Chehalis RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails)

By |January 11th, 2015|

Chehalis, WA Website: http://www.rvonthego.com/washington/chehalis-rv-camping-resort/ Overview: This is the first Thousand Trails Park. As such it is very large with lots of amenities. The park is centrally located between Mount Rainer National Park and Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. Campsites: Somewhat level natural or gravel sites. Most sites are very private with numerous shade trees. Each site has 30 amps with water; some sites have sewer connections. Most sites are back in sites, but there a several pull through sites available. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. Amenities: Seasonal family lodge and pool, Adult lodge with seasonal pool and hot tub, saunas, tennis courts, basketball courts, seasonal slip and slide, seasonal activities, horse stables and trails, bathhouses, dog park, playgrounds, group fire pit and gazebo, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts, hiking trails, laundry, RV storage, dump stations, and propane refill station. Pet friendly: Yes, they have a large fenced in dog park. Internet:  Free Wi-Fi available at the lodges. Good cellular signals at most sites. Price:  $37-42/night Rating: 4/5

Paradise Resort (Thousand Trails)

By |January 11th, 2015|

Silver Creek, WA Website: http://www.rvonthego.com/washington/paradise-rv-campground/ Overview: This Thousand Trail/Encore resort is nicely situated between Mount Rainer National Park and Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument. In fact Mt Rainer and Mt St Helens are visible from the entrance on a clear day! The amenities, especially the pools and hot tub, are great. This property is a great place to stay when visiting the Mount Rainer area! Campsites: Fairly level earthen mostly pull through sites. There are also some back-in sites. A variety of hookups are available ranging from full hookups 50/30 amp, water, sewer, to 30 amp only, water, sewer, to 50 amp only, to 30 amp only, to no hookups. About ½ sites are full hooks-ups with only ~10 with 50 amp service. Each site has a picnic table and most have trees for shade. The sites are fairly narrow, thus there is minimal patio space. Spacing between spots is minimal, but due to the large size of the park it is possible to have privacy and no neighbors. Amenities: Pools (family pool, shallow child pool, and adult only pool), adult only hot tub, adult center, seasonal camp store, clubhouse, activity center, laundry center, playground, tennis court, basketball court, volleyball court, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, boat rental, fishing on 2 small lakes, propane refill station, dump stations, and hiking trails. Pet friendly: Yes. Large fenced in dog run! Internet:  Public Wi-Fi available at community center, but not available at most sites. Decent cellular signals (Sprint and AT&T are better than Verizon here) Price:  ~$35-40/night Rating: 4/5

Lakedale Resort, San Juan Island, WA

By |December 6th, 2014|

San Juan Island, WA Website: http://www.lakedale.com/ Overview: This is a lovely resort on San Juan Island. It is about 5 miles from downtown Friday Harbor (and the ferry system) and 5-10 minutes to Roche Harbor. It is a large resort with a lodge, cabin rentals, canvas tent rentals, lots of tent sites, and 6 RV sites. It is surrounded by two lakes and has walking trails and several docks. We enjoyed our time here and the staff was very friendly and helpful. This is the only private RV resort on the island. There are two state/county campgrounds that have some RV spots, but they may not be able to accommodate RVs over 30 feet. There is a county fairground in Friday Harbor that allows RVs of all sizes. Campsites: Fairly level earthen sites with 50/30 amps and water. Each RV site has a picnic table and fire pit. Five RV sites are in the same area and are fairly closely spaced with minimal privacy. But they do overlook one of the lakes. One RV site is on its own near tent sites. According to the park only two of the six sites are capable of holding an RV 30-40 feet, however we could have parked our 36 foot RV in 5/6 sites. NO sewer dump station is available on site. There is a public, free dump station in Friday Harbor. Amenities: Camp store, lodge, rental cabins and canvas tents, bathhouses (5 minute shower is $2), lots of daily activities (tie dye t-shirts, etc.), lake beach access, lake docks, rental boats, fishing, ping pong table, life-size chess board, swimming, bocce ball court, horseshoes, and lots of beautiful lake viewing! Pet friendly: Yes. Internet:  Free public Wi-Fi available [...]

Thousand Trails LaConner RV

By |October 20th, 2014|

LaConner, WA Website: http://www.rvonthego.com/washington/la-conner-rv-camping-resort/ Overview: This is a very nice Thousand Trails/Encore Resort on the Skagit Bay! It is also on the Swimonish Indian Reservation. The Swimonish community has a fishery near the park, so no public fishing is allowed. The park is very large with SO many amenities. It is about a 5 minute drive to the lovely downtown of LaConner and 20 minutes from Mount Vernon. In addition it is 15-20 minutes to Anacortes and the ferry system to the San Juan Islands. We loved our stay here and definitely will return! Campsites: Fairly level, dirt RV parking pads of varying sizes. Some sites are very small (suitable for a small trailer or tent) while others are big enough for 30-45 feet RVs. Many water view sites are available! All sites are 30 amps with water; some sites have sewer hook-ups (about 1/3 of the sites). Most sites are wooded for privacy. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. Amenities: Boat launch, spa (hot tub), family center with public Wi-Fi, trading post store, recreation center, beach volleyball court, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, multiple playgrounds, adult lodge, cabin rental, pickle ball courts, dump station, and lots of planned activities. Pet friendly: Yes. Internet:  Public Wi-Fi at Family Center, good cellular signals Price:  $34/night Rating: 4.5/5

