What a great location! We stayed here 5 days. December is definitely the least popular season. Weather was gorgeous one day, cold and rainy another day, with remaining days semi-comfortable. On the one gorgeous day, we had the spectacular white sand beach all to ourselves. The beach is an easy 300-m walk from Loop A, which is close enough to the beach to hear the surf. Our ankles quickly got chewed up by no-see-ums, so we suggest regular use of insect repellant while in campground. Verizon voice and MiFi worked well. Potable water appears to very hard, which could be an issue with RV plumbing after awhile.
There were unoccupied, big rig sites during Thanksgiving week. Verizon voice and MiFi coverage were strong. Previous reviews expressed concerns over the industrial setting, but we did not share those concerns. There were some traffic and train noise, but the sound levels were not very loud. The RV Park itself is attractive, with lots of late-model motorhomes and trailers. We arrived during a million-dollar expansion of the guest facilities. There is a nearby supermarket, but other types of shopping and services required a 30-minute or more excursion.
Even though previous reviews gave helpful directions, we still got a little lost. We finally found a turn-around spot on a very narrow road, but we had to wait until another motorhome unhitched and backed out of the same turn-around. We paid too much attention to our smartphone's navigation directions. Hopefully, the following will help others. Exit US61 1.4-miles east from the Natchez Trace Parkway interchange. From US61, turn south on to State Park Road. Proceed south for a short 0.3-miles. Turn left on to Wickcliff Road, which is not well marked. Ignore the State Park sign at this intersection, which directs you to an alternative entrance to Loop A. Proceed east on Wickcliff Road for a short 0.4-miles. You will see a large masonry portal to Natchez State Park. Exit south from Wickcliff Road, and proceed 1.4 miles on the unnamed paved Park road, past Loop A to Loop B. Otherwise, we very much enjoyed our stay here. We will return to enjoy more of historic Natchez.
We moved here when the nearby COE campground closed for the season (Oct 31). Campground was 80% full during weekend, but pretty empty during the week. Fall colors were near their peak. Pines loop has 30/20 amp service, while the river loop has 50/30/20 plus water hookups. Fellow campers were courteous. This site is popular with fishermen, who seemed to do well fishing the river for trout. One night, our GPS put us on State Highways 23/187 north out of the city of Eureka Springs. There is a 11-ft 10-inch clearance single-lane wooden-bridge on this route with a 10T load-limit. State Hwy 187 southwest of US62 is just fine for big rigs. Our Verizon voice and MiFi service worked well enough at the river loop (site #10), but a camper had just moved out of the Pine Loop because of problems with cell coverage and tree canopies blocking satellite TV view. We would gladly return here.
This federal Corps of Engineers (COE) campground was an excellent choice for us while we enjoyed tourist activities at Eureka Springs, which is about 20-minutes away by car. The campground closes for winter on October 31 (3PM), but we were told by the local COE office that at least one nearby campground remains open during the winter. This campground is among the most peaceful that we've enjoyed, with countless stars filling the nighttime sky. Fall colors have not peaked yet, but we were told that this year is an unusually late for tree colors. Verizon voice and MiFi coverage is reliable. There is no dump station, but there is one at nearby COE Dam Site River Campground. While traveling to the Eureka Springs area, be prepared to drive many miles on narrow paved roads with frequent curves. We averaged about 30-miles per hour with our 40-ft diesel pusher.
This is a very pleasant and well-maintained public campground with spacious sites. It is managed by the US Corps of Engineers, so fees are inexpensive. Verizon voice and MiFi coverage is excellent. Many sites do not have satellite view from roof-mounted TV dishes. Based on our motorhome's power center, the campground's 50-amp receptacle seemed to be wired for 30-amp, at least at Site 11.
The City of Layton manages two campsites along the shores of Lake Laytonka: Eastside and Robinson’s Landing. The facilities look more like state parks than a city parks. We stayed at the north-side Robinson's Landing site, which, to our eyes, is more appealing than the city’s Eastside campsite. Eastside campsite is larger and more open, with few trees but great views of the lake. It also has a swimming beach, but it has more of a “party reputation.” Robinson's Landing is quieter, with 29 sites, 50-foot concrete pads, ample shade, 50/30/20 amp service, and potable water hookups. It is well maintained, which was not the case until recent years. We arrived mid-afternoon on an October Friday during the 3-day Columbus Day weekend, and most sites were vacant. The campground did not fill up during the weekend. Sites cannot be reserved. An attendant makes her rounds each day to collect fees. We had a clear satellite view from Site 28, but tree-canopies might present obstacles at many other sites. Verizon voice and MiFi worked well. Robinson’s Landing has a small grocery store/pizza parlor, shower house, boat ramp, and ample parking. Fellow campers were courteous, and police occasionally patrolled the campground. Our biggest problem was finding Robinson's Landing. We asked directions from a very helpful federal employee at nearby Wichita Mountain Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. For safety reasons, he recommended that big rigs use Routes 49 and 58, which have higher road-standards than the Meers route. From Route 49, turn north onto Route 58 (34.7246, -98.4637), which originates 2-miles east from the small town of Medicine Park. Head north for 5-miles on Route 58 (34.7824, -98.5106), turn west on NW Meers Porter Hill Road, and proceed west for 1.3 miles (34.7823, -98.5316). There are several small blue signs that direct you 0.4 miles south into Robinson's Landing campground (34.7772, -98.5328). Eastside campsite (34.7535, -98.4873) is about 2.5-miles north of the intersection of Routes 49 and 58.
