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08/2014
rating [ 4/10 ]
Pros: Harbor/Bay (not the ocean) view from waterfront sites; Cable TV; can have a real camp fire; 5 min drive to Bodega Head (cliff scenic area); Sunday Farmer's market within 5 min drive. Cons: Hard to find off of roads not made for RVs & situated at the bottom of a cliff. Tight, gravel spaces. Effectively no wifi at all (couldn’t even get it near the office)--completely unacceptable! No AT&T cell service. Neighbors’ fire pit 3’ from your coach. No advertised laundry facility. Bathrooms filthy, complete with black mold on sagging ceiling tiles etc. Locals have unfettered access to everything (including bathrooms). Picnic table was decrepit. Marina docks (& many boats there) are in generally poor condition, & there's no public access to them. CG is cojoined w/a run down trailer park, complete with a burned out unit. Junk cars & boats parked nearby. Weird vibe all-around i.e. it’s run it's own way--Staff doesn’t answer the phone a lot; no dog poopie bags for multi days; seems like locals/weekenders rule the roost. Next to nothing for kids to do at the campground (or in town). Very strange town (located atop the cliff you’re camped under): No ‘main street’; No pedestrian access to anything (town doesn’t even have sidewalks); Many restaurants are not open Mon-Tues, many not open past 5-6pm; No business in town rents crab gear any longer (was at least something kids could do); No ‘normal’ grocery stores; Only diesel I saw in town was at Spud Point marina & with old fashioned pumps & being on the water there was no way I was taking a chance. Next closest diesel that I found was 30mi away. Would not come back. Way too expensive for what's offered & it’s way too far away (30mi away) from any civilization on narrow curvy roads. If not for the marina/bay I’d rate this place a ‘2’. Horrible location to visit SF from, look to Petaluma as a base for that.
08/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Easy access off I-80. Very wooded and very clean/tidy. Good pavement throughout the park so there’s no dust problem. Sites are ‘shared type’ that is if you’re rolling with a friend you can camp with your doors facing each other & share the space in between. Most of the sites are fairly level but some need leveling (especially in the 50amp row), where front-to-back level was borderline tricky (sites slope varying degrees). Sites are tight though, with rigs with slides on both sides coming within 1-2 feet of each other. Didn't care for the black/grey hose drain stub up, was stubbed up a good 4-6” and a bit uphill of my rig. 3 bars on Verizon cells, park wifi ranged from decent to no-go. Looked like there was only 1 restroom for the entire campground. The men’s room had 1 toilet, 1 urinal, and 1 shower. Previous review stated they have added a trailer for more restrooms but it wasn't evident to us, and wasn't mentioned at check in, and it’s not on the map. The main restroom was a bit old feeling but was stocked and cleaned. If you don’t have a TV that’s fairly new (year or 2 old) you won’t be able to get but 1 channel on the cable setup. The office does have some converter box deals you can borrow. Noise level: Since it’s close to I-80 you can hear constant freeway traffic while sitting outside your RV, nothing major, but it’s there. Can hear an occasional train horns from the rail yard that is probably no more than a mile away. The campground is also underneath one of the approach/departure tracks for the Truckee airport so you do get a few small jet aircraft (Lear type) as well as other assorted ‘bug smashers’ going overhead. Other than these few things the place is very calm… not much in/out traffic, not many kids running around. Kids: Not much to do for kids here, our teens were very bored. Not within walking distance of anything. Nearby: In 1 direction you’re only within a mile or 2 of old main street. Heads’ up: It can be a chore to find parking there and most of it is metered (pay). In the other direction you have a bit newer part of Truckee with a Safeway (that’s INSANELY busy on the weekends), Starbucks, and various other chain restaurants (Panda, Round Table Pizza, etc). CG is within a 10 min drive to Donner Lake, very pretty area. Tip: If you want to visit the Lake Tahoe I strongly suggest taking Hwy 267 to King’s Beach, it delivered a fast 20-30min drive to the shore. The 89 however, once near/in Tahoe City was brutally gridlocked while we were here.
07/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
9/10 if using an 'overnight place scale'. Easy to find (right on the freeway), & easy sites to get in/out of. No problem with highway noise even though it's right off the main drag. Concrete pads, although narrow are nice. Wifi was decent. Close to fuel places, supermarket, and pizza joint. Bathrooms/showers were nice and they were clean--I normally won't use common shower facilities but had no qualms about using these. Would stop in here again for an overnight no problem whatsoever.
