This was not our cup of tea. Whilst the campground provides the typical amenities and facilities that one would expect, and is clean and in good repair, it is a chock-a-block full, tiny space, loud and very busy place utterly without charm. It is, however, convenient and if one cannot get into one's preferred campground, this is an acceptable alternative: if taken with a grin and bear it attitude. The quiet hours are not enforced. There is no cable TV and virutally nothing available over the air in most spaces. The hookups are oddly positioned in the center of the sites requiring either long extensions or parking the trailer very far forward. On the plus side, there are trees and shade, sites are level and the place is groomed well. Our space was so small we had to back the trailer out backwards since the the road in front was blocked by protruding parts of large coaches. WiFi was spotty at best. Staff were seemingly distracted: the waiting lines were long. There is an adequate, if not charming dirt dog run wedged between the perimeter fence and a row of oleander bushes. We may be back but only if left with no other choices in the area.
What a lovely park! We stayed in the newer Cottonwood area and echo the others who say this is a very nice campground! The grounds and rest rooms and facilities were very clean and in good repair. WiFi was adequate and the sites were quite spacious with ample green belts and common ares for dog walking. The nearby lakes and play areas are appealing and make for delightful evening and morning walks. Staff were cordial and efficient, although the in-processing to the park can take a little while and cause some traffic backups since there's but one lane available. We experienced no electrical issues as reported in earlier reviews. The sole downside was the excessive amount of street lighting in the park: it looked like an airport with decorative lighting fixtures. Bring the eye shades.
We enjoyed a 4 day visit here. It was an excellent base for exploring the San Diego area: close enough to all attractions yet it felt like a country setting. All amenities worked well, were clean and were attended by friendly staff. Ample green areas were voted A+ by the dog. We stayed in the newer section which offered large spaces oriented to the north (mostly) so that the seating areas were in the afternoon shade of the trailer/awning. Lots of birds and lots of loudmouth coyotes too, so watch small pets carefully. Staff, especially reservations and check in, were efficient and cordial, and it sure did not feel like a 300 campsite kind of place. Highly recommended and we'll certainly be back.
Dry, dusty and empty. That was the campsite at the end of September 2009. No doubt this lake is very popular with boaters and is likely very busy in prime season. Our visit was a disappointment: the restrooms were gag-a-maggot dirty, the dust was overwhelming and there just wasn't much to be said in favor of the campground except it's location which is half way between the Hwy 101 and I-5 freeways between Ventura and Magic Mountain. This campground's not for us - we will not stay again.
We like this park as a convenient home base for visiting the Los Angeles area. If one is careful in choosing one's space (we like the B Loop perimeter sites, especially 163 to 169) there is ample space, good hookups, expansive grassy areas and nice views. The facilities are clean and well maintained but the rest rooms and showers are very basic and lack even paper towels or air dryers. Wi-Fi is free at the laundry and office, otherwise not accessible. Overall, a very efficient operation and a safe and secure spot in greater Los Angeles. Oh yes, one caution: there are lots and lots of skunks in the area so watch out!
Having arrived without reservations we were unable to secure a full hook up spot ($45) but were kindly given a site in the tent section. No hookups and the restrooms and showers were severely overloaded by the number of campers and shortage of cleaning staff. Other than that the site was pleasant and quiet and offered a nice forest view. For an overnight spot this was excellent albeit pricey dry camping. The campground is only 7 miles from Hwy 50 so it offers a convenient stopping off point with full access to all stores and services yet feels "woodsy". We'll stay again but will try for the FHU side assuming we are flush with cash.
This county fairgrounds park is our regular stopover spot when traveling Highway 50 towards the west. It's cheap, shady, reasonably level and offers water/electric hookups with a nearby dump station. Restrooms and showers are nothing fancy but they are kept clean and as long as the rodeo or a horse show aren't in town, it doesn't smell too bad either! Did we mention it was $14? Such a great deal and we always feel safe. Fair amount of road noise so bring the earplugs or run the a/c to drown it out.
