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09/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
We enjoyed many aspects of Countryside RV Park. The owners are extraordinarily friendly and helpful as are many of the seasonals. The sites are some of the largest we've seen in over 10 years of camping - some are just enormous. When we asked the owner about this, he said they closed the place down a few years back and redesigned many of the sites, enlarging them. They also made the decision not to allow tenting, as they had had some out of control people. In any case the place is now spacious, very quiet and geared for the older set. Kids and young families will be comfortable here but be aware there is not a lot to do on property. There is a small playground, a swimming area in one of the ponds that no one would use (very mucky) and lots of room for bikes and games on the grass. There is no large social room (the one they have is pretty small and not used for much). They do have a lovely veranda with rockers, and a nice outdoor seating area near a fire pit. Scheduled activities are pretty random/scarce. We were there over Labor Day and the only thing going on was a cute little concert by some of the seasonals. Relaxing and fun. The bathrooms are a bit basic, but clean. Sites are mostly level and a mix of open and wooded. Honestly, if you want a quiet laid back atmosphere, this rates a 9 or 10. But I love to swim and we have family who like to join us (who have a tent) so for me I have to knock my rating down a bit. But we'd go back on our own in the spring or fall in a heartbeat!
07/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is my second review of Brialee and we continue to love this place. After seeing many other campgrounds in the CT and RI area, I appreciate the work and money the owners put back into this place. We camped with family over the 4th of July weekend. It was packed and we had no problems with electric (granted, we didn't need to run the A/C!). The one really nice thing about Brialee is they don't nickel and dime you. Our family of 4 adults with one trailer and one tent were accommodated on one nicely spacious site with no extra charges. Try getting THAT at other campgrounds that charge for the kids in the family, not to mention extra adults/cars! With a full campground, it was actually very quiet after around 11pm. No loud parties. Security was right on the spot when one group decided to let off some loud fireworks near the sites (strictly prohibited). One nice thing - Brialee had their own very respectable fireworks display and set off all the kids firecrackers too. The bathhouse near us was very clean (we had site 218), but the one near the pool was much dirtier due to the really high usage. They need to keep on this better. Lots of activities that were well run and well-attended. Clean (chilly!) pool and nice clean pond for swimming. Very pet friendly with a separate doggie beach. The dogs I came into contact with (and the owners!) were well behaved. Overall, we'll be back again for sure!
09/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a beautiful area on Bowdish Reservoir. Campground is well laid out with wooded sites for both tents and larger campers. There are no hookups, showers or flush toilets. Very well maintained porta-johns are scattered throughout campground. We saw staff continually cleaning and stocking them. Very quiet and peaceful. Would be a ten, except no pump out station. Swimming is in reservoir, also a boat launch. Many hiking trails. Excellent value for Rhode Island!
08/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a very nice county park, tucked away, but very close to I-84 and roughly 1 1/2 hours to NYC. Sites vary somewhat, but because the campground is in a heavily wooded area, there is little grass. We stayed at site #29 with electric. This was a huge site. Most of the sites were really well spaced apart, but there were a few grouped together that would be ideal for family groups. One nice feature is the campground map. It is very detailed as to each site's size and electric availability or not. The main reasons I marked the campground down from an 8 or 9 is the lack of water at each campsite and the condition of the restrooms. I understand bugs-- they're a part of camping! But these restrooms need better ventilation and maintenance. One of the shower curtains in the ladies section was covered in mold. On the positive side, the showers were free. Some partying while we were there, but we've definitely heard worse. For $20 per night, this campground is a definite bargain and well worth checking out. Just come early on weekends-- they don't take reservations and the good sites go fast!
04/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
We really enjoyed Bria-Lee, especially the $15/night special running for the month of April. We were assigned site #78 which is normally a seasonal, but wasn't taken yet. The CG was nearly full due to several groups in for the weekend. We checked main bathroom adjacent to rec hall and the new one by the pond beach and both were in good condition and clean. Showers are free which is nice. Some of the roads needed some grading, but overall were in good repair. New dump station by back entrance. Rec hall has good potential, needs some more money put into it to make it shine. Nice playgrounds, pretty pond area. Pool wasn't open of course, but is a good size. We enjoyed our stay and decided to book Memorial Day weekend here. A little pricier than some of the other comparable CG's in the area, so that is one reason not a 9 or 10. But the staff is very friendly.
