone and wireless landline barely got a signal, faded in and out depending where you stood. Park has a pay phone near the office. My understanding is that you need to have a prepaid phone card to use the pay phone. You do have to be careful about snakes and alligators, but didn't see any during my stay. Did I remember to say that this state park has CABLE TV?
This is definitely a campground, not an RV park! You get that feeling with all the trees in this park. However, spacing between sites is not the greatest, as your site's picnic table may or may not be on top of your neighbors sewer. You can move the table to a different spot on your site. On the plus side, the sites are quite LONG! Could squeeze two big rig Class A RV's and two cars in each site (although I'm sure that's not really allowed...) Most of the sites appear to be pull through. There is adequate room for slides, but that's not saying much. One of my slides was so close to a tree that my cat was greatly entertained watching the few creatures that hadn't hibernated yet. There is a children's playground in the center of the park. I'm not sure how check in works in the summer, but at the time I was there, it was "self check in" at a barn at the entrance. There were some "special" envelopes for check in, but the few envelopes available had been scribbled on. So, I used a plain envelope that I had in my RV, enclosed a check, and dropped it in the slot. Good TV reception for digital channels over the air. This place can be a great family camp out, or just a good, cheap, overnight place.
Like the previous reviews said, just an overnight place, cheap. They have "cafeteria" pricing, as you can choose between Electric only ($20), Water/Electric ($23), and Water/Electric/Sewer ($25). You get to use the cable regardless of which option you take, no extra charge. Cable isn't the greatest, channels kept going out, the rest were analog. Wi-Fi worked great! Sites are side by side, on grass/gravel. Park has perms in it, but OK for overnight.
Good cheap place for an overnight. Spots are “side by side.” Two RV's share an electrical post with two connections, one 30 amp and one 50 amp. Hope you aren't both 50 amp. There are two sewer dumps, so no problem there. As for the water, two RV's share ONE water faucet with a “hose splitter.” The site I pulled into did not have the “splitter” and I was dismayed and not sure what to do as another RV had “taken” the water connection. Campground host said, “no problem.” She walked over, unhooked the other person's water hose (without knocking on their door to inform them!!!) added the splitter, and re-connected the other person's hose. OK. Now I have water. Water pressure seemed OK to me; wasn't sure whether or not both of us were using the water at the same time. The Wi-Fi was kind of weak. The host didn't tell me about the Wi-Fi, I just kind of, "found it." The park has a nice pond. One prior review said “cash only.” They are now taking credit cards. To get here, you drive over a dirt/gravel road with some hills, but it's tolerable. Reasonably priced gas station right off the exit before you get to the park.
For an overnight stop, the price is right. Finding campgrounds open in October in South Dakota is dicey! Mixture of pull throughs and back ins. Fairly level. Sites are gravel with decent spacing of grass between sites, about what you would expect. Person on duty was very nice and pleasant. Wi-Fi worked great! A previous review said “no TV.” I managed to get six digital channels via antenna, no problem. Restrooms were clean, showers are coin operated. Great laundry room with a deep sink and even an ironing board and iron for you to use! Laundry room also includes a phone for local calls. There is a pool and min-golf that are used in summer time, but weren't open at the time I was here.
Finding an RV Park still open in October in South Dakota is DICEY! Luckily this one is open through October. At the time I was there, half of the slots had been shut down and winterized. Slots are on grass, some spacing between each slot. The Wi-Fi worked great. The cable is a bit limited, just basic channels and appears to be analog channels, no digital. The park is close to freeway, but freeway noise wasn't an issue, as there is not that much traffic at night. If you come late at night and need to pay with a credit card, you can leave a note and pay the next morning. The restrooms were decent, laundry was ok, prices were $2 to wash and $1.75 to dry. They even have a phone in the laundry room for local calls or credit card long distance calls. One issue: the 50 amp slots cost more than the 30 amp, the price shown is 30 amp with Good Sam Discount.
This park seems full of permanent residents, and it's a “pass the mustard” park in that you can yell out your window to ask your neighbor to pass the mustard. I had a “shady” site in the F section. I put “shady” in quotes because. Yes, there were trees, but the trees barely allowed room for my slide-outs, and no room at all for awning. Not that I needed the awning in October. But on the good side, my slot was very long, in case you are towing a car. However, the road through the park is a little dicey if you are a big rig. I got decent reception via antenna for the few digital channels available in the area. A prior reviewer said “cash only.” It's true they don't take credit cards, but I was allowed to write an out of state check. This was a good place to overnight for the minor emergency I had to deal with. I couldn't use the Wi-Fi as I had stopped in Gillette to get my computer repaired.
Roadside advertising indicates the park is open through October. In reality, the park may, or may not be open in October. The park owners were taking it day by day as the weather was still quite warm. I got lucky. I like the fact that the water and sewer connections are far apart, but depending where you settle on the site, and the configuration of your RV, you will either need an extra long water hose, or an extra long sewer hose. I pulled forward in the site, filled up my water tank, then backed up to be close to the sewer/electric connection. The sites are gravel, on a terrace parallel to the hillside. The only gripe I had is that $37 was the price posted on the board (which I assumed was full price). I mentioned I had Good Sam, and was told full price was $41 and that it was $37 after Good Sam. Hmmm...
I got lucky, they were open until October 15. They have nice long pull through lots on a prairie, although my spot (76) was not very level. There is some spacing between RV’s, not luxurious roomy, but some spacing. The office has some grocery supplies. There are clean restrooms, nice laundry room with modern front load washers. A separate building houses a really cozy library/TV room for lounging. The sites don’t have cable, but there is great TV reception with digital channels. The Wi-Fi requires a code, but worked fine. It is a short walk to Fairmont Hot Springs.
$24 (with the Good Sam Discount) gets you full hookups plus free cable? You can’t beat that price for this area! This isn’t a luxury park, just a simple Mom ‘n Pop park. The spacing between sites is sort of close, but not too bad, I’ve been in worse! I had a nice pull through. There is a laundry room with very nice machines, CHEAP! $1.50 to wash, $1.00 (60 minutes) to dry. The laundry room, which is available 24 hours a day, includes a very nice big screen TV to watch, and a nice book exchange. There is a pay phone outside the laundry room if you are “low tech” and don’t carry a cell phone. This park appears to have a lot of permanent residents with a few spaces for over night clients. But the residents were pretty decent. The lady who checked me in was “interesting.” Asked me 3 times if I had a pet. Then she kept asking if I was this “other” person three or four times, despite me telling her I was not that “other” person. The best thing, this park is right across the street from a Wal-Mart! It is a good place to overnight if you are visiting friends in the area.
If your GPS tells you to take Shop Loop Road, IGNORE THIS! Just drive until you see the signs for the park. This is a BEAUTIFUL park! I can't believe this park isn't already in the database! This park does not take reservations, it's first come, first serve. The ranger explained that although the State operates the park, the local County owns the land. There are several state/county parks in this area that have a reservation system, and the county that owns this land wants to keep this as a "last resort" park in case the others are full. That is the reason reservations are not allowed. Well, for a LAST RESORT park, it is gorgeous! The park is spread out. The tent area is way over there, the RV section is way over in another area, and the two beautiful group camp areas (with large pavilions) are a half mile down the road. The RV section has great spacing! Each camp site has a lot of acreage to it. Water and electric only, but there is a "community" dump station. If you camped there your dumping is included. There is a tent pad in each RV space, but the tent pads are kind of "blended" into the grass. If you are camping in the RV section and have a tent, best to ask park staff where the tent can go. If you are tent camping and want the actual tent section, you park in a specified parking lot and "hike it in" to the tent area, which is out on an island. The park provides little carts for you to pack your stuff out to the island. There are lots of trees in the tent area, plenty of shade. Each tent space has plenty of acreage. The park also has a great boating launch, and a good beach area for lake swimming. If you don't carry a satellite, you can barely get a FOX channel over the air, nothing else. Verizon Air Card worked great here! I'd give this park a 10 but the only downer is the power lines that run through the park in the RV section. You wake up to beautiful peaceful scenery, and the lovely sound of snap and crackle.
It's a parking lot, but a nice parking lot. This is a new RV park, built last fall. Your GPS will most likely lead you astray on this one. I was familiar with the area so I knew not to obey the GPS. You have to "weasel around" to get to the park. The signs attempt to point you in the right direction. The office/store in the front of the park is set up in a "50's diner" style, quite cute. There is a book/movie trade area. This park appears to cater more toward long terms. When I checked in, the check in person said, "we really aren't set up for overnighers although we do occasionally get them." The surprising thing was, I wasn't asked for address information when I checked in. The office is not open on Sundays. I stayed in a pull through. The pull through spots are alternating. In other words, if you face east, the neighbors on either side of you are facing west. The pull-through spots are so close together that not only is it "pass the mustard" but "pass the toilet paper while you are at it." If the person in the next spot starts their car, you feel like you are in their car with them. The spots that are advertised as having a "small fenced yard" are nicer, but you have to parallel park your RV for those spots. Who wants to parallel park the RV? The restrooms/laundry rooms were very clean. Laundry was cheap, $1 to wash $1 to dry, good sized machines. The DSL internet was very fast! The park will loan you an Ethernet cable if you need. I don't know if a deposit is required or not as I had my own Ethernet cable with me. I had to run the Ethernet cable through my bedroom window to connect due to the location of the DSL cord. The cable TV was OK, 25 channels, all analog through a satellite service. However, you can get some channels "over the air" via antenna. The park occasionally sponsors some events for the residents, there was a live music event the night before I got there. The price I am showing is the amount before taxes. The park isn't set up for Good Sam Discounts yet. To me, the price was outrageous for this very tight parking lot situation. Normally, I'd give a park like this a "4" due to how close together the spots are, but with the great internet service and clean restrooms, I give it a "6."
Beautiful small park just off Interstate 70 through Colorado. There are four loops. Some spots have full hookups, some have w/e only, some are electric only, and some with no hookups. I stayed in Loop D with full hookups. Loop D was close to the freeway. There was some road noise, but it wasn't bothersome. Some of the picnic tables at some of the sites have shelters on them. There is adequate spacing between sites. Restrooms/Showers were very clean. There is a laundry facility, $1 to wash, $1 to dry, small loads. The building with the restrooms and laundry also has a functional working pay phone in case your cell phone doesn't work. There is a very nice flowing river at one end of the park. There are some children's play grounds in a few locations. I was unable to get TV reception over the air in Loop D. However, it appeared that someone in Loop C was able to get TV reception over the air. Verizon cell phone had difficulty getting a signal. Verizon 4G Air Card did not work at all. Verizon Wireless Landline service worked, but barely got a signal. The rate I am showing, $31, is the rate for full hookups (w/e/s), to include the $7 vehicle fee that Colorado charges. However, I only paid $24. If you contribute 45 hours of volunteer service to Colorado parks (which I did at another park), you get a one year waiver of the $7 vehicle fee.
Would you please pass the mustard? Good thing the RV next to me didn't have a slide, our slides would have been about 3 feet apart. Other than that, I found this RV park to be decent enough for a short stay in Colorado Springs. The check in person was friendly, but also vocal about the rules and regulations. I was here for an event at the Academy, didn't get to check the restrooms and laundry. Sites fairly level, didn't have to go too far on the stabilizers. Gravel/dirt sites. Park is close to a busy highway, but didn't notice any road noise. On the night before you check out, they leave a note reminding you that it's your last night. Gee, the park wasn't even full. Internet was through Tengo, didn't try to use it. Verizon Air Card (4G) worked fairly fast, although signal dropped occasionally. Cable worked OK, just basic network channels and a few "junk" ones. If you don't tow a car, and want transportation, Enterprise can deliver a car here. Or there is a bus with frequent service that goes right by here. Good well known "chain" grocery store a block away, as well as banks and restaurants within short walks if you don't tow a car. I would stay here again, despite the "pass the mustard" situation.
There are nine separate and distinct campgrounds in Eleven Mile State Park. This review is for North Shore Campground. Dry camping, no hookups. Pull through and back-in spaces. There are five loops, two of the loops are close to the marina, the other three loops are farther down. All loops have a good view of the marina or the reservoir. The rangers tell me that people prefer the "farther away" loops to be "away from it all." I stayed in Loop A, which directly overlooked the marina. Each spot has a very nice picnic table and fire ring. However, there isn't a lot of privacy between the sites. I highly recommend site 246 in the "C" loop. This site overlooks a small cove (kind of romantic!) and has the most privacy, but that's not saying much. There are also some good spots in Loops D and E that are right on the reservoir. None of the sites have any shade. Caution, it can get very windy here! There is one dump station (that serves all nine campgrounds within Eleven Mile), but there is no rinsing hose there. The toilets are all "vault" type. Verizon Air Card (4G) worked a little sluggish. Verizon cell phone and Verizon wireless land line (I have both) worked good here.
Breathtaking views if you stay in this campground. However, the road through all five loops is steep and dicey with turns. Pull through and back-in spaces. Loops A, B, and D have the electrical connections. Electric only, no sewer or water. There are water faucets and pumps located sparsely throughout the loops. However, the water faucets are rather close to and practically located inside some of the camp sites. The way the water faucets are situated, someone could get "territorial" with the faucet, or you will feel like you are intruding on a camp site if you want water. There is one dump station that serves all nine campgrounds (within Eleven Mile State Park), but there is no rinsing hose there. Caution, it can get very windy here!
I got caught by surprise. Didn't realize this was a dry camping park, except almost every site appears to have a water faucet. Oh well. It's a nice park and was very busy for a Thursday night. I had to hunt through all the reservation cards posted to find one that was open for the one night I stayed there! Whatever you do, don't pay before you find a spot! I disagree about the big rig access, mine is 32 feet and I barely had enough room. I was in a "pull-through" and I couldn't put my slides out, they would stick out over the roadway through the park or would hit a tree. Most of the sites are pull through but are shaped in a steep arc and very close to the road. There are a few back in sites, perhaps those will fit the big rigs and slideouts. If you arrive after hours, there is a machine to take your fee, cash or credit cards (again, don't pay before you find a spot!). You have to do two transactions if you use the machine. I wasn't towing a car, but from what I understand (confirmed with the camp host), you have to buy both a camping permit and a vehicle permit for your motorhome. I am guessing that if you tow a car, you may have to buy another permit, but you might want to clarify this. The rate I am showing is $16 for camping and $7 vehicle fee.
It's out in the middle of NOWHERE, but it's cheap, it's safe, and basically just a good overnight stop on your way up or down Interstate 84. There are some fast food restaurants reasonably close. Full hookups. Lots of pull through sites, always a good thing. The back in sites are against a fence. On the other hand, the back in sites have more "spacing" between sites than the pull throughs. There is a driving range where you can rent some balls and practice. Check in is "honor system." Cash or checks. I paid full price, but discounts are given for Escapees members. Laundry room was a little "smelly" but I used it. Laundry was reasonable, $1.25 to wash, and 25 cents for 10 minutes of drying. No TV at all if you are using antenna. Verizon air card (4G) had trouble getting a signal despite the fact that my Verizon cell phone and Verizon wireless landline worked fine!
If you need RV Repairs, this park is next door to an RV service & repair place! Can't beat that! However, I didn't use the RV service, so I can't comment on that. This park is in a great woodsy area. The slots are adequately spaced apart, not enough for privacy but enough to be "somewhat spaced apart." You check in at the RV store. The laundry rooms and restrooms have a security code. Laundry and rest rooms were clean, but had a funny smell to them. Showers had a charge,75 cents, so I didn't use them. Laundry was cheap! $1 to wash, $1 to dry! At those prices, wash anything you can find, even if it's just two pairs of underpants! Washer and dryer were average sized. Cable was decent. If they have Wi-Fi, I didn't use it, so I can't comment. Verizon Air Card kept dropping signal, but this is an issue with 4G versus 3G. Nearby Cle Elum has a few good restaurants, and a good grocery store. If you don't tow a car, you can walk to downtown. And, if you need to "lighten your load," there is a thrift store in Cle Elum where you can donate used goods. The rate I am showing is the Good Sam rate before taxes. Enjoyed a peaceful stay here.