11/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
Weird place in that it has both significant good and bad things about it. The good: The valley it’s located in is quite nice, especially considering everything else around it. There’s horseback riding available there (within a healthy walking distance anyway). The lateral space in between each site is quite nice and if you’re backed in to one row of sites you have a wide grass field between you and the folks in the row uphill from you. The staff was visible at times but was not intrusive. The drives and the pads are asphalt. Verizon cell coverage was max bars here. The bad: Located a long way from I-15 i.e. 6-7 miles, so this isn’t a good OVN location in my opinion. The layout of the site driveways are all wrong in that the angle of them in relation to your neighbors across from you is way too sharp. If it were not for the fact my neighbor had parked his tow vehicle somewhere else I wouldn’t have been able to back into my site without spending significant time doing multiple ‘pull-ups’. No cable & no Wi-Fi for the price they charge is a bit out of line. The ‘facilities’ are terrible; run-down old school park bathrooms/showers with accompanying damage, not one of us would use them. The ‘Lake’ has been dry for a couple of years as I’m told (storm damage to dam) talk is there’s no plan on fixing the dam. Park closes early and if you want back in you have to unlock a paddle-locked swing gate (not easy when it’s dark outside), which is cumbersome and inconvenient. Finally, multiple freight trains running 24/7 within a stone’s throw of the sites. I would go back here but only because it’s a good centralized location for us to link up with friends whom live in the L.A. area. This place has crazy potential, but I guess when the county runs something like this there’s not much chance it will reach anywhere near the level it could be at if given to a private concern with adequate money to run/maintain/develop it.
07/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This place is the real-deal. Service, appearance/condition, site layouts, and customer service staff are all the cream of the crop (and have been for many years). The only reasons I cannot give them a 10 is that they still cling to a dinosaur of a Wi-Fi service that is ridiculous and a pain in the rear end. Even though we were in a premium site, we could only connect two (2) devices to their Wi-Fi. C'mon guys, that doesn't work with a family of four in today's day and age. Also, cable TV needs to have a few channels added, especially when considering those traveling with kids (i.e. Disney etc.) Additionally, they're going to need to watch the weeds starting to grow on some of the RV parking surfaces (in the gravel). It's a little bit nit-picking but I was surprised they hadn't jumped on them as they were starting to sprout up enough to hit them with weed killer (or pull then). Rest rooms and laundry facilities are far and away the best I've ever seen, what you smell when you enter them is newness and cleanliness: both good things. The morning coffee and hot chocolate is a hit with both the kids and the adults. Beautiful green grass and flowers all around. When staying in the West Yellowstone area, Grizzly is the ONLY option as far as we're concerned.
07/2012
rating [ 3/10 ]
$66 a night for a pull-through with no grass, no trees, no pavement? No thanks. For the same price one can stay within walking distance of this place, at literally a world-class RV park for the same money. This park is not worth more than $35 a night, even considering West Yellowstone prices.
07/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
Typical KOA in many regards. Dirt/gravel access road and sites. Had to use levelers on one side, I really hate that as in the majority of cases there's no excuse for unlevel sites. Park is located out by itself and its store closes at 6pm (way too early when there's no other viable walking option). Restrooms were in less than stellar shape the morning I used them. Pool area was nice. Staff friendly enough. Lots of ATV people here. 30 amp connection couldn't keep up with my 1 A/C when using the microwave & water heater (breaker popped 3x during my stay). Bottom line: More expensive than what it should be given where it is and what they offer. Would consider it for an overnight again but that's it.
07/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Good place for a quick overnight. Located right off I-15 and just opposite from a Flyin' J. Even though it's right up against the 15, the lower elevation coupled with the sound walls made the road noise just about completely non-existent. Nice grassy areas and nice pool complex. Permanent trailers on the distant end of the complex didn't bother us, although I couldn't use the shower because a transient was loitering around trying to use the facilities. Staff member that checked us in was, although nice, utterly clueless (we had to show her how to use the credit card machine). This is not a resort by any stretch, but I absolutely would stay here again for an overnight.
