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Huge disappointment

Huge disappointment! We were so excited, passing through Reno, we got a “standard” site, so we could get a nice steak at the Charlie Palmer Steakhouse, drop some money at the blackjack tables and get a good night sleep in our trailer.

Instead we arrived at 6:10, so the office was closed. There were tons of “premium” sites that we were told were not available. To access the bathroom/showers we needed a key, so we got to drive to the casino and wait in line for 30 minutes.

The site is not very well maintained and the bathrooms were clean by the premium sites, but not as much in ghetto end of the park.

By the time, all was said and done, we were tired and irritated so we stayed in the trailer and made our own dinner. $65 for for a weed infested parking lot with electric and seweris too much. Maybe OK if you REALLY want to gamble.

Huge disappointment

Huge disappointment! We were so excited, passing through Reno, we got a “standard” site, so we could get a nice steak at the Charlie Palmer Steakhouse, drop some money at the blackjack tables and get a good night sleep in our trailer.

Instead we arrived at 6:10, so the office was closed. There were tons of “premium” sites that we were told were not available. To access the bathroom/showers we needed a key, so we got to drive to the casino and wait in line for 30 minutes.

The site is not very well maintained and the bathrooms were clean by the premium sites, but not as much in ghetto end of the park.

By the time, all was said and done, we were tired and irritated so we stayed in the trailer and made our own dinner. $65 for for a weed infested parking lot with electric and seweris too much. Maybe OK if you REALLY want to gamble.

Good last minute find

We were trying to stay up on Luther pass but the snow and forest service has the road to camp closed still in early May. We found this place just driving down into town looking for a new camp. $65 to tent camp which seemed pricey but it was last minute so we took it. Very clean bathroom great staff dog friendly and large sites.

Great camping

We have been camping here for years it's a great camp ground and the river is very shallow in most spots and good for fishing and just past the 1st bridge into the camp ground there is a great hiking trail along side of the river you just have to climb over a few boulders then it an easy hike from there well until you hike back up the trail that is.

Closed as of late April 2021

Unfortunately it was closed, but we parked at the gate and took a walk around, and it's absolutely beautiful!

Perfect weekend getaway

The campground was well maintained and sites plenty large enough for our 35 ft travel trailer. There is a beautiful hike accessible from the campsite that goes around the reservoir.

Great sites

Very nice area beautiful lake definitely reccomend bringing ear plugs as the nature in the morning is a very early alarm clock over all a great site that we will come back to

Excellent solitude

I did an overnight at Desert Creek and the fact that the trail is a little rough means that not a whole lot of people are going to be camping back in here. I saw two vehicles all day on the trail and was by myself at the campground that night. The creek runs all year long and it’s very peaceful with beautiful canyon like views. I’ll definitely head back when I get a chance!

Right on the lake

Loved the location! Spent only one night but had a great time. Some campgrounds are right by the lake but most are across a road which is a short walk. The camp sites are a little small but the grounds were nice. The bathrooms nearest our campsite were closed due to COVID so we had to take walk to the bathrooms nearest the office which weren’t busy. I liked that every bathroom/shower was it’s own entity.

Quick, convenient stop

Follow Via Camino St down to the end. Map coordinates are a bit off. Quick and easy place to pull off for a night. Very flat, hard dirt area perfect for a tent and easily driveable.