This is an addition to recent reviews. The campground was fully booked for the 3-day Columbus Day weekend in October, and we did not have reservations. Luckily, we arrived Monday and were able to stay for 4-days until Friday morning. Mesquite campground is among the quietest at which we've ever stayed, without even a muted hint of a truck or train in the distance. The moonless nights revealed billions of stars and a brilliant Milky Way.
While very popular during the summer months, the campground was nearly empty in early October. Most of the prime lakeside sites were vacant! Verizon voice and MiFi services were adequate. We would return to this State Park campground.
This public campground situated within a natural area, and it is surrounded by small lakes and affluent residential neighborhoods. We stayed here over Labor Day weekend 2013, and fellow campers courteous and respectful of others. Campground rules are strictly enforced. From Interstate I-25 at Exit 257 take US Highway 34 west-bound (towards the mountains) for 3.4-miles, turn north on Madison Avenue in Loveland Colorado, and follow the brown signs to Boyd Lake State Park. This RV campground offers convenient access to shopping, restaurants, fuel, flee-markets and antique stores in both Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado. The campground is 10-minutes away from the south-side of Fort Collins, which is known for its microbreweries, Colorado State University, bicycle events, and its unique Historic Downtown. The campground is close to McKee Medical Center, Medical Center of the Rockies, the Fort Collins Harmony Campus of Poudre Valley Hospital. It is a one-hour drive to Denver International Airport or downtown Denver. Boyd Lake is normally a one-hour road trip on US Highway 34 to Estes Park Colorado, which is the eastern entrance into Rocky Mountain National Park. However, US34 was severely damaged by flash-floods in 2013. Travelers should check with the Colorado Department of Transportation before planning access to Rocky Mountain National Park via US34. Fortunately, Boyd Lake State Park was not affected by the 2013 flood. Boyd Lake is more convenient to Loveland, south Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain National Park and Denver International Airport than campgrounds north of Fort Collins. Many campground sites have shade trees and views of Boyd Lake to the east or the front-range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains to the west. Boyd Lake has a swim beach, beach house, boat ramps, and a variety of opportunities for fishing and boating. Boyd Lake campground has modern bathhouses with showers, playgrounds and a small laundry, all of which are well maintained. There are paved bicycle and hiking trails that link into the extensive paved trail system that covers all of Fort Collins, including connections to mountain-bike trails on public lands in foothills. 50-amp power is reliable. Potable water is from an excellent municipal source, with numerous hydrants located throughout the campground; almost no sites have sewer or potable water hookups. All sites are paved pull-throughs in the 40-foot to 60-foot range. Our 40-foot site adequately accommodated our 40-foot motorhome plus our Jeep Wrangler. However, travelers with larger motorhomes should select the larger sites. All internal campground roads are paved. Verizon voice coverage is a little on the weak-side but adequate. There is no campground Wi-Fi, but our Verizon MiFi connection to the internet was strong. The campground is open all year, and it is popular with local families on summer weekends. If you arrive after office hours, be sure to purchase the daily entry pass ($8 per day) at the self-service station just beyond the campground entrance; otherwise, you risk a $52.50 citation. Do not wait until the office opens next morning because this policy is strictly enforced at 8:00 AM. You can purchase an annual pass for $70 ($60 for Colorado residents 64 years or older), and thereby avoid the $8 daily access fee. The annual pass also reduces campground fees by $3 per day on weekdays. There are a few unadvertised sites with full hookups that are available for $26/day; they cannot be reserved, and they are only available on a first-come first-serviced basis.
As full-time RVers, we have never experienced anything even remotely close to the degree of menacing behavior that the senior owner of Lakeside KOA inflicted upon my wife. She was simply asking why our guests were charged $26.00 for two toddlers to play on the playground. His response was hostile and threatening. He shouted insults at her as he followed closely behind her as she retreated from the office. I recommend that women do not enter campground office if the senior owner is present. When we filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, we discovered that BBB has lowered its rating of the KOA/Lakeside because the owners have failed to respond to previous customer complaints, and KOA/Lakeside is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau. The Lakeside KOA has disabled the online review feature on their corporate KOA website. We also learned that the campground food service cart is located atop the campground’s former sewage dump station. During the latest inspection (2012), the Larimer County Health Department rated food safety at the KOA/Lakeside as “Marginal.” The south-side of the campground is near an active asphalt plant and gravel quarries, with industrial noise/odors and heavy truck traffic commencing at dawn. I woke one morning to the pounding roar of a low-flying helicopter spraying insecticides on the corn field just 25 feet from our north-side camp site. The well water has a brown tint. There are occasional brown-outs during hot weather and power failures during electrical storms. Interior roadways are not paved. Verizon coverage is weak.
Great stopover location while touring Colorado Rockies. Convenient to Black Canyon of the Gunnison River. D-loop has 50-amp service (no sewer or water), but all sites were reserved during weekend. A-loop had numerous unreserved sites, but there are no hookups. Shade trees are scarce. Federal senior rates apply. We would come back here.
This is a great base to explore Washington DC. The campground shuttle bus provides daily transportation to the Mall. The Metro subway station 5-miles away has ample parking. The drive is not too far to city center Baltimore. Our 40-foot pull-through site was level, although with little shade. There was more shade at smaller sites.