My husband, My 2 daughters and I wanted a nice quiet camping trip for this special mothers day weekend. We drove an hour away to camp here at Peace River Campgrounds. I called in advance and was told that it should be a very quiet weekend and we will most likely nit see any other people in the wilderness area. We arrived on a Thursday after 5:30 Pm. Filled out a register form and found our way to the Peaceful Primitive Wilderness. We found a GREAT Spot On the River actually on the beach at the end of a Peninsula. We only passed one other group camping on the beach and we couldn't see or hear them from our spot. Perfect!
The river is beautiful. The entire area is breathtaking. We set up camp, went to town to get some food and had a great night by the campfire. We grabbed some firewood and left a note in the door slot that we would be back in the morning to pay for the site and the firewood.
Friday Morning 8 Am LOUD LOUD Fan Boats come down the river. We went to the Store and paid for our site and the wood. Everyone seemed friendly.
By 10 am ATV's were ripping thru the woods. LOUD. A LARGE Monster Truck, 2 Fan Boats, 3 ATV's and a Golf Cart pulled up right next to our site and unloaded a bunch of people, Dogs and Loud Music. They were there for the whole day. So we left our own site. We went to the pool, took a hike and tried our best to enjoy our trip.
Friday Night was even Wilder. The monster truck packed up but a group of people tented out right next to us. I mean right under the tree that had our Solar Shower.
Quiet time is supposed to start at 10 pm. They quieted down by 11pm, which wasn't soo bad.
But a group of 20 something year old guys camped out right along the hillside on the river to our right. LOUD, RUDE Noisey AND CURSING AFTER MIDNIGHT. Then they ran a generator. LOUD. Then they turned on a truck, with headlights and beamed it into MY TENT With MY KIDS Sleeping in it. I waited 10 min, 15 min, 20, 25, 30 minutes. Finally Trying to keep my husband from going to prison on 10 counts of murder, I called the emergency number. they guy who answered said he will "Shut 'Em Down" and Finally by 1:30 am they were quiet.
Saturday Morning My husband went to the store. I was walking on the shore in front of my tent. and 3 ATV's cam riding up behind my tent (Which My Kids Were IN). Then the one guy started backing up.....He got 2 feet away (NO EXAGGERATION) And stopped.... Looked Right at me and Went Full THROTTLE.....Spit up water and mud all over me! I Yelled "AS$h0!e!??"
He stopped, looked at me and they all left. I can bet you that wouldn't have happened to my 6'4" 260 Lb Husband!
My husband went back to the office Furious. There is a really nice lady that works there named "Missy". She Pointed out a tent site that was very secluded. No one can camp immediately left or right of you. She had some guys hold the site for us. We came back, put up a tent and canopy and went back to get the rest and our kids. when we get back there were 5 other ATV's RIGHT ON OUR SITE! Literally DRIVING THRU OUR GEAR!
Eventually when my husband returned, the guys apologized and said they thought we were breaking down, gave us a case of beer and headed out. We spent the rest of Saturday night in peace after the load ATV's and Fan Boats stopped.
And packed up Sunday morning.
Missy and Mickey were very nice and helpful. but this place is attracting the WRONG kind of people here. We were told by some of the residents and employee's that the past 5 years has really been a downward spiral. The class of people flocking to this place are ruthless, arrogant, and have no respect for people or nature.
This should not be advertised as Peaceful, Primitive Camping..... IT IS A ATV TRACK!\
IT IS LOUD.
IF they want to keep nice families coming, they would build a separate ATV TRACK within the acres and only have it run during certain hours. OR Designate ATV Weekends and Primitive Weekends. Until then, We Will NOT BE BACK!!
- Also Known As:
- Peace River Campground Hotel Arcadia