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07/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park is currently undergoing renovations. They have been upgrading big rig sites with brick paver pads, fire rings, and a swing chair. They do charge more for this. The store was not really stocked but had essentials that you might need. All roads are narrow and gravel. Most of the sites were grass and gravel mix, while others were sparse gravel. The updated sites had a nice layer of gravel. The pool was clean and large, and the deck was furnished with concrete tables with umbrellas and benches. We arrived early, and our site was not available so we were placed in an alternate site, which is where we ended up. They have very nice and fairly new cabins on the road as you come into the park. The entrance is steep and you can see where a lot of toads left their mark in the road. The roads tend to become more narrow when you have occupied sites on both sides, and they park their vehicle directly on the road. The playground is sufficient for little ones. The clubhouse was closed due to renovation. We could not find a rest room near the pool, and couldn't reference the campground map because we never received one. I'm sure there was one somewhere. The staff was friendly in the office. The dumpsters are located near the exit and just before the entrance. Not sure we would return to this campground. It was good for an overnight stay.
07/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
They have done a great deal of upgrading here and it shows! Cabins look like they are fairly new. They have put in a lot of gravel to level off and improve existing roads. Additionally, they have added ten 50 amp Full Hookup sights with a new gravel road to the East side of the park. Another level up from the 50 amp are 8 new Kamping Kabins. Within walking distance of the 50 amp sites and K2-K9 cabins, is the Catch and Release fishing pond. There are hills inside this campground but they do a good job at providing a level walking foundation, in addition, to stairs. You do have the option to drive. The pool is enclosed with depths of 3 feet to 5 feet. There is a new playground area for kids, along with miniature golf, basketball and volleyball courts. If you get tired, you can stop and rest in the covered Gazebo. The dump station equipment is surrounded by brick layers and is nicely done. The store is adequately supplied and the staff that we encountered were friendly. The trees, upon entry, were noticeably trimmed and some were marked for removal. We arrived in a 38 foot RV with a 4 door jeep toad and we were able to manuever through the grounds fine. The hill that leads down to the 50 amp section is a little steep but shouldn't be a problem. We did find that the pull through sites need a bit of work yet with leveling. Also, pull through to us means that you do not have to disconnect your toad. Visit the website and click on their map to follow along. They have two roads that run North to South at the 50 amp section. As you come East down the hill, you find the first road has no entry. The second NS Road is the main road you turn down to get to your site. Once you pull in, you either have to disconnect or pull all the way forward, heading West now, onto the dead end road, which in turn blocks anyone South of you from exiting. This is not a problem if you are overnighting. We called the office before disconnecting, to see if we could block the road and the staff was fine with it. Doing this, allowed anyone else coming in to pull down the main North South Road to get to their 50 amp site. On the map it shows that the road curves at site 84 but actually, it goes straight to the exit. Additionally to the East of 50 amp section are fenced donkeys, free range chickens and turkeys and a penned pig. With the air on, we couldn't hear a thing. Talk to us in the morning and we'll see if the rooster crows! We would definitely stay here again if in the area. The last reviews were from 2012 and we almost didn't stay after reading them. We are glad that we gave them a chance. According to the staff, this park has had the same owners for the last 10 years.
06/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
All RV sites are pull-through with cable TV. It appears that they combined what would have originally been two sites, and made them one Big Rig site. Therefore, you have the option of parking where you wish in the site and using either the front or the back electrical/water/sewer hookup. They had a recreation area with a great lay out. Included was horseshoes, bean bag toss, basketball (adjustable height), and a playground area. The pool was fenced in and the deep end was sectioned off. They supplied umbrellas, tables and chairs. The clubhouse was clean and air-conditioned. The bathrooms and showers were well-maintained. There was not a time that we went in and found anything dirty. They were also air-conditioned. They have a nice pet walk. We did not explore the 0.8 mile nature trail on the grounds. The staff was very accommodating and informative. We decided to leave late the evening before our departure. We let them know in the office a day before. We then did laundry and stayed at the pool for literally, 8 hours. We then packed up from the pool and the office manager came out and asked if we would like a refund for that night since we were not going to stay. We declined and thanked them. We would stay here again if in the area. They do have seasonal campers who work in the area, but all appeared to be maintained.
06/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Entrance is paved. Gravel for roads and sites. Undergoing new ownership during our stay, so camp store had a few items. Staff friendly. Grounds maintained. Pool was fenced in with chairs, tables and umbrellas. Playground was newer and surrounded by a split rail fence. They do have a pavilion near the back. We had good WiFi, because we were close to the office. We were in site A-19, which is on the end directly across from the playground. Be aware that this site is approximately 300' from the two lane road with the train that travels directly next to that. The traffic can be loud at times, even into the night. The train does not blow their horn at this location, however, in the middle of the night you may hear it, at its previous intersection. The first night we were exhausted and didn't hear much. The next two nights were fairly calm with road traffic; however, the train was running every 30 minutes, on the dot, between the hours of 0100 and 0300. Uncertain if this is usual. If in the area again, we would definitely stay here.
