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Campground Reviews

These reviews are from the many places we have actually stayed at. Hope that these will be helpful and we will be adding more as we move along our travels


Kansas

Ottawa State Fishing Lake, in Minneapolis, Kansas

July 1, 2021

Conestoga Charlie camped at Ottawa State Fishing Lake, in Minneapolis Kansas (Yes Kansas!) This campground has a special place with us as it was the first place we used a solar panel.

The address listed is 937 200th Rd Ottawa KS 67467; however our GPS wanted to take us across the lake where there are mostly tent sites. 

The GPS Coordinates N-39.109226 W- 97,572794 will lead to the pull through spots.

The facilities include a well maintained pit toilet, a community covered picnic area as well as pleasant scenery. The lake is surrounded by small campsites about 4 are accessible for “Pull Through” for Class A and Toad or 5th Wheels.

It’s a generous walk to the Pit Toilets for exercise. The first time we also did not have our kayaks yet. The Canadian Geese make a stop here and provide lively entertainment.

At night, this time of year, the trees were so full of “Lightning Bugs” it was like Christmas. On the whole it is a quiet peaceful stop and not far from Concordia, which has the Orphan Train Museum. This is a must see and about an interesting but little known part of US History.


Nebraska

Deshler City Park

July 28, 2021

Conestoga Charlie is in Deshler, Nebraska with another “Free Campsite” Report.

Locate by GPS Coordinates N40.135753 W-97.721908 or 4th and Park Streets.

There are plenty of spots and a dump station in town.

There is a 4 day limit for free parking and continued parking is available for $10 per day.

This and other free campsites can be found on our web page at no cost to the user.

Just use the "where to camp" tab: Boondocking SunChaser http://boondockingsunchaser.com/

When the pool is open showers may be had for the $2 admission price. The park has a complete children’s playground and covered picnic tables.

The fairgrounds are a comfortable walking distance and there was a model railroad meet while we were there.

The nearby town of Hebron is the home of the World’s Largest Covered Porch Swing. York is just up Highway 81, and all three have interesting dining possibilities.

While traveling on Highway 81 be on the lookout for a Locomotive and Railway Passenger Car not far from York. Not many people have a locomotive in their backyard!



Aurora

July 13, 2021

 

Tomorrow July 14, it will be a year since our visit to Aurora.

Everything feels like old home week for Conestoga Charlie as we visit for the fourth time to Streeter Park in Aurora Nebraska

(Lat 40.873058 Lon 98.002777)

Take the Aurora exit from I-80.

There is also a Love’s Truck Stop at the exit with Diesel and Propane.

At Q Street (Mc Donald’s on the corner) turn Left and then right, just past the Public Swimming Pool.

The Campground is limited to 4 days and is by donation. The amenities are electric hookup, flush toilets (Short Walk at the end of the pool), water hookup, dump station, and free Wi-Fi! The Wi-Fi is public and can be a bit slow at times.

The town square is a comfortable walk and there are restaurant options well within comfortable walking distance.

We were here in June, 2019 during the “A-ROR’N Days” but because of COVID last year, it was canceled.

The reason for our delay, 2019, was to get dental work at the Omaha Dental School but it was closed for COVID as well. 

This year, we missed it by two weeks! (June 24-27)

July usually finds us much farther north.

This year the campsites are mostly empty. There are only 3 of us here, a travel trailer and our Class C and the site we are on is close to perfectly level. There were 4 people in tents that left early in the morning along with a travel trailer.

One of our favorite restaurants in town, Rath's Cafe, and only serves dinner on Fridays and closes at 4:00 PM all other days and prices are quite reasonable.

We don’t have a Toad, so it’s great that things are within walking distance, an ACE hardware and the Aurora Mall that has a fabulous grocery store together in the same building, as well as providing great exercise!

Most likely, this will be a stop for us on the way back to our boat in Florida as it was last year!



Bayard City Park

August 5, 2021

 

Conestoga Charlie has returned to Bayard on the way to South Dakota.

Bayard, Nebraska provides two days of free camping next to the park,

N-42.762306 W-103.32273.

However, it is quite easy to find, Look for the water tower and the campsites are right next to it.

 

Additional days are available for $10 per day.

Both 30 and 50 Amp electric is provides as well as water.

There is a dump station in town but we have not used it yet.

 

The park has tennis and basketball courts and a playground for children.

The swimming pool is open in season but is currently closed in preparation for the start of school.  

The town is a walkable distance from the RV sites.

As is our custom we have our mail forwarded to such towns whenever possible as small towns provide better service with less hassles.

We have had St. Brendan’s Isle for 13 years now. 

