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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Pinecreek Campground, Newfield, New York

Date of Stay: October, 2019 - $56.00
Overall Rating:

I may have reviewed Pinecreek in past years, however, this campground seems to change ownership every few years so I thought I would submit my most recent experience from our Columbus Day weekend 2019 stay. Calling and making reservations was fast and easy, even being able to request my favorite site from prior visits to Pinecreek. I was a bit surprised though on the price, $56 per night but this was a full hook up site including cable, and the fact that the full amount was due for our four-night stay with the reservation. I believe most places charge the first-night amount with booking. Upon our arrival, check-in was fast, but not the most personable with the lady that assisted us telling my wife to "make sure she keeps me in line". I'm in my sixties and it was just the two of us!. Our site, #3 was very uneven, the grass was not cut for what looked like two weeks, but was immediately taken care of upon request, and the picnic table's center support was broken making for a wobbly table. Improvements from past visit's where this site was just 30amp with water to now new 50amp pedestals with the water spigot and cable all attached, convenient. However, the mid-site sewer connection was about 12" up from the ground. This made for a messy dump when I had to lift me sewer hose several times to move along the waste up and over the high opening and my hose connection came apart. Roads throughout the campground are stone over hardpack dirt with wide enough turns that you can maneuver around, albeit slowly. For many that may use the bathroom/shower house, you may have a decent walk. The facilities here have not been upgraded. Although neat and clean, there are signs posted that they do not have a lot of water pressure so please limit the shower time to 5 minutes or less. Using a toilet while one or both showers were being used made for a lack of water pressure to flush. Cell service, Verizon, was 3G which was good for phone calls, no wi-fi. We camped at Pinecreek Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Near the Ithaca and Cornell University and Ithaca College. Seneca Lake wine trail, part of the Finger Lakes of NY wine industry. Excellent hiking opportunities at nearby Robert Tremain and Buttermilk State Parks. A half-hour drive to Elmira, NY and another 10 minutes to Corning, NY.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Keewaydin State Park, Alexandria Bay, New York

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Keewaydin is the closet campground to Alexandria Bay, 1000 Islands on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. They have 35 campsites with no hookups or electric. All sites are grass sites, mostly level some shaded and some full sun. There are several sites that you would park your RV parallel to the campground road with nice views of the main channel of the St. Lawrence River and the many many forms of boat traffic from 800-foot freighters to jet skis. There are only two water spigots to fill your water tank, one just as you enter the campground area, the other by the walkway to the men's side of the bathroom/shower building. No utilities of any kind. No dump station either. However, you can go down RT.12 about 6 miles to Grasspoint SP and use their dump which is just inside the entrance to the campground. Also, all fire rings are set close to the campground road. Keeyadin has an Olympic size swimming pool which was quite popular during our July visit with hot humid weather. They also have a very nice marina with slips to rent for campers. During our visit in our motorhome, the generator hours are posted everywhere 9am-11am and 5pm-9pm. The 12 hour stretch from evening to morning challenged the limits of our battery bank running our residential fridge off of the inverter all night. Also, it appears that the park management allowed a stretch of the normal New York State Park rules of how many tents, RVs, persons and dogs are allowed per site. Most sites were packed to the gills. Because of this, my wife and I probably would not return to Keewaydin SP. We camped at Keewaydin State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Alexandria Bay offering shopping, pubs, restaurants and nite life. Uncle Sam's boat tours lasting 2 1/4 hours for only $23.50 per person including a drop off at Boldt's Castle, which cost $7 per to visit, well worth it. Clayton is only 10 down Rt. 12 and is well worth visiting, the whole village is on the shore of the St. Lawrence. Visit Bella's restaurant and the Wooden Boat Museum.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Keuka Lake State Park, Keuka Park, New York

