GPS N47.59393 W103.33521 Very nice dry camping. Golden age rate. Watch out for Buffalo in the campground. I liked the North unit of TR park better than the South unit, but others may disagree. TR park is more scenic than SD Badlands NP. More color. See all three if you can.
GPS N48.21956 W116.28589 Very nice lake side camping Sam Owen Campground is nestled on the banks of Lake Pend Oreille in a heavily wooded pine forest. Popular activities include hiking and boating, and in the winter, skiing. Nearby is the Game Preserve which provides plenty of opportunity to see unique wildlife up close. The lake is a clear blue and provides opportunity for not only fishing, but other water activities during the warm summer days. A boat ramp allows easy access for boating Sam Owen Campground, located on the east shore of Lake Pend Oreille, is 22 miles southeast of Sandpoint, Idaho. The campground has 80 campsites including three host campsites, a group picnic site, covered picnic shelter, day use area with 18 family picnic units and swimming beach parking, boat launch and RV dump station. Campground roads and campsite parking spurs are paved. Sam Owen Campground has universally accessible facilities.
GPS N48.75254 W113.44043 I agree with the other reviews. I stayed a week. Used this as a base camp to visit the Canadian and USA side of the parks. Rate is Golden Age and I am not sure if it is correct. BIG rigs will have problems. Only a few site would accept my 33 foot travel trailer.
GPS N48.00433 W106.45258 Great COE campground. Rate is Golden Age discount. I agree with the other reviews. As for water, the faucets are threaded and close to the road. You can fill up with fresh water before you set up your RV. Be sure to take the tour of the Dam. My camping neighbor caught so much lake trout that he gave me some. I do not fish, only eat them.
This is a very large park. It is big rig friendly. I stay as a RPI member and was disappointed to be charged $2.50 per night for utilities. You do get cable TV: 27 channels. The pool is somewhat crowded but the temperature was 95, so everyone was in the pool.
Some of the sites are for big rigs, but about one half are small. I have a 33 foot travel trailer and the site #55 (a back in) that I was assigned was very small for my trailer. The sites in number 300's are much larger. The rate is Coast-to-Coast member rate. I stayed 7 days and will stay again the next time I am in the area, but will ask for a larger site.
This is DRY camping. No showers. Water for drinking. I have a 33 foot travel trailer so with the tow vehicle I am about 65 feet long. There were only a few sites that I could pull into and clear the road. The sites are only "wide" spots on the road. Since this is SD the wind blows all the time. Try to pick a side of the road that you have afternoon shade. There is a dump station with fresh water to fill your tanks. The rate is the Golden Age half price rate. I stayed 3 nights. If you are there when there is NO moon and no clouds make sure you see the star show on the weekends.
In spite of the poor reviews I had read about this park, I stayed here 33 foot pull-behind travel trailer because I thought being on the river (and across the highway and north about one-half mile from a GA state park) the view would offset the negative reviews. I also wanted to see the Tallulah River Gorge – one of the largest in the eastern US. I was wrong. In a word this park is a “dump”. This is a private members only park. It is part of the Coast to Coast (C2C) and Adventure Outdoors Resort (AOR) systems. I stayed as an AOR member for $8.00 a night for full hook ups. To start with, there is no place to park while you register. The road from the highway to the office is one way – one lane so while you are registering you are blocking the entrances. The entrance sign on the highway was being repaired the day I arrived and therefore there was no highway sign to mark the park. I suggest you phone for directions. The AOR book gives almost no directions. The GPS is N34 46.103 W83 23.789 but that could be off by a few 100 feet. The park is a very large park. The narrow one-way dirt road that is poorly maintained along the river is almost a mile long. Watch out for the overhanging tree limbs. It appears, but I am not sure, that the river sites are for the local members. The AOR & C2C guest are assigned to the “mountain” (C section) sites up a VERY steep road which is also the way out of the park for everyone since the roads are one-way. The C section is almost one-half a mile from the river. Since I was on the mountain site, hiking was a problem because no matter which way one went it was a steep walk. The sites are VERY poorly maintained and difficult to back into. Some sites are large, most are small. There is a camp host at the C section. It appears that they live here full time. There was a number of empty RVs stored (?) on the sites. I was the only camper I saw (in the whole park) when I arrived. Maybe that was because school had started. There was some, but not very bad, highway noise in spite of being in the woods. No TV, no cable, no Wi-Fi. Satellite may be a problem due to the trees. The office is closed on Sunday and Monday – No CHECK INS. I will not stay there again, in spite of the low nightly rate.
The best boondocking location in the US is Gooseneck State Park in Utah near Mexico Hat. Do a Google search: it's located a few miles north of Monument Valley. (N37.17452 W109.92640) You can park as close to rim of the Canyon (as nice as Grand Canyon) as you want (?) to. Then go (take your tow vehicle) up the "Mountain" on route 261. Turn left at the first dirt road for a view from the top. (N37.23307 W109.99329) Also visit the "Garden of the Gods" at the foot of the mountain. Neither is a trip to take with any big rig: only the tow. If you have time, drive on to the Glen Canyon river.
In May 2006 I camped at Sun Resort, Apopka FL as a member of AOR. The AOR rate is $6.00 per night, but the resort charges a $3.00 extra per night for “energy”. Thus the total is $9.00 plus tax for a total of $10.04 per night. Most of the lots are very shady (may be too much) the trees can be a problem getting in and out. I paid for a total of 21 nights; however my plans changed after a week. I gave the park 7 day advance notice that I would be leaving 4 days early. The park “policy” is NO refunds even with this 7 days advance notice. Needless to say the $40.00 “soured” my view of the park somewhat. Without this problem it would have been an 8.