Stopped for one night at Whispering Oaks Campground, pull-thru site 15. Cost reflects Good Sam discount. They accept cash, checks and cc; however, there is a surcharge for using cc. Site was level. Wi-Fi worked at the site, though not high speed. Electric ok. Quiet despite proximity to I-35. Unable to use our satellite. Young man at the front desk was professionally friendly and helpful. We had no trouble maneuvering our 40’ rig with tow from the office to site 15. The one truly distressing aspect of our stay was our line of sight view of the garbage receptacle which was overflowing with garbage. There was at least another receptacle’s worth of garbage stacked outside the dumpster. Definitely an attraction for rats and other vermin. The rating reflects this most distasteful garbage situation.
Owner/operators are a husband and wife team. We were greeted by the wife. She is wonderfully welcoming and accommodating. Unpaved interior roads and sites are large and easily negotiated. Picnic and walking area around shaded fishing lake is available to residents. Swimming pool is available to residents. Television is UHF reception only. Wi-Fi is fast. We experienced uneven electricity. Phone and cable TV are available at each site, but require service hook-up, and are not included in nightly rate. Park rules are not onerous, but are enforced. The park itself is not beautiful, but ok. It appears there are several permanent residents, which seems natural since the Yermo Marine Logistics Base is next door. There are a number of attractions nearby: Calico Ghost Town, Calico Early Man Archeological Site & Museum, Rainbow Basin, Mojave River Valley Museum, Inscription Canyon Petroglyph Site, Opal Mountain Rock Hounding Area, Mule Canyon Scenic Drive, Daggett Museum, Barstow Way Station, Goldstone Deep Space Tracking Center and Peggy Sue's 1950's Diner.
This is a nice little park that lives up to its name. The owner managers are friendly and very accommodating. Interior roads are easy to maneuver, sites are spacious and level. The following items keep this park from being rated a 10. (1) Even though PA is accepted at this park except on holidays and the 3rd week in July, it appears the discount is also not accepted if the management thinks they are going to be busy. We stayed at this park the 2nd weekend of August, not a holiday, not the 3rd week of July and were not allowed the PA discount or any discount. (2) No lighting at the entrance. You may never find the entrance to this park at night. Flags are visible during daylight hours, but the entrance is nearly invisible during nighttime hours. (3) Road noise is especially intrusive at the sites along the route 12 perimeter. (4) 30 amp service and no sewer at the site. There are a couple sites with 50 amp service, but the majority has only 30 amp and no sites have sewer hook-up.
Sand Castle RV Park is conveniently located to the beach and to downtown Long Beach. The west side of the park is bounded by the very busy and very noisy Pacific Highway. The east side of the park is much quieter as it is bounded by a residential street without much traffic. The park is small with extremely narrow grassy sites. You will be able to open your slides, but not necessarily your awing. You will intrude on your neighbor’s site each time you enter and exit your rig. The interior road is maneuverable, but can be dicey with all the tow vehicles parked in front of the rigs. The exterior road, which is the residential street on the east side of the park, is used to back into perimeter sites. It is narrow and made narrower by street parking. We found the owner/manager to be marginally cordial and overtly hostile whenever anything happens to compromise his grass. As we backed into our assigned site, a hydraulic hose gave way, which, of course, caused hydraulic fluid to spill onto the road in front of the site and on the grass. Don was incensed that the hydraulic fluid would ruin his grass as if we planned to have the hose give way just then. Absolutely no repair work is allowed in Sand Castle RV Park. Even though the tech who inspected the problem assured us he could contain the hydraulic fluid and avoid an EPA/HazMat issue, it is more important for Don to maintain his grass than it is for his customers to fix a problem and move on safely. Also, at Sand Castle RV Park, if you want to use the showers, bring quarters - 25 cents for ten minutes of water. In addition, do not allow your sewer hose to lie on the grass. You must have it resting on a sewer hose stand. Although, that seems to be an arbitrary rule since our neighbor was told to stow his hose until he got a stand, but others in the park did have their hoses lying on the grass. Pets are allowed; however, not with enthusiasm. Children are allowed; however, also not with enthusiasm. In retrospect, we should have realized that despite the "big rigs welcome" advertising, Don does not like big rigs in his park. He was openly fretting about allowing our 40', diesel-pusher, motorhome into his park even at the time we made the reservation. He much prefers lighter weight rigs so they won't ruin the grass he works so hard to maintain. We paid $47.36. One night at the Passport America rate of $14.25 and one night regular price of $28.50 + tax
Crooked River Ranch RV Park is surrounded by spectacular scenery. It is situated at the rim of the Crooked River Gorge and offers hiking trails and overlooks for viewing. The gravel interior roads are easily maneuvered and the gravel sites are spacious. The park is organized into 4 areas: A, B, C, D. We were assigned to Area D right on the rim of the canyon. While we were here, the electrical service was unstable. There were several power surges park wide. The WiFi signal barely reaches into section D. The connection was slow and disappeared altogether the last two days of our stay. Cable TV connection was ok. The management is efficient and friendly and they do courteously enforce park rules.
