I had been wanting to come here for several years. My expectations may have been set too high. For an in-city park, this is a nice. The adjacent conveniences of Costco, Walmart, Albertsons, Basalt Winery, and Riverpoint Brewery are nice. The park itself is mediocre though. Although big rig friendly, it is deceptively tight. There is a local factory which gives a nasty odor to the whole area, but more-so, there appears to be a septic problem of some sort as several times during our stay a sewage smell wafted through the park; once as we were having dinner outside. The riverfront sites are lovely and the grounds are nicely kept. But, at nearly $50 a night, the park offers few amenities to justify the cost.
Nice clean park. Generally well kept. Very friendly management. Convenient location with all Walla Walla has to offer within a simple little drive. This is a good park for serving as a spot to engage in local activities such as visiting the wineries. It's not a destination park in any sense, though. The sites aren't tiny, but aren't huge either. As it's in the city, there are no fire pits. There is a bit of road noise. The pull-through sites are surprisingly unlevel; I had to put several blocks under my rear tires in order for them to not be hanging in the air. We were here in the heat of summer, and the power quality was shoddy, and I'd guess that the park was less than half full. The bathroom problem from an earlier review must have been resolved. Bathrooms appeared nicely cleaned.
If you can get one of the 20 sites that are on the lake, this is a great place. The ranking is based on having one of these sites. The campground is on the eastern edge of Waitts Lake just west of tiny Valley, WA... approximately 45 miles north of Spokane, WA. It is a beautiful lake of about 450 acres. Fishing and relaxing are the main activities. Scenery is spectacular. This is a very old resort... and accordingly it possesses that kind of 'character'. Facilities are complete, but not updated. The benefit is that this undoubtedly helps keep the cost down. $31 per night for a lakeside site is pretty amazing. Driving into the resort the first time can be concerning. The route is well marked with signs. The entrance to the park is a half mile single lane off of the main road, through cabins. It can get tight for big rigs, but rest assured that 40+ footers have made the trip. If you are a boater, the resort possesses a very decent launch ramp. Additionally, there are 5 docks at the park for fishing and mooring your boat (minimal extra cost for mooring). There is a nice swimming beach appropriately roped off. Pontoon, row boats, canoes, and kayaks can be rented. The camp store is adequately stocked with food and fishing gear. There are a lot of permanent campers here. But, surprisingly, none on the spots that are along the lake. Not sure if that is the policy of the campground, but it makes it nice for roaming RVers. Another RV park on the lake, Silver Beach Resort, looks to cater to the permanent camper, but may have some sights available to those passing through. Sites are pretty tight. With an awning out, there is about 4' of room between you and your neighbor, less if your neighbor has slides. A nice benefit if you are traveling with another RV is that the sites do offer the flexibility of door to door parking. We'll camp here again.
This is the best KOA, by far, that we've ever seen. It's not perfect, but it is pretty darn good! Note, if you want open sun sites, opt for the premium sites. If you want shaded sites, don't go with the premium sites. I was able to get satellite coverage in the non-premium sites, but I also saw many others that didn't have the same luck. Positives: Great location in the woods and far enough off of the highway to make sure there is no noise, yet still very close to the West Glacier entrance. Employees are great--this isn't the standard "a bunch of teenage kids run the joint" that we've seen so many times. The premium sites are very nice, green, and spacious. Pool and hot tub area well maintained. Great on-site little 'restaurant' and ice cream shop. A neighbor lady runs a dog sitting service if you want a day of adventure without taking Fido with. Playground is in great shape and has everything needed to keep the kids happy. The tourist items in the shop are better than anything we found in Glacier, and at some very reasonable prices. Negatives: Wi-Fi is not very reliable as many have stated. The non-premium sites tend to be dirty (no grass) and sizes vary; some extremely tight, some very spacious. Not all sites can have campfires. There are a lot of great parks in the area. This one should be considered one of them. Price-wise, it is high. But, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
This park serves its purpose as a convenience to the Silverwood amusement park. After all, that is where most people will spend their time when staying here. However, it would be hard to enjoy this park if it were a stand-alone park. Items that make this less desirable than other parks are. Low limbs from trees scraping roof and side, dirty sites. Few have any grass, layout of services (sewer, water, elec) on some sites is not convenient, every site has road noise with those along the adjacent highway 95 being EXCESSIVE, and many sites are far from level. Lastly, I noted that the condition of several sites is horrible with holes and pits and dips that are sure ankle and knee twisters. One the plus side, there are both nicely shaded and nicely sunny sun sites. Restrooms are nice. There is a nice volleyball court and I noticed horseshoe pits. While many sites are very very spacious, there are a few that are unexpectedly close to their neighbors.
