We have camped for the past 6-7 years, and always plan a trip or two to River Bend. We are very unlikely to go back though. We were very disappointed this trip. It seems things have changed. Our last trip there was summer of 2012, we didn't get there in 2013---so not sure what happened between then and now. Our biggest issue was the seasonal and 'condo' owners....there seem to be way more than in past years, which means a lot more golf cart traffic. This is one of the few campgrounds that allows gas-golf carts. The amount of golf cart traffic was insane. Many of them fly on the roads like they have no regard for children, bikes, or walkers/pets. The golf carts are loud too...many of them have speakers/woofers on the back and they blare the music from early a.m. until after midnight. We camped with my parents (at the site next to us). At one point, there were golf carts on our sites, and they were blaring their music from their cart on OUR site, as they visited with the seasonal people across the street. My dad politely asked if they could turn the music down. The got upset and didn't want to. Better yet....they returned at 11:00 at night and purposely faced the speakers at our sites and blasted the music and laughed about it. We understand they 'own' their sites or 'rent' their sites, but their sense of entitlement is ridiculous. We were still paying customers and didn't pay $400+ to listen to music blasted at us at nearly midnight. We saw a comment online by a lot owner that said he resents that the people like us come in and use 'their' facilities. Well, doesn't our money help keep your annual membership dues down? We spend money too! It was just obnoxious and made us not want to return. It was annoying with all of the constant golf cart traffic....and the amount of drunks driving around is frightening. I don't understand how they think they have the right to drive drunk...it's still a motorized vehicle, and they drive fast, and at night, some didn't have their lights on either. We certainly didn't want to be walking around in the evening with so many drunks on the road. We aren't party poopers either!!! Oh, and the swearing.....it was ridiculous the language the seasonal and condo owner people used....every time their friends drove past, visited, or just general loud yelling/conversation at all hours, we heard every swear word, multiple times. Nice. Thanks for showing off your stellar language skills in front of our 4 and 7 year old. The pool is nice. But, there are so many other campgrounds near us that have nicer pools and no foul language and drunk drivers! So, to sum it up, while we used to enjoy this campground, we would never pay for a vacation there again, we are so glad to have better options that are more suited for families and a relaxing vacation! Our family and friends who also used to enjoy camping there will not return either. Save your money!
- Also Known As:
- River Bend Rv Hotel Watertown