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08/2013
rating [ 5/10 ]
Previous reviews here referenced $42/night - which must be the weekly rate. Their website does not list rates, and when we made our reservation there was no mention that the daily rate is actually $56! We didn't find that out until we arrived. This is a pleasant enough park, located just over the bridge from the cute little city center of Polson, MT on the south side of the Flathead Lake. The park is well maintained, and offers all full hook-up long pull-throughs with 50a service and sewer connections at two locations on the site. Plenty of room for big rigs and whatever they might be towing. Each site is individually owned, and is thus decorated and appointed differently. You might get a grass yard, or gravel or may or may not have a picnic table. Our site had several pine trees and a 2 person table. There is a walking trail down to the river and a dock, but most sites won't even have a glimpse of the view - as the park is surrounded by manufactured homes that all block the view from the RV Park. Walking into town is super easy, and the Mexican place across the way is pretty good and offers river view dining. The laundry facility was clean and only a $1 a load. And everyone we encountered on staff was very friendly. Their Wi-Fi seemed to work fine, and we got decent AT&T and Verizon 4G service. All and all - nice enough park, but not a $56/night park at all!
08/2013
rating [ 3/10 ]
Due to a last minute cancellation, they had a front row spot available for the night which gave us a decent water view. The staff was super friendly and helpful. We did enjoy a swim in the lake, and the gourmet restaurant and bar onsite was a pleasant surprise. And the sunset here was amazing. They have a major electricity problem. Our pedestal was 30A, and at times the voltage sagged down to 98 volts. They asked everyone to not run more than one A/C because of their old wiring, but we could not even run our A/C. This is dangerous and is enough of a sag that it could damage your RV equipment. Word is they have electrical renovations planned for this fall. No sites have sewer, and there is no dump station onsite. If you're here long enough to need dumping, it's just their honey wagon service. Their Wi-Fi was down during the time we were here. They said it was a regional wide thing as the internet company was doing work. All and all, the sites here did not impress us; they are rather close together. Particularly the ones in the upper area. The marina looks really nice. And the onsite upscale restaurant was a complete contrast. At a rack rate of $45/night plus tax we expect at least working electricity! No working Wi-Fi during our stay, AT&T was barely usable, but our Verizon LTE was able to stay online.
08/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is an immaculately maintained campground on the Bounder River and a true gem easily accessible from I-90. The spots are kind of a hodgepodge of selections, as this campground grew out of where people naturally camped when it was a trout farm. But each site is spacious and well appointed. We were able to snag a riverfront grassy spot, and it was divine! There are several full hook-up sites along the back wall of the park, which are a bit smaller in size, but we've certainly seen worse. However, the park offers honey wagon service to the water/electric sites for just $10, and there is a dump station at the entrance, so if you're just staying a few days, it's well worth getting closer to the creek if you can do without having sewer at your site. Super friendly staff while we were there, busily working away keeping things maintained. For instance, the swings in the playground didn't even squeak! There are WiFi hotspots throughout the park, and we had no trouble keeping happily online during our stay. AT&T had boostable 4G service, and our Verizon was a bit spotty.
09/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
We absolutely loved our stay at this park.. there's a variety of sites that should meet just about every need. Not only is the location just fantastic (right on the beach, next to the cruise terminal). The attention to details here is a class act - fire extinguishers placed throughout, variety of sites with amenities (rustic to full hook-ups), nice sized sites, free popcorn in the lobby, friendly staff, clean laundry facilities, easy guess passes and likely the most well designed dump station ever. We enjoyed the easy walk to the beach and the jetty pier, and watching ships come and go from the inlet. We were given site #134, which was huge. Walking around, there was such a variety of sites - and the whole park had a nice neighborhood feel to it. On the negative side, we could not get their Wi-Fi to work at all during our stay - but thankfully we had good Verizon and AT&T signal. Also, their website could seriously use some improvement - such as posting of rates, rules and expectations. We would definitely not hesitate to return in the future, and wish we could stay longer.
