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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Beaver's Bend State Park RV Campground, Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

We were there after the season was over, so the Rail Road, Float Trips, Pony Rides and all were closed for the season. The camping was still nice. We started out in #6 Loop B (Buckeye) which was right on the river. This site you can reserve online so this is why we got it. We were there a day early because we were ready to hit the road, and on day 2 we were just getting all setup when a Park Employee came to tell us that B Loop didn't have 'freeze proof' water hookups, so they were going to have to turn off the water. "How long?" "Until it stops freezing." It was forecasted to stop 4 days later. Normally you can't move Loops without losing your money you paid on the reservation. ProTip: Only reserve one or 2 nights get the lay of the land and move if you find a better spot. If you like the spot you have, then just keep paying. We moved to A Loop (Acorn) and took site #44 which is on the river, at the end of the run, so you have lots of room and only one neighbor. There is a walk trail that comes out near Campsite #44 but it is not that troublesome. In season with people all over, it might be more of an issue. There are no Full-Hookup's (caveat is handicap) but all sites on A and D Loop have Water/Electric, with A Loop having 30 and 50 amp. All sites have Fire Rings, Picnic Tables and the showers are acceptable, but they are Pay showers, Quarters only, 7.5min for $1.25, max of 15 quarters, so what, 21min. The hot water worked well, but the shower heads were junky at best. Only the Handicap Shower had a toilet in it. Showers in B and C Loop are newer, and the A Loop are very old. We used the C Loop showers, which was just a walk up the hill. All in all, it was a neat place to go and we did have some luck with fishing, but below the small lower dam, you can't keep anything under 20" for trout. And of course this is where I caught 15-18 (lost count) Brown Trout just about 1 mile down river walking. We camped at Beaver's Bend State Park RV Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6 B - 44 a
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Another interesting thing is all the Bigfoot embracement, stand up Bigfoot cut-outs, and the fact that Broken Bow has more Bigfoot sittings than anywhere else in the US. Check park information for when they close the Train, Boat Rentals, and such. The restaurant is open all year.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville, Arkansas

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

The lake has two campgrounds, Dardanelle Area, on the south side, which is remotely located and has none of the major amenities of the north side. On the north side is the Russellville Area which has a Gift shop, Bass Fishing Pavilion, Interpretative Center, Showers, Full Hookups and some with Water and Electric only. We made reservations for site #57 which was a small pull through on a D loop which is tiny. We were in this site for 3 days and then asked if we could move to Site #44 C Loop, a Full Hookup site on the water which was just unbelievable. The showers are very new, clean and work well. Excellent in fact. Showers have a toilet in each shower room, sink and place to sit down and change, or park your stuff. Hot water was awesome and they were free. Free showers are nice if you have had to feed quarters before. Site #57 was tight between a two trees and the reservation system only allows a rig up to 24ft since it is short. We jockeyed the trailer in at a strange angle to buy us the most room, and still had space for the truck to park in front or behind it. We choose not to be straight in the slot, but pushed the nose a little closer to the road. The site required 3" of leveling on the table side, and we cranked the tongue down as far as possible, which made us level. Site #44 was much better, being one that had a fence around it, stairs to a picnic area below it, and was just 25ft off the water. #44 had full hookup, so we could take advantage of that and not having to dump. This site was perfectly level, and huge. Easy to get a very long rig in there and even leave the truck hooked up, or have space for a bus, and tow behind, or a third vehicle also. Site had a picnic table by the trailer, but the fire ring was down the steps between the water and the site. There is also a sidewalk/path between the site and water, but it was below the fence (2 ft tall) around the site so it still felt cozy and secure. We camped at Lake Dardanelle State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
57 D - 44 C
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Campground is located close to Russellville which has a Super Walmart, and also close enough for a day trip to Mount Nebo and Mount Magazine, which are other Arkansas Parks you should visit while in the area, even if you do not camp there.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Crater of Diamonds State Park , Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