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

After over ten years of camping at Keuka Lake State Park, my wife and I don't think we will go back. Our recent 5-night stay was horrendous. Our site, number 75 was abominable! Water, ruts from their mowers and John Deere carts, etc. We could not set up camp by our rig, or, even put the awning out because it would block the sun fr0m the muddy mayhem of our site. To make matters worse, we had our grand-dog for the five-night stay and both of us and him had to tiptoe around the site just to get to the high spot where we placed our mat and chairs. We asked for another site but was only offered a non-electric site, which booking six months out and having an electric-only fridge did not work for us. During our stay, we noticed site 95 as dry an empty except for an overnight stay Sunday. Just today, 6/13/19 I called the park to complain about our recent stay and ask why we were not offered site 95 when requested. I was told that that is a handicapped site. Well, there are no signs stating that, nor are there any special provisions on that site such as a concrete pad that would make that site any more suitable for a handicapped person than any other site. I have stayed on that site in the past. At one time this state park was our favorite park. Though they have spent some money on upgrading the restroom/shower houses and put up nice looking 4x4 posts with signs and flowers, if you can't enjoy your camper and your campsite, why go in the first place? We won't be back. We camped at Keuka Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
75 Twin Fawns
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Near Keuka Lake wine trail, brewpubs and the great little towns of Hammondsport, Branchport, and Penn Yan. Good area to road bicycle, kayak and water sports.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Woodland Hills Campground, Austerlitz, New York

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed for an overnight traveling Rt. 90 from the Mass Turnpike just across the Mass/NY border (NY). About 3-4 miles off the interstate with most of it on dirt/crushed stone hilly roads. The campground appears to be good sized designed and laid out for seasonal camping with 3 loops. Calling ahead they did not offer pull through sites for overnight rest stops. We had site 5 in the middle loop. Back in 50 amp, water, sewer but no cable or WiFi. The site was very wet except the new stone pad to park the rig, at least it was mostly level. Sewer was all the way to the rear of the site. Long sewer hose or two needed. I don't like paying almost $50 for an overnight stay. We had to cook our dinner and enjoy a campfire at the edge of the parking lot area of our campsite. Hooking and un-hooking utilities got me soaked feet and shoes. No cable or TV service, no Wi Fi. Closests town is in Mass about 4-5 miles away, did not visit. Desolate. Though the seasonal areas appeared nice, we would not bother to stay at Woodland again. Wal Mart would've been better. We camped at Woodland Hills Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5 mid loop
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Glen Ellis Family Campground, Glen, New Hampshire

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

Glen Ellis Family Campground is perfectly located just outside the bustling and vibrant town of North Conway, NH, off of the main highway #302, or White Mtn. Highway, which cuts through the White Mtns. west to east. A large roadside signs tells you and your GPS you have arrived. The CG is about a half mile down a nicely paved road crossing over RR tracks. Don't stop at the gas station/convenience store when you see the CG sign thinking it is the office as we did. Arriving to check in the office area provides plenty of space to pull over out of the way. The ladies in the office cheerfully greeted us and processed our check in quickly. However, we noticed quite a large amount of check in activity with a line Friday evening of our stay. Our site, #170, was a bit of a disappointment upon our arrival for a five night stay. On the park maps it appears much different than what we got. Sandwiched between two seasonal sites, it was a total shaded site. I had to knock down a flag pole and plastic flag mounted to a tree perhaps by another seasonal to back into the site. Surface was gravel and mostly level. I thought when I booked the site it was 50 amp, W & S, only to find 30 amp service, no cable, though there was a jumble of mixed cables hanging off of the power pedestal. After a day in the site we got more comfortable with it and my wife and I agreed it had ample space and privacy from the adjoining seasonal sites. Our WiFi signal was strong being close to the office. Near our site was a large barn entertainment room with pool table and coin operated games. Adjoining that was a covered pavilion that featured a beautiful stone fireplace and large flat screen TV mounted into the barn wall. Glen Ellis Family Campground is huge. It sits between the Ellis and Sacco Rivers. The CG is left and right with wooded sits at or near each river. Huge open infield between. A better site and my rating would of been 9 or 10. Would go back with what we now know. We camped at Glen Ellis Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
170 unmarked
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Close to White Mountain Auto Road, up Rt. 16 South. Red Jacket Pub with excellent wood fired pizzas and huge bar 4 miles away or less up 16 So. No. Conway 3 miles away. Shops, pubs, Settlers Green outlet mall.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort & Cabins, Spearfish, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $54.00
Overall Rating:

If there was an 11 rating for facilities that would be my rating for Elkhorn Ridge. This is a resort type, or as my wife and I called "country club" type campground. Perfect wide paved roads leading you to your mostly level concrete pad with attached patio with picnic table. The remainder of your site is lush soft grass. It appeared each site had at least one young tree. Full hook ups with great utilities. Unique sewer hook up had 3 different sewer openings to accommodate your rig size easily. Strong Wi-Fi connection without pass code. Elkhorn sits atop an open prairie so there is only shade from your RV or your neighbors. Daytime temps while we visited where mid 80's and windy and cooling down considerably by sunset to the low to mid 60's. Beautiful pool, hot tube and shower facility just behind the main office complex, which also houses a gift shop, store and cafe that offers wonderful breakfast sandwiches and robust coffee's. Elkhorn is a large campground where they have several shower houses that have personal "shower rooms that have a shower, sink, toilet and bench in each". Spotlessly clean daily. No sites have fire pits. The only way to enjoy a campfire is in one of the several community fire pits located towards the rear of the complex. A perfect reasonably priced campground, perhaps. Would we stay here again, never! Our site backed to the major highway Elkhorn is located on. Our first night my wife commented it was like sleeping at a truck stop. Calling Elkhorn a campground is a misnomer. No one camps. This country club is filled with $400K and up large motor homes. It looked like an Entegra Motor Home convention. No cooking outside. No relaxing in a chair reading a book. No family or friends gathered to enjoy the outdoors and each other. They sat in their high dollar rigs all day running their AC's and Aqua Hot's. No waves, no hello's, nothing. We camped at Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort & Cabins in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
323
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Deadwood, SD 12-15 minutes away. Sturgis, SD 15-20 minutes away. Spearfish, SD and Spearfish scenic drive 5 minutes away. Devils Tower National Monument, Sundance, Wyoming 60 miles away on Interstate 90 which is a half mile up from the campground.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Big Pine Campground, Custer, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Big Pine is a well run centrally located campground near all of the major attractions around Mt. Rushmore and Custer, SD. Friendly run park by a husband and wife team that are always around. Gravel roads leading up to gravel and mostly level campsite sites. The utilities were very good, 50amp, sewer, water. However, for those that care, no cable. Very very strong Wi-Fi signal though with fast sign on. Bath houses were spotlessly clean with strong water pressure for the showers and plenty of hot water. To visit the attractions nearby, this "IS" a must stay at park. Careful booking parks that are off one of the many twisting hilly (some very steep) road, especially with big rigs. Big Pine is less than 3 miles from the town of Custer, and less than a 10 minute ride to the Crazy Horse Memorial, or Custer State Park, where the bison roam free. We camped at Big Pine Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Big Pine is by most of the name attractions to the area, best known for Mount Rushmore, which is an easy 20 mile drive. Custer State Park, Needles Highway, Crazy Horse Memorial 5 miles away, Jewel Cave 15 minutes ride. Convenient to neat western style towns of Custer 2-3 miles away, Hill City, Keystone and more. Shops, saloons, restaurants.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Pine Ridge RV Campground, Birch Run, Michigan