07/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
For a park that touts itself for 'award winning 'this-and-that' I just didn't see it. A lot of sites (including ours) were not close to being level. Both ours and our travel partners RVs had to drive up on levelers. The pool was cold, dirty (saw a bandage floating in it), and cloudy from lack of chlorine/balanced chemicals. Picnic table was beat up. Rest room was not stocked with paper in the morning I tried to use it. Also, although not oppressive, we could hear road noise from the interstate and Hwy 93; same with jet noise from the Missoula airport. Some of the staff was friendly, some were a touch on the rude side. Be aware, it can be very hot in Missoula; it was 100 degrees when we got there. Although it wasn't a horrific overnight, it was not worth the $ they charge and there's really no excuse to have to use levelers in an "award winning" RV park. We would most definitely look for another alternative if we had to stay in that area again.
07/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice little park on the outer perimeter of Whitefish City proper. They have a limited number of 50 amp slots and unfortunately for us we were here in a 30amp site during what the locals were all saying was "an unusual heat wave". 1 A/C couldn't keep up in our nor our partner's 5th wheels. Therefore our main "problem" was we weren't in a 50amp slot. The small motel that is located in front of the RV park serves as the office for the RV park and has a small pool however, RV park guests cannot use the pool. There is a nice aquatic center within a 2 min drive but still, would've been nice to have use of an onsite pool. Wendys, Pizza Hut, Subway, and Taco shop within easy walking distance as is a car wash, Radio Shack, and NAPA Auto parts store. Wi-Fi kicked us off a lot at times but otherwise was passable. Cable TV was passable as well. Bottom line: This is not a 'resort' and there isn't much for little kids to do but our teens managed just fine. We would stay here again but would choose to be in a 50amp site if at all possible.
03/2012
rating [ 5/10 ]
To say the campground is 'rustic' would be generous. Nobody was in the guard station to check us in upon arrival however, we had our site # in advance so we found it ok although our site's accesses was initially blocked by another camper storing his tag-car trailer. Sites consist of the natural desert floor dirt, with some being very far off from level, and hook ups all the way in the back. Our sewer hookup was significantly above grade which made dumping interesting. Sites on the "loop" are generally short and very cramped laterally. Some sites had small trees between them and by trees I mean that ranged from the oddball small Mulberry to a full-blown thorn tree (with 3"-4" thorns on it). Fair amount of trash blowing around as well as dead vegetation such as large palm trees cut down and left to rot in place. The only thing that looked modern/decent/kept-up in the entire campground was the bathroom complex, which we ended up not using. AT&T and Verizon service ranged from weak to non-existent depending on where you were standing. The ghost town was fairly nice with our teens keeping themselves occupied up there for a few hours but the campground itself leaves a lot to be desired. Bottom line is the campsites are located in a small, but high-walled unattractive canyon (no view) that is dusty, crowded, and mostly unkempt looking. Doubt we would stay here again.
05/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a large modern RV park that is big-rig friendly. Sites are paved with lava rock in between. Rock likes to migrate inside so be careful as it can really destroy smooth floors. Staff in the check in area was nice and friendly. WiFi was sketchy in our group’s sites. Nice shower/laundry room however, odd they only have 2 men’s stalls for such a huge park. The cable TV worked good and had a good channel selection. There is no grassy (or even dirt) areas for fido; the dog-run is pretty much gravel/lava rock. Our site was not perfectly level side-to-side but we lived with it. Staff makes you sign, stating you must use pads under any stab jack points as well as acknowledging mandatory use of ramps for sewer hose. Park is directly adjacent to the train tracks (in linear fashion). Over a holiday weekend we saw probably 6 trains a day. Didn’t bother us, but be aware the tracks are right here and they will blow the horn going through those crossings. So if you’re noise-sensitive (or fido is) then you may want to consider other choices. The pool inside the hotel is nice but it is a hike from a majority of the sites. They do offer golf-cart shuttle service which is a help getting to/from the hotel amenities. One thing that is a major drag here is no campfires are allowed, not even in self-contained fire pits. For that reason alone we would be hard-pressed to go back. It’s not camping, (especially in a group setting with kids) when you cannot have a campfire. In addition here’s a special note about the weather. Although not the campground's fault, the winds blew as hard as 55-60 mph for almost the entire 3 days we stayed here, which made it miserable. It blew so hard one day it lifted one corner of the trailer up off the wooden 4x12 block. I had a stab jack cranked down and blew it more than half way under the trailer!! The temps also got down to 30 degrees at night over Memorial weekend. All in all, a nice park but can’t give it a ‘10’ as there was no soft area for fido to walk on, the train noise, and a no-campfire policy. Would consider for an overnight again but that’s probably it.