This and other free campgrounds are listed on our web page, as well as many free solar tips at, Boondocking SunChaser http://boondockingsunchaser.com/



 

Florida

Mystic Springs

February 1, 2021

The water district made some dubious “improvements” since our last stay. They have built structures that just seem to have no purpose rather than limiting parking at each camp site! There is room for a Class A at only one site now!

The structures also limit the ability to park for sun exposure (for solar panels) which forced generator use for 3 of our 5 days. It is unclear if they intend to add a roof but as they stand, the structures do nothing to add to the campground and they are too low to park under them. (See Photos)

There is a boat ramp and chemical toilet with trash receptacles. The toilet is cleaned and emptied on Fridays and was a bit full when we arrived on Thursday. This campground is handy for trips in and out of Florida and is also a good stay for transients traveling through on Interstate 10.

The Campground is free but reservations must be made through https://www.nwfwater.com/Lands/Recreation/Area/Escambia-River/Mystic-Springs

During winter months reservation can be scarce.



Sunshine Skyway Turnpike and Skyway Fishing Pier

April 14, 2021

Conestoga Charlie has a real treasure for those traveling in Florida.For the price o the toll, access to the Sunshine Skyway Turnpike and Skyway Fishing Pier, (Two Axel Vehicles are $1.50.). There are 2 rest stops and both have north and south access to each pier. The piers are the old highway that led to the original bridge called the Sunshine Skyway Bridge which collapsed after a freighter struck it May 9th ,1980. 

Southbound I-275 toll bridge

Overnight parking at the rest stops are available for pull through. Cost is $4.00 for Pier access and $4.00 for fishing fee. Each end of the pier has bait shops and rental for fishing gear. There was lots of parking and some had their RV parked as well. It is billed as the longest Fishing Pier in the Country. We called the number given and reached the bait house. The manager informed us that people park RV’s often, and we found no other information.



Lake Panasoffkee Conservation Lands Free Campground

May 23, 2021

 

Conestoga Charlie is solving a mystery. After one whole day chasing a red herring Twice!

We started by entering GPS coordinates as well as the address. Here was where the fun started as well as the mystery. We wound up at a campground but not where we were supposed to be (See Photos) 

After some research we found another set of GPS Coordinates and headed out because the Campsite we were at did not match the photos, and neither did the road we went down. The supposed entrance the campground was impassable. Later in the I-75 Rest Stop we found driving directions, and decided to try again. What the real mystery is because when we arrived at the proper campground the address showed we were about 500 feet from the destination.

However, yesterday it took us about 25 miles the opposite way!

We were here for 2 days and it is a lovely Campground with flush toilets, water, horse stables, and humongous BBQ for large gatherings.  I will still try to figure what is going on as obviously the two places should not have the same address!

To find the correct place here is the address given on the Southwest Florida Water Management District where the free reservations are obtained. (www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreeation/sites)   

7519 NW 18th Way Wildwood FL 34785.

And GPS Coordinates at the Gate are N 28.865233 W 82.132236

However these are the correct driving directions.

From the north take I-75 south to FL 44 and exit Right to FL44. Right on FL44 2.8 miles and Left on NW18th way (The Gate is Visible!). From the South, take I-75 North to FL44 exit Left stay left for 1.2 miles then turn left on FL44 for 2.8 miles and arrive at the gate on the left!



 


North Dakota

Pierce County Fairgrounds

August 10, 2021

 

Conestoga Charlie survived Sturgis to arrive in Rugby, North Dakota. The news media claims 700,000 motorcyclists will attend this year!

In 2001 I was one of "them" when I rode my Harley Sportster from California to attend.

The Pierce County Fairgrounds located at (GPS N-49.372746 W-99.992973) is rather easy to find as the entrance is directly across from the huge grain elevator which is visible from the entrance of town on US-2 at the geographical center of North America.

There are two great restaurants and a Auto - Truck stop with a dump station directly across the street from the marker.

The Prairie Village Museum is also near the Restaurant Monument Complex and allows overnight parking for RV’s with admission. 

The Prairie Village Museum is an absolute “Must See” and probably has the most extensive collection of buildings and artifacts short of the Miracle of Americas Museum in Polson Montana! (Also a must see when in Montana)  

 

Both restaurants are good food reasonable prices. The American one features home baked and home cooking and is quite popular with the locals.

Parking and RV at the fairgrounds will be a snap even for large 5th Wheels and Class A’s with toads. For those without Toads we were informed from a local Bar and Grill (Northside Lounge) if a ride is needed the Rugby Bus will pick you up and take you around town for $1 per person and $10 per person to Minot! Call (708) 208- 0153

All the sites are quite open and there are plenty of both 30 and 50 Amp plugs as well as 20 Amp ground fault plugs.

Donations of $15 per day are asked for those who hook up to power.

Bathrooms with hot showers are also located next to a picnic area.

All in all a great place to visit.