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10/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
We'd score this park higher, but our interactions with the owners/management were not so good. They must have been in a bad mood or something -- both my wife and I had the same experience. Grumpasaurases. We're more used to state and national parks I guess, where we're always greeted by the friendliest of folks. That said, great location on the river/bay. Many sites back right up to the water. Yes, it is a concrete jungle but our site was perfectly level and all the concrete means no sand/dirt in the trailer. While our spot against the water was plenty long, the hook-ups were about half way back from the road. I think this set up is great for RVs, but not so much for trailers. To get the trailer close enough to the hook ups meant our truck was blocking traffic. The spot was wide enough to park the truck next to the trailer, but that meant cramped quarters. Small quibble though. If you are into crabbing, you cannot beat this spot. Good supermarket is located within easy walking distance, as are most services.
08/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Great little park on the beautiful South Fork of the Payette River. We camped here on our way up to Stanley from Oregon. A couple of large pull-through sites, but most are back-in. It is along the Banks Loman Highway, but was not very noisy. Fresh water is available and the faucets did have hose threads. So, you should be able to fill tanks here (but don't count on it because the faucets are near spaces such that another RV could block access when parked for the night). Across the street is a nice little hot spring, right along the river. Spaces were adequately spaced for privacy and quiet. Note that ReserveAmerica only lists the 3 group sites at this facility because the 8 individual sites cannot be reserved in advance. The link in this listing is to the Forest Service website that provides more complete information.
08/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
Wonderful campground along the Salmon River. Sites are well spaced out and easy to get into. Somewhat sparse tree cover, but it is adequate (my solar panels loved it). Our space was level -- did not see many blocks, so I think most sites are very level. Access to river via trail. A quiet alternative to the zoo at Redfish Lake. Water is available in the campground and is of a very high quality, but it is via a hand pump -- make sure you fill your tanks before you arrive. Dump stations and drinking water are available two miles away at either the ranger station or Redfish Lake. The ranger station may have the most scenic dump in the world. Keep in mind though that the drinking water hose has a narrow diameter -- it can take 20-30 minutes to fill your water tank. There is an adequate market in Stanley for food, but the nearest "real" supermarket is probably in Challis. All in all, a wonderful campground and we will definitely return.
06/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Great campground on the banks of the McKenzie River. The park has significant, dense forest, so the spots have a lot of privacy. From our spot (# 6), we could not see any neighbors or even the access roads. Water is available at a couple of spigots located throughout the park, but they do not have hose threads. So, make sure you have some way of getting the water in your tanks (we used a bucket and pump until the camp host offered to let us use his hose/spigot). This campground was probably built in the 50s or earlier, so the pads are all built at various angles -- you may need to drive the access roads the wrong way to get into your spot. Our pad was, however, perfectly level. Access generally is very tight with the trees and narrow roads. Even the pull through spots are pretty tight. Would not recommend this park for big rigs or longer trailers. The McKenzie River trail runs through the camp, making it great for those shuttling the trail on their bikes. Gas (including good access for big rigs and trailers) and basic food supplies are available nearby in McKenzie Bridge.
06/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Great setting along Timothy Lake. Water is available, but each loop only has a few spigots. The spigots do have threads, so fill your tanks before parking. The park was built before RVs existed, so the pads are oriented in all different directions. You may need to drive the "wrong way" around the one-way loop to enable easy parking in your spot. Several lake front spots. A number or spots can be reserved ahead through reserve america, but a lot are first come.
05/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Sites were a little closer together than we would like, but still a very clean, well maintained park. Our site was immaculate when we pulled in. The kids loved all the opportunities to explore, including the large hill on the east side and, of course, the river. Spots seemed easy to back into - ours certainly way.
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