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“Not what we were expecting”

Sonora Point RV Resort
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Sonora Point RV Resort
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Please be advised the website for this "resort" is very misleading. It is an artist rendition of what it may look like in several years - not its current state. We had booked a full 2 weeks and only ended up staying 1, trying to make the most of it.

We arrived late afternoon on a Saturday and soon realized that our site, site 42, should not really be a site. The group beside us had helped themselves to part of our site therefore we had to move over a bit, which landed us on the road for the next 2 days waiting for them to leave. There was alot of confusion as to who the contact was because they were going through a staffing transition - which should not affect the campers in my view.

After waiting until Monday to move back into the allocated site (which again shouldn't be a site) we needed to be creative to get the services (which are at the very back of the site behind a tree)so we could hook up to power. This site has no shade and no reprieve from the heat of the day - AC is critical.

During the booking process we inquired about a boat slip and were advised they were first come first serve but it wouldn't be an issue - upon arrival we found there was a waiting list for people to put boats in the slips - not expected. However, because of the hassle over the site and being on the road they made an exception for us and allowed us to launch the boat without going on the list. The lake is very very small for power boating and has weeds throughout and the beach is more pebbles and gravel than sand.

Free WiFi is misleading - there is intermittent WiFi for one device per site, so be careful which device you put a password on. The password is only good for 7 days than you have to go and beg for another one.

Overall we tried to make the best of it however by Thursday (taking a road trip every day) we decided to continue on our way to something else. The website mentions desert quadding (couldn't find it); several golf courses (never seen 1) as well as other activities. Tried taking the bicycles out for a ride however the road is very busy with larger vehicles and no real shoulder - a bit scary.

We ran into lots of people that go every year and really enjoy it - our shock was it is nothing like the website, our stay did not accurately reflect the conversations that took place prior to arrival and we feel we were misled.

May be worth looking at in a few years when the website and the actual park are the same - but wouldn't recommend it now.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank Scresort
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

First, if you are planning on traveling and staying at Sonora Resort, please be advised that the pictures shown on their website are FALSE. The pictures and amenities shown on their website are a future rendering on what the management HOPES to obtain in the next few years. The current grounds are open and sparce with water and electric hook-ups. There's a general bathroom and shower facilities (similar to park facilities) that are located on the central grounds. If you are planning on bringing a boat you will have to park your boat trailer off the resort property and across the street, which is virtually impossible to do in the dark. There's a gravel boat launch near the managers office, and as I mentioned earlier there is no resemblance to the "rendering" of this RV park to it's actual condition.
My true complaint is with the attitude of the management there. We arrived on Saturday with the intent of staying for the week but left on Monday night because of a dispute with management. The issue was over something minor but it was the way the manager acted that compelled us to leave early. On Monday afternoon a group of us decided to go fishing on the Columbia. The total drive time was three hours but unfortunately we got caught in a forest fire that detoured us another 3 hours from getting back. Now, when we arrived it was well around 10:30p and we were exhausted.
We pulled in with the boat still attached and then pulled over to our spot in the corner to strategize whether to dock the boat or get flashlights and park it across the street. Now, one of our group members is diabetic so we planned to get a quick bite in first then move the boat. Before we could even get out of the truck the female manager came out and came across very hostile and arrogant.
When we told her we briefly needed to park and since the RV park was only 30% full we thought it would be no big deal. She said "that we couldn't park even briefly -no matter what." Also that "the rules are the rules and if we parked (even briefly) she was going to charge us another parking area." she was rude but it was the hostile and arrogant delivery in her tone that made us decide to leave right then. We had already paid a deposit and told management that we were leaving. We had a credit card on file to have our stay paid for. The real slap in the face was we were charged for stay, plus two extra days with a hotel tax! LOL. It was an absolute joke! When we called about the hotel tax to the local government. The assistant said " it's up to the resort whether to charge the tax or not" but since this RV park has classified itself as a "resort", they were able to sneak in the tax. I don't recommend this park because of poor management and false expectations.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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7  Thank LaurelMackay
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We were at Sonora Point about a month ago with another family. The kids loved the fishing, us moms loved the beach. On that particular weekend the manager had organized a potluck dinner with a live band, which we all enjoyed. I will agree that their website is misleading, the home page should show how the resort is set-up now- not how they plan on developing in the future.
BUT we will continue to go back any chance we get!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Pam T
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We stayed there twice this summer and loved it. It is a great quiet place (we slept very well), beautiful, with a warm lake, not very far from Oroville. The people on the campground were very nice and Andrea is a fantastic host. I will go back there again for sure with my two boys (9 and 11 y.o.) and will take the fishing lines!

Room Tip: The room was my tent trailer and the swimming was the lake!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Yves G
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

10 days holiday last year included alot of good fishing and water sports.
The wharf facilities and fish cleaning station were good.
A beautiful place to camp and meet new friends.
Will be returning this year.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank 168islandcamper
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We have been gathering with family and friends for years here and always have a great time. Our first night there was a live band! My son and his guests have made friends with kids from all over. We boat, ski, wake board, swim, cliff jump and jet ski. My son does some fishing. Our group has an annual softball game at the field a mile down the road. I feel safe allowing my son to enjoy himself with the friends he brings, the friends he meets and the friends he now sees yearly (including the owner's kids). The manager Andrea has been friendly, welcoming and commented on how well behaved the kids in our group are. Always nice to hear! She checks to make sure they are allowed to get ice cream at the store (we give them a 2 ice cream a day limit) and engages them in chores occasionally. The staff is friendly, the lake is divine and we use the swim area daily and often. We will be back next year for another delightful family experience!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank FitDavie
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Great spot to take the family. Very friendly staff that is always accommodating. Kids are kept busy with all the activities: waterskiing, wake boarding, fishing, horseback riding. Weather is always awesome and only 4 1/2 hours from Vancouver. One of the best camping vacations we've ever experienced and we highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Lorraine B
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Additional Information about Sonora Point RV Resort

Address: 761 Loomis Oroville Rd, Tonasket, WA 98855-9317
Location: United States > Washington > Tonasket
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Tonasket
Price Range: $32 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a waterfront RV campground situated on beautiful Spectacle Lake located near Tonasket, Washington. There are 34 full hookup sites, 16 partial hookup sites and ample space for tenting. We offer 2 fully equiped RV trailers for rentals and have washroom facilities that include showers, a kids clubhouse and are pet friendly. The lake is excellent for both fishing and all types of watersports and we allow campers to have their own fire pits with wood available. There is ample dock space with a boat launch and we offer free Wi-Fi. ... more   less 

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