Richmond Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation RV Camp

Richmond Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation RV Camp

 
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Richmond Elks
Richmond Elks

Location

Installation
Defense Logistics Agency Installation Support, Richmond, VA
GPS Coordinates
37.42548, -77.447043
Location Information
Defense Supply Center, Richmond

Directions

Directions
DIRECTIONS FROM DOWNTOWN RICHMOND: Take I-95 South to Richmond. Following I-95 South to Exit 67, Chippenham Parkway North (Rt150). Get out of the right hand lane, because it makes you exit onto J.D. Highway. After you go under the overpass, you will see the sign for DSCR. Travel approximately 1 mile to the Strathmore Road Exit. (DSCR/DDRV). Turn left at the stop sign. Stay to the right at the fork in the road and proceed to the back gate. For additional directions or assistance call 804-279-4888 (DSCR Dispatch). ---- DIRECTIONS FROM MIDLOTHIAN: Take Midlothian Turnpike East towards Richmond. Proceed to Chippenham Parkway South. Take the Strathmore Road Exit. (DSCR/DDRV). Take the first right, then the first left. Proceed to the back gate. For additional directions or assistance call 804-279-4888 (DSCR Dispatch). ---- DIRECTIONS FROM CHESTER: Take Jefferson Davis Highway North to Chippenham Parkway North. Take the First exit – Strathmore Road (DSCR/DDRV). Turn left at the stop sign. Stay to the right at the fork in the road and proceed to the back gate. For additional directions or assistance call 804-279-4888. ---- DIRECTION FROM I-64 WEST: Take I-64 to exit 200 (I-295 US/60/Washington/Rocky Mt, NC). Keep left of the road and follow the sign for (I-295 S). Take the exit for I-295 and merge onto I-295. Take exit 25 (VA 895 W toll Road). Continue onto Chippenham Parkway/VA 150N. Take the First exit – Strathmore Road (DSCR/DDRV). Turn left at the stop sign. Stay to the right at the fork in the road and proceed to the back gate. For additional directions or assistance call 804-279-4888. ---- The Overnight Camping Lot is just up the road from the North (Back) Gate. ---- All visitors must use the North gate, or the Strathmore Road Exit off Chippenham Parkway (Route 150). Police Officers will direct all visitors to the Visitor's Center where temporary identification cards will be issued. All visitors must present a valid driver license and vehicle registration card in order for a temporary identification card to be issued.

Contact Information

Phone Number
804-279-1094
Mailing Address
8000 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Richmond, VA 23297

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservist, Retired, 100% DAV, DoD Civilians
Season
Open year round.
Reservations
Reservations accepted by calling (804) 279-1094.
Internet Access
Strong Verizon and AT&T 4G. No WiFi in the RV Park.
Pet Information
Small pets allowed with usual leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
There is one paved black top road into the RV camp with a horseshoe type stone road with 6 sites branching off. There is a stay limit of 28 days. Outdoor grills are not allowed unless inspected and approved by the local Fire and Emergency Services staff.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Amenities
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Shoppete

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Site
6
W/20,30,50A
$35
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Firearms Policy
Firearms on not permitted on the installation.
Weather Information

FMWR RV Camp has six (6) fully operational sites which includes water, electricity, picnic tables and dump station.  The RV Camp is located minutes from Richmond International Raceway and downtown Richmond, VA.

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(Updated: December 06, 2016)
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2.9
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4.0
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5.0
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1.0
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1.0
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3.0

2-4 Dec 2016

Cost is $35!! Not $20. Really! There is no wifi. There is no on-site sewer but there is a dump station. IMHO, $35 is ridiculous given the lack of basic amenities. There are full hookup CG's in the Richmond area for $45. That's the negatives. A concern for us is that they take reservations but do not mark a site as reserved. If you come in after the office closed it is possible that rigs have come in without reservations and have taken all sites not knowing that some were reserved. With the office closed you have no recourse. Didn't see it happen but it easily could if the place gets more popular. Positives: It is convenient to 95. Folks are very nice both in the office and the gate. Fairly quiet even if there is a rail line nearby. Physical layout is as described by others. During our stay there were 2 other rigs.