Stayed here using their "winter" rate of 30% off the daily rate. The catch is that you have to stay at least two nights to get the rate, which is good through April. Once you have met the "two night" criteria, you can extend one night at a time at the 30% off rate. The park has three different rates, depending on the section you take. The 30% off rate only applies to certain sections of the park. I don't think it applies to the front section facing the ocean (which, as of this writing is about $60!). The 30% off rate is cheaper than the weekly rate. I stayed in the back of the park (the "low rent" section). The best part was that I was close to the showers and laundry in this section. Wi-Fi reception was decent. However, in the back of the park, you will get heavy road noise. Restrooms and showers were clean. Great laundry area. The park has a beautiful clubhouse that can be rented for special occasions. Both the clubhouse and the laundry room have "book trades." I wouldn't call this a "destination" park, but it's good for a winter stay. The regular rates to me are way too high!
In winter, part of the park is closed down. If you are traveling in the winter and want full hookups (w/e/s), then stay in the "T" section at the top of the hill. The water faucets are insulated. The good news is, all the sites in "T" section are pull-through. The bad news is, they are rather close together, but there is some grass for separation. But basically, unless you are at the end, you are in a situation of "your front yard is someone's back yard." On the other hand, if you don't need the full hookups, you can stay in the loop that is open. The spots here are either back-in or pull through, and have more "separation." You can either dry camp in non-hookup sites, or just have electric (the water in this loop is shut off). If you have an "electric only" site, it costs $27. Although some of the campsites can accommodate big rigs, need to warn you of this: If you stay in the "loops" the road is quite narrow! You might need vaseline to make sure you sneak through between the trees on either side of the driving area. This park does have some very nice "buddy" sites if you like to camp with a friend. (Or, alternatively, the "oh heck we are stuck next to you because we couldn't get another site," depending on your point of view). This park also has some fabulous Yurts for wintertime camping. The ranger showed me one, they are quite nice and have heaters. However, they are about $60 or so with sales tax. The one bad thing is you can't park your car at your Yurt. You have to park outside the Yurt village. This park also has some nice hiking trails. And the best thing, it's across the street from the Mt. St. Helens Visitor's Center. Worth a visit.
In winter time, only two of the four loops are open: One RV loop with hookup (w/e/s) sites and non hookup sites; and one tent loop. Keep in mind, during the winter, it rains a lot. There is someone in the office during the day and you are supposed to stop and get assigned a spot. However, with all the rain, you may end up going back to the office and saying, "Um: the spot you assigned me is flooded, can I get a different spot?" If you get there after hours, you can do self check-in, they leave you a list of the available spots. The park takes reservations year round, but reservations aren't really critical in winter unless it's a clam dig weekend. If you like to clam dig, AND you want a full hookup site, you better make a reservation. If you don't make a reservation, you can still get in, but in the non-hookup sites. If you have reservations, and your site ends up being flooded, the rangers will do their best to switch you to a different site. There are two trails to the beach, one is in a "day use" area, and the other trail is near site 157. (There may be other trails in the two other loops, I'm not sure.) Being in site 157 isn't a big deal in the winter, but I'm guessing you would NOT want to be in that site in the summer. If you like privacy in your site, the non-hookup RV sites (which are all "back in) and the pull through utility sites seem to be the best, with lots of bushes. The utility spots that are "back-in" seem to be close together with not much separation (but there is room for slides). The rest rooms were typical for state parks, cement floors. You have to buy tokens for the showers, 50 cents (two tokens) for three minutes.
Very nice park. The sites are laid out in "circles of ten" with lots of grass. There is good spacing between each site. Lots of trees for shade (and for entertaining cats who like to watch little animals run up and down the trees...). Since this was winter, parts of the park were closed. But the part that was open had full hookup sites (w/e/s), partial hookup sites (w/e) and some "electric only" sites, as well as tent sites and some camping cabins. The rate I paid is for "full hookup." The "partial" was $1 less. I don't remember what "electric only" was. Tent sites were $14. Restrooms were fairly clean for a state park. Showers required tokens, 50 cents for 3 minutes. For those who don't have satellites and rely on antenna, I got two digital channels. Verizon Air Card worked here. Believe it or not, there was even a camp host! I talked to them and they were great people! The camp hosts told me that there wasn't a ranger at night, but one could be called within 15 minutes if needed. Park wasn't very crowded when I was there, only three RV's. Great park if you like to RV in the winter time. In Washington State, only the parks on the coast stay open year round.
Wow, this is really camping! You can smell the pine trees, and there are squirrels, chipmunks, and birds all over the place. Beautiful park. There are four camping areas. Waldron, Gilmore, Snowberry, and Whitetail. Of the four, Whitetail is the "non-hookup" campground, the other three campgrounds are water and electric. During my stay, Waldron was the only campground open, the rest were closed for the season. Waldon has three camping loops. Each loop in Waldron has one spot with a small, but nice camping cabin to rent. In Waldron, the camping spots are appropriately spaced apart to allow for privacy. Plenty of woods to enjoy. Some spaces are pull through, and some are back-in. Some sites have 50 amp, some have 30 amp. The sites in Waldron are all paved, with a gravel tent pad, very nice metal picnic table, and fairly new fire rings with attached grills. The rangers want you to keep your tents on the pad and not on the grass. There are grey water sink pit drains located every few camp sites. In addition to the four campgrounds, there is a "primitive" camping area called Camp Ward for around $10. You must have a "fully self contained" camping vehicle for this area. Firewood is available from the camp host for $5. Even though Waldron was the only campground open, the restrooms were shut down. Only the vault toilets were available for use. At this time of year, it was first come first serve. You check in at the Visitor Center and they give you a site. The dump station has three lanes, NO WAITING! As far as camping is concerned, I can't find any "negatives" about this park. I don't like to give 10's, but can't justify giving this park only a 9. I don't know if satellites work here, but over the air, you will get only two TV stations. Also, I want to point out that I could not use my electric scooter bike here. My electric scooter bike does not require a license (in most states), but the park requires that all "motorized" vehicles be licensed and street legal. I believe my scooter bike (powered by a battery) is a "gray area," but I didn't push the issue. Also, while I was checking in, I heard something said to someone else about, "If you don't tow your car in, you pay extra for the car." So, this park may be picky about "your tow car actually has to be towed."
Nineteen bucks (as of this writing) and I get full hookups (w/e/s) and free cable? SWEET! Even better, this park will honor the Federal Golden Age Pass if you have one of those (you will only pay $15). Cash or check only. You fill out a slip and pay at a pay station. This is a beautiful park facing the Columbia River. You have to drive through a bit of a "so so" area, but when you get here, the park is beautiful! I came here on a Thursday, and there were only four spots open, one on the river, and three on the upper deck. I grabbed the river spot. The camp host said I was lucky, normally you pretty much need a reservation to get into this park. The RV spots are all pull through. There are three back in spots that right now have water only. The camp host said that the power and water haven't been installed in those spots yet. Those three spots, when they are completed, will be very wide to allow for slideouts, but all three will be on the pavement next to each other. The current existing spots are somewhat close together (but not bad, ok for slideouts) with a small bit of well maintained grass between each. The spots close to the river have a steep slope to them. I have hydraulic leveling jacks, and I don't think I got quite level from front to back. But for NINETEEN bucks, I'm not complaining. The cable isn't the greatest, the channels are all pretty snowy. But for NINETEEN bucks, you just shouldn't complain about the cable. Might have better luck with the antenna unless you have satellite. There is a small restroom with a fish cleaning station. There are also larger restrooms with showers, and those were very clean! There is a kids play area. There is also very nice "swimming hole" and it's definitely a swimming hole. Looks like an "inlet" was dug on purpose to allow water from the Columbia River to create the "swimming hole." Looks decent enough to swim in. One of the best features is the beautiful outdoor covered kitchen, which is available for rent. Lastly, there is a very nice boat ramp (no charge as of this writing). Park is nice and quiet. I told the camp host that I had come to this park because of the one previous review (on this website). I suspect the camp host preferred that this park be a secret gem. Well, now the whole world knows! The camp host said the park is open April through November. Oh, did I remember to say the price was NINETEEN dollars?
Beautiful park in the mountains. This campground recently went on the reservation system and they are still working on how to deal with this. The park does not put out reservation cards. You check for your reservation on a posted list and then hope nobody took your spot anyway. Even though you have a paid reservation, you are still required to fill out a green and white pay envelope, basically just to say, "I showed up." If you don't have a reservation, you check the "available" list. There are three camping loops. Two of the loops have both tent and RV ( water and electric only) sites, the third loop has tent only, although smaller RV's could fit in some of the tent sites if you don't want hookups. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. However, at the time I was here, all fires were banned. In the loop closest to the lake, the tent and RV sites are quite close together, with neighbors in your face. The tent sites closest to the lake have lake access, and it appears you are allowed to anchor your boat near your site. The RV slots in this same loop are all "Back-in." There is room for your slides, but you are still close to your neighbor. In the other loops, the RV sites and tent sites get some privacy via separation with lots of vegetation. In these loops, the RV sites are both back-in and pull through. In one loop, try to avoid RV site #1 and RV site #45, as both of those sites are right next to the path to the bathroom. The tent sites in all three loops have different configurations. Some you may like, some you might not. A few of the tent sites are paired for "buddy" camping. Some of the tent sites are very LONG tent sites; i.e., you park your car here and "hike it down" about 500 feet. The bathrooms in each loop weren't the cleanest I have ever seen. The toilet seemed to be "yellow" but this could have been the water quality. There are two very nice "Group Camp" areas. One is grassy with some trees for shade, the other is more woodsy and has more shade. From what I heard, the Group Camp sites are hard to get on weekends, as they are booked nine months in advance. The Day Use area has a very nice swimming beach. During summer season, a private vendor sells hot dogs, taquitos, ice cream cones, snow cones, soda pop, suntan lotion, and ice. He also sells used paperback books for $1.50 each, but if you have some to trade, he will let you just "swap." Verizon cellular modem barely works in the lake loop, it fades in and out. Better signal in the other loops. Showers are 50 cents for three minutes, typical of Washington State Parks. One bad thing, the park apparently gets wild fluctuations in voltage in the RV (utility) sites.
Oh yes, this is what I remember as a true campground and camping experience. Sites close together, neighbors in your face, and tents, tents, tents, everywhere! If you are ok with this, then this is a great campground! Actually, this park is divided into two camping areas. Bretz (which features 31 RV full hookup sites, two Premium tent sites, and one "Group Camp" site that holds up to 150 people), and Main (which features 11 RV full hookup sites, and 147 tent sites). In Bretz, the RV sites are close together, but you still have room for your slides and a tow car and there is some grass area. Each site in Bretz has a nice picnic table and fire ring. Only a couple sites in Bretz are pull through, rest are back-in. In Main, the RV sites are pretty close together and are all back-in, with no grass. The tent sites are small and very close together, with some grass in back of each site. However, I did observe some large RV's that very cleverly found a way to squeeze into the tent sites. The tent sites get a fire ring and picnic table. Restrooms in both campgrounds were fairly clean. In both Bretz and Main, the rangers do not want any tents on the grass, tents must stay on the gravel. Most important! Even if you have a reservation, you MUST "check in" and get your "check in tag" or bad things will happen to you! Just kidding, but the camping hosts will keep reminding you. There is a good Day Use area with swimming. Within a brisk walking distance is the Sun Lakes Resort, (separate campground operating under a concession permit with the State Park) which has a grocery store with all the basics you will need: a gift shop, golfing, mini golf, a boating launch, and another swimming area. You can rent pedal boats and canoes. The rate I am showing is for the RV sites, the tent sites are $21. This is a great place for family fun as long as you don't forget to get the very important "check in tag."
The good news is: it was "National Park Week" and I didn't have to pay any park entrance fees (but I still had to pay camping charges)! Plus, it was April. I got in without reservations. The bad news is: $32 for water and electric only? And the dump station is $5 extra? This is a ripoff, even for a national park! At those prices, I should have had free cable or Wi-Fi! (On the other hand, the dump station was on the "honor" system.) Actually, the initial price for the RV site is $35 (with all taxes). The $35 includes an "automatic donation" of $3 to the National Parks. IF, they remember to tell you, this $3 is "optional." You can "opt out" of it. I did. The price I am showing is the amount I paid including taxes, plus the RV dump fee. The 12 miles of road you have to drive when you turn off Highway 101 is a bit narrow. Watch those edges! The RV section of the park is basically a circle parking lot with hookups (water and electric only) and woods in the back. Well, the woods are nice. The hookups are "side by side." You either have to back in, or "front in" depending which side you get, and where your connections are. My RV is 32 feet and I don't recommend having anything bigger than that. Good thing I wasn't towing a car! In fact, if you do tow a car, you have to unhook it and stash it in another area, according to the rules. Each site also gets a picnic table and fire ring. You have to check in at the lodge, about 1/4 mile away. Fortunately, it wasn't busy at the lodge. If it were busy I don't see how an RV could maneuver around the lodge area for check in. You do get privileges to use the hot springs pool, but of course, that is extra. Verizon cell phone and air card did not work here. Also, no TV reception at all via antenna. Don't know about satellites. If you really really wanted to come here and stay awhile for the hot springs, it might be OK and I'd give it a 7. But for an overnight, not worth driving the 12 miles (one way) off the main highway.
No TV reception (via antenna), and Verizon cell phone and air card do not work here. Ah! Hence, the name "Cape Disappointment." Ok, all joking aside. This is a HUGE state park. The road up to the park is very winding. If you have a pet, it may get car sick (my cat sure did, poor thing). Unlike other parks in Washington State (where you get some "acreage" with your sites), the sites are kind of close together, but there are some trees to provide "separation." Each site gets a fire ring and a decent picnic table. The first 60 sites are full hookup (including sewer), the next 30 sites are water and electric only, and the rest are dry camping. The full hookup sites were on paved pads, NICE! Not sure if all the spots are paved. The sites are in lots of little circle loops called "pods." Each "pod" has about 10 spots. In each "pod," two of the 10 spots are right next to the "Beach access" trail. Not bad for April when I was here, but if it's "high season," you would get no privacy in those spots. Also, although none of the "pods" have any sort of ocean view, if you are in a pod that is close to the ocean, you will definitely hear it. Not an issue for me, but thought I would point it out. The rest rooms and showers were in a nice building. The restrooms were unisex, but they were private, each toilet in a separate room with a locking door. Same with the showers. Typical for Washington State, showers are 50 cents for three minutes. The park has a store, but if you aren't towing a car, it's a long long long walk (1.5 miles) from the campsites to the store. I did see a sign advertising "laundry available" but I didn't walk to the store to verify it. There are some hiking trails, and a couple of them lead to beautiful lighthouses. I wanted to mention, depending on the configuration of your RV, you may have to be clever with your water hose due to the location of the sewer hole. I had to use a long hose and drape and wind it around the perimeter of my site to keep it from crossing the sewer hose. Lastly, if you have one of those RV surge protectors, it almost fits at the connection box!
You exit off the Interstate from Nebraska, but cross to Wyoming. If you just need to do some laundry and don't want to pay a lot for full hookups, this will work. But it's not the greatest place... You get full hookups, water, sewer, electric, and laundry and showers. Laundry and showers were so-so. Adequate for the price. Sites are all on grass. When I got there, no one was on duty, it was self registration. There was a Good Sam logo, so I contacted the phone number displayed to inquire as to whether I can take the Good Sam discount. It rang to the police station. The person who answered the phone said that the police station answers the phone on weekends. Lovely. They weren't sure if I could take the discount or not, so I was told to wait and pay in the morning. Guess what, it turned out I COULD take the discount! I paid $18, full price was $20. The sites are grassy, and are "front and back twosies." Sites 1-24 are for the overnighters. Other sites are for perms. There were a few perms there at the time. This is an area that can get windy, and it was windy the night I stayed there.
The driving road to get around the camping area is pretty "wash boardy." There are only about six camp sites, but each one is near a small covered picnic pavilion, with a fire ring. The sites are pretty spacious, considering they are along the driving road. One of the spots is near the dumpster. Try not to get that spot. Dry camping only. There is one pit toilet and one "modern" toilet. The bathrooms were not the greatest, but for $7 (as of this writing), what can you expect? As for the price, the sign was a bit confusing. The sign indicated that camping was $7, but there was also a $4 charge for each vehicle. I don't tow a car, so I wasn't sure if this meant you pay $7 for camping or $11 (Camping fee plus vehicle fee) since I was in a motorhome. I paid $7 and nothing happened. Good for overnighting. Verizon Air Card worked great, provided you have an inverter, or generator or plenty of laptop battery power.
