About gemsinger

semi-retired, turned 60. Got a great partner/husband and a very smart beagle mix, Herbie, we share a deep love of nature. Musician/vocalist hobbies.

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

Armitage Park , Eugene, Oregon

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

We stay here at least once a year and it is owned and managed by Lane County. Good stuff first, great river walk by the MacKenzie River with the larger day use park next door and a wonderful dog park located at the entrance of the park. NOT so good stuff, filthy restrooms in the am. I will not use them again. Advertised WiFi is non-existent to only a few sites that can pick up the signal. FALSE advertising folks. I was told that they plan to invest in better WiFi over a year ago, still have not done this. This park is always full when we stay, and it got tons of Oregon Duck fans, alumni etc. So what is the problem. Why doesn't the parks administrator HIT up Nike or some similar Oregon state University deep pocket contributor to UPGRADE the WiFi? We camped at Armitage Park in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

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

Walk the river walk (Mackenzie river) and if you got a dog take em to the dog park. Nearby Eugene for shopping, Trader Joe's right off Coburg Dr. about 5 miles away. Drive up 126 to glorious mountain views, lots of recreational opportunities.

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

Dexter Shores RV Park, Dexter, Oregon

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

When we arrived we checked in at the office with a woman employee. She appeared to be pleasant and helpful until I voiced a objection at her comment regarding no large dogs were allowed. When she saw my disbelief she then said, "If you are nice to me I may make a judgement/decision to allow your dogs, at my disgression." Someone such as the owners of this RV park need to teach the following business principle to their employees. The customer pays and is therefore not the one that has to be nice! The business owner wants your money and business, so therefore she or he goes out of his or her way to accomodate you! AND furthermore in Tom Stienstra's latest West Coast RV camping guidebook he states that pets are allowed with no restrictions! And even if this is true, it makes no sense to allow only "small" dogs when its a breed specific issue. The employee further added insult to injury with her lame comments about the owner having to pay extra insurance for allowing pets. DUH! of course they do and that is not relevant to me nor is it of any business of hers to tell us that. And they charged us extra for the pets, so there is the "insurance" costs. Later we saw many dogs as large or larger than ours. The whole incident turned me off completely. In my small business I would fire an employee with her attitude. The park itself had no shade, small pull-thrus and crooked sites. Won't go back again, next time we will boondock. Unfortunately there are no hook-up alternatives near Dexter Lake. We camped at Dexter Shores RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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

Van Damme State Park, Little River, California

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park near the ocean, many private sites with trees and shade. The budget crisis in CA has shut down many state parks for part of the year with certain areas of these parks affected adversely. This is still a lovely park with a great location. Not too far from the super scenic village of Mendocino. We made do for three days and 2 nights without electricity and hook-ups. Some trails do not allow dogs, others do. We camped at Van Damme State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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

Loeb State Park, Brookings, Oregon

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

Amazing park to camp in in late October with the salmon runs continuing in the river. Many private and pretty sites with fabulous trees! We got a fantastic site right near the river. We practically had the place to ourselves. Just the hosts and two other campers. Restrooms clean and redwood trail is within a 1 mile hike. This redwood stand is the northern most range of sequioa sempervireons, the coastal species. I highly recommend this beautiful park. We camped at Loeb State Park in a Travel Trailer.


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