Cynthia K.

The Dyrt Pro

Westville, IN

Joined February 2021

Camping, hiking, National & State Parks. Like historic sites as well.

Small SRA

  This is a State Recreational Area in Southern Indiana by Scottsburg. It's small. The smallest reservoir the state manages, but it's a nice place to camp & boat. My husband fishes & he said fishing was fair. He fished from shore. Boats are a big part of this lake. There are 4 boat launches on the lake! Lots of people were water skiing, tubing& playing in the water. There's also a beach, which looked clean. There's minimal Canada Geese on shore.

 There's no nature center, but there's a small raptor display. The Raptor Rescue is apparently located nearby.

  There's 2 trail areas. Trail 5 goes to the beach. Connected to that, trail 6 makes a .52M loop. Trail 2, 3,& 4 can be done as individual loops or looped together.

  The Shale Bluff campground is nice, but there were lots of sites in full sun. Watch the incline of some of the as well. The bathrooms& showers were great! Clean & had been updated in the last 10 years. Electricity at all sites. Water at places throughout the campground. 

  The best site is site 160 in the primitive campground, Wooster. If you can get by without electricity, it's right on the water. 163 in primitive is also nice. 

  Shale Bluff Campground has 150 sites with electricity. The best site is 122. Private, shady& you get peeks of the lake between the leaves. Other good sites are 119, 120, 123,& 125. Sites 120& 122 are very nice, but there's 2 trails that take you to the water close to these sites. Other campers use these trails & walk by close, but not actually in your site. If this bothers you, sites 119, 123 & 125 might be better for you. IMO, site 122 was the best! We camped at Hardy Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Great family park

   We camped here 20 years ago with our kids& decided it was time to go back. This time as a couple. This park is great for families! The pioneer village, the trails. There's boating & fishing. The Guss Grissom Museum is on site. Hopefully, the pool will be open next year. 

   The campground is typical state park. Most sites are close together. If you get an inner site you'll be backed up into another site. There's VIP sites, but the only thing we could figure out is some of these sites (or all?) have sewer. We were camped in loop 1- 48. Some of these sites are pretty good. Some have really steep inclines. We were at site 7 20 years ago & it's still a good, level site. I decided to try site 8. It was listed as "private". It's a huge site! Unfortunately, you have to thread your RV between 2 trees to a slender gravel pad. The pad has an incline & to get to your fire ring & picnic table, you have to go down a small hill. It's covered with straw, so we were leery about what rain would bring to this site. We have a 16' trailer, so we didn't have much trouble. Someone on the Camping Indiana Facebook site said they got a 36' trailer with 2 slideouts in!

 Bathrooms/showers are typical state park. In other words, really old & need updating. Cleaning is also not mandatory. When you make a reservation, pay attention to the site description. You can save a lot of grief if you note how much of an incline the site has. Also, bring shower shoes. We camped at Spring Mill State Park in a Travel Trailer

Very nice campground!

Very nice campground off the beaten path. Oscoda is on the East side of Michigan off Lake Huron. Northern lower pennisula. This campground is a good base camp for the area.

   We had site 53, which is a 30 amp back in site. These sites are by the marsh. Unfortunately, we had no clear view of the marsh due to summer foliage. Bugs were buggy, but it's summer. There's a train track by the campground, but we only heard it at night two times. It didn't run on the weekend. The campground was full over the weekend, but everyone was very polite & quiet hours were enforced. Bathrooms & showers were great. Very clean. They have a small pool, playground for the kids. The jumping pillow was down- covid precautions. If we're in the area, we'll stay again. We camped at Oscoda/ Tawas KOA Holiday in a Travel Trailer.

Dirty bathrooms

  We came in the late afternoon on a Friday in October. Drove from the interstate. We saw the sign & turned. We became completely lost. I picked up a map at the office, which was closed, but it didn't help. We drove around then came back to the office. There was a conservation officer in the parking lot who saved us! There are TWO areas of this state park. We were in the Horsethief Area. Our campground was Sandstone, which is the Langley Point Area. Get out of Horsethief, turn right & cross the dam. Make the first right& we couldn't miss it! 

