The first night we were here was a holiday weekend and they were full so it was crowded. The next day half the park left and it was comfortable! Most of the park is 30 amp and half of the park does not have sewer hookups. There are 50 amp sites and they cement pads where the 30 amp sites are all just grass/dirt which at the height of summer is mostly dry grass/dirt. The sites are fairly level. The area I was in, the sites were quite roomy -- you didn't feel like your neighbor was on top of you. Bonus for the mature trees. They have a lot of cabins and tent sites. They have an overflow storage area that they let us leave our trailers in after checking out so we could go see Minnetonka Cave (you need a reservation if you don't want to wait 4 hours, so we didn't see it). They have miniature golf, a decent playground, an air pillow (think trampoline on steroids), pool, arcade area, ice cream shack, grocery store, ACE hadrware, bike rentals, all on site. Kids seem to really like this place. In the summer there is a local playhouse that does fantastic shows -- check out Pickleville Playhouse which is just down the road (we saw Beauty and the Beast). Most people come here for Bear Lake, but there are other things to do in the area. Paris Ice Caves, the Paris Tabernacle tour, Minnetonka Cave and up in Montpelier there is an Oregon Trail living museum/exhibit that I hear is good. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We arrived on 5-8-12 (Thursday) the key to our cabin was left at the front desk and a friendly man helped us. He said he was the maintenance employee and this is not his normal job. He was fussing with the computer and after a few attempts he pulled up our reservation. He said we need to wait for the manager to pay the balance on our bill. Later on we meet the manager. He was very professional and polite. The female employees throughout our stay were not as friendly. We got the impression that they did not like their job. The cabin needed corners,and behind the T.V. cleaned. There was a broom to sweep with but no dust pan to pick up the dirt. The first few nights were very peaceful. however, on Saturday evening the tenants in the cabin next to us ignored the quiet time and children-unsupervised rules. I and other visitors complained and the next morning we overheard the loud neighbors telling their children to be quite or we may get kicked out. The store prices are double to triple the price as compared to a supermarket. If it was not for the above issues I would have rated higher. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
Nice campground, very nice staff. Grass and dirt sites, but almost level enough to not need any blocks. Lots of shade trees. Large grocery store and also a hardware store right in front of the complex. Not much to do in Garden City unless you have a boat, but a nice stopover for a night or two. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice KOA but no access to Bear Lake. You can walk (about a mile) to a marina but no beach. If you have a car it is a great spot to set up base camp. There is a LARGE grocery store and a True Value hardware on the premise. Also something I have never seen. A jumping pad. It's like a trampoline in the ground but it's a big blown up pillow. I'm old but I had to try it out. Great Fun!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in the Garden City KOA in camping cabins for two nights and were very pleased. There were trees over our cabins and fans inside them to keep them cool. The cabins were very clean when we arrived. We were close to the bathrooms and the pool. There is a small grocery store next door for any food needs. Their bathrooms are very clean: they clean them twice a day! Our kids loved the pool, but the water was somewhat cloudy. Overall, a great place to stay with a family! We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
This park is more than adequate. The spaces were sufficient for my 40' 4 slide MH. The bathroom were clean and adequate. Our only complaint was with the wireless network. As in most of the parks, they should update the systems to be stronger and quicker. There was a market next to the park that was great. If you can, enjoy the local theater called "Pickleville" it was great and the steak was great. I would stay here again with no problems. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Price to high for what you get. Sites very close, not much grass. Way too many four wheelers. Very crowded, very noisy place. Kids love it but not great if you want peace and quiet. Charge extra for just about everything. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground has really gotten loose with the rules this year. We camp here several times a year for the last 9 years with extended family and friends. It is a great family campground with many activities for kids. This past weekend we saw many, many tents crammed in anywhere they would fit (too close to our motorhome for my liking), ATVs are not supposed to be ridden except between campsites and the gate going out to the trails. This is one reason we like taking our ATVs here is because there are not people riding them around camp. This past weekend several campers used the entire campground as their personal racetrack for their kids. Barking dogs are not supposed to be tolerated either, however, dogs barked the entire time we were here whether the owners were in their trailer or not. Needless to say we as well as our extended family members and friends will not be camping here again. There is a new campground just down the street that looks nice and clean that will be getting our business. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very full park. Our site was on grass and level. We did not use the Wi-Fi or the restrooms on site so no rating provided. The hosts were busy and the store prices were very high. We were disappointed that the campground was not as close to the water/beaches as we thought based on an internet search while we were en-route. Overall, a little expensive for what we got. Don't think we will stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very clean and good facilities. They do not allow rottweilers, dobermans or pitbulls per their check in receipt, but no one said anything to us about our dog (a sweet, three legged rottweiler). I would recommend. Good Sam discount. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It is a very busy park, with lots of children running everywhere including through your site. The laundry is terrible. One dryer works but don't use it too long because it overheats and the washers I used leave your clothes wet after the spin "dry" cycle. It states they have cable but do not. The lake is across the street but there is no access unless you drive a mile down the road. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was the only campground open in Garden City. There is limited area to park and register. Office staff were friendly but not very efficient. Access road are gravel and could have done with some maintenance. There is one row of 50amp gravel pull-through sites. Sites were level but could have done with some maintenance and trees needed trimming. This site is OK for an overnight. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is one of the best KOA parks We have visited. We stayed in a premium site with a hot tub located in a garden, surrounded by a wood privacy fence. There were areas for children to play. We had a few ATV riders drive by but they were respectful and drove slow. The only issue we had was the hot tub was cold when we arrived and was not hot until 10 PM. Also the hot tub needed cleaned. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very kids friendly. We stayed here on our way to Yellowstone. The park has many amenities, including the pool, playground, jumping floor, pool. Good breakfast. Very quaint little town. People were friendly. A little loud being a place where a lot of kids bring their ATV and Motocross bike, but the quiet hours are enforced. This was not an issue at all. We would definitely visit this park again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was a fine place. After we parked and drove around the area, we wished we would have stayed in the state park directly across the lake and right on the waters edge, but it was fine. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice KOA park near Bear Lake. We had a pull through site that was nice and clean. I forgot my regulator, the guy checking me in was nice enough to walk me over to the store that was closed for the season and sell me another one. The park wasn't very full and we had our pull through spot to ourselves. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Stayed here for one night on our way to Tetons. Campground was great! Sites were shaded with grass, there were many free activities for kids including a hayride and miniature golf. We wished we could have stayed longer. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The Bear Lake/Garden City KOA is a wonderful KOA! Probably one of the best we have stayed at. This is a very busy campground, however they utilize a very large staff and it is very well run. The store is a small grocery store. The pool was small for the size of the campground, however they also have a jumping pillow for the kids. We enjoyed our stay here and we would gladly stay here again! We stayed here four nights. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stopped along the way to/from Yellowstone after departing Salt Lake City. Very scenic lake, but this campground is about one mile from the access road to the beach. Very typical KOA with little shade, lots of pull through sites close together. The bathrooms were individual shower/bathroom units in a nice building. Warm pool, mini-golf, well stocked store, RV wash at entrance. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Only drawback was the group of drunk college kids on an end of summer binge right next to us on the last night. Host family was on our other side and did nothing to stop the hooting, hollering and obscenities when they got back from the bar in the middle of the night. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Were disappointed in this park. Not familiar with the area, it looked like a nice stop between Moab and Grand Teton. The park is not on the lake, no view of the lake and no public lake access. Should have done my homework. The park itself is stereotypical KOA; overpriced, overcrowded and not terribly well updated. Most of the other guests seemed like they knew the area, had boats, and used the camp as a base. I'm sure it works well for that. On the plus side, the staff was all very nice and the little downtown area is an easy ten minute walk down the road. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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Very nice park, friendly staff, large store. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The staff is friendly, courteous, and helpful. This is a membership park that apparently accepts "public campers" (at a "discouraging" rate/day). On the plus side, this is an RPI park, and our rate reflects our RPI membership. The access road is poorly identified: there is a sign along the highway that is of value only to SOUTH bound travelers; that sign says "Hotel on the Beach" in big letters followed by "@ Blue Water Resort" in very small print beneath. The signs on the gate post are almost invisible and read "Blue Water Beach". There is no security although everyone entering the property must do so through the gate or via the beach/water. The sites are large, level, beautifully grassed and VERY, VERY well maintained. Lots of healthy, mature trees, none of which presents a driving hazard. The park sits on the shore of Bear Lake and offers boat launching and fueling, SeaDoo rentals, swimming, horseshoes, etc. In addition to the RV sites, cabins and condos, there is a beachfront hotel. Interior roads are gravel and are treated to keep the dust down. A majority of the RV sites are "shared utilities" making many of the sites "nose in for motorhomes" (thus giving a motorhome windshield a view of another RV). A public paved walking/biking path runs in front of the park. There is a small convenience store directly across the street from the park and a very good dinner/playhouse within walking distance. Good AT&T service. We asked for and were given a site that permitted good Dish satellite reception. Wi-fi "comes and goes" and there are only two antennas for this entire park. Unlike some RPI/membership parks we have been in, this membership park treated us as if we were park members. Fantastic weather and lots to do and see in area. We would gladly stay here for a few days again. This is a family park: kids everywhere, drive carefully! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a Camperworld RV park for members only near Bear Lake. Sites are well maintained and big enough for large rigs. Hookups are convenient and we got Direct TV at our site. A playground area for kids is a nice little park. A marina is only a few miles away if you are into boating, fishing or other lake activities. The little town of Garden City has nice little eating places and a small grocery store.Things to see in the area are: Pickleville Playhouse, horse back riding, Minnetonka Ice Cave, and the Oregon/California Trail Center, Four wheeler trails, golf courses and beach access. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park had just opened for the first time. It has a Good size playground volleyball,and
basketball. Grassy but sites were sandy and kind of unlevel. for a new park it was good its about 2 blocks from the lake. All in all it was a very good stay. We were there for almost a month in a class A We camped here in a Motorhome.