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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
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3.0
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5.0
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5.0

September 17-19, 2016

The cost for this park is only $20 and not $35 as stated above. When you come into the back gate, go straight about 1/2 mile. You will see a huge anchor on the left and a fighter jet on the right. Slow down and the park is after the storage lot on the left. Spaces 1 and 2 are smaller back in spots. 3 and 4 are longer back ins. 5 and 6 are very long pull thru. We are 69' and fit nicely in #3. I would have rated it with straight 5's, but the absence of sewer is a issue for those of us that don't want to mess with dumping. There is a dump station conveniently located next to the park. We will defiantly stay here again if we are in the area. Office staff is helpful but not located near the park. Really nice walking/bike path that runs pass the park. 

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4.7
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0

May 2016

Overnight stay heading north.  Reservation process went well, with a call back.  Quiet campground, as others have said.  Lots of standing water after several days of rain, but sites are raised gravel.  Recommend, especially if you're looking for something convenient and inexpensive.

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4.0
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4.0

10 JAN 2016

Visited the campground for an overnight stop over. It had rained days prior to getting here, the ground was very soft and wet but the pads are raised on pea gravel, hard and level. Had 5 bars of 4G on AT&T network. Not much more to say that already been said, except it can get very cold at night in the winter here, 25 degrees overnight. Glad I was still winterized, no restroom facility in campground. 

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4.9
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0

Sept 2015

Great campground and ammenitites. Everything was in great shape and all the camp sites are upgraded to 50 amp. Grounds are mowed and well taken care of. We camped in the older section and loved it. Spaces have plenty of distance between neighbors except for the double sites. Whole campground has upgraded to a new wifi that is excellent. I can't believe I'd ever say that about military campground wifi but the Navy broke the code on it. They do it right at this campground. Love this place. The new office person (Angela) is excellent. She called the day we were to arrive just to make sure our plans had not changed. What a refreshing difference from most other campgrounds. She is great. They offer daily, weekly and monthly rates which is fantastic. We will stay here again.

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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
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3.0
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5.0
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5.0

Sept 17-27, 2015

This is a jewel. Very quiet, easy access, people all over the base are very nice. Called and made reservation. Got in, picked a spot then called to say we were here and what spot we had taken. Asked about getting small portable grill inspected and where to take it. Woman said just wait and I'll send someone over. FD Rep came over and said, there is no need to have it inspected. There is a misconception by MET to get things inspected. You can grill, use the fire pit, etc, no problem. $20's is not high, just paid $42 at VA state park with no available OTA (got out here), avg cell service, (full bars LTE here) not close to much (dntwn Richmond just minutes away). All for 1/2 the cost of a state park. Very quiet, did I mention that!?! Small convenience store, no diesel on base but easily obtained off base. Sorta strange dump setup but perfectly adequate. Definitely will stay here again.

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(Updated: June 15, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Location 
 
5.0
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5.0
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2.0
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4.0
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5.0

June 12 and 13, 2015

Stopped for two nights in a motorhome. Water and good 50 amps only. No other facilities, with two pull throughs and 4 back ins. It so convenient to I95 that it works great for us. There is a money drop box or you can call MWR during normal working hours. In past years we were the only ones here. This place must have been discovered. When we got here Friday there was one other rig here. By Sunday morning all 6 spots were filled with one rig arriving at 2300 last night.

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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0

April 2015

B.O. left this review using the Directory Software: We stay here because we have family in Richmond but have been lucky not to have stayed during inclement weather in the past. There was quite a bit of rain during our last stay, but there were also some obvious drainage problems. Only two of us were at the campground and the other camper had to move. Our site was probably the best one and you can see the electric pole sitting in a puddle of water!
The gate staff is professional and the registration is easy; but for just electric and water, $20 is high for a military campground with 6 sites and absolutely nothing else (well, there is a little shoppette and a few moose in an enclosure somewhere on site. :-)) When we had the wet weather issues we felt we needed to let others know, just to be fair.