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Beautiful area and probably the most friendly, competent staff of any park I've ever been to. Calling it "big rig friendly" is a stretch but there are some places you can get into. Only about a 5 minute drive to Bandon which is a nice little town. We rented crab pots and bait from downtown and the kids had an absolute blast crabbing in town on the wharf and at and the park's boat dock. The store will clean and cook your crab for like 75 cents, neat place! AT&T worked on expanded network mode (but very slow) and Verizon was no problem. Would stay here again for sure. One note for those with kids: Oregon has a new law requiring kids under 16 to wear helmets on bicycles. The rangers enforce this.
07/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Until I got here I couldn’t understand the fuss/hassle with trying to reserve a site that fit my needs: i.e. the physical configuration of our truck and trailer. Once I arrived I was confronted again with hassle as the check in took me a solid 30 minutes and never did get my concern for basic site info answered. I finally decided to just give it a whirl and try for myself. Bottom line was my site was easily double the length they said it was, so there was no need for any concern/hassle. The staff should’ve been able to know that and I was frustrated until I walked most of the park (over 4 days) with the map in hand. The staff has no chance, the park map is woefully inaccurate/wrong. No wonder they don’t have it posted on the website, I’m surprised they even mail it out. It shows many sites as pull-through that are not, shows back-ins that are actually pull-throughs, etc. There are hundreds of sites here that are wedged in anywhere nature allows. One site on a row might be 30’ long, the next may be 75’ long, the next 60’, and so on, same goes for site widths. The difference between one site and another can be massive (both size and access) and it’s like that in every area they have, I cannot emphasize this enough. The facilities are rustic. The video game room looked like it’s been static since the 1980’s, half the laundry machines were broken, and the rest rooms were in bad shape (rusty dividers, trash cans, etc). I think the staff tries, but has nothing to work with. The place has the look of a zoo but thankfully folks were well behaved and considerate. Tents, easy-ups, motorcycle and boat trailers and extra vehicles are packed into every nook and cranny of many sites. WiFi signal was extremely weak and was fee-for service. This is not what I’d call a relaxing place to camp although I’m not sure any other place around Tahoe would be either based on visual glances driving by the some of the other camps. If we ever go here again, it’d be with my modified map in hand while making reservations and because nothing else around was found to be better.
08/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Whomever designed this park knew what they were doing. It has a modern layout with plenty of room, has paved streets, and concrete pads. Park is located within walking distance to Wal-Mart and other businesses in town. The office was closed when we arrived (sign said gone for an emergency), but our site was posted and after-hours check in materials were handy. WiFi was sketchy but worked if you took your device to other areas of the park. Beware though, the WiFi here is unprotected (no password required) so use at your own risk. The laundry facility looked brand new as did the exercise facility however, we couldn't get into the exercise room as we were not provided with the code to access it. The biggest negatives I can comment on is there are probably a half-dozen or so "full-time" resident trailers on the property and most are unsightly due to the park allowing them to put foam insulation skirts around the bases of them. These are not RV skirts but foam from a hardware store not meant for exterior use. If they got a handle on that and had a pool I could easily rate this park a 10. Would stay here again no problem.
07/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Not a bad location a couple of minute drive off the 5. The town is pretty with great views of the mountain but no mountain view is possible at the campground (because of the woods). Some areas of the park are extremely dusty (as it is near baby powder consistency). The WiFi here is a joke. If we physically stood in front of the office we got 1, maybe 2 bars. They should not be able to advertise this feature plain and simple. Even though we pre-coordinated our need for a very easy-in/easy-out site (due to our long truck-trailer configuration) we were put in the tightest spot I could see they had. Getting to our site required me backing up to make the corner and the site itself was unlevel in both directions. I had to use levelers and could not realistically unhook the truck from the trailer because of the incline. They had vacant sites all around us so I wasn't particularly happy about it. The manager seemed arrogant from watching her deal with other customers, however the other lady I dealt with was nice (she basically apologized for the manager's attitude even though I hadn't dealt with her). One note about fuel in the area. The stations in Shasta are extremely RV unfriendly in terms of physical layout. We had to get fuel up the road in Weed. Might stay here again for an overnight but that's mainly because the staff at Siskiyou are rude and they don't allow 1 night stays.
