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This campground is okay however it needs some maintenance. It’s seems like several of the sites need to be cleaned up and re-leveled. They were working on the volleyball site when we visited so maybe they are in the middle of renovations? The cabins in the back had some nice views and for the most part the sites were shaded. I was glad my site was near the office/shower house/laundry due to the fact the WiFi worked only in that immediate area. Big park, nature trail out the back that was interesting and some animals like in the old style KOA’s. I really liked the tent area and shelters on the far side, they looked brand new and the camp kitchen was nice. Good base camp for the area.
Pros: large-ish sites, good utilities, great laundry and bathhouse. They take Passport America which knocks the fee down 50%. Cons: They have all of these huge pull thru sites but they still stuck us in one of the few cramped backup sites even though they are 80% empty and we're only here one night (no different pricing for different sites). I probably could have asked for a different site but I didn't know it'd be so short until got there. I got parked so it works for one night. It's kind of sad as this could be a really nice little campground but appears they've given up on it as the grounds are being over taken by thistle type plants and many of the trees they've planted appear to be dying. Bottom line, campground is good for an overnight stop which I'm sure much of their business is, but would be nice if they threw some weed-n-feed down to get the thistle growth under control.
Wonderful, quiet site along a little-used forest road. We had the site at the end of the road, which is very close to the babbling brook, leading to Mill Falls. Plenty of space at this site, although the other three main sites are smaller and closer together. There are two overflow sites nearer to the road entrance that are more private and bigger, but they didn't seem to have fire rings and picnic tables.
We loved this site in July - great shade for hot summer days, the cooling brook nearby, and no mosquitoes!! Facilities included a long-drop (vault) toilet. While there was no potable water available, you can collect washing water from the fast-running stream.
The site is a great location for exploring the trails on the Front Range. The nearby hike to 'Our Lake' is about 1.5hrs (roundtrip) from the trailhead at the end of the road. This was one of our favorite hikes in the area. It's relatively flat for the first 1 hour and then gets steeper, along good switchbacks, for the final 30 mins. Highly recommended!
If you are in this area and looking for a quiet, remote campsite, I highly recommend this one!
This was a breath of fresh area after hours of range land driving. The last 5 miles of the road in is dirt. It is navigable with any size vehicle but slow. The campground was quiet except the sound of the river. Half of the sites are on the riverside but they don't have a direct view of the river. The mountain views were spectacular! The sites were large, clean with a nice pad and modern fire pit/picnic table. You do have to pack out your garbage.
My wife and I stopped at Lake Shel-Oole Campground on our trip to Canada this summer (July 3rd). The campground is a bit dilapidated, but had several spots available that were easy to pull into. Some sites were pull through and others were back in. Most sites have at least electric and some are water/electric. Some sites are also 50amp. There is also a dump on site.
All sites are $25/night. Payment is on an honor system and drop cash into an envelope in a box near the entrance. The park says that it is under surveillance, but we did not see cameras. We saw one Toole County Sheriff's Deputy drive through the park while we were there.
I think we counted a total of five other rigs staying the night with us. If you have kids there's a playground nearby and a baseball field. There are also several walking trails.
We would definitely stay here again if we take the same route to Canada. Very convenient and quiet!
Check out our review of this campground on our blog: https://lower48intow.com/lake-shel-oole-park-campground-an-overnight-stay-on-the-way-to-canada/
Atkinson Park Campground at the north west corner of Cascade offers free camping at the north end of the park. Camping at the park appears to most suited to RV camping as they don't want any camping outside of the parking pads due to not wanting damage to their sprinkler system. That being said it appears that you should have room for your vehicle and a tent as long as you did not have a trailer with you. The park has a pavilion with running water, and BBQ grills. Flushing toilets are also available. The individual camp sites do not have tables or fire rings. Camping is limited to three nights. It appears that the campground has 4 sites, sites 2, 3 and 6 are marked, another spot which I assume is site 1 looks the same as 2& 3, could not find any place that might be sites 4 and 5. Additional recreational activities are available during your stay. The park has a nice sized playground, tennis courts, horseshoe pits and a skate park. For the RV crowd there is a free RV dump at the entrance to the campground. The campground sits along side the interstate so you will have plenty of road noise throughout the night. While this would not be my choice for a location to camp, it is a free camp ground that would be a good spot to stay the night for a tired traveler