You have to drive three miles into the park before you find the camping area. The camping slots are all on gravel. The sites with the best lake access are all "dry camping" sites, and will hold tents or small trailers and campers. The bigger rigs will need to be in the pull-throughs in the center. The sites with the best access to the lake are sites 1-5; and sites 7-17 odd. Sites 19, 20, and 22 also give you lake access, but down a longer path. I would try to avoid getting Sites 1 and 2, as they are right next to the community dumping station. If you decide you really, really, REALLY want an electric site, you may need an extension cord. Two sites share one pole between them. Depending on whether you are on the "correct" side, or the "wrong" side, you may, or may not, need the extension cord. I was glad I happened to have one. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The sites do not have water, you need to fill up at one of the water faucets in the park before you park. The sites do not have sewer, you use the community sewer dump. At this time, you are not allowed to bring in wood from out of state due to a certain bug problem. Campground host was friendly and helpful. Bathrooms weren't the greatest, but at least the showers were free. However, you had to keep pressing the button, as you only get 20 seconds of lukewarm water (I timed it...). Recommend wearing shower shoes. I stayed two nights. Verizon Air Card worked just fine. Park was ok for the price, but nothing spectacular.
This park apparently has separate sections for over nighties and longer stays. The overnight area is close to the interstate. I didn't notice any problem with road noise. The other area is closer to the river. The park charges (as of this writing) $3 more for FULL hookup (W/E/S) than for just water and electric. The price I am showing is for full hookup, without taxes. These days, finding a campground under $30 is a miracle! Wi-Fi is accessible with an assigned code. Wi-Fi is easy to access, but was extremely slow when I used it. Sites are all grass, not necessarily level. Some of the sites are front and back you will get a pull through if you are lucky and no one is in the back spot. Otherwise, you will back in to the front spot. TV reception via antenna is OK, some of the channels will "pixelate." Each spot has a fire ring and picnic table. At the time I was there, the overnight area was wide open, but I can tell it would be "crowded" if it were full. The longer stay area looked pretty crowded. One good thing, if you use one of those expensive "surge protector" plug ins, the posts are long enough for you to use one. The Laundry room is a bit of a hike from the camping area. Laundry room only has two washers and two dryers for the entire camp. However, the washers are those great front loaders that can handle larger loads. Prices are about average, $1.25 wash, $1.00 dry. There is a pool and mini-golf, but both appeared to be closed during my stay.
The park has both pull-through sites and back-ins. The good news on the pull-through locations: They are long! The bad news on the pull-throughs: Although paved, they are not level. In fact, the slots are very much "humped" in a small hill. I had to move five times before I found one that did not stress out my hydraulic levelers. Further, the pull-through sites have only partial shade. The back-ins are more shady and appear fairly level, but will only accommodate small (30 foot or less) RV's. The rate I am showing reflects a AAA Motor Club discount (which I was surprised the park accepts!). The full rates are $19 for weekdays, $21 for weekends. I was surprised to find that this state park has laundry machines. I believe this is unusual for a state park. However, the laundry machines were outside under a cover that could be pulled down when they are not in use, so the laundry facilities were a little dirty. Restrooms were so so, I would wear shower shoes.
An RV Park attached to a small summer stock theater! What a concept! If you just need an overnight, this will work. If you don't feel like cooking, take in the dinner theater ($27 for dinner and show as of this writing). The shows are only run on Tues - Sat in the summer. The RV spaces aren't much, they are kind of tight for navigating. There are trees for shade, but the trees are located in such a way that, well, you may or may not be able to put slides out, you may or may not be able to put your awning out. I did see some big rigs here, so I'll say "yes" for big rigs, even though the spaces are rather tight. The sites aren't very level. Some of the sites are electric only, some are water and electric. The electric and water connections are "side by side." If you have an "even" numbered space, your connections will be on the correct side. If you are in an "odd" numbered space, you will need extra length water hose and electric cord. Although you can make reservations for the dinner theater, the RV spaces are first come first served. I recommend that you be carrying water just in case "electric only" is all that's available. The cost is the same whether you get electric only or water/electric. There were restrooms to use, but no showers. The office personnel said the RV park rarely gets full. You just pick a spot, then go in and pay. In fact, when I was here on a night when they didn't have a play, they weren't too rigid about whether you pay when you arrive or wait until you are leaving. There is a community dump station, a little cumbersome to navigate around. I got decent television reception via antenna. There appears to be a Wi-Fi, but it was very weak at the RV sites. Verizon Air Card worked a little slow.
This is off Exit 11 on Interstate 70. They have a permanent section and a temporary section. The front permanent section looks easy to get into and is close to the office. The temporary section is up the hill and very cumbersome to drive to, rutted road. Let's say, I held my breath. The manager was very nice and led in front of me to show me which spots I could choose from. The temporary area is quite rustic, despite having full hookups. Lots of trees, and great shade. Sites are far from being level. The sites were so out of level, I didn't even bother putting down my stabilizers. I had trouble with my cable connection, it wouldn't work. So, the owner and someone in the next spot over helped to get it working. Let's just say, you don't want to know how they got it working. The manager knew I was traveling alone and didn't have a tow car and said if I needed anything, they would get it for me. The manager is willing to do anything to help you out. I thought that $32 was a bit pricey, but this may be average for this area, and since it was July 4th time, beggars can't be choosers. The manager told me that a shopping area was about half a mile away, but I didn't check this out. I just stayed put in my RV for three days, after holding my breath to get up the rutted road. The manager said it's ok to unhook and go in and out if needed. This is ok for an overnight, but wouldn't use if for a destination. It was pretty quiet during my stay.
This park will provide directions to the Flight 93 Memorial Crash Site. After you check in at the main building, the driving area to get to your sites is kind of "reversed." You drive on the left side of the road, going to your site, and going out. Adequate spacing (not large, but adequate) between sites. Although each section has it's own bath house and shower, there is only one laundry area, in the main building. Regardless of where you are in the park, it's a hike to get to the laundry. The pool is nice, deep end is 9 feet. There are some good walking trails. Interesting garbage arrangement. You put your sack of garbage out near your post and it's picked up twice daily. The park has garbage bags if you don't have any.
Since when does a state park sell ice cream and fudge? And have laundry facilities? Nice park! Great price for the money! I have been to state parks in other states that were more expensive and didn't have all this! The laundry facility is at the main station. It's a bit of a hike from any of the three loops! Most likely have to drive your toad to the laundry station. My comments on the bathroom and showers pertain to the B loop, can't speak for the A and C loop. All three loops have camp hosts. Good spacing between the sites.
This is a real campground, not an RV Park. It's located off the same exit as a state park. Take the state park exit near Cloverdale and follow the Blackhawk signs, it's well marked. Good spacing between sites. The full hookup sites aren't really in the shade, but have trees behind them, so they get shade in the afternoon. They also have some primitive, water only, and water/electric sites, but I didn't get to check them out. There are 19 full hookup sites. There is a laundry, but I didn't get to check it out. Nice place for an overnight. Wilderness Cafe just down the road a bit, good food.
Nice park. Spots are close together, but it didn't seem to be a big issue. Nice clubhouse. Pool is only 5 feet deep. No cable, but good reception of digital network channels. WiFi worked very well! I was exhausted from driving so I didn't get to check the laundry and bathrooms.
I had just crossed the Missouri State Line on Interstate 90 and there were NO RV parks in sight for miles, according to any source that I had. I just randomly took an exit, hoping to find SOMETHING. I weasled around, and ended up in Craig, MO. Oh my, a sign! Outback RV Park, 2 blocks away! I drove to it. Oh my. Seven spaces on grass near an alley behind the buildings on main street. I saw some local towns people, so I inquired as to whether I would be safe. I was assured that I would be safe. I called the "after hours" phone number on the sign, only to get voice mail. I left a message that I was there, and I would pay if they found me. I finally located the owner at a local community fish fry (which I attended) that happened to be occurring that night. I paid, and he told me he didn't have any receipts. If you arrive during the day, you pay at the local hardware store. Now, for what you get. Park has 30 amp and 50 amp, and sewer. There is only one water faucet, a community one. That's pretty much it. I wouldn't enter the park from the street, there is a slight rut along the street. I would go into the alley and drive anywhere on the grass from the alley. (This might be cumbersome if you have a toad.) The park can accommodate big rigs, but it might be cumbersome having to come through the alley. The neighbors next to the RV park have a barky dog that you may have to put up with, and trains do shake the ground. But for $15 (price as of this writing), you can put up with this for one night. Warning, I did get some occasional power surges on 30 amp. Also, the town loves their fire bell, it goes off at 6:00 PM and 7:00 AM. Verizon Air Card barely worked.
The base cost just to "show up" is $15. Oh, did you want hookups? Well, those are priced on a "cafeteria" plan. There is a separate charge for each of the following: Water, electricity, sewer, and cable. Strange, but in a way, fair. The price I am showing is the price for w/e/s only, without cable. I stayed two nights, and paid for cable one night, and didn't the other night. The cable was pretty decent. Without the cable, you can pull in two channels, FOX and NBC, via antenna. No Wi-Fi, but Verizon Air Card worked very well. The campground is pretty typical, with fire ring and barbecue grill at each site. The sites are gravel/dirt, with some grass between each site. If you have one of those expensive surge protectors from Camping World, they can be used here for your electric cord. The water connection is goofy. The water connection is dual and is placed between every other site. So, depending on what site you get, your water connection may be on the "wrong" side and you might require extra hose. Bathrooms and laundry were so so. There is a children's play area. This is a nice park for overnighting. If you don't tow a car, you are within walking distance of a good grocery store, liquor store.
Agree with other reviews about this place being pricey. Price I am showing is the full amount before Good Same discounts and taxes. The pull-through spots are "side by side," agree with other reviews about the "chumminess" of the sites. Let's just say, the Travel Trailer next to me had to park their car under my awning. If you don't like the "closeness," take a back-in, you get a "smidge" more room. At my site, I had to use 30 feet of sewer hose. If you haver one of those surge protectors from Camping World, they can be used here. Landscaping was well taken care of. Laundry, showers, and restrooms were clean. Pool was only five feet deep, ok for children. Cable had a wide variety of channels. Wi-Fi was secured with a password. Once "non-use" is detected, the Wi-Fi automatically logs you out and you have to log back in. On check in, the park had a rule that you had to show picture ID (and they wrote it down). Even though the rule said "picture ID" they insisted on the driver's license. I didn't have an issue with showing it, I had the issue with them writing the license number down. I finally got them to consent to my passport, as I felt there was less potential for "mis-use of the information."
This is a simple campground in the woods that can host a variety of functions. Camping spots are all on grass, may or may not be level. Sites, which consist of both pull through and back in, are rather close together. However, there weren't many there when I stayed, so not bad. The electric poles are either 50 amp or 20 amp, so if you are on a 30 amp cord, you will need an adaptor. Warning, the 20 amp connection is upside down, so your cord will have to be "bent back." I did detect a WiFi, which I used (and it worked for my purposes), but I don't know if the WiFi belongs to the park. Decent restroom, shower, and laundry facilities. You check in at the restaurant. Price shown is before taxes. I felt $30 was a bit overpriced for what you get. However, I must recommend the adjoining restaurant. Excellent, world class food for a small restaurant. Dessert included in the meal price.
Sun Lakes Resort operates on State-owned land under a concession permit from Washington State, and is located right next to Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park. Rate is the amount before taxes. Spots are rather close together, on grass, mixture of pull-through and back-in. I had a pull-through, which was quite long. The pull-throughs are "side by side," i.e., the "evens" pull in one way and the "odds" pull in the other way. One good thing about the "closeness" of the sites, if it gets windy here (which it did the night I was here), the wind won't hit you that much. Each site has a picnic table. There are trees providing partial shade. Bathrooms were OK, not perfect, probably due to how busy the park was. There is a good sized laundry room for the park. Wi-Fi was iffy. There was an "unsecured" Wi-Fi in the RV section, and a "secure," password protected Wi-Fi for use near the check-in office. The "unsecured" Wi-Fi had very low connectivity, probably due to lots of people using it. The "secure" Wi-Fi worked if you took your laptop to the office. Verizon Air Card didn't work here, although the cell phone would get a signal if you stood in the right area. There are a couple of pay phones if your cell phone doesn't work. There is a little store, and small fast food serving local cuisine, to include a good German sausage on the menu. The putt-putt course was nice. Make sure you bring a good supply of DVDs, as you won't get any TV reception over the antenna. I have a "wingman" on my antenna and I still couldn't get any TV. There were some power fluctuations while I was there. If you have one of those expensive surge protectors from Camping World, they will fit on the poles. Recommend using one if the park is really busy. For people concerned about junk mail, this resort automatically puts you on a mailing list unless you specifically think to ask/tell them not to. If you stamp your feet and insist on it, they will write a note on the your registration saying not to add you to mailing list (but who knows if anyone pays attention to this!).
This is a Forest Service campground, which means, it's meant for the "outdoors experience" not for "comfort." The sites are a mixture of gravel and asphalt, may or may not be level. Mostly back in, with some pull-through. The sites are just where ever, no special arrangement, and each site has a fire pit and picnic table. The picnic tables have a special pad for you to place your camp stoves. Sites are rather close together at the entrance, a little more spacing (but not much) down near the river. No sewer dump, but you can dump for free at the rest stop six miles to the west on US Highway 2, or pay $5 and dump at the nearby state park. Camp Host said big rigs could get in here, but I am skeptical. I have a 32 foot and it was barely enough for me. Lots of trees with squirrels running around, my cat was entertained for hours. Good shade. The restrooms, which contained a plumbed toilet and sink (wow!), were fairly clean. Verizon Air Card worked very well. My "8" rating is for the "outdoor experience" and is not meant to imply the comforts of a fancy RV park.
When I made a reservation, the person on the phone kept pressing me for a "specific" time that I would be arriving, and wouldn't accept a general "sometime in the afternoon." I have no idea what this was all about, as I have never had a park be that picky! I got there about noon, and it wasn't crowded. Later on a lot more RVs came in, but park was not full. Rate I am showing is before Good Sam discount, for a non-river site. Sites are mostly all pull-through, on gravel, with some grass for spacing between the RVs. Spacing is adequate. Trees aren't very tall, so there is no shade. If you have one of those expensive surge protectors from Camping World, it will fit here. Water pressure is high, regulators required. If you don't have a regulator, you can get one from the office for a $10 refundable deposit. Cable is limited, only about 20 channels. Bathrooms/showers were clean. There were about four bathroom/shower combos, in separate rooms, all unisex, with locks. Laundry was clean. Wi-Fi worked very well during daytime, but appeared to be shut off, or not available at night. There is a playground for children. They have a nice clubhouse for functions. Cedars Restaurant nearby. Good place for overnighting, not really a "destination."
When I called to make reservations, I didn't have to provide a credit card number! This is great! The bad news is: the park doesn't take credit cards. Or participate in any discount programs. But on the good side, you can write a check! The prices, to me, were a bit high compared to other parks with similar amenities. (Price I am showing includes all taxes.) However, Preston is an unincorporated "bedroom community" to Seattle, and I believe the prices reflect this. There were a lot of full-timers in the park, in "middle of the road" RV's. Not fancy, but not really old models, either. The driving area through the park is a bit steep. To get to my assigned site, I had to go down a steep road, then turn a banked corner, and I felt like I was going to tip over! But on the good side, I got a pull-through site! Since the park is located on a steep grade, the spaces are terraced down the grade. If you like to walk, the steep grade hills will give you a good workout. The spaces are somewhat close together, but not too bad. (I have been in worse.) I was given a pretty long space. In my particular space, the hookups were in the center of the slot. If I pulled forward to get close to the hookups, my front would be sloping downward. To avoid the downward slope, I had to sit toward the back of the space, but use extra long cables and hoses. Oh well. There are lots of very tall pine trees to give you the feeling of being out in nature and out in the country. The rest room has a "handicap access" concrete ramp, but the concrete is a bit bumpy. Those in wheel chairs or "hoverounds" will have a rough ride to get to the restrooms. Laundry room has a good supply of washers and dryers for the park size. The shower/restroom building was clean. The park also features a small recreation room that has a great TV, a treadmill, and a good selection of books to read. There is a pay phone, but currently it's not working. There is a cute little fish pond with a bench where you can "sit a spell." The park does not have WiFi, but Verizon AirCard worked just fine. The owner is really very nice and helpful. This is a very relaxing park if you just want to "chill" for a few days.
