Campground Ratings

          We found leads to some of the best (according to our likes and dislikes) campgrounds came from people we met along the way. Accordingly, for our readers we rate the ones we go to with links to photographs of our campsites. Campgrounds are grouped by state/province.

          For type of campground, (1) is national land, (2) is state land, (3) is other public (municipal, county) campground, and (4) is privately owned. NP=National Park; NF=National Forest; ACE=Army Corps of Engineers; PP=Provincial Park; SP=State Park; SF=State Forest; R/LP=Regional or Local (Municipal or County) Park. For the "site privacy" to "beauty" columns, we graded them from A to E, with A being excellent and E failing to meet our needs. Those that are marked FP (Favorite Place) are campgrounds that we'll go out of our way to come back to.

          An R in the "Comments" column indicates that we felt reservations were needed at the time we were there. Price (posted) per night is indicated by $ to $$$$$. Each $ signifies up to $10. Note that, because we were seniors, we got discounts from these prices in some places.

          [Note: we have not rated the campgrounds we stayed at in Mexico. You can see photographs of these on the slide show of our 2007 trip.]


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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
AK
Aug 06
D
C
A
B
C
A
$$$$. On bluff overlooking Kenai estuary
AK
Chena Marina, Fairbanks (4)
July 06
C
C
A
B
B
B
R. $$$. Nice. On float pond, bike path to Fairbanks
AK
Creekwood Inn, Anchorage (4)
Aug 06
E
E
B
A
B
D
$$$$. Convenient, on bike trail
AK
July 06
E
E
C
C
D
D
$$$. At Denali NP entrance.
AK
Driftwood Inn, Homer (4)
Aug 06
C
C
A
A
B
B
R. $$$$. Nice. On waterfront, walk to Homer.
AK
July 06
A
A
D
A
A
B
$. Lovely, no hookups
AK
Haines Hitch-up RV Park, Haines (4)
Aug 06
C
C
A
B
C
D
$$$. Convenient, easy walk to town
AK
Aug 06
D
D
B
A
B
A
R. $$$$. Busy but nice.
AK
July 06
A
A
C
B
C
C
$$. Forest Service with Hook ups
AK
Oceanside RV Park, Haines (4)
July 06
C
C
B
A
B
B
R. $$$. Nice.
AK
July 06
B
B
B
D
C
D
$$$. Funky.
AK
July 06
C
C
B
A
C
D
R. $$$. Walk to historic town.
AK
Teklanika Campground Denali NP (1)
July 06
A
B
D
A
C
B
R. $. No hookups, nice.
AK
Tok RV Village, Tok (4)
Aug 06
B
B
A
C
C
C
$$$. Convenient, on Alaska Highway
AK
Waterfront Park, Seward (3)
Aug 06
C
C
C
A
A
A
$$. Busy, no reservations. Large city CG with some hookups.
Alberta
Lake Louise RV Park , Banff National Park (1)
July 06
B
B
B
A
C
B
R. $$$. Close to Lake Louise village. Frequent train hoots.
Alberta
Tunnel Mountain Village II, Banff National Park (1)
July 06
D
D
B
A
C
A
R. $$$. Convenient shuttle bus to Banff.
Alberta
Mountainview Farm, Calgary (4)
July 06
C
C
B
D
C
D
$$$. Convenient. Expensive WiFi
Alberta
Whistler's, Jasper National park (1) FP
July 06
A
A
C
A
B
C
R. $$$. 3km from Jasper townsite. Reserve well ahead for hookup.
AR
Lake Chicot SP (2)
March 05
D
C
C
B
B
B
$$. Pecan grove on lakeside.
AR
March 05
C
C
C
B
B
A
$$. Russellville area, lakeside sites are best
AR
March 05
D
D
B
C
B
A
$$. Near Hot Springs
AR
Petit Jean SP (2)
March 05
C
C
B
C
B
B
$$. Some terrific hiking trails.
AR
Tyler Bend CG, Buffalo National River (1)
March 05
B
B
B
B
B
B
$$. Good hiking trails
AR
April 05
B
B
B
C
B
B
$$. North campground best
AL
Alabama Port RV Park (4)
March 05
D
C
B
E
E
E
$$. Convenient to Dauphin Island which had fabulous birding.
AZ
Beaudry's RV Resort, Tucson (4)
March 07
C
C
A
C
D
D
$$S$. Convenient, RV services adjacent
AZ
Caravan Oasis, Yuma (4)
Dec 06
C
C
B
N/A
N/A
D
$$S. Convenient to I-8.
AZ
Jan, March, 06
A
B
A
A
A
A
$$. Outstanding place.
AZ
DeAnza Trails, Amado (4)
Jan, March, 06
C
C
A
C
C
B
$$$$. Convenient to I-19 near Mexico border.
AZ
March 05
A
A
A
A
B
A
$$. Terrific

