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06/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
Hot tub gone permanently. Kitchen remains a work in progress. Very Slow progress, but a nice assortment of 'reasons' why there isn't any- progress that is. Held a graduation party for my grand-daughter & all the kids had a blast with no problem from the hosts. Thank you! WiFi is much better now. Pool table not level. Still our favorite KM park.
05/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
So glad to see all the poor reviews...maybe next time we go it won't be so crowded. We were there over Memorial Day & the place was jammed despite buckets of rain every day. Sites puddled up, but drained quickly when it finally let up. Gorgeous place, very cool old trees, wild rhodys in bloom, some squirrels, but no deer. Don't know what others saw, but bathroom/showers (in H loop) were kept clean & stocked. Typical Oregon SP push-button showers worked fine & were plenty hot. Site was a little tight to back into (first shot both times), but plenty big enough for slide & awning once we were in ). Elec & Water only in this section so had to go to dump station in the middle of the week. Well placed & worked fine.
07/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
Have stayed here several times while going somewhere on I-90. Park seems to be in better shape that previous visits, but I would definitely disagree with the previous review that says "this is KM's nicest park". Eastbound we had a tiny pull through that was angled backwards to all the others in the row. Westbound 3 of us in a row were in sites that were so short we had to move to let the neighbor into his site. Will certainly stay here again, but it's not among my favorites.
07/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Our 2nd stay here, previous was 15 years ago. Typical Ore SP- very nice & much better kept than Washington or Calif SP's. Long, correctly angled back-in site that would have been a breeze to get into if the knucklehead across the road hadn't left his mini-van parked in the road instead of his site. Weather was lousy, but that's not the park's fault. Water flow button in the shower didn't work. First time I've ever had a problem in an Ore SP. Only real issue was the trash- 1 drop site for a huge park, but it was the same @ South Beach earlier in the week, so it seems to be a budget thing that affects all the parks. Not fatal, just a hassle if you're there more than a couple days- we weren't.
07/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
2nd review (see 7/10) after 5 visits. Beautifully kept, shower spotless. Hookups well place & work perfectly. WiFi not so much. Site a little narrow & funny angle to back in, but do-able. Only saw 1 deer while there. Lavender Festival weekend to place was packed, but still quiet & kept clean. Discovered "Fat Smitty's" on highway 101 south of town. Looks like a dive outside, but very cool inside & one of the best burgers you'll ever eat ANYWHERE. Try it! You'll be glad you did.
07/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Typical Ore SP, which is to say "Excellent". Road in wa plenty wide, but the speed bumps are brutal! Out site was correctly angled for EZ back-in, but I saw some that weren't. Bath/shower rooms very nice, tho shower lacked hooks. Place was packed, even mid-week, but there were plenty of mosquitoes for all present. Lots of bikes on the roads. Nice trails to beach. Lots of pine trees, but still a very open feel to the place. EZ access to/from US 101 & only a short drive to Newport which has everything you could want. Try Flashback's for 50's diner ambiance & great food.
07/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very Nice! Turn into the park is acute, but not tight if you use all the road to swing wide. Very nice grounds & facilities. Trail not maintained and this is tick country. Nice breeze off the river most of the day. River access, but no swimming.
09/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Our second stay here, and better than the first time. Roads in better shape. Some shade provided by trees in the main hook-up area. Sites ARE very close together, but no problem in or out with 25' trailer on Labor Day weekend & full park. No issues with water or power, but the run to sewer was very long & uphill. Shower/rest rooms were very nice. Golf course in better shape than last time too. Wi-Fi was fast & strong, but erratic & didn't function as was explained at check-in. Labor Day sale up the road at Packwood was a ZOO! Will NOT go up there again, but park was quiet & pleasant despite full load for Holiday weekend. Will definitely go back.
06/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
3rd and 4th nights spent here, again a week apart. First good look at facilities. Appears they're continuing to repair/upgrade. Mini-golf looked to be re-covered. Laundry/showers/pool etc spotless. Sites where we were ARE close together, but nearly level, utilities well positioned and worked well. Easy in-out pull through's. What more could you ask for in an over-nighter?
06/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Absolutely the best USFS campground I've ever seen. Vault toilets only, but clean as a whistle. All pull through sites. Plenty wide in and out at the sites we saw. Nice trees, but not too many. Bears, wolves and elk rumored in the area but all we saw was a wild turkey and some squirrels. Would be an 11 with sewer hook-ups, but hey, it's a national forest CG. $5 to dump at Angler's Roost RV on the way north on US 93.
03/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Overnight here (both ways) for the gazillion time on our way from Olympia to Calif & back. First time in "E" loop as most of the park still closed for the winter. Nice, level pull thru close to the bath/shower. Maybe too level, when we got up in the morning our site was a lake 3-6" deep. Aberration? It's been a La Nina winter everywhere! Best state park shower I've ever been in. We'll definitely stop here again, and again...Rate is disabled-Vet discount, standard is $20.
