The School for Y.
Bainbridge Island, WA
Joined June 2016
We are a world-schooling family committed to learning through play, curiosity, and creating connections.
Great stay!

This is a working farm. The RV spot was between date palms and next to the dog agility course. The tent sites were in the back and seemed nice and private. The property has a farm stand where you can pick up eggs, homebaked goodies, and other produce anytime using a self-pay box. Janna was very prompt in her response and squeezed us in last minute. After checking Airbnb and Hipcamp this was the best place we found close to the city.

BLM Lake Bed Boondocking

Not sure if this is the same place the rangers in Joshua Tree told us about, but if you drive North on Sunfair off of Route 62 and take a right on Sunflower, you can drive on to BLM land and find anywhere to camp on a dry lake bed. It was pretty open and incredible in late November.

Popular even in November

They weren’t huge sites and the only one available right before Thanksgiving was a small tent only site (due to cancellation).

Reserve in advance!!

Park units and RV Sites

There are big double wide and park unit houses in addition to RV spots against the fence and facing the lake.

Some of the photos of the spread out sites and tents are actually of the campground next door.

Park units and RV Sites

There are big double wide and park unit houses in addition to RV spots against the fence and facing the lake.

Some of the photos of the spread out sites and tents are actually of the campground next door.

Great trees and sites!

It didn’t have full hookups, but there was water, a dump site and fire pits. Some other campers ran there generators too late and too early, but it was a beautiful site with wonderful shade and eucalyptus trees.

Free & Quiet

Snow when we arrived at night, but there were a few RVs and campers just north of the exit and off the road. You could head back further and get quieter.

Closed Off Season

They are open end of May until October 1.

First to Review
Not open off season

The open season is not listed on their website, but I can confirm the campground is closed in November.

http://www.tahoeactivities.com/lake-forest-campground/

Quiet with a nice view

Very clean, decent spaciousness between sites. Some have a distant view of the water. Lots of wasps!

Fantastic

This well-maintained campground is within the national monument and steps from the visitors center. We were there offseason (October), so there were only 3 other campsites taken. SItes A6 and A7 definitely have the best views. There are no hookups for RVs, but there is a water spigot at most sites, along with picnic tables and fire pits. The bathroom was super clean. The $10 camping fee is half priced if you have an annual national park pass. Staying at this campground makes it easy and possible to stay late exploring the lava tubes and getting right back to it in the morning. There’s also a hiking path that leaves right from the campground that takes you to more caves to explore (Three Sisters).

These are the ancestral lands of the Modoc people who were forcibly removed by settlers. The museum and park has excellent education and information about the horrific battle between the Modoc people and the white settlers.

Amenities but gritty

We like to pick campgrounds that have extra amenities, like hot tubs or saunas. This one has both. The spa area is a nice add on to your stay. The facilities are old and therefore feel gritty. Which is the feeling that matches the campground. To get to the RV parking you have to drive/walk by the tent campers, which even off season, felt like those staying there permanently live in their tents and cars. Behind the RV parking is the area where full time residents live, which is also a bit rough. We didn’t feel unsafe, but we definitely didn’t feel like hanging out outside our RV or letting the kids play on the playground. If you go, don’t expect a resort. Think transient hippies and you’ll have your expectations aligned closer to reality.

Beautiful spot, close to town

We were here off season (October) so the water in the reservoir was very low. Despite seeing walls of dirt leading to the water, the view was still very pretty. Lots of stars at night. Quiet. Very exposed when heavy winds came up. I’m sure this is a super fun place to stay in the summer time — kayaking/SUP on the lake, playgrounds, and even a water park around the bend.

Small sites with plant buffers

We decided to stay here because you can hike from the campground through the dunes and to the beach. It was a beautiful .75 mile hike to a gorgeous beach. The campground itself was quiet and populated with wild turkeys. We were there off season, so we had no problem finding a site day of. The grounds themselves were clean, but the bathrooms weren’t.

Small sites with plant buffers

We decided to stay here because you can hike from the campground through the dunes and to the beach. It was a beautiful .75 mile hike to a gorgeous beach. The campground itself was quiet and populated with wild turkeys. We were there off season, so we had no problem finding a site day of. The grounds themselves were clean, but the bathrooms weren’t.

Luxury Glamping

We spent four nights in October at Bay Point Landing. We highly recommend this spot. Everything is clean, well kept, and beautifully designed. The kids loved the salt water pool. The adults loved the beautiful view, the coffee in the clubhouse, and the workout room. We brought our own RV, but we peeked in the little cabins and airstreams and were very impressed.

Coos Bay is a small area where everything is fairly close driving distance. We drove by many of the other RV camping options in the area, and this one was by far the best. Off season rates were very reasonable for all the amenities.

Park is spectacular, campground is good.

We didn’t stay at the campground, but we drove through to check it out. We visited offseason (October) so the interpretive center was closed, and there were lots of open spots available. It’s shady and off the road, but the spots are fairly close together. The yurts looked great, but had very little privacy. It might feel very crowded and busy in the summer months. Everything was clean and tidy. It would be a good landing place if you’re wanting to explore Sunset Bay and the surrounding State Parks.

Good only for a quick overnight stop when driving on I-5

(This review written by a 10 and 12 year old). When we stopped by for a quick visit in October (end of the season), we first saw the picnic area. It had a lot of benches that were wood with scratches and pieces missing. The picnic area had bathrooms. In the center were sinks and metal BBQs. The BBQ hinges were broken and swung out awkwardly. Nearby the sinks did not have running water, and looked pretty gunky.

Across the field from the picnic area, was a closed gate that had blackberry brambles covering it. Beyond the gate was a bridge that looked like it hadn't been walked on for a bit. There were plants growing on it and the gate was locked.

Further down the road from the picnic area was the campground. Each spot had an electric hookup, water spigot, and an ok picnic table. Near the campground host and just beyond the bathrooms was a dump station ($3). 

The women's bathroom had chipping paint and floor, older stalls with unflushed things, the showers had musty curtains that weren't clean. When you turned on the sink just slightly, nothing came out. When you turned it all the way on, it splurts out spraying everything in a two foot parameter around you.

The men's bathroom had the same chipping walls and floor. There were two open urnials with pink urinal cakes, two stalls, and some similar showers to the women's restroom. Except no tampon machine. 

Up the road from the RV park was a river, but there were signs saying the banks were hazardous. Now your hopes of swimming in the river is annihilated.

There are many spaces, but they are very close together. If it were full, you would feel quite packed in.

If you are driving on I-5 and need a safe, quiet place to spend the night, this would do just fine in a pinch.

There are nice sports fields and a small playground if you need to stretch your legs.