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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
BC
Capilano RV Park, North Vancouver (4)
Sept 07
C
C
B
A
C
C
R. $$$$. No Wifi. Walk/bike to Stanley Park. Great location.
BC
Park Avenue CG, Prince Rupert (4)
June 07
B
B
B
B
B
B
$$$. Near ferry, a mile from town center.
BC
June 07
A
A
C
B
B
B
$$$. Convenient to ferry, adjacent to fish hatchery.
BC
Salmon Point Marina & RV Park (4) Campbell River
June 07
B
C
A
A
B
A
$$$$. Terrific waterfront sites.
BC
West Bay Marina & RV Park, Victoria (4) FP
Sept 06,
June 07
B
C
A
A
B
A
$$$$. Right on water, Victoria harbor. Terrific.

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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
CA
Marin RV Park , Greenbrae (4)
Nov 06
E
D
A
A
A
C
$$$. Very convenient to San Francisco
CA
Dec 06
C
C
D
A
A
B
$$$$. Easy access to the Monterey area
CA
Escondido RV Resort Escondido-N of San Diego (4)
Dec 06
B
B
A
D
D
D
$$$$. Convenient to I-15
CA
Morro Bay State Park Morro Bay (2)
Dec 06
B
B
C
A
A
B
$$$. Lovely place. Expensive WiFi
CA
Redwood RV & Camp Myers Flats (4)
Nov 06
B
B
D
?
?
B
$$$. Surrounded by Humboldt Redwood State Park
CA
Salt Point State Park (2)
Nov 06
B
B
?
?
?
B
$$$. No hookups, we didn't check SP out but looks pretty nice. Tough to get to.
CA
Sounds of the Sea, Trinidad (4)
Nov 06
A
(#1-5)
A
(#1-5)
C
A
C
B
$$$. Free WiFi. Convenient to Patrick's Point

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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
FL
Anastasia SP (2)
Feb 05
B
C
B
B
C
B
R. $$$. Nice
FL
Feb 05
C
B
D
A
AA
A
R. $$. No hook ups, cold showers.
FL
Feb 05
C
C
D
B
AA
B
R. $$. No hook ups or showers.
FL
Myakka River SP (2)
Feb 05
D
D
C
A
A
B
R. $$$. Nice
FL
KOA Fort Summit (Orlando) (4)
Feb 05
E
E
B
E
E
E
$$$$$+. Laundry, Internet, pool. RVs jammed together. Near Disney World.
FL
Oscar Scherer SP (2)
Feb 05
A
C
B
D
E
C
R. $$$. Small
FL
Ochlockonee River SP (2)
March 05
B
B
B
A
A
A
R. $$. Nice
FL
Payne's Prairie Preserve SP (2)
Feb 05
B
B
B
B
B
B
R. $$. Nice
FL
March 05
C
B
B
A
A
A
$$$. Waterfront sites preferable.
FL
Feb 05
B
C
B
A
B
A
R. $$$. Lovely
FL
March 05
B/A
C/B
A/B
A
A
A
R. $$$. Gulf Shores CG ratings/Shady Pine CG ratings. Lovely

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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
IA
Pilot Knob SP (2)
May 05
C
E
E
E
C
E
$$. Poor.
ID
May 07
A
A
B
AA
B
A
$$. Riverfront sites. Great bike trails, easy access to Lewiston
ID
May 07
D
D
A
B
D
C
$$$. Excellent facilities and Wifi. Near Boise.
ID
Aug 06
A
A
B
C
C
B
$$. Great
IL
May 05
B
B
E
A
A
A
$. Primitive only.
IL
Columbus-Belmont SP (2)
April 05
B
B
A
D
C
B
$$. Good view of Mississippi
IL
Fort Massic SP (2)
April 05
C
C
D
B
C
D
$$. Convenient to Paducah, KY
IL
Great River Road CG , Pleasant Hill Town(3)
May 05
B
B
D
A
B
B
$. Great little farm town.
IL
Horshoe Lake (Alexander County) (3)
April 05
B
B
D
A
B
B
$$. Lake view
IL
Nauvoo State Park (2)
April 05
B
B
D
D
B
D
$$. Under pine trees.
IL
May 05
B
B
A
AA
A
AAA
$$. Fabulous