08/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
We attended a bus conversion rally here, and were pleasantly surprised by this park. When we reserved our spot, we asked for as scenic as was possible. Much to our delight, they assigned us a back-in spot along a pond and we had a huge shaded 'back yard' right along the water. It was lovely, and a perfect location for hosting friends for evening cocktails. Most of the other attendees were a bit envious however, as they opted for a 50A site, which are back-to-back sites that are much less spacious and less private feeling. Another score for optimizing our coach for 30A service. The campground itself seemed kept up to date. They had a nice laundry facility, a great little camp store with a grill and ice cream. There's also a nice pool. But even more fun, was the swimming hole in the old quarry. It's tremendously deep with fresh cool spring water. We enjoyed our afternoon cool off swims. The weekend did start to get a bit more packed in with families enjoying the location. But we'd definitely consider returning here with or without a rally, we enjoyed our visit. It did seem a bit pricey however, even at our discounted rally rate. However, we could not get their WiFi to work reliably, and the Verizon signal was almost unusable even boosted. Thankfully, AT&T 3G worked solidly enough to stream!
09/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
We were moving between Atlanta and Savannah, and just needed an overnight with sewer hook-ups to dump and fill the tanks. This was a perfect spot in-between, especially with a Passport America rate. The park itself holds a lot of promise. The owners are apparently somewhat new to the location, and we love what they seem to be in process of doing. We loved that there was ample space between the back-in sites, and most had nice overlook views. And the saltwater pool was very refreshing. There is a spa, but it wasn't working on our visit. The campground was relatively empty on our visit, and were given our choice of spots. We at first tried their three pull throughs by the bathhouse so we wouldn't have to unhitch, but the approach to them is really not easy. It's way too tight of a turn. Suggestion to management: Move the wood beams marking the spots further back to allow more swing space. Once we were into the slot however, we realized that the sewer connection is UPHILL of the spot. That's just not going to cut it. So we switched to the pull through spot further down the hill, which the owner had told us is difficult to get level on. It was a bit unlevel, but a couple pieces of wood under the rear tire was able to fix that. It looks like the management is in process of moving out some older long term residents. One area of the park definitely has some very old RVs that are decaying right on site: they're really quite sad looking, and brings down the feel of the park. Once this place is cleaned up, it'll be a great location. Their back in sites really do hold a lot of promise of being an ideal location. Oh, and a warning to Passport America members: the rates published in PA were $17.50, but when we arrived it had gone up to $20. And they accept cash only for PA: which was not disclosed in their listing.
06/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
This park is about 2 years old and you can tell they have put a lot of thought and effort into being something different than your standard RV Park or Resort. This is a full vacation destination in and of itself. Not only do they have the RV parking spaces, they offer cabin and yurt rentals - which is fantastic for the RVer wanting to vacation with their non-RVing friends. Also onsite is a beautiful saline pool overlooking the entire complex, a game room, a small gym, a huge covered pavilion with outdoor kitchen, frisbee disc golf course and boat/kayak dock. The RV Parking Area: While their RV area is not as bad as a typical RV Parking Lot style, it's not that much better either. The spots are right next to each other, however because of the 'curved' shape of the area leading down to the waterfront - each spot seems to be thoughtfully positioned so that your direct view is not of your neighbor's RV. So that was a definite plus over most commercial RV Parks that tend to be nothing more than a parking lot with pedestals. The spots were wider and more spacious than most RV parking lots, but not nearly as spacious and private as something you might get at a public campground. Also, there is almost absolutely no shade in the RV area, or privacy between spots - they have planted small trees, but it'll be nearly a decade before any of them provide shade or division. When you walk around the land they own, you start to wonder if there might have been other possibilities for laying out the RV lot to make it seem more like a campground. Especially when you check out the cabin area, where they have laid them out quite nicely with ample space and division between the lots. (Of course, after our walk through the woods and frisbee disc golf area, we found several ticks on us - so perhaps it's not a bad thing after all!) On the positive: Each site is super easy to get into - they have provided ample angling space that even a novice RV driver should have no trouble getting into. We witnessed no one needing to give their approach a second try. And each