This is a nice wooded area in the eucalyptus covered hills above Lake Chabot. The park is reasonably convenient to most Bay Area attractions by way of the BART Train which has a station about 8 miles from the campsites. Wildlife: deer, turkey and an abundance of birds was readily seen. The restrooms and showers are older and a bit primitive but clean and fully functional. Hookups worked just fine. In season, yellowjackets can be a pest. Staff was polite and friendly. There are good hiking trails and excellent biking opportunities. Sites vary significantly in size and levelness but nothing too difficult.
This park is conveniently located. The facilities are not especially attractive; essentially, this is an asphalt parking lot. The services work although the sewer connections require one specific type of fitting which is (surprise) sold in the park store. Restrooms and showers are clean and overall security seemed adequate. There is an additional daily charge for "Resort Fee" which is simply an extra profit margin tacked on to an already expensive daily rate. Wi-Fi, a 3rd party $4.95/day provider, was non-existent in parts of the park but we were told it would be upgraded in 10/09. Staff was competent. Locations along the east side have significant traffic noise. Overall, the convenience of location is the big plus. Otherwise we would not stay here.
This is a small, pretty state park on a lake with adjacent, excellent golf course. There are 2 sections: the older one is asphalt with small green belts for each site but few trees. The newer section is on a hill overlooking the lake but also no shade but the hookups and shade shelters are nice and each site has picnic table and bbq. Everything is very clean and the park is very much oriented to families from nearby communities. There is a very nice camp host and accommodating folk at the kiosk. The golf course is really very nice and an incredible bargain at $10 for 9 holes with an extra $5 for a cart. Adjacent to the park is the start of the superb six-mile ATV trail, rentals are available in Sterling. Place is full on weekends and even some weekdays so reservations make sense.
Lucerne is a marina & campground outside the town of Manila, Utah. Sites are more or less level, electric only but water is available at the restrooms which have flush toilets and sinks but no showers. Most sites have a covered ramada, BBQ, fire ring and picnic table. The campground is a series of loops and the sites on the interior of the loops have electric, those on the outside have no services. There is no shade to speak of but there were several antelope wandering about and folks said the fishing there was wonderful. Busy with local campers on weekends, quite empty at mid-week.
An expensive option but if full hook ups are the goal, this is the only option. Price quoted is with senior pass. The sites are wooded, generally unlevel, lack any communications capabilities and showers are a bit of walk and cost $3.50. Having said all that, the location near Jackson Lake is a winner and all amenities are close by. The sites are partially graveled pull-thrus of varying quality. This is basically your typical National park campground but with hook-ups. Tough to be too critical when the surroundings are so wonderful and there is so much to do so just whip out that credit card, grin and bear it and figure that's the price for the concessionaire to provide the space for a May - September season.
With lovely lake views, clean facilities and family-friendly ambiance, Jordanelle State Park is a winner! A convenient base camp for exploring the Heber valley, Park City, Deer Valley and even day trips to Salt Lake City. This park gets very busy on weekends and reservations are a must, but on weekdays spaces are generally available without advance plans. There are extensive day-use and picnic areas in the park with excellent soft grass for walking the pooch and if a boater, the marina and personal watercraft launch areas are outstanding. Site selection is key as quite a few spaces are on sloped terrain and may be fine for a 24' TT but severely unlevel for a 36' 5er or a big motor home. The dump station is a bit hidden: look over by the tent areas on the flats near the lake.
This National Forest Service campground is at 7,920 feet elevation on the Kaibab plateau 33 miles from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It offers two loops of dry camping only, no hookups, directly accessible from Route 89A. It is about one mile from Jacob lake itself. At the adjacent road junction are a gas station, shop with limited groceries and a restaurant at the Jacob Lake Inn. The rate quoted is the senior passport rate;otherwise the base fee is $17/night. The campground was remodeled two years ago and is in excellent condition with tables, fore rings and gravel pads. It is a bit dusty however. The vault toilets were as clean as any we ever saw which admittedly is not a high bar to jump. Hosts were quite visible and friendly and the practice is to simply find a site and settle in ans wait for the host to come by, sign you up and collect the fee. Not too much road noise. Some weekend informational programs and gorgeous pine forests make this a great spot for an over-nighter or longer visit. However, there is no dump station and the nearby commercial RV park no longer permits dumps by Forest service campers.
