About Brian Holmes

Me, wife, 2 dogs, and a LOONG way to go before retirement. We are typically in search of a relaxing quiet time, but adventure tends to find us too. We review campgrounds and RV parks differently because we have a much different expectation from each.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

WillowWind RV Park, Hurricane, Utah

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

We love this park. Great location for access to Sand Hollow, St. George and even Zion. Hookups were great. The place is SUPER-DUPER clean and the staff is absolutely outstanding. Flawless 50 amp service, and great water pressure. The sewer hook up is a little weird. It works fine and it's recessed into the ground so everything flows down hill (if you know what I mean). However, the connection is SO far recessed into the ground that the threads on my dealy-ma-bobber wouldn't catch. So, it just sorta stuck in there. I stuck a big rock on it to hold it in and it wasn't a problem, but it was noteworthy. I looked around, and most people had the same issue. Again, no problem, but if you have a sandbag or something you'll want to use it. All the sites are different in size it seems. We were in 113.. and it was tight. No real outside space to work with. Some sites seemed larger but not by much. So.. expect to use the common areas or spend lots of time inside. No fire pits at the sites (probably because they are so close). Overall, a really nice place, nice people and a nice location. We'd probably look for a wider site next time we come. We camped at WillowWind RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
113
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park, La Quinta, California

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great park. Sites are pretty close together, but they still seem big for some reason. We were in site 5 which was the perfect fit for our 40 foot RV. We didn't have our car with us this time, but there would have been plenty of room for that. Around the back side toward the no-hook-up area, some of those sites seemed to get kinda tight. It was just a sea of pickup trucks and wedged in all over the place. Our site had 50 amp power and water. The water is not listed as an amenity on the website, but site 5 sure had it, as did most around us. The scenery at this park is absolutely amazing. Just stunning. We were there for the Desert Triathlon so we didn't venture out of the park, but it seems like there are plenty of things to do locally. Dump station is nice and big. It's weird though, they have 2 lanes, but only one....uh...hole. We have a 40 foot class-A and the roads weren't too bad to get around on, but getting in and out of the park...man, I don't know if I'd want to be any longer than that especially towing something. Tight turns, low hanging trees, narrow roads especially near the ranger/campground check-in. Quick note. There is no swimming or boating allowed on the lake. You can fish from the shore it seems, but that's it. We camped at Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Temple Bar Marina & RV Park, Lake Mead Recreational Area, Arizona

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

So, I wish I would have taken the 9-year-old previous review a little more seriously when I read it. I figured something might have changed in 9 years. I mean, Lake Mead is down 10 feet or more since then, lots of the little marinas and whatnot have closed, so.. maybe that review was inaccurate now. Nope. It's 100% accurate. :) It's a mobile home park where they slot you in to empty lots. Let me start off with the good. The staff was REALLY nice, the place is clean, good water pressure, really nice (old but nice) hookups, the water is really close (1 mile maybe?) and it's a neat little area for some short walks around the park/motel/marina. The bad. (see above Re: mobile home park). Roads are pretty narrow, and the site we were in was SHORT. Our 37 Ft RV JUUUUUUSTTTTTT fit. Thankfully, we were the only ones in that little 3-site section. We needed all the room we could get to get in/out etc. We mistakenly thought the campground just north of the marina was where we were staying, so we had to shift our expectation a bit when we realized we were in the wrong place. All in all, it wasn't a bad experience, just not what we were looking for. We used our kayaks on the lake which was nice and close, otherwise we mostly stayed inside. No fire pits, no real room outside, no TV reception. Verizon had good signal though. We'd stay here again, but it would be strictly for access to the water and the hookups not just for hanging out. It's all about the lake here. Bring or rent a boat of some sort. We camped at Temple Bar Marina & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
104a
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Echo Bay - Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Overton, Nevada