space is spot on level. Each site provides a picnic table, BBQ Grill, fire pit, 50 amp electric service, water and sewer. All were strong, in great shape and modern. We did have a bit of trash on our site - mainly cigarette butts. We were given a premium waterfront site for our stay there - and the views of the water were quite nice. While we had a direct view of the water, just as soon as we walked outside our RV we felt no privacy whatsoever from our neighbors. The amenities: Since RVC goes to great lengths to sell you on their amenities, we're going to be brutally honest about them. 1) Wi-Fi. On their website, they advertise 'Free & Reliable Wi-Fi' throughout property. Yes, the signal is there and their basic Wi-Fi service is free - which the welcome page says is ample for checking e-mail and some light browsing. If you want W-iFi capable of streaming video, you're asked to upgrade to their premium service. The standard free Wi-Fi was barely usable for even checking e-mail, so we decided to upgrade for $4/day. The process to upgrade was insanely difficult, and once we did - our speeds actually DROPPED!!! We called customer support with Single Digits (their Wi-Fi provider) and were on the phone with them for 35 minutes trying to diagnose it (they were pretty inept), to no resolution. They promised to have a more senior tech call us by the end of the day, but that never happened. They didn't reverse our $4 charge either - we've now had to put it in dispute with our credit card company. We posted a Facebook status update about our troubles with the Wi-Fi, and Catherine's Landing did respond (kudos for the active social media guys!) and admitted that they only have a 1.5 MBPS pipeline coming in for the entire park to share. That's ridiculously little bandwidth for advertising reliable Wi-Fi. They said they plan to double that soon, but in our opinion - that's still not enough. Thank goodness we had good AT&T and Verizon 3G signal here.. so that we could continue to get our work done! 2) The Pool. The pool is gorgeous, and we really appreciate the saline instead of nasty chlorine. However, every time we went to use it - it was a kid-stew. And usually unsupervised kids. This park is a FAMILY vacation destination, and the kids were running all over the place while we were there. We tried to relax in the pool one evening just before closing time (way too early at 10pm if you ask us), and the kids were still overruling the place. And we were there on a weeknight, and the park wasn't even half full! We would have loved to make more use of the pool - perhaps some adult only swim hours are needed to balance the needs of the guests? 3) Gym & Wii Room. We checked out the gym, and it has 3 pieces of equipment. They appeared to be modern and in great shape - but hardly what we call a gym. We didn't check out the Wii Room, as again, it was full of kids. However, what really stood out to us was the codes they issue to use these rooms. It's 12 digits long!!! We really don't understand why a 12-digit code is needed. This location is so off the beaten path, it's not like folks from outside the resort will be wandering through. So why inconvenience your guests with such a ridiculously long code to use the amenities they are paying an arm and a leg for? Wouldn't an easily remember-able 4 digits suffice? All of the other amenities looked great - the baths & laundry facilities are conveniently placed throughout the facility, and are very clean, modern and sizable. Laundry was a very reasonable $1/load. The pavilion looked like a fantastic place to gather, and would be ideal for a rally or large meet up. There is even an ice machine if you need to keep your cooler filled (although at $3/bag - you may be better off going up the road to the convenience store.) We didn't use it, but they also rent kayaks and boats. If we had been there longer, the lake looked like a great place to kayak. Would we return? On our own, probably not. When we're passing through Hot Springs, we really enjoy bath row - and have loved our previous stays at Gulpha Gorge campground (run by the NPS). It's nearly half the price for a waterfront spot with electricity, and a nice shaded 1 mile hike to the bath houses. The 7 mile drive & traffic to go take a bath from Catherine's Landing was a bit much to be relaxing. And on our own, we're just not drawn to family vacation destinations, so this isn't our ideal 'get away' spot .. and at $42/night, it's outside our normal comfort zone for a routine stay. However, we would not hesitate to attend a rally here. This location seems ideal for hosting such an event, and very much provides the amenities and layout for keeping a nice community feel and providing plenty of onsite activities. And for someone seeking a family vacation - this is an ideal location. So please don't let our description dissuade you if that's what you're looking for. We write this from the perspective of a full-time, remote working on the road, child free tech-nomadic couple... who was asked by the resort to come check this spot out for our own needs (disclaimer: they comped our stay, and asked us to write this brutally honest review). Our review is intentionally 'brutally honest' at the request of the staff of Catherine's Landing - we really do appreciate their social outreach, and asking for honest feedback on what they offer.
