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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

PRAIRIE HAVEN CAMPGROUND, ECKELSON, ND

Our Opinion: Not Recommended. The couple who has recently purchased this RV park was friendly and helpful, but we would not return.

Date of Stay: July 1, 2008

Weather During Stay: HOT! Mid-90’s when we arrived, mid-80’s at 9 pm. Because of the heat, we were willing to pay for a FHU sites with 50 amp - which promptly shut down for 3 hours.

Site Description: We had site 22, a gravel pull-through with a mosquito-breeding wetland 30 feet behind it. FHU, but the 50 amp power went off around 50 pm. We ran our generator for A/C until 8:30, when the power was restored. The Escapee directory says there are 31 FHU sites, but we didn’t check. Showers and bathrooms are available; we didn’t check ‘em out.

Rate: $22 plus tax with the Escapee discount. Regular rate for a FHU site is $26 plus tax.

Phone/radio/TV: Verizon phones are have 1 bar, sometimes less. To my amazement, our aircard works most of the time on National Access. Good NPR station at 91.5. Tall trees blocked the satellite dish (but provided welcome shade). We didn’t try the TV antenna.

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: This is a small, flat, nicely shaded mom-and-pop RV park at 1,490’. Roads and sites are dirt/gravel. A large, mown, grassy playground is available for kids, probably because two live here.

Lighting/Noise: Noise from Interstate 94, very nearby but visually blocked by trees. Night lighting is unobtrusive.

Favorite Sites: None.

Hiking/Walking: None

Comments: Friendly staff and shade are highpoints of this park. Lots of junk sitting around the office building, and the sites need loving care. Many permanent rigs here, not unduly unappealing but they add to the general feeling that the park needs maintenance attention. Traffic noise from nearby I-94 is noticeable. Lots of mosquitoes, no doubt breeding in the shallow wetlands and small pond adjacent to the park.

The photos make the place look much better than it looks in "real life".

1 comment:

Raine said...

Well written article.