   This is a wonderful area. There are lots of campgrounds. 14 to be exact! Equestrian, primitive, walk in, water& electric. They have cabins& a marina. We were in site 408 in Sandstone- IMO the best site on this side. Great view of the lake. The sites are generous in size& clean.

   Two concerns: this was a busy weekend. Every campsite was full. Aside from the conservation officer we saw on Friday afternoon, we saw NO park employees. The office remained closed on Sat. This brings me to point 2- the bathrooms/showers are typical state park, but they were DIRTY! No one cleaned them Sat. There were spiders & cobwebs everywhere. The garbage wasn't emptied, the sinks& toilets were dirty. Not good. We camped at Kanopolis State Park- Langley Point Area in a Travel Trailer

Ok for overnight

This campground is situated on the road to Royal Gorge, so there's that convenience. It looked like they had a lot of seasonal activities that were closed when we were there in October. 

 This is a typical KOA(or any commercial campground). Sites are close together. We were placed near the bathroom, which was fine. There was plenty of lighting at night! Staff was friendly. The girl that checked us in couldn't recommend an area restaurant, but finally told me she goes to Muggs a lot. The guy in the golf cart who took us to our site was VERY nice! 

The bathrooms were only ok. Everything looked clean except for the shower curtains, which were filthy. We camped at Royal Gorge/ Canon City KOA Holiday in a Travel Trailer

Urban campground

This is an urban type KOA. More on the outer side of town on a side street off Hwy 50. The KOA is at the end of the road. There's a storage facility across from the KOA. We didn't even notice it. I didn't think the neighborhood was particularly "sketchy". Just a working class neighborhood.

Check in was smooth. Very friendly staff. Able to give me advice on the best restaurants in town. Very clean restrooms& showers. There is a code to get in. 

I used the laundromat& it was fine.

 Our site was typical KOA. Really any commercial campground has sites on the tight side. Mercury vapor lights shining in my camper all night. Not a fan! There are seasonal sites also. The pool was closed for the season. We spent 2 nights here. We were happy with the campground, but the constant jake braking from truckers on Hwy 50 was all day/all night. Saw a sign that said there was a noise ordinance, but obviously not enforced. We camped at Montrose/ Black Canyon Nat'l Park KOA Journey in a Travel Trailer.

Watch out for buddy sites

This is a very nice KOA. Store was stocked. They have tee pees for rent. Bathrooms/showers were clean & nice. They have a pool, which wasn't open for the season during our stay. I used the laundromat & they have a lot of machines (which actually worked!). Staff was courteous& helpful. This KOA was just far enough away from the road that traffic noise was minimal. Low lights in the campground, which I appreciate. I hate those mercury vapors shining in my camper all night. Lots of stars at night. Great view of the mountains & I believe Mesa Verde. There's a city park next to the KOA with a lake. There's a trail that goes around it. We heard ducks& geese every evening. I was told a really nice dog park, also city owned.

 Here's the thing. When I reserved the campsite I picked the 30 amp full hookup. They said these were the most popular sites. These sites, except on the end, are buddy sites. That means for 2 nights we shared the site with another couple. Which was very awkward. We tried to stay on our side & they on theirs, but every time you had to go into the camper, they were RIGHT THERE. This could be a disaster if the other people are jerks.

 The hooks ups were placed pretty far too. We had just enough cord for the electricity. If you can, go for the water/electric sites. They have a better view of the mountains. We camped at Cortez/ Mesa Verde KOA Journey in a Travel Trailer

Primitive camping, but....oh the view!

There's 54 primitive sites. They did have some sites open on a Friday afternoon, Oct 2. We didn't know it was open until we drove past. There's a bathroom. Not sure if pit toilet or flush. No showers. No electricity. It seemed like you're on your own. Maybe the NPS drives through once in a while. Hopefully, your neighbors aren't jerks! The view is FABULOUS! We visited Lees Ferry Campground, no overnight stay

Nice campground

This campground is just on the outskirts of town. Coppermine Road is pretty busy during the day, but eventually quiets down at night. 

