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Old 07-30-2012, 07:11 PM   #11
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We really pretty much stopped going to state parks. Often filled with 20 something partiers, who know the park rangers leave after 10. I agree that the private campgrounds are getting pricey, and often the sites are close together, especially the pull through sites. I was at a park last year where one campers awning was about 6 inches from the next camper. Thats nuts.
In MI the rangers walk around late at night and control the noise.

We also have a large group of state parks with just electricity but there are a few that also have water and an even smaller group that have full hook-up.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:26 PM   #12
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Unfortunately, most state parks here in Virginia, especially the ones in mountainous areas, have restrictions on size, number of slideouts (some don't allow slideouts at all), and have very few pull throughs and FHUs. Therefore, we prefer private CGs, where there is more to do, and easy to get the site you want. Some are a little close, some have permanents or seasonals, but most are managed very well, and noise is not a problem. We do not have COEs here, just privates and SPs, so can't comment on those.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:47 PM   #13
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While everyone is entitled to camp where they want, I think many people who criticize the lack of RV amenities at state parks are missing the point.
State Parks are not designated/created simply for the convenience or amusement of RVers (as private campground usually are).
State Parks exist because of unique natural features that exist and need to be protected, while at the same time being available for citizens to enjoy (waterfalls, scenic views, unique or rare vegetation or geologic formations, etc.) In addition, they serve a variety of recreationists from hikers, to bird watchers, to xc skiers, to backpackers, tent campers, RVers and many others.
Our family prefers state parks to private campgrounds because we got our RV to enjoy and experience the beauty and wonder of nature, while still having some comforts of home.
Some state parks have crowded sites, but mostly we've been able to find solitude in most parks. We camp in the fall and are often the only ones camping - we pretty much have the entire park to ourself. It is true that Minnesota State parks do not have pressurized water available, but we camp with a full FW tank (90 gallons). And Minnesota State parks do have water available, you just have to haul it a short way.

This is not to denigrate private campgrounds. We sometimes stay at these as an overnight on our way to some other destination. We've generally found them to be well taken care of, with friendly hosts. They exist for two reasons - to cater specifically to RVers, and to make money for the owner. We do not like the parking lot atmosphere of most private campgrounds, where your neighbor is practically sitting in your campfire circle. However, I understand the owners rationale to have as many camping spurs as possible to be able to turn a profit. Private campgrounds have their place and obviously serve a clientele that desires that experience. More power to them. The world is big enough for all!
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:17 PM   #14
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I enjoy nature and the quite site of life.

Private CG are at the bottom of my list; they are too noisy for my taste. Personally unless I am parked for an extended amount of time, I really do not care if I have hookups or not.

I like the MN state parks. The sites are typically wooded, and they remove as few trees as possible, so they can be tight at times, especially with the big rigs. The only hookup our state parks have available is electric. A lot of state parks do have things for kids to do, but it does vary. Nature is always tops on the list of things to do. Alcohol is not allowed, so the 20 some things stay away.

I like the Corp of Engr sites, but it makes my DW uncomfortable not having a reserved site. I do find many of them at best having an old jungle gym for the kids, and they always seem to be on the water, for fishing and boating.
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While everyone is entitled to camp where they want, I think many people who criticize the lack of RV amenities at state parks are missing the point.
State Parks are not designated/created simply for the convenience or amusement of RVers (as private campground usually are).
State Parks exist because of unique natural features that exist and need to be protected, while at the same time being available for citizens to enjoy (waterfalls, scenic views, unique or rare vegetation or geologic formations, etc.) In addition, they serve a variety of recreationists from hikers, to bird watchers, to xc skiers, to backpackers, tent campers, RVers and many others.
I agree! We fill our FW tank (86 gal) upon arrival and learn to conserve and will usually have water left over. We utilize the bath/shower houses mostly, but I've learned to fully shower on about 2 gallons of FW.
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My very limited experience is one state park and one commerical park. Between the two the state park was by far the better of the two.
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We like Missouri State Parks. COE are great too at Clearwater Lake and Old Greenville Park. Usually clean and patrolled. All have campground hosts that keep an eye on things.
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When your trailer is over 30' long most state parks are out of the question.
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Yes, Clutch, that is unfortunately true. And if you have a larger trailer, it is often impossible to get into many state park sites because of trees and other obstructions. Each to his/her own.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:29 AM   #20
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Being in NW Missouri, would someone please recommend a COE park to me? We've got no children, love solitude, somewhere by a lake this time of year, and quiet at night! We've only stayed in one state park (3 times) so, but we've only owned our new TT about 2 months now.

Also, wonderful input from all members here. Some things I would've never thought of and other I took for granted therefore a nice gestor to read it and shake my head, YES!

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