07/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
There just aren't too many options in or near St. Louis, and generally we 'driveway surf' with family and friends. But with the heat spiking this summer, full power hook-ups were needed to keep cool. So we headed to Casino Queen. As with all locations, there were pluses and minuses, which I'll break down here: Pluses: - Fantastic location. The casino is right along the Mississippi River across from the arch, and the RV Park is set back a bit from the casino. You get access to the Metro for easy transit around town, and can walk across Eads Bridge to get to eating and attractions. We loved being able to walk to a Cardinals game, or taking a river cruise. We were here over the 4th of July, and this was a prime spot for watching fireworks and the air shows. - Well kept amenities and reliable services. There's onsite laundry ($2/load) and a central bathhouse which are both clean, and requires key card access for guests. The water pressure and electrical was solid. We did have a breaker go out, and maintenance was there within an hour to replace it. There is a pool in the hotel that RV guests have access to, just make sure you take ID to the hotel front desk to get your key card. There's also a mini-mart in the RV Park where you can buy milk, juice, ice, bread, booze, etc. - All sites are pull through. - Wi-Fi useable. Wi-Fi is available for an extra charge if you ask ($5 for your stay). It was generally fast and reliable. Which was good, because both Verizon and AT&T have iffy signals here. - Security & shuttle service. Security is constantly roaming the entire facility, keeping present. Since this location is in East St. Louis, it really made us feel safe the entire time. Bonus: the security vans will give RV guests a lift to the casino, pool or Metro station - just flag them down. Minuses: - There are two sides to the park - one for big rigs with pretty spacious pull through sites. The other for RVs under 38'. For overnights, the price delta is pretty huge - so if you can fit into a smaller site, it's worth the savings. For weekly's, they charge the same rate regardless. We were upset to find out that our friends were paying the same rate for their large site as we were for our super tiny one where we felt crammed in with our 35' bus. So if you're doing a weekly or longer, tell them you're 40' regardless - it doesn't make a difference! - It's a parking lot with gravel 'yards'. It's very poorly laid out in our opinion. On the small RV side, the roads are so narrow, it's crazy. And the site so tiny that there's barely room to park your RV and a vehicle. There's very little shade. And whoever designed this park totally over estimated how many tiny RV spots they needed - as over half the small side of the park is for tiny trailers and truck campers, and most of it remained open even during the busy holiday. - There's no grass at your site. Forget those pictures on their website, all of the RV sites now have a gravel yard. There is a grassy area in-between the sides with covered picnic tables and a playground, which was nice. Tip: Coming in - study your maps and have a GPS handy and ready to go! This place is a challenge to get to! This area of town is under renovations, and there's frequent road and exit closures - requiring quick rerouting. Once you get closer, look for the square 'Casino Queen' road signs to help guide you in. But be careful, they look at lot like the 'Great River Road' signs that are often posted nearby each other. One wrong turn and you're going over a bridge into St. Louis or heading into East St. Louis. In our 2.5 weeks there, we managed to make it home only 3 times without getting lost! (And we're St. Louis natives and good navigators!) (Rate reflects our weekly rate)
08/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
Wow. We were traversing the shoreline of northern Green Bay looking for a waterfront campground to park at for a few days. After passing some of the county parks that just weren't all that attractive, we pulled in here. We were greeted by a very friendly young lady in the office, who offered us a waterfront spot. It was a perfect spot that we could pull in parallel to the waterfront creating our own private oasis of awesome. By the way - you only need to pay an entrance fee on your towed vehicle if you plan to drive it in/out of the park separately - and then it's only $6 for the entire STAY, not per day. If you're planning to just stay put in the park, you only need to have a passport ($29/annual for all MI State Parks for non-residents, or $8/day) on your camping unit. We bought the annual pass, as we plan to stay in a few MI State Parks during our time in the state. We enjoyed impressive sun and moon rises, sounds of waves gently crashing, birds chirping and butterflies buzzing us. We also enjoyed the hiking trail that starts past the swimming beach, as well as some wading in the lake. The level of relaxation we got at this location was indescribable. Probably one of our favorite camp locations in our 6 years of full time RVing. That's saying a lot - we've been to some amazing places! The sites are a mix of 50A electric and non-electric. There is no water or sewer at any site - so make sure you utilize their very well designed dump station on your way in to dump/fill up. Most of the sites are just grassy, which is nice as you can angle your rig to the best view. Their bathhouse is top notch, as is all of the other amenities in the park. Both AT&T and Verizon had usable but not great signals, which was our only downside. We did sniff a faint LTE signal on Verizon, so suspect they are upgrading the area? That would make this place absolutely divine. We would definitely come back here in a heartbeat. We were actually sad to leave... our next stop just didn't stand a chance at comparing. We'll be dreaming about this place for a long long time.
