KOA should send their owners here to see how to do it right. First, you start with a large enough property so your sites are not crowded, and there's room for trees, and nature walks, and big dog runs, and shrubbery. This place is great. There's no traffic or airplane noise, just birds and trees in the wind. And the hushed voices of happy campers. The interior roads are roomy and topped with fine gravel. Each site is level and has shade. Most have a fire ring. Cable TV has lots of channels, the Wi-Fi works well, and the staff and owners are very friendly and helpful. After a series of let-downs at other KOAs, this one in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada, has been a joy.
This place is almost entirely seasonal campers, with the regulars zipping around on golf carts, beer cans in hand, and us "outsiders" crammed in a dusty row and forced to wear wristbands to identify ourselves. And even though River Bay is miles from the off ramp, it's still very near the interstate so there's a lot of highway noise. For us, it was a disappointment and we got a refund for the second night and left early. They were nice about that. There were a lot of seasonal campers, so the park must be doing something right. But for us full-time RVers, it didn't work.
In a word, overpriced. The good: lots of grass, pretty close to Madison, had a nice big field out back to run the dogs in, and what trees they had were shady. The internet worked, but not well. Wifi signal was weak. The bad: the park is too close to a major interstate (I39, I90, I94) and the traffic noise was extreme most of the time, interior roads were dusty or muddy, depending on the weather, the official "dog park" consists of one tiny fenced area in a large field, spaces are too close, and most spaces have no trees at all. Really, the youngest tree looks to be at least 15 or 20 years old. That means that in 15 or 20 years nobody has bothered to plant a single tree. With a few more feet of fencing, the dog park might have actually been usable. In retrospect, this seems to be one of those parks that doesn't believe in investment. The place was quite full while we were there (4 days) so they must think there's no room for improvement. If that's the case, then they are mistaken. But, they never asked my opinion. I would not go back there, and can't recommend it.
We paid for two nights, but left a day early, with a partial refund. More about that below. Good points: Mostly nice, well-maintained, shady sites with good water, power, and sewer. Relaxing, serene environment not too close to the highway. The problems: We found the cable only offered 3 or 4 channels, and the antenna was a little better. Our biggest disappointment was the wifi. They have an adequate system, a repeater installed, but that repeater was damaged so we could not get reception at our site. The owner claimed it would be fixed that day, but later her husband said no. The bottom line is that I walked clear from one end of the campground to the other repeatedly, trying to find a solution. I was rewarded with denials, unkeepable promises, and a surly attitude. She's one of those, "I've run this place for twenty years, and I know everything" types. I could have lived for another day without internet, but her attitude just ruined my visit. Then, when she offered me my money back, I took it and headed for Wisconsin. I won't go back to the Rochester KOA again, and can't recommend it at all.
Nice, tidy, very quiet public campground. Patrolled by town police and sheriff for security. Power at the sites was steady, and water was available nearby. Restrooms were adequate. Tenting is allowed at non-electric sites. The lake is moderate-sized, with modern boat launching ramp and a floating dock that can be used for fishing. Beautiful views in all directions. Some trees, but many have recently been planted and will take years to reach maturity.
I find the park evenly divided, with several monthlies on the street side and all of the river-front sites available for visitors. I sleep late, and rarely heard anything from the locals. Generally less noise than bigger RV Parks that have lots of RVs coming and going at all hours. Overall, the park is very quiet and clean. Management and staff are super helpful and friendly. Excellent cable (something like 50 or 60 real good channels including sports and some movie channels) plus excellent Wi-Fi with 4 antennas to choose from. Speed of Wi-Fi is faster than what I've come to expect, and there is no password or login, and no limits except "please don't download movies." Walk across the bridge into town for restaurants, Family Dollar, two rafting/fishing shops, hot springs, and much more. We came for 3 days, and will probably be here for 3 weeks. Seriously. While the rest of the upper plains is 100F, we came here because it's in the 80s here. Here in Saratoga, we found ourselves within day-trip range of many attractions: Laramie, Snowy Range/Medicine Bow Mountain, Aspen Alley, Encampment, and more. We also got our RV repaired a couple of blocks from here, for tons less than we would have paid at a dealer. I can't stop gushing about this park and town. The people in town are really cordial, and prices are quite reasonable. Saratoga's dog park is one of the largest and best designed I've encountered anywhere. The dogs can run and run, but during the week it's not crowded at all. Some ratings agencies give this park short shrift due to no showers or restrooms, but we never use them anyway. For what we want, this park covers all the bases for a very reasonable rate.