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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
LA
Lake Bistineau SP (2)
December 05
A
B
B
B
B
B
$. Lake was temporarily emptied
LA
Lake Bruin SP (2)
March 05
D
C
C
A
A
A
$$. Pretty lake view
LA
Pavilion RV Park, W. Monroe (4)
March 05
D
D
C
D
D
D
$$$. Convenient stop on I-20
LA
March 05
C
A
A
B
A
B
$$. New in 2000

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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
MA
April 06
B
B
B
A
B
B
$$. Very nice off season.
Manitoba
July 06
B
B
B
C
C
D
$$$. WiFi. On Trans Canada Highway
ME
Rangeley Lake SP (2)
Aug 04
B
B
B
B
B
B
R. $$. Muddy to get to the lake. Sloping site
ME
Cathedral Pines RP (3)
Aug 04 and June 05
A
A
B
C
C
B
R. $$. Some sites spectacular. Great swimming.
ME
Cobscook Bay SP (2)
June 05
A
A
D
D
B
B
$$. No hook ups in Maine SPs
ME
Spruce Valley (4)
Aug 04
C
D
B
E
E
E
R. $$$$. Laundry. Near bus to Bar Harbor
MI
Muskallonge SP, Upper Peninsula
May 05
B
C
C
B
B
B
$$$. Park entry fee as well as CG fee
MI
Sept 04
B
A
E
A
A
A
$$. Vault toilets, no hook ups. Long dirt road to get there.
MI
Hiawatha NF, Bay Furnace CG (1)
Sept 04
B
B
B
C
C
B
$$. Nice
MI
Mouth of 2-Hearted River, SF (2)
May 05
C
B
E
C
B
B
$. Vault toilets, 10-mile dirt road to get there. Great beach.
MI
May 05
C
D
A
A
C
A
$$$. Waterfront sites are great.
MO
Hawn SP (2)
April 05
B
B
A
C
B
B
$$. Nice
MO
April 05
B
B
C
A
C
B
$$. Nice
MO
April/May 05
D
D
A
E
D
E
$$$. Fabulous for exploring St. Louis

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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
New Brunswick
Fundy NP Headquarters CG(1)
June 05
C
C
B
B
B
A
R. $$$. Great. NP entry fee in addition to CG fee
Newfoundland
Barachois Pond PP (2 )
July 05
B
A
C
B
B
B
$. No hookups
Newfoundland
Berry Hill CG, Gros Morne NP (1 )
July 05
B
A
C
B
B
D
$$. No hookups. NP entry fee. Very dark, dense trees.
Newfoundland
C.A. Pippy Park, St. Johns (3 )
August 05
B
B
B
A
B
C
R. $$$. In town. Nice
Newfoundland
Felix's Conenience Store, Witless Bay (4 )
August 05
D
D
None
B
B
A
$$. Great spot. Meet Felix!
Newfoundland
Gannett's Nest RV Park, St. Bride's (4 )
August 05
C
D
C
D
D
C
$$. Handy for St. Mary's Ecological Reserve and it's fabulous birding.
Newfoundland
Ocean View CG, Leading Tickles (3 ) FP
August 05
B
B
B
A
B
A
$$. Fabulous
Newfoundland
Peyton Woods RV Park, Twillingate
(4 )
August 05
B
B
A
B
C
B
$$. Good laundry
Newfoundland
17 Islands B&B, Newton, New Wes Valley (4 )
August 05
D
D
None
B
C
C
$$.Basic B&B parking Lot. Convenient.
Newfoundland
Riverside RV Park, Brigus (4 )
August 05
D
D
D
B
C
C
$$. Interesting
Newfoundland
Sanger Memorial Park, Grand Falls/Windsor (3)
August 05
B
B
A
B
B
B
$$. Very nice
NJ
Chestnut Lake RV Park (4 )
Sept 05
C
B
C
C
C
D
$$$$. Convenient for Edwin Forsythe NWR, good birding
NJ
The Depot Travel Park, Cape May(4 )
Sept 05
B
B
B
A
A
C
$$$. Right in downtown Cape May. Mostly seasonal. Nice
NM
April 07
C
D
D
B
C
A
$$. Cold Showers.
NM
Bosque Birdwatchers, San Antonio (4)
April 07
D
D
C
A
A
B
$$. Adjacent to Bosque del Apache NWR
NY
Kring Point SP, 1000 Islands (2)
June 05
B
B
B
A
A
A
$$. Very nice, many waterfront sites.
NY
Lei Ti, Batavia (4)
Aug 04
D
D
B
B
C
D
$$$. Mostly seasonal.
Nova Scotia
Arms of Gold CG, Li'l Bras D'Or (4)
July 05,
Aug 05
D
D
A
D
D
C
$$$. Great for to and from Newfoundland Ferry.
Nova Scotia
July 05
D
D
B
C
C
A
$$. Great for Stan Fest. A few hookups.
Nova Scotia
Cape Breton Highlands NP, Cheticamp CG (1)
July 05
B
C
C
B
B
C
R. $$. NP entry fee in addition to CG fee.
Nova Scotia
Cape Breton Highlands NP, Broad Cove CG (1)
July 05
B
C
B
B
B
C
R. $$. NP entry fee in addition to CG fee. Near beach.
Nova Scotia
July 05
D
D
B
B
C
B
$$. Very nice, in town on waterfront.
Nova Scotia
July 05
B
C
B
B
C
A
$$. Lovely beach, wide open CG.
Nova Scotia
July 05
B
B
C
D
A
A
$$. Spectacular. Rough road to get there
Nova Scotia
Mira River PP (2)
July 05
B
B
C
D
B
B
$$. No hook ups in NS PPs '
Nova Scotia
Sunset Watch RV Park, Brule (4)
June 05
C
C
B
D
C
B
$$. Mostly seasonal.