"Would you like to face east or west?" "Would you like this or that?" Oh my, lots of questions! But these camp hosts just want to make sure you get the spot that is best for you! The thing that tickled me the most was the camp host was very tactful about saying, "We DO let you wash RV's here." I had come through a snow storm in Wyoming and had a very dirty RV. Other RV's in this park were very clean and shiny, so I washed my RV! They probably run a "tight ship" here. The rate I am showing is the rate before taxes and discounts. I don't like to give 10's, but this park deserves a 10! This is a beautiful park! I got a personal escort to my site, and help setting up. The host also had a nice brochure showing what was available around Mountain Home. Nice paved spaces, with plenty of room for tow cars. The slots have a large width of grass for "spacing" between RV's. The water faucets are wrapped and insulated for wintertime use. The park has high water pressure and it is highly suggested that you use a regulator. Restrooms/showers/laundry area were shiny and clean! There are four showers, and each is in a private, code locked room. Wi-Fi worked great, you get a "coupon code" that is good for 24 hours. Cable TV had a good selection of channels. The park is a nice, brisk walk down from a very nice Wal-Mart, and there is a good Chinese restaurant next door. This is a good park for full-timers if you can handle Idaho winters. Or, it's a very nice stop over on your way, along Interstate 84.
Willard Bay State Park has three camping areas. This review is for the Cottonwood Campground, with full hookups. The good news is, the park has free Wi-Fi! The bad news is: I couldn't get it from site #36. However, Verizon Aircard worked very well. Very fancy for a state park! Each site got a barbecue grill, fire ring, and a pavilion covered picnic table on a concrete patio! WOW! A "covered" picnic table! At each site! I couldn't believe it, On the other hand, there were a lot of mosquitoes during my visit, probably because of the proximity of the lake. As other reviews have mentioned, you get "convenience to the freeway," but you put up with road noise. The pads are all asphalt and there is a good deal of spacing between RV slots. The pull-throughs are very wide arcs. There was one thing I didn't like. The water spout and electric post were located in such a way that you had to cross your water hose and electric cord over the top of the sewer hose. But this may be due to the configuration of my RV and maybe wouldn't affect other RV's. This is a great relaxing place to overnight while traveling through northern Utah.
Agree with previous reviews about there being a "dearth" of campgrounds along Interstate 80. I stopped here to wait out a harsh snow and wind storm. The hosts were very nice and let me have "late" checkout if I needed due to the weather and driving conditions. No landscaping, just a large gravel lot, with 30 and 50 amp. However, the office and laundry are in two cute little "barn" buildings. This resort is year round and water faucets are insulated against harsh Wyoming weather. If you have a surge protector from Camping World, you can use it here, it will fit. There are three sections of "back to backs" that the staff told me are being converted to long pull throughs. The spots still have "two" of everything. I was in one of them, and the one thing I didn't like was that I had to cross my electric and cable cords, as well as my water hose across the sewer hose for the sewer. The other sewer connection was located under the picnic table of the neighboring slot. I'm sure your neighbor will really appreciate it if you use that one. Be sure to have disinfectant wipes to wipe off your hoses and cords. The showers were clean, but they are only available when the office is open. The very nice and cute laundry area is open later hours and has a change machine, and special washers for extra dirty clothes in addition to other washers and dryers. However, if you are in the "full hookup" sections, it's a bit of a hike to the laundry area. There are very nice pet areas, one of them is fenced so you can let your pet run around without a leash. Cable and WiFi were good. You are given a 24 hour code to use for each day you stay. The Wi-Fi can only be used for browsing and email checking, no large files or movies. The rate I am showing is the rate before taxes and discounts. This park has a very unique way of applying discounts and taxes. The Good Sam discount is $3 a day, which equated to a little more than 13%. Then, the sales/lodging tax is applied to the base rate before the discounts. Bottom line, it was still affordable. Good stopover while on Interstate 80.
The good news is this park finally got cable! The bad news is that red stuff on the "decorative red gravel" gets all over your RV and it's hard to keep clean! The red gravel is a nuisance! As for the cable, currently it is installed in rows B and C. The cable is limited, just some networks, Travel, CNN, Discovery, Weather, and some "who cares" channels. Each RV spot has a picnic table and fire ring. The spots in Row A are against the fence which backs up to a busy road. Those spots appeared quite narrow and small. I was in Row B (considered a "Deluxe" site, also "back in"), and I could still hear some road noise, but it was not too bad. At the time I checked in, I was told that the "pull through sites" were not available. That would be Rows D, N, and M. Those sites are "Premium" and are extra long. At the time I was there, it appeared to me that their "Premium" sites were being converted to "back to back" sites because there was evidence of "recent ground disturbance" down the center of Rows D, N, and M, dividing the rows in half. In those rows, the electrical poles had two sides with two connections, same with the water spout. A contractor was there doing some "sewer work" on Row D. Who knows? There are two laundry with rest room areas, but at the time I was there, only the one near the office was being used, and it required a code. The one on the other end was locked, did not appear to require a "code", and appeared to not be in use at this time (off season). The washers in the office area have three different prices, depending on whether you want cold ($1.25), warm ($1.75), or hot ($2.25) water. However, the washers were those great front loaders! The dryers were those huge commercial type ones. The sign says you get 5 minutes for each quarter, but that wasn't true. It was actually 5 minutes for the FIRST quarter. Subsequent quarters added 10 minutes. $1.25 gets you 45 minutes and I dried three washer loads on that. However, some of my clothing got a bit "fried" when I used the "hot" setting on the dryer. The price I am showing is for a "Deluxe" site during the "off" season. The park has a pay phone if you need one. I was told WiFi is free if you come in the office, if you want it at your site, it's through Tengo and you pay. However, from my site in the upper part of Row B, I was able to detect an unsecured wireless on a sporadic basis. I'm not sure if this unsecured wireless belonged to the park. When I couldn't get that signal, my Verizon Aircard worked well. There is a public transit stop with frequent service right outside the gate for those that don't tow a car. The campground staff told me that Enterprise delivers rental cars to the campground for those who need that option. It was good value for the money during the "off season." I don't think I'd want to be here during "high season."
Wow, what a view! Even my cat loved it, he wouldn't budge from the windows! But one caveat, chock your tires, as you will be backed up at the edge of a very steep embankment! Also, this park is 8 miles north of Raton (about 6300 feet elevation), but those 8 miles are a very steep grade up to about 7,888 feet in elevation. If you don't get a "running start" when you drive through Raton on I-25, you will drive the 8 miles chugging at 45 mph while the RV's with Colorado plates just speed past you (probably laughing!). The price I am showing is the base price before discounts and taxes. The other reviews are right, this is a great overnight stop on your way up or down I-25. Sites are all on gravel. Laundry room was clean, women's rest room was clean, except only one shower was in use. The other showers had "stuff" stored in them. Wi-Fi was a bit slow, but it operates from a satellite. To use the Wi-Fi, you have to register, and you get a "coupon" code good for one day. TV reception via antenna was OK, some channels good, some spotty. Cell phone service was spotty, had to walk around to find a signal. My Verizon air card wouldn't even connect. The water here is great! The only negative I would say about this park is that I would try to avoid spots 1 & 2 and spots 22-24 as those spots, although they are "pull through," are located parallel along the driving area. Lastly, if you are one of those people who bought the expensive surge protector from Camping World, you can use it here. The electric poles are long enough to allow you to plug in the surge protector.
Full hookups, showers, laundry, free Wi-Fi, great cable (even if all analog), and all for the low, low price of $15 (rate before Good Sam discount and taxes)! Such a bargain! At these prices, if you ask for the Good Sam rate, you should go out and spend that $1.50 somewhere (the amount of the discount) just to provide economic stimulus! I casually asked the desk person how they could have all of this for just $15! She kind of looked at me like: "What do you mean, this is normal!" The sites are gravel. The only landscaping is that most of the sites have a large pine tree. I was put into a back-in because I wasn't towing a car. The back in was against a fence. I have a 32 foot motorhome with a bike carrier on the back, and my front stuck out an itsy bitsy bit into the driving area, but not bad. The pull-throughs can accommodate big rigs. Try to avoid getting put into spaces 60, 61 and 62. Those spaces are at the top of the driving loop, and require "parallel parking." Let's just say, when the RV's come around the driving loop, I wouldn't want to be in those particular spaces. The Wi-Fi worked on and off; sometimes it would work fine, and then it would "hang." But at these prices, you can't complain! When it hung, I got out my Verizon air card, and no problem. In addition to the "standard" rules, the park had a rule about "no alcohol outside your RV." I'm sure there was a good reason for this. Because I was racing to stay ahead of a snow storm, I didn't get to check out the laundry and showers. Temperatures were dropping as I checked in, and the next morning, I got out as soon as I could to stay ahead of the storm. I normally give parks like this a 6 or 7, but I'm giving a 9 because I felt safe and this was quite a bargain!
Wow, each site has it's own garbage can! I'm impressed! Free Wi-Fi, great cable (although all channels were analog), and a swimming pool and sauna, and all for the low, low price of $23! Sites are gravel and most of the sites have one tree. Picnic table at each site. Casino right across the way if you enjoy that. There is also a shuttle that leaves hourly for Cortez if you need to go there. The women's rest room had three showers, and you had to check out a key. Shower #2 had a very dirty floor (which I reported to the check in person), the other two were clean. The pool is less than four feet, but enough that you could do some swimming. The only downer was that the night I stayed there had a 50 mph wind, but what can you say?
This park is 1.5 miles from the Arches National Park. Good location, you can easily ride your bike to the Arches if you are energetic. However, this RV park is best suited for Campers, Travel Trailers, and smaller Class C's (in addition to tents). Although I saw a few larger Class A's here, it's a tight fit for them. The "back-ins" are best for campers. I have a 32 foot Class C with a carrier on the back for my scooter, and the "pull-through" I had was, well, let's just say, I PRAYED that no one would "clip" my front end or back end while they were driving in the driving area. And I also prayed that I could exit my space without "clipping" the truck parked cross-wise in front of the travel trailer next to me! Road noise wasn't bad, but there was "construction noise" early in the morning from a crane that is working on a construction project nearby. There is about five feet width of grass between each space. Enough room for the picnic table that each site had. Cable TV was great, 70 channels (all analog). Wi-Fi worked OK, was a little slow at times. It was free, but it was from Tengo, and you had to work around the initial "sign up for a Tengo account" screen. A little misleading. There is a pay phone in case your cell phone doesn't work. The laundry room is open only between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Restrooms/showers were clean. On the outside of the main building is a stainless steel "deep sink" if you need. The rate I am showing is the Good Sam rate without taxes. There was a sign that said "Pets, $5 fee." I mentioned that I had a cat. I was told, "Cats don't count." Well, then the sign should say "Dog fee" not "Pet Fee."
The motel you are supposed to look for has changed its name again, it's now called "M-6 Inn." Whatever. There is a clearly marked sign indicating that there is an RV park behind the motel. I was following a Good Sam Trip Routing that I had made (headed to New Mexico), and I assumed (silly me) that this was somewhere near Interstates 84 or 15. Wrong. Logan is 20 miles away from the freeway. Oh well. During the winter months, the office is not open on weekends. If you need to stay on a weekend, phone ahead and the manager will tell you what spot to pull into. I arrived around 5:00 PM on a Saturday and planned to stay two nights. The manager was very helpful but didn't want to take payment until the next morning. The next morning, the manager didn't seem too concerned about coming after me for my payment, as I sort of had to "hunt them down." But it didn't take long, and I made my payment for the two nights. Rate I am showing is Good Sam rate without taxes. By the way, all the spots are pull-through! There is decent spacing between RV's except for the "side by side" slots, where two RV's share a post. Fortunately, at the time I was here, "side by side" wasn't a problem as the park wasn't full. Beautiful view of the mountains that surround the area! The park is located in the more "rural" part of Logan, there is a horse farm next door. Laundry and showers were clean. Little bit of road noise at night, but not bad. Cable TV has only the networks and one C-Span channel. Couldn't get Wi-Fi to work the first night, but it could have been due to the electrical storm that came through. Wi-Fi worked great the next day! This is a good overnight stop on your way to somewhere, if you don't mind being 20 miles from the freeway.
The owner is a "big old' tough guy," but that is just for looks. The owner is really very nice, will bend over backwards to help you, and is very proud of his park. The owner bragged about his vegetable garden, fresh vegetables available to guests when you come here in the summer. Previous reviews confirmed this, wish I had come here in the summer! The park itself is just a good overnight stop while en route on Interstate 84. The good news is: every spot is a pull through! The bad news: well, no cable TV, but at these prices, you can't complain! Television reception via antenna is fantastic, even on digital channels, plus there is free Wi-Fi. The spots are all gravel with about five to six feet of grass between each slot. About what you would expect for "spacing." Some of the spots had small trees, not enough for shade, but just there for landscaping. The only "shade" is in the tent sites. Good laundry area with reasonable prices ($1 wash, $1 dry), to include a deep sink if you need to use one of those for any reason! There were six private showers with a separate entrance for each one. Although three were near the men's restroom and three were near the women's restroom, I don't think any of the showers were gender specific. The restrooms were clean. My only very minor complaint is that I couldn't put my awning out because my spot had a small tree, but at these prices (Good Sam rate before taxes), again, you can't complain! If putting out your awning is that important, get a spot without a small tree. If you don't feel like cooking, there is a "mom and pop" café just a short walk down. Good home cooking! Lastly, the water here is EXCELLENT!
Maybe in 2003 it was a good park (per the one previous review), but as of 2009, it's rather run down. It's full of perms and mobile homes. The rate I am showing is the rate with taxes. I paid cash, I do not know if credit cards are accepted. The former KOA buildings are still there (with laundry and indoor pool), but it doesn't appear that they are used. (Maybe in the summer, but they were not being used in March, when I was there.) You check in to the park at a grocery store next door. The park is terraced, and it appears they leave the top terrace for the over nighters. However, there were lots of open places in the lower terraces. I would have preferred to be there, less exposure to the wind (I stopped here to get out of the horrible winds that sometimes go through this area in the spring, making it hard to drive). Plus, I got here on a Sunday and nothing is open, to include the grocery store where you check in. However, if you ring the doorbell, someone will check you in. The laundry room in the old KOA building had a sign saying "open daily [specified hours]" but the door was locked. Although there are many very tall trees here for shade, the trees didn't help with the wind! Also, good luck finding the sewer connection, it's buried in the grass somewhere. I had to run my hand through the grass to find it. Although I said "no" to wireless being available, I did detect a couple of "unsecured" wireless hookups with limited signal, but I don't think they belonged to the park. If you have a Verizon air card, it will work off and on. At these prices, it is cheaper than a very nice state park three miles away. I would use this place only for a very desperate and cheap overnight.
This is a small park. The rate I am showing is the cash/check rate before Good Sam discount. They charge $2 if you use a credit card. I stayed two nights, I don't know if that is $1 a night, or just a flat $2 for using a credit card. One caveat: electricity and cable are each an extra $3 a day. The Good Sam Discount does not apply to the electricity and the cable charges. The park is located within a short walking distance of a lot of espresso shops, and a brisk walking distance from the Riverwalk area, which has a few restaurants and grills if you don't feel like cooking. Further, you can walk to the CityLink bus transfer station and catch a bus to events in Coeur d'Alene, or a bus to the casino in nearby Worley. The RV slots are very close together. Fortunately, it wasn't full when I was there, but if it were full, you could not put out your awning (but you might be able to put out your slides...). There are w/e/s hookups on both sides of the slots, take your pick. The water faucets are wrapped for winter use. One thing: the sewer is located in such a way that your electric cord and cable cord will lay across your sewer hose unless you manage to pull them up a bit (or use the sewer on the other side by stringing your hose under your rig). Outdoor cooking grills exist in different areas if you wish to barbecue. The laundry room was very clean and had a sink (but it wasn't a "deep sink") for any items you may need to clean by hand. Laundry was $1.25 each for both wash and dry as of this writing. The rest rooms were clean and included a special shower for the "physically challenged." The Wi-Fi worked... fair. If you can't get the Wi-Fi to work for you, there seems to be "other" Wi-Fi networks. I am guessing these other Wi-Fi's are coming from the many espresso shops nearby. There is a great pet walking area, and a small fenced children play area. Although the park is near the river, you can see the river only if you peek through the open sided train cars that sit on the train tracks.