This State park is very popular with residents in the Four Corners area and gets crowded on weekends. It is really geared to boaters and for good reason: the lake is large, beautiful and perfect for watercraft. Folks rave about the fishing too, especially down river from the dam.If one is not a boater or fisher the options for entertainment are limited and the campsites themselves are not really very good. Most are small, unlevel and short and often have awkward access. Little privacy among the sites and dusty. The restrooms/showers were in good shape and maintained satisfactorily. If you like to boat or fish you will love this campground. Otherwise, it is still a good spot to overnight but a bit boring for a longer stay. Remember to make reservations for weekends and busier times and be prepared for a narrow winding and sometimes rough access road from the Pagosa Springs side.
This large commercial campground offers a pretty setting surrounded by green hills and is close to Creede's historic downtown district. It is open May to October, and can accommodate just about any size rig with all full hook-up sites on gravel base. While the layout is essentially parking lot style, there is reasonable space between sites and the sites are level and services are conveniently positioned. The entire campground is very clean and orderly and obviously well managed. WiFi towers are located about the property and we got good connections. Downsides: the dog run is a pitiful affair and this is unusual since there is ample space and places for a good doggie run. It sure seemed that over half the visitors had pooches so this service would be appreciated. Second, the trash bins were remote from many areas of the park - no fun in a rainstorm. But these are small problems and correctable and overall this is a nice place to spend time in a beautiful area.
Redstone is a good base for exploring this beautiful part of Colorado. Frankly, there are few alternatives if one wants any hook ups. Set in a deep valley, the campsites are attractive and offer a variety of site sizes and configurations with pull-throughs and back-ins, some capable of accommodating large rigs. There is a choice between dry campsites on one side( Redstone II loops) and partial hookups with W/E on the other side (Redstone I loops). Overall, this may be one of the best choices in an area bereft of good campgrounds but it is certainly expensive for a NFS campground without a dump station, the nearest DS being some 20+ miles away. Drawbacks: the showers, whilst clean had a water flow that was at best a weak stream and there were several dogs wandering about off leash. Overall the concessionaire does a credible job of maintaining the area.
This very clean and well managed park clearly shows pride of ownership in all its facilities and operations. It is, as other mention, geared to adult and really senior adult clientele. The sites are reasonably level gravel. The hookups are a bit oddly positioned with respect to the vehicle locations but manageable. Restrooms and showers are spotless and there is a nice doggie run facility. Free Wifi is apparently available in the office but there are fees charged for Wifi at sites which is annoying in this modern day. Road noise is quite noticeable in the front sites. Overall a pleasant, albeit a bit expensive, spot to stay especially if you fit the demographic.
A rare 10. In fact, had wifi and reservations been available we would rate this lovely place a 12! This is near everything we appreciate in a State park with roomy level sites using concrete pads, well-positioned hookups, spotless restrooms that have toilet, sink and shower in separate private rooms. Tall Ponderosa pines provide shade and that great forest fragrance and an abundance of hiking trails offer interesting strolls in an area that had an amazing amount of bird life. Again, the biggest downside is that the AZ system does not permit reservations and we would guess that it is darn near impossible to get in during the peak periods. But definitely worth the effort as this is a winner!
Deadhorse is a convenient park for exploringthis interesting area of Arizona. As with other AZ State parks, however, there are no reservations and campsites are on a first come and first served basis. Because of its popularity, this means a visit to Deadhorse can be an exercise in frustration so it's wise to call the Ranger station ahead and get a feel for availability of spaces. During our visit the campground was occupied by many motorcycle "chopper" folks in town for a big rally, and true to form they drove through the campgrounds late at night (and all through the night) reving engines and generally making a lot of noise - no sign of any park personnel to keep order. But this is the exception and most visitors will enjoy the cleanliness ans spaciousness of the facilities, the bird life and hiking trails and the access to many visitor destinations nearby. But avoid the biker rallies if you happen to enjoy sleep.