The positives: Wi-Fi and cable TV are good in the premium sites, no cable TV in the other sites. Convenient location. Fairly well maintained. The negatives: 1. There are few trees, so there is almost no shade. This is not a new park, it's just a park that never planted enough trees. 2. Nobody told me that this place is less than 1/2 mile from Black Hills Speedway, so Friday and Saturday nights it's a noise-fest. Really, really loud. Incredibly loud. Races started around 9 PM. God knows when it'll be over. 3. The dog park is very small. There was a big space available, and they fenced off a tiny part of it. Sure, it's got "things" to do, but there's no water and it's not big enough for dogs to actually run. It's like 40x30 feet. Plus, the gate latch requires two hands to operate. Poorly planned. It's not a real dog park. Bottom line: We decided to stay at this park for 5 days, based on the positive reviews we read here. I regret this choice. I've driven by some of the other parks in this area, seen lots of shade trees and quiet, wooded areas. I'm very disappointed and frustrated. I've visited dozens of RV parks since going full-time last September. This place is really a poor value for the money. I don't recommend it.
Excellent facility and polite/helpful staff. Right on the Yellowstone river, and about a mile from the entrance to Pine Creek Falls. Also about 50 miles from Yellowstone. Everything worked fine, and facilities were clean and in good repair. Tall cottonwood trees gave us lots of shade. Kids playground was fantastic, as was the pool. There was no fenced dog area, but this was a small issue as there was a lot of other areas to walk and run the dogs.
Super staff and management. Off the highway, but all paved roads to the camp. Everything worked, and was super clean. We were here over the 4th of July, and there were parades and events that we totally loved. This was a great jumping off spot for Yellowstone, Mesa Falls, Henry's Lake, Henry's Pass, and so much more. And drive up to the FAA radar south of town! Breathtaking view you'll find nowhere else. And the wildflowers! Never have I seen so many wildflowers! There was an off-leash dog area across the road with flowers, aspen, and spruce forest: the dogs just went ape.
Very comfortable, clean, and convenient to many incredible tourist destinations. All the utilities worked as advertised. Staff was very helpful and professional. Dog walk was along the river, and a great off-leash public dog park a short walk away. With all the things to do in SLC, we were very happy. We came for three days, and ended up staying 3 weeks. Wonderful city, wonderful KOA.
All the sites are long and wide enough for our 38' MH and toad, with green grass and small trees between sites. Level concrete slabs and paved roads. Everything is clean and well-maintained, and the staff is very friendly. Dog walk is small-ish, but the adjacent fenced RV storage yard had a lot of room for the dogs to run and chase balls off-leash. The coupons for free drinks and $1 meals at the casino/restaurant next door are great. Wi-Fi works well, and there are tons of channels on the cable. Even though there is no pool, no fire rings, no cabins, no putt-putt golf, I still consider it a resort because it offers the casino and a great view of the mountains. Which, at the moment, are still snow-capped and beautiful.
What we liked: many sites right on the American River, lots of trees, close to state park and Gold Discovery site, very nice helpful staff. What we didn't like: no cable TV and no broadcast stations at all, very weak WiFi signal that disappeared when an RV moved into the adjacent site, and overpriced for what was delivered. Some sites were large, but others were quite small. Our site had lots of dried dog waste that nobody cleaned until I did, indicating that the sites are not inspected enough between guests. Finally, it's not the park's fault, but the roads in and out are quite challenging and steep (14% grade in places) with tight turns and no shoulders. California Route 49 is inadequate and in my opinion unsafe, so use the alternate routes suggested by the park instead of GPS routes. Even those are hard for bigger RVs, even for a guy who used to drive 18-wheelers.
Very spacious, shady, and level sites. Nice staff. We enjoyed the large, fenced dog area. Everything worked well and was well maintained. No cable TV, but there were many broadcast stations available. WiFi was extra, but it worked very well and we had a choice of antennas throughout the park, so we had a strong signal and the speed was better than most. We made day trips to Napa, San Francisco, and Stockton because the park is nicely located. We enjoyed the park, and would love to come back.
