We've stayed in many KOA's over the years, and we read all the previous reviews before our trip. We'll try to stay as objective as possible here with ours:
PROS -The breakfast was pretty good and was a very welcome start to our mornings. But it didn't start until 8:00 (it was advertised as 7:00am).
- The Frisbee Golf course was awesome - not often that you find a campground with activities a family with older kids can do (we have two kids, ages 11&14).
- Our tenting campsite was very large, very pleased with the size of the sites there and the wooded atmosphere for tenting.
- Very dog friendly place, and all the dogs seemed to be well-behaved.
CONS - The adults only hot tub is simply not so....false advertising. We saw small, diapered children in it more often than we did adults in the four days we were there. Grossed us out enough to avoid it...
- The swimming pool is fine for smaller kids, but it's only 4 ft deep. You need to know this ahead of time if you're taking teenagers that are looking forward to a pool, only to be disappointed. We found great swimming at Lake Mary Ronan State Park instead.
- QUIET HOURS DO NOT EXIST. We were pretty frustrated at this one as we were given literature that insisted on no campfires after 11:00PM with strict quiet hours. Probably not a big deal if you're in a hardtop camping situation, but it was pretty miserable in a tent. Don't advertise quiet hours if you have no intention of enforcing them.
- The mini golf is in bad shape. A few of the laundry room machines were out of order.
CLEANLINESS ISSUES - several reviews mentioned how dirty the place was....we got an interesting perspective on this while we were there. During the week the place was really dirty....("don't want your kids to use the bathroom" dirty). I actually cleaned a bathroom one night myself before I took a shower in it. But we didn't blame most of this on the staff. We were really shocked at the behavior of other parents while we were at this particular campground. They weren't cleaning up after their kids or themselves at all and the result was really appalling. When we arrived, there was a dirty diaper on the picnic table next to ours. There was a half-eaten muffin in the middle of the road for two days (until my dog decided to eat it). The pool area was full of dirt and empty drink bottles. At Buffalo Bobs you had to search for pool cues or ping pong paddles if you wanted to play because kids had left them on the floor in a corner somewhere. We watched two kids (about 4 years old) trying to break their way into a candy machine after they attempted to bully my much older daughter- parents nowhere to be found. There's no way the meager staff could keep up with basic cleaning when they were constantly picking up after messy kids and equally messy adults. However, when the big weekend came around I think they added more staff....when the campground was completely full the place was actually cleaner.
One last rant - and this one goes for all KOA's as a whole. Those little bikes with the three wheels where the kids are about 2 feet off the ground? Such a bad idea - we saw panicked big truck owners trying to back their trailers into tiny spaces with these little kids whizzing around them on these bikes - no way at all for the driver to see them if they're directly in front of the rig. Again, parents nowhere to be found. Please reconsider this practice!! Offer to loan us some regular bicycles instead!!!
- Also Known As:
- Whitefish KOA Montana