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08/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
This was by far the nicest campground we saw in the area. We stayed here two nights while in the Redwood Forest. It's very family friendly, has a little play structure, mini-golf, and little paths to walk along. The restrooms were spotless and the owners were so very nice and helpful. They even gave us tons of great information and directions on things to do and see. The site we stayed in was at the back of the campground and very private, although there were other sites towards the front with less privacy and trees. We had full hookups and didn't have a problem with anything. The Wi-Fi listed is a little spotty and they really only want you using it to check emails, etc, which was fine. They had tons of blackberry bushes to pick from although we ran out of time. If we go back we will definitely stay here again. They also had laundry facilities, ice and a little gift store with a few necessities for sale as well. This was less than a quarter of a mile from the Trees of Mystery and within 20 miles of many of the neat sites, such as Fern Canyon, the twisted tree, the Drive-through Tree, etc. I would stay 3 nights minimum if we do this trip again. So many things to do and see in the Redwoods: beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
08/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
What a little gem of a park! We stayed here two nights as part of our 101 experience. We were looking to stay as close to "on the beach" as we could and we definitely got it with this state park. The ocean was less than 50 yards from our campsite. Although: the downside is that not all of the sites are ocean view and you have to book early to get the "view" sites. Even then, not all of them on the ocean side are "view" sites. They have brush and trees obstructing the ocean view in between the campsites and ocean. We were lucky enough to be in one of the 3 sites with an unobstructed view. The only other downside was there is a fence maybe 3 and a half feet tall all along the ocean side sites, so you can't just walk right out from your site to the ocean. But, there were paths to the ocean easily accessible and very close by. Just the sound of the waves and the fresh air all within feet were so worth staying at this park! The bathrooms were clean and it is a very small park, so you didn't feel like you were right on top of each other. They do not have a dumping station at this park, so we had to continue on and dump at the next campground. Overall we loved this park and it made our ocean experience perfect! The kids loved playing on the beach and we were within 20 minutes of Newport, which had an excellent aquarium and many other things to check out. As for the beach, it is long and flat with really no rocks or anything much to see. Just lots of beach and water!
08/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
We stayed here on the beginning of our "101" trip. We are a family of 5 with 3 children ages 8 and under. What a fantastic park! The bike paths were absolutely the best! You can bike out to the old military site on a paved path and tour their museum and old jail then continue on to the beach and see the Peter Iredale shipwreck. All are within a 7-mile ride and all paved. The sites are all very well groomed and you don't have the feeling of being in a campground as big as it is because each section has it's own "loop" off the main road. There are some shrubs and trees in-between sites, but honestly not a ton of privacy from space to space. That was the only drawback. Still, much better than some of the sites we have stayed at that are out in the wide open. Although we didn't stay in a "full hookup" site, they do have some available and they also had a fantastic dumping station available to use. We would definitely stay here again! So very impressed with the Oregon State Parks.
07/2009
rating [ 4/10 ]
This was a huge disappointment for us. We camped there for 2 nights and when we made the reservations they said we would be 20 feet from the lake and there was a sandy area for children to play and we would be able to see them playing from our RV site. This was not at all the case. For one thing, there isn't any sand on this lake, the shores are all very rocky. And the tent sites are in between the RV sites and the water, so to access the lake you are walking right through someone's tent site. The distance from the RV sites closest to the water was more like 150 feet and we couldn't see the shoreline from our site. Also, their appeared to be a few permanent tenants living there as well. There is zero privacy from site to site and things were rather run down. However, there was a National Forest campsite right next door. Although it didn't have any hookups, it was a really nice park, clean and well kept up, with good privacy and space from site to site. If we had to do it over, we would definitely stay at the National park. The "resort" would definitely be a "last" resort in our opinion.
07/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
It was kind of a fluke we stayed here. We had a mix up on reservations at nearby Alta Lake (on fourth of July weekend) and were stuck at the last minute trying to find a place somewhat near Brewster, Washington. We went into this park not knowing what to expect and left feeling pleasantly surprised. Although it's not the "prettiest park" (the maintenance man's house was right next door and it was a sight to behold), the little town of Carlton was actually a fun place to discover. The owners of the RV park also own the restaurant right next door, which had great food, and the grocery store just a little further down. I was able to get Wi-Fi at the restaurant, but not at our spot. Each site has a small amount of shade, some sparse grass and nice picnic tables and chairs on a first come first get basis. The downside of this place is there is no view whatsoever. Just a highway with brush in between the campground on one side and then a field on the other. However, the big draw is a little swimming hole right across the highway, although not within view of the RV park. It had a decent sized sandy beach and swimming hole along the Methow River. Lots of rafting, fishing and sunbathing. We have 3 kids and they had lots of fun playing in the sand and the very cold water of the Methow.
06/2009
rating [ 3/10 ]
We needed a place to stay for one night only and this was located just outside of Spokane near the airport. The location was convenient, however for the price, it was really not a great place to stay. It's actually a motel with 2 small RV parks behind it. The motel has a cabin-like look to them on the exterior and looked clean and homey from the road. One of the RV areas is for older RV's. It looked like there were several long term residents parked there. We stayed in the area which was reserved for newer RV's. They said there was a pull-through lot, but we didn't see one. It only had maybe 7 spots or so, but you would be crammed in tight together if it was full. We happened to be in there with only one other RV, so it was relatively private that particular night. A plus about the park is it is in amongst the trees, so it has the feel of not being right in or around a city, but there is absolutely no privacy from space to space. The mosquitoes were horrible while we were there and we couldn't eat outside at all. They said they had Wi-Fi, which was part of why we were willing to pay the higher price, however it was very spotty and didn't come in much at all, a big disapointment. I am not sure we would stay there again. The spaces were also pretty uneven, I can't imagine parking a really large RV there. We were in a 28 foot travel trailer and it was difficult to even it up.
06/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
We hit this campground on the perfect weekend. We were almost the only people there and virtually had the sandy beach area and the lower end of the campground with it's own dock all to ourselves! It was fabulous! Good sized lake and great spot to go if you have kids. Our kids played in the sandy area all day, the husbands fished, wives could sit in the sun and keep an eye on everyone. The playground is up the hill a bit and can't be seen very well from the campsites, but the kids mainly enjoyed playing by the water. They said they had wi-fi available, but it wasn't working that weekend, at least we couldn't connect. Boating docks available and lighted dock for night time fishing. This park also has cabins and every spot gets a water view! My husband had quite a time getting the sewer pipe to unload, they were up pretty high, but maybe in another spot it would have been easier. Not sure. They have a little snack store and ice for sale. State park is across the water. Would definitely go back.
05/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
This was just a place to spend the night along the way. It wasn't bad at all. Management was friendly and we felt secure and off the beaten path amongst the trees. There were a few long term shady looking units, but you could easily find a spot that wasn't next to one. It's a small park and for just a night or two to stay along the way or a place to stay and go hit the outlet mall it served it's purpose.
05/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Fun family park. However, we went on Memorial weekend and it had to have been at near full capacity, which meant for a LOT of people. They have 2 swimming pools, a playground, basketball courts, and a great little road throughout the park to ride bikes, etc. What I liked about the park was the variety of spaces available, you could be either somewhat private amongst the trees or out on a grassy area with no trees. Lots and lots of spaces to choose from. I think it would be a fun park to visit on a weekend when it isn't quite so busy. Also, maybe later in the year when the nearby National parks (Mt. Ranier and St. Helens) are opened up to go hiking or drive up to.
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