The campground also provided a washateria/laundry which was nice as well. Any of the sites on the outside of the loop are nice and provide a little more privacy, with 37 and 38 being down on the far loop out of the way. 16 and 17 are also nice locations as they backup to a forest area and a gully. We went into the Diamond Mine to search, not dig. Most pay the 60-70 bucks to rent all the gear, sifter, buckets, shovel, and such. Trust me it is just as easy to walk around and check down from the wash area and not spend time washing dirt. Also interesting, and I knew this before we paid our $10 a person to dig/walk around, was that they only till up the ground once a month. And if it rains the night before, then they can't till it up, so you don't get fresh turn until next month. Yeah I think you see where I am going with this: you are basically sifting through dirt that 1000's and 1000's of other people have sifted through. I know you are wondering: DID YOU FIND A DIAMOND? No. Some rocks I thought were diamonds, and had the staff look at them, but they were not. I kept them anyway. A nice side trip is to run up to Lake Greeson north of Murfreesboro and a little to the west. That's a nice way to waste a few hours. We camped at Crater of Diamonds State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12 Loop B
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Check site information on ReserveAmerica, as some sites are small and can't accommodate all rigs. Pets are allowed into the mine field. If you are hunting diamonds, get there when they open. If you happen to be there and it rained the night before (light rain is best), check around the trees and areas that most don't dig in and look for some semi-shiney, glassy looking rocks. They will look waxy, and a little rain washes off the dirt.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

White Oak Lake State Park, Bluff City, Arkansas

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Amazing Park. All of the Arkansas Parks show their upkeep and money invested and this one is even nicer. The park sites were impeccable manicured. We stayed in Site #3, thinking it was close to the lake. It was not. But the upside, it was close to the private shower room building, close to the Store. Sites 1, 2, 3, 4 have their Pros and Cons. The Pros: WiFi from the Store. Close to Shower (not shared, private shower room. #3 is the better of the 4, Even numbers on the inside loop, Odd on the outside. The Cons: Close to front, so everyone drives by you. The park has tall pine trees, a fishing pier, and the terrain is nice, not flat at all, rolling and gentle hills. Most sites are flat (1-2" leveling), but a few would be hard to park on and place wheel chocks. All spots have paved parking for a secondary vehicle, some next to site, some across from. The area next to the paved pad is crushed rock, it drains well, all sites have a fire ring, grill, water, electric. Dump is available in the camp. The website correctly lists the power available. Some pull through, some back-in. Fishing is good, we had some luck. The store has drinks, shirts, hats, bait(s), and other gear. Rents paddle boats, fishing paddle boat, john boats with or without motors. Bikes as well. Park has a playground, volleyball court (grass) half-court b-ball, and other balls for the kiddos. The hiking trail is nice, we did the Beech Ridge Trail, 1.5m and it was a very nice walk. We didn't catch the Bald Eagle, but another camper swore they saw one dive and get a fish...I told them that they are rumored to roost here in the winter, so it is totally possible. We camped at White Oak Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Camden is just a 20 min drive, and has a Walmart and other grocery stores. It is cooler at the sites which have a more open view to the water, as you get the breeze off the lake. There is a geocache just off the 1.5mile trail so that is something else for the kids to do.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Turkey Bend Recreation Area, Marble Falls, Texas

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

On this trip we did Tent camping. I drove out there to pick a site before we camped, and settled on #28, but you cannot reserve this site online. 25-29 are only reservable by contacting LCRA, as these sites are cut off if the water in the lake is higher than 'full' (even though historically the water has been lower than full for countless years on end). This is the secret! and #28 is awesome. It is located up a little hill, on somewhat of a peninsula. There are trees all around and the area had been trimmed with a weedeater for several spots for tents. There is no specific tent pad, but there is level ground available. A picnic table and bbq pit is provided, as well as a fire ring. There is enough room to park 2-3 vehicles, or even a small ~18ft trailer could be parked as if pulled-through in front of the site. The road is rather large in this spot, and you could pull in and turn around if needed, as site 29 is up the hill and you do not block the road. There is no electric or water, but the site is nice and away from most of the others, including those that are reservable online. Even with a torrent of rain 6" in 4 hours the site provides good drainage as the parking area is at the crown of a small hill, just mind where your tent is. There is a small cove behind the site, that is easy to get to, but you might have other campers traipsing through your back door to get to the small cove. The lake is only 150 feet away, so taking a canoe or kayak is not an issue. The campground is split by this small cove, and this section is accessible via a minimally maintained dirt road (but still car passable even after the torrent rain). The other side of the park has paved roads to all but one of the sites and a real bathroom. Sites off the dirt road side have only a Port-a-Potty, and the real bathroom is across the cove and not accessible from sites 19-29. This is a diamond on Lake Travis and having the few sites that are "secret" such as not published online. We camped at Turkey Bend Recreation Area in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

