The pros: This RV park is located in a beautiful area right on the Potomac River. The cons: The kids who work in the office are clueless about all things RV with no understanding of hookups, necessity of level sites or even the ability to give simple directions or information about the base. Very few sites are level in any direction (i.e. side-to-side or end-to-end) to the extent that we had to try about a half-dozen sites before we found one in which our motor home auto-leveling system could level the coach. Aside from restrooms and laundry facilities, there are no other amenities in the park itself. Other military RV parks in the Washington DC area are either much cheaper. There are many other superior and cheaper places to stay that do not have the design flaws that cannot be corrected at Ft Belvoir. The management and Fort Belvoir leadership have no idea of what is important to RV'ers. If they did this campground would have been better designed, better built, and more military camper friendly with respect to policies, prices, reservations and cancellations. Do yourself a favor, drive on by and stay north of the city. This is the most expensive military campground that we have encountered in seven years of full-timing and has the poorest site design.
WARNINGS: 1. The RV park is located next to RxR tracks with operational trains going by every 30 to 45 minutes. 2. If you must get here on I-75, it is important to note that the interstate is in awful shape-- beyond punishing, it is destructive!! 3. Monroe epitomizes the rust belt-- it is a very crappy town. Those items aside, the RV park itself is extremely nice and would rate a 9 or 10 if not for the facts listed above. If you are not bothered by the horrible trip to get here, by the trashy town and by the trains, then you should like it here. If not, then this is a place to avoid-- which we will do in the future.
The MAJOR problem with both the back-in and pull through sites is that they are NOT LEVEL. In fact, they are so far out of level that the vast majority of motorhomes and fifth wheels camped here were either on blocks OR had one or more wheels off the ground. If camping with wheels off the ground is OK with you, then this place is fine. If you value the structure of your RV and find this unacceptable, then this campground IS NOT FOR YOU! We had reservations for a week and canceled the remainder of the reservation after trying three sites and being unable to level. We also canceled the sales presentation that WE had requested since we had been interested in purchasing here. NOT NOW!!!! Also be aware: many of the pull thrus have the electric/water pedestal and sewer connection at the head of the site (i.e. next to the drivers window!). Again, if this is OK with you and you have 30 feet of electrical cord and sewer hoses, then this set up will work. It was NOT acceptable for us. When we spoke with the front desk representative, she could not identify sites that are level-- stated that we could go look for them ourselves. For $85/night I would expect level sites and front desk staff support and a knowledge level of the campground facilities, even if it means that the leadership/administration creates a tickler file for each site. Many campgrounds of the "Resort" variety have just those capabilities: This one does not. That is just plain unacceptable anywhere-- at these prices it is absurd. The lack of level sites available was a big issue. The lack of concern by front desk staff was a deal breaker both in terms of our staying for our reservation period and in terms of ever considering becoming an owner at this facility.
This campground is excellent!! Being a Corps of Engineers campground, there is no sewer, so you need to be comfortable with that when making a reservation. The campground has trails through the woods and around part of the lake. Also, there is a fishing dock. Be aware: sites 36 and higher are either very tight for anything over 30 feet or do not have adequate maneuvering room for a rig over that size. Site 36 has an extremely steep entrance: larger rigs will scrape their hitch and/or ladder. Do not be fooled by the site lengths advertised. We stayed in site #35. That site, along with #34 are fantastic. Lake view, large decks overlooking the lake, and a large fire pit area. Many of the pull through sites are pretty tight for larger rigs. Sites that are good for big rigs would be 9, 10, 11, 16 and 20. Reserve any of those or 334 or 335 and you will be very happy. We will definitely return here in the future. The price of $9/night was utilizing a Senior Access pass. Regular price would be $18.
This is a fantastic park: every aspect of the park is perfect. I could go on and on about the place, but the bottom line is: this is one of the top five places that we have stayed while full-timing during the last three years. We only stayed for one night while passing through the area, but already have made plans to re-visit the Reno area for two weeks and will stay at Sparks Marina RV Park.
We stayed here while visiting Yosemite National Park. The campground is very old and rough around the edges. It has potential that is not being met due to non-existent maintenance. However, the biggest problem is the electricity. The power at our site (50 amps) was so spotty that our onboard management system would not activate the onboard electric grid. This is the only time in 2.5 years that power has been so poor that the RV would not operate while hooked up. We disconnected and used our inverter and generator for the several days that we were there. We only spent nights in the motorhome; days were spent in Yosemite. If we had plans to spend even one day at this campground we would have left after the first night.
This park is by far the best place we have camped in two years (plus) of full timing. The staff, office, lounges, and park itself are all beyond outstanding. Even at the higher prices, this is a real value. If the scale went to "15", this park would rate a "15". This park is in a class of its own!!