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

Travelling home from the Michigan U.P. on route 75 my wife and I needed a stop over campground for an overnight. My wife found Pine Ridge on the phone app RVParky along with 3-4 other CG's. Pine Ridge was the only one that answered the phone, they had a site for us and was friendly and courteous. The other parks never called back. Being the type of camper that likes to research each campground we stay at when planning a trip I was a bit leery on what kind of place we would be pulling into. Well, to our surprise and as shown by our rating, what a pure delight this campground is. Off exit 139 from 75 So. it is located less than four miles from the very well known town of Frankenmuth, MI, which I've told my wife numerous times how many people have recommended Frankenmuth as a must visit long weekend place to go. Pine Ridge is a large extremely clean well run CG. It is a pull thru site heaven consisting of what appears to be about 100 or maybe more large well spaced pull thru sites! All are hard packed crushed binder stone pads with well trimmed grass lawns so nice we didn't put our patio mat out. Our site had 50 amp service, water and sewer and it also appeared that all of their sites were set up the same way. There are no fancy pools or playgrounds for the young-ins, no expense Wi-Fi, a few swings and a slide and a basketball half court hoop. Strict security when entering, patrolling around on a golf cart and you are given a security code for the gate for re-entry after hours. My wife and I liked this place so much we added a day to our trip and stayed an extra night! We commented to the very friendly gent in the office that whoever designed and owned Pine Ridge must be or was a camper themselves with the lay-out of their campground. Clean, very quiet, well spaced full service pull thru sites, secure, and so convenient to a tourist attraction like Frankenmuth, you will enjoy your visit here too! We can't wait to go back! We camped at Pine Ridge RV Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
132
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Frankenmuth is a well known town for Bonners Christmas store which I'm told takes about 3 days to visit all of it, not including the on ground water park! Shops, restaurants, excellent brew pub. Also, less than 5 miles away a large outlet mall. Nearby gas stations too.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Norfolk Conservation Area, Simcoe, Ontario

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

Norfolk is an old campground occupied mostly by seasonal campers. We have visited it now twice because we have family doing just that there. Sites are small, uneven either grass or gravel. Our rig is 12'6" high and we did encounter low hanging branches driving to our campsite. Our site, number 104 sits on the bluff overlooking Lake Erie. No fire ring and a rickety old picnic table. We were unable to level our motor home with out the trick of lifting the rear wheels off of the ground First time here was May of 2016 and we did have a great view looking out over the lake. This most recent visit June 2017 most of the view was blocked by vegetation. The electrical grid is old and subject to power outages, though a problem I thought I had with the power pedestal turned out to be a bad extension cord I was using. The staff was real helpful and very forthright regarding the age of the park and the utilities. Norfolk could be a very nice campground if the Ontario government put some money into it. However, talking to the staff they have done the reverse and cut their budget and raised the seasonal fee by $700 in two seasons. We noticed the number of empty seasonal sites compared to last year. We probably would go back because of the family we have there, for that reason only. We camped at Norfolk Conservation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
104
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

North Pole Resorts, Wilmington, New York

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

My wife and I really enjoyed our recent stay at the North Pole Rv Park. We stayed at their newest addition to the 100 Pines area about 2/10 of a mile up Rt. 86 from the main office, campground and hotel. We enjoyed 50 amp full hook ups with cable, 11 channels, in a level spacious site number 34. These sites are the newest additions to 100 Pines. Large stone sites with plenty of spacing side to side and rear from the neighboring site. Check in was fast and pleasant.

Small complaint is where to pull in, as you approach the office on Rt. 86 with having a toad on a dolly, being careful that there is enough room to turn and navigate. That in itself turned out ok, with the owner carefully directing me out of the front lot, then having someone meet us at 100 Pines offering assistance in taking our care off the dolly and storing the dolly on site. (We later saw two staff do all of the un-loading and storing of toad and dolly on a 40 foot class A.)

100 Pines is peaceful and quiet. All the newer sites such as ours, have light posts along the camp road lighting the way at night. North Pole literature mentions that Wi-Fi is available near the rec building/bathrooms/shower, but being 3-4 sites away I had a good signal on my cell phone, along with a strong cell signal too on Verizon.

This campground offers some of the largest and nicest pull through sites that I have seen in the little older wooded (pines!) section. However, I don't think these sites are full hook up. Our neighbors mentioned that previously they stayed up the road at a KOA but liked 100 Pines much more for the quiet and generous state park sized sites.

