Cyndi B.

Pro

Dover, NH

Joined July 2020

Semi-retired, we travel in a Roadtrek van which we love. We enjoy peaceful, quiet campgrounds without lots of people. We like to hike easy-moderate trails, do landscape photography, and just enjoy the great outdoors as much as the weather and good health allows.

Great campground, lousy neighbors

We tried out this campground when it was relatively new. It’s off the beaten path and not near the hubbub of Bar Harbor, but is near Schoodic point and in a quieter area. Many opportunities for hiking and ocean viewing. The campground itself has a nice layout, sites are spacious, each with picnic table and fire ring. Many have electric. Bathrooms are adequate, just toilets and sinks, no showers in the campground, no laundry or other amenities, so bring all your groceries and supplies with you. Most of the sites are level and spacious. Unfortunately, this beautiful place and our experience there was ruined by a really disrespectful family that was next to us who didn’t understand any of the protocols for camping and behaved like animals. We left early because we couldn’t take it. I recommend going and hope they don’t show up in the the site next to you!

Better than we expected!

After some of the reviews we read here, we had some trepidation. Much of the ‘cons’ that other people experienced, we did not. We stayed in T loop since we wanted electrical hookup. This loop is designed for RVs and travel trailers, electric hookups at each site, but you needed to fill your water tanks from the spigot at the bathrooms. There is a dump station to make your deposit on the way out. Sites are all pull-thru and very level. Each site has a fire ring with grate, and a picnic table (very heavy and hard to move). There is a smattering of trees throughout, but not enough to offer much shade. There is a good amount of space between sites so you are not crammed in like sardines, which we have experienced at other National park campgrounds.

At this particular time of year, we experienced little to no bugs and there was a constant slight sea breeze which helped to make it feel a bit cooler. We were here the second week of February and it was plenty hot (80s) and humid for us northerners. The area we were in was very quiet, mostly us “older” folks. Very peaceful here at night, and a great location for stargazing since the campground has very few lights. Some previous reviews mentioned pesky vultures, we never saw any. I can’t speak to the conditions of the bathrooms in this loop as we had our own and didn’t need to visit them. Bring your bikes, fishing gear and kayaks as those seem to be the major activities here. It’s long way from major stores, so be sure to bring whatever supplies you might need. The store at the marina has some basics, but you won’t want to buy many groceries there.

Glad we went, but now that we’ve been there, probably won’t feel the need to go back, but it’s a nice place to get to at least once!

A Great stay

Lots of good things to say about this place: Friendly, helpful staff and hosts, clean bathrooms in good shape, variety of sites to suit your needs (not a good place for large fifth wheels, it would be hard to maneuver into the sites), close proximity to Estes Park and RMNP. We travel in a van and had e/w hookup and there is a dump station to make a deposit on the way out. Only negative,  it not really a problem, is the narrow dirt road that was very rutted in places, so be careful. The sites are all different in terms of size and environment. We were in site A31, which was very spacious, gravel pad, but had a bit of a slope so we had to employ our leveling blocks to jack up one end. We would definitely stay here again if in the area. Just beware that there is no WiFi and cell reception is little to nothing.

Great for wildlife viewing

We only stayed here one night but wished that it could have been more. The sites are varied in desirability, some seem right close to each other while others seem to have more space, so do some research before choosing a site. Our site was fine, but the tent pad for the site next to us was right behind our drive, so if someone in a tent was in that site (189) there would have only been a few feet between us and them. It’s a nice quiet place for tenters and smaller rvs and trailers. Close to great hiking, wildlife, and the beauty of the Rockies. No hookups, just pit toilets. The shuttle bus comes by here on a regular basis, which is a great thing to help relieve the crowded parking at the popular trailheads.

Our favorite place

We try to make an annual trip here in late September, after the throngs of summer crowds have left. The sites are varied as to size and desirability, not all are level for trailers and rv’s, so do some research ahead of time to find the spot that is perfect for you. We enjoy kayaking, and there is plenty of access for that here. So many of the ponds connect that you could paddle for days and not get bored. We always go for a spot that has easy, shallow access to the lake, some are steeper to maneuver. The bathrooms are well kept, but very basic. There is a central shower house (free) with many stalls so there is rarely a wait. Summer months are very crowded there, reservations always encouraged (and currently required due to COVID). If you enjoy leaf-peeping, I recommend the last week of September when the colors and the mountains are just gorgeous! We were at site #147 which was huge and had easy access to the lake with our kayaks, and had a water spigot between it and the next site. No w/e/s hookups at any of the sites, but there is a three-lane dump station for your convenience if you are in an RV.

Excellent stay

We got in the queue around 10am on a Sunday morning, which worked in our favor as many folks seemed to be leaving from the weekend. Check-in was friendly and pleasant. As always, sites differ in size and attractiveness, but we got a very spacious site (B60?)that would have accommodated several large tents in addition to a pull through drive for the vehicle/rv. It was shady and quiet and we were happy to have pleasant neighbors. It got very quiet by 9pm, which is refreshing in such a large campground. The Colter Bay Campground village has a shower facility ($5 per) which was impeccably clean when we were there in the early mornings. I did laundry one afternoon and noticed that the showers are much busier then when people are coming back from hikes or whatever, and the gal at the desk was having a hard time keeping up with the cleaning and staffing the desk at the same time. Bathrooms and grounds were clean, well-tended, occasional wildlife passing through so be on guard. WiFi is available in and around this building, but don’t expect to get WiFi or cell at your campsite. We had hoped to spend a day on the beach there, but it was closed due to bear activity in the area. We were on a three week camping trip and this campground provided the best experience of all that we stayed at.