06/2013
rating [ 4/10 ]
This is a low lying campground, so when it rains, for any duration, you are going to have mud and soft ground. They do not have adequate drainage, and this is evident with all of the stagnant water. We experienced A/C problems, turning on/off and not staying on. We found that there was just an inadequate amount of power at the 50 amp sites to accommodate all of us. We did report this to management. Laundry was clean. Store was very small and had essentials only. The grounds have lots of amenities; unfortunately, they do not appear to be maintained. Canal Elite Plus sites are recommended due to high ground, paving, and waterfront. They are $30/night more. The pool has a lot of potential but has been let go for too long. The kiddie pool was filled. The hot tub was not working. The big pool had some crumbling walls. Roads are narrow but paved. The cabins, 1-10, are across from sites 201-217 and do not have sufficient parking. It is under a new manager, and they were working to raise the lots for campers, etc. However, they have a lot of work ahead of them. Staff appeared to be overworked, and this reflected on their personality when greeting arrivals. Note that the wi-fi is an additional fee for daily, weekly, monthly, or annually. It doesn't appear to be limited either. We would not stay here again.
07/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Narrow two lane road to get to campground. Sits on Blue Lake across from State Park. Have to use the boat launch within State Park. RV park has a short dock with a bench that you can sit on. Grounds are gravel and sites are on grass. Sites 21-52 overlook a cornfield. Sites 7-19 are next to the road. The pool was sufficient for about 20 people. The store had essentials you may need. Twenty four hour laundry and rec room were attached to office. They have a nice playground and horseshoe pit. Narrow roads and lots of trees. Due to grass sites, they do not allow mats or carpet on ground. Campground appeared busy so reserve early. They have 10 50 amp sites only. Two dog walk areas. Another small area for boat parking. They have a half basketball court and a volleyball court. We stayed here overnight. We would stay again.
06/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
All gravel roads. Exceptional view of mountains. Fishing, boating, stand up paddleboarding, kayaks, Canoes for outdoor enthusiasts. Cabins, cottages, big rig sites available. Friendly and welcoming staff. Laundromat, general store and grounds clean and well maintained. They were just launching the floating docks. Winds pick up daily from 2pm - 5pm, which allowed us to fly kites in the open areas. Shore is rocky. Water is clean and clear for a long way. Although the RV park sits on a 2 lane road, it's not loud at all. WIFI strength is dependent on site location. They do not have much yet for kids, aside from a volleyball net and a tether ball. They do have room for a playground, although they do not have one yet. Some sites are allowed fire pits while others are not. We made this our base camp for Yellowstone National Park which is ~15 miles away. We would stay here again.
06/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
Paved roads and sites. Incredible play area on one side of the park for those that have children. The other side of the park, for those that do not have children. They have a fully stocked store with lots of items. They are also a licensed liquor store and offer many items and local wines, some cheaper than the wineries. The staff were pleasant, accommodating and helpful. The pool was clean. They also had a kiddie pool and 2 hot tubs with a privacy wall between them. The Wi-Fi, on our second trip, was operational. We stayed here on two separate occasions. It was knocked out by a hail storm and they were working on getting it fixed. The Wi-Fi was included in the rate. We picked a BKIN279 site, which was located right next to the playground and near the shower house. They rented bikes to those who needed them. We experienced some RV mechanical issues and couldn't make it on our original day so they changed the reservation and did not charge us. They were more than accommodating to us and our 4- and 6-year olds. The sites are all level, the cabins appeared to be nice from the outside, the tennis courts and pool area well-maintained, the grounds well-kept and the staff and manager were friendly and polite. We would stay here again. Do not confuse this with the other "Elk" parks in South Dakota.
03/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
This campground is family oriented and caters to Class A, C & 5th Wheels. North of the campground is Choctawhatchee Bay and south, across US Hwy 98, is the Gulf. Grounds are new, 2 weeks old at time of this review. All sites are full hookup with brick paver pads. Roads inside grounds are asphalted. Pool and wet deck are perfect for families and has a pool house with 2 showers. Shower and laundry are also at main entrance. Small beach located on gulf side. Pier not yet built but in the works per mgmt. All campers have permission to use all amenities across road at the Ramada Resort. No shade due to immature palms. Grounds and lawn are very nice and maintained. Management helpful and pleasant.
06/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Did not intend to stay here as we were supposed to be staying in Spearfish, SD. Unfortunately, tire trouble prevailed and we could not get into Rapid Tire Alignment until the next morning. In lieu of driving RV, with possibly bad tires and a bad alignment, to Spearfish only to turn around the next morning to return to Rapid City, we opted to find a campground in Rapid City. In a nutshell, staff was super friendly and accommodating. They had 2 sites left and we got one of them. The store is pretty awesome when it comes to souvenirs, indian artifacts, scrapbooking, food, amenities for camping, clothing, and wine. Lots of fun things for the whinos! Anyway, we used the pool and the hot tub. The kiddie pool was a distance away from the hot tub and we couldn't see our 4 & 5 year olds, so they were forced to go in the hot tub. Poor them! Large hot tub. Clean. Kiddie pool is 4" to 18". Large pool is 3' to 5'. Hot tub will fit about 10! Following this was an ice cream social. $1 was it. Now, I have complained in the past about how the KOA's will nickel and dime you. I was shocked when I checked in here. Our kids, ages 4 & 5, normally cost us $10 per day more. Not here! And the WiFi is free! They use Tengo internet where they charge you separately. Rapid City KOA gives you a coupon good for 1 week. The playground is awesome. The bathrooms and showers, in both places that I checked, were clean. The facility closest to us, we were in site 131, appeared to be fairly new. The roads entering campground are paved. Roads to sites are gravel. This being said, we hopped on our long boards and used our Kahuna Big Sticks and paddled around. We checked the rules ahead of time and saw nothing about roller blades or skateboards. We were approached by a KOA employee, who was genuinely interested in what we were doing. He advised us that we could go around the gate that they have if we wanted to paddle farther! Did I say the staff was friendly? We would definitely stay here again if in the area.