I wouldn't call this a State "Park," this is more of a State RESORT! Former military base that is now used as a beautiful conference and retreat center, to include RV camping with full water/electric/sewer hookups on the Beach Campground and water/electric with community dump on the "Upper" campground. The rate I am showing is for the Beach campground, the Upper campground is $1 less. These rates are on par with what Washington State charges for state parks. The RV slots are paved and long. In the Beach campground, the sites are "back-in" at one end and "pull through" (in wide arc's) on the other end. If you have a back-in against the trees, you have to drive all the way to the end, then go around the "turn around" and come back in order to "back-in" to those spots. The RV slots that face the beach have only a view of the sand dunes, but it's a short walk to the beach. This is a popular park and reservations are suggested any time of the year, although it wasn't full the weekend I was here. If you reserve on the website, you pay an $8 reservation fee. If you call the Conference Center directly, you do not pay the reservation fee. The "Commons" dining hall serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also an espresso shop with sandwiches and pastries. Both are rather pricey, you might as well be eating at the Marriott. The first Sunday of each month, the Commons features a fabulous Sunday Brunch between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM for $16.95. Well worth it! If you choose to partake of the food at the Commons, they do take credit cards, but you can optionally purchase prepaid food cards when you check in for camping. The prepaid food cards is a fairly new program. When I was there, the Commons employees didn't know how to deal with the prepaid cards and apparently had not been informed about them. The Park Ranger and the folks at the check in office got it straightened out. If you need to do laundry, the Conference center allows guests to use their laundry building only between the hours of around "4:00-ish" PM to around "8:30-ish" PM each night. Verizon AirCard worked very well here. TV reception via antenna for the local channels was decent on digital channels, and "passable" on analog channels still out there. Lastly, very important! If you come here off the Keystone/Port Townsend ferry, IGNORE your GPS if it instructs you to take a right turn off the ferry. Instead, follow the well placed signs and turn left. If you follow your GPS and turn right, you will end up taking a route up some steep and hairy roads. Follow the SIGNS! Great park for family outings!
I wanted to stay at the state park, but found this little gem right before the state park. Turns out this place was cheaper! (The rate is the amount including sales tax.) I had to hunt down the manager, but once I found him, he was friendly and I got checked in easily! Cash or check only, no credit cards. The current manager loves to tell stories, just name something and he has a story! This place is "just the basics" and I'm not kidding! No cable, no laundry, no showers, but there was one porta-potty. On the other hand, it has great landscaping, with lots of trees. The RV slots have adequate spacing between them, except for the "pull-through" spots. The "pull-through" spots are in the center away from the trees (in case you have satellite) and are arranged in the "front and back twosie" kind of thing. Although there were lots of RVs there, at the time I was there, only one RV was in each "twosie" so it wasn't bad. It was very quiet! Although there were some "perms" there, they weren't real obvious. I wouldn't recommend bringing families here, nothing for children to do. However, if you just want a quiet getaway with no responsibility and not having to go anywhere, this was perfect. And may I say again, cheaper than the state park!
This is a small State Park near Sequim, WA and is open year round. Although there are 26 RV hookup sites, only 16 of them are currently used. It's a good thing, if all 26 were used, it would be cramped! The RV sites, which are all "back-in," are sloped back against a ravine and can only accommodate 30 foot RV's at the bare maximum. However, a big rig came in, and I held my breath watching them park. They made it, but their back end stuck way out over the ravine. I recommend you chock your tires, although there is a concrete "backstop." TV reception via antenna is a little snowy on the analog channels, but ok on the digital channels. You can tune in to both Canadian and American channels. If you use your own shower, the water pressure is the best I've ever seen for a State Park! The park also has 60 tent sites and a large "Group camp" site, but these areas were closes for the winter. If you want to dry camp in the tent sites, your RV cannot be larger than 25 feet, a sign is posted! This park only takes reservations May - September, after that it's first come, first serve. It's best to get here on a Thursday, even in the fall. This park is popular for boating, picnicking, and birding. The park has a cute little interpretive station where you can learn more than you ever wanted to know about clams, mussels, and oysters! There is a swing set for the children, hiking trails for the ambitious, and a horseshoe pit, softball field, and tennis court.
After coming from a very stressful Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I stopped here for some peace and tranquility. It was perfect, only four RV's including mine, were in the park. No problem getting a river view! The road to the park is 3 miles off Interstate 90 and is a bit of a lonely road through a bunch of sagebrush. Then, at the park entrance, you have a very sharp left turn, less than a full 90 degree angle. In wintertime, only one loop (the loop that overlooks the Columbia River) is open. Each site is paved and quite spacious and includes a large grassy area with a great picnic table and fire ring. Also, each site has full hookups, to include sewer! However, in wintertime, the water is shut off (the water faucets are removed). You can obtain fresh water at the entrance to the RV loop. The pull-through spots are on the outer edge of the loop and are all shaped in the "arc" shape, but it's a wide arc, with plenty of room for a toad. I highly recommend Spot #21, it's on a corner, with a wide view of the river. Not all pull-through sites have a river view. The back-ins are on the inside of the loop. Restrooms were very clean, the best I have seen at a state park. Showers were 50 cents for three minutes. TV reception is very spotty on analog channels, you will be lucky to get five stations via antenna. Forget about getting the High Def channels. I don't know how satellites would work here. I'm sure this park is quite busy in the summer, but if it's winter and you are traveling on Interstate 90, this is a very serene place to stop for a night and get your sanity back!
Wow, a woodsy campground to make you feel like you are "away from it all" yet close to a city. The owners, who also own American Heritage Campground, work very hard to keep this like a "campground" (that happens to have hookups) and not an RV park. I had site #14. The good news on that site is that if you are lucky, you might get the Wifi (it faded in and out). The bad news on that site is that if it rains, you get the fun of digging your sewer hose out of a "lake" that will form under your RV (but the electrical post was high enough to not be a problem). But to get the experience of being in a lovely wooded site such as this, I'm willing to make that sacrifice! All RV sites are pull-through, but they are "side by side." The "evens" pull in one direction, the "odds" pull in the other direction. Because of this, the RV electric spots are somewhat close together, not bad, just somewhat. Slide outs are ok, though. Lots of "big rigs" pulled in the night I stayed there. The spots are in dirt and aren't very level. I have hydraulic stabilizing jacks, and I think I hit the limit on one of them as to how far the jacks can be extended. Further, Site #14 had a pine tree which prevented me from putting my awning out. It was also fall, and some of the smaller "decorative leaf" trees in the landscaping were in full color, making it just beautiful despite the rain that occurred while I was there. If you want to use the WiFi, you go in the office building. There is no cable. I had difficulty pulling in TV stations, even the digital ones, via antenna. I'm not sure how satellites work here. The showers and restrooms were fairly clean. The laundry room was in the main building with the rec room, which had a pool table, and other tables where customers were busy using the WiFi. Laundry was $1.75 to wash, and 25 cents for increments of 10 minutes to dry. This seems expensive but the washers were large capacity top loaders, and the dryers were the large type you see in laundromats. The park has a gas station and a propane station. The main building, which also has a small store, appeared to be a "folksy drop in" center, and I had a great time just talking to people that "dropped in." This campground is a great place for an overnight, or to "get away from it all" for a few days. The only thing I didn't like about this campground is the route my GPS unit "suggested" to get here. I came in off WA State Highway 8 from the west. My GPS unit routed me through a semi residential/semi strip mall area, which wasn't conducive to RV's. I had to make a lot of "tight" turns and I swear I scraped a tire against the curb on one of those turns. There has got to be an easier way to get to this park.
I couldn't believe the extremely low prices for being right in the middle of Long Beach and walking distance to the ocean! And they don't charge extra for cable or WiFi! The WiFi worked well and the cable had lots of channels! On the down side, there are no discounts for AAA or Good Sam. The price I am showing is the price before local taxes. For anyone interested, they have very affordable monthly rates for winter time. Since it is off season, the hosts don't staff the office much, you have to knock on their RV door. Check in was quick after I found the right RV to knock on the door. I got great help backing into my nice grassy site. This park isn't fancy, but it's got all you need. There is a fish cleaning station. Laundry was cheap, $1 for wash and 75 cents for dry, an hour each. Laundry and showers were fairly clean, but there is a charge for showers. Also, for those still using dial-up, there is a modem station in the laundry, but it consists of a thick painted board sitting over a low placed unused sink (and that's the "desk"), with a surge protector and phone connection near it (shudder!!!). The current owners acquired it in November 2006. It appears that these owners are trying to reclaim the grass and make the grass fuller because all customers during my stay were "bunched together" to leave all unoccupied spots together. This is a great park for visiting Long Beach, but there are some "negatives" that should be mentioned. The sites are somewhat close together. Not close enough to say, "Pass the tartar sauce," but close enough that you may not have room for your awning (although slides are ok). Further, your back end will be about five feet from the back end of the next row (back to back hookups). When you leave your RV to go somewhere, you can't help but invade another RV's personal space as you have to walk between RV's. There are two sets of these "dual back to back" rows. Try to get the section in the rear of the park along Oregon Avenue so you don't get road noise. The front section borders the main drag through Long Beach (Highway 101). Lastly, if you have a tow car, it appears that the tow car SHOULD be parked crosswise in front of your RV in the gravel section. Some people still angle parked. Parking this way leaves less room for incoming and outgoing RV's. If you are in the front "dual" section, and the front row of that section, it looks pretty dicey as to how you will hook your tow car back up if the park is extremely busy!
A beautiful state park with lots of trees and great access directly to the beach. Apparently, reservations are required for the "A" loop (which is the closest to the beach) year round, even if it doesn't look busy. If you don't have reservations, the signs specify that you are to proceed to the other loops (even though at this time of year it is "self-registration"). When I was there, half the spots in the "A" loop were empty. I obeyed the signs and picked a site in the "C" loop. Later, I asked the camp host if the "reservations required for A loop" is enforced when it's not busy, I was told that the requirement is enforced. (There is a valid reason for it.) The sites, which are all paved blacktop, are water and electric only, 30 and 20 amp. However, if you are towing a car, not all spaces have room to park the car. All vehicles must be parked on the blacktop, and that is where you won't have much room for a tow car. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. If you are planning to stay more than a couple of nights, you might want to consider using a plastic tub for washing your dishes. The park provides "sink water pit drains" for throwing your sink water out. Some of the sites (too many to list) are near the walkways to the showers. Try to avoid those sites, although it is not a big issue in the off season. Showers are free! They were adequate, about what you would expect in a state park. My only complaint about the showers is that the showers themselves didn't have a curtain. My dry clothing got splattered in the small changing area outside the shower. The park has a pay phone in case your cell phone doesn't work in this area. If you aren't carrying a satellite, you still get great reception from six "over the air" channels in this area. Lastly, this park has a great recycling station to help cut down the garbage for those that like to contribute to this ecological effort.
I love the terraces at this park! It's set on a steep hillside, with a wonderful view of the valley. However, highly recommend you chock your tires as all the sites are "back in" and you don't want to roll over those steep banks! I have a 31 foot Class C with a bike rack, and my back end was suspended out over the bank. The sites are close together with a row of arbor vitaes making an attempt at separation and privacy between sites. If you have slides on both sides, you will probably just fill the width. Some of the sites are difficult to back into. I made it after a couple of tries. However, I watched a very nice 5th Wheel that had a "monster size" matching truck attempt to back in with great difficulty. If you have a toad, or you use a car to pull a trailer, there isn't a lot of room to park the car in your space. The laundry rooms, shower and bathrooms were very clean. However, there is a charge for the showers. The trash receptacles were located inside wooden gated boxes to hide them from view. Also, from a business standpoint, this park took an interesting position on the "should WiFi be free or not" issue. The WiFi is locked down with a code. If you want the code, you pay a dollar. Only a dollar, and that dollar is good for the duration of your stay, be it one night or lots of nights! Even though I despise paying "nickel and dime" fees, I found this approach to be quite fair! And the Wi-Fi worked great! Further, even if traveling in winter, reservations recommended, as this park appears to stay busy what with being five miles from Mount Saint Helens Visitors Center. And finally, I want to note one "watch out" factor for those who travel solo. When you leave the park, and come to the gas station to make your right turn to get on the road to head back to the freeway, there is one additional road merging in from the right that is at such a steep angle, it is difficult to see in your mirrors as to whether anyone is coming on that road or not. For those traveling solo, be very, very careful at that point before you make your right turn to head back to the freeway.
Wow, I feel like I'm in a state park with lots of trees; can't believe this is a privately owned campground. If you travel with a cat, the cat will be greatly entertained watching all the squirrels running around. During the off season (Labor Day - Memorial Day), this campground is technically closed (no pool or showers), but they do allow self check-in as long as you are "fully contained." I got lucky, and one of the owners was doing some chores, and she checked me in. The price I am showing is the price before discounts. The park doesn't accept Good Sam but does take AAA Motor Club. If you use the discount, it's cash only. You can choose from (1) full hook up, (2) water and electric only, and (3) "no hook up." Tents are allowed to use the water and electric sites, but not the full hook up sites. The sites are back-in and quite roomy, to include a picnic table and a nice fire ring. However, as another reviewer posted, backing in from the roadway is somewhat tricky for some of the sites. I was in Site #7 on the left side of the roadway. It took me about three tries to back in. For Site #7, I had to back around about a 45 degree angle. It would have been easier if I were going the OTHER direction on the road, but it's a one way and you are only allowed to go that way. The site across from me would have been easier to back into. The owner indicated that Wi-Fi is best accessed if you are close to the office, and she did her best to get me a good Wi-Fi site. However, the Wi-Fi was still slow. If you go to the laundry room, the Wi-Fi will work much faster. There is no cable; you have to use your antenna (or hope your satellite can work amidst all the trees!!!), and the channels will be a bit snowy. The park sells propane, always a plus. There are two pay phones in case your cell phone doesn't work. The laundry area is adequate, to include a couple of nice upholstered easy chairs to do some reading. Laundry prices as of this writing are $1.25 for wash and $1 for dry, about what you would expect. The owners are very proud of this park, and work very hard to keep this a "campground" (that happens to have hookups) and not an RV park. One thing to note: if you happen to walk somewhere (like the laundry room) right before dark, make sure you have a flashlight, as once it's dark, it's DARK! I went to the laundry room right before dark, and when I came out, I had to "feel" my way back to my campsite. The only negative comment I have is that I felt the sewer connection was a little too close to the water connection. I recommend not connecting your sewer hose until you are ready to leave and have packed up everything else. This is a great, peaceful place to stop for one or two nights on your travels north or south on Interstate 5, or is a great "destination" park for families.
The grounds and landscaping are so-so, but the Office and Clubhouse appear to be relatively new and just cute!!! Laundry and shower rooms were very clean! The Clubhouse appears inviting, and people were playing games and watching TV in the Clubhouse. The managers were very friendly and helpful. The pull-through sites are quite long! If you are in a shorter rig (30 feet or less) and get put in a pull-through, you need to park near the back of the slot. If you pull all the way to the front (as you might be tempted to do), you will be far away from the connections. I asked for a "river spot" and the managers said, "we laugh when people ask that question." There aren't any "river" spots, but it's a short walk to the river, where you can sit on some benches and enjoy the view. The wireless worked great! They have it locked down with an access key. The one negative about this park is that the spots are close together in that you can look out your window to the patio and picnic table of the RV next to you. If your neighbors are eating on the picnic table, you can open your window and say, "Pass the ketchup."
The best thing about this park is that you are just a few walking steps from the BEST fish and chips you have ever had (Fisherman's Korner). Other than that, the next best thing is good cable TV, except at my spot, I had to use a double sided female connector to hook up the cable. This RV park is by the harbor behind the motel in Garibaldi. It's also right next to a Weyerhaeuser lumber plant. The word on the street from the "locals" is that this motel/RV park used to be a haven for "pharmaceuticals" but it had been cleaned up in the last couple of years. The best spots at this park are the ones with a harbor view. If you don't get a harbor view spot, the rest of the park is just a big grass parking lot of RV's. Most of the spots were "pull-in" but not "pull through." Tread lightly when you talk to the manager, apparently she works "90 hours a week" and is easily irritated. Lots of perms in this park. There is only one shower for the RV park. The shower appeared to have been one of the motel rooms converted to a shower room, as there was a "front section" with a couch and the shower area was the area that would have been the bathroom for that motel room. I didn't see any laundry facilities. The wireless was slow and sometimes hard to access. The best time to use the wireless is between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. It is free and the initial connection is unsecured, but when you start your browser you get a screen which appears to be a "third party" on a proxy server for which the motel had an account for customers to use. You could access the wireless using one of four login ID's and passwords, then you had to keep a popup window minimized. (You don't need to pay, although that option was also on the screen.) Once you got the connection, keeping it was difficult. Just use it for email, don't try to do any bill paying. If you love to go deep sea fishing, and want to stay in Garibaldi, this park is closest to the charter fishing. There are two other RV parks in Garibaldi, and I can't say that any are better than the others. Other than for fishing, I recommend using this park only as an "overnight" if the other RV parks are not available.
