Date of Stay: August 9 and 10, 2011.
Weather During Stay: Overcast mornings, partly cloudy afternoons. Moderate temperatures.
Sites: 13 pull-through sites on level dirt/gravel (one site might be occupied by a host?) in two rows. All sites have 30 amp E, water, and cable TV. Get a key for your electric box from the Elks office when you register.
No trees; all sites have open exposure. Sites are large enough for big rigs, but very narrow - just enough room for slides and steps. Tow and towed vehicles fit sideways behind or in front of sites.
The lodge has a large, paved parking lot that is convenient for unhooking a towed vehicle before entering the fenced RV campground, which requires careful maneuvering if the campground is full. Watch for potholes in and entering the campground.
Rate: $15/night for W/E and cable TV, includes use of the dump station (located in the campground; a little tricky to access). Stay limit 7 days May through August; 14 days September through April. 7 days out before re-entry.
Phone/radio/TV: Reasonable Verizon phones and aircard signal. No obstructions to block TV satellite dish. 20 +/- stations on cable TV. Lodge has WiFi in the lounge; the motel next door has open WiFi accessible from the campsites. NPR from Seattle on 104.7 FM.
Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: This is a small, flat parking area at sea level. Sites face southeast, into a row of trees and beyond to a motel and the back of a Safeway grocery store.
Lighting/Noise: Reasonably dark and quiet at night; typical urban noises, including background noise from nearby I-5.
Favorite Sites: No difference between sites.
Hiking/Walking: Walk to Safeway, Three Rivers Mall (Target) and chain restaurants. For a longer (and pleasant) walk, drive east on Allen Street, under I-5. Pass Brookhollow Mobile Home Park, and park in a small lot on the right at the end of a levee immediately past the entrance to Brookhollow RV Park. Walk along the gravel trail on the grassy levee to Tam-O-Shanter Park. Excellent hiking at Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Comments: Though this parking is nothing special (and quite tight when full), services are good, the price is right, and the location is handy when traveling the I-5 corridor or for visiting Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. This was our third or fourth stop here, and the first time we have seen the campsites full - the Elks Annual Golf Tournament (held on their own beautiful golf course a few miles away) began on Thursday. The nearby Safeway store has a gas station that is big-rig accessible.