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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
Ontario
Aug 04, May 05
A
B
B
A
B
A
$$. Very buggy in the spring. Otherwise, good.
Ontario
July, 06
B
B
C
B
B
A
$$$. Gorgeous. Some very tight campsites. Highway noise from Trans Canada Hwy.
Ontario
July, 06
B
B
C
B
B
A
$$$. Beautiful isolated beach on shore of L. Superior
Ontario
July, 06
A
A
C
B
C
C
$$$. Great - if you like to fish. No views.
OR
Devil's Lake SP Lincoln City (2)
Aug 06
D
C
C
A
B
B
R. $$. Right in Lincoln City.
OR
Eugene Premier RV Resort (2)
Nov 06
C
C
A
D
C
C
$$$$. Convenient to I-5
OR
Ft. Stephens SP Hammond (2)
Aug 06
B
B
C
A
A
B
R. $$. Great Biking trails.
OR
Nov 06
B
C
B
B
C
B
$$. Free WiFi. Just behind the beach.
OR
Jessie Honeyman SP Florence (2)
Aug 06
A
A
C
A
A
B
R. $$$. Easy access to Oregon Dunes
OR
Loon Lake Lodge Reedsville (4)
Aug 06
B
C
C
C
C
B
$$$. Good for kid watching.
OR
Port of Newport Marina and RV Park (3)
Nov 06
C
C
B
A
C
C
$$$. Near Oregon Coast Aquarium
OR
Sept 06
C
C
C
A
A
C
R. $$$. Right in Old Town Florence.
OR
Aug 06
D
D
A
B
D
E
$$$. Convenient for Portland.
OR
Sept 06
C
C
AA
B
C
C
$$$. Very convenient for Portland.
OR
Aug 06
B
B
C
A
A
B
R. $$$. Nice cozy campground.

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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
PA
Promised Land SP (2)
July 04
B
C
B
B
C
C
$$$. Our first campground!

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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
Saskatchewan
July 06
C
C
B
B
B
B
$$. Lovely. Free WiFi
SC
Oak Plantation, Charleston (4)
Jan 05
C
D
A
D
C
D
$$$. Excellent place to store an RV.
SC
Frances Marion NF, Buck Hall CG (1)
Nov 04
C
B
B
B
B
A
R. $$. Lovely view of the ICW from CG.
SC
Jan 05
B
B
B
A
B
A
$$. Nice.