Wow, you get a free bag of popcorn when you check in! Plus the very nice camp host gives you some brochures for things to do. This park is about 6 miles south of Tillamook off Highway 101 South. I was surprised at how full it was in September, but apparently this park is popular with the fishing crowd and for RV Rallies. The RV sites are close together, as in, your picnic table is right next to your neighbor's hookups. My slideout was a few inches from the neighbor's awning. If you can overlook this issue, this is a great park to spend a couple days relaxing. There are lots of trees for shade. The park has a store with some canned food and RV supplies if you are desperate. The club room is charming, with a welcoming atmosphere for group parties. There is a nice large laundry area, which includes two commercial sized dryers in case you need to dry a comforter. There are five separate unisex restroom/shower areas located in the laundry area. The restrooms/showers were clean, considering how busy they were. They close the laundry/restrooms for two hours in the middle of the day for cleaning. If you are traveling with children, there is a fairly large playground in the back of the park. Cable TV had a good variety of 53 channels. Wireless worked great! This is a nice, quiet park. Even if the "fishing crowd" fires up at 5:00 AM, this is a brief interruption and you can just go back to sleep. Lastly, they sell propane if you need it.
This park is located on Highway 101, which is divided by a low curb barricade. Thank goodness there are "turn arounds" in case you miss the turnoff to the park, it's easy to do whether you are going north or south. The park has "park models" for rent around the perimeter. The RV slots are in the center of the park, with pull-throughs at the front and back-ins at the back of the park. If you want a "pull-through," I hope you know how to parallel park your RV. I'm not kidding! The camp host called it "ice tray parking." I had an "end" spot and the end spot pull-throughs are easier to get into, but if you are in an end spot, you run the risk of someone "clipping" your RV when they drive around the corner. If you don't want to deal with all that, get a back-in spot. As for the "beach access" advertised, first you make a mad dash across a very busy Highway 101, then walk a short distance down a side street, then take a footpath to Fishing Rock State Park, a day use area, which features a cliff where you can look down to the ocean and adjoining beaches. (I don't know if rapelling is legal there...) If you walk a few blocks south, you can get to the beach that way. The park has wireless, but it is unsecured and fades in and out. There is a restaurant next door where people can sit in the parking lot and use the RV park signal. The restrooms and laundry were clean. The washers have two different prices, $1.00 and $1.25, but it didn't appear that the two different prices meant that they were larger or smaller. Dryers were $1 but didn't dry very well on one cycle. There is a good grocery store within walking distance if you need to replenish any needed food or items.
I was driving north on Interstate 5 and saw this delightful park along the South Umpqua River and just had to stop. This is a very reasonably priced place to just relax and do some quiet reading or just enjoy the river. The park does not have cable or Wi-Fi. If you don't carry a satellite, you might get 2-3 snowy channels if you play with your antenna. The rate is the rate before Good Sam, etc. discounts. This is one LOOOONNNNNNGGGGGGG RV park. Why do I say that? Because the majority (about 80%) of the sites are along the river bank. If you like to walk, you will get your minimum required daily exercise walking from one end of the park to the other. Spots 1-98 are "Full hookup," and Spots 99-117 are "partial" hookups (W&E at each), with tents allowed only on the "evens" in those sites. The river bank sites are all back-in. There are some back-in sites directly across from the river bank, but if you stay in those sites, you are right against Interstate 5 and road noise! There are also a few pull-through spots in the middle. If you carry a satellite, you may want to stay in those spots. As for the river spots, about a fifth of them actually have a good view of the river. The rest of the river spots are obstructed by trees growing out of the very high river bank. If you want a river view, be sure to ask for one. I had spot number 40, with good river view. That spot currently has a "make-shift" stairway that goes down to a very sandy "river beach" which also has a rocky area where you can climb and sit and gaze at the river. There is a rocky boat ramp for use of RV park guests only. It looked pretty steep to me! Boats can be stored at your own risk on the north end of the campground. If you want to use the campground restrooms and laundry, they issue you a key. I'm surprised they didn't charge a key deposit to ensure return of said key. The restrooms and laundry were fairly clean considering they are in cinder block buildings with concrete floors. Laundry was cheap! It was 75 cents each (wash and dry) if you use the "light duty" machines; and $1 if you use the "heavy duty" machines. I was able to wash a throw rug in the "heavy duty" machine. The park has a picnic pavilion, some horseshoe pits, and a propane station. There are some "permanent" residents here. One of the permanent residents told me that in the winter, it's good fishing from the back of your RV!
The park's official address is Morgan Lane. If your GPS tells you to turn on Hillcrest, pay attention and do it: even though you will pass right through Morgan Lane. Making this error will cost you five minutes of having to go around the block. Secondly, once you see the La Quinta hotel, immediately ignore your GPS! Instead, keep going straight between the La Quinta and the Super 8 and you will be there. If you make the grievous error of listening to your GPS (and turning left before the La Quinta), it will cost you dearly! You will find yourself at a dead end on a slightly steep narrow road, and the only way out of this snafu is to drive backwards (about a third of a mile), to include backing around a sharp blind curve. This is a terrorizing experience if you are by yourself. When I checked in, I asked the desk attendant what the "body count" (sarcasm) was for people who obeyed their GPS and went up the dead end road. She said it happens way too many times. The park is located on a sloping piece of property behind the La Quinta. Back-in slots are on the perimeter. Good pull-through spots are in the center. I don't have a toad, but I do carry a scooter bike. They let me have a pull-through so I would have room to unload my bike. The slots, which have concrete paving, are terraced and fairly level. However, they are close together, with a thin strip of grass separating the slots. My windows were open, and my cat was gazing sleepily out the window. When a huge diesel pusher pulled into the slot next to me, my cat fluffed his fur and fled into hiding. Showers and laundry room were clean. The laundry room had a change machine, always a good thing to have! Laundry prices were about what you would expect, $1.50 wash, and 50 cents to dry (20 minutes). Other good features of the laundry room were a deep sink, ironing board, television, book exchange, phone for local calls, and a modem hookup if you don't have a wireless card. There is also an exercise room and a small mini-golf range. The Wi-Fi, which was unsecured, was a bit flaky, fading in and out (I was in space 34 in the middle of the park). I got the signal at my dining table, but not in my bedroom. However, I got enough use of it for my needs. The cable was limited, only 24 channels, but all were networks and good premium channels, no "junk"channels. I felt the rates for this park were very reasonable. RV park rates have really gone up and I was surprised at how inexpensive this park was compared to parks with the same amenities. Because this park has reasonable rates and is in a good location (fast food restaurants are within walking distance if you don't pull a car), I'm willing to overlook the "neighborly closeness" factor. Just make sure you don't go up the dead end road trying to find the park. One more thing. Apparently, this park is quite popular with full-timers for "wintering."
I wanted to stay at the State Park, but it was booked! This park had one spot left (and I didn't feel like staying in the high priced Crown Villa park). The "permanents" and the "overnighters/short terms" are in separate sections, separated by a fence. The "overnights" are in the 300 section. The 300 section is nicer than the "perm" section. The "perm" section has the RV's way too close together, pass the biscuits please. (If I could rate the sections separately, I'd give a "4" to the perm section and an "8" to the 300 section.) The 300 section has some grassy space between the RV's. The driving loop is narrow, but passable. I crossed my fingers and hoped I made it through without hitting anyone's toad. There were some big rigs here, and a lot of 5th wheels. The parking pads are asphalt. There were lots of trees throughout the overnight section, my cat was entertained! Space 320 is right next to a large brick bar-b-que area. Try not to get space 317, it's next to a light pole (keep you awake at nights). The restrooms and laundry were clean and bright! Laundry was cheap, $1 for wash, $1 for dry! The cable has a good selection of about 50 channels. One of the good things about this park, is that it's right along Business 97 (a main thoroughfare) in Bend, but set up so that the road noise isn't bad (unless you leave your windows open). Even better, if you don't have a toad with you, you can walk to fast food restaurants, pizzeria, and a good supermarket (Fred Meyer, which also has a gas station if you need). I would stay here again! September is perfect in Bend!
If you arrive from the north, you will travel via Nine Mile Road. If you arrive from the south, you will travel via Government Way. Both routes are marked with enough signs to get you there. The road via the south is paved; however, it's a very narrow, winding road for about 4 miles. If you are driving toward the park on this road, you are driving along a very tall rocky earth berm with a very tiny "might as well not exist" shoulder area. If you are driving away from the park on this road, well, make sure all of your wheels are inside the road lane and don't go over the edge or you will go over the bank and into the river (not much shoulder area on that side, either). At about two miles in, there is a water reclamation site. Employees of the reclamation site park their cars precariously along the side of the highway, so you have to be careful through that section, especially if another car is coming the other way. If you are familiar with Spokane, I recommend getting yourself to the north part of Spokane, then travel along Francis Avenue, which goes into the Nine Mile Road route. The non-utility sites are on the upper campground. The utility sites are all on the river, except for Site #5. This site is located in a very inconvenient spot. It's a "pull-through," but you have to make a very tight, almost a U-turn, to be able to "pull-through." I missed the turn, and ended up backing into it. Also, you are allowed one RV and one tow vehicle. Snafus and terror driving aside, this is a beautiful park, and the sites on the river are the best. You get a somewhat spacious area where there is a picnic table and fire ring. There is also plenty of space to pitch an additional tent. The shower token machines were broken, so showers were FREE this week. YAY! The showers weren't sparkling, but they were passable, I recommend that you wear shower shoes. The park ranger makes a drive through the park every night between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, and when storms were coming up (and there was a big one that night!), the ranger stopped and mentioned it to those who had their awnings out. There is also a picnic area, and hiking area. Lastly, the Enterprise Rental Car office on Francis Avenue told me they get a small, but steady amount of business from people who stay at the State Park. However, be forewarned that if you use this option, you may run into the "extra vehicle" snafu.
This is a very popular park in the summer. It's so popular that "reserved" signs don't always get posted at the camping sites. At the park entrance, there is a sign specifying that if you don't have a reservation, you can pull into an "unmarked" site, but you are still required to check the "posted list" at the pay station. This applies both to the utility and regular sites. I didn't have a reservation and I had to move twice because an unmarked site ended up being on the "posted" list as "reserved." The camping sites are not very level but heck, it's a forest! Site #120 is the worst for not being level. Although this is a utility site, I recommend that you use this one for tent camping only. The entire area of Site 120 is a very steep "dip" and I don't see how any type of RV or trailer can get level on that one. I had pulled into this slot, and ended up moving a third time after deciding I couldn't deal with the "dip" in that site. I eventually found a site I could stay in. I have stayed in this park before when I didn't have electric leveling jacks and it was a pain to get level. However, this time, I had the electric jacks, and no problem (except for Site120)! The "community waste dump" at the entrance of the park is set up so that two RV's can dump at the same time, and it doesn't matter which way they come in.
I had originally intended to go to Omak, but I passed this park on the way and it was quite a find! Other parks in the area were booked full, so I was quite surprised that this park had a few spots open, to include spots right on the river! On a Friday night in August! There were plenty of shade trees. It was quite peaceful, and just what I needed. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Space #9 is the best river spot, as there are no trees to obstruct your view. But the down side to space #9 is on weekends, people will walk in front of your RV to get to the river. Oh well. There is also a tent area in the back of the park, along the river. There is a covered pavilion with a propane grill for group events. For families with children, there is a play area in the back of the park. Check-in was great, I got a personal escort to my sight. Normally you get that in more "extravagant" parks. I noted a sign that said "wireless available." Guess what, it was FREE! A bonus, as I was not expecting ANY wireless service in this part of the state (valley surrounded by Cascade Mountains). The wireless is locked down with a code to prevent people not staying at the park from using it. The rate I am showing is the rate for a river spot before Good Sam discounts. Twisp and Winthrop, which are both great "tourist" places, are close by. However, if you have only a bicycle for transportation, well, Highway 20 is pretty busy. The women's restroom was clean and acceptable. The park charges 75 cents for a 7 and a half minute shower. The laundry room close to my spot was small with three washers, two dryers, and a deep sink. Outside this laundry room there is a sink for cleaning fish. There is another, nicer, larger laundry room with a library at the back of the park. At $2 for wash and $1.50 for drying (45 minutes), the laundry prices were a bit steep. The park does not have cable, but you can get the networks and PBS over the antenna. In reading the rules, this park charges a "guest charge"($5 per) for daytime guests, and they must leave by 10:00 PM. Not an issue for me as I was not expecting guests, but thought this should be mentioned. The park rules also state that you will be charged an "early check in" fee if you come before 2:00. I don't know if this is enforced, as I noticed during my weekend stay that other RVs came in before 2:00. This park had some "park models" and mobile homes with permanent residents, but still had plenty of spots for overnighters. My cat had a medical emergency and the owners let me have "in and out " privileges during my stay, as I don't tow a car. (Although I am giving the park an "8", the managers get a "10" for flexibility!) Lastly, I do want to mention the wonderful vet in Twisp (Valley Veterinary), who came in on a Saturday to handle my cat's medical emergency.
Full hookups, laundry, and free wireless, yet cheaper than the State Parks! What more could you want? Wireless was a little slow, but at these prices, you can live with it! Also, you have clean air and are in a little valley surrounded by the Cascade Mountain range. On the other hand, no cable TV and no television reception whatsoever. Hope you have satellite or a good book. Cash or checks only. The laundry room was not very brightly lit. But on the other hand, the laundry room has a deep sink; and washing was only 75 cents and drying was 25 cents. The restrooms weren't spectacular, but they were clean. The sites are grassy and not level at all. The sites in the middle "open" area are pull-through. The sites on the outer loop are under trees with good shade and are back-in. It appears that there is new playground equipment for children, also built by the woodworker employee. There is a mini golf course in progress (not completed yet). Some really woodsy tent sites are in the back of the park. If the new owner makes the grandiose plans that I heard about actually happen (to include possibly changing the campground name), the prices won't be $20 for too much longer. For now, this park is just a nice, relaxing little "getaway."
They are wild about lavender here, with lavender plants, lavender adirondack chairs on the front porch, lavender hoses in the laundry room, and lavender shower curtains! The campground manager was friendly and wearing lavender sportswear. I'm surprised the asphalt wasn't painted lavender! Further research reveals that Sequim has an annual lavender festival every July. Seriously, this is a great park if you want to stay in the town of Sequim. The rate I am showing is the summer rate before discounts. The park is within walking distance of a good grocery store. Further, it's close to a Senior Center if you are interested. The RV pads are asphalt. There are both pull-through and back-in. The back-in spaces are paired, in that your RV will be backed up against the back end of another RV, with a wood fence for separation. If your RV doesn't have a rear window, this isn't much of an issue. But if you do have a rear window, and a pet who loves to look out that window, well, the pet will be disappointed. The pull-through spaces are better for the larger rigs. This is my second time here. On my last trip I had a back-in. This time, they let me have a pull-through since I carry an electric bike scooter on the back and a pull-through would give me more room to pull my bike off. There is a good strip of grass between each space, and each space has a sturdy picnic table. The restrooms and laundry room (accessible by special codes) sparkle! The cable has a good selection of channels. This is the only RV park I have seen so far that has free DSL instead of wireless. If you don't have your own ethernet cable (you will need at least 20 feet), the managers are happy to loan you a cable for a $20 refundable deposit. Also, my cat came down with medical problems, the managers knew a vet that was less than a mile from the park, and I was able to get my cat right in!