08/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Easy access from the hwy. Pretty scenic setting. Some cable TV channels and mostly slow Wi-Fi connectivity (but better than nothing on both accounts). No AT&T service but our Verizon phones worked. Kids really enjoyed themselves here playing outside most all day while we were there. Not much to do in the immediate local area if you're not into fishing (no "town" nearby). The park store is fairly expensive and the on-site pizza place had pizza's listed for like $23! Check out the Trees of Mystery just north of the park, really worth the $14 adult admission. Warning: A lot of the interior sites are extremely non-big rig friendly. If it were not for some vacant sites around us we'd have physically not been able to hook up and get out. Additionally, all the sites are grass and ours was in a big uneven hole that required levelers. Good thing it didn't rain or we'd have been sitting in a pond. Unlike many of nearby parks this is not directly on the river. Black bear in the campground came out of the woods every night at 7:30 and again at 10:30. Watch you kids as the staff doesn't run him off until a crowd gathers. Kind of a cool sight to see but if you have kids please brief them on the situation. Another place that's a tad too expensive. Might go back if passing by otherwise one visit is enough.
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great overnight location. Easy access off the 395, big rig friendly, good cable TV and Wi-Fi. The restrooms/showers were flat-out the nicest we've ever seen in a campground, they rival most folks home facilities they're that nice. The laundry room and equipment is super new and clean as well. Heads up, no cell phone service here (Verizon or AT&T). The major complaint I have about this park is that it's easily $10 too expensive per night for where/what it is. Some other nitpicking stuff that may bug people. Close to the Hwy (get some road noise), drives and sites are not paved (pea-gravel). Not much around to do (no town etc) unless you're a fisherman. This park is as close to a "10" as you can get. If it was a tad cheaper and had some pavement I'd rate it a 10 no problem.
09/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Wow, didn't think any park could rival the fabulous and highly rated Grizzly RV park in West Yellowstone but Zion River Resort did. This park is paved nicely, all pull throughs are concrete pads, sites had nice aluminum picnic tables, all sites had nice fire pits. The store/office is immaculate, the pool/spa area was immaculate as were the bathrooms and common areas, the staff was super friendly. Has a "grill" that is open on weekends and holidays for breakfast. Has camp hosts (at least in the summer season) that have activities going on every single evening. Very family friendly. No AT&T coverage but our Verizon phones worked (w/1 bar). Finally, some park understands Wi-Fi: these guys have 3 routers going that are strategically placed around the park (what a concept), never had an issue with their Wi-Fi. The maintenance people were all over the place all the time taking care of the sites (raking rock, picking up litter, cleaning the pool area etc), that was nice. There's only a couple of things that I can rate negatively on, thus keeping them from a 10-rating. #1: No cable TV is not cool, the hookups are plumbed for it and for the price, they should provide some TV channels. #2: tokens for the showers is a little hokey IMO. This place is very, very nice. We'll be going back no doubt about it.
08/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park could arguably be in the range of a 9/10 if it were not for the following issues. No Wi-Fi, no cable TV, and the facility is starting to suffer from lack of maintenance. The landscaping seems to be suffering some as trees and grass were both dry in many spots, even saw small patches of weeds in some dry places. Also, they were in no hurry to empty community trash cans and items such as the paddle boats are showing serious wear/tear. We can only assume that Terrible’s bankruptcy filing is part of the reason the maintenance is lacking. That said, it’s a really nice family place with good security and common-sense rules enforcement . Most sites are big enough for most any rig however, there are a handful that are no-go for even some moderate sized truck-trailer combos. We will be going back for sure however, it’s just a shame a place this new and well thought out doesn’t have Wi-Fi or cable TV and it’s a shame it’s starting to fall apart. Keeping our fingers crossed it comes back strong but it will require more evaluation as time and the legal issues pass.
06/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Let's get it out of the way up front, this place is crazy expensive. I would go so far to say that if you don't have kids with you this place would be a rip off. This place is also a contradiction in that it has some attributes that rate on extreme opposites of the scale. Most sites are dirt, many are not level, and many (including our travel companions') had big areas that were a muddy flooded mess the entire 4 days we were there). Also, for over $70 a night I don't think cable TV should be out of the question, which you don't get unless you have a deluxe site (which are few). The main pool was neon yellow one day and it took 2 or more of us to complain before they closed it down. The water in the slide attraction was also always cloudy and not properly treated correctly the entire time we were there. The place is dusty from the heavy traffic, it's like Grand Central Station most of the day and night. On the plus side, the visitor center was beautiful, the staff up there awesome, the views and location are also awesome. The newer bathroom/shower complex is 1st rate in construction and they did a fairly decent job of keeping it clean given the amount of traffic through there. We also had wifi most of the time there, although at times it was very slow. We thought the on-site horse rides were a good value as was the $2 pancake breakfast. It is a great place to let the kids go all day no doubt about it but if you want reasonable fees, calm atmosphere, and room to spread out this isn't for you. If they could control the price and have maintenance pay attention across the board I could almost rate it a 10. We would consider staying again but only while the kids are small enough to enjoy/partake in all the activities there.