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5.0

25-29 January 2015

We stayed for four nights while on our way to Florida from New Jersey. I echo the other reviews listed below. The site is very clean and well kept. There are no sewer hookup but the dump site is close and easily accessible. No cable or Wifi, but we picked up all the local broadcast in HD with our over the air antenna and the Verizon signal was five bars, so no concern there. The base is very quiet and the fact we were the only people at the park made it even more so. If you're looking for a nice, quiet out of the way place, I highly recommend it. When coming in the back gate we asked for directions to the park and were told it was located all the way down on the left, can't miss it. Not quite. If you are looking for it, there are no signs, but once you see the second RV storage lot on your left, you're there.

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4.1
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3.0
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2.0
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4.0
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5.0

22-25 July 2014

We stayed here while doing genealogy research at the Library of Virginia, only 8 miles away in downtown. The campground was nice and the layout provided easy access. There are 2 pull-thrus for the larger vehicles and the dump station was in close proximity with easy access. There is not much there in the way of amenities because of the mission of the base mostly civilians. A little shopette with a filling station and carwash. However, the campground was clean and well maintained. During our visit, we were visited by fireman and told too evacuate because of a tornado warning. They moved us, and our dogs, to a shelter. The police also came to make sure we evacuated. The next day, the Assistant Fire Chief stopped by to make sure we were okay and that his folks took care of us. I thought it great that the base had this plan in effect and that campers were not left out. Kudo's. I will stay there again when I'm in the area.

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Overall rating 
 
3.3
Location 
 
4.0
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5.0
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2.0
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3.0
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3.0

13-15 July 2014

We stayed here a a couple of days on a trip to the Northeast. Electric & water hookups with good underused little dump station. The campground was easy enough to find after coming through the gate but I thought I was going the wrong way when I started in, looked more like an alley than a road going into the gate. There are 6 sites 2 are pull through and the others are back in. The back in sites have the water & power posts near the front side of the site which could be a problem with short cords and water lines. No sewer, cable or WIFI and very little of anything on base. There is a small shoppete which also sells gas, NO DIESEL. The campground was very quiet, clean with only one other camper there during our stay. The site we were on was fairly level we used only one inch under the tires on one side to level up. Very little shade around the campground and none around the sites. Nice screened gazebo with lights inside and out. No using your own grill without getting it inspected by the fire dept., there are 3 firepit type grills there with fire extinguishers right next to them. They obviously take fires very serious. There is a paved bike/walk path that runs beside the road from the gate past the CG to the pond and picnic area. If you continue past the gas station/pond and picnic area toward the main gate there is a small canteen on the left and the area housing the Elk is on the right. I missed the Elk on the first bike ride to this area so the next time I walked the same route and saw the large enclosure with the Elk just past a nice workout trail. For $20 a night I expected a little more but the location was good for me. We will use this facility again when in the Richmond area.

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(Updated: November 14, 2015)
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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3.0
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3.0
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4.0

July 8-14, 2014

We stayed here a week in July 2014 while visiting family. E/W hookups with well-maintained dump station a few hundred yards away (behind a small brick building which sits between the two RV storage areas - turn at Elk Grove Rd. and you should see the itty bitty sign showing a trailer). Campground was easy to find. We paid by check so went to Travel Office to check in and pay (it is next to the Fitness Center). The staff stayed after 5 when we called and told them we were on site and on our way. (There was also a drop box for those overnighting who could not get to the office). Everyone we encountered was extremely courteous and friendly. Campground was quiet, clean. We did use our jacks and pads, but our site was not terribly off level. There was only one other camper there the entire week so appears it is underutilized. A couple of sites were pull through which we appreciated. No shaded RV spots, although two of the corner spots had some shade area for picnic table. Two fire rings were set in center of the campground for group use I guess. Very small Shoppette with gas (a little high we thought); we did use the car wash located behind. Plenty of fast foods outside of gate. Convenient to Richmond-Petersburg metro area, but read the directions very carefully! We turned right instead of left when coming from south and ended up having to back up rig and toad in a dead-end/apartment complex entrance. Not pretty. BTW: We never saw the aforementioned wildlife – elk or other. However, photos on the Web site show an open forested area that now appears to be fenced off. Te price of $20 did seem a little high given the lack of amenities, especially when compared to our next stop – a COE site with E/W alongside a beautiful lake with swimming, fishing, etc. for $12 a night with our America Beautiful Senior Pass. But Richmond is a big city area with high cost of living to match, so I suspect it is that "location, location, location" idea. Private campground further up I-95 with full hookups was in the $50-60 range, so this was still a bargain for us since we were primarily sleeping and eating breakfast at the site. Will definitely stay again.