Not bad

This is one of Yellowstone’s bigger campgrounds. As such, the sites are closely packed for the most part, although there are some that offer more privacy, all are different dep. on where they put you (cannot pick your own site). Check-in lady was friendly and cordial (Judy from Missouri). Bathrooms were clean. Sites are mostly level, mostly shaded. We were lucky and had nice neighbors which makes the closeness more tolerable. Some sites actually have paths that go down to the lake, if you are lucky enough to get one of those it’s an added bonus. They have a shower house but it was not open this summer due to COVID, so part of our fee was refunded. No WiFi and cell coverage was close to zilch.

A pleasant stay

We camped here about five years ago and had a very unpleasant experience, so I was apprehensive to go back. So glad we did! The check in went smoothly thanks to Elena who was very hospitable and helpful. We ended up getting a decent site (not all of them are) that was in a fairly quiet area. We had a level, paved pull-thru to park the rv and a very spacious, shady site (#128) with no sites behind us. All sites come with bear boxes to store your food or cooking equipment. Unfortunately, the people before us opted to store their garbage there and didn’t remove it 😣 My husband was going back out to get firewood anyway and saw an employee and told him about it, and he came to our site within 15 minutes to clean it out and disinfected the interior! He even apologized that it hadn’t been checked. (I suspect that someone may have thought that it was a trash container and didn’t read or understand English well enough to know differently). Because we were camping during “COVID season” the shower facility was closed down and we were reimbursed some of our registration fee. I guess they thought it was better for everyone to be dirty than clean….but in reality I think they were running with a smaller number of employees and volunteers than usual and didn’t have the manpower to keep things clean. Despite that, it was a good stay.

Clean and quiet

We stayed just one night on our way across country. It was mid-week so very quiet and not packed full. The majority of the sites are open and level but not much shade or privacy to be had. The check-in lady was pleasant and accommodating and we were escorted to our site by her husband. We used their laundry room which was very modern and clean, machines take quarters only, no change machine so take care of that when you are in the store/office checking in. The bathrooms and showers were very clean, and cutely decorated with someone’s beautiful artwork of flowers, a nice touch. We would go back if in the area again, but would try for a site that has some trees. You can tell that they work hard to keep the place clean, attractive and friendly.

Nice but noisy

This was just a quick overnight as we travelled I-90 west. It’s a generally nice campground, typical KOA with tightly packed sites with lots of kids and noise. We were greeted by an employee when we drove in and they escorted us to our site. We were in site #66 which had an electric hookup and was fairly level and grassy. Glad we had good neighbors because our site was very close to them, even the campfire rings were only about 5 feet apart, which is a curious layout. The bathrooms and showers here are by far the cleanest and best we have seen yet at any campground. Individual locking shower rooms large enough for the whole family if needed, complete with nicely tiled shower, sink, toilet, outlets, even a baby changing table. Very new and modern, exceptionally clean. I gave 4 stars instead of 5 due to the noise level: I-90 abuts the back of the property so you can hear semi trucks all night long, and there also seemed to be freight trains going through nearby with some regularity. There is a nice park across the street, and a marina/pier on Lake Erie just down the road. They offered a snack bar which would deliver your food right to your site - a nice option!

Decent

We stayed here due to it’s proximity to a wedding that we were attending. Like every campground, your experience is good or bad depending on the site you get and the people who are camping nearby. We lucked out and got one of the more spacious sites (#63) with some privacy bushes/trees in between. Not all of the sites here are like that, some seemed like they were very open and close to one another. Most of the sites did not appear to be very level, so if you are in an RV bring your leveling blocks. The campground has over 200 sites, but only two bathroom buildings, so depending on where you end up, it could be a long walk to the loo. The showers were individual locking units, unisex/ family, so if you had a few little ones you could all go in at once and keep them contained. The showers themselves were clean and adequate, although somewhat dated. I did not see any ADA showers that would accommodate a wheelchair or walker, but then again I may have missed that. Over all a decent place to stay, average noise and busyness for a state campground. Close by to beaches and dunes, although the walk from the campground to the beach is a bit long if you are hauling gear, you may opt to drive to the beach parking lot instead.

Not our favorite

On our recent cross-country trip, we stayed at a few KOAs when nothing else was available. This was definitely our least favorite of all the places we stayed. The lady at check in was pleasant enough, but she was the only staff person we ever saw. I agree with other reviewers, the sites are closely packed, poor layout, dirt, barely enough room to have any privacy. I do not recommend getting a site that is near the pool - there are no walkways from the campsites so people are essentially forced to walk through your site to get to the pool unless they really want to go out of their way. The bathrooms…….old, in disrepair, dirty. The tiles on the floor in the women’s shower popped up when you stepped in, which was quite hazardous. The bathrooms are not accessible, so if you have any kind of walking disability, I would caution you to stay elsewhere. There didn’t seem to be any staff giving general supervision (at most KOAs they are very present, driving around, picking up garbage, making repairs, etc). The place was generally noisy most of the time with lots of unsupervised kids roaming around - some people enjoy that kind of environment when camping, we do not. It was convenient to where we were touring and hiking, but they offered nothing that would make me want to go back.

Friendly and quiet

We arrived and were warmly greeted by a very friendly and enthusiastic young man. Check in was easy, we had a great spot (RV33) which had privacy due to being surrounded by bushes on the sides between the abutting sites, and just a grassy lawn behind us. Not every site had this, and some of the sites were very open, close to the next site, not offering any privacy. We had E/W hookup, and the gravel pad was mostly level. The bathrooms and showers, located in the same building as the store/office, were very clean and in good condition. The rv portion of the campground is all on the side of a hill and mostly open, I did not see the tent sites which are located down closer to the bathrooms, so can’t speak to that. It’s a great location just outside the RMNP entrance and the little towns of Grand Lake and Granby which have stores and a handful of places to eat. We would go back if in the area again.

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