03/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Spent a week here right after they'd been closed for 3 months for 'renovations'. Was pleasantly surprised at the overall condition of the park after reading previous reviews. Everything worked (although I found the sewer connections strange). Bath/shower rooms were very nice. Pool wasn't open yet and many of the sites were closed off because of all the rain. All sites are grass, or would be if it hadn't been underwater all winter. Mud was a problem but probably wouldn't be later in the year. Absolutely the nicest, friendliest, most helpful (WITHOUT sounding phony/smarmy about it) check in person we've ever encountered at a campground. We'd go back here just because of her, but we'll wait 'til a bit later in the year. They do breakfast/lunch almost every day instead of just weekends like most parks. Cant remember about dinner. Try Rogelio's Mexican/Chinese/Italian/American restaurant in Isleton. You'll be pleasantly surprised too. Closest supermarket is in Lodi about 12 mi, but easy drive. There's a Wal-Mart there too if you really need one.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
K/M membership park with RPI etc access. A little off the beaten path but very quiet and well run. Bath and shower rooms spotless. Nice clubhouse and honor system ice. Utilities well located and worked! Mini-golf well taken care of. Resident deer. Sequim has everything from roadside Lavender shops (and wandering elk herd) to Wal-Mart/Costco. Try "The Islander" for pizza/pasta!!
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very nice (typical) Oregon State Park. High desert country, but set in thick pines, so is much cooler than surrounding area. Easy back-in, level, full hook-up site. Excellent restroom/shower rooms (compare to Washington or California State Parks- yuck). Convenient to Bend, Crater Lake NP, Newberry Volcanic NM etc. A long drive, but we will definitely go back.
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
One of our favorite Parks anywhere. Have stayed here dozens of times over 20 years. Nice respite from Gorge heat. Restroom/Shower conditions put both Washington and California State Parks to shame, not to mention costs. Lots to do in area at any time of year. Get the "Fruit Loop" map and follow it. Don't miss "Packers" or the Alpaca Farm. Say "Hi" to Charlie the Pyrenese @ the Alpaca place. He's one very cool dude. Some noise issues between the freeway and the trains, but the train horn noise seemed less than usual the last time we were here.
03/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
Rate reflects "automatic" Good Sam discount + Players' Club discount. "No shade" sites only because park is so young. Lots of trees planted. Give it some time. Definitely deserves all the "10's". Not sure what all the hooray about the sewer connection is- ours was well-placed & at ground level (not 6" above as in many parks). Made sense to me. Restroom/shower outstanding. Heard people on the shuttle complaining about the food @ the Casino, but I thought the buffet was a 10 & for $15 a bargain. Shuttle took 1/2 hour to arrive was only negative. Adjacent truck center had cheapest gas of our entire Seattle-San Clemente trip. Usually use Rogue River SP when in this area, but may have to re-consider that.
03/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
Arrived at midnight and left at 8am. No power to the site. Host said 1st day F loop open and many sites still shut down, although not supposed to be. Restroom was fine. Have used this park many times for I-5 overnight and will continue to do so. No gas on freeway for 20+ miles south.
03/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Great park for overnight along I-5. When we called 200 miles out they had no record of reservation I'd made 2 months earlier, but handled it with no problem. Easier to find from freeway than I'd expected. We arrived at midnight and found instructions and site assignment. Fee structure was confusing: extra for Wi-Fi, cable TV and I don't know what else, but not clear what the basic rate really was. We were actually assigned 2 side-by-side pull through sites. Plenty wide for slide, but too short to stay hooked up. Left at 9am so didn't try or see any of the facilities. Hook up system was logical and well placed. Roads were wide enough for easy in-out. Site all concrete and level. Will definitely use again when in the area.
03/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Stayed overnight on RPI. When we arrived, they had no record of our reservation. Learned later this is common with RPI, but 'Ranger' handled it with aplomb. Our assigned site was already occupied (right hand left hand problem), and the new one had only 15A power. Site was roomy and reasonably level. Road in was long and narrow, but no real problem with 25' TT. I'd go back, but my wife won't.
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Must admit this park was a very pleasant surprise considering the previous reviews & the telephone call I made to check them out. Park shows its age & some "deferred maintenance" but everything worked the way it should, restrooms & showers were fine. Yes, the sites are small & close. Yes, the water tastes lousy (hey, it's California aqueduct stuff) & yes, there are lots of trains close, loud & all day & all night. We spent 5 nights there & would cheerfully do so again
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Great place for an overnight while traveling I-5. Young park so small trees and almost no landscaping separating sites. All pull-through's with gravel pads and basically level. Good arrangement for water/electric/sewer connections. Easy self-registration system. Shuttle to Casino was prompt and security guy came around several times to see if all was well. No restrooms or showers in the Park. Available at adjoining truck stop, but sign said "Showers $10 per person or $13 per couple." Presume they expect you to shower together. Ten bucks!? You kiddie' me?
