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This park has an unique opportunity while camping; hunting for diamonds. The whole family loves this park!
The kids will spend hours playing in the mud and hunting for diamonds right along with the adults:-) There is definitely fun for all at this unusual opportunity to find real diamonds and/or gems.
Had a very unpleasant stay here. We were under the impression this would be a quiet place and it was the furthest thing from it. We drove four hours and were looking forward to a peaceful Labor Day weekend and it was the complete opposite. We arrived just after dark and set up our tent and everything seemed quiet and nice until we were woken in the middle of the night to headlights flashing in our tent for a good twenty-minutes. Then, at 4:30 am the people in the tent super close to us woke up and turned their light on and started a fire and were loud and did not care. We addressed this to the owner and she said she would talk to them(which I believe she would have), and that we could find another spot. Well, the other spots for tents were rock hard and right by peoples RV's. We decided just to leave as any amount of money staying somewhere else would be worth leaving. So in conclusion. Do not stay here if you plan to use a tent. RV may be different. We payed 112 to sleep somewhere for about 3 hours and not use a single amenity. Pathetic. I highly encourage you to stay elsewhere. We ended up finding a motel for 45 a night which was very worth it after a night we went through. It is unfortunate because I believe this can be a wonderful campground but we did not share a pleasant experience. And we are used to camping at KOA's and in remote wilderness and never had a worse night of sleep.
We visited over Labor Day weekend and really enjoyed our experience. The sites are all very well kept, level and offer plenty of space. We were able to have our small camper with the addition of a rooftop tent, and a standard size tent with no problem.
All sites are level, have a solid picnic table, fire pit with grill grate, a separate grill, and a large flat area for a tent.
We also visited the mining experience and spent an afternoon searching for diamonds. We did not come away rich, but enjoyed getting dirty and searching as a family. I would recommend bringing something for shade while digging. You can get equipment there, but a small shovel, small bucket and a sifter will save you some money.
We also visited the local lake for a day on the beach.
We plan on coming back!
If you are planning to kayak, canoe or tube, then you may not mind how busy the campgrounds are. The bath/showers are not terribly close, unless you're staying near the bunk houses. Pretty scenery and the river activities are fun, orherwise there's not much to do here. You have to travel if you plan to hike any trails.
Beautiful, tall ponderosa pines cover this little park. Be sure to call and ask for a site that fits your needs. In loop A&B are small sites, loop E accommodates larger units. This park is on Lake Greeson however most site have a steep walk down to the water. Our site was 102 ,a back in that was easy to get into. Site 103 is nice also. These sites have a separate pad for a tent and parking.
A search on Dyrt led us to Bar Fifty. It is close enough to Lake Catherine State Park and thought it was worth a try. The price was right. It is not very easy getting hold of Sandra so you may not be sure if your reservation request was accepted. As for the camp grounds, we loved it. It was very secluded. You can pick whatever site you want. There are cedar wood bathrooms with showers. We stayed two night (not consecutive) but understand a camper can stay much longer. If you love horses, this is your place. Be mindful there is a very rough dirt road to go down to reach the RV sites. We did not have a chance to meet Sandra but she seems like a great lady with a good property.