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06/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
We stayed in Walnut River, in the Big Oak section in a water/electric only site. The positives: able to reserve for sites online through the KDWP site, with many sites to choose from. Wonderful large fully shaded sites in the Big Oak section with a walking bridge over to the very nice sandy clean-water beach. The walking trails are nice sidewalks along the pretty wooded stream area. Utilities worked well, and though it was crowded on the weekend we found it to be pretty quiet. The negatives: the campground had quite a bit of litter probably from endless strong Kansas winds and the fact that state funding for maintenance has been cut. Also, the restroom/shower was quite awful. Very very dirty and needing attention. Next time we will for sure stay in a campsite with full hookups and avoid the showerhouse altogether. The shower house at the beach was a little better, and the new one by the playground was closed due to vandalism and need of repair. But we will definitely happily return to this campground. It's a great place to camp with wonderful shade.
05/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a nice park for an overnight stay and the owners/staff are very helpful and friendly. The park is clean, the sites are nice with some shade available. We stayed here a couple years ago and found it to be a quiet nice place to stay. This time, however, we didn't use our AC because it was only about 50 degrees outside.... and subsequently we were bothered by train/traffic noise. So the next time we're looking for an overnight spot, we may or may not choose this park depending on our need to use the AC. Other than that, great park.
06/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a beautiful little lake in western Kansas. We stayed here a couple years ago and again had the opportunity on our way to Colorado to stay here recently. I can't say enough about how peaceful and lovely this area is. Our kids rented canoes at the beach house, then swam at the beach area. The Beach House is a little market/rental building that stocks quite a bit of camping supplies. Lots of shade around the spring-fed lake, which sits down in a basin/canyon surrounded by limestone bluffs. The last time we were here I didn't use the shower house. This time we did use it and it is pretty typical of state park bath houses. Adequate, with private toilets and shower stalls. It took the water at least 5 full minutes, maybe longer, to get warm. Just when I was getting ready to give up, the water turned warm. There really isn't a good dry place to dress after showering. But, everything worked and we still thoroughly enjoyed our short stay here, wishing we could have stayed another night or two.
06/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
We really enjoyed this campground. Beautiful setting on the river. Ample space in most sites. The sites right on the river look small, but we saw very large rigs using them and they fit well. Bathhouse is small, but very clean. The owners and staff could not be any nicer or more helpful. Very friendly folks. We caught lots of fish in the river and watched river rafters. Great jeep trails close by. You just can't beat this area for scenery and stuff to do. Close to Salida, which is a cute little town. Just a wee bit of road noise. So a 9 not a 10,but we would stay here again.
06/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
Kansas State parks now have on-line reservations available through their website which makes them much more appealing to those traveling from a distance. We found this to be a very nice campground with large well-maintained campsites with an abundance of shade. There are several different camping areas within this state park with varying amenities in each area. But every area looks to be very nice. Many sites are right next to the water of Melvern Lake, which is a beautiful lake with nice clear water. The sites in our area (Black Jack) had a wonderful shoreline with small pebble gravel and not mud. There are nice showers within short driving distance to each area, and each area has modern flush restrooms available within walking distance. This was our first time camping at Eisenhower State Park and it will not be our last. Modern playground, large clean beach, cabins and yurts, large boat ramp with boat slip rental.
08/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a great stopover site if you're traveling through western Kansas. Sites are huge and completely level. Great owner. Great little store on site. Laundry and bathroom/shower facilities great. Restaurant within walking distance. Easy on/off interstate. We would choose this campground again.
08/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
We stayed here one night for a stopover. It's a lovely wooded campground with several seasonal long term campers who take great pride in their campsites. The long-term spots are spacious and nice. However most of the short-term sites are ridiculously close together, and proximity to trees makes positioning an issue. We could not use the sewer hook-up at all because of the location of trees. The bathrooms/laundry/shower were impeccably clean, though not all that large for the size of this campground. Very quiet location. For an overnight it was adequate but we would never use it for a destination.
08/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
If you are traveling on I-70 through western Kansas and are looking for a great place to camp, go south of Oakley about 35 miles to Scott Lake State Park. Like the other posters have said, it is truly an oasis of beauty in the otherwise drab plains region. Very peaceful, well kept campground with nice modern shower house. Not fancy but definitely adequate with separate private shower stalls. The campsites are spaced well and many are pull-through. And there are an ample amount of sites that reservations shouldn't be needed. Leveling shouldn't be a problem. The lake has a nice clean beach area with small store adjacent to it. There are lots of hiking trails and places to explore around the lake. Camp hosts are very friendly people ... and Kansas campers are very friendly people, too. I would have rated it 10 if there were sewer hookups in more campsites, but the dump station is very well maintained and easy to navigate through. We will return.