08/2012
rating [ 2/10 ]
If you're looking for a campground that attracts families with kids, then this is the place for you. It does seem to be a great spot to bring a group together, as it provides a lot of play space for kids. So first... the positives of this campground: - The sites are spacious and VERY shaded and mostly cleaned. - Lots of activities for kids - great family vacation spot - The WiFi was actually usable But that's about where the charm ends. Here are the things we disliked about this park: - Even on their website, they obscure their actual address by just listing the street name. When you look the location up on Google, it shows it as waterfront just west of Munising - which seems like a good place to be. And that's why we booked a reservation here after not being able to get into the municipal tourist park which is actually on the water. But search further on their maps, and you see it's actually EAST of Munising, and not at all close to water. - We're kid-free full timers, and family oriented vacation spots are not our ideal location at all. When we arrived, there were tons of kids all over the place. Not pleasant or relaxing for us. If being around lots of kids isn't your thing, don't ever count on getting a chance at the heated pool. And be prepared for lots of sounds of kids playing. - Many of the pull-thru sites are situated so that your front porch and your neighbor's face each other. While there's lots of distance between them, this greatly reduces your feeling of privacy. If we had to stay here again, we'd request one of the back in sites in the back, those seemed to be the most private feeling and away from the pool and playground! - The amenities here are seriously undersized and aged. Only two showers for each gender available, which is hardly enough on a busy weekend where each of the sites has an average of 4 people on them - many of them tent or pop-up campers. The laundry room had 3 working washers and only 2 dryer (1 of which wasn't working all the great, requiring multiple runs to actually dry) - this caused a massive back-up, and had us up to 2am just to work our loads in. It's way too humid and shaded here to line dry. Skip their laundry facility and go to the 24hr one in town instead! - Most of the sites don't have sewer hook-ups (only a few do, they don't publish how many). - Most of the electric hook-ups are just 30A... which is probably ok considering it's so shaded and the weather usually mild. We only had to run a single A/C for a couple hours anyway. But the price point for this place suggest far more! - While the shade provides relief from the sun, it is VERY shaded. So shaded that we had to turn on all our lights during the day just to keep from feeling drab and dark. - There is absolutely nothing in walking distance and you're a bit far from town, despite them heavily advertising the Cherrywood Lodge next-door as an amenity (so you don't have to cook!). The lodge had no sign of life during our prime season weekend stay. - They advertise 400 acres of walking trails. We found none. - This place is seriously overpriced for what it offers. At $40/night, we expect so much more in up kept and quantity of the facilities. The AT&T signal was faint and 2G. There's a usable Verizon 3G signal that can be boosted in if needed. The WiFi, thankfully, was fairly usable. We would actively avoid coming back to this location. And we seriously regret that we pre-paid for 3 nights here.
03/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed here a week in one of the waterfront spot - absolutely delightful. The staff is super friendly and helpful, and the sunset views from the waterfront spots are worth the upgrade. The location is just a 1.5 mile walk/bike ride into town. There's a cafe on site that serves BBQ, soft serve ice cream, breakfast (with fresh eggs) and grill fare for probably the most reasonable prices in all of Cedar Key. The facilities are kept in great condition. Some things to be aware of: - Most of the spots are quite narrow - 20' at best. Very tight maneuvering. Our neighbor had parked his RV a bit over the line into our spot, which made it extra difficult. - When you book a waterfront spot, be sure to inquire about the state of the mangroves. Some of them can grow quite tall and block the view. By law, they can't cut them down - but they still charge for a waterfront spot regardless. - There are public docks all around, but you have to cut through campsites to get to them. If you book a waterfront spot, know upfront that your spot is always a walkway for everyone else. The park WiFi was hit or miss, even with our WiFi Ranger we couldn't keep it stable. AT&T was a pretty solid 3G signal, and Verizon 3G was in and out. All and all.. we'd return and probably book a spot for a few weeks. Their rate structure is really quite flexible and gets cheaper the longer you stay. The rate below is based on a waterfront weekly rate in season, without taxes.