06/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Extremely friendly staff that provided mountains of info on the local area. Great for big rigs. The newer sites had nice grass between them and the views are spectacular. Cable TV worked fairly well with just a few bad/fuzzy channels. Is within walking distance to the museum and within a mile or so of the Super Walmart. Don't forget to try to the Prime Rib buffet at the Irma Hotel; it's unbelievable. On a bad note, this is yet another campground that advertises wi-fi yet does not provide it to a substantial portion of their grounds. Neither of our 2 sites in the newer 50amp area had it. Would stay again, just wish they (like countless others) would fix their wi-fi.
06/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
I need to echo/emphasize some comments previously made about this campground. #1, the mosquitoes are brutal (no exaggeration). This place is rustic in every sense of the word. It is significantly overpriced. It is way too far away from the popular sights in Yellowstone to be a base for your Yellowstone travels yet it’s situated right next to the highway which means vehicle noise can be heard at times. The power is woefully inadequate, only 20amp and the best we ever saw out of the outlet was 110v and at times it was low enough to damage electronics. Would not power microwaves in either of our 2 RVs nor would it power other common household items. In addition, we lost what power they do provide for 4 hours one day. No cell phone service or wi-fi. Major bridge/road construction is currently ongoing within ½ mile of here, so we listened to heavy equipment back-up beepers, jackhammers, and dump trucks unloading heavy rock for hours during the day. Everything in the store is way overpriced, including fuel which was between 50 cents (gas) and 75 cents (diesel) more than everywhere else (including inside the park). Do not leave any cooler, stove, or trash unattended outside at any time, rangers were ticketing and confiscating items on a daily basis due to the bear hazard. On the good side, the area is flat-beautiful; the dust wasn’t that bad and wouldn’t be an issue at all if folks wouldn’t speed through the campground, and “Bob” the Buffalo is always around the area and even strolled through camp one night, which was cool. We would not camp here again because it is too expensive and too far away from anything located in either national park nearby.
06/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Nice, tidy campground. The train tracks are a long way off; none of us ever heard the train except while on bicycle rides on the far end of town. Big rigs are a challenge in a lot of the sites. We saw multiple folks with toads on the grass as there was no way to keep on the dirt/gravel due to the tightness. Park is divided into 2 sections, with one across the street from the office. This section is where there's some long termers in the back row, 50amp sites area, and there's no wi-fi on this side of the street. A pet peeve of mine is advertising wi-fi when they know it doesn't work in many sites. Would definitely use again for the overnight but we wish they would get the wi-fi so it would cover the other 50% of their park.
06/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Stopped here for a overnight with 2 families and discovered a lot of what has already been commented on. Notable good items from our experience: Friendly staff, good location, nice shade trees, good grass between sites, good (looks newly upgraded) power and cable TV. You can tell they make an effort to make the place a little homey with the various decor adorning the park. Notable negatives from our experience: The mosquitoes are bad, so bad you can't go for a walk or sit outside and relax which is a shame because it'd be a good place for both. You shouldn't be allowed to advertise wi-fi if it doesn't work. The sites are a challenge for those with toads. There's a small airport nearby so you see/hear aircraft periodically overhead. Also, as commented on previously there's a lot of permanent occupants there with extremely old and trashy motorhomes/trailers; if they'd clean up those eyesores we'd rate higher. Would consider for an overnight again no question but the mosquitoes are bad.
03/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
We stayed in the interior section which is like a dirt parking lot with sites close to each other. No sewer dump at the sites we had. If we ever went back to this location we'd stay out on the peninsula. This section butts up against a grass tent area. Again, might be trouble in the summer. Like a lot of places around the river it provides a kind of run down/old vibe to it. Staff was OK and other campers were fine but I bet this place is a zoo during the summer. If you're a young boater it might be great fun but be careful if you want calm/quiet (at least in the summer months). Oh, they have some funny rules such as must show proof of insurance and no ATVs, although they're constantly going through the park every day. Anything with a steering wheel is supposed to be OK.