We diverted here from the Cave Creek park because it was full over the Thanksgiving weekend. The only available hook up spaces were at the Roadrunner section which is somewhat remote from the lake itself - no big deal this late in the season and the lake level was at perhaps 50% full anyway. Very nice views from a perimeter back in site that was clean,level and provided with table,fire ring, barbeque and shade cover. Best of all was a ferocious thunder and lightning storm (the kind only a desert environment can provide) that made it ever so cozy to hunker down in the trailer and watch nature!
Lee's Ferry is the launch site for all private and commercial raft runs through the Grand Canyon. During rafting season, the place can be jammed, really jammed. But in late November when the cottonwoods have turned yellow, the mosquitoes have gone wherever out of season mosquitoes go, and the wind has a chill to it, Lee's Ferry is delightfully isolated with only a few fisher folk and hardy campers. On this visit, there were 5 sites occupied with spectacular blue sky days and star filled nights. The sites are not particularly level, there are no hookups and the rest rooms, while clean, are your basic type found in National Parks and Monuments. Many interesting walks and trails and lots of history to explore. This is a great stopover in the Vermillion Cliffs area if one wants to use 89A instead of the more heavily used Hwy 89.
Two campground areas, the one with some water & electric hookups is called Atlatl Campground. There is a $10 premium for the sites with water & electric; the base rate is $14 which includes a park entrance fee. The sites were reasonably level and enormous, designed to handle two rigs/site if needed w/ double water taps. Each site is graveled, has a shade cover over the picnic table and a fire pit. Several sites backup (or nose-in) to the spectacular red rock formations and all are spaced well away from each other. Individual rest rooms are unisex as are the individual shower rooms. The scenery is simply magnificent and the climate wonderful in mid-Fall. First come / first serve basis and the park fills up on weekends even in the Fall, so arrive early. Only negative on our visit was the large number of dogs running off leash and the absence of a regular ranger patrol to advise the owners to leash up the pets. Great place to visit and we'll certainly repeat again and again!
This is a very good park for exploring attractions in the LA Basin. Easy access from both the I-10 and 210. The park is huge and the loops can vary significantly in terms of quality. Location, location,location! We stayed in the B Loop in a preferred outside site #163 which offered a nice lake view, was directly across from rest rooms and showers and was bordered by a large, open grassy area great for dog walking. Worth the few extra dollars to get the better site. Bath rooms and showers were generally clean, but very basic,not even paper towels or hand dryers. The shower areas had no doors,only a vinyl curtain which kind of felt insecure at night with so many residents and guests around. No wifi at the site and pets are additional charge. Site was huge,paved,level, clean as a whistle, with excellent hookups including cable. We found the staff to be professional and friendly. We noted that park security was frequently seen patrolling the area. Overall, a good experience and we will definitely repeat at this park.
A very basic place to stay when you need to take a break along Hwy 395. Creepy in some respects but the hookups functioned fine. They locked the bathrooms at 8:30 so who knows whether they were OK or not. The site was sand base but level and easily accessible. Reasonably quiet. Next time around we'll probably re-arrange schedules to avoid having to stopover but if you need a place near Inyokern, this is your choice so make the best of it.
This is a nice park to use as a base to explore the Bishop area. It is close to downtown, shaded by big cottonwoods and spacious. Our back in site (#61) bordered a large grassy lawn loved by the doggie. Restrooms are clean but there are few of them so strategic timing can be needed on bathroom runs. Nice folks and a nice camp store. Overall quite a comfortable place but too bad there's no Wi-fi. Also, they charge you an additional $3 fee to use their dump station which is sort of irksome.
Practically empty during our end of September visit and the solitude was wonderful. Cool, quiet and with a choice of sites, all with pleasant views and tons of space. The concessionaire kept the restrooms clean and the dump station was in good repair. If dry camping suits your style,this high altitude campground will not disappoint.
