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02/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Can't remember park rate, may be wrong. We stayed two nights during March 2010 in a 24 foot RV. Some of the sites look pretty small, but backing in, we were surprised just how many big sized RVs actually fit. There was a spot for at least the one big rig we saw here (first site just as you pull in), but I'm doubting they would've fit elsewhere. There was a community water spicket every couple of sites or so. I know people filled up their tanks, but I'm sure you are not actually allowed to stay connected. There's a dump station on the way out. The sites are clean, open, and on pavement, surrounded by wild grass. Ours was fairly level, others looked pretty sloped. The website clearly said NO campfires, but I guess their policy is that you actually can have a small fire if the fire danger is low. You just won't know what the danger is until you arrive. Same with your campsite, you are assigned a site when you arrive, even if you reserved a specific site. We had #59 and it was very nice; we thought, one of the nicest for the time of year. Backed amongst the hills would've otherwise been the nicest, but it created too much shade for the cold weather that we had that weekend. Before we even got out of our RV, we had already seen three deer so that was pretty cool. We continued to see them grazing in the various meadows and the people next to us also saw a pack of coyotes by our sites. There are tons of trails to take all right from the campground. The most notable trail probably being the one to Rock Pool. It's right across the bridge from the Nature/Visitor's Center (which I believe is only open at noon on Sat, Sun), which was a good spot to visit and learn about the area and even watch a little video on the film (and M*A*S*H) history. BTW, the walk/bikeride to both of those locations was a leisurely stroll along a fireroad. The Pool itself was nice to look at, but no one was swimming in it from what we saw. It was much too cold and a little yucky/murky looking for our taste. Also a FYI: if you are on your way to Rock Pool and you start ascending up a little hill and making a few turns, you've past the trail to the Rock Pool, but if you continue on, you'll find Century Lake. (We had to get off our bikes and walk it; not actual bicyclists, just people who like to ride bikes sometimes.) The trail is off to the left, just as the ascent seizes and the trail just reads "No Bikes Allowed". Follow that down a nice shaded path about 200 feet. There were a group of guys there that said they were fishing for Talapia. (For the Rock Pool, there was a sign/marker that said "Rock Pool" and when we went, the sign was just a few feet from an outhouse in an opening along the creek, again, opposite side of the Nature Center (which looks like a white house). Lots of good rock climbing back there and also a good amount of people, but certainly worth visiting if you happen to be in the area. Although, if I was traveling through from another area, I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to see it. (We made the trip from Riverside; about 1 1/2 hours away. Three hours in traffic. Ugh!) There are lots of other gorgeous areas in the Los Angeles and San Bernardino Mountains that aren't as heavily visited. The true beauty of this one, in my opinion, is the fact that it is such an oasis amongst the sprawling Los Angeles metropolis. For that, it is a very special place.
07/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
I think this park has been way overrated in the past. My dad told me it was a four star?!? So yes, the pool area and activities are great. Period. But the sites are pretty rough for what I expected. The pavement was all chewed up and the sites are very uneven. And the landscaping is just overgrown brush. (I think I expected more with the prices.) It's not that high in elevation (although my parents say they've camped there in the snow) but in the summer it gets really hot. Was 102 when we visited. When we asked two different people for hiking maps, they told us there wasn't really anywhere to go nearby and that we had to drive into Ldyllwild for that; too far. But I see the site says there is hiking, so I guess we just missed it somehow. It's a great place to have a bike or scooter as you'll need it to get around. They even have a tram to pick you up for things like bingo and the BBQ. I noticed people using scooters (even though I thought the signs says they weren't allowed). Golf carts also not allowed except for the handicap. Overall it was okay. Seemed best for people who are looking to socialize and do the activities. I guess we don't really fall into those categories so we didn't see the beauty. Can't remember how much it cost to be a guest. But remember that it wasn't cheap and not $10. Want to say at least $35.