07/2008
rating [ 2/10 ]
Unreal. I wish my friends whom talked us into going to this place would’ve read the earlier review, our experience was 100% similar. This place has so much potential yet is totally and utterly mis/unmanaged making for a frustrating camping experience. You have to check in the restaurant (doesn’t open until 11a.m.) and you’re provided no info at all i.e. no camp map, no rules sheet which later made sense as it seems they have no rules, no info on where to go if you have problems after hours etc. Dogs (both management's and customer's) are allowed to roam off-leash 24/7; expect to get your property "marked" as well as you and your pets to be harassed. The management either were not there or knew and overlooked: Kids as young as 2-3 years old left unsupervised and wandering about the camp (parents went off ATVing); kids were allowed to make (and ride) a race track in the campground with their mini-ATVs (including after dark); we were kept up by an unruly family until 3a.m. one night and went to complain about that and the fact this family had also dumped (on purpose) their entire grey tank on the ground the evening prior. It took “management” 30 min to even show up to hear the complaint, and then they took no action. We later heard this same family had just been kicked out of Candy Mountain (what this place should have done). Not impressed with the construction nor cleanliness of the restrooms, only 2 portable fire pots for 6 sites, gravel/dirt pads that got semi-muddy in rain, no store for supplies at all, and since you’re near the river...tons of bugs that bite. About the only good things I can say is the spots have good room between them with nice grass (after you clean the dog waste), you have access to the ATV trails, and Candy Mountain resort is only about a mile away (clean looking, has a store with basic supplies etc). No way I’d stay here again, do yourself a favor and try other options in the immediate area.
08/2007
rating [ 6/10 ]
This park has 1 and only 1 thing going for it, its proximity to the sand dunes. Park is borderline way overly priced and the park setup/layout is highly bizarre. The main spots are sardined and I mean sardined next two each other with conjoined (and slightly offset) concrete pads. The sites are opposing in that you have to pull in one way (your neighbor the opposite way) in order to share the concrete. Oh and the concrete pad is "for your use" but you can't drive on it, park anything (bikes/quads included), set gas cans on it etc. Slots are on dirt and ours wasn't level. Also, our non-slideout trailer was deep against a small tree they had planted in the minuscule slot, makes no sense. They allow night riding so we had OHV noise up until 2a.m. If you're not there for motorized recreation you're 100% in the wrong place. Sorry to say it but the management is also sub par. The lady there took a week-plus to get back to me on our reservations and didn't answer email or voice mail timely (if at all). Beware of their cancellation policy. I might stay there again but the state park campground down the road (and closer in the dunes) is a much more appealing option at a fraction of the cost.
08/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
As a big time dry-camp/boonies camper I expect a lot from any commercial campground I stay at; VERY few live up to my definition of “value for the money”. With that said, Grizzly lived up to all the hype/stellar recommendations on this site. The facility and grounds were about totally immaculate. The absolute epitome of professionalism and helpfulness was shown from the staff each and every time we interacted with them. Few minor negatives that keep me from giving them a “10” are: Some of the equipment in the kids play room was is so-so condition, cable tv reception was a bit fuzzy, and charging for wifi (@ $4 a day) is a bit out of line with what most RV parks offer as a standard amenity nowadays. This park offers the odd combination of being very family friendly, pet friendly, yet also attracts higher end clientele, it’s a great thing. Awesome location, sites, staff, and clean cut/respectful customers make this park the gold standard in my opinion. Would stay here again in a New York minute.
08/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a military installation based campground (must be a military I.D. card holder to stay there). Mixed emotions on this famcamp. Positives are: The base itself is very well kept; the famcamp is located very close to the base's world-class gym, the medical clinic, a nice grassy park, and relatively close to the BX. Negatives are: Must use the very northern most base gate (Roy Gate) to enter the installation with an RV, this is 8 miles north of the famcamp; many of the sites have water hookup detached from the electric hookup in that the water hookup on our site was on the wrong side of the coach which necessitated hooking 2 hoses together; telephone contact with the camp manager is a nightmare, screwy office hours/days, non-returned phone calls etc, best bet is to contact him via email (address listed on web site); campground manager is generally hard to deal with, we got the rubber hose treatment just asking for a site map (terrorism prevention you know); our site (spot 1) was a back in that took me 4 attempts to get in. Would stay again using the above info to make it easier.