06/2011
rating [ 4/10 ]
This resort is really not designed for a camping destination. We used the resort for a family reunion, with part of our group staying in lodge rooms/cabins and part in campsites. For this purpose it worked out pretty well. There is a lot of shade around the lodge, and a large open yard space with fire ring and space to play in between the lodge and campsites. This resort seriously needs a laundry facility as well as showers and flush toilets. Especially since they are adding additional lodging and camping facilities. Our group used the lodge rooms for toilets and showers, but it was very inconvenient for the pop-up campers who didn't have any toilet in their campers. With all the construction being done on-site, I would think there will be improvements to the camping facilities. Until then, it's a great cabin/lodge resort but lacking in the campsite area.
07/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very lovely little campground right on Milford lake. The camp hosts are super friendly and helpful. Most of the sites have some shade, many of the sites have almost total shade. And the lake is visible from every site. When we were there the lake elevation was up 9 foot from conservation level, and many of the campsites along the lake edge are now very near the shore making them smaller sites than normal. The shower house and toilets are new and really nice. There is a nice new playground also. The one negative, and it could be a deal-breaker, is that many of the sites are just impossibly small. The pull-through sites are perfect, but there are only five of them. When reserving, be very very careful about campsite size. It is mentioned for every site on-line. That being said, if you get one of the many larger campsites you will absolutely love this campground. We'll be back.
04/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
We usually camp in Bluestem camping area of this state park, but this time chose the Walnut River camping area below the dam. We absolutely loved this campground. Most sites are along the river and heavily shaded. Many sites have full hook-ups. There is a swim beach and really nice new playground equipment. Cabins are also available. There are many very nice walking trails along the river and through the wooded areas. These trails are smooth cement and have lots of places along the way for fishing and benches for sitting. Very lovely area. So glad we chose to camp here.
09/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
You simply cannot find a better place to camp in Colorado Springs. It's in a good location for visiting the city, but totally quiet and peaceful. The view of the city lights at night is pretty. The campsites are well spaced apart and quite level. We walked one of the trails which was well marked and easy to navigate. There isn't any shade, but the weather cools off nicely at night. We've stayed at a couple other campgrounds in Colo Springs and this is by far the best. No pool, of course, this is a state park.
07/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
We used this KOA for an overnight traveling through western Kansas. The site was nice and large and well spaced and long enough for big rigs. No shade. We also used a Kabin and the campground owner had the AC on for us, which was nice in the 100 degree temp. The men's shower house was immaculate and newly refurbed. The women's shower was kind of pathetic and needs to be refurbished. The water pressure was poor and the shower plumbing seriously needs to be replaced. Hopefully a remodel will happen and the women's shower will be as nice as the men's. That's the only negative. Other than that, good experience.
07/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
We used this campground for an overnite stay before heading to the mountains west of Colo Springs. It was a little tricky actually getting into the campground because of a one-way underpass. Our GPS tried to take us to exit 110 and I suspect that may have been a better way. The highway signage took us off at 108, thus the narrow underpass. However, once we got to the campground we were very pleased with our campsite. They all looked to be spaced nicely and were very shaded and clean. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. We used the pool which was pristine. The hot tub looked great, too. They do pizza delivery to your campsite which we actually used, being too tired to cook. Pizza was very tasty. This campground is surrounded by desert and mountains, providing nice scenery. Showers were very clean and functional. Possibly if you didn't use AC the road noise and trains might be an issue, but with AC we heard nothing. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat.
09/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
This campground is on Pomona Lake 24 miles south of Topeka. The campground is absolutely gorgeous with lots of trees and very spacious campsites. Every site is shaded. There are several different camping areas and some are primitive, but there are many full hookup sites and even more water/electric sites available. The sites in Burning Heart area are full hookup and there are several very long pull through sites that are quite nice. Most of the sites have only a view of the water, but there are a few water front sites near the marina. And several sites have no view of the water at all, but the wooded surroundings are very beautiful. We didn't use the shower facilities but the building looks very new and modern. We will definitely camp here again. The only reason I didn't give a 10 is that the cellphone service was marginal. Our wireless Internet card did work there however.
08/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a city park extraordinaire. The campground is lovely and quiet and right on the lake. The only minus, and the reason for a 8 and not 10, is that there aren't sewer hookups. Also, the sites are close together which is only an issue if the campground is full. Laundry is available in both shower houses. The shower house that I used was climate controlled (central AC is nice in humid Kansas). There is an 8 mile walking trail around the entire lake, which has many hills (all of Kansas isn't flat) and gorgeous scenery. On the west side there is a botanical garden area with covered bridge and gorgeous landscaping which shouldn't be missed if you're there during the summer. Also available is a golf course, boat ramps, beaches, tennis courts, heated fishing dock. And all the conveniences of everything you might need to buy in Topeka. We camped four days and LOVED it.
08/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
This campground is on the ocean. Which is the only perk. It's beautiful and the beach access is easy. But the rates just recently were doubled from $25/night to $50/night. Which is absolute robbery with no water or electricity hookups. The campground was full the entire time we were here and the public beach next to the campground was very full, too. Which made the bath houses absolutely filthy except for the immediate period following the daily cleanings. Also, the campsites near the shower houses are convenient, but when we were there other campers (children and adults) would just walk right through our high-priced campsite with no regard for our presence. If they add hookups the $50/night fee would be more tolerable.
