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“Below Average KOA” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whitefish KOA

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Whitefish KOA
Washington
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59 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Below Average KOA”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

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!!!

Room Tip: Check into the West Glacier KOA Instead - much nicer and not much further down the road.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Cranbrook, Canada
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62 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

We take our grandkids here every year. It is a great place for kids and they love all the things there are to do and quite close to the waterslides. The staff here are great that's for sure!! We have found though that it isn't as clean as it used to be. Our complaint is the pricing. We don't eat breakfast here and it is included in the pricing. I think there should be an option for that as the pricing is quite steep as it is....

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wedandendy53
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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

We enjoyed our four day stay at this park. Our 43' Phaeton fit nicely into our site which was surrounded by giant, shady trees. KOA staff were beyond friendly and helpful. The close proximity to Costco and other shopping in Kalispell was a bonus to us. The park features a great playground for the kids.

Our only complaint was the high price.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chris R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the KOA for 4 nights. It was a short drive to Glacier & Whitefish Mountain for a variety of activities. The kids loved the pool, bikes & petting zoo are. My kids range in age from 7-13. The free breakfast was the same each day but with early morning activities it made the morning much less hectic! The sites are packed in but it was quiet & had lots of trees.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tmarie44
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lethbridge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Right from the get go the staff bent over backwards for us. We were first given a site for our camper van with no electric and water, having settled ourselves with camping chairs etc out! No problem- we were immediately given another site at no extra charge? (W&E sites are more)
On our 2nd day there, our van's fuse panel blew! So could not start it or move it. The whole team was mobilized to help us find the problem and as we had to be back home, advised us on a great car rental company, arranged for the van to be towed and kept in a secure spot at the KOA,plus find someone to fix it.We were so appreciative.
The campsite itself, we have stayed in many times, mostly in the off season. We did find it busy this time(July), not overly noisy. Most sites are treed and shady,great nature walk which our dogs loved( the designated pet area is miniscule and unfenced)The main toilet fascilities are four separate rooms with shower,toilet and hair dryer in each.
The prices may seem high but this is a popular area and price includes a great breakfast. There is a lovely patio area to eat, as well as huge indoor dining area .
The swimming pool is partially covered- large doors close it off at night .
Lots to do for kids- volley ball net, putting green, petting zoo etc.
All in all - a great experience - we are in our 60's!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank doreenmbrazier
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Salt Lake City, Utah
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in one of the simple cabins while on vacation with extended family. The cabins are nice and most of them have trees around them.
Young children will love the shallow swim pool and playground as well as the petting zoo.
Continental breakfast was good but would greatly benefit by adding just a little varietyeach day. 5 days of the exact same fruit, eggs, gravy, biscuits, and overcooked Frenchtoast sticks became monotonous, but easier than cooking over a camp stove if you don't have an RV.
Be careful if you have a long RV. Our group of 3 families/ RVs made reservations 6months in advance but got put in shorter spots down tight roads that took a lot of maneuvering to get in and still didn't have room to park their trucks.
The free WiFi worked good by the office, pool etc but not really at all in the middle of the camp for our phones and tablets, but laptops did ok.
Staff are all very friendly but only a couple really know the area well if you are looking for advice on things to do in the area but they are all willing to talk with you to help you out.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fotobutler
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San Leandro, California
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101 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

Very nice KOA in a very pretty location. Very well kept and friendly staff. My only complaint is that this is a very, very tightly packed KOA.

I would stay here again, but perhaps earlier or later in the season to avoid the crowds.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Whitefish KOA
Address: 5121 Highway 93 South, Whitefish, MT 59937
Location: United States > Montana > Whitefish
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Ranked #15 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Whitefish
Number of rooms: 120
Also Known As:
Whitefish KOA Montana

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