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States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Toronto Fall River State Park, Toronto, Kansas

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Lots of different sections/campgrounds to choose from. Some are overgrown & no longer in use. Our site in Fredonia Bay was semi-shaded & had a beautiful water view. There was a path down to the water/beach-type area. (Stay on the mowed areas, as there was poison ivy growing in the tall grassy areas.) The pad wasn't level and was gravel, and the rest of the site was grassy. Each site has 2 picnic tables and a fire ring. There is lots of driftwood laying around for firewood. Very nice playground area for the kiddos, and life jackets available to borrow (free) at the host's campsite. The beaches aren't your typical sandy beaches. They are really rocky in places, and extremely muddy - as in your feet sink 4-6" into the mud as you wade in. Lots of people kayaking and canoeing; and fellow campers had good luck with fishing. (Pretty sizeable catfish.) We camped at Toronto Fall River State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Fredonia Bay site 14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Small restaurant just outside campground is like a mini-mart. They sell bagged ice, condiments, chips, some tools and other small items. Otherwise there is a gas station about 10 miles away; and towns of Eureka & Fredonia have grocery stores and fast food ~18 miles away. The restrooms in the Dam Camping area are among the nicest I've ever seen - a lot nicer than Fredonia Bay. (However the view in the Dam area isn't too great.)

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Cheney State Park, West Shore Area, Cheney, Kansas

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

We camped in the Smarsh Creek area (site 46). The hosts were friendly and came around to collect money and issue camping permits. The weekend we visited was also the weekend for the county fair-held in the town of Cheney. So, as you can imagine the campground and lake were both pretty busy. As such, our choices for a site were pretty limited, but I'm happy with where we landed. The cost was a bit high - it is $23.00/night for 50 amp spaces, plus $5.00/day vehicle fee. The pad at our site was gravel/dirt and not very level. Had a fair amount of room width-wise, but was very spacious length-wise. (Really deep campsites in this area.) Had several trees to shade our camper, which was nice since the weather was in the high 90s. Other sites further down from us were not shaded at all, so I was glad we got the one we did. We had a fire ring, electric and water, but no sewer. At the back of the site, you will find the Smarsh Creek where there is very shallow, clear/cold water flowing. Lots of frogs for the littles to chase, as well as minnows, etc. - great place for them to cool off and have some fun. There is a bathroom very close by, although this particular one didn't have showers. The shower house was just a quick drive or bike ride around the creek to the other side,though. Showers were okay (not the best, but certainly not the worst), although no temp control-only pressure control. Also very nearby was a large shelter with picnic tables-great for a party or reunion. A dumpster was also in that area, so quick and easy to drop off garbage every night (but stinky!). There are multiple beaches on Cheney Lake and the water is typical lake water. Pets are allowed everywhere that I could see, except bathrooms. We took our large breed dog with us to swim in the lake, walk on the trails, etc. Speaking of trails, there are multiple hiking trails and even a bike trail or two. We will be back again soon, and this time I hope to stay on the beach! We camped at Cheney State Park, West Shore Area in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Smarsh Creek Site 46
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nowhere in the park to buy fire wood or ice, and it appears that the store just across the street from the park entrance was only open on weekends. Might want to pick those items up before coming into the park. For beach camping (with direct access to the lake from your site), check out the elec/water sites by the marina or in the north loop. But be aware that the north loop is quite a hike to the bathrooms and shower house, if you need those amenities.

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Harry S Truman State Park Campground, Warsaw, Missouri

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the Buck Ridge section (campsite 112) over Memorial weekend, and it was great. Sites are very spacious and private. Pad was good size, asphalt and pretty level. The campground has a beautiful canopy of trees, allowing for lots of shade over sites. You get a picnic table and fire pit with each site. Unfortunately, there isn't water available at each site, but there was a spigot a few sites down from us. Bathrooms were very clean, and our only complaint about them was lack of hot water. The hosts were gone all weekend which was frustrating, especially since there was no one there to enforce quiet hours. (We stay up pretty late, but I'm talking 1:00 AM and still lots of noise.) The trails are great - lots of animals and interesting plants/flowers to see. Swimming areas were closed, due to flooding, so can't review those. I would have liked to see a couple of fishing piers. Seems the only real fishing we could do was from a boat. On this holiday weekend, there were quite a few activities for the kids - lessons on mammals that live in the area, kite flying, bird feeder building, guided trail hikes, outdoor movie in the amphitheater, etc. they loved it! Overall, I would highly recommend this campground. We loved it and will definitely be back. We camped at Harry S Truman State Park Campground in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Buck Ridge 112
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Town (Walmart, dollar store, fast food and other restaurants) are within a 10-minute drive into Warsaw. We rented a pontoon from Sterett Creek Marina (about 20 mins away) and it was very nice. Staff at Sterett Creek was great. However next time we will likely check out a marina that is closer to the campground - there is one right in Truman and others nearby.

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

El Dorado State Park, El Dorado, Kansas

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the Walnut River area, overlooking the water. There were trees near the water, but none directly on or around our site, leaving us to use our awning for any shade or reprieve from the sun. The campsites were quite spacious and ours was pretty level, but others in the area looked extremely uneven. There weren't any concrete pads. The hook ups are conveniently located. The restrooms, however, were terrible. We have deemed this campground a two night max, as I wouldn't dare set foot in those showers. Truly disgusting, unclean and also no privacy whatsoever. As for the rest of the park, there is a lot to explore, the water is pretty and we enjoyed being there. Bike riding and hiking were great. If they would only fix those restrooms, this would be a great place to visit more often and for longer stays. We camped at El Dorado State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Walnut River
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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