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State/ Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
TN
T.O. Fuller SP Memphis (2)
April 05
B
B
B
B
A
B
$$. 10 miles from downtown Memphis
TN
April 05
B
B
B
C
B
C
$$. Quiet
TN
Reelfoot Lake SP South CG (2) FP
April 05
C
D
B
A
AA
A
$$. Waterfront sites are best. Jammed on weekends.
TN
Reelfoot Lake SP Air Park CG (2)
April 05
B
B
E
A
A
C
$$. Quiet
TX
American Campground, Amistad (4)
February 06
C
C
B
B
B
D
$$. Convenient to Amistad National Recreation Area
TX
January 06
B
B
D
B
A
A
$$$ Right on Arroyo Colorado inside Laguna Atascosa NWR
TX
February 06
A
A
B
A
AA
B
$$. Terrific
TX
January 06
B
C
C
A
A
A
$$ ($$$ for beachfront, worth it.) TX has $5 daily state park entry fee in addition to CG fees. Get annual pass
TX
January 06
B
A
B
A
AA
B
$$. Sites in trees better than waterfront. Crowded on weekends
TX
December 05
B
A
B
A
A
A
$$. Nice
TX
Lake Casablanca State Park(2)
February 06
B
B
D
C
C
C
$$. On edge of Laredo
TX
Lost Alaskan, Alpine (4)
Feb, March 06
B
B
A
A
B
D
$$$. WiFi, Alpine is neat town.
TX
Mustang Island SP (2)
January 06
B
B
C
C
B
C
$$. Near beach
TX
January 06
B
B
D
B
A
A
$. Often very windy
TX
January 06
B
B
C
B
B
C
$$. Good laundry. Big boats on ICW noisy.
TX
Rio Grande Village, Big Bend NP (1)
Feb, March 06
B
B
D
A
A
B
R. $. No hookups
TX
Rio RV Park, Brownsville (4)
January 06
D
D
A
C
C
D
$$$ Mostly seasonal. Free hi-speed Internet, great laundry, very friendly
TX
February 06
A
A
B
A
AA
B
$$. Terrific
TX
February 06
C
C
AA
C
B
D
$$$. Mostly seasonal. WiFi, bike to World Birding Center

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State
/Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
UT
April 07
C
C
A
A
D
B
$$$. Right in Moab, nice canyonlands town. Do laps on adjacent HS track.
UT
Devil's Garden Arches National Park (1)
April 07
A
A
D
A
B
A
$. Stupendously beautiful.
UT
Willard Bay State Park Brigham City (2)
April 07
B
B
B
B
B
B
$$. Nice place. Has WiFi. Near Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

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State
/Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
WA
Al's RV Park , Port Angeles (4)
June 06
D
D
C
C
C
C
$$$. Adequate. Convenient to ferry
WA
Oct 06
B
A
B
A
A
B
$$$. On Padilla Bay
WA
Sept 07
B
B
C
B
B
B
$$$. Nice but dark. Above Birch Bay
WA
Oct 06
A
B
B
A
A
A
$$$. North end of Whidbey Island
WA
Fort Worden State Park Pt. Townsend (2)
June 06
B
B
C
A
B
B
$$$. Near beach
WA
Oct 06
D
D
A
A
B
D
$$$. Manicured
WA
Oct 06
A
B
B
A
A
A
$$$. Terrific beach
WA
Lakeshore Resort , San Juan Island (4)
Oct 06
B
B
D
C
C
B
$$$$$. Only hookups on island
WA
Moran State Park, Orcas Island (2)
Oct 06
D
D
B
A
A
A
$$$. Lovely, no hook ups
WA
Peabody Creek RV Park, Port Angeles (4)
Sept 06
E
E
E
A
C
D
$$$. Awful. Right in downtown Port Angeles
WA
Point Hudson Marina , Port Townsend (3)
  FP
Oct 06, May 07
C
C
A
A
A
A
$$$. Terrific. Right in downtown Port Townsend
WA
SeaTac KOA , Kent (4)
 
June 07
C
C
A
A
B
C
$$$$$. Convenient to airport, on bike path
WA
Wanapum State Park , Vantage (2)
 
May 07
A
B
B
C
C
B
$$. Convenient stop near I-90
WI
High Cliff SP (2)
May 05
A
B
B
B
B
B
$$. Nice

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State
/Province
CG Name (type)
Mth/Yr of our visit
Site Privacy
Site Size
Facilities
(Showers, etc.)
Biking and hiking
Birding
Campground Beauty
Comments
Yukon Territory
Cottonwood Campground, Lake Kluane (4)
July 06
B
B
B
B
B
B
$$$. On shore of Kluane along Alaska Highway. Nice

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