The sewer lottery is hysterical. Only about 1/2 the sites have sewer. I rolled in right at noon. They asked if I wanted a sewer site. I replied "yes." The worker then attempted to explain the lottery to me, but then handed me a paper and said to read it. I asked what the chances of getting a site were, everyone in the office agreed that I would not get one today. 1 - There is no "random" factor in the lottery. They read the names off a list, based on the date and time that you checked in. 2 - Must be present to win 3 - If your name is called, 3 things can happen: 1. "not here" - your name gets recycled on the list for tomorrow, keeping your original check-in time. 2. "Here and Choose site" - you are present and choose from the available sites 3. "Here, but Pass" - your name gets recycled on tomorrows list. 4 - Your name can only be recycled 4 times and then it is taken off the list. 5 - If you have lost your place, then you can requested that it be added, but it will be added at the bottom I was about 50th on the list, but got a site the first day (of about 15). They actually got to the end and had 3 sites left over because about 10 people had "passed" and the rest where not here. That was great, except that I had just settled in 20 min prior because they assured me that I would not get a site today, so I had to hitch up again. Everyone plays the game hoping to get a "prime" site. Evidently, this means no trees blocking satellite signal. Whatever. The rest of the facilities are nice. Free Wi-Fi in the lodge. New bathrooms and a very warm pool. Dryers take debit cards! The playground is small, but lots of other options. Lots of activities and entertainment scheduled. The roads are narrow. Some sites are grass, and the trees can make them very unlevel, so pay attention when choosing your site. Campers are grumpy, but I guess the staff can't help that!
This is the poster child of Thousand Trails RV resorts. Since it is so large, they have a lot of facilities that are actually used! We took advantage of the courtesy mail room. It was nice to see the retirees line dancing, playing pickle ball, pool volleyball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, etc. The lodge is huge and they have 2 pools and a workout room, and playground, too. Free Wi-Fi in the lodge. It was adequate speed, but would randomly cut out. Tengo throughout the sites, although it was not fast or reliable. They must have had a large crew of work-campers because there was ALWAYS someone cleaning the bathrooms and laundry room. There were actually a lot of families there. Most of the campers were polite and liked the kids. The negative is that with 800 sites, you can be VERY far from amenities. Garbage was at a central location outside the lodge, so people had to drive their trash in from the outer loops. Be very diligent with your reservations and keep trying if dates are not available. Twice I booked a partial stay and was able to get the extra nights I need at the last moment.
On one hand, we had a fun time at this park the weekend before Halloween. It was near capacity and they had crafts, hayrides, trick-or-treat. The area high school was sponsoring a haunted house. Where most campgrounds that I have been to are struggling to keep going, these people keep a crowd and manage to have fun. The playground was large. We got one of the last sites with a sewer hook up. The quality of sites varies greatly. Some of them are wind-tunnels out in the wide open and others are secluded. On the other hand, the staff here ticked me off. I asked for the Passport America rate and they told me, "We're running a special. You aren't gonna get any cheaper than that!" and charged me $74 for three nights. When I went to add a day the passport America rate was $22.50. For those of you who aren't good at math $67.50 is less than $74 that she charged me for 3 nights. We went there hoping for Wi-Fi, which was advertised. We had 4 bars at our site, but it was down. They said they reset the router and that was all they could do. It did not come up at all for the 4 days we were there. My husband went to the bar to watch the world series at 9:45 they closed down with the score tied in the 7th inning because the haunted house was ending at 10 PM, so they were closing up. One of the washing machines took my money. They sent a repair man, but never offered to refund my $1. He unplugged and plugged it in and it showed my time on it, but by then I had already started a different machine. One of the family members of the owner's started a brush fire that required a visit from 4 fire trucks on Sunday morning. It was secluded and no one was at risk.
This is very clearly a field that they put RV hookups in because the church hosts a festival once a year. The grounds are full of ants. The showers house is full of spiders. The host only wants to talk to you when you are ready to check out. That being said, it was $16 for full hook ups (Passport America) and $5 a day for dry storage. We have family in Macon. We spend the day with them and just sleep here at night. It works fine for that. There is a gate that requires a code. It is usually open on Saturdays for weddings. There is a buzzer on it if you need in later.