The rate reflects the PA discount plus $1.00 a night for 50 amp power. Trail In RV Campground has everything you need: full hook-ups (30/50 amp power), free Wi-Fi, cable, reasonably clean showers, pool and grocery store. They accept all discounts: GS, AAA, Escapee, PA, Happy Camper, etc. Interior roads are passable but not in great shape and pull-through sites are large enough to accommodate big rigs with tow vehicle. Location is convenient to Lassen Volcanic Nat'l Park, Shasta Nat'l Forest, Shasta Lake, and Redding. The current owner and the manager are wonderfully nice, attentive, helpful, cheerful, friendly people. Issues with this park are its appearance, road noise, and whining dogs. The park buildings and grounds haven't seen any maintenance in years. Most of the sites are occupied by permanent and/or seasonal residents who have no interest in keeping their areas free of trash. But then, the park buildings are surrounded by junk and trash. There are a number of cats roaming the park and they, presumably, keep the rodent population in check.
Interior roads are wide enough to maneuver a 40' rig, our site was wide enough and long enough to accommodate our 40' rig and Jeep, Wi-Fi is not free, cable was unavailable while we were there, spa was out of commission, but swimming pool was being used. Road noise was intrusive. The park is old and in need of attention. The casino and cafe look and smell old and deteriorating. The per day cost is most definitely too high for this park. We're not likely to return to this park.
Californian RV Resort is situated on a hill overlooking the 14 freeway between Palmdale and Santa Clarita. The office personnel have always been professionally friendly and helpful. The park is well-maintained. The bathhouses have recently been upgraded. The pool, hot tub, laundry, exercise room, & clubhouse are clean. Presumably as a cost cutting measure, shower water is just about lukewarm. (Which is annoying considering the site rate.) Interior roads are somewhat narrow, but manageable. Sites are very narrow and really too short for rigs 40' or more. Our rig is 40' so, even parked catty-corner, our Jeep hangs out in the road somewhat. They have a lot of rules, but nothing onerous if you have a rig less than 10 years old and insurance papers up-to-date. We stay here every year around the Christmas / New Year holidays and it's usually quite windy and cold. In our experience at this park, the guests tend to be without children, and do adhere to the rules.
Town and Country Campground is conveniently located close to Minneapolis-St. Paul. However, this is one of those places that nickel and dime you to death. The $38 rate reflects GS discount, 30 amp service and pull-thru site. There is a surcharge for nearly everything -- pull-thru site, 50 amp electrical service, Wi-Fi, cable, fire pit. Our site was not level requiring a bit of jockeying around and several leveling attempts. The pull-thru sites are not long enough to accommodate a 40' RV and tow vehicle, so you do have to disconnect. Even though they are protective of the grassy areas, you do have to park your tow vehicle (at least partially) on the grass. The pool is clean; the hot tub accommodates 4-5 people. Apparently the owners rent out the pool and playground area to local residents for events. While we were there, a large birthday party for one of the local children was in full swing one afternoon and evening effectively cutting off use of the pool to RVers. The game room is definitely aimed at youngsters. Video games and toddler toys take up all the space. Within the park, the interior roads are very narrow; the sites are spaced far enough apart to allow for some privacy, but, as previously mentioned, not long enough to accommodate a 40' RV with tow vehicle. The following is from the Town & Country Campground website: BASIC SITE - NO HOOKUPS: Daily rate for 2 people...$24.00 ELECTRIC (20/30) & WATER SITE: Daily rate for 2 people...$34.00 ELECTRIC (20/30), WATER & SEWER SITE: Daily rate for 2 people...$38.00 50 AMP ELECTRIC SERVICE: Daily rate...$2.00 PULL-THRU SITES: Daily rate...$2.00 ADDITIONAL PEOPLE: Daily rate...$2.00 DOGS: Daily rate...$1.00 WIRELESS INTERNET: Daily rate...$1.00 PORTABLE FIRE PIT RENTAL: Daily rate...$5.00 HOLIDAY WEEKENDS: 3 night minimum. MONTHLY SITES: Limited number of monthly sites available. All rates are subject to 6.5% sales tax. Reservations are recommended and may be made by sending a check for $25.00 or Visa, Master Card or Discover Credit Cards. We require a 48 hour notice of cancellation.