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here as a quick weekend get-away. Nice, clean park. One side is all permanent trailer homes, one side is RVs. Full hook-ups with 50 amp in good shape. Really nice sewer hook-ups with this cool plastic drain thing. Super nice. Nice, easy, no-nonsense kind of place. No real amenities, to speak of other than bathrooms/laundry and showers. Pretty remote, the closest real stores are at least a 20 mile drive one-way. There is gas, LP and some staples at the marina and RV park office. People were really friendly, the manager was really funny when we checked in the next morning (office is 1 mile down the road toward the lake). Most people seem to be camping there to use the boat launch at the marina. We're not boaters, but we do like to kayak and walk along the shoreline with our dogs. The water is about 2 miles away. There are good hiking trails in the area of the main roads and of course Valley of Fire is pretty close too which has amazing trails to hike. Great place. Simple, quiet, clean. We camped at Echo Bay - Lake Mead National Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
58
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Nothing is walking distance really from the campground, so you'll want to make sure you have something to drive to local sites/attractions.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, Nevada

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

It's been about 10 years since we stayed here last. It's easily top 5 on our state park campground list. As others have noted, the scenery is amazing. There are tons of the things to do, lots of hikes, and other things to see and do. The sites vary greatly in size an features. So, do some research if you can. Some sites have nothing, some sites have just water, some sites have water and power. There is a really nice dump station which is nice. That's hard to find around Nevada (nothing on Mt. Charleston, nothing at Red Rock, etc). Again, as others have said, get here early. We pulled in around 5pm on a Thursday and we got that LAST spot with hookups that could fit a 40 foot RV. Well into the evening we saw camper after camper attempting to find a site and driving away. In the mornings, as fast as people were leaving, another camper would pull right in behind them. 9-10am seems to be when the most in/out activity is. Sites are not level by any stretch of the imagination. We're in a site that LOOKS pretty level but we can't get truly level. It's good enough, but we are noticeably low in the back. Power is great, water is great, sites are spacious and they've done a really good job of making each site feel private. If you are a larger RV like we are, I would use Google earth to look at and measure sites before you get here. Then use that list to narrow down your options. If you are smaller, everything is good. There is NO shade so this is a GREAT place to run on solar if you have it. Come here, have fun, take lots of pictures. We camped at Valley of Fire State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38 RV loop Atlatl
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Hiking is great here. The visitors center is starting to get a little dated (when 2000 is the future on some of the literature) but really nice. Great information, friendly people, nice gift shop. Driving distance to a ton of great stuff, even Las Vegas is just about an hour away.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Tucson / Lazydays KOA, Tucson, Arizona

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

This place is outstanding! We stayed here over Thanksgiving this year and used it as a home base for seeing the area. This park has about a zillion different sites to choose from. We stayed in a fire place site with a patio. It came with a high quality (made from that heavy recycled plastic wood) patio set with seating for four. We used it for every meal. We also had this insane fire place with seating on each side. We set up a fire in there every night as a way to end the evening. There's an onsite BBQ restaurant that has some of the best BBQ we had all week - and we ate a lot of BBQ that week. We're really glad we didn't try that place until very late in out trip, otherwise we would have eaten there 3 meals a day. The park is not, what I would call, tranquil. We were right on a main intersection so you get traffic lights and cars accelerating from the intersection. There is also an air force base near by so there are helicopters and jets flying over a lot- which I thought was cool - but loud. Lots of activity in the park, but it quiets down at night. Power was great, water was great, food, staff were all great. I wouldn't call this place a value, it's pretty pricey. It's more of a splurge I would say, but worth it. We camped at Tucson / Lazydays KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Lots to do. We did our "black Friday" shopping in the area. :) Old Tucson Studios is awesome if you're into that sort of thing. Tombstone is 1.5 hours down the freeway which is also awesome. Lots of antique places and tons and tons of restaurants. (Tip: Go to Li'l Abners). Plenty of great hiking in the area as well. It's a GREAT spot to be a home base.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Skyline Wilderness Park, Napa, California