Don't forget to add the reservation 'fee' to your rate, unless you are a walk-in. My site had trees but did not provide any real Shade. Don't know WHY they don't have WiFi, other state parks do?! I stayed in the Big Creek campground which has full hook-ups as does the Birch campground. This is a real Back to Nature location. Along with the bald eagle sitting in the tree each morning and the trout in the stream, there was also a skunk who had made his home just across the creek from me (about 20 yards). He made his presence known each evening. The cattle farm across the street detracts from the ambiance. Antenna reception was acceptable when the weather was good. Grocery and fuel are not accessible so come prepared. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a large and very busy state park. Day beach plus many separate types of camp sites all within the title Bear Lake State Park. A) Willow..which is a group only camp with a mix of RVs/tents--located on the Western end of the camp park units..by the day beach. B) Birch..which is designed for RVs with pull throughs and back ins...full hook ups, canopy over table at each site, fire ring, limited shade. C) Cottonwood..which is designed for tents, but has a mixture of RVs parked in the lot and tents on the sites. No hookups. D) Big Creek, the original campground at the park, designed for RVs with full hookups, back in and pull throughs. More shade, slightly smaller sites and a bit more congested than Birch. Small group area here also. Fire rings. On the Eastern end. There also are several no hookup campsites on Eastern side of Bear Lake, also associated with the state park..about 5 miles from Rendezvous end of lake. Vault toilets. No dump here...dump at Rendezvous. Rumor is prices go up in 2014. Boat rentals/ice/firewood sales on site at day beach. The problem with this park, in my opinion (IMO), is it can be terribly overloaded during weekends and prime summer weeks. Locals by the carload pour out of the Cache Valley (Salt Lake City, etc) and load up all sites with extra tents, relatives, sunshades, RVs, boats, kids, bikes, etc and it can look like a fairgrounds instead of a campground. Controlled chaos is the rule here. Bathrooms/showers get overloaded, trash dumpsters overflow...yet the cleaning crews/staff somehow keep up with it! A beautiful location, but needs better enforcement of the stated park rules regarding number of units and people per site. We would come back if passing through, but would avoid busy July/August season and weekends. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is our second time here. This is a lovely area and we were surprised to find that the camp has 50 watt and covered picnic patios. Very friend hosts. Great place for water lovers. There are many interesting day trips around and people are super friendly! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here after the "season" was over so there was never anyone in the camp office. The park host was not around much, but that was OK because there were only 4 campers in the Birch area. It was very quiet. The sites are very large and well spaced. Gas and groceries in the nearby towns of Laketown and Garden City were very expensive. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Want a full service campground right on the beach? This is the place!! The sites are incredibly large. The Birch campgroud has a covered patio with table at each site. Bring a tarp to hang it on the west side of the patio. It does a great job blocking the sun. If you enjoy the water, they have boat, jet skis and other items to rent. We will definitely be returning to this park!!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Hard to find as it is not mentioned correctly in most travel books. It is in a tiny town of Laketown Utah. It is a big campground. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and found quite a few sites open. The sites are well laid out. Not to close to each other. Lots of people and lots of small kids. It is perfect for young kids with bikes. Although we do not have children, they were not a problem. We expected lots of late noise from the older people but by 10PM the place was quiet. Would stay here again. We liked it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We checked in on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. which is their stated check in time. We had to wait for the cabin to be cleaned. The cabins are very close together with no trees for shade or privacy. You can see directly into your neighbor's cabin when you look out the window. These cabins were advertised as being just off the beach. However, the beach closest to the cabins was full of reeds and unusable. A group of 20 somethings, checked into the cabin next to our family and drank and played loud music late into the night. One of them threw up in the women's restroom making it unusable. These people scared my children and made them feel confined to the cabin. No one policed the cabins at all to ensure their rules about no alcohol, etc., were being followed. My husband went to take a shower the next morning. In the middle of his shower the power went out. Then, the water quit. We had already paid for two more nights, but could not endure the nightmare any more. We asked that our money be refunded for the upcoming two nights, but were refused. When we complained about the noise from the other cabin, the staff said, "Well, at least it wasn't us." Apparently, a noise complaint had been made about people in the cabins a couple of days previously, and it turned out to be the staff staying in one of the cabins! If you want to have a good vacation, I highly recommend avoiding the camping cabins at Rendezvous Beach Bear Lake State Park! We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