The park is a good overnight spot to dry camp if you have ferry reservations for the next morning to get to Port Townsend on the Keystone-Port Townsend Ferry and don't want to get up early and race to get here. Of the 35 total spaces, one pull-through is reserved for physically challenged customers. This park is open year round. This park does not take reservations, it's first come, first serve. However, if you stay here in the winter, be sure you have a good inverter, as it could be a bit chilly! (In my opinion, this park should be renamed "Inverter Park" because of all the travel trailers and RV's here that were using Honda inverters!) Dry camping only, there are no hookups or sewer dumps. The restrooms/showers were, about what you would expect for a State Park (ie: not perfect, but passable). Showers were 50 cents for three minutes. There are water faucets located about every third camping spot, but your hoses won't fit because these water faucets are meant for filling up buckets. There is a "winter water supply" that can accommodate hoses near the pay station. The "pull-through" spaces are on the outer edge of the loop. The "back-in" spaces are in the center of the loop, except for five "back-ins" located at the top of the outer edge of the loop. These five spaces offer the best location for ferry watching, with spectacular views of Puget Sound. The "pull-through" spaces are shaped in a half-circle. Some of the "half-circles" are a narrow arc, and some are a wider arc. The pull-throughs on one side of the park give you a "ring-side seat" to the ferry dock; you can sit outside and watch the ferries come and go. The pull-throughs on the other side of the loop are against a bluff full of trees and vegetation, not as good of a view. The back-in sites on the inside of the loop may or may not have a good view of the ferry dock. Each camping space has a good-size, sturdy picnic table and fire ring. However, you are not allowed to use the driftwood for the fires, heavy fines if you are caught. If you need firewood, you are supposed to leave a note and $5 in the pay box and maybe someone will bring some wood to you. Each site has plenty of room for tents. There is a short, uphill, hiking trail that takes you to the old Fort Casey firing batteries. Older children can have fun exploring and climbing the batteries, while adults and younger children can picnic on the grass. For the lighthouse lovers, there is a beautiful lighthouse that you can tour during afternoon hours in summer, and weekends in winter. As of this writing, there was a temporary food vendor within walking distance in a trailer near the ferry dock selling hot dogs, corn dogs, and Filipino lumpias. However, a sign on an empty building near this temporary vendor indicated that there will be a new restaurant soon. UPDATE: As of late June 2008, the Keystone Cafe is now open. It's located within a short, brisk walk from the park, and has a good view of the ferry dock.
This is an updated review. The motel and park have been under new management for almost a year. The rate I am showing is the rate before Good Sam discounts. The RV park is located behind the "vintage" motel. When I stayed there before, there were a couple of permanent "customers" that did not give me a good feeling of being safe. Those "customers" are gone now. Although there are still a lot of perms there, they keep a few slots open for overnighters. However, I don't recommend this for big rigs. There are three good reasons to stay at this park: 1) great access to a bus line with frequent service to downtown Spokane; 2) good wireless; 2) free phone hookups. On the phone hookups, each site has a hookup (if you carry a phone with you), and it's free (included in the price) as long as you make only local calls (have to dial "9" first...) and use a phone card for all your long distance calls. However, for someone to call you, it's handled through the motel, someone calls the motel and asks for your "extension." I liked this feature, this way, I didn't have to use up minutes on my cell phone. The wireless worked just fine. When you connect, your computer may tell you it's a "low" signal, but it worked just fine for what I needed. If you don't have a computer, or don't have Wi-Fi, you can check your email in the business center in the office. The cable still has limited, but good channels. The owner also explained the laundry charge. I hope I understood this correctly. It's one flat rate for you to check out the key, and you use as many machines as you need. I don't know if this flat rate gets you in for the duration of your stay, or if it's a new charge for each day you use the machines. I didn't use the laundry facilities, but that is what I understood from the owner as to how it works. The not so good points are that the slots are very close together and not really level. I still recommend a voltage meter to check the electrical hookups, as the hookups are rather... "vintage." The owners are very nice, and their office is open very early in the morning to very late at night. Despite its few not so good points, this park is very convenient if you wish to visit relatives in Spokane or attend a function at the Spokane Fair Grounds.
This is a small state park. The web site indicates that it's located 18 miles northwest of Everett, WA; but it's actually closer to Stanwood, WA. The higher numbered spots, which are non-utility, are closed in the winter. The utility sites, which are both pull-through and back-in, have water and electric only, no sewer. There is a sewer dump with easy access on the way out of the park. The electric service is 20, 30, and 50 amp. The pull-through sites are in an open area, are somewhat close together, and can only accommodate RV's up to 30 feet. The back-in sites are in the trees behind the open area; can accommodate the larger RV's, and are a little more spacious. The non-utility sites are located throughout the tree area. Some of the non-utility spots near the outer edge of the park are along a fence-line that appears to border a private residential area. (This could possibly be a problem for both park users and the residents on the other side of the fence!) Each camping site (both utility and non-utility) has a picnic table and a nice fire ring. The sites that are used all year have a sturdy picnic table made from recycled materials. The sites that are used only in summer have either a wooden, or wood/metal picnic table. Some of the sites are designated "pair" sites for people traveling together. The day-use area has a kitchen pavilion for groups, and an amphitheater. Restrooms were OK, but not really clean. And, typical for Washington state parks, the showers were 50 cents for three minutes. This is a good park if you are a boating enthusiast, as it is located close to a Lake Goodwin. Another camper that was there at the time had a fishing boat, caught a lot of trout, and gave me one of the caught trout. If you are not a boating fanatic, this park is good for an overnight (or for taking a new RV out to put it through its paces).
I'm sure this is a great park in the summer. My rating will reflect that during off-season (Labor Day through Memorial Day), the park has reduced services. The rate I am showing is the rate before Good Sam, etc., discounts. During off-season, no one is available in the office; you must self register. During that time, you must pay with cash or check only. Also, there is a posted sign specifying that you must pay cash to get the Good Sam discount. I'm not sure if this is enforced during the spring and summer, when credit cards are accepted. When I pulled in, I went directly to the window and self registered. Then I went back and tried to connect. First of all, the park does not have cable TV. This was a surprise to me, for a park of this size. Over the antenna, you will basically get the networks with "ok" reception. Second, I had problems connecting to the pole (options were either 50 amp service or 20 amp service; if you have a 30 amp connector, you will need a 30/50 adaptor). I tried connecting to the 50 amp, I could not get it to work. Then, I tried connecting to the 20 amp, and discovered the plug-in had been installed upside down. This created problems because the cord was "bent back" when I closed the cover to the electrical connections. So, I fiddled with the 50 amp again, and I finally got a connection. I had to turn it off and on many times to "reset" it. Lesson learned: "Don't ‘self register' until you are assured that your connections are functional!" I thought of changing sites, but figured it would cause a problem at that point (since I had already registered). If you use this park during their "off-season" time, it's good only for an overnight.
This is a small, but cute RV park located along US Highway 101. Although there is a barrier fence, you will hear some road noise during the quiet hours of the late evening. The road noise doesn't bother me, but may be an issue for someone else. Other reviews indicate the RV spaces are "close together." To me, the spacing between RV's is average, about what I would expect for this type of park. I've been in worse for "closeness." This park has 31 numbered sites and 9 "lettered" sites. Further, there are 8 "tent spaces" in a forested area. The RV sites are both pull-through and back in. The connections are placed more toward the front of the slots. If you have a big rig, you might possibly need an extension cord. For me, both my electric cord, and my 25 foot cable TV cord were long enough to reach. Although some of the sites can accommodate "big rigs," I only saw a few of them here. One big "plus" that I found is that the water faucet was covered in insulation and buried in the ground in a sand-filled container with a lid. Great for winter-time stays. The hosts were very gracious! I got a personal escort to my site! Also, one of the hosts discovered that she had inadvertently overcharged me, and she voluntarily brought me a receipt for a refund of the overcharge! On the other hand, 30 amp is included in the cost. Cable and WiFi are free. The cable has a wide selection of channels (to include Canadian Channels); and if you have a digital TV, you will get some additional audio channels. Bathrooms, showers, and laundry rooms are open 24 hours a day. The park also has propane service, always a plus. And, for those with canine companions, there is a "puppy park." If you need RV parts, there is an RV store with a good selection of supplies within a brisk walk from the park. Also, if you don't want to cook, there is a restaurant called "Flippers" that is open for breakfast and lunch only. I would highly recommend this park for a good place to spend the winter (they have monthly rates in winter), or a good place to say while visiting in Sequim.
Very nice park along the Columbia River with 20, 30, and 50 amp service, and sewer hookup in the utility sites. In the winter, it's a good spot to overnight, as it is somewhat bleak and cold. The utility spots, which are on gravel, have both pull-through and back-in. The pull-through spots are on the outer edge of the loop. The pull-through spots are "arc'd" in a half circle; however, it's a wide arc, so you can easily "bend" your RV around it. Some of the pull-through spots have a great view of the river! The back-in spots are in the center of the loop. The camping spots, including the standard, each have a picnic table and a fire pit and have great spacing so you aren't right next to your neighbor. Regarding television reception, unless you are carrying a satellite, television will be an educational and cultural experience as the only channel you can pull in via antenna will be an Oregon PBS station. Also, if you are here when there aren't a lot of people (such as winter), you will hear both trains. One runs behind SR-14 on one side of the park, and the other runs on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. Also, during the winter, the state parks in Washington usually shut off the water at each site and the only water available is at a potable water fill up at the park dump station. I knew about this because I had called the park in advance and inquired. However, during my stay, I didn't see any signs mentioning this. I was going to rate it an 8 for the great spacing between sites and the lovely view (which I'm sure is even better in the spring and summer!), but I will knock it back to a 7 because the park didn't post any signs letting people know the water was shut off.
The rate I am showing is the rate without Good Sam/AAA Discounts. This park with 95 RV spots, and a few tent spots, is squeezed in a small area on a hillside, but it's surrounded by lots of pine trees, with the pine smell being quite fragrant! You will feel like you are in a state park! One reviewer indicated that the trees interfered with satellite dishes. If this is the case, the park does have good cable, about 70 channels. However, be sure you bring an extra five feet of cable wire, just in case. In my particular spot, my 25 foot cable wire was too short. I had to add an extension because the cable hookup was located close to the front of the spot. Twelve of the spots are "pull-through." Some of the 12 pull-throughs had an interesting arrangement. There were hookups on both sides, although only one RV could fit. If you pulled in from one direction, you were in, say, "Spot 23." But if you pulled into the exact same spot from the opposite side, you were in, say, "Spot 24." The spots, which are all on gravel, are somewhat close together, but not bad. The spots are terraced in most places except for the remote section up the hill to the back of the park. The spot that I had was quite level, even with my slides out. The park does not have wireless, but they do have a modem room in the clubhouse. You get 24 hour access to the modem room with a code. The laundry room was reasonably priced and also has a great deep sink! The laundry room and rest rooms were fairly clean. The best thing was that the clubroom was adjacent to the laundry, so you can relax on a comfy couch and read or watch TV instead of being stuck watching the laundry. However, since this park is on a hill, if you have mobility issues and are in a spot at the top of the hill, it's a "hike" down to the laundry area. The clubroom also has a pay phone if you don't have a cell with you. The park has a propane station, but the location near the entrance is a pain. You pull in, and after you get propane, you have to back away, down the entrance way. There is a bar and a Mexican restaurant within a short walk from the park. Also, about two blocks down is an Eagles Lodge for anyone who is a member. One more thing: I managed to get in this park without a reservation on December 28 in order to stay five days, but I was quite surprised at how busy they were for it being winter! When I came in, there were only four spots available! I'm not sure whether this was due to permanent residents or to just lots of guests passing through. However, I am grateful to the hosts for not pressuring me into a reservation, and they graciously accommodated my initial request for two nights, and then I extended three more nights.
There are 120 tent spaces and 48 utility spaces. The rate shown is the rate for utility spots. Some are pull through, and some are back-in. The "standard" (tent only) spaces are limited to 35 feet due to the park's tight, narrow roadways in the standard campsite section. Most of the utility spots at this state park are on paved asphalt pads. The paved pads, which are relatively level, are all "out in the open" with the pull-throughs in the center. There are a few utility spots among the trees, but those are on gravel/dirt. The "standard" spots are on dirt among the trees. Although the utility sites don't have a "defined" tent area, you could squeeze a very small tent in. This state park specifically has a rule that allows only one RV/trailer per spot. I don't know if this applies to tents. Each camping spot (to include the "standard" spots) has a fire ring and picnic table. The picnic tables appear to be made from recycled material that is pretty rugged and long lasting. To use the restrooms/shower area, you need tokens to get in the door. At state parks, I usually use my own facilities, so I didn't check the conditions of the restrooms and showers. Television reception is fuzzy via antenna if you don't have a satellite, even if you have an HD TV. There is a pay phone available if your cell phone doesn't get a signal. During the winter, the water faucets are winterized and not available for use. During winter, the only place to get potable water is near the RV dump station.
You can't help but giggle when you see the name of this resort. Some Internet research indicates Illahee generally translates to "earth" or "country" in Indian folklore, but another translation specified "house by the water." However, the "hee hee" part does bring a smile to your face. One of the co-managers said the name is supposed to translate to "fun place to be." Thank goodness the park paid for a good supply of signs posted from the freeway because my GPS didn't recognize the street (and Mapquest doesn't have it, either.) As of this date, the park had been open 1 year and 5 months (according to one of the co-managers). This park has 139 spaces and most of them are pull-through. Only 25 are back-in. As of this writing, the back-ins were $30 and the pull-throughs are $34. The slots are quite long, and nicely paved with concrete. There is an adequate amount grass between each slot. Although you see your neighbor, you won't feel like your neighbor is "in your face." The park has an outdoor pool (which was closed at this time of year) and an indoor spa. The restroom was very clean (can only speak for the women's restroom, didn't see the men's), but there is only one shower. Two more unisex showers are available in the spa area. The laundry area is accessed by a code and available 24 hours a day. The laundry area had an adequate supply of washers and dryers for the size of the park. There is a change machine, too! Although all the laundry facilities were in one place, this park is flat, so anyone who is staying at the outer edge of the park and has mobility issues can easily get there in a mobility assistance vehicle. The cable TV has a very good lineup of channels. If you have a digital TV, you will get a few additional ones. The trash dumpster and recycle bins are quite concealed (more like a fortress) so as not to interfere with the ambiance of the park. Those two items were so well hidden, I had trouble finding them! When I eventually located them, I discovered the fences surrounding them were arranged in a "walk through maze" which prevents ugly viewing from anywhere in the park. The reservation office is open until 9:00 PM at night (6:00 PM Sundays). Additional amenities include a pay phone, a propane facility, a room where you can exercise and read books, and great wireless! For full-timers, there are phone hookups, but you have to arrange the service through the phone company. Further, the park is well lit at night with many tall and very bright street lights (every other slot). There is one down side to this: my window shades didn't block the light as much as I would like. Add to that, a very much loved (and spoiled) pet cat who insists on the "3:00 AM guard watch," at the window, where the street light is. But this was a very minor inconvenience compared to the security of having a park this well lit at night. Actually, the only thing I didn't like about this park was: on the day I was leaving, they wouldn't/couldn't sell propane before noon because their propane person didn't come to work until then! I was going to award this park a "9" but I kicked it down to "8" because of this. (They also don't offer Good Sam discounts at this time.)
UPDATE: As of May 2007, the 20 amp hookups have been removed. No information yet as to where the RV's can park, or if they can.
Coeur D' Alene Casino is off Highway 95. Currently, RV's can park free. (I had to put in $1 because the form wouldn't take it with $0. Heck, you will probably spend that dollar gambling anyway!) The "hookups" are merely 20 amp connections, and these connections are attached to the various light poles around the parking lot, two to a pole. It's first come, first serve. This allows an RV to be parked on either side of the light pole. Keep in mind, these "slots" are nothing more than car parking areas. In an RV, you will take up two parking areas head to head beside a light pole. You won't have room for your slideouts. There are some RV parking slots on the perimeter of the parking area, these may be wide enough to allow your slideouts. If you want to assure yourself of a hookup, get there by noon. If you don't get there by noon, the parking lot will be full of cars, and you won't be able to get a hookup. The phone number I am showing is for the casino. They can answer any questions about the RV parking. If you like to gamble, and need a "free overnight," this can work for you. Even though it has nothing more than a 20 amp connection and no room for slideouts, I'm giving it a 5 because, heck, it's free!
