Nanette C.
Spokane, WA
Joined July 2017
Ranger Review: Fiber Light at Riley Creek Campground

Campground Review: This was our annual trip to Riley Creek Campground and it was probably our favorite one so far. Riley Creek is always so incredibly maintained and toddler-friendly. The campsite (we had #47 this year) was spacious and right on the river inlet. We found a perfect place to hang our hammock and relax with a book (even our 14-year-old finished a book). There was plenty of room for our 2-year-old to roam around without getting into someone else's campsite. The downfall is that this is one of the furthest sites from the bathrooms/dishwashing area. Riley Creek has so much to offer for all ages. The beach area was always busy over the weekend portion of our trip, but everyone was super friendly and respectful. The boat basin area was also fairly busy this trip, but the campground was full so this is to be expected. The basketball court entertained all ages throughout the days; however, the horseshoe pits could have used just a bit of maintenance since weeds are growing in the sandpits (nothing major). The paved paths throughout the entire recreational area were busy with people of all ages biking and hiking, so we are glad our site was not directly on this path this year. In short review, we will definitely return next year, so that should say a lot!!!! 

Product Review: As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time- this trip I tested the Fiber Light fire starter via Outdoor Element (https://www.outdoorelement.com/product/fiber-light/)..) Normally I start my fires with newspaper and kindling. This time around I was going simple, I collected two handfuls of fallen twigs and a pinch of the Fiber Light. I tried using the Firebiner to ignite the fiber (maybe did half a dozen attempts) but with a toddler being a handful at the time I grabbed a lighter and it started right away. The fire took a bit to take off and catch the twigs aflame, but it worked just fine. I added larger than I normally would wood to the twigs to really test out this Fiber Light, it worked just fine and the fire was super easy. This comes in a nice metal canister to help reduce its exposure to water, and it's great and compact. We have also used the Outdoor Element's Tinder Quik (https://www.outdoorelement.com/product/tq15/)) as a fire starter, I personally would recommend this over the Fiber Light. It was a faster fire and an easier to handle setup with a toddler trying to "help". Either item gets the same resulting campfire and both are compact for storage.

Off grid and no cell service

This place is amazing to disconnect from the world yet still have a clean environment. I have been coming here my whole life and still it owns my heart. Most of the toilets are vault with one near the beach that has running water. The sites are mostly level and clear of brush. There are single and double units available too. The fishing is great, but the floating dock on the beach needs some major upkeep! Some great hikes can be had all from the campground. We will most definitely return. There is also a Kiwanis group camp at this campground, so depending on who has it rented it can be fairly noisy & busy during the day.

flooding made for a poor trip

We chose to try out this park for the long Memorial weekend. The river had some significant flooding that made for ridiculous amounts of mosquitoes. The campground itself was smaller with only 17 sites, but it was very woodsy! The boat launch area was nice and the beach area looked promising. Besides the torture of the never ending mosquito bites this would have been a nice location. We, along with numerous other campers, didn’t make it thru the whole weekend sadly. Those mosquitoes won this round, but we will be back.

First to Review
Amazing amenities

We got lucking and grabbed the last reservable site online when we decided to do one last camping trip of the 2017 season. Most campgrounds were already shut down for winter so we were forced to try a new place. What a blessing because we were blown away with this campground. All of the sites have electric and water. There is a bathroom centrally located on each of the two loops that were cleaned every morning and nice hot showers to pair with them. I can see why this campground is hard to get into during the normal summer season. The small beach was fabulous. The horseshoe pits, volleyball & basketball courts, as well as the playgrounds were all extremely inviting. The Doggie Island (dog friendly area since they aren't allowed on the beach)and the Boat Basin (an inlet where you can dock your small water craft) are both great additional features. There are also a few gazebos you can reserve for day use. Quite an amazing little piece of peninsula on the river. We will definitely return time and time again.

Very small campground

This campground only has 3 sites and 2 of them are extremely close together. This campground has one unisex vault toilet and onsite spring water tap. Very small and the current campers looked to have setup long term residency.

First to Review
Loved this place!

This campground has 10 sites in it, with 2 of them being double sites. The nightly cost was $8. There was no water onsite but just a mile down the road at Cottonwood Campground was the fresh spring water tap. This site had a male & female vault toilet and Salmon Creek was right next to the campground for some great exploring. We will return.

Wish for more shade

We camped here September 2016. The river was low this time of year, but that made it nice for the kids to hunt for shells on the beach. The campground has lots of trees planted but they have yet to mature to provide the much needed shade. There is little to no privacy between camp sites, but our camping neighbors were great. There is also a community area that has a cute concession stand, beach, playground, and picnic tables.

Secluded sites but bummer river

We camped here July 2016. This campground has nice and private sites. The shower is only 1 stall that is a bit rustic. The river at this site is extremely low and has a rocky river bed/"beach". If you sit in the river you can get wet up to your waist but other than that it isn't great for swimming or fishing this time of year.

Wrong time of year

We camped here May 2016. This park we tried the tent only site and it was a bit of a walk to haul all of our stuff. The trees were in bloom and bugs hatching & swarming, so that was a huge hurdle. Fishing was great off of the docks. Showers were nice, although not located in the tent part of camp. Bathrooms were ok, but no lights at night. The beach would be nice when the water is higher, otherwise it's just muddy.

A slight let down

Mokins Bay Campground is located on Hayden Lake. We camped here June 2016. This campground has vault toilets, although very clean. They have potable water and buckets to use for putting out your camp fires nightly. There is a little bit of hiking area right close, but the groundskeeper said to not swim in the area around the camp. This part of the lake is used for fishing so there are lots of lures and hooks in the water, not safe. There really was no beach area for swimming here either and the camp DOESN'T sit right on the lake.