Rutlader Outpost RV Park and Middle Creek Theater offers spacious interior roads and sites, a few of which overlook the fishing pond on the property. Rallys frequently occupy the pull-thru sites in the middle rows of the campground; however, the back-in sites are roomy and easy to negotiate. The grounds and facilities are well-kept. In addition to showers and laundry, the park also maintains a storm shelter in case of dangerous weather events, i.e., tornadoes. The owners/managers are most excellent people, always friendly, courteous, and most willing to extend themselves on your behalf. There are no extras such as pools, tennis courts, etc., but the country music shows every Saturday evening are wonderful - great entertainment at a reasonable price. The location is rural and definitely a hike from Kansas City, but there aren't many choices in Kansas in the KC area. There are campgrounds more conveniently located for access to KC across the border in Missouri. However, since we spend most of our time in north Overland Park when in KS, we choose not to deal with the nightmare of city traffic and prefer the longer, but easier drive between Louisburg and OP.
Twin Lakes Camping in Moonbeam is a family-friendly campground. The park consists of two man-made lakes featuring beaches, waterslides, playgrounds, shuffleboards, laundry facilities, a chip stand, and a "train camper" available for rental. Entry to the park is controlled and the park personnel are friendly and informative. Of the 146 sites, approximately 100 are seasonal. Interior roads and sites are easy to negotiate. We occupied a pull-thru site with full hook-ups. Pull-thrus are very long (100 ft.). The first rig to arrive pulls thru, the next rig backs into the same site. The park is generally well-kept. The idea of staying in a place called "Moonbeam" tickled our fancy, so we pulled into Twin Lakes and explored Moonbeam. Had we stayed longer we would have hiked a trail or two; however, we simply went into Moonbeam, visited the information center and snapped a few photos. Moonbeam's claim to fame is the UFO sighting responsible for the town's name. But, the lakes, creeks, and trails surrounding the town are worth exploring.
Happy Land Campground is an ok park. We occupied a large pull-thru (site 36) with full-hook-ups (30 amp). Because it's quite wooded, we were not able to lock onto a satellite connection for the internet, but were able to lock onto the satellite for TV reception. However, they do have reliable free Wi-Fi that reaches at least as far as site 36. It looks like mostly full-time and/or seasonal residents. However, the residential area is segregated from the "over-nighters". The park is just off highway 11/17 and there is some road noise, but not terribly intrusive. We chose this place for its proximity to Thunder Bay and we would camp here again.
Camping Alouette is a very large park with many seasonal sites. In general the park is well kept. It appears you can rent tents for camping in the woods, although I expect you can also bring your own. The interior roads tend to be narrow, not very big-rig friendly; however, they are manageable. The site we occupied (126) was a large pull-thru with full hook-ups on the perimeter of the park overlooking the driving range, the frontage road and highway 20. Road noise was intrusive at our site, but is certainly less so the farther into the park you are situated. There are only 4 laundry rooms servicing 400 sites. Three of the laundry rooms have 2 washers and 2 dryers, one laundry room has 4 washers and 4 dryers. Proximity to Montreal is a huge plus for us. We were there to explore the city not to take advantage of park amenities; however, there are tennis courts, a swimming pool, a basketball hoop, a golf driving range. Also, the park sits adjacent to a large RV service center. Although not affiliated, it is very convenient for folks who are there to have work done on their rigs. Now to the last observation. As they say, saving the best for last. The staff was SUPERB. Every staff person we dealt with was friendly, helpful, and professional. All were young men and women (probably college students) obviously schooled in courtesy and public relations and willing to "take the extra step" to help out their customers.
