Probably my favorite place to camp overall when I come to the Ephrata Soap Lake area. Has a clean restroom and shower, which is really important to me. I usually can get a spot near the restroom. A short walking distance to Soap Lake and my favorite area restaurant, Don's Restaurant. No wireless internet but then I can use one of the libraries in the area for that. Reasonable price. Some noise off the road but not bad in my insulated truck camper. Only weakness is that I prefer to have at least a couple other campers nearby, so one time last October camping by myself I was the only one there, so in that case I probably would go to one of the bigger parks. However, most of the time there are other campers so it is not an issue. Will camp there again soon.
Interesting combination of strengths and weaknesses. Strengths: Beautiful Setting near lake and spacious campground, adequate showers and restrooms (although a bit old and could be a bit cleaner). Wireless internet worked fine. One of the staff members (young blonde lady with glasses) was courteous to my friend who had quite a few questions in the afternoon around 4 or so. Lot of amenities (check campsite website for all of them) but for me they were not important. Clean restrooms, showers and wireless internet and friendly managers and hosts are most important. I had a friend that camped next to me in his SUV and he was more interested in the hot tub and miniature golf and other amenities than I was. The night was quiet enough for me to get a good nights sleep. Weaknesses: The very young lady who took my credit card around noon was competent but had a matter of fact manner and not overly friendly. Maybe I shouldn't expect better but there are so many friendlier and more outgoing people I have run into camping before, so I am just comparing experiences. The young blond lady with glasses was nicer, we told her around 4pm that we would come in late around 10pm after dinner. She said no problem with that. When we came back around 10 and went to our campsite, the camp host got in his cart and darted over to our campsite to ask us about whether we had reservations and was paid up. He did explain that he a problem recently with someone coming and claiming a spot without paying but I think it would be better if he had a campground map with him and information on the payment status of each campsite. This would have prevented this inquiry which reminded me sort of the law coming your way. There could also be a rule where you can post a receipt where someone can check it. Restrooms could have been a bit nicer and cleaner, although they were adequate. Both the time I camped one night in June and also this time the lawn mowers were running in the morning, not sure how often they mow the lawns but I reckon quite often. Conclusion: Not a bad place really...could use some improvements in both customer public relations and restroom cleanliness. If that were the case, would rate it a lot higher than a 7. The price I though was a bit low for this campground with all the amenities, perhaps that is what helps make them competitive despite the lesser qualities.
I called the manager early in the day on Monday August 22 to spend the night in my Truck Camper on the way to Ellensburg the next day. She made reservations for me on the phone, and I arrived early evening after 6pm.. She was very friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. Couldn't ask for anything better. On top of that, the restrooms and showers were very clean. There is a 75 cents charge to use the showers, so bring your quarters. Very pretty park near the Yakima River. Quick drive into the town of Cle Elum. Would gladly stay there again if the opportunity comes.
Friendly lady in the office to take my payment. This park is not for those who want a lot of outdoor scenery, as it is in the city of Vancouver not far from the Vancouver Westfield Mall, and is across the street from a Toyota dealership. However, you get the sense that it is a well run operation, with great restrooms and showers and a generally clean appearance overall. No recreation room or anything like that, just a place to camp. I was pleasantly surprised that it was plenty quiet enough to get a good night's sleep despite its urban location. Will stay there again if the opportunity arises.
I camped at Rainbow's End one night, the night of Thursday August 5 hoping to visit the Olympic Game Park and the lavender farms the next day. It was the height of the camping season, so even though the host put me next to an old maintenance building with only 110 (which means I couldn't run my air conditioner, but then I didn't need an air conditioner in Sequim with temperatures in the 60's during the day) I was happy to get a place to camp without reservations that night during such a prime time of the camping season on no notice. The camp host was very accommodating and helped me to my campsite, and even came back to make sure the power was working on both plugs. The owner was also very nice as I checked in after closing so I paid the next day. Showers and restrooms were just fine, clean and everything working. Very happy about that. I didn't test the Wi-Fi, as I used the Wi-Fi at the Sequim Starbucks which had a big table for me to use my laptop on. Campground was very quiet which I like. Would camp there again if the opportunity arises. It was overall a good experience.
Friendly hosts, roomy spot for my truck and camper. Everything worked. Wireless internet worked fine, the hosts let me use a table near the back deck of the office at night with my lantern. The table had a nearby a cord with a plug in for my laptop computer. I camped there two nights, Monday July 26 and then again Wednesday July 28. I was very pleased with showers and restrooms too.
The big plus here was a friendly and helpful host. It's a beautiful setting on the Columbia River, with clean restrooms and showers. Since I am not that great at backing in and out of tight spots, the angle in which my campsite was, could have given me problems if I were not able to pull up in an adjacent, across the way site and then back in. Anyone with an extra person watching would not have had to worry about it, but I was by myself. Host was kind enough to offer help but I was able to pull in to the driveway opposite and back in as there was no one in that other driveway. I camped one night and would camp here again if the opportunity arises.