06/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
Borders the I-90 freeway and a corn field. The drive in was a dirt road. Arrival into park was a dirt road. They were clearly making an effort to smooth and raise the driveway into park. At check-in, we were greeted by friendly staff, encouraging us to use our points. They are the first individuals to actually ask if we wanted to use our points. Not paying attention to the reward amount, I was excited to find that we had in excess of $50! They provided us with the value kard reward booklet. We checked out the store and laundry. Adequate supplies you may need. In addition, lots of beading items. They actually made the necklaces and other jewelry themselves. Our site was #61 and it overlooked what was once a corn field. It was a pull-through, full hook up 50 amp. The roads were dirt in the entire park. Grass and a few trees separated each site. The pet run was directly across from 30 amp full hookup and 30/50 amp full hookup sites which consisted of 14 sites. Further investigation showed a play area for the kids with a mixture of new and outdated equipment. The pool area was fenced in and overlooked private property and the freeway. The restrooms/showers and laundry were well kept and clean. It appeared that they were cleaned more frequently than the posted time. The roads and grass were wet and accumulated water made areas either squishy or muddy. This is not the campground's fault. It had rained for 6 days. We flushed out our hose before hooking to the motorhome and could not get clean water to come out. It rained that much apparently. Sites were level and adequate in size. We overnighted here and would stay again if necessary.
05/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Upon arriving at park, you will find very narrow and hilly roads. The entrance is a ways down a narrow road that allows for virtually, 1 lane traffic. The store is adequately supplied and carries additional trinkets, pet lover items, back packs, clothes, etc. They also have a cafe located inside but it was not yet open since it was opening weekend for most things. The staff was friendly, personable and welcoming. They provided a nice atmosphere. You are given a key to open the gate and then escorted to your site. Be aware that the roads inside are 1 lane only with lots of mature trees. Make sure you take your turns wide. If you have a toad, you will be advised to disconnect prior to entering the park. Our site was 161 and we were on what we believed to be a river or stream. It was below us and a cedar fence secured the drop off. It was also the area where they put brush piles, logs, wood chip piles, etc. The park for Big Rigs has limited access. There appeared to be seasonal campers, but they were all maintained. The pool area was opening the next day. It is locked and includes a heated kiddie pool. This is in a locked area. They have taken time to landscape and dress it up. Good job there. The play area is exceptional for kids. The staff was working on some repairs to their barn gathering area. We walked through and its a nice place to hang out. Elvis was debuting the night that we were here. Did not attend but they made sure everyone knew. Very friendly environment. They also offer a Good Sam discount of 10 percent. You must show your card on arrival to get the discount. You have to pay in advance and you will receive a refund when you arrive and show your card. We would stay here again if in the area.
05/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This was our second time staying here. Both were just overnighters. Stayed in site #76 in 2012 & #73 in 2013. Improved the sites dramatically but in doing so, they nickel and dime you on everything. Each Kid: $5/kid/day. 50 amp: $4/day. Big Rig/patio: $5 per day. So our $37.00 turned into $51.00. The patio sites are nice, fairly level. Again, didn't get to use anything because it was their opening season. Just opened the pool so you had to wait due to excess chemicals. No internet because they were updating. As a business owner, I would have done the updating PRIOR to opening weekend. Jumping pillow was deflated. The store was adequately supplied with everything one might need. For a $10 donation to Camp Care, you can get a bottle of local wine. Tempting but anytime you have to change or cancel a reservation, you are charged $10. Don't get me wrong. Not complaining, just getting tired of the $1 here and the $5 here and: "Since you have a big rig, we put you in a big rig site and that includes a patio, but we won't tell you that it's an additional fee." They were very pleasant as they swiped your card though. Above, it automatically said YES to waterfront sites. The only water here is a "Critter Pond" with a possible stream that flows above and below it. Some sites were on the pond, the cabins and the w/e sites. This KOA was no different than others. The roads are gravel. There appeared to be seasonal campers also and the "BIG RIGS" had to make the turn to get into #76-#71 just right. Did I mention that we are both experienced "BIG RIG" operators? Saying this, we would have had difficulty had the "seasonals" had their vehicles parked along the road. On their map it reads, "OVERFLOW PARKING". Again, let me stress, that they were friendly.
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