This was the only decent RV park in the Lancaster/Palm Dale area. It's located off a busy highway but you don't hear road noise. My GPS (Magellan) had trouble with this, just as another reviewer posted. But the good thing is, the park (according to the park map) appears to have a good majority of "pull through" spots, with some "back in" around the perimeter. I had made a reservation, but it wasn't really necessary, park had plenty of spots available for this time of year. Since this was off season, they were ok with me arriving a day later than originally scheduled; they let me slice off one night without penalty. The rate I am showing is the rate before Good Sam/AAA discounts. The entrance to the park is steeply sloped. When I turned in from the highway, I "scraped bottom" (I have a 30 foot class C). The slots are relatively level, but somewhat narrow. You cannot park a car next to your RV, and there is a sliver of pavement (more like a tightrope) to walk on next to your RV on both sides. If you have enough room, you can park a SMALL car in back or front of the RV. If you have a large car, there are extra parking lots around the park. The slots are terraced, there is a small width of grass between each RV slot. As for "full-timers," the park has a rule that guests can stay only 90 days, then they have to leave for 72 hours. However, a letter in the laundry room clarified this to say that you could move to a "daily" site for 72 hours, then move back to the monthly site. The manager stated that the free wireless is only accessible in the office. My spot was farther up the hill, and sometimes I was able to get the wireless in my RV, sometimes not. Didn't matter whether I used it in the office or in my RV, it was slow, might as well have been on dial up! The cable has about 40 channels, not bad. The restroom/shower building was ok, not sparkling clean, but ok. The laundry building has a good supply of washers and dryers for the size of this park (176 spaces, I counted). The only bad thing about the laundry area is that all the laundry facilities are in one building in the center of the park. If you are not close to the center of the park, it's a hike! Up and down hills (the whole park is terraced), there are no "straight short cuts." This could be a problem for those with health/respiratory issues. I'm in reasonably good health, but I would have preferred maybe three smaller laundry areas as opposed to one large area, but maybe there is a reason they have it this way. There is a pool, spa, and exercise room, but I didn't get a chance to use any of these facilities during my stay. I'll give it an 8 despite my major issue with "scraping bottom" at the entrance, and the slow wireless.
This is a beautiful RV park out in the middle of nowhere! I stopped here because the RV parks in Sacramento and Stockton did not give me a "warm fuzzy" feeling so I kept on going and ended up here. The rate I am showing the amount BEFORE Good Sam/AAA discounts. The good news is: the RV park is just a short walk (3 tenths of a mile) from a good selection of restaurants and a hotel built specifically for the "overnighter passing through." (There is a town around here somewhere, but it was farther down the road.) The bad news is: No cable! You have to pull in channels via your RV antenna. The reception is adequate, a little fuzzy but adequate. If you have a digital TV, you will get some good reception. Further, there is a "watch out" factor. There is only one entrance/exit to the RV park. The manager said that when you leave, and go out, be very careful. It's a left turn to get out and go back to the freeway. When you take that left turn, the road coming from the left is a blind curve. It's difficult to see who is coming from the left when you pull out of the park. The manager said that people don't always obey the 25 mph speed limit on that road. This park has about 150 slots, but only 13 of them are "pull through." Because of this, the manager won't assign you a "pull through" unless you are 45 feet or longer. The park does have wireless, but it's a little slow (might as well have been dial up!!!), even though I had a spot close to the transmitter! (The manager asked me if having wireless was important to me, and I said "YES!") The one big downer to this park is that this area can get very windy! However, this is a good overnight stop, especially if you don't feel like cooking your own dinner! I'll give it an "8" despite the annoyances with the wireless and the left turn.
This is a very cute little RV park near Weed. Although it's a "just the basics" kind of park, they do have laundry facilities and WiFi. The cable is fairly decent, a little over 50 channels. The park is located within a very short walk of a few restaurants (both "fast food" and "sit down") and a gas station with a convenience store. The "pull through" spots are in the center of the park, and the configuration is "front and back twosies." This means, if you are in the front, someone could pull in behind you. If you are in the back, and the front person doesn't leave when you do, then you have to back out, and can't "pull through." (There ought to be a separate category for this, it's the second time I have seen it!) If you don't want to be "paired," then request a perimeter site, which will be "back in." The perimeter sites have tall pine trees. This is a great "stopover" place on your way north or south on Interstate 5.
This park is located just short of a mile off Interstate 5. There are sufficient and adequate signs to direct you to the location. Although the park is located in somewhat of an industrial area, the park has good landscaping around the perimeter so you aren't aware of the "industrial" location. RV spots are on concrete pads, which may or may not be level. Spaces are somewhat close together, but there is some "breathing room." I did notice that their sprinkler lines (for their landscaping between RV's) were extended on a "T" connection from the same lines as the water connection for the RV's. This makes me wonder if RV's get enough water pressure when sprinklers are run in the summer. (I only gave "8" because of this.) The park was about 3/4 full when I checked in, but it was very quiet! The literature for the park indicates there is a pool, spa, and small RV supply store; but I wasn't able to check them out. In order to use the pool, spa, and even the laundry room, you have to check out a key during office hours. (Which means you would then have to remember to RETURN said key before you left.) WiFi worked well, but I was in a spot near the center of the park. Very good cable TV, lots of channels. Great park for an overnight on the way north or south on Interstate 5.
This is a motel/RV Park combination. The motel consists of "vintage" bungalows, with a small RV park in the back. The RV park appears to have some full-timers with "vintage" RV's. I have stayed here three times, and the third time (June 2007) this place had a new owner. There is a laundry facility, but you have to request the key from the office. Laundry prices were significantly higher than at other RV parks. There is a laundry-mat one block over if you want to walk. I didn't check prices, but I'm sure the prices are cheaper there. The good news is: EXCELLENT Wi-Fi. The bad news is: a Voltage meter is highly recommended! The electrical pole (30 amp) does not have an on/off switch, you just plug in. When I did so, I definitely heard some arc and spark noises! (Like I said, this is a "vintage" place.) GOOD POINTS: 1. Cable TV has a limited number of channels, but it's basically networks and good premium channels (USA, TNT, Discovery, Hallmark, etc.), no JUNK channels. This is the first time I didn't have to "eliminate" channels after programming. (However, I didn't see an ESPN channel, so if that's one of your favorites, sorry.) 2. McDonald's and Jack In The Box just a few steps away (if you like fast food). 3. Located on a bus line with frequent service to downtown Spokane. 4. Good Wi-Fi (as stated before). 5. Office (serving motel and park) open from 5:30 AM until 11:00 PM. 6. Staff (mom and pop) is helpful. 7. Telephone connections are available. Web site claims it's just like a hotel (instant connection), don't know if they charge extra for you to use the phone line. The lobby has a Business Center/Computer if you don't carry a computer and want to check your email. NOT SO GOOD POINTS: 1. Sites were very close together. 2. Cable, phone, and electrical connections are "exposed" to the weather elements, no covers. As mentioned before, voltage meter highly recommended! (I didn't have one, hope I don't have any damage.) 3. Establishment is squeezed in kind of an "older industrial" area, around used car dealers, railroad office, and carpet store. (Let's just say: I felt the need to ensure my computer, file box, and valuables were stashed and well hidden whenever I left the RV.) Conclusion, I felt this place was overpriced (compared to other RV parks). I have stayed at highly rated RV resorts with some amenities and paid less than what I paid here. However, if you are visiting relatives in Spokane, or just need the public transportation to points in Spokane, this place may work for you. Spokane is lacking in good RV parks in convenient locations. The only reason I would stay here is the convenience to mass transit.
Ah: the aroma of pine trees, lots of them! Fresh air! The smell of wood crackling on a campfire. There is just one more thing needed to make this scene complete: the thunderous roar of a jillion vehicles driving north and south on Interstate 5 to take you back to the reality you wanted to escape! Yes, folks, if you want "balance" in your life, this is the place to come! Both the utility (Sites 1-20) and standard (Sites 21-69) camping slots have an asphalt paved pad and can accommodate RVs (but don't count on the asphalt pad being level). Also, both the utility and standard slots have a fire ring and a large picnic table plus plenty of room to pitch a tent next to your RV if you want. Two of the utility sites include use of a Yurt ($49 for the Yurt as of this writing). The only escape from the road noise is to camp in the "primitive" area (spots 70-79). The "primitive" sites have a tent pad, picnic table, and fire ring. All campers for those spots park in one special marked place, and then "hike it in" along a trail with spot 70 being the closest and spot 79 being the farthest down the trail. I noticed that between primitive spots 74 and 75, there was a piece of dead tree trunk with lots of moss growth, and this dead tree trunk was sitting in such a way that it would make a great "fort" for children to play in. At the upper end of the campground, there is an open area with picnic tables and an amphitheater. Also, you can either walk or drive down a paved road to kind of a "hidden valley" with a romantic picnic area next to a river. This picnic area would be the perfect place to propose marriage! That is: if you can make yourself be heard over the roaring thunder of the vehicles traveling over the concrete/steel bridge way up there in the air. If you want some solitude, take the hiking trail along the river in the "hidden valley," and go as far as you can on it. You will find some great secluded spots where you can view the river or go fishing; and the peace and quiet will be occasionally interrupted by the sound of a small airplane flying overhead. Warning: the hiking trail is moderately strenuous. Be sure you have fully functional legs, lungs, and heart. It's worth it for the peace and quiet. There is a propane facility in a gas station located one mile outside the park. The utility sites have water and electric only. The sewer dump for the park is tricky to drive through if you are staying on the lower loop. Good luck if you are over 30 feet! If you are on the upper loop, it's a straight shot in. There are recycling stations next to the garbage cans for the environmentally conscious. Television reception is kind of fuzzy if you don't have satellite. If you have a high definition ready television, you will pick up a few HD channels. Seriously, this would be a great getaway if it weren't for the freeway!
I stayed here once in 2005 and again in 2007. I consider this to be the "Marriott" of RV parks. When I camped there in 2005, I had a 24 foot Motorhome and felt somewhat "outclassed" by all the large (read: expensive) Class A's that were there. In 2007, I had a 30 foot, still outclassed, but not as much. The pads are made from artfully arranged brick. There is a storage box at the end for extended stay. The staff personally escorts you to your site (I've only been to one other place that does this...). The wireless worked fine for me, but the desk attendant told me it doesn't work at all sites. I had only planned to stay one night as I was driving through, but ended up being a little "under the weather" and had to extend one night. Fortunately, I didn't have to switch sites to extend. However, I had to get another access code for the wireless. If you extend your stay, they have to issue you another access code to cover that "stay" but it was not a big deal. The nightly rate I posted includes lodging tax.
This park has their own phone switch and can issue you a phone number. As of this writing, it was $1 a day for the phone. I have stayed here many times, and previously their wireless was difficult to connect to. They have encrypted it, and it's now easier to get into. It's still free, but you need a "code" to use it. I have also used their phone lines for internet use, and the phone lines can be kind of fuzzy. This park caters to full-timers and workers because their office is open very early in the morning to about 9:00 PM in summer and 8:00 PM in winter. The trees aren't old enough to provide shade yet, and Richland summers can be brutally hot (90+ is not unusual and occasionally 100+). But the staff here is wonderful and they plan lots of activities and dinners.
This is a beautiful park south of Eugene, Oregon. There are lots of trees, good shade, and great landscaping that is well maintained. There are currently about 75 RV slots, which can accommodate big rigs. Spaces 1-11, and Spaces 65-75 are near the highway. Although the trees hide the road from view, there is still some road noise if you are in those slots. RV sites are blacktop paved, and pretty level, with some pull-through and some back-in. The back-in slots are a rather sharp, tight "back-in." The people in the RV across from me applauded after I backed in all by myself. Each site has a plastic round outdoor table with two matching plastic chairs. Laundry facilities and restrooms/shower rooms are adequate and are accessible for "physically challenged" customers. There are pet walking areas, as well as areas to wash your dogs. There is a covered picnic area for large parties. The state of Oregon emphasizes recycling and this park has recycle facilities included with the nicely fenced garbage area. The cable TV was limited but had good channels, no "junk" channels. Park is located on a bus line which runs weekdays during commuter hours. Although the park advertises "wireless available," it's with a 3rd party provider. You can get it free for 24 hours, but after that you must sign up for it with the provider. The "free 24 hours" has a catch to it, you must sign up with a credit card. (Therefore, I am saying "NO" to wireless being "available.") On the other hand, the park has it's own phone switch. For a dollar a day (as of this writing), you can have a phone line with a phone number. I found this option preferable. The dial-up worked adequately for my needs. The only thing I didn't like about this park was that it was not within walking distance of any grocery stores, etc.
This is a small RV park on a lake. There is a swimming area, but I wouldn't swim in it, water looked too dirty. Manager was difficult to deal with. I arrived around noon and I had a reservation. When I checked in, the manager made a big issue about only being able to accept "local" credit cards. I finally offered my VISA (which was NOT "local") and the manager indicated they could take that. As soon as I checked in, the manager closed the door. Talk about being unavailable! This park is open around April or May through October. It appeared that most of the spots here were occupied by "residents" who had their RV set up with porches and decks built onto them. I'm actually surprised there were ANY overnight spots here at all! Park has full water, electric, sewer, and cable, but I had to "hunt" for the cable hookup. Each site has a small storage building. It appears that if you stay here awhile, you could probably store things in the small building, bring your own lock. There is a pay phone if needed. Laundry was pretty cheap as of this writing, but if you want hot water, you have to insert an extra quarter above the amount specified. There are plenty of trees for shade. My computer detected an unsecured wireless system for the park, but I was unable to connect to it. Other residents said they either didn't use it, or thought you needed a "code" for it.
This RV park is co-located with a hotel (currently a Days Inn) on the Canyon Road exit off I-90 in Ellensburg. Because of this, they follow "hotel procedures," which mean, you must "check out" when you leave. All pads are asphalt, there are pull throughs and back-ins. The pull throughs, which are relatively level, consist of front and back "twosies" (A and B). A is the front, B is the back. If you are in the "B" slot and need to leave, and the "A" slot is staying, then you have to back out. The "back-ins" are on the perimeter, and not as level. RV's are located quite close together at all sites. The park has 50 amp service. Cable service consists of a limited number of channels, but they are all good channels (networks, USA, TNT, CNN, ESPN, Discover, etc), no "junk" channels. The hotel wireless is available for the RV park, but good luck trying to connect! There are laundry facilities, reasonably priced. The park literature "brags" about clean laundry and restrooms. They were ok, but don't deserve bragging rights. There is an indoor pool and hot tub, you have to go through the hotel to use these. The pool is only 4 feet deep, basically "kiddie size." I was traveling on a Saturday in mid-July, and I had no reservations (risky)! I arrived at 1:00 PM and there were plenty of spots. Many more RV's arrived by 7:00 PM, but there were still a few available spots. Park is located next to a "Flying J;" if you have a WiFi account with "Flying J," you can connect to that service if you can't get the hotel's WiFi. Good place to overnight, if you need it.
If you want to be close to the beach and that's the most important thing, then this is a good place. You don't have a beach view, but it's just a short walk to the beach. The park is somewhat cramped and cumbersome to maneuver through, but I have been in worse. When you enter the park, the "Check in line" is a very sharp hard left turn. (There is a second entrance that is easier, if you know about it ahead of time.) On the other hand, the RV spaces are long, and can accommodate big rigs. There were a lot of "big rigs" here during my stay. I would have loved to see how they maneuvered around and got into their spaces as it was difficult with my 30 foot. The spaces are close together, but there is some attempt at privacy by having very tall shrubs and trees between the spaces. My cat was entertained! Spots are gravel and mostly back-in with a few "pull-throughs." Each space has a picnic table and a small fire ring. Try to avoid getting placed in spots 41, 42, and 31, as those spaces are right next to the restrooms and people will walk through your site to go to the restrooms. Some spaces are full hookup to include cable, some are water and sewer (and cable) only. This park also has tent spaces if you have children who would like to have their own spot away from the adults! The laundry and restrooms were fairly clean, but not perfect. The laundry room is small (two washers two dryers) and during my stay, one of the washers was out of service. The state of Oregon emphasizes recycling, and this park had some recycle containers next to the garbage area. There is a pay phone available in case your cell phone provider doesn't cover this area. There is a fairly well stocked mini mart, but as mini marts go, it's over-priced as usual. Propane service is available, but I didn't check prices. The cable service is decent, and if you have a digital/high definition ready TV with you, you will also get the high definition stations and audio stations. As of this writing, this park does not have WiFi, but they have a modem hookup in a desk in the office. They supply the phone cable, you just hook up your computer and use your dial-up software. Staff is friendly and helpful!