A nice location with great access to Gold Country attractions but it's a long and windy 8 miles from Hwy 50 in Placerville. The sites themselves are quite cramped. On a weekend the place fills up and overloads the restrooms and other facilities. Nice grassy areas for kids and dogs and of course the river can be a real treat! Well stocked gift shop and staff were friendly. Poor wi-fi service and virtually no cell service. Overall a good place to stay while visiting this wonderful area but by the end of summer there was quite a bit of deferred maintenance showing and the park was looking and feeling a bit tired, I guess. Overall, while an expensive proposition, we'd stay again but only on a midweek day.
This is a very convenient stopover campground along Highway 50. Run by the city, the Churchill Fairgrounds are first come/first serve and availability depends on whether events are scheduled at the fairgrounds such as the Pro Senior Rodeo. Grass sites are shaded by big cottonwood trees. Electric and water service at each site along with a trash can. Nearby restrooms were very clean and showers are also available. There is some road noise but not terrible. Access is easy and just about any size rig can be accommodated.
Fine RV park for a stopover or even a bit longer. Well organized operation, adequate amenities and very clean despite a windy and sometimes dusty location. Gravel sites are mostly level but not in all cases. Grass pet area and chain link pet run are provided along with stern instructions about policing after your dog. Other remarks about a pitted driveway are accurate so take it slow and easy getting in and out. We'll stay again when on this route.
What can you say about Zion Watchman that hasn't been said 100 times before? It is in a glorious setting smack dab in Zion National Park. It has the worn and comfy feeling that makes it easy to relax and soak in the views or walk to the river or the nearby town of Springdale. Deer frequent the campsites. Only electric hookups, but a convenient dump station is at the entrance, and the rest rooms are clean. But most of all is the pleasure of being in this very pretty park. A tip: if you don't get a river site, try the B Loop and if by chance you get site B31 you'll have an unobstructed red rock view right from your front door.
This campground offered amenities such as 56 channel cable tv, pool, free showers, propane fills and wifi, all of which were not available nearby. The trade off is no view, a location across town from the Lake Powell area, little shade and a graveled surface. Still hoping someday to find a really good campground in the Lake Powell area that is reasonably priced. Next time we have to stay in Page it will be a toss up as to which trade off sounds best.
Free campground and worth exactly what was spent. Thoroughly dreadful experience with horrific clouds of mosquitoes with blood appetites to make Vlad the Impaler blush, ants on every conceivable flat surface and filthy unflushed toilets. This could be a great dry campground with even a little effort at management - it's bewildering why the Park Service doesn't recruit a local concessionaire and charge a minimum fee that would maintain and improve the place. The location is fabulous there is little competition and there was quite a demand. The big upside was the reminder of how good it was not to be tenting.
Excellent location one half mile from entrance to Mesa Verde NP. Good as a base camp for exploring along the Durango-Cortez axis in SW Colorado. Sites are adequately spaced, graveled and clean. Some of the interior hookup sites have a strange elevation change where the sewer connection can be higher than the dump valve on your rig. The office has a nice sitting room, mini-store, book exchange area and reading room but strangely is open only 9-12 and 4-7 so it's not very convenient. During our stay the were many popup units with large families that placed a strain on the restroom and shower facilities - had to time visits carefully and move briskly. Overall, adequate but nothing special.
This is a lovely, no hook up state park located along I-70. The area is shaded by mature cottonwoods, the site driveways are mostly rather short and back-ins. The park is along the Green River and adjacent to a State golf course - a pretty 9-holer for about $10 per round. Lots of mosquitoes on the river side and deer flies, too - ouch! The showers and restrooms are clean, the staff friendly and usually the place is empty although the nearby group camp gets some action. Excellent break point between Richfield and Grand Junction Colorado and possibly as a base camp for rafting the Green River.
A very nice stopover spot as one traverses I-15. Everything kept very clean, well ordered and managed. ATV enthusiasts will appreciate direct access to the Paiute Trail through an ATV gate at the back of the park. Next door is an athletic field on the Snow College campus that is great for dog walking - the dog run at the campground is a meager affair.