05/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
We camp here every Fourth of July and make other trips throughout the year too. Located on the north side of Bishop, just off the 395. The sites all sit right along the creek. Hookup sites are on one side of the creek (you can also have tents on the site) and the dry sites are on the other. (The creek is only a few feet wide.) Where you park your RV it is dirt, but your fire ring/bbq area is nice green grass all the way up the the creek. The dry sites are all dirt, no grass (as far as I can remember but there may be some sites with grass--we always get an hookup site, plug in the RV and put the tents on our grassy area). Sites seem roomy enough for our liking and we've never seen the park full. Even on the major holiday when it is more filled, it never feels overcrowded. The flush toilets/token showers are quite clean and there is also a laundry facility. 19 of the sites are electric and water. No sewer. Grounds are very well maintained, and you can always catch them working around camp and keeping the green grass well watered. The campground has numerous amenities that rarely seem to get used such as tennis courts, huge athletic fields, horseshoe pits, a playground, archery area, and a small pond for fishing and swimming. There's no power boats and I'm not a big fan of swimming in ponds, but I have seen people in there on occasion. More often, the kids just play in the creek although it is always freezing! We are terrible fishermen, but can always catch tons of bluegill and they stock the pond with Alpers we catch some times. Fishing there is actually quite decent. You should know that the grounds are quite large and all the amenities listed here in this second paragraph (except the creek) are not right adjacent to the campsites. It's all the same property, but you've got to walk a bit (or a very short drive) to get over to those things. I guess there is an equestrian area just next door. I've seen the horses but that's about all I know. Also, stargazing is fantastic here. It's very, very hot in the summer, and quite cool in the fall and cold in the winter. Dry sites are on the left and hookup sites are on right.
05/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
First I will say that we did not stay here, but went to preview it before reserving. The good: The area was prettier than I expected, didn't realize that area even existed. Reminded me of the San Gorgonio area a bit. The creek was this place's saving grace. It was awesome how you can camp RIGHT on the creek. Some places say you are on the creek, but these really are. It was fantastic. The bad: No shade, no grass. Went on a Wednesday and the gate was locked, restaurant/check-in was closed. (Also closed Tuesday.) The place was completely empty except the permanent campers who also pretty much take up all the hook-up spots. There were two (of about 9) still available, but I don't think I would camp in those spots. The permanent guys aren't tidy. Plus those sites aren't on the creek. In a row (I guess you could say) behind. Also, the website makes this place look waaaay better than it is. I never did find restrooms or showers. It's basically just dirt along the creek. There were porta potties and a couple of water spiggots scattered about. A number of full and somewhat stinky trash bins. I seriously have no idea how they charge $50 a night. Bizarre. In their defense, there were some heavy rainstorms lately and maybe that had something to do with the condition of the place. Overall: I absolutely love, love, love creekside camping so I'd camp here anyway, but if you aren't the same, this certainly is one worth skipping. I brought my mom and sister. My mom wouldn't stay here and my sister said she "might." We have young kids and they loved playing in the water. While we were here, the water was moving quite fast at only about 3 feet at its deepest. Didn't see any fish, but I'd imagine there are some in there. Could set up a lounge chair right in the water and lounge all day long.
05/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
This used to be known as Destiny Riviera. It's a decent park. Staff is extremely kind and helpful. They escort you to the site; even offered to help us hook up. Sites are very narrow and close to each other. Most are not able to open awnings even. We went on Memorial Weekend. Were surprised to easily find two adjacent spots. Also surprised at the party vibe. There are a number of permanent sites. They were partying as well as the campers on both sides. Had a DJ all weekend. Heavy drinking and swearing. Everyone was really nice, and a few years ago, we might have been right there with them, but we all have young kids now and it wasn't the environment we were looking for. The River has a party atmosphere in general, so of course, so does the campground. The river itself was decent. Seemed like a great big launch spot. The cabins and permanent site were the only real river front (above). A few sites were just behind those. I wouldn't really call it riverfront camping, just near the river. No tents allowed on RV sites. The beach was small, but did the job nicely. Nice store, but not cheap. Pool was nice, not heated for those who mind. Just off of the freeway, but we never heard any noise from our site. I think we were in space C7. There are two sides to the park, I guess a north side and a south side, we were south (opposite of cabins, and tents). Campfires only permitted if off the ground. Probably wouldn't go back just because I know there are nicer places out there, but ok to stay if nothing else is available. Nor would I go to McIntyre. People said that's the party place to be (at least that holiday it was). Stopped by Mayflower on the way back. The beach was not fantastic, but the park was a lot nicer. Would prefer to stay there. People were tubing which was also intriguing (dangerous maybe??). And a lot cheaper.
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