Located 20 miles north of Lakeview, this may be the Bates Motel of RV Parks. Signs indicate it's open, but the phone number listed in Woodall's has been disconnected. Pulled in; no one around the office and no one emerged from the nearby residence. Signs on office door, presumably about self check-in, faded to illegibility sometime during the Reagan administration. Lots of flies, but no other RVs in the park. They advertise Wi-Fi, but the only evident signal had a numeric ID and an encrypted login. No Verizon broadband. Decided to skip the place. You probably should too.
WARNING this campground is not in downtown Port Alberni, as shown on some maps (Microsoft Streets and Trips), it is a long nine miles away, the last five of which are over a very busy gravel logging road, at a maximum safe speed of 15 mph. If the logging trucks don’t kill you and your RV survives the washboard, you still may choke on the dust. Don’t come here. The sites are narrow, there are many long term residents, and most sites do not have satellite reception. There is s-l-o-w Wi-Fi and a small friendly, limited menu, cafe with great french fries and it is quiet. Note, this place variously calls itself “China Creek Marina and RV Park,” “China Creek Marina and Campground,” and “China Creek Campground and Marina.”
Having passed on the park where we had planned to stay the night, saw the sign for this place on the freeway and took a chance. This is easily the slummiest campground we've seen in over four years of full time traveling. Cramped spaces almost all of which are occupied by permanent residents, who seem not to mind the squalor. So, come if you must, but bring a surge protector and maybe consider locking your door.
This is the second time we've stayed at this park and it probably will be our last. First, the good: Wi-Fi and water pressure are excellent; the location is convenient to the rest of Carson City and, 13 miles away, historic Virginia City; and the casino restaurant has passable food at inexpensive prices. Next, the bad: the spaces, although landscaped, are short and narrow, too short for a full sized motorhome plus tow; registration is at the hotel front desk and of the desk clerks I spoke with during our three day stay, two were noticeably curt, and the third was downright rude; although there is a small pet area, it is too small for exercise (there is an adjacent paved overflow parking lot); and the noise from the adjacent freeway, while not overwhelming, can be distracting. Finally, because this park operates as a hotel, it stores your credit card information and posts charges as they accrue, all well and good, except that, without telling you, the park will post a $100 “authentication” charge at check-in, which, with luck, it will credit back when you check-out, and, in our case, the park charged us for four nights when we had stayed only three, requiring a follow-up phone call and bit of an argument to get the extra night’s charge removed. Daily and monthly rates only, no weekly discount.
If you like extravagant federal spending on local pet projects, you will love the Clark County Shooting Range, a county park on 2900 acres, donated to the county by the Interior Department, and built with $64 million of additional federal funding. The RV park, a single 950 yard strip of side-by-side pull through spaces, immediately behind, and parallel with, the equally long line of trap and skeet shooting stations, is gravel, without even an attempt at landscaping. There are no showers or laundry facilities (the nearest laundromat is about four miles away). There is no easy access to the desert that surrounds the RV park, and, since this is a shooting range, hiking or dog walking is not really possible. The range is open for public shooting on Wednesday from 7:00 AM to 10:00PM, and Thursday through Sunday, 7:00AM to 7:00PM, and remember, you’re just steps away from the shotgun stations. As others have noted, there is a fantastic panoramic view of the lights of Las Vegas and the $20 rate is a bargain, but the absence of facilities, coupled with the noise of the gunfire, means that it will not be attractive to anyone who does not intend to use the range itself. Maximum stay is 14 days. The county has a resident “host” program, with discounted long term rates, in covered spaces away from the shooting areas, for those who qualify. Details are at the park’s web page.
Adequate overnight stop. Water pressure on the low side. No noise at all. Tengo internet Wi-Fi is $1 per day. Park is immediately adjacent to a lovely almond orchard. Note that non-discounted nightly rate is $40, not $27. Good Sam or AAA discount available.
The entry to this easy-to-miss park is through the Cliff House Restaurant parking lot, the first entry on the south side of the Noyo River bridge. (The restaurant, a dinner house, which we did not try, has generally poor on-line reviews.) The park is next to, and shares an office with, an old, forlorn trailer park, as tightly packed with broken dreams, as it is with sorry, decrepit mobile homes. The campground itself is just an open field with utility hookups. The grass spaces, of adequate width, are lumpy and there are no tables or other amenities. The park is however, at one end of a two and one-half mile pedestrian/bike path along the Noyo River/Pacific Ocean headland, with magnificent views of the river bar and ocean, part of 25 acre Pomo Bluffs City Park. Noyo Beach, officially off-leash for dogs, is a mile away, just across the river. No problems with Wi-Fi, water pressure, noise or, for a park that appears to be located on top of a septic field, odors.