This is a well established campground. The restrooms/showers are old& look old. That being said, it's very clean. We did get a whiff of sewer from the dump station every time we walked to & from the bathroom. Lots of mercury vapor lights at night. They are so annoying. There was one shining right in our camper. The staff are friendly& were able to give me a printed map of Page. They also took AAA, Good Sam& KOA cards for discount! This actually looks like an old KOA. They have a small store. The pool is indoor, but we didn't use it. They have some covered wagons for overnighters. They looked cute, but we didn't get to see inside them. Overall, I would recommend this campground. We only stayed a couple of nights, but it seemed well run. We camped at Page Lake Powell Campground in a Travel Trailer.

A fantastic view!

We were able to stay on the short pull through row& got a view to die for! Those with small class c, truck camper& tent sites got the front row, which is completely unobstructed. Road noise at night was not an issue. There are big rig sites too. The bath house looked brand new. Very clean. New laundry room too. Very nice, courteous staff.

 This campground has an outstanding view of Monument Valley! Due to covid Monument Valley scenic drive was closed. We didn't feel we missed much. Every night a spectacular sunset. Every morning a fabulous sunrise. This is a low light campground, so a star filled night sky not tainted with mercury vapor lights. We used this as a base camp for the area& were not disappointed. I enthusiastically recommend! We camped at Monument Valley KOA Journey in a Travel Trailer

Nice campground by the fairgrounds

Very nice campground! Very clean, with courteous staff. We had a back-in full hookup. Site A8. It came with a patio& a small patch of grass. Sites& roads are gravel& well maintained. Pool was closed for the season. Low lights at night was nice. I hate those mercury vapors! Some road noise, but quiets down at night. We actually heard the neighborhood rooster crow in the morning! We camped at Grand Junction KOA Holiday in a Travel Trailer.

Very quiet

This KOA is in a rural area. The signage to get there was very good, plus we had our GPS to help out. This area is QUIET! No trains, no interstate noise. It was great after a long day traveling. Bathrooms/showers are very clean& decorated nicely. Staff was courteous. Our site was fine. This KOA has many family activities, including a pool, mini golf, jumping pillow& a huge field for the kids to play. Cell service was fine. 

Only bad thing- While checking in, the lady told me we couldn't use our sewer. She said the whole row was backing up. Since the dump station was also in this line, we couldn't dump. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but I talked my husband out of dumping when we left the state park we were at because we were going to a KOA with a full hookup site! We camped at Springfield KOA Journey in a Travel Trailer.

Nice for overnight stay

We stayed for one night on our way out west. This campground is easy on/easy off the interstate. Highway noise is inevitable. Friendly staff, clean bathrooms/showers. The women's bathroom has very chic mirrors! They have some covered wagons you can rent for the night that looked fun. We'll stop again if in the area. We camped at Denver East/ Strasburg KOA Holiday in a Travel Trailer.

We stop here when we're traveling through

We always stop here when we're traveling on I-80. It's the perfect distance for us to overnight before moving on. Clean campground, showers/bathroom. Courteous employees. Lots of activities for the kids. We've stopped on a couple of holidays& a reservation is a must! They are very busy! Easy on, easy off means some highway noise from I-80. It looks like they're putting in new sites for longer RVs. We camped at West Omaha/ NE Lincoln KOA Holiday in a Travel Trailer.

First to Review
Owned by logging companies

The good - If you can get a site on the water, the views are outstanding! The most scenic site we had on our trip to Maine. My husband had a Maine fishing license & fished from our site. They have clean showers & flush toilets by the office.

This campground is 20 miles from Gulf Hagas & 50 miles from Baxter State Park.

 The bad - no electricity or water at the sites. The road to get to the campground is gravel. We drove slowly as there were some ruts. They charge a day use fee of $10 per day. 

The odd - when we checked in we found out they didn't take credit cards. This was not mentioned when I called for the reservation. We scrounged up the cash…barely.

 Here's the thing. I got the strong impression we weren't wanted. We were from out of state. I felt the money thing was a way to screw with us. Our site neighbors came right out & asked us how we found out about this place. I said it was on the web site. I called & made a reservation. They didn't seem happy about that. 

When we left, a worker asked if we had a good time. He didn't ask in a nice way. I got this feeling a lot in Maine. The locals were happy to take your money, but glad to see you go.