04/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
Great location, super views, pet friendly. We liked the hands-off management style while sited. Lady clerk in the store was extremely rude. It's a mixed bag as far as site selection. I had to climb on the roof and cut limbs off the shade tree to get in the slot, my buddy had to do the same in his slot. As mentioned previously, some of the sites are very tight. The dirt turns into mess when it rains which may bother folks not used to boonie camping. I didn't use the showers and was glad I didn't have to after seeing the bathroom one morning. Good cable TV. Definitely a park to base out of rather than a camp to stay in and enjoy.
08/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
The owners of the campground are just plain good folks, will do anything to make your stay pleasant. Park caters to ATV riders but would be a nice place to overnight for anyone. Gravel roads and sites with some grassy areas on the property. Wi-fi coverage was not good (had to be near the store to use it) but that issue is probably resolved now as they had arranged for a contractor to upgrade their coverage problem. We've been here twice and seen some repeat customers just like us. Plan on staying here at least once a summer.
09/2006
rating [ 2/10 ]
Stopped in to check out the park. I actually parked the rig got out and walked around the entire main complex. While the area itself is absolutely beautiful I would not stay at this park if it were free. RVs were stacked on top of each other like sardines. There is no logical layout, RVs are parked all over the place in between trees and next to each other in every possible position. There were a couple of super nice spots that were taken by full-time "guests" otherwise it appeared to be bare bones and chaotic. Most folks were dry-camped as portable generators were common. Silty (read dusty) narrow dirt roads wander all over the grounds and make up the sites. Upon walking into the restrooms I literally almost vomited. At least 1 toilet overflowing with waste, paper all over the floor, and no soap in the 1 dispenser by the 1 sink. It's a certifiable shame that a place with this much natural beauty can be wasted by greed, mismanagement, and don’t give a hoot mentality. There are other national forest campgrounds nearby that would be a much better bet.
09/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
We also have mixed emotions about this park. On the plus side the grounds were generally very well manicured and tidy. Also, very central to a lot of great recreation opportunities. Nice little town with shops & restaurants within walking distance. Negatives: Not being able to leave poochie in the RV for any, repeat any, amount of time is a major limitation especially when considering Yosemite is not dog friendly. Very bizarre and non-modern administration of the park i.e. cash only (no credit cards), don’t do email, and of course, no wi-fi service. Couldn't use our satellite as the shade trees were way too thick and their cable TV really stinks (few channels with poor reception). The kids play area is in disrepair had a broken slide and 2 broken park benches. Our site's plumbing wouldn't allow full open valve draining of the tanks (would spill back). Showers are open to the general public and token operated (hokey system). It’s too bad they’re open to the public because the entire facility is constructed very tastefully however, the additional transient usage drives the problematic token system and makes the facility dirtier and noisier than it could be. We’d be willing to pay a few extra bucks for a site if it would enable them to eliminate the public showers. All-in-all a decent place to stay but it’s not totally capitalizing on it’s potential.
09/2005
rating [ 7/10 ]
If you don't like ATVs this campground is not for you. Park allows ATVs trail access and is a popular spot for ATVers to camp. This is a rather primitive campground as it has vault toilets, no showers, and no hookups. Water is availble on site but in limited quantities i.e. runs off a small tank, dirt road into the campground, small spots and loop is not designed for larger RVs. Nice stream runs through the campground.
07/2005
rating [ 8/10 ]
The "town" itself, along with the campground is VERY ATV friendly. If you're anti-ATV I would recommend passing on this park. The owners enforce a strict speed limit within the park so it stays civilized but you still have ATV traffic). Nice general store on site, nice tidy grounds, and super nice owners/managers. This is a typical old-school town, folks are friendly and will go out of their way to help get what you need. Great place to overnight and awesome place to base for ATV riding. Note: Be aware, on 4 July the locals blast dynamite EARLY in the a.m. (tradition).
06/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
First off, if you don't like ATVs and/or off-highway vehicles this park is not for you; OHVs are allowed inside the park and traverse back and forth to the dunes within the campground. Positives are the park has strict quiet hours that are enforced, has spotless restrooms/showers, staff is very friendly, and has a new visitor center. If however, you're looking for the following you won't find them: hookups, cell phone coverage, and wide spots made for larger mohos and trailers. This campground was designed/built prior to the modern explosion in RVing i.e. tents and small RVs. I do not recommend anything over 30' total length, not saying it's impossible I just wouldn't recommend it.
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