We had reservations to stay here for two nights. My wife made the reservations over the phone around five hours prior to our arrival and discussed several items on the phone with the campground representative: price, discounts, type of site, even the representative's name! When we arrived, a large group of motorhomes was checking in and we were told that we did NOT have a reservation and the woman at the desk even said, "Your wife did not call us!!" At that point we left and went next door to another campground that had some vacancies. In order to do that; however, we had to drive our 40 foot motorhome through this campground. The interior roads and sites are very narrow and almost every site had a car parallel parked in front-- making entering/exiting these sites in a big rig next to impossible. Upon seeing the tight quarters I was happy that they had botched our reservation and that they were so arrogant as to call my wife a liar (I heard her reservation request on speaker phone while we were driving toward the campground). This campground obviously has some serious management issues and is certainly not the place to stay in anything approaching the size of a big rig. We echo the other reviewer who stated: I WOULD NEVER STAY HERE AGAIN! We did not stay in this park!
We camped here for two nights in our forty-foot motorhome after having our reservations totally botched at another campground next door. Pride Resort is extremely nice: large sites, large interior roads, very well maintained and very well managed. Everything about this location is extremely positive except that some of the sites are not level. We had to move from one pull-through to another and still our motorhome had great difficulty leveling. Otherwise, we would have rated Pride as a "ten".
This is a very nice campground with excellent facilities and is located across the highway from Flathead Lake. Sites are both back ins and pull throughs, and all accommodate big rigs easily. We camped in a back in. We had to trim a tree before backing into our site and scratched the side of our motorhome anyway. Not good! Better management would be aware of that type of issue and prevent those problems by keeping the trees trimmed at the sites where they are an issue. Utilities are good. Sites are all level concrete with a large concrete patio area. Very nice. We would certainly stay here again; however, we would want a pull through site.
This is a very nice park located in the country at the edge of the town of Grangeville. It is part of an old farm. The owners have done a great job of manicuring the place and everything is perfect except for the dust levels. If they can somehow manage to reduce the dust to an acceptable level this park would be a "10" !! The sites are all huge pull throughs and are level. Many of the sites can accommodate a big rig and two cars.
This is a new park with fantastic facilities. All the roads in the park are now paved. All pull thru sites that are huge. This park would have rated a "10" with us except for two problems that, unfortunately, cannot be changed or improved upon: 1. A train line runs adjacent to the park and are very noisy. They run every few minutes all night long and this is a location where they sound their horns for a crossing. Even more problematic is that the campground is built on lava silt from Mt St Helens eruption and the entire campground shakes when trains go by! It is very bothersome. 2. The campground uses well water that is very murky. Not good! Another issue is the electricity. We had stayed at this campground previously and had electric issues. Once again our monitor indicated very low outputs in the 114 range and our management system several times indicated that the 50 amp current was actually functioning in the 30 amp range. We would stay here again in a pinch, but would basically dry camp and not use the electricity or water since both are unsatisfactory.
Our first reaction to this park was "Wow". The front office, laundry and game room are beautiful. However, once we got to our site and spent a few days, the first reaction wore off and we realized that this is just a huge gravel lot with some small spots of grass. Our power monitor indicated that the power continuously operated at 114 to 118. At one point we disconnected and operated on generator/inverter power for a while in order to protect our electronics. There are approximately ten spots with a water view, so while the park borders water, that does not come into play for the vast majority of spaces. What does come into play is that the park is located directly adjacent to US RT 95-- a very heavily traveled and noisy highway. Most of the interior roads and all of the sites are gravel-- and DUSTY. When the campground is full it looks great due in large part to the number of big rigs; thereby resembling an RV show. During the week when the number of RVs declines, the park resembles many of the poorly maintained places that we try to avoid. The next time we are in the Idaho panhandle we most certainly will camp elsewhere.
This is the most outstanding campground that we have seen or stayed in throughout British Columbia. The campground has been in existence for eight years, yet it looks brand new. The sites and other facilities are beautifully maintained. Everything is spotless. The office staff is very professional and helpful with suggestions about the area. We would stay here again anytime we were in this area. This is an area and campground in BC not to be missed!
This park fails to even measure up to the poor standards of many KOA's. It is an old park that has not been maintained or rejuvenated in years and years. The sites are not level and are a mixture of grass and old gravel. The hookups are ancient-- with many of the water hookups attached to rotted or broken posts. All of the KOA literature says that Wi-Fi is available. That simply is not the case. The front office and rec building is extremely well-done and maintained. That is the ONLY reason for upgrading this review to a TWO. The rest of the park deserves a rating of ONE-- only because there is no lower rating available. My advice would be to avoid staying in the Sicamous area if this KOA is the only thing available to someone. If you must stay here, a word of advice would be to NOT hook up to the water and do NOT do any wash there. The water has an extraordinary iron level. Our ice cubes were brown and when we disconnected our hose and pressure regulator were filled with RUST. As stated earlier, this is a pitiful example of a campground. On a more positive note: If you happen to be in Kamloops, be sure to eat at a restaurant called "Hello Toast". It is awesome!!