04/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
Warning: Stay away from this place!!! (Because you know, we want to come back!) Former full time RV'ers run this unique motel, RV Park and Tiki Bar. (Yes, you read that right: TIKI BAR!!!) It's really hard to describe this place, and we just didn't believe it until we were here. There are 4 RV slots: all water front. There are 5 motel suites on site: each with color coordinated parking curbs and front porch lights. Seriously. And a Tiki Bar. Oh: there is a dock out on the water for amazing sunset views and DOLPHINS!!!! There is so much care and attention that has gone into this place, it's unbelievable. The resort is adult only: absolutely no kids allowed. It is refreshing to see a place take a stand and be a dedicated couple's retreat. And nice that 'adult only' doesn't mean 55+. The RV spots are decent in size and setup so that hook-ups can be reached if you back in or go noise in: a nice touch! (Ok Ok: got to find some bad stuff so you'll stay away, and we can get in later.) But really, these are just 'slots' to pull your rig into and not much distinction between spots: we felt little privacy. There are decks, hammocks and chairs along the water front for lounging. (Wait: that's a good thing. Oh no! You're calling to book now, right??) Hwy 24 runs right by this location, and there is considerable highway noise: as nothing is blocking it. That car or truck traveling 35mph every 30 minutes is going to drive you crazy!!! Horrible, horrible: stay away!!! The other downside is that if there's a lot of folks at the Tiki Bar. (Open Thur - Sun evenings, but the bartender is whimsical and opens it anytime he can sell a beer.) Your RV site can feel a bit like a party. OMG: the people! Friendly, awesome, amazing people! They'll want to "talk" with you! You don't want that. Ok: here we go. This will make you stay way. The Wi-Fi was not configured to work with our Macs, which was disappointing. Yeah: that was miserable. You don't want to stay here. We had to resort to using our solid AT&T & Verizon 3G signal to get online. It was pure torture to have have to be online with amazing views like that. All and all, we'll return: if only for the friendly service and unique atmosphere. You know: because the rest is terrible! If you stay away, our spot stays open. But if you do book here, give them all a hug for us, ok?
03/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
A family member in the area turned ill, and this was the only location in the area we could get a monthly spot in last minute during the high winter season. We are grateful for that. First.. the good: - Quiet, friendly community - Awesome management - extremely helpful, friendly and attentive - Beautiful and well maintained pool - Lovely lake in the front, very peaceful feeling when arriving - Community organized activities going on all the time - swap meets, potlucks, game night, water aerobics, meals, etc. - Easy access to nearby Malabar Scrub conservation area with 500 acres of hiking - Well kept, and easy to use hook-ups. - While they are advertised as a 55+ park, they are lenient on the age - but still remain adult only keeping kids out. Now.. the less than good: Our cost for our spot greatly influences our expectations, and at $825/mo for the winter rate - this place did not merit the price tag. It is at least $100+ more than any surrounding RV park, and about $300/mo more than what we found to be the 'going rate' in the area. But this was the only place that could take us when we needed it last minute. Here are things that had the price tag been lower, we might not be as critical about: - Wi-Fi is not included. If you want access to the park wide Wi-Fi, you purchase it extra from another resident providing it at $20/mo. - Cable is run to your site, but you have to pay extra for it - it's not included. - The sites are rather close together, all in a row down the street. Beyond the lake in the front, this place is actually kind drab looking. All sites are grass with a concrete patio, and mostly level. Some have shade and a little landscaping. The plus is, they are extra long and you have a lot of wiggle room to position yourself front to back. Plenty of room for your rig, a vehicle and anything else. - Feral animals running around. Our supervised leashed cat was attacked while we were there by a stray cat. - No recycling. Only a single dumpster for the entire park is available. - Laundry center is way too small for the size of the park. The long term residents boasted about how they will take all four washers, so that others can't work their loads in. We would return here if needed, especially in the summer when the price is significantly lower.
12/2011
rating [ 1/10 ]
With family now snow birding in the area, we came here to visit them for the holidays. We sure are glad we didn't have to spend much time in this park as we were otherwise occupied. The park is more a mobile home park with permanent structures. The RV sites are just whatever is currently open and are scattered throughout. Meaning your neighbors are likely full time residents in the area - and you're an imposition to them. We much prefer being neighbors to other RVers who get the transient nature of the lifestyle. Other RVers in the park were extremely friendly however. Since the sites are designed for installing mobile homes, the hook-ups are not designed for RVs. On the site they assigned us, the water and electric were 150 + feet away from the parking pad. The park did bring us an extension cord, but it was only for 30 amps, so we were paying a premium for 50 amp service but not able to use it. The water spigots were in such disrepair that we had to use a neighboring sites to fill our tanks and then disconnect. The water pressure was so low that it took forever to fill our tanks. The park itself has not much ambiance or character at all. Just generic and blah. Our site was so barren and ugly, it was shameful. No grass, but a bunch of weeds with painful stickers that got caught on our feet, clothing and cat. On future visits to the area, we will be checking out other options and will consider this a last resort. And to think, they charge a $3 'resort fee' for these amenities, on top of the daily rate. Just awful.