08/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a wilderness type campground in a beautiful, quiet area of Yosemite. 50% of the sites are reservable, the rest first come/first serve. We enjoyed camping here even with the primitive nature of the campground. There is water available in the park, just not at every campsite. There is a waste water disposal drain next to the restrooms for Grey water. There are adequate numbers of restroom facilities with flush toilets. I don't think the toilets are cleaned very often which is kind of unfortunate given the heavy use that the campground has in the summer months. Showers available 17 miles away in Yosemite Valley. Food storage restrictions enforced because of bears. We did actually see a bear, too. We would return to this campground.
07/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This campground is in a lovely wooded setting in the Flint Hills of Kansas. We stayed in Hickory Hollow which has full hook-ups. Sites are first come first serve. Heavily shaded sites with lake view and short trail down to the lake which is easily accessible. There are several camping areas in this state park, many with lakeside camping. A few full hookup sites are reserveable, although they are in an area with little shade and no lake view. The park has beaches, a marina, laundry, firewood, and friendly camp hosts. There are well-spaced single sites as well as "double" sites for two camping units. We will come again.
06/2008
rating [ 5/10 ]
From the highway this appears to be a nice shady park. The sites are shady, but gravel and dusty with the Kansas wind. And the highway noise is really quite loud. The pool was nasty when we were there. The showers are okay, but nothing special. There is an RV dealer on site which could be handy, and the store is pretty well stocked. It's probably okay for an overnight stay if you are in a hard-side camper that blocks out the highway noise.
07/2008
rating [ 10/10 ]
We really enjoy camping here. There is a lot of shade and easy access to the water. They have recently eliminated the vault toilets and made them into flush toilet, and shower, which was a huge improvement to the area we camped in The campground hosts are great. They do their jobs without being "rule nazis". This is just a beautiful quiet campground with lots of space between the individual campsites.
05/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
We were very pleased with our camping experience here. The lake is gorgeous and surrounded by forest and hills. The lake is clear and calm for boating. There is a marina very close by. We were impressed with the boat dock and beach also. And we were able to get around ten TV stations with only our crank up antenna. The bathrooms are private and nice. Be sure to have long water hose for connecting to the water. The only minor negative is that many of the sites don't have long parking pads for RV's. And there isn't much room for extra vehicle parking at each site, which makes the interior road a little crowded, but not bad. Overall, though, it's a quiet shaded campground right on the lake. You can easily dock your watercraft right at your campsite. We loved it!
10/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
Sites are well spaced and most provide a decent view of the ocean. Long stretch of beach that is easily walkable. Long bike/walk trail that runs along the coast for a few miles. Bathrooms adequate. We were unable to get any signal with WIFI but didn't really put a lot of effort into troubleshooting it. I can see no reason that there shouldn't be electric hook-ups. Water is available at many locations throughout the park. Campground is patrolled often and we felt safe. I would camp here again in a heartbeat and stay longer if there were electrical hook-ups and WIFI.
06/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
This campground is on beautiful Melvern Reservoir, about 20 miles east of Emporia. There are many lakeside campsites with hookups and all are very shaded. The shower house is a bit small but clean and adequate. The campsites are spacious and grassy, with paved pads and adequate parking areas. It is very quiet and well patrolled by the local sheriff. The lake is clean and large enough for all water activities.
10/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is a great campground. We were attending a festival in nearby Independence this weekend and chose to camp at this state park. It is on a beautiful lake surrounded by hills and trees. There are several choices for campsites from primitive to full hookups. Lots of shade. The site we camped in was in Prairie Meadow, which offers very spacious pull through sites as well as some back in. The sites are spaced far apart which allows for great privacy. Independence is a very nice town with all the necessities available in a 5 minute drive. (aka Walmart) We will definitely camp here again.
07/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is such a perfect place to camp! The sites are very private and surrounded by forests and mountains. Most sites are pull-thru. The roads are paved. There is water available in several sites of every campground section. There are walking trails and horse rides. And many opportunities for site-seeing nearby.
07/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
We stayed in one of the premium terraced sites. Very nice. Cabins look nice, also. The non-premium sites near the camp office looked crowded. Wi-fi worked fabulously. It's a couple miles off the road but easy to find and very quiet. The one negative was the hot tub wasn't working and we were kind of looking forward to it.
07/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
As an overnight stop this campground is perfect. Shade trees are plentiful. Pool is clean and well maintained. Shower rooms are great. Laundry is clean and machines new. The best part is the owners. They are very friendly and helpful and go above and beyond the call of duty to make everyone comfortable.
05/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
We spent two nights camping here over Memorial Day weekend. Very comfortable, quiet, beautiful campground with swimming beach and lots of shade. Laundry, clean restrooms/showers and close proximity to shopping add to the comfort. Paved roads and level, paved/gravel sites are well maintained. I can't think of any negatives to this beautiful little campground on a lovely little lake. Fishing and boating are permissible although there are a lot of "no wake" areas on the lake. We loved this place and will return.
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