This review is about the full hook up section called Pa Co Chu Puk (or close to that). We had heard such wonderful things about Ridgway being the showcase park in the Colorado State Parks System. We ended up mildly disappointed. While the park itself has wonderful attractions like a marina, lake, trails, river and such, the camp sites in the full hook up section were dispersed amidst cheat grass and sticker weed and fully half the sites were way too close to Hwy 550 for any degree of quiet. It's largely a matter of where you end up but your choices are broadly: quiet but mosquito-city or noisy and lesser mozzies. Dog walking was tough on the little paws due to stickers - why is it that Colorado system affords the poorer sites to the campers who pay the highest fees? having said all that, the facilities were clean, campers were well behaved, it's a great base camp to explore Ouray, Telluride and other phenomenal places. Just wasn't quite the super duper park we had had hoped.
One of the few parks that I rate as a "10". The facilities were excellent, spacious and spotless with all the basic amenities one needs for a just a stop along the way or a longer stay to explore the Colorado National Monument. Must remember that an additional $6.00 Colorado parks pass is required along with the camping fee. Especially nice was all the room and places to walk the doggie.
Super convenient at only 5 miles off of I-15, Utah Lake State park is a terrific value for an overnight stop or even a stay over. There are 55 RV sites, mostly pull through and limited to 40' RVs. The park features a large marina along the 96,000 acre lake which is known to be a pretty good spot for catfish and other fish. For us it has always been about the convenience since Provo makes a handy stopping point when traversing Utah from top to bottom, or vice versa. Nice to pull in and refresh before or after facing the notorious Salt Lake City freeway traffic. Sites are level, have a small shelter and easy access to hookups. Plenty of room to walk about, visit the marina and stretch the legs. A bit of noise from the adjacent Provo airport but it's not that busy an airport so no big deal.
This is one of our all time favorites. First, it's smack dab in the middle of Capitol Reef national Park, a magnificent geological wonder, It's small (71 sites, rustic (no showers, covered with mature trees and lawn areas and set in a farm like venue along a creek with deer wandering to and fro and fruit orchards ripe for the picking. Rich in history as well as geology and nature, the campground is perfect as a base to explore the Park. Need a shower? head into nearby Torrey and buy one - the showers at the Thousand Lakes RV park are quite nice. At Fruita it's easy to imagine you are in an earlier time of pioneers. It's a magical place.
This one of everyone's favorite Oregon State Parks and with good reason. Although close to the I-5 freeway, the sense is that you are in a particularly nice neck of the woods with wonderful trees and grassy spaces stretched out along the scenic Rogue River. This is a place that just demands you slow down and relax. It's not new. It's not super duper spotless clean. It's very comfy and seems to attract happy campers. Lots to do in the area but also a good place to hunker down. But beware! Make sure you check for ticks if you go out hiking. This can be Tick City when the conditions are right.
We chose this park thinking it would be a good base camp from which to explore the Portland and Columbia River Gorge area. In practice it was just a bit too far away (31 miles) to be convenient. The trade off, however, is the splendid isolation of the park, it's brand new facilities, the big sites spread out over a large area and a great trail system. As a new park, the trees are still small and the campsite areas are exposed. Over time, this will become a gorgeous campground. For now it's already a good choice to explore the Vernonia area and the northwest sector of Oregon including Tillamook. As a base to visit Portland or the Gorge, the 62 mile round trip can be trying.
Spotless! A manicured facility that serves as an excellent base camp from which to explore this interesting area of Oregon. When we visited the weather was foul and occupancy was very light. Staff were friendly and accommodating and provided helpful tips on enjoying the area and finding good eats! Great rest rooms, showers and laundry. We enjoyed brisk walks with the doggie along the ocean early in the morning, eating seafood on the piers and sightseeing. Had we more time, the crabbing looked great. Our small interior site was the cheapest and tiniest available but perfectly fine for our needs. The premium and ocean front sites are wonderful for those who want to go more upscale but can be spendy at up to $75.00 or more.
