We stayed at this park on a whim while traveling home from southern Oregon. This park seems to have been carved out of a hay field and is surrounded by such on three sides. What has potential to be a nice little park, has fallen short for our camping preferences. There is no shade (100's today), no landscaping, and what lawn is present is not watered or otherwise cared for. There were three dead field mice on our "lawn" which I assume were carrion for the local birds. The RV park is part of the motel also on site. There is a small outdoor pool which is nice but not even an umbrella for a bit of shade when needed. There is nothing here to do but sit in your rig which is fine. Kids would have a difficult time. However, if you drive into Harrisburg there is a great Chinese restaurant and public access to the riverfront perfect for swimming and tubing. We actually stayed a couple of days just to enjoy a splash in the river. River Bend is 6+ miles off I-5 but an easy drive. We would stay here again if in the area.
A very nice State Park! Very busy, lots of traffic, kids, bicycles, & dogs! Our site was great...back in the G loop. The site was surprisingly private! Most sites seemed quite large. We were in no way disappointed but probably will not return to this specific park.
This was our second visit to Oceanside, the first was two years ago. We stay at this park because of the beach. The park itself is older and showing wear. Sites are gravel and/or sand. We liked our site: had a nice fire ring, picnic table and easy access to the beach. Wi-Fi did not work during our visit. Garbage dumpsters were always full. We enjoy the drive down the Cape Arago Highway to view all the seals and the occassional whale. Be very careful about the local sea food fare: lunch was $40 and horrible. Propane is available as are other staple items at their office store. If you don't mind a more "rustic" park, this is an excellent place to enjoy the ocean. All the campers were friendly and helpful.
This is an awesome park! The friendliest people we have dealt with! Very well organized and laid out. One thing that struck me as odd...with all the planning and expense to make a first class park, the sewer connections fit none of the plethora of fittings I have to make the required air-tight seal. It is simply a pipe with a flip top lid. Looking around the park, no one seemed to have a fitting that worked. I simply stuck my hose down the pipe a few inches. No threaded end, rubber donuts were to big, the only thing that would go far enough into the hole to prevent worry was the hose itself! Don't let that whine stop you from staying here! It's very nice.
Here is our perspective on this park...It is new, paved, nice grass areas, excellent hook-ups, and very clean. For us, a great overnight park. There is a nice pool, covered picnic area, laundry, showers etc. Might be a little "stuffy". They have a 10-year rule, a "three strikes you're out" policy (not sure what that is about) and they do ask about any criminal history on their check-in form. The story given me, for what it's worth, regarding that is they are trying to keep pedophiles out by asking for the required lawful disclosure. We found the park very easily from the off ramp of I-5. If you look at their web site map, it is a "no-brainer". The gentleman working the front desk was very personable and helpful. No issues here! We enjoyed our stay!
We stayed the weekend of the Anacortes "Oyster Run" and really enjoyed this park. Despite the continuous roar of hundreds of Harley Davidson's on the nearby highway, the park was surprisingly quiet. Employees were personable and helpful. The facilities were great. Our site was very spacious with a nice split-rail fence between sites, fire pit, picnic table, full utilities 30/50 amp, and cable with 99 channels. Lots to do in this area... Deception Pass, LaConner, Swinomish Casino, ferry to the San Juans etc. We will use this park again! Without a doubt, the best in the area!
We just spent 5 days at Riverbend and had an AWESOME time. Park owners are personable and helpful. The sites were very well maintained with enough room to use awnings, set up BBQ and lawn chairs etc. with picnic tables and fire rings at each site. Laundry room was small but I believe there was one at each end of the park. We didn’t use the showers but the facility looked new or recently remodeled. The office had a small store with a few staples, ice, etc. Propane was available on-site. TV had limited channels, I believe there were 5 to choose from. There was a large Commons area for children to play and a small playground for the younger ones. There was a nice covered BBQ area for larger gatherings. We really enjoyed the access to the Methow River and spent hours on inner-tubes sometimes tethered to a rock and other times simply floating with the current. The water was warm (for us older people) and the river shallow enough (about 2 feet or so) you could walk to the opposite side. I was not familiar with the area. Winthrop is the first “major” town over the pass from the west side. About 5 minutes east of the park is the town of Twisp. Diesel was .50 a gallon cheaper than Winthrop. Twisp also had a much nicer grocery store! This was a nice quiet and comfortable park. We are already making reservations for later this fall and next year. Now from a female point of view…The little store had much more than just ice and propane. It was well stocked with cute shirts, hats and other gift items. I particularly liked the selection of gift soaps. There were cards to buy and movies to rent. I too, enjoyed the piece and quiet along with the pristine setting. The river was indeed clean and warm enough that one needn’t worry about cardiac arrest when wading in. We are in our late fifties and frolicked around in the water for hours like a couple of preteens. The grocery store in Twisp was very nice…great deli, with gourmet cheeses and coffee. Nice wine selection, even an end of summer flower pot sale.