05/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
We camped at Oak Embers the first weekend it was open (1st weekend in May), and it was not really ready for weekend guests. The office was locked when we got there, and after calling 2 numbers on the door, got hold of someone who was certain we didn't have a reservation (we did). She came over to the campground (took about 20 mins) and DID find our reservation, just where it was supposed to be. Not much of any apology, just an "oh well"! Actually saw her a couple more times and she was very nice - so we'll put it down to early season mixups. The sites have had recent electrical and sewer upgrades, which is nice. However the ground is torn up and muddy from the digging in many spots. Our water had quite a bit of sediment in it. Some sites were unlevel (in the woods, "C" section). Others looked ok. Bathrooms were decent, showers are pay. Not much of a playground at all and the pool looked on the small side. On the plus side, its in a beautiful section of Rhode Island, adjacent to the Arcadia Wildlife Management area. Very quiet, lots of creeks, and ponds. We might go back later in the year to see if it "feels" better with more people - there were only a handful camping with us. Oh, and its owned by the campers association now, so they do have a vested interest in keeping it up.
11/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Really just a great full-service campground. We camped here the first weekend in November during the remnants of Hurricane Noel, and we still enjoyed ourselves. Sites do vary, with some older ones not being very wide for slideouts, but newer sites are huge. Bathrooms are some of the best I've ever seen, spotlessly clean and well laid out. Only gripes (and they're fairly small) is a city garbage truck came by at 7:30am on Saturday -very loud and disruptive and the pancake breakfast served very undercooked sausages. Overall highly recommended, especially the adult reading/tv loft and the lovely indoor pool and jacuzzi's.
10/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great CG! Lovely pull-thru sites, even for many of the w/e ones. Lots of privacy for most. Full hookup area has nice views of saltwater pond/inlet. Restrooms were barely ok, need to be updated soon, and I hate pay showers. Close (really close!) to ocean beaches and ferry to Block Island. Highly recommended.
09/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
We liked Charlie Brown BECAUSE it was quiet. The kids we saw did just fine with casting a line in the bordering stream and pond and just running around being kids. For those that need a "yogi bear" type experience, this is definitely not the place! Very nicely maintained grounds, we were at the end of the stream-side sites (43?) and somewhat secluded from the rest of the CG. Just wonderful. On the downside, you can hear some noise from a fairly busy road and the showers are pay. Plus I can't help adding a small gripe about the cost: but this is New England where almost every CG is $40 and up. Owners were super helpful and nice.
10/2006
rating [ 6/10 ]
This CG was not bad just not spectacular. Situated across the road from a beautiful pond (fishing is popular, lots of early morning departures) but no view from sites. Interior roads need to be regarded or filled or something, lots of ruts. Transient sites were ok, large enough lengthwise but not a real lot of room between sites for privacy. Seasonals were in good repair, although there were plenty of loud parties both nights -luckily they didn't last too long into the evening. Restrooms were average, showers were pay - can't stand this! For the lack of much amenities and paying full price late in the season, I can't give this a much higher score. However, it is very close to the ocean beaches near Narragansett and Charlestown.
08/2006
rating [ 6/10 ]
In spite of some issues, we liked this homey campground. Chiefly the bathrooms needed to be updated and kept cleaner, they were old and grimy. Lovely clean pond for swimming, also had a clear stream running through the length of the CG. Some seasonals were junky, others were neat and tidy. Sites were either gravel/dirt or grass, no concrete. But most sites appeared fairly level. There were several open areas (both seasonal and transients) that allowed for sat dish setup. Roads were bumpy and the map is confusing at best. Employees were VERY friendly. We would come here again, but for those looking for amenities and luxury, go elsewhere.