I have stayed at this park, owned and operated by the Port of Brookings Harbor, a local government agency, several times over the past three years. On each occasion, reception staff was indifferent at best, and sometimes a wee bit rude, probably understandable for someone stuck by his or herself in a tiny office, doubtless at minimum wage. Free Wi-Fi, activated at long last, is so anemic as to be almost worthless. When you can get through to the internet, barely half the time, access is at dial-up speed or slower. Paid Wi-Fi is also available, but at $10 a day, approaches rip off pricing. (Verizon broadband signal is strong.) Grounds maintenance is infrequent. But, the park’s location right on the water, with an ocean view at every spot, is incomparable. In addition to the fine, sand beach, just steps away, there is an adjacent two acre, unfenced lawn-covered field. The daily rate for premium sites drops from $37 to $26 on November 1st. If reliable Wi-Fi is important, Driftwood RV Park, less than a block away, but without the view (but with a quirky refusal to accept credit cards), is the better, and cheaper, option.
This hillside campground with sweeping views of Flathead Lake has something of a split personality. There is an older KOA section (“Polson/Flathead Lake KOA”), with mature trees, well-maintained grass-covered grounds, average site width and, on many sites, individual wooden decks. Then, there is a new “luxury RV” section (“Polson Motorcoach & RV Resort”), with extra-large, very well appointed and individually owned spaces, apparently without KOA affiliation. The “luxury” spaces, which are restricted to Class A motor homes of at least 30 feet, have unobstructed views of the lake and surrounding mountains and their own website, www.polsonrvresort.com. An admitted owner of one of the “luxury” spots, in seeming violation of RVPR rules, wrote the May 2010 review that appears on this page, and I suspect that another owner also may have written the August 2009 encomium. This is a nice park, but not “the nicest KOA in the system.” There is a fenced pet area, about 70 feet by 50 feet, a volleyball court and half-court basketball. Wi-Fi strength and speed and water pressure were very good. Daily rates range from $35 (30 amp water and electric), through $45 plus (50 amp full hookups) to $65 (luxury spaces). I suspect that the thefts reported by an earlier reviewer were an aberration, as this park is well off the highway on its own access road and a mile north of town.
This nondescript campground is turning itself into individually owned condominium spaces, which could explain why a couple of earlier reviews, if written by lot owners, seemed to sing this modest park’s praises a little too loudly. It is adjacent to the mouth of the Flathead River, but double-wide manufactured homes occupy the outside rows and block the view. There is pedestrian access to the river, but there is no beach, just a small quay wall and wooden boat dock. Curiously for the high prairie/alpine forest environment, the landscaping between spaces is gravel with drought-resistant plants, more typical of the desert southwest. The office was not staffed throughout my 24 hour stay; I self-registered and, as directed, just entered my credit card info on the registration form. I did not notice any highway signs for the park and only found the place by consulting the RVPR website map just before I entered Polson. While there’s really nothing wrong with this campground, the nearby KOA (which does have comparably sized sites available at roughly the same price, but no river access), is the better of the two.
This older campground has beautiful, well maintained grounds, with lots of mature trees. At check-in, I asked for, and received one of several satellite friendly sites. The interior gravel roads are quite narrow, however, and it’s difficult to avoid cutting across the grass when exiting. There is an adjacent, small, inviting, water park, which seemed to be a popular family draw. The water pressure and Wi-Fi were adequate. I did not investigate horse shows, basketball, mini-golf or bike rental opportunities, criticized in an earlier review, but I saw a number of people apparently enjoying the pool when I arrived. All that said, there seemed to be an air of haughtiness about the place, reflected in staff distraction at check-in, a ridiculous 10:00 am checkout and a minuscule pet area, inexplicably enclosed by a six foot tall fence, without plastic bags or even a waste container. Traffic and train noise was audible, but not overwhelming. (The park brochure says, “We are sorry that we cannot control the train noise nor [sic] can we control the traffic noise. We do have ear plugs available in the office.”) We probably will not return.
This wonderful public campground is a joy for people and pets alike. I would have stayed longer but for the absence of water hookups. The campground is mapped at the wrong location on this site. It is actually on the north side of Highway 12, set back from the roadway, just east of Bowman and immediately east of the John Deere tractor dealership. There is a sign for traffic approaching eastbound, but none for westbound traffic. (Map problem fixed by admin.)