The park is lovely and the management team at the park is very friendly and helpful. There are only about a half dozen full hook-up sites; otherwise sites are electric (30 amp) and water only. Two dump sites are located on the exit road. We found this campground through the Passport America directory. Do NOT follow the directions given in the directory. Do ask for and follow the directions given by the office person when you call for reservations. And, do call for reservations. The directions given in the PA directory have you going under an 11'6" bridge which is really only 11'. The park is located next to I-91; however, the road noise we expected did not happen. Apparently people in this neck of the woods stay home at night. We parked our 40' motorhome on a grass site in the upper part of the park, which is quite open and we had no trouble using our roof-mounted satellite for TV and internet; however, the park does have Wi-Fi, which was very reliable at our site. The site was an easy pull-thru with full hook-ups. We would most definitely stay here again.
Lazy River's "free" wifi is a misnomer - only an hour is free. Lazy River at Granville is nicely maintained. Interior roads are narrow, back-in sites are roomy enough but a challenge to get into. There are lots of family-oriented activities but it costs extra for everything except for the pool and maybe the foosball tables. Parked cars on both sides of Granville town streets makes it a bit tricky to maneuver a 40' rig through town to get to the park.
Sand Springs Camping Area does not easily accommodate 40' rigs, interior roads are narrow, turns are sharp, tree limbs can be serious impediments to getting around the park, no satellite access, spotty cell phone service, one very narrow road for access and egress. We considered ourselves extremely lucky not to have met oncoming vehicles on that road. There is no way two RVs could pass on that road.
Interior roads wide enough, roomy gravel sites, grassy areas kept mowed, children's playground, laundry and showers available, game room available, bounded on two sides by Route 78/22 and Old Route 22, reasonable proximity to Allentown and Bethlehem -- the park is nice, but not superior and very pricey.
What you should know before arriving at Groton Forest Road Campground: (1) there are only 3 pull-through sites and they are not level; (2) power is extra (20 cents per kilowatt; (3) they accept only cash or check, no credit cards; (4) the laundry consists of one washer and one dryer located at the corner of the park entrance and Route 232; (5) the dump site is located on the left side of the camp road as you exit and when it rains the area you would normally pull into becomes a sunken muddy mess; (6) the shade sites are all back-ins around the perimeter; (7) the pull-through sites are not shaded; (8) interior roads are gravel and sites are grass. We used the Passport America discount. The owner was not in residence; however, the woman who was "in charge" was very accommodating. Since the middle pull-through site had no power or water, she suggested we park across sites. We were then able to level and there was room for another big rig to park the same way, level, and hook up. Because it had been raining and continued to rain the entire time we were there, the grass was ankle high, but I believe they normally keep it well trimmed. It's not a busy park, which makes for a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. We'd stay there again.
We stopped at Tom Sawyer's Mississippi River Park the day they opened after having been flooded for several weeks. They were busily cleaning up as quickly as they were able. Even with the mud and river debris still in evidence, we thorougly enjoyed our stay at the park. As previous reviewers noted, the view and ambiance of the river is worth the price of admission. We did not encounter or notice any untoward behavior in the surrounding neighborhoods. Looked to us like those neighborhoods are home to hard working folks who like to take their leisure visiting with neighbors on the front porch or stoop. We would definitely stay at Tom Sawyer's Mississippi River Park again.
The park is easily accesible from route 2. Interior roads are comfortably wide, sites are roomy. We used the Passport America discount; the rate was $13.50 per night for full hook-ups (30 amp service). We did not have a problem with water pressure, so it can be assumed that issue has been addressed. The laundry offers 3 washers and 3 dryers. The pool looked clean and well maintained. There are sites that are open enough to allow use of roof mounted satellite dishes. Overall, the park is well-kept and the owner / managers are very accommodating and pleasant. We would definitely stay at White Birches Camping Resort again.
This park's proximity to Acadia National Park and other areas of interest make it well located for Maine sightseeing. The entrance and interior roads are very narrow, and the campground gives the appearance of having motorhomes, 5th wheels, campers, tents etc. fitted into every nook and cranny. However, the new area under development will easily accommodate big rigs, but getting to the area requires negotiating a winding, narrow road. Much of the campground, including the new area, is open enough to permit use of rooftop mounted satellite dishes. The owner / managers are exceedingly gracious and helpful. The price is reasonable for the area ($30 per night for 30 amp, $32 per night for 50 amp). Overall, the park is well-maintained, but it is an older park, so facilities like laundry and showers are limited. We would definitely stay here again.