07/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a members-only park with RPI access for non-"KM" members. We've been there 5 times since joining KM 2/09. Even in February storms the roads were fine and the sites we had were not soggy underfoot. "Beach Side" sites are nice, but be be careful with your awning. The wind is legendary in this area. We prefer the 'inside' sites for access to nice clubhouse with much better than usual pool table. Friendly staff and great Saturday morning breakfast. "To Die For" cinnamon rolls available on Sunday mornings. Hot tub available, but we haven't used it. Ditto cable TV (13? channels) & WiFi. Great place for quick get-away from I-5 cities.
06/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Former KOA and it shows, but better than when it was a KOA, I'm sure. Stopped only overnight on the way to Yellowstone & didn't use most facilities,but what we saw was spotless and well maintained. Dump station was strangely located, but clean and worked fine. Main problem was hordes of mosquitoes. When we inquired we were told "No one goes camping in Montana without mosquito repellent!" For anyone who's wondering, highway 287 from 3-Forks is a better route to West Yellowstone than 191 from Belgrade. Only 1 steep grade and road seemed straighter. Definitely less traffic & no construction hassles. Also, follows the Madison River a good share of the way, so it's prettier. Would definitely stay here again- either overnight or longer.
06/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very nice, quiet, park with good I-90 access. Staff was very helpful & definitely not robotic. Had no trouble getting 25' trailer into our (back-in) site despite nice shade trees. Also had plenty of room for the truck. Laundry room was clean & dryer acceptably quick. Shower room spotless & shower stall larger than usual. Will definitely use this park again if/when in the area.
06/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
One of nicest KOA's we've ever stayed in, but also most expensive. Propane, particularly, was extortionate. Lots of mosquitoes, but we're told they disappear after July 1st. $52 bought us a power/water site (no sewer) that was small & not level. On site restaurant serves breakfast & lunch every day, not just weekends, but again...expensive. Also exceptionally nice shower arrangement. Handy enough to Yellowstone NP that we'll probably use it again if/when we go back.
06/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice, well run park. Members only with RPI access. Stayed 2 nights a week apart. Didn't use facilities but appeared to be well maintained. Nice trees to provide relief from summer heat. Will definitely use again when going E-W on I-90.
06/2008
rating [ 5/10 ]
Have stayed here 2 years in a row, in large part because can't find anything better that's above the valley heat. Long list of rules that are draconically enforced is first problem. Pretty place, but very dirty because of unpaved roads/sites & soil-type. Great bath/shower rooms. Lake is low, but no problem for us. Lots of birds (herons, eagles, turkey vultures, pelicans, etc) & some deer. Small camp store, but decent grocery/restaurants in Chester, 2 miles. Easy access to Lassen Park & easy 50-mile drive to Susanville (with a number of nice photo-ops) if you really need a Wal-mart. Very nice golf course 3 miles with many others within 25 or so. We'll probably stay here again in future, but wouldn't hesitate to jump to somewhere else if it could be found.
02/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Park is rated "best campground in San Diego county" in local newspaper reader poll. I believe it. Great park. Easy reservation system. Late arrival system worked fine. Weather was horrible, but ground handled all the rain just fine (much better than our tent-trailer). Great access to San Diego attractions. Try "Fandangos" in Old Town for breakfast (especially Sunday), lunch or dinner. Very quiet (maybe because of the weather) despite proximity to freeways. Will definitely stay here again, but not in February.
06/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Best KOA we've ever been to. A little chaotic at check in, but management handled it well. Among nicest rest/shower rooms ever seen at any campground except for tiny shower stalls. Adequate camp store. Great town for a weekend and nice 9-hole golf course -- 3 miles.
