This was my first time camping in 30 years - and I sure was christened LOL!
FYI: RAINY SEASON SEPTEMBER (AND JUNE):
Unfortunately I got rained (poured) on a few times - one was a severe thunderstorm (scary.)
When we got home I did a historical check on the area weather. Both September AND June are rainy months. My husband and I RUSHED to the lake and the trails when it wasn't raining, because we never knew when it was going to begin to rain again. Also prepare for PITCH BLACK nights. This is real, backwoods, in the mountains CAMPING. The sites all seem nice but staff told me if you're unhappy with your site they WILL let you relocate.
A FEW FUNNY THINGS:
With much trepidation I showered with daddy long legs (there were like TWENTY of them on the shower wall,) screamed when I saw a few critters (including some sort of lizard that nearly ran across my toes) AND had a somewhat odd stranger approach my campsite from the woods one evening (he turned out to be harmless.)
SHOWER TIP FOR THE GIRLS*** Shower in your bathing suit so you can walk back to your campsite in it.
The showers are private stalls. There IS a dressing area with a bench - but the walls/floors are always wet - probably due to extreme dampness (I learned that everything is soggy with camping.) I could not get dressed here because if my PJ bottoms (or shorts) touched the floor they would have been wet & yucky. The bench is also wet. (I zipped my backpack & hung it on the one hook.)
Even with the less than desirable weather etc I do love nature - and I LOVED camping! This campground is clean and the sites are nice - but ladies - you should know they are not grass - they are dirt. It will take a lot of work to keep things clean. I'm not afraid of work - to me it was worth it. (Bring wipes, a broom and a dustpan.) The Lake is pretty and we enjoyed a nice canoe ride between rain storms, even got a few nice photos!
IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN:
Check out one of the loops near the beach/lake - because that is where the children gravitate. Otherwise it's a really long walk - could be a few miles from some of the other loops. I checked and the lake sites are nearly always booked - so plan in advance. There's a nice breeze from the Lake - great if you're camping in summer heat. (Park staff told me the sites directly ON the lake can get windy at night though, so be prepared.)
The stories about the bears are true - you MUST keep your food secure in car or RV at ALL TIMES when leaving your campsite - or you WILL have bears. We did hear racoons at night in our campsite but we had put everything away so their efforts were fruitless :)
This is TRUE camping without ANY resort amenities (no pool, store etc.) If you love nature and just keep in mind that it IS camping and you will be "roughing it" for a period of time I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did :)
- Also Known As:
- North-South Lake Campground Hotel Haines Falls