06/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
A very well thought out county campground with a section of pull-through sites that accommodates even the biggest rig. Other areas are more for trailers, popups and tents. No sewer hookups but there is a dump station. Several large playgrounds throughout park for the kids and a boat launch on the St. Croix for the bigger "kids". You park on gravel, but most of the rest of the site (except the heavily wooded ones in the tent area) is nice and grassy. Most of the ones we saw were fairly level. Some sites may have low hanging branches but quite a few are out in the open if you need satellite. Very active camp hosts. Besides the nightly fee you also need to purchase a day pass each day you are there ($5 per day). Out in the country but within 1/2 hour to the Twin Cities and lots of picturesque river towns and scenery.
10/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
A wonderful smaller county park within 15 minutes of the Twin Cities. Sites are nicely spaced from each and level. Most had some shade and grassy area. A few pull-thrus. No concrete pads, just gravel, also no sewer hookups that I remember seeing (but they did have a dumping station). Very scenic, lots of walking and biking paths. Pool complex with wave pool nearby in park (extra $) and also riding stables (trail rides, hayrides). Restrooms were very clean, showers were clean but a bit cramped. Really the only reason it didn't rate a 10 is that I feel nothing is totally perfect...this came very close though!
04/2003
rating [ 7/10 ]
We liked this place although there were a few problems. Lots of soft spots which would be a problem in wet weather (sites are basically just on the grass). Bathhouses were located by the seasonals, none by the overnight section! Bathhouses were OK, basically clean, but could use some serious updating. Great activities, pretty location on a small river with sandy banks. Rentals were very iffy looking- not sure I'd want to rent an old run-down school bus or old popup! Seasonals were a mixed bag, some in good repair, many needed to clean up their place. Would go back just for the activities and nice location alone.
07/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
Extremely lovely small county park CG. Spotless bathrooms with showers set up as separate rooms with locking doors - Nice! Huge sites. A few pull-thrus, but most were back-ins. All nice and level. Some trees for the big rigs to watch out for, but nothing too bad. Water hookups were rather comical though. Not at each site, so everyone was running hoses with Y connectors off the spigots throughout the CG. Hoses snaking everywhere! Management seemed ok with it, very relaxed atmosphere. Just wood (delivered), ice and I think ice cream at the office. Grocery store 3 miles away in Cokato. Small picturesque lake to swim and fish in. Fills up fast in the summer! Great relaxing place!
05/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
Lovely location about 2 hours west of Minneapolis. Sites vary but most were large and level with plenty of space between sites, even a few pull through's that would accommodate big rigs (just be careful of some low branches here and there). Of course this is a state park, so no paving, just packed dirt/gravel. The Lakeview CG was right next to beach area with gorgeous views of Lake Andrew. Probably very busy and noisy in the height of summer! Oak Ridge CG was closed when we were here so can't give any opinions but I'm pretty sure that one does not have any electric sites. Bathrooms were very clean and showers were free. Personnel were friendly and even stopped by our site to make sure we had everything we needed. One new thing with MN state parks this year is that you can reserve specific sites online - nice! Sibley is one of the more popular state park CG's and for good reason. Only real down side is that a fairly busy county road runs adjacent to the Lakeside CG. Nothing too loud and it was very quiet at night so this is being pretty picky! We recommend this park highly but don't go without a reservation!
04/2003
rating [ 7/10 ]
This review is somewhat difficult because some things about this CG were great: planned activities, entertainment, beautiful white sand river to wade in, lovely live oak shade trees, plenty of room for kids to run and play. These areas would rate a 9/10. Other areas were not so good: bathrooms that were clean but always crowded and in desperate need of updating, uneven muddy dirt roads, some unlevel sites, poorly marked sites, outdated electrical service to sites. These issues would rate a 2/3, so overall my rating is 7. I would go back here. The seasonals were kept up nicely, the staff were friendly for the most part. They just need to pump some more money back into the CG and refurbish it a bit. Definitely more a family type place, not an "RV resort". They have a fun website that is kept fairly current with the events they sponsor.
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