The good: Nice location, reasonable prices, mostly spacious sites, lots of trees. Now the bad: The dog walk areas are tiny. One is just a long path between a hedge and a fence. No place for dogs to actually run or play. My biggest complaint is the WiFi internet access, which was nonexistent for most of our stay. Their antenna is located at the office, and the signal fails about 1/3 of the way across the park. They know about it, but they're not doing anything about it (I did ask). So in effect, they advertise a feature that actually does not work and they have no plans to do anything about it. I'm not happy that many RV parks, including a lot of KOAs feel that it's okay to treat their customers this way. I don't need or want a jacuzzi, or a swimming pool, or KOA Kabins. What I do need is reliable, functioning internet access delivered as advertised.
Very tight, cramped spaces are all back-ins. Internet WiFi was very slow. While they do allow pets, they do not provide any pet facilities at all. In fact, you have to walk outside the park, across the street, and walk your dogs there. I would not recommend this park.
Overall, there is a lot to like about this park, however I have a big complaint that really overshadows everything else. The free WiFi is an absolute joke. Frankly, I'm fed up with RV parks that advertise WiFi, and either don't deliver or deliver a service that is far, far below what anyone would expect. When I connected, it took over five minutes to open my home page (google.com). The process of coming to this website and writing a review took almost 10 minutes just to login and get to this page. When I tried to visit www.tvguide to see what's on TV, I find that it's blocked because of "bandwidth limitations." Absolutely absurd, and a blatant ripoff. If a park advertises WiFi, it should deliver a usable product. I don't need a pool. I don't need a pool table. What I do need, and I'm sure I'm not alone in this: is usable internet access.
Very quiet, spacious gravel lots with paved roads and paved pads. Everything works, very friendly staff, nice amenities, convenient location. I definitely would stay here again. This is not really a complaint, but if there were one improvement I'd like to see, it would be more space for the dogs to run. The two dog walks are great, shaded, and clean. However, they could be bigger. On the other hand, at LVRV Resort we're just a mile or so from Dog and Horse Fancier's Park, which is probably the best dog park I've ever seen, so we take the dogs there a few times a week. This is still the nicest park around.
When we checked in we were told that the WiFi wasn't working well. After two days with no WiFi access at all, we left and went somewhere else. Apparently they didn't consider it a high enough priority. There is no security, although we did not observe any problems. At the RV park we moved to (1/2 mile away), security is 24-hours, so apparently there is a need.
Positives: Clean, close to highway. Negatives: Being close to the highway means noise, and there was a lot of that. If you want a site set further back from the highway, they don't have cable or the wi-fi won't reach. Plus, the sites back from the road were cramped and tighter. Big negative: When leaving, we got our LP tanks topped off. The attendant had the hose hooked up and the bleed open before I was even out of the RV with my dog, and before I had turned off the appliances. Not safe.
Positives: Large, clean sites. Very quiet, although we could faintly hear I-10 about 3/4 mile away. Extremely good showers, laundry. Lots of shade trees. Very nice staff, with planned activities. Negative: Cable TV had only 25 channels, and some of those were Spanish language. We couldn't even get PBS, either by cable or broadcast. No Newshour. No Roadshow. No Nightly Business Report. Oh, but they had Fox News on at least two channels, and lots of ESPN. Very disappointing.
I don't need or use swimming pools, mini golf courses, or any of that. Hidden Valley has lots of what I DO want: roomy, shaded, quiet sites. We're nowhere near any major roads, but still easy to get to, and closer to town than the other parks. The water, cable, wi-fi, are all top quality. We have over 100 channels on the cable. The management is very helpful and friendly. We drove by some of the other RV parks in Del Rio to check them out, and found that Hidden Valley is absolutely the best in town for us.
Spacious sites, clean and level. Plenty of trees. Many amenities: pool, mini golf, and a fire ring. Plus, something I've never seen before, a pet playground complete with dog play equipment, ramps, etc. Friendly staff. Not far from interesting local areas: Boston, Cape Cod, Plymouth, Fall River, and more.
Our site was wide and level, with trees and shrubbery between us and adjacent sites. Everything we used worked well: water, electric, sewer, Wi-Fi, and cable TV. The campground is secluded and remote, but close enough that a short drive takes you to Sebago Lake, the mountains, Portland and the seacoast, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, etc. Overall, our 11-day stay there was one of our most pleasant experiences ever. We hope we can make it back next season.