28 and 29 are the best sites, and cannot be reserved online. Call to reserve, chances are they are always open, unless someone knows this secret. Be careful on the dirt road, it is a little narrow. Bring your own water and a generator if you want power. Great spot to fish, kayak, or just do nothing.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Lottis Creek Campground, Gunnison National Forest, Almont, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

There are three sections to Lottis Campground, Baldy Loop, Union Loop and the one across Lottis Creek. We were in Union Loop #4 which is out away from the trees, but more isolated, even if you are in the middle of an open area. The site gave us more room and we were closer across the road to others than next to us. The site is back in and was wide enough for a tow vehicle to be parked on the side if you position the trailer/rv well. We had a 18ft/24ft opened up, that we choose to park even with the picnic table. This left 10 feet behind us and 15 feet in front. Every site has a fire ring, picnic table, electric (in Union Loop). Some sites have Tent Pads. Union Loop was maintained by a great camp host while we were there, but sadly he will be moving onward after this season. He was the reason the campground is so amazing, as he takes pride in it being clean and ready for campers. He goes above and beyond, and we decided to stay almost another week just because of his attitude, friendliness and kindness. We wish him safe travels! The sites are all well maintained, but this is host dependent. There are two pit toilets in Union, both have water next to them. Dump station in Gunnison by the airport, and 6 miles past Taylor Park Store, up a dirt road. Even thought it poured rain the first 3 days, the sites dried out quickly. We had a good river under the awning at one point, and it was obvious it had not rained that hard in some time, but the ground dried very quickly. Not once did we track mud into the camper. There are no ATV/UTE's allowed in Baldy/Union, so you are free from that noise. We did have some parked on trailers on the Trailhead road, but they are not allowed to be started or driven, so the pickup/trailers just hauled them somewhere else. The camp is located between Almont and Taylor Reservoir (~mile 18). So you are only 5 miles to the lake and Taylor Park Store, and just a quick hop down to Almont (which has a dog friendly patio). We loved it and the camp host was the reason we stayed so long! We camped at Lottis Creek Campground, Gunnison National Forest in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 4 - Union Loop
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Excellent fishing just below Taylor Dam. Palisades in Gunnison, and the restaurant at Almont both have dog friendly patios/decks.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Tall Texan Campground, Gunnison, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Site 28 was a mud put, while most all other spots were dry. We paid for two nights up front as insurance if we could not find a National Forest campground up the canyon. We stayed one night and move on. I asked about a refund, even partial for not being there the second night, and they answer was NO. Didn't use the showers, bathrooms or any services besides full hookup at the site. Paid $3 for cable and it worked and had a bunch of channels you'd expect at home. As everyone said the sites are on top of each other, many of the sites are full timers and have junk everywhere stacked around their trailers. The water had so much chlorine in it the steam of the shower burned your eyes. The back flow adapter at the facet leaked, which only added to our mud pit. Maintenance is lacking. My 90degree elbow almost got stuck in the sewer because I couldn't un-screw it, as it was not glued on and just turned. Cable TV wire was just strung across the ground, in the MUD. Some gravel in these mud holes would help. At least there was a picnic table and a concrete pad for it, but that doesn't overcome the mud. We asked for a fire ring (free, they deliver and setup) but they were out of firewood, which I honestly think was BS as they probably don't order it so they have less to do/clean up. After 4 days in the canyon with no shower, we chose to not even come back to Tall Texan for a shower (went to another campground instead), even though we paid $40 for a night never used, that they filled after we left (I called to check availability). Take a chance, drive on by, go up to ANY of the Forest Service Parks. There are many options for camping up toward Taylor Reservoir, most don't have full hookup, but the scenery is much better and you aren't parking on top of each other. There is a public dump station (free) by the airport (look closely for the signs on US50 West). We camped at Tall Texan Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Palisades Deck is Dog Friendly, so is Almont's restaurant. W cafe has been solid for 40 years, but they don't allow dogs.

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