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is going to be a sorta negative review, but honestly this place is pretty good. Price is right, location is right, it's clean, everything worked, it was quiet, roads were easy to navigate for the most part, and there is a ton to do at the park and near by. The dump station was nice and easy to access. We made the best of it and had a great time. As others have mentioned, you can make reservations but you're not guaranteed a full-hookup site. Either they didn't mention this on the phone or I missed it, but we ended up in a power/water only site. I asked and was told "we don't guarantee a full-hookup site". Sites are REALLY tight. A small truck and 17 foot camper is about all you're getting in these sites if you want any usable outside space. I'm 40 foot, and just fit end to end. Like JUST fit. No room for anything on either end. Width is really tight also, I got my slides out but less than an inch from a tree on the drivers side. What was left of the site on the door side was barely wide enough for the picnic table to fit between the RV and the edge of the site. Looking around the campground everyone seemed to be wedged in and trying to be creative with space. We had some friends staying in the tent area and were repeatedly treated poorly. I didn't have any personal experience with that, but the staff wasn't exactly friendly. Not rude or anything just a little grumpy. All in all, it's a good spot for smaller RVs, and it's a GREAT location for wine tasting and access to San Fran. I'd stay here again, but probably just and a quick stop over. We camped at Skyline Wilderness Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Lake Mead RV Village, Boulder City, Nevada

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

We've been staying here for over a decade now for weekend get-a-ways, shake-down trips and events at the lake. I can't say enough good things about this park. It never disappoints us. The staff can be a little grumpy, but one, despite being out in the heat on a golf cart all day is super cool and very helpful. One word of advice. Get one of the lake view sites. The sites further back in the gravel kinda blow, and you don't get a good view of the lake. Stay in the lake view sites. Everyone repeat this with me. Stay in the Lake View sites. Where do we want to say in this campground? That's right, the lake view sites. It's 105 everyday this weekend, we're running 3 ACs full blast 24 hours a day with no problems. They have full hook-ups on both sides of the site so you can back in OR nose and still have all the connections on the correct side of your rig. Nosing in with your motor home make for a spectacular view of the lake. The mountains just glow during the sunsets. Don't miss that. Anyway, a GREAT place to say all year round. Lots of permanent folks here so please be courteous. We camped at Lake Mead RV Village in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Lake View Sites
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Lots to do here just at the lake. Check out the Rail Road tunnel trail Walking or cycling is permitted. Pets are welcome as well. Swimming beach at the lake. Bring/wear shoes of some sort. It's really rocky in and out of the water. River Mountain bike trail. 35-ish miles round trip. LOTS of BIG LONG HILLS so be prepared, but it's really fun. Cool downtown with a brewery and a couple of distilleries in Boulder City. Plenty of Casinos and shopping in Boulder City and Henderson.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Pride of America Camping Resort, Pardeeville, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Great for families, LOTS of stuff to do for kids and families of all ages. The sites we stayed in were good sized with lots of room between sites (for a place like this). The site we had was clean, level and well maintained. The hookups were WAY in the back. Had to run about 30 feet of sewer hose, and my water and electrical was stretched to the limit. So be aware of that. Not all sites were that way, but many were. Camp Store was well stocked/staffed. Roads are pretty tight with cars/trucks spilling out onto the roads and the trees REALLY need some trimming. branches and leaves were hitting my windshield as we came/went. VERY low branches everywhere. We have a 35 foot class-A and I wouldn't go any larger than that. Roads are REALLY tight, and not marked 1-way, so things get REALLY dicey fast. This is a family place with live bands and lots of activities. Kids screaming all day long. We heard parties and loud (adult) talking until 2am. Organized events seem to calm down by 10 or 11pm. So if you don't have kids or aren't into live music for 10 straight hours this probably isn't the place for you. This is not a quiet, relaxed get-a-way. This is a fun, loud, weekend long party, for kids and adults. LOTS of golfcarts...everywhere. Everything was on the up-and-up, nothing inappropriate going on or people being obnoxious, it's just a packed, loud, active place. Some people like this. Not really our thing. Probably wouldn't be our first choice in the area, but if we had to stay here again, it wouldn't bother us. We camped at Pride of America Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Silver Lake is a great place to swim, kayak, hangout etc..