Stayed in the older part right on the lake. Level sites, well spaced with three separate campgrounds spread along the lake so not crowded, great view. Will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you want to nit-pick about a campground, this is the one: some sites are close together, some sites are in the sun, some sites are tight, some sites have no view. On the other hand, many sites provide privacy, many are in shade, many have great views and many are spacious. We recommend the big Creek area with lots if shade and so-so privacy, and decent views of the lake. Apparently any electrical problems have been fixed and the sites now have 50 amps. The ranger gave us bad info about how to access the site, but we went up and around a circle and had no problems. BTW, we were surrounded by kids in tents and anticipated late night noise…how wrong could we be. They behaved wonderfully. Before they left, we found out why: a grandma offered her grand-kids a handful of M&Ms if they brought back 10 pieces if litter. We will be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We loved our stay here! We had a beautiful beach front spot in the older campground and with the tall old growth trees we had lots and lots of shade!! We had no problems at all with the power or with people driving too fast. It was crowded but what can you expect on a holiday weekend? In the Big Creek campground there is a lot more room than in the newer Cottonwood or Birch campgrounds. We will definitely be back here again. We loved it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We have been coming to Bear Lake for the last three years. The last two years we have camped here. Its a nice camp ground but gets very busy during the summer. This State Park is more for the people with boats or watercraft. We camped in the Birch Loop campground. These sites do not have trees or shade. They do have a shelter over the tables. I will be move to the Cottonwood campground next year because it has nice trees and shade. Big double wide back ups also. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park is beautiful but needs more Ranger's or someone to make sure that the guest at each site are staying on their site. Also, too many dogs (and I like dogs)and too many tents on one site. This was more so on the weekend and I believe it was the locals who invaded other peoples sites. I booked Birch Loop 2 months ago, and glad I stayed there and not Big Creek, which also has full hookups. However, the power system is old in Big Creek and the sign said to limit how much electricty you used. Not good! The Host couple from Texas was friendly, helpful and good, but we will not stay here, again, due to no control over the people who seem to think they can pitch there tents wherever just because three or four couples (along with children and dogs) booked only one site. The sites at Birch Loop are large with lots of space and many pull throughs. We just think there should be a limit as to how many people are allowed on one site. We stayed in a truck/camper. Another thing that needs to be addressed is how fast the people drive. Even though it said 15 mph some people were going more like 35-40 mph. Reduce the speed to 5 mph and enforce it!! We camped here in a Truck Camper.
This a a very large lake - 20 miles long x 8 miles wide. We stayed at the Rendezvous Beach Campground located on the south end of the lake. This is a nice lake with many campgrounds around. Our area was nice and clean. It was the 4th of July weekend so it was busy but we still had privacy. The roads were paved and there was a lot to do in the area. We would stay here again. The lake is beautiful and the water is very blue. Highly recommended if you are in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This CG had nice friendly hosts that met us as we drove in. Site was clean and very private. Roads and sites are paved so little dust. Had a good table, good understory for privacy, and a quiet night sleeping. We will return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
USFS Campground located on US 89 31 miles from Logan 6 miles from Garden City near Bear Lake Summit. Campground is shaded by thick Aspen groves. Sites are fairly well separated. Close enough to Bear Summit for a nice walk for the fabulous view and information at rest area. We had some difficulty with a 30' motor home - sites are large enough but road is narrow with lots of overhanging branches. The first small loop to the left is best for larger rigs. Site #13 is large and has view of Bear Lake. Rate is Golden Age. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There is a new owner who took possession in February. He is on site daily and is very friendly and helpful. Even took me to a local grocery store so that I wouldn't have to unhook my Toad. Sites are gravel, well spaced and separated by grass. Restrooms are clean and spacious. Men's room fine, women's room needs a bit of work but the owner is handling it. Owner also let me wash my coach, a definite plus as all previous parks where we stayed, during 6 weeks of travel, would not allow it. We will stay here again if traveling this route. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground overlooks Bear Lake. It is a nice park with fairly level gravel pads with grass between. Not too close to the neighbors. We spent the night and had no problems here. There is a car wash across the street that would take an RV, we'll try that tomorrow. Side by sides would be possible here. We camped here in a Motorhome.