This campground is 11 miles outside of Main Street Lake Placid, about 2 miles from Whiteface Mtn. ski lifts and summer chair rides up the ski slopes and about 8 miles from the car ride up Veteran's Memorial Highway taking you to the summit of Whiteface Mtn. We can't wait to return to North Pole RV Resort! We camped at North Pole Resorts in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Very convenient to all of the Olympic venues around the Lake Placid area. Main street Lake Placid shops and restaurant's. A 35 minute ride to Au Sable Chasm which is well worth experiencing and then minutes from a ferry over to Vermont.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Traverse City State Park, Traverse City, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Traverse City SP campground is the closest and most convenient campground to downtown Traverse City, a scant four miles! This is a huge campground with almost 400 sites! My wife and I were concerned it would be like the packed conditions at Yankee Springs when we started this trip along Michigan's west coast. To our delight and surprise TC SP is a very woodsy sandy beautiful campground. The interior streets are narrow but we got through OK with our 35 ft. motor home with a dolly tow. The sites all appear mostly level hard pack sand. Power hook ups can be a long distance away, on the opposite side (camp side) of your electrical supply. Thankfully I carry a 30 ft. 30 amp extension cord. Two campsites share the same power pedestal so that would make it every other site will have power on the correct side. Our site was only a couple of rows away from Hwy 72 outside the campground but the road noise did not affect our stay at all. There is a walkway bridge over the highway to access the beautiful fluffy sandy beach, park of the state park. Beautiful setting with plenty of room to stretch out! Shower and bathroom facilities were kept clean and supplied. One thing that we came to appreciate is the individual shower rooms Michigan State Parks have. Very private with good water pressure and hot water (I at times use park showers while the Mrs. uses the one in our RV to expedite our readiness). Within walking distance are several restaurants and resorts and Traverse City is a short bike or vehicle ride away. My wife and I know we will be returning to TC SP soon because our last visit was too short to enjoy all that the area has to offer. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
413
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

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

Traverse City looks more like a large town with many shops, pubs and restaurants to chose from. Friendly welcoming people that seem to really appreciate the tourists that patronize their business.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Orchard Beach State Park, Manistee, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Orchard Beach State Park campground was our third Michigan SP during our recent travels up the Michigan west coast. This place is absolutely beautiful! The campground sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Gorgeous sunsets abound. The sites are level sand and grassy large sites with generous spacing between both side to side and back to back. Upon check in the three rangers had big smiles welcoming you to Orchard Beach. This campground may be the cleanest campground my wife and I ever stayed at. Its even spotless neat and clean around the dumpsters! Most sites are nicely treed with openings to the sun should you want to take in some rays. Its has a long stairway done to the lake shore for what might be termed the "beach" area but it is a small area and rocky. The lake seemed to have a step drop off also. However, less than two miles up the road is a county beach with a more typical Michigan huge sandy beach to enjoy all of your swimming and sun bathing desires! My wife and I can't wait to return to Orchard Beach SP! We camped at Orchard Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
100
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

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

Several small towns with shops and restaurants with in a few miles away. Very peaceful and quiet.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Yankee Springs Gun Lake-Modern Campground, Middleville, Michigan

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Yankee Springs is a relatively large campground on Gun Lake which is a flood control type man made lake. Beautiful and a great lake to ski, tube wake board etc. The campground is an older facility. During our visit the temperatures were in the low 90s. Our 30 amp service continued to cut out to the degree that the second day in I talked to the park rangers about getting my money back. They were very understanding but did suggest that I try plugging into the power pedestal with out using my Progressive Industries power and surge protector. I politely declined telling them I have more faith in the P.I. device that their power supply. A couple of real nice rangers than came by and changed the circuit breakers and plug socket. This seemed to do the trick. If it wasn't for the great service by the three rangers who addressed my power issue I would've given YS a lower rating. This campground lets anything go. They do not seem to limit the amount of people on each campsite, though the Michigan DNR reservation system asks how many people will be on a site. Next to us was a birthday party with over 20-30 people sitting around pop up shelters with numerous kids. At other sites you would see extension cords running all over the place to power all kinds of electronics beside just campers. No wonder they have brown outs when the temps get into the 90s. It a shame because YS has some real nice water front campsites that some folks had their boats tied up to shoreline posts. Swimming in the lake is easy and convenient either at the small campground only sandy beach or anywhere along the shoreline, the water is very shallow a long way out. My wife and I don't think we would return to Yankee Springs, its just to crowded and loud for our camping pleasure. We camped at Yankee Springs Gun Lake-Modern Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
100
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