This unnamed, unattended park is one block south of US Highway 12, on 1st Ave. W, behind a Napa Auto Parts store and across 1st Ave. W from the Grand River Museum. There are no signs and it does not appear to be listed in any business directories. I found it only after local inquiry. No contact information was posted at the site. Payment is apparently on the honor system, with a locked wooden box for deposit of cash or checks. This is a classic any-port-in-a-storm overnight, a small gravel parking lot with hookups and a little bit of grass. It was the only RV park adjacent to Highway 12 that I could find anywhere along the 98 mile stretch of Highway 12 between Mobridge and Lemmon.
Although this hilltop, terraced campground appears to be well over 20 years old, it is generally well maintained. Only about a quarter of the campsites have a lawn, the rest are asphalt and gravel. The main bath house has been recently remodeled with upscale fixtures and was spotlessly clean. There was excellent water pressure and a strong Wi-Fi signal, although the internet connection seemed to fade out occasionally. There is a small pool and a small play area. The office staff was friendly and accommodating. Although the campground’s relatively high price reflects its proximity to Mount Rushmore, about 25 miles to the south, it is still a better value than the very expensive Rapid City KOA. There is an excellent off-leash dog park about two and one-half miles away in downtown Rapid City, along the north bank of Rapid Creek.
This plain vanilla campground on a high bluff has a great view of the Missouri River, just under a mile distant. It has a basic metal building that houses the laundry and bathrooms and generously wide, grass encircled, gravel RV sites. The grounds are well maintained, although the lawns could use a little fertilizer. The water pressure is excellent but the Wi-Fi did not make it out to the campsites. Verizon 3G signal was good. Office staff was a little reserved. At under $22 a night, it is an excellent value. We would stay here again.
You get what you pay for. This park is the proverbial “parking lot,” albeit with grass instead of asphalt. Sites are narrow and the only amenity beyond hook-ups is Wi-Fi, which didn’t work during my visit. Water pressure seemed to fluctuate between adequate and unacceptably low. There is no pet area. Office staff was pleasant and helpful. I will try one of the other campgrounds in the area, all of which are more expensive, during my next visit.
This is a quintessential one-night only stopover in a (slightly rundown) park-like setting. It’s convenient to Interstate 90, but far enough away so that freeway noise is not overwhelming. There are plenty of pull-throughs, although not all are full-hookup, and there is a large, unfenced pet area immediately adjacent to the park. Water pressure is good. Wi-Fi is available inside the store only. Office staff is courteous and friendly. There are a number of long term residents, attracted by a low monthly rate, but we did not find them to be a problem, aesthetically, or otherwise. Good Verizon 3G signal.
Although this park has a Grants Pass zip code, it is actually in Rogue River, nine miles to the east of Grants Pass. Very well maintained grounds with excellent water pressure and very fast Wi-Fi. It is adjacent to a small county park. Nearest off-leash area is in Schroeder Park, on the west side of Grants Pass. Sites are on the narrow side without picnic tables. Although there are a few geese on the grounds, contrary to an earlier report, droppings were not at all a problem. We will return.
This delightful, small park is well-landscaped, quiet and is a nice overnight stopover. You have to have better ears than mine, however, to hear the actual “sounds of the sea,” which is accessible only by way of a three-quarter mile walk along a fairly narrow street with narrow shoulders. Wi-fi worked great, but water pressure, at about 30 psi, was too low. Long termers took-up about half the spaces, but mostly at a level that is separate from the short term spaces.
As noted, this is a small park that cannot accommodate big rigs. When I pulled in for a one night stopover the personable manager, immediately flagged me down and told me my 27 foot (!) class A towing was too big for their loop and that I had to back out, which meant that, because of the angle, I had to unhook my tow. After some friendly discussion, we decided I might be able to make it through the loop after all, which we were then able to accomplish without much difficulty and without unhooking. All ended happily. I was assigned the only available spot, which happened to be the park's one true lakefront space, across the road from the park proper. The space has a beautiful view of the lake with a private pier and boat launch ramp within 20 feet, but only 20 amp electric and no sewer. Although I was easily able to connect with satellite TV at my lakefront spot, I think reception in the main park may be difficult because of the trees. I would return.
Off-season price of $55 per night plus $4 per night for a dog. Nice facilities, but one staff member clueless and another unfriendly and imperious. Immediately adjacent to the 101 freeway. It is a 20 minute walk to the beach. I will not stay here again.
This is a very nice, completely shaded park. Do not expect to get satellite TV reception. Wi-fi worked at my site. A wonderful, very pet-friendly, riverfront county park is right next door. The owner/hostess did give a short, tiny bit odd, oral intro to the park at check-in, but not "a 20 minute spiel" as another camper reported. Checkout time is 11:00AM "sharp!" There is an escort to your site. Park is convenient to the Roseburg VA Hospital. Next time I'm in the area, I probably will try another park.