Surprisingly comfortable park considering that people don't come to Cannon Beach for the RV park--they come to experience the beach. The RV Park is within walking distance of the beach, but it is doubtful you'd want to walk it if you are carrying beach toys and stuff. We utilized our Toad constantly. Sites are surprisingly large. Nicely shaded and pretty level asphalt pads. Accessibility is good as I saw a couple 45'ers driving around without problems. Park sells gas and diesel fuel, a plus since we couldn't find anywhere in Cannon Beach that sold gas, although nearby Seaside is fully equipped with all services. There are advantages to the campground not being right on the beach. Nestled in the trees, there was hardly a breeze in the park while at the same time the beach had huge winds that I'd estimate at 20-30 mph. For us, this is preferred. If you are not familiar with the area, prepare for the potential of cold summers. It was in teh 40's at night and 60's during the day. It was the first time we ever ran our heater in July. I do concurr that the management of this park is a bit less than optimal. Staff wasn't too customer oriented. I didn't experience a friendly atmosphere. The front desk seemed more bothered by my presence than willing to serve. Correspondingly, there are some signs of disrepair. However, it is far from being negligence. We will return again. Recognize that the best sites fill up a year in advance, so make reservations early if you can. Contrary to an earlier post, my Verizon phone worked fine as well as the Verizon AirCard in my laptop. The signal was weak, but I was able to get adequate performance. If interested in using the park's Wi-Fi, recognize that coverage isn't great throughout the park. In the rear of the park, coverage was not adequate to maintain a connection.
My most prevalent observation at this park is that the management team is on top of it! Everything is maintained very well. Some of the cleanest facilities we experienced. And, when we checked in the front desk explained all the amenities in very thorough detail. There is a lot to do here to entertain; spectacular pool, tennis, horseshoes, and basketball. It just doesn't seem to draw destination RVers. It does seem to draw lots of construction work campers, though. Not a problem, just an observation. When we made reservations, they didn't allow large dogs--no exceptions. Fortunately we decided to make this trip with our retriever staying home in the kennel, but this would prohibit us coming back. The local road to the park from the interstate is newly paved. When I talked to the owner, he indicated that it previously was in rough shape earlier and that kept some folks away. No threats today.
Very nice new park. Clean and well maintained. Park workers very friendly and accommodating. The location isn't terribly convenient for overnighters, but worth the extra 7 or so miles off of the interstate, as its an easy drive on a bypass around Richland to get there. Park seems to work well for both families and non-families. Lots of great activities for kids; super pool, very good swingset, and nice sand volleyball area. General store is well equipped and a great place to get your morning coffee. If you are not in need of a pull-thru, note that the back-in sites are both larger and nicer in that they have a concrete pad. The pull-thrus are plenty long, but the slide of my neighbor is less than 10' from my RV. Not an issue if you are just passing through, but if you want to make a weekend out of it, it would be worth the effort to back in and have a nicer outside living space. In a few short years, when the trees grow enough to provide shade, this will be a destination park. If you are not familiar with this area, summers can easily see high 90s and above, so shade is pretty important. After experiencing this wonderful park, I expect to drive 160 miles from Spokane for a weekend visit fairly regularly.