We stayed in the "C" Loop and it was a great site with a very nice view. While we agree with much of what others have said, we rate this campground somewhat lower because: 1) the rate was quite high in our opinion for a site that does not offer cable, wifi and that has $2 pay showers, 2) the stickers from the tumbleweeds sorely afflict a dog's paws. Several dog owners we met while walking complained of the absence of a dog run or location that didn't hurt the animals' feet. Overall our feeling is that this concession-run operation is a bit over priced despite its excellent location and views.
Sumpter is an interesting area to explore if you like history, gold mining, wildlife and great scenery. The Sumpter Pines RV Park is a good choice as a base camp. The showers, rest rooms, and laundry are immaculate. The WiFi worked well and cable tv offered many stations. The sites are a mix of pull through and easy back-in. There are easily accessible trails leading to wide grassy meadows perfect for walking the pooch. Abundant deer sightings, too. The owners were kind and cordial and willing to advise on questions about the area. If there is a drawback, it's probably the local gas prices - ouch!
Many folks rave about LaPine but we were not all that thrilled. We stayed in the loop without the full hookups because we wanted more space and indeed there was quite a bit of room between sites, but compared to other Oregon State Parks, LaPine seemed tired and worn. There was a huge pollen bloom and the mosquitoes seemed to be having a convention so perhaps that shaded our opinion. Still, the location is great, the cost low and there's no shortage of pine trees so its hard to be too critical. Plenty of trails for hikes and lots of pretty river views nearby too.
Tumalo is quite popular in as much as it is so close to Bend. We were concerned the park would be "citified" and lack any rustic feel or sense of being in the outdoors but this a false concern. Despite being so close to towns, Tumalo still felt like a state park should feel. The park is a bit worn but in a comfortable way. The facilities were reasonably well maintained, about average for a very popular state park. Our site was a perimeter location backed by large rocks and although it was not particularly spacious, we did not feel crowded. Overall we liked Tumalo a lot and felt it was a delightful base from which to visit Central Oregon.
Lake Walcott State Park is adjacent to the 20,699 acre Minidoka wildlife refuge 11 miles northeast of Rupert, Idaho. It was built by the Civilian Convervation Corps in the 1930's. It has huge grassy day use areas shaded by big old cottonwood trees. Also, lakeside picnic areas, disc golf and separate tenting areas. The small RV area consists of 23 hookup sites, 14 tents and 2 cabins. RV sites are exposed, paved, and look rather new with good space between sites. Very clean facilities with separate shower rooms that offered plenty of hot water. Sites were a mix of pull through and back in; all were large and easy to navigate. Some can handle up to 60' rigs. The centerpiece of the 65 acre Park is the lake, quite large and open to boating and fishing. However, no swimming is permitted. This place is very popular as a venue for family reunions and can fill up. We visited on a weekday and there were only 5-6 other rigs in the park but the reservation board showed a full house for the weekend.
Absolutely delightful park at a historic point along the Oregon Trail. Beautiful, spacious sites among tall trees and lush lawn areas, perfect for picnics and dog walking. The facilities were very clean with nice hot showers. Nearby is an Oregon Trail museum and the Carmela Winery and restaurant are just a stroll away from the campsite. We stopped here while on route to the West Coast and were on a tight schedule otherwise we would have stayed extra days. The location midway across Idaho will work with many itineraries. For stocking up and other needs, Mountain Home is only 25 miles or so away and offers big box outlets, fast foods and other larger town amenities.
A nice park with a convenient location for folks traveling along I-84. many of the folks in the park were fishermen and judging by the catfish we saw at the fish cleaning station, they were enjoying success on the Snake River. Mosquitoes were a bit of a bother especially during times of calm wind. During our 2 day visit, most all spaces were full including some occupied by large tenting groups which at times were a bit noisy. There are two principle campground sections for RVs. The older Brownlee Loop is much more woodsy with mature vegetation. The newer Catfish Loop is far more exposed and less charming but had bigger sites, an important note since the older section sites required adept maneuvering to back into and many were suitable only for smaller rigs.