This is the second time we have stayed at this park. Our first experience was much better! Although we reserved for our 30ft 5th wheel, we were given a very small site (#201) which was very unlevel, no grassy area to set a chair (in fact, no room to set a chair) and no room to extend the awning in this no shade site. Wal-Mart would have been more comfortable! The only place to set up our BBQ was under the kingpin. No possible way to park our truck at the site. It was necessary to use the parking area a few hundred feet away. Understand there are many nice sites in this park although all are small and quite unlevel. We won't stay here again unless we get a pull-through site or one with more amenable living quarters.
As we arrived at Gilgal, we were surprised to discover it was “downtown” basically in an industrial park kind of atmosphere with lots of vacant lots, etc. They are true to the name “oasis” as it definitely seemed out of place from what we have experienced with other parks. Without a doubt, this is the smallest park we have visited. That being said, it was also very well kept with a well designed pad layout. Very clean, excellent access for power/water/sewer etc. Full cable and DSL is included. We were greeted by camp hosts John and Jackie who went the extra mile to ensure our experience was first-class. John escorted us to our site, helped get us parked, and even brought us some plywood plates to help level our 5th wheel. Most everyone used varying degrees of leveling material on their pads. To me, the sites seemed quite small. We had a “back in” site so our rear picture window was a foot from a 6 foot fence separating us from our neighbor. As I was hooking up the water, I was standing in our side neighbor’s yard watching them eat dinner at the campground provided picnic table. Not that this was bad but something we have not experienced before. There is no privacy in this park if that is an important factor. The park is new so all the amenities like rest rooms, laundry, office, etc. are very nice. The restroom/shower was very nice, extremely clean but can only be used by one at a time! Personally, this is great, but it does require good timing to get in. This is also the first private park we have visited that didn’t have some commodities to sell campers i.e. ice, treats, and RV necessities, whatever! A QFC was within close proximity so a few trips to the store provided ice and whatever we needed. There is no recreation, per se, within walking distance of this park. One needs to plan for day trips and sight-seeing if you are not a “sitter”. The park does have a small recreation area with a picnic table, horseshoe pit and a bench swing…big enough for one family or possible two. The dog run is like a 10 yard grass sidewalk and is very well maintained. This is a nice park. Would I stay here again? Probably not. Not because of any thing being wrong with the park but because there just doesn’t seem to be much to do in Sequim if you are only staying a few days. We went to the casino, stopped by John Wayne Marina, and went to Wal-Mart. If you have the extra time, you can take advantage of the many attractions of the Olympic Peninsula. I think we simply prefer parks with at least a path to walk or beach to comb etc.
This was a great state park. Sites are spacious and trees are trimmed nicely for easy parking. The beach is very nice. This is a very busy park with hundreds of kids on bikes! There is even a nice playground for the younger ones. The amphitheater provided "Ranger Talks" while we were there and some acoustic bluegrass musicians put on an impromtu concert. There are no sewer hookups but the dump station is big and easily accessable. We would return to this park.
Although this park has it's own "charm", I was amazed at how small the majority of sites were. With our 5th wheel backed against the bank, the front end of our truck was at cliff side. Be prepared for some fancy backing and angled hitching. To have enough room for our slide, our steps opened into the fire pit. The picnic table was literally 3 feet wide. Big enough for two people, one on each side. Access roads are very hilly with sharp turns. There was no room to park our truck at the actual site. If you have a 5th wheel or travel trailer, you must park your truck at the restrooms. Still, a wonderful view, great beach, and friendly staff. We will not return to this park.
We really enjoyed this park. It is a little deceiving as most of the sites are in the back and not viewable from the main road. All sites are gravel or sand but with plenty of room for slides, awnings etc. A short walk puts you on a gorgeous sandy beach. The staff was friendly and helpful. There is a small office/store. Propane available on site. A short drive to view seals, whales, and a lighthouse. This was our "destination" park and we were not disappointed. We will return.
This was a nice "overnight" park. Sites were paved with full hookups. Fairly easy to maneuver. Although the person working sent us down the wrong direction to back into our site. Cable channels were limited but the casino down the road filled up our evening time.
This was a really nice state park! Sites were big enough for slide-outs and fairly private from neighboring sites. Easy access. The beach is a mile or so away so we drove. Many rode bikes. We were in site L51. Ample trails to walk. Lots of kids! We would return to this park.
We came back to this park after driving through Washington Park and finding it was not suitable for our needs. This is the second time we have stayed at Fidalgo Bay Resort. The sites are nice. Easy access and full hook ups. Didn't notice the "transient" status others have mentioned. Quiet and peaceful. Friendly staff. Nice beach and a great paved trail across the bay.
We actually did not spend the night at Washington Park. After a long detour over extremely rough road, we arrived at the park. The narrow one-way road was overgrown and muddy. Had trouble negotiating the steep grades in the mud. 5th wheel scraped on sides from trees and brush. The sites were small, for this novice...too difficult to back in to, and I doubt I would have had room to extend the slide. For those wanting a "deep woods" experience, this park might be just the ticket. It simply wasn't for my wife and myself!