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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Scoopy and othersOur Opinion: Recommend - EXCEPT FOR THE MOSQUITOS!

Date of Stay: July 9-12 , 2011

Weather During Stay:  Pleasant, mild, mostly sunny; clouded up and sprinkled the last day.

Site Description:  This grassy riverside park has a wide variety of sites: 53 FHU with 20/30/50 amps (21 of them facing the river); 8 riverside W/E sites; and a nice tent area.  Each site has a substantial picnic table and campfire ring. 

Roads are paved, pads are gravel.  Lots of trees and grass throughout the campground. We had site 13, one of the 21 level pull-in sites facing the Methow River.  How nice it is to find a site designed for a motor home to take advantage of the view!  Some sites have park models on them, and a few mobile homes are in the row nearest the road.

Second row at Riverbend, with mobile homesRate: With a Good Sam discount (even though our membership had expired) and including tax, we paid $31.90 per night. 

Phone/radio/TV: Good Verizon signal for phone and aircard.  The park offers free Wifi, but we didn’t try it.  We had asked for, and were given, a site with southern exposure for our roof mounted TV satellite dish.  Five or six snowy analog TV stations available on the air antenna, including a PBS station.  We didn’t pick up any digital TV stations.  NPR on 91.9. 

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain:  Located in a canyon on a level property between the road and the Methow River at 1700 feet elevation, the riverfront sites offer an appealing view of the river, its grassy banks, and the trees and hills beyond.  The overall feel is cool and green.

Lighting/Noise: Quiet and dark at night.  Though adjacent to the road, there is very little nighttime traffic.

Favorite Sites: We were in site 13, very appealing.  These pull-in/back-out sites are great for motor homes.

Close neighbors at RiverbendHiking/Walking: Nothing special here in the park, but we did a couple great hikes in the surrounding wilderness areas while here.

Comments: This park has a lot to love (pretty, well maintained, friendly management), but our stay was marred by the mosquitos.  RV’ing friends told us they left after one night; we probably would have cut our stay in half had we realized that we were “confined to quarters” morning and evening by the miserable bloodsuckers.  The morning the grass was mowed, we had dozens of mosquitos clinging to our window screens, and we had to go on a search and destroy mission each time we came into the motor home.  No outdoor grilling, no outdoor relaxing.  Its not the park’s fault, but if you plan to make a reservation here, you might want to ask about the mosquito population.  Very unfortunate.


squawmama said...

Too bad about the blood suckers... It looked like a really nice park!
Have fun & Travel safe

Sue and Doug said...

too bad about the mosquitos!!..it is a lovely park though..we know from experience!..we were there two years ago about this time..no blood sucking problems then..just bats and bees!!

Nickie and Jim said...

Yup, we liked the park itself - but couldn't stay there either. Skeeter bites play havoc on my system!

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