About 6 miles away at the Blue Pointe Inn is the Terrace Patio restaurant on the opposite shore on Gun Lake. Well worth the visit for cocktails or dinner on the patio overlooking Gun Lake or inside.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Norfolk Conservation Area, Simcoe, Ontario

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

Norfolk Conservation Area is a provincial run park along the shores of Lake Erie. In the area there are a number of "Conservation Area" parks dotting the lake coastline with perhaps the most popular in the area being Turkey Point Conservation area because of its beautiful sandy beach on Lake Erie. We stayed at Norfolk because a family member has a seasonal camper there. This is an older park filled mostly with seasonal campers in mostly very very old trailers. Sites are all gravel or grass, somewhat flat to very uneven. Some, such as the site we had 104, are on the cliff side bank of Lake Erie offering beautiful views, especially at night of the surrounding coast line. Though the rangers where very friendly and helpful in providing us with a site big enough to accommodate our 35 ft. class A, I don't think anything larger would fit. We did encounter some low hanging branches entering the park. Roads are rutted gravel/dirt. We only had 30 amp service and the last day at the park the temps got down to the mid 30s, and my surge protected kept cutting power to our rig, probably because of all the electric heaters running. We would visit again only if we got the same site 104 and because we did enjoy touring around Port Dover, Long Point and some nearby wineries. We camped at Norfolk Conservation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
104
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Norfolk is sandwiched between Port Dover, known for its Friday the 13 motorcycle gathering that this past 13th in May attached over 100,000 visitors to a town of 6,000. To the north west is Long Point that is a summer tourist town with miles of sandy beach on Lake Erie.

Port Dover is fun, with some great water front dining spots and a nice sandy beach. Visit Frisky Beaver winery, you won't be disappointed in their wine. Simcoe is a nice vibrant town and Turkey point has lake front pubs and a long sandy beach.

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 11

Sampson State Park, Romulus, New York

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

For the past several year my DW and I end our camping season with a stay at Sampson State Park. Centrally located between quaint Geneva, NY and Watkins Glen and in the middle of the renowned world class Finger Lakes Wine region. The staff at Sampson is and has always been very friendly and pleasant upon check in. This is a large campground with close to 300 campsites. Like most state parks the sites have electric only and being an older campground most are 30amp only. The trade off though is the large roomy sites available both treed or if you are using a roof top satellite dish out in the open. The comfort stations (restroom and showers) are spotlessly clean and in the fall very warm and comfortable. Generally in late fall Sampson will only have one loop with electric open with about 30-40 sites. However, because of the mild east coast weather this year, their was a demand for more sites than normally open. To Sampson's credit they opened up their largest RV loop and most popular to accommodate all of the requests! Not many campgrounds, public or private would be willing to be that flexible. While visiting Sampson make sure you take in the on grounds military museum with many interesting artifacts and stories of how vital Sampson was as a military base and the incredible speed in which it was built to help win WWII. Enjoy Sampson, Geneva where Emile's restaurant has the best bone on prime rib anywhere and of course the many fine Finger Lakes wineries. We camped at Sampson State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
37
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Geneva has several very nice restaurants and pubs in the compact and cute downtown area. Near almost 100 wineries and only 45 minutes from Ithaca, NY and Cornell University and Ithaca College. Watkins Glenn Raceway is a little more than 30 minutes away.

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