Elwha Dam RV Park

By |October 17th, 2014|

Port Angles, WA (near Olympia National Park) Website: http://www.elwhadamrvpark.com/ Overview: This is a RV park very close to the north entrances of Olympia National Park. The park is well maintained, however the RV spots are very close. Campsites: Level, gravel pull through or back-in sites with full hookups (30/50 Amp, water, sewer). Spacing is very close with minimal privacy and minimal trees. Tent sites are set back in wooded area and very private. Amenities: Laundry facility, new bathhouses (showers are coin operated), short walking trails, picnic pavilion, small ponds, RV storage, horseshoes, volleyball, and basketball courts. Pet friendly: Yes Internet:  Yes, free Wi-Fi Price:  $36/night Rating: 2/5

Tall Chief RV Resort

By |October 9th, 2014|

Fall City, WA Website: http://www.rvonthego.com/washington/tall-chief-rv-camping-resort/ Overview: This is a very nice RV park 30 minutes (25 miles) from downtown Seattle. The park is on 70 acres of Northwest forest. Each site is tucked back into its own little moss-covered forest! In addition, wild blackberry bushes abound. We enjoyed foraging for delicious ripened blackberries during our August stay! The amenities are very nice, especially the heated swimming pool. However, the bathrooms need some updating. In addition, there are no sewer hookups in this park. But the wild beauty makes up for the inconvenience. We enjoyed our stay here! Campsites: Level, gravel or grass sites with 30 amp and water. Some 50 Amp sites are available, however no sites have a sewer connection. The sites are adequately spaced with privacy trees/shrubs between each site. There are lots of shaded sites with some open for those who want good satellite connections. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Amenities: Dump station, bathhouses, laundry, playground, shuffleboard court, putt-putt golf, basketball court, tennis court, heated swimming pool, sauna, hot tub (it was out of order during our stay), adult lodge and family lodge with game rooms, cabin rental, and propane for sale. Pet friendly: Yes Internet:  Free public Wi-Fi at lodges (not at campsites), good cellular signals Price:  $44/night Rating: 4/5

Leavenworth RV Campground

By |October 7th, 2014|

Leavenworth, WA Website: http://www.thousandtrails.com/washington/leavenworth-rv-campground/ Overview: This is a wonderful Thousand Trails RV park near the Bavarian mountain town of Leavenworth. It offers lots of amenities, along with fantastic hiking trails. It is a rather busy campground in the peak months, especially on the weekends, but still is very peaceful. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We especially enjoyed the camp hosts, Ron and Glenda! We enjoyed our stay. Campsites: The sites vary with partial and full hookups. Most sites are 30 amps, with a small sampling of 50 amps. About 1/4 of the sites have sewer hookups. The sites are wooded/shaded with level gravel parking. The spacing varies, but most sites have adequate privacy. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. Most sewer connections are fairly new and some are placed in less than ideal locations (far from power source), so you have to be a bit creative when setting up. Amenities: Heated swimming pool, community lodge with game room, laundry room, convenience/ice cream store open on the weekends, tennis courts, miniature golf, playground, lots of hiking trails, snowmobile rental in the winter, pickle ball court, basketball court, organized weekend activities, cabin rental, dump station, pond for fishing Pet friendly: Yes Internet:  Public Wi-Fi available at the lodge, good cellular signals Price:  ~$45/night public rate (Discounted for Thousand Trail Members) Rating: 3.5/5 *I must apologize for the site images, as I forgot to take pictures of our site until we were departing.

Lakeshore RV Park

By |October 2nd, 2014|

Chelan, WA Website:  http://cityofchelan.us/parks/rv/rv_park.aspx Overview: This is a city owned park in downtown Chelan. It is centrally located to walk to downtown and enjoy the lake front beach. Overall, the location is ideal, however this is a VERY busy park in the summer months. There is minimal privacy and no serenity. Campsites: Paved, level full hook up sites (30/50 amp, sewer, water, cable). Each site has a picnic table. The sites are very closely spaced, but trees abound. Amenities: Access to Don Morse Park, which has beach/lake front, docks, skate park, playground, volleyball/basketball/tennis courts, putting green, and boat rental. The RV Park itself has numerous bathhouses and a dump station. Pet friendly: No. Pets are not allowed in the park from Memorial Day to Labor day. They are allowed during the off-season. The staff was friendly with us and allowed Wizard to stay because we had traveled so far and were not notified of the no pet policy. (We would not have stayed here if we knew Wizard was not allowed.) Internet:  Not at campsites. Great cellular signals! (Free Wi-Fi is available at the office) Price:  $44-55/night peak season, $28+/night of season Rating: 2.5/5

Little Diamond RV Campground

By |September 30th, 2014|

Newport, WA Website: http://www.thousandtrails.com/washington/little-diamond-rv-campground/ Overview: This is a Thousand Trail/KOA Park in Newport, Washington, which is about a 1-hour drive to Spokane and 1.5 hour drive to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It is in a very remote location and is very peaceful. It is NOT on Diamond Lake, which is a nice large lake; rather it is on Little Diamond Lake that is essentially a pond (not ideal for swimming). It has nice amenities, however the staff are NOT friendly. The staff is KOA employed and do not treat their TT members well. Campsites: Thousand Trail (TT) campsites are not maintained well. There are NO sewer connections in this park. The TT sites vary from small back-in sites to large pull through sites. Each site has 30 amp power and water hook ups. They are dirt packed and vary in leveling. The KOA sites are level and gravel and newly maintained. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire-ring. Amenities: Heated pool and hot tub. The hot tub is for adults only. There is a pond/small lake for fishing (stocked yearly) or non-motorized boating. Family Lodge with game room, laundry facilities, golfing range, baseball diamond, Frisbee golf, camp store, dump station, playground, basketball court, hiking trails, rental cabins, and bathhouses. Pet friendly: Yes, with a small fenced in off-leash area. Internet:  Not available at campsites. There is a small area with free Wi-Fi assess. Cell signals vary. Price:  non-member $32-42/night Rating: 3/5