12/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
The park itself is delightful - and we've stayed here on multiple visits to the area to see family. However, there is something up that folks staying here should take note of. During our stay in April 2011, we had a knock on our door at 5am from a morning walker yelling for us to call 911. An arsonist had set some trees in the park on fire. During our holiday season 2011 stay - there was a machete attack on a family of campers by a random passer by who was looking for money for alcohol. This was compounded by poor park ranger response, as one of the rangers was involved that evening in a hit-n-run accident outside the park. A week later, that same ranger totaled the park's truck inside the park early in the morning and was arrested. Not sure exactly what is up in the park.. but do be sure to Google for current news before booking a stay here. And be on guard. During our stay, they were installing a new guard shack and gate into the campground - so hopefully they are taking this seriously and things will quickly improve. Psycho rangers and machete nut jobs aside, we did enjoy our stay. We love that you can park your RV in any direction you like on your plot of land, maximizing for view and privacy. And we love the walking trails and amenities of the park. We were delighted to discover that the park offers honey-wagon service for just $8/week during the winter season (sign up in the ranger's office). Also, if you're booking a month or more and want the 25% discount - be sure to pre-pay a month in advance, not the 2-night deposit asked for on the phone. We had to extend our stay by 2 days to get the rate we thought we had asked for when making our reservation. Our rate reflects the monthly non-resident rate. The daily non resident rate is about $22/night.
11/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very lovely park surrounded by water, and easily accessible from I-24. Lots of sites, many pull throughs and many waterfront. Friendly management. We saw no signs of goose droppings, like others have described. The park was pretty empty when we stopped through. The RV dump station is a bit odd to find and use - it's up on the road to the office. Which, despite how it might look upon arrival, is accessible via big rig - it empties into the boat launch area with plenty of room to turn around. Suggest using it before finding your spot, instead of after - as the turn is quite sharp to make. There is some highway noise from I-24 being directly across the lake, but it's tolerable for a night or two. We had great Verizon & AT&T 3G signal. We'll definitely stop in again on future trips through the area. Great spot to overnight in.
09/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
The community center and managers are what make this place - they took over a bit over a year ago, and have done amazing things with this park. They put a lot of effort into events and bringing people together. The managers are singing entertainers, and they bring in some fun acts to the stage. There are frequent meals, seminars, ice cream socials, card games, shows and more. There's access to ample hiking via the interstate underpass across from the park to an old movie set, and shopping is not too far away for errands. A nice clean pool, hot tub and game room (with free air hockey, billiards and foosball) are a lot of fun. The laundry facilities are excellent, and the bathrooms are huge and sparkling clean. The downside to this park are the spots are a wee bit close together. And your porch will open on to your neighbor's porch. Great if your neighbor is a friend (ours was... so this was a benefit).. else, you better hope your neighbor becomes your friend. Also, their WiFi was mostly unusable while we were there (and costs $2/day). With Verizon being flakey in the area, we ended up setting up our satellite dish to keep online and get work done. All and all, we really enjoyed our stay here. Head the advice of others for routing to this park and come in via the Quail Lake State Park, not Highway 91.. which is a bouncy dirt road along I-15. Verizon had an unusable Edge (2G) signal that we were able to boost up to an almost usable 3G. AT&T had a pretty usable 3G signal. Our rate reflects Passport America.
03/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
We stayed here while attending SXSW (Music/Film Festival), and our stay started off with a negative taste in our mouths. Upon making our online reservation at the rate quoted, they called us saying the rate would be even higher because they were so busy. With no other options near town available, we had no choice but to reluctantly accept it. We were placed in the front of the park, which is quite noisy from interstate traffic. (Further back gets much quieter). The sites are fairly well spaced, but pretty packed in too, and there's nice trees and bushes between them. The WiFi worked fine, facilities were clean and the staff was super friendly. The bathrooms where private shower/toilet suites: quite nice. The hot tub was however, closed our entire stay. Getting in and out of the park is frustrating, as you have to travel about 3 miles further to get back on the frontage road when coming in from the north. While there is a back entrance that would make things easier, it's locked. Families be warned: there's an adult megastore right next door. All and all: we would consider this park as a last resort when staying in Austin.
04/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
Hill Shade RV Park is a gem of a find: we're almost reluctant to post this review for fear of it becoming too popular to get into in the future. It's run by an incredible family homeschooling their five kids, who are all involved with the management of the park. The staff is extremely accommodating, welcoming and friendly. This family purchased the park in Aug 2009 as their dream, and it shows in everything about the park: from the signage to the cleanliness. The location is perfect: fairly remote and very peaceful, but yet a reasonable drive into San Antonio, Austin, Sequin, Houston, etc. There are docks nearby, and the neighbors appreciate the park and its visitors. The sunsets are amazing to watch. The park itself is small, and the sites a bit close together. But most sites back up to huge fields, so it doesn't feel too crowded. There's a nice common area with horseshoes, swing chairs and a BBQ grill. WiFi works fantastically, and good AT&T, Sprint & Verizon signal (T-mobile was not so great).