This is a new park and is exceptionally well planned. The driveways are very wide and there is an exceptional amount of space for parking a toad. The sites are packed gravel with concrete sidewalks on both sides. All sites face the golf course. The sites next to the course are pull-ins and the second row of sites are pull-thrus. We were met by the owner, who provided us with lots of information about the area-- including both tourist and restaurant information. Our pull-thru site did not have a working sewer connection due to the newness of the park. The connections should be open soon. The owner offered to allow us to park in one of the pull-in sites so that we would have sewer connections; however, we stayed for only two nights and did not need that service. We would certainly stay here again.
This is a great RV park with excellent location for visiting Franconia Notch (6 miles off I93). The campground is very new and is attached to a Holiday Rambler dealership. They have an excellent laundry facility and beautiful pool area. There are both pull-thru and back-in sites. For RV's with satellite dishes, the back-in sites are better locations for reception. This campground would be great for either an extended stay or a brief stay to visit Franconia Notch and the surrounding area.
This is the best RV park that we have ever camped in. Every amenity is perfect. The sites: both back-in and pull-through, are huge and beautifully landscaped. The mountain views are amazing. We used the heated indoor pool: maintained perfectly. The front desk staff was very professional and courteous. You pay for this level of excellence: but it is worth every penny and then some. Do not miss this opportunity just ten minutes off I-70.
This park has the potential to be outstanding; however, the management needs to address several issues. The paved spaces are ten feet wide and are all curved pull-thrus. The requirement there is that all four wheels must be resting on the pavement-- not an easy trick to accomplish. We ended up with both the front and rear overhangs of the coach hanging out over the grass. The hosts are the worst case of park-Nazi's that we have ever encountered. They literally sit at their campsite and watch everyone in the park. We parked with one outside dual wheel half on and half off the pavement (but not touching the recessed grass) and before I shut the coach off the host was at our site telling us to re-park. I would not stay here again until the sites are either widened or straightened, and until the hosts are replaced with supportive ones.
This campsite is dusty, dirty and ill maintained. There are heavily treed sites next to the lake and sites without trees farther from the lake. We chose a non-treed site when making the reservation so that we could use our satellite dish. This campground is approximately fifteen miles from the interstate exit and the paved road to the campground is NOT good. The only thing worse than the campground itself is the nasty and arrogant attitude of the park service staff working the entrance booth. In our opinion they should be fired. I would not stay at this campground under any circumstances.
We camped at Calgary West for ten days during the Calgary Stampede. It is a five to ten minute drive to the C-Train light rail station that connects you to the center city of Calgary and directly to the Stampede Grounds if you are there at that time of the year. The amenities at the campground are excellent except for the proximity of your neighbors. Driver side awnings come within twelve to eighteen inches of each other in the opposite direction pull-through sites. When we arrived the desk clerk assigned us to a space better suited for a small class C motorhome or a class B unit: certainly not a 40-footer with slide-outs. A shoe-horn would not have gotten us into that spot. They cheerfully moved us; however, a large class A should never have been assigned to that space in the first place. We spent one day away from the site for RV service (previously notified the front desk) and when we returned we discovered another camper in our site. Additionally, that camper was NOT assigned to the space but initially refused to move and the management had to be forced into making the other party move. Very unsat! So: what you have in this campground is a very good facility, albeit very crowded, that gets downgraded due to a less than capable/trained front desk staff.
This state historic site is a beautiful park-like setting next to the Tongue River and was the site of the Battle of Tongue River in 1865. The majority of the park is surrounded by old, large cottonwood trees; however there are several sites that are in the open. The park does not take reservations, so with the first come/first served you can pick the site that suits you best. Most of the sites are back-in and three sites are pull-thrus. We picked a pull thru that would easily accommodate two forty-footers plus toads. We had no problem using our TV/internet satellite dish here. This campground is dry camping only and we encountered tenter's, small vans, and motorhomes. This is a great location just a few minutes off the interstate for a one-night stay or a several-night stay in order to explore the mountains to the west.
We stayed at this park in conjunction with our visit to Custer Battlefield-- which is about four miles away. The half-mile road leading to the campground is gravel and somewhat bumpy; however, the campground is a great place to stay. The sites are large and level with grass between all sites. The utilities are excellent-- not a surprise given the age of the park (four years old). The maintenance is excellent and the owners are very nice. The campground was only partially occupied while we were there. Additional marketing and advertising efforts by the owners would turn this park into a booming business. It is superior to any of the other rv parks along the interstate near the Custer Battlefield. This is a great place to stay for a night or a week!