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Wisconsin Riverside Resort, Spring Green, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

I don't remember what we paid, so the price is probably wrong. This is a typical Wisconsin RV park. Grass (some gravel) sites, and TONS of activities for kids and families. REALLY nice (kinda small, but really nice) pool/splash pad area. Tons of places to setup a volleyball game or throw a frisbee(tm) or football or something. There's also this lagoon with a HUGE inflatable island in the middle of it and tons of tubes and other floating toys for the borrowing. Good stuff. The sites are TIGHT, and the sewer hook up is WAY in the back. I have a 25 foot hose and it was stretched tight. When we pulled in, we couldn't believe the space I needed to back into was actually a campsite. It just looked like a sandy area between two other campers. :) Good thing I'm an RV-backing ninja, so I got it in without a problem, but it REALLY didn't look like a campsite. When the place was full, like it was when we were there, it looks like a festival grounds. trucks, cars, people bikes everywhere. People were cool, though. There is a bar/restaurant that keeps traffic at a steady flow. They have a well stocked store, and showers and whatnot as well. Fire pits are comically small, which is probably good considering how close the sites are. Many of the sites in the are we were in seemed like they were new which made the hookups and whatnot top-notch, so that was cool. Anyway, nice place, just tight and busy, but if you have kids or a family (we don't) it's probably all good. If you're looking for a place to hang out and read a book or something... go before/after the school year. We camped at Wisconsin Riverside Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand, Grass
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Hit all the Frank Lloyd Wright stuff. Fun/Fascinating/scenic. There's a good (gravel) bike trail a few miles way if you are interested. Take in the local scene. Local brat "fry", fish fry, road side food stands etc. Look for a farmers market to get your campfood, and supplement from the local grocery store.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $57.00
Overall Rating:

We were SUPER frustrated with this place most of the time we were there. There ARE some good things about this place, so I'll start with those. Most of the sites are HUGE, like CRAZY huge which is great. Most of them are also heavily wooded which makes them nice and private, which is also good. Proximity to the beach is great, for the most part. It's a pretty solid hike from the campground to the beach. Took me about 15-20 minutes at a normal pace. So, that's about the extent of the good. On to the bad: The woman who checked us in was awful. One of these "all about barking out the rules, even though you didn't ask or have any intention of violating any of them" kind of people. ZERO personality. There was a guy there who was much nicer and seemed to be sympathetic to the treatment I was getting but seemed powerless to make corrections even though he was the one carrying the gun. :) The roads are paved but REALLY tight. I have a 35 foot RV and I'm REALLY glad we didn't tow the car this time. It was like a slalom course trying not to scrape trees on the road side (trade off for the nice wooded sites I know, but just say'n). I felt like I was trail blazing also with all the branches and limbs smacking my RV the whole way in and out. Only SOME sites have power, and are completely random as to which ones they are, so pay CLOSE attention when you book if you need that. The entire situation seems like its setup to discourage trailers/RVs (based on our experience and watching someone try to back in a 35 foot trailer - whew... I wanted to give that guy a beer when he finally got it parked, but alcohol isn't allowed in the park, so a thumbs-up sufficed). Although getting into many of the sites is REALLY hard, the sites themselves are HUGE. The showers are only open from 7am to 11pm which is frustrating, especially in the morning. So forget the early bird showers to beat the rush. Fire pits are rusted out and bent up but sufficient. That's all I got. We camped at Big Foot Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
41
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Nice beaches, boating, kayaking, shopping, restaurants, historic etc... typical high(er)-class tourist town stuff.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Bull Shoals - White River State Park, Bull Shoals, Arkansas