05/2006
rating [ 1/10 ]
Pine Mountain Lake is an expensive, exclusive retirement/resort community. It seemed obvious that their purpose in having a campground would be to attract friends of property owners & potential new members/owners. Apparently not so! When I made my reservations for May (in January) they insisted I pay in full, by check, not credit card, but then didn't cash the check for 2 months. It took 3 calls before I could get anyone to acknowledge they'd even received it. Upon arrival, the gatekeeper informed me that the campground wasn't part of the lake complex, but was 3 miles on down the road. When we got there, only 3 other sites were occupied & 2 of them not actually inhabited. The site we'd been assigned required a long twisting downhill back-in so we took a different one- no one noticed, there was no 'host' on site. After setting up our trailer, we went to the bathrooms (which seem to be located so as to be as inaccessible as possible from every site in the place) only to discover they had punch-code locks & we didn't have the code. No cell service in the park so we had to drive back to the gate keeper's den to get it. 2 Days later a company truck drove in, gave us a friendly wave & went down & changed the codes without telling us. Again, back to the dreaded gate keeper. No apology for the inconvenience this time either. That night a pleasant young man with a middle-european accent knocked to inquire "Please, how does one acquire the rest-room code?". Obviously it's a closely guarded secret. The park's in a pretty little valley with several creeks through it, but it was a mess. The only "maintenance" that appeared to have been done was to refill the TP & the paper towels in the restroom. The utilities are also on the wrong side for most of the hookup sites There were deer, squirrels, birds & a great nightly 'bat show'. The golf course was very nice, but $65 a round & slopes 133, so be prepared. It's an hour & a half drive to Yosemite Valley. This is a 'never again' place for us because of the (lack of) management issues. We shoulda known when my wife's cousin who lives there asked "Why'd you pick there instead of someplace nicer?".
05/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very pretty park. Nice restroom/showers. Early season so not in full operation. Some road noise from I-5, but no trains to disturb sleep. EZ on-line reservation system. We'd definitely stay here again, either as overnighter or longer stay.
05/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice park, but we were there early in the season so not yet fully spruced up. Nicest, cleanest bath/shower rooms of the 7 parks we stayed in during our Olympia-San Diego trip. Rated 8 instead of higher because we were assigned a scruffty site on the fringe of the park when lots of nicer ones, closer to the facilities, were available. We would stay here again when in the area. Highly recommend the Iron Skillet at Talent, Ore for meals out.
05/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was our favorite park of 7 on our Olympia to San Diego trip. Clean, quiet (except for some road noise from I5), friendly. Only down-side was the pesky street light that looked in our trailer window all night. Didn't get to try the golf course, but looked to be well taken care of. We'll definitely stay here again when in the area. Highly recommend "Granzellas" restaurant up the road at Williams for lunch or dinner! Great Pizza, ribs & shopping
05/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a city of Hesperia municipal park, & the condition is about what one would expect for that. It's high desert, flat, open & a long way from luxurious. It's obviously under-funded & needs maintenance, but it's kept clean, well-run & quiet time was well enforced despite an annual "pow wow" being held there the weekend we were there. It's off a rural road, so there was very little road noise to disturb our sleep. It's certainly not a "destination" but, based on the reviews of the other places in the area, including a cousin I have who lives there, it seems the place of choice for an overnight or two if the opportunity presents. We would stay there again when in the area. The lake yielded 1 huge trout & several large catfish that we saw during our 3 days there.
04/2006
rating [ 1/10 ]
This is a well laid out, very clean RV park that’s much more a parking lot than a campground. It had the nicest, cleanest bath/shower room of any of the places we stayed during our 16 day 3800 mile trip, but. When I made my reservations, 3 months in advance, I told the clerk we’d be in around midnight. “No problem. There will be a note on the BB directing you to your site.” Well there was, but what they didn’t tell us was that unless you got here before the office closed (8pm?) you had no access to the bathrooms until it reopened @ 8am the next morning. Since we’re not self-contained, this left us dashing across the freeway to the gas station fast/food place. We were not happy about this, but it wasn’t fatal. The park is within a hundred yards of the 99 freeway, so it was a very noisy night. We didn’t get much sleep despite not turning in until nearly 1am. We were up @ 6:30, back to the Jack In the Box, waiting at the office door when it opened. The ‘rendering plant’ smell referred to in an earlier review was not in evidence that night. The reservation clerk had told me there’s none such in the area, but the smell could have been agricultural chemicals used on the cotton fields that surround them when I asked her specifically about it. When we went in to register, and get access to the shower, the woman behind the counter said, “There’s normally a $5 deposit for the bathroom key.” I responded, “That’s fine, we’ll have it back in 10 minutes.” Not realizing she hadn’t finished. She clicked her tongue, gave me “the look,” and waited for me to apologize for interrupting her. She then told me in a voice dripping with condescension that she had been going to waive the deposit. Since we now had access through the office to the back door of the bathhouse, we didn’t’ need it anyway. We showered and escaped. I’ve no clue who (or what) she was, but we will never come back here. She had no way to know what my state of mind was, but there’s no excuse for someone in her business copping that attitude with a customer. I don’t go back to golf courses or ski resorts that act like they’re doing you a favor taking your money, and allowing you to use their facilities. I certainly won’t do it at a place like this.
06/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
Have stayed here dozens of times over 20 years. Our favorite anywhere. New management took over about 5 years ago & tremendous improvement. Sunny or shady sites, whichever you prefer. Seasonal types keep to themselves & never cause any problems for campers. Quiet time & dog rules enforced. Great for group (15-30) I take there year after year. Not posh, but a great place for a fun weekend or longer.
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