From the grumpy lady at the gate to the trashed campsite this could have been a bad experience but I didn’t let that get to me. Cleaned it all up and set my sites on a great weekend. Then the train came… and another one… all night long. At least there was water this time. All of the camper sites were supposed to be full so I decided to use a tent only option. So many open sites when I got there and they never filled. IDK maybe it’s a Covid thing. Not really a campsite I was to use again. I was at Sandy (should be called thorny) beach.
We stayed at the Sandy Cove loop, site 142. The non-electric site was fine, a picnic table and fire circle. There’s a train that comes by and kept us up at night. Also the lake was super low, so not able to be enjoyed.
Guernsey has 4 yurts you can rent for $40/night. Clean, all have electricity. Bunk beds with mattresses and fold out futon couch. Wood fire stove if you need heat. Shared pit toilet, bring toilet paper. Picnic table with fire ring. Please buy all firewood locally, don't transport wood! Beautiful sunsets. You might be able to hear the artillery of the National Guard practice area when they are active - which is most of the summer. The best time we had here was during the silt run, which is in mid-July each year. Water being released from Glendo Reservoir will flow through Guernsey Reservoir flushing silt from Guernsey Reservoir into the canals of downstream irrigators. If you like mud, the reservoir is a ton of fun, as the water level is down 25'. Transporting kayaks through the mud proves challenging - don't fall down or lose a shoe. The reward is a fantastic, easy float of the North Platte river from the reservoir all the way to the edge of town. There was not another camper at the yurt and we saw no one on the river as boats can't get to it due to the mud.
The sites are close together but many had a fair amount of shade. The park is quite large, with opportunities for hiking and getting out on the water.
Fun place to go.
Cool hiking trails, fun biking trails, good place to explore history, swim and boat.
Campsites are spread out so you can find what you need.
We stayed four weeknights and had a pretty good time. The sites were loose gravel and very unlevel. Not too crowded during the week. The vault toilet was close to our site but you had to really need to use it to go in there. (Think ‘fly-tornado’ when you open the door.) We ventured out to use the shower house and found that it was a single shower for both men and women, for the entire state park! We couldn’t believe it… but more surprising was that it was a pay-to-use shower… $1 for the first four minutes and a quarter for each additional minute thereafter. Not a huge cost, granted, but we paid around $40/night for a campsite. That’s double what we’re used to paying for a much nicer campsite in our part of the world. The views around the lake were awesome. We’ll go back just for this reason. There were many trails in the park but most were poorly marked and some were simply not able to be found due to overgrowth.
This was rated highly by others but we didn’t enjoy our stay. The State Park is spread out over a few miles around a lake formed by a dam. The entrance fee collector was not helpful in describing where to camp. Driving through it looks like you pay a fee to get in and then look for campfire rings for a dispersed camping site. Little loops are given different campground names.
It was hot and we needed some shade. We found one spot that was down a canyon and away from the water. We were the only ones in the loop so it was private but what a mess. Garbage was all over and I couldn’t even use the men’s vault toilet near us. Water pressure was amazing and garbage cans were easily found at the end of the canyon loop.
We did drive around to see the highlights and everything is out in the sun. They say they have miles of hiking trails but we didn’t go far because of the heat.
If you have a boat and get a spot by the water this might have been a different experience for us.
We stayed here and traveled to the local sites. The camping area has a great view. The RV sites are pretty level and some have power and water. At the entrance is a good place to fill up fresh water tanks if you are staying at a dispersed site. The dump station is at the entrance as well. The staff and Park Rangers were very kind and courteous as we visited the different historic locations. We will definitely return.
Stayed in the Yurts here for part of my honeymoon. Great views and very peaceful. Close to the Oregon Trail Ruts
Easy access and views of the lake. Forested; private sites available. Interesting history/museum. Some short trails. Bring bug spray.