We stayed here in the off season, so I feel that I can't accurately judge. The staff woman was clueless. I told her my trailer was 34 feet and she asked me if I wanted a 30 foot site. Then she did not know how to run my credit card so I had to go and get cash from the car to pay here. The place was huge, but it was all closed up for the winter. I can see how this could be overrun with kids in season. The park was fine. The Wi-Fi was terrible! No AT&T cell service.
I went into this expecting the worst from the 3 star rating. We stayed here in late October after every other campground had closed for the winter. It was 25 degrees. We pulled into the state park hoping for at least electric. It was gated off. This place was a warm winter haven for us oonce you get past the fact that you are in North Dakota. Check in 24 hours at the hotel. They are flexible on checkout time (and about everything else). This place is not scenic. It is by a field, a railroad, and a highway. Other than that I was pleased. They quote you $35 but give you $31.50 on Good Sams. The sites are large and gravel. The dust and mowing were a non-issue in the winter. No trees or any other obstacles. For $8 per person you can use all motel amenities like the gym and water park. The Wi-Fi was fabulous. It was fast and never went out. The playground was in disrepair. The laundry mat was big, but two washing machines were out of service. The bathrooms were in the laundry mat and the showers were in the motel, so they were heated and cleaner/nicer than most campgrounds. It is a good 30 min drive into Fargo.
This park has worked out great for us. I called and asked for a spot as close as humanly possible to the playground. They obliged. Staff was friendly and helpful. The place is a bit run down, but they accepted the Passport America rate for the whole week and did not charge extra for my kids. The laundry room had a puddle and the shower was all glued up. Lots of full-time with no limits to porches, etc. It seemed that they cut lots of people deals to work part time there. They were all very friendly and nice to my 5 kids. The lodge was huge and had a big couch for TV as well as many tables for homework/paperwork. They had a DJ on Friday night even though no one came to dance. We danced for 20 min and then put the kids to bed. The Wi-Fi was at the lodge only, which was fine as it kept the speeds fast. If you needed to download something at night, then you could sit on the porch. Hookups were new, but they did not bother to bury them, so large cables running in grass. We were there in off season, so did not use the beach or pool. My husband went running by the beach and said it was nothing to write home about.
Oh boy! You can really tell the campgrounds that are government run. They have some money put into them. As advertised here. My site was over 80 feet long, extra wide, full hook-ups with a concrete pad, picnic table, and fire ring. There was a full row of trees between each of the sites, so you feel secluded. Many pavilions. Bathrooms are brand spanking new and all tile with automatic features. They have all the facilities under a code and the staff goes home at 7 PM. If you are late arrival, please call in advance and they will give you a code. Laundry was $1.25. Playground was large commercial structures. We saw a dolphin swimming in the river in the morning and several people having luck with their crab cages. They have fiber optic cable run through the campground and we had no problem getting full bars on the Wi-Fi in the center of the park with the dense vegetation. The speed varied drastically. In sunshine we could stream movies. In the rain we could hardly do anything. The lake is where the beach is and it is small and muddy/mossy. The sand is hard with lots of shells. The drives are made of that powdery gravel that gets EVERYWHERE. We took our shoes off outside and still had to vacuum three times a day. Their is no "view" of the waterfront because of the dense vegetation. The vegetation also brings lots of mosquitoes, ticks, and ants.
TT member rate =free Oh man. 9 miles down a private lane to get to the gate guard. Another mile from the shack to the campsites. Only 11 of the 200 sites have full hookups and they are all clustered in the center. About 1/2 of the 200 sites were crossed off the map, saying the electric was out. That was ALL the waterfront sites! The playground/lodge was another 1/2 mile away from the campsites. Free Wi-Fi at the lodge only, but it was SLOW!!! No cell signal for ATT. They had some great amenities: playground, pool, minigolf, billards, air hockey, ping pong, etc. You could not get to them. There was a weird 3-block section of residential houses between them and the campsites. If you had to speak to a ranger you had to go a mile to the guard shack! The only way to navigate this place was with a golf cart - which we did not have. I could have handled being 15 miles from town if the site was nice, but it was too spread out with no phone service I could not keep track of my kids. My husband could not get work done.