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

We were here for 7 days and it was great. We didn't get to fish really because of some goofy thing that happened with the dam that caused the river to be almost impossible to fish due to all the weeds. The second your line hit the water it was covered in weeds and rendered useless. This is a temporary thing and will clear up, just unfortunate that it was a problem during our stay. The campground is nice, well groomed and clean. No problems with the power, water pressure was amazing! And there was no issue with the sewer. Sites were not exactly level but manageable. Our site sloped forward, so we had to back WAYYYYY back into the site so the front leveling jacks would hit the ground which cut into our outside space. Bring legos. The hookups are pretty far back also. I almost had to buy a sewer extension and my water and power lines were stretched ALMOST to their extents. The sites we were in (right across from the boat dock) are VERY narrow and very deep. Table/firepit placement was really awkward and weird to use. Lots of people walking through our site, not realizing it was our site. Location is great. Good cycling routes (if you love epic hills/climbs - whew. 970 ft of gain in 4 miles), fishing from the park, boating from the park, there is a launch into Bull Shoals Lake less than 5 minutes away if you want to do that (we kayaked the lake, super nice). The town of Bull Shoals has all the shops you'll need for basic supplies. Grocery and hardware store. That's about it really. Great place. I'm giving it a 9 because the sites (we stayed in) were really awkward. We camped at Bull Shoals - White River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Get out on the lake if you can. Super close, and lots to explore.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Leon Valley Campground, Sparta, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great spot. Close to Sparta's great antique shops, cafes, bars and of course the Elroy Sparta bike trail. The park has some great walking/nature trails that go deep into the woods. Great for a morning walk with the dogs. All the sites are grass and have what might have been gravel pads at one time, but are mostly just grass now. Very well groomed, beautiful grounds. With the morning mist (and a little frost we had) it looked like we were camping on a golf course. Water/Electricity only. We were pretty much the only ones in the park the weekend we were there so it was nice, but the sites look a little tight especially if you are planning on being outside a lot. Staff is incredibly nice. Probably the nicest I've never met while camping. Sites are REALLY REALLY not level. Bring your legos or blocks or whatever. We had to park in a VERY specific spot within our site to be able to use our jacks to level properly (well, close enough anyway). You're on grass/soft ground as well, so your jacks will sink in a bit and you'll get outa whack over night. I felt it was a bit over priced for just water/electricity, and the way they nickle/dime you (based on their website prices, pool use is extra, guests are extra, etc.) you'd think the base price would be a little lower. Anyway, still have it a 9/10 because it really is a great park and super nice people. We camped at Leon Valley Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
36
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Sparta is a cool little town with nice little shops and cafes. I highly recommend taking a stroll through the downtown area as well as hitting some of the outlying areas if you are in to boutique and antique shopping. Really fun stuff. We did not come home empty handed. Of course make sure you get some cycling in. It IS the Cycling Capitol of America!

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

St Paul East RV Park, Woodbury, Minnesota

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

We were almost scared off by all the bad reviews, but decided to stay here anyway and we're glad we did. The location is Perfect for visiting the cities, as well as, being close to outdoor recreation activities. It's a great "Home base" for visiting the area. 50Amp sites with full hookups are available. So far, the staff here has been great. They are pretty hands-on getting you into your spot and making sure you know how everything works. The sites are pretty tight, but that's typical of places like this. We were put in 1A which is right at the entrance to the park, so that was kind of weird. Our site's fire pit looked like a coffee can sunk into the ground with rocks places around it. And after pulling in, the only place to park your car is pretty much on top of the fire pit. Super weird, but we weren't planning on using the fire pit, so it didn't really matter to us. There are much nicer sites in the park that would have been better, but this one worked. Overall, the sites are typical of an RV park. Pretty tight, as level as a gravel park with mature trees can be (bring your legos). Water pressure is pretty low, no problems with the power, our antenna picked up a bunch of St. Paul stations so that was nice. Nice little park, not going to win any contests, but we'd definitely stay here again. We camped at St Paul East RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Chain-O-Lakes State Park, Spring Grove, Illinois

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is our 4th time staying here. We use it as a launching point for doing things in the Chicago area. We love this park. It's a huge bummer that there are no sewer hook ups, but we still like the place - which is why we gave it an 8. Aside from being close to Chicago ('bout an hour to downtown, and there is a train station near by to take you downtown if you don't want to drive which is a nice option), there is plenty to do in the campground. There are miles of walking/biking trails, there are playgrounds for the kids, and the waterfront activities are endless. There is a quiet lake in the middle of the campground for kayaking and fishing, the BIG boat launch takes you out on to the big chain of lakes which gives access to all kinds of things. There are some GREAT bars and restaurants on the lake plenty of room to water ski, tube, fish, whatever you're into. There is also a small camp store/concessions with probably the most useless staff I've ever encountered. Bunch of pot-head-types watching movies on a computer behind the counter that get all startled when you walk in.It's well stocked though. Food, supplies, firewood, and I think it's where you can rent boats too (kayaks, canoes, row boats, etc..) If it's hot and humid, breakers will be popping. It sucks. Also, they do have a no alcohol policy. So... drink in your RV with the shades pulled if you really must. :) Fire pits are weird. OK for cooking, but not really great for sitting around and having a fire. That's about it. I highly recommend this place and we'd gladly stay here again. We camped at Chain-O-Lakes State Park in a Motorhome.

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