We stayed here in August and our site was wonderful. Not all sites have a concrete pad. Some are too close to each others so pick your site carefully. The location is perfect to Crater Lake and right across from Diamond Lake campground. If you can live without hookup, I'd recommend the Diamond Lake campground right across the street. There is no hookup there but they have a dump station and some sites are right on the lake. This campground only has 30amp but you don't need 50amp. It was 50 degrees when we were there in early August. Bring the bikes. The 11-mile pave bike route around the lake can be accessed from the campground. We saw deer while we were biking. Trout fishing on Diamond Lake was great when we were there. Our neighbor gave us a 20" trout they caught on Diamond Lake. Yum yum and thank you for fresh caught trout! Don't forget the 10% Good Sam discount if you have it. The standard rate is for 2 adults only. Extra adult and kid will be charged $2/$1. Wi-Fi was really slow. Bottom line: we'll go there again if we need full hookups and stay for a longer period. Otherwise, I'll stay across the street. Hope this helps.
Where's the elks? From their website, you would think that elks everywhere in the campground. Wrong, we didn't see any elks in the area except at the RMNP. Good location but that's it. This is basically a big dirt parking lot. Yes, it would accommodate any size of rig but it's on a gentle hill. Extra kid? that would be $5 per night. Want 50amp? $3.50 extra. Cable is $2.50. We stayed four nights and the bill adds up quickly. If you stay in a tent, you get a fire pit but not for an RV site. What is the logic to that? The only thing we like is the heated pool, but it was so crowded during the summer.
Just big but that's it. The Ranch area has lots of shade. We made reservation 9 months prior requested the Ranch area. When we got there, they moved us to the Pine area which closer to the highway and was noisy. The sites are on dirt and gravel and not too even. The 100+ mile Mickelson bike trail is right next to the campground but there is a $3 fee per day to use it. $44 is not cheap plus $3 for additional person. Except for the pool, I don't recall seeing the playground for the kids.
Best designed campground I ever see. All the campgrounds should be designed this way. Most of the sites are pull-thru and have plenty of space between the sites. Table and bench are under the cover so eating outside in bad weather is not a problem. The campground is exceptionally clean and flat. We were there during peak season and campground still not full. No need to make reservation to save the $8 reservation fee. I didn't give it a 10 because it has no pool and the playground is too small and simple. They also charge $6 entry fee for each vehicle. If you tow, that's $12 extra. Wish all the campgrounds are like this one.
So far, this is one of the best campground we've stayed in. Beautiful setting with stream running through the campground. Exceptionally clean. There is a paved bike path on the back side of the park. The campground is large so we never feel crowded even during the Sturgis week. The campground is right next to the city public park, which I think is a plus. Is like a two for one deal. You pay for one campground and get to enjoy the park next door as well. If you're camping here, bring the bikes. The only thing that I don't like is some sites are like a Y shape. You have to share the entrance with your neighbor and sites are a little close to each other.
Site is very tight and I only see a few that will fit 40'. Site on gravel but there's a concrete pad and table to the side, which is nice. I read from past reviews indicated that the service was bad but I found to be opposite. People were nice. Check in were pleasant. On Thursday, you can get all the ice cream you can eat for 50 cents a scoop. They have about 10+ flavors you can choose from. If you like lake fishing, this would be a good place to stay. 10 minutes to Mammoth lake and June lake is 100 yard away. Mono lake is also 10 minutes drive.
This is a very tight campsite. Mine is 35' and I was having a very hard time nagivating to one of their bigest site in the campground. If you have a 40', forget it. Lake Isabella is awful plain and dirty. Unless you want to come to Kern county for water rafting. Otherwise, I don't see why you need to visit this area. Nothing here. It was 105 degree there in July. They charge $7 extra for dumping.
I would give it a 10 if the site has hookup. Beautiful and clean. Bass lake is 100 yard away. I've been to many lakes and Bass lake is definitely up there. The road to the campground is very twisty so drive slow. Site is on asphalt with generous space. Lots of trees. The only thing I don't like is they put rocks around the campsite which make it hard to navigate around. This campground is 40 minute from Yosemite Valley, which makes it an ideal location if you cannot find a campsite in Yosemite. Dump station is 5 minutes drive from the campground.
If you're not a Thousand Trails member, you'll be placed in the parking lot area and not the lake side. The road to the site is dusty. Only one or two sites has shade. From here, it will be an hour drive to Yosemite Valley. If you're planning to visit Yosemite and cannot get a site in Yosemite, I suggest you stay at Bass Lake area to the South rather than staying here. This location is near the West gate entry.
Very nice park with large lake access and a few good hiking trails. Lots of teens in the tent areas but the RV area is great and more quiet. Only 30amp hookups. Each site has a grass area and a good distance from the neighbor. Cons: No Wifi. Concrete pad is not level. No reservations accepted (first come first get).
Stayed over the Memorial weekend. They gave everyone a fresh baked cookie when check-in, that was a very nice touch. Most of the sites are back-in. Here's the pros and cons list. Pros: Clean; near Solvang with local shuttle that can take you into Solvang for $1.50; WiFi is great; modern kids playground; Casino is 15 minutes away. There's a pool and a small game room. There's no bike path but kids can bike around the campsite. Cons: Expensive; sites are too close to each others; nothing to do except visiting Solvang; Some permanent old RV/trailers on site. This is good 1-2 nights stay but not longer. No refund on early check-out.