Yes... it feels like you are camping in the guy's backyard. The office is his house. The angle it is situated off the road is what makes it feel this way. There are 2 rows of RV parking. One is pull-through. They have 50 amp and he provided me a adapter to my 30 amp trailer. I asked to be close to the internet and the router was mounted to a pole that was less than 3 feet from my site. It never went down and was adequate most of the time. The pool was closed in Oct, but he said if we were brave we could try it. The sites were sand, but there was a patch of grass with one communal picnic table in the rear of the yard. There was more seating in the pool area. The laundry was small, clean, and inexpensive at $1 per wash. There were a lot of gnats and ants. Host recommended tucking a dryer sheet in your clothing to keep them away. This is $15 a night camping with full hook-ups, laundry, Wi-Fi, and a POOL. It is not a destination, but if you are in the area anyway, go for it! The staff is polite. The attendant that lives in RV spot, saw me carrying laundry an hour before the laundry room opened and rushed out to unlock it for me. No shower, bathroom, or playground. Rate is Passport America discount.
We stayed here at the beginning of the season in freezing weather. This place is set up to be very family friendly. Bounce House, Playground, Shuffle Board, Mini-golf, Swimming Pool, Hot tub, Lake w/ Kayaks, Billards, Hay rides, Live music, etc. We used none of that. It was freezing. The host was friendly and did not charge us for our 5 kids. She allowed us to check in early and check out late. They gave the kids coloring pages and chatted briefly about the baby birds. All of their stuff is nice, but is starting to show wear. Especially the kids stuff that the maintenance staff would not see. For example, the playground has a screw that is coming loose, a broken swing, and a bird's nest with baby chicks at the top of the slide. The bounce house has a strap broken and hanging near the basketball hoop. Minor stuff like that. We walked through the bathroom and shower house and they were big and clean, but unused at this point. I cannot comment on how well they are maintained if the sites are full. The Wi-Fi works great in the morning and slows WAY down in the evenings and is unusable if too many people are using it at once. I'll just say that it would cost me $39 to let my 5 kids jump in a bounce house at a carnival and they got it all to themselves as much as the wanted here (at least until the wind got to strong and it had to be deflated) I would recommend this campsite.
We camped here while my husband was working in Columbia. It rained the whole time we were there. The sites were nice, with a concrete porch, picnic table, and ceramic fireplace at each one. They were a minimum of 55' long. They have a whole row just for Giant Rigs. The playground was great. The pool was closed due to cold weather when we visited. We walked to the bathrooms and laundry. They were nice, newer and clutter-free. Not scrubbed, but no mold. A bit of soap scum showing. The hosts were fine. Everything was on a paper handwritten system. They charged $2 to use a debit card and when I wanted late check out it was a reasonable $2 for 2 hours - but I had to go back to the trailer to get my cash because they could not add it to my debit card. The country store had a modest supply section and some weird antiques, handmade crafts, and sale trinkets. I would recommend this park.
We are from St. Louis. We were looking for a place to stay in our trailer for a night while we packed up our house. This was just what we were looking for. This park is a little on the north side, which is not known for it's safety - but it is right across from the Police Headquarters and is heavily gated. I did not feel unsafe at all. The benefit of this is that you are in the city. This is totally worth it if you are site seeing or doing any sort of tourist thing! You will literally cut 30-40 minutes off your driving time. That being said, this site is an old asphalt lot. The hosts were extra helpful and guided us right into our spot and gave us permission to park our van is the spot beside us (which had a cracked sewer pipe). Like many things in St. Louis this park is old and it shows. We were there off-season and did not use any amenities. I would not recommend this campground to nature lovers, but I would recommend it for site seeing. If you need a safe place to park your rig and sleep for the night - this is good for that sort of thing.