01/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
One of our favorite campgrounds in the country - it's so chill and relaxing here to be in the trees and hammocks. Some of the sites back up to the water way, and even have accessible kayak launching. The sites are large and feel relatively secluded with all the trees around. Not much to do here, which is exactly why we love it. You can get away, but yet be close to civilization. Great 3G cell signal (AT&T and Sprint), making it a perfect place to put down the landing gear for a few days and catch up on work. Probably not ideal for larger rigs unless you're very skilled at maneuvering, as there are lots of trees making tight turns and backing. Not a concern for us in our little 17' trailer.
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Location. Location. Location. It's what this park has. Easy walking distance to the French Quarter. The park itself is well maintained and the staff friendly. The Wi-Fi worked great the entire time we were there. The courtyard is very pretty and relaxing - providing fitness room, pool, hot tub, laundry and private bath suites. The spots all provided ample room, we didn't feel crowded at all. We were warned to take a taxi at night to get back to the park, but we felt extremely safe walking around the area after walking 15 miles all over New Orleans. (They apparently no longer offer golf cart service as previous reviews indicate). There's graffiti on the building next door that says 'TV Off. Brain On.' We found that clever, not scary! The neighborhood kids we met were all charming. The downsides include: - Pricey. You *pay* for this location. This was a splurge for us (we're full-timers), and felt it was worth it tho considering the other options. - They lock the courtyard from midnight-6a. Which is annoying if you want to use the bathroom or take a shower after a late night on the town. I guess they presume everyone has ample bath space in their rigs, as they generally cater to luxury class rigs (which is not us). - It could use some landscaping - while clean, it feels a bit barren. - Right next to the interstate. We stayed midway in the park - it wasn't too bad. They seem to place older rigs at the back of the park under the interstate, keeping the shinier ones up front.
03/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
We stopped in on a whim while passing through just to see what was available (we were considering just over nighting at the Wal-Mart nearby). What a treat! Extremely friendly staff who were delighted to have walk-ins. We were impressed by the huge size of the spots and how well maintained everything was. Beautiful walking trails, and the boardwalk out to the dock was amazing in the sunset light. Saw 4 manatees in the morning. Only downside was that cellular phone service (AT&T and Sprint) was spotty (we work online as we travel).
03/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
We're younger full time RVers, and landed a work contract in downtown San Francisco. We found this park and were thrilled that it's just a couple blocks from a BART station. We were pleasantly surprised with how comfortable it was to stay here for a few months. Decent food nearby (the Salvadorian place across the street is great!), shopping (Trader Joe's within walkin distance!) and accessible to all areas of the Bay Area. The park is a eclectic mix of full time residents in single wide trailers and other folks working in the area on contract. We stayed in the front area with other trailers/motorhomes (some newer, some older), and everyone was super friendly and trustworthy. The staff was awesome and friendly. This turned out to be a wonderful, and affordable, place to set up in as a base of operations while we needed to be in the area. We would not hesitate to return.
09/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
Wow! What a treat this park is. Beautiful surroundings and lots of pull-thru spaces. At $16/night in a state park, I wasn't also expecting to get electric/water hook-ups and showers. Absolutely perfect and couldn't have been more delighted with this park.
10/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
Arrived after dark, and it sure was nice to not have to worry about backing into a spot - all the spots are pull thrus along the loops. When we woke up in the morning, we had a fabulous view of Devil's Tower behind us. Bathhouse was clean and in good shape.
09/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
Decent distance between the sites, clean facilities, working wifi, decent cell phone signal, Verizon & T Mobile. Just what we needed after several days of boondocking to catch up on laundry, showers and work. Nothing spectacular though. The manager on duty was a bit frazzled when we arrived, as the owner of the park had not shown up to relieve him. He made comments that the owner doesn't do much to maintain the park. If that's true, it didn't show - things seemed in nice working order.
10/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
An excellent balance of a state/national park campground feeling and the amenities of a RV Park/resort. Beautiful wooded facility, very shaded and peaceful feeling. Well maintained bathrooms, walking trails and wifi! Although, you have to be pretty close to the office to pick it up. Our cellphones though Verizon and T Mobile also had decent signal. The staff is super friendly too. During our stay in early October 2007, we were virtually the only ones there.
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