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Overall rating 
 
4.9
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

20 - 21 May 2014

Our first visit to this location. Overall it was good. When coming on post in your RV follow the directions, they work. When approaching the gate, it splits for auto/commercial and truck. We used the commercial lane as it was not clear which gate an RV or bus should use. The security guard informed us that we should have used the other one, but it was better to use this one as it is wider. He checked our ID and directed us to the RV sites. They are only 1/2 mile from the gate, on the left. It is located just beyond the RV/boat storage areas. Our check-in consisted of calling the same number we made reservations at. Our check-out was the same. We pulled in, picked a site and made the call. No problems. There is a very small shoppette with snack items and alcohol. There is a gas station on base. There are fire pits and extinguishers on site for grilling. Your grill must be inspected before use, so don't plan on using it. No sewer hookups but a dump station is close by. The sites were deep gravel which is not level, so you will want to use some jack pads. There are no facilities, but we knew that. It makes a great place visit the Richmond area. They do have a gym, which we did not use. The base becomes a ghost town after duty hours.

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4.6
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0

21-25 May 2014

F.O. left this review using the Directory software: - Registration/payment for each night is at the Fitness Center which is on the left in the main building. You cannot take your trailer/RV to this location as there is no place to park or turn around. We dropped our trailer at the camp site and then registered. Great folks at the Rec Center. Camp ground is elec and water only. No bath/laundry facilities. All sites are crushed gravel vice cement pads. Dump site is between the two RV storage areas and easy to get too and use. Express Mart and gas station have limited hours so do not depend on these services on post. Easy access to Richmond, Chester, Petersburg and surrounding areas.

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07 July 2013

This is our second time here. I found out there is a small gas station on the installation and a shopette. Additionally there was an enclosure that had elk in it. The animals are well cared for and very beautiful. In the same area there's a nice park, picnic area and a playground for the kiddies. The camping area may be sparse, but the installation is well kept and seems to be a well kept secret. We will hopefully come here again!

Richmond Elks
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(Updated: October 08, 2012)
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3.9
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0

Oct 7, 2012

Doug Simpson's review in July pretty much is my assessment also. I gave the campground slightly higher marks because except for no sewer hookups, it's a perfect overnight stop if traveling on I95. It's close to the interstate and probably half the price of anything close. I'm worried we may lose it due to limited usage. There was no one here when Doug got here in July and no one here in October. Snow birds might want to check this out for an overnight stop on the way south.

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(Updated: July 31, 2012)
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2.9
Location 
 
4.0
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4.0
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1.0
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3.0

July 31, 2012

There isn’t much to recommend this campground. There are no amenities at the campground or on the base – no bathhouse, restrooms, or laundry, no commissary or exchange. There is no office or camp host at the campground. No sewer hookups at the sites and I had to call the MWR office to get the location of the dump station. It is located about 100 yards north of the campground near a small building between the two RV storage lots. $20 a day is too high for this campground, in my opinion, unless you consider Richmond a prime destination. I guess I shouldn’t complain because there are not too many good camping options in or near Richmond. I am paying $400 for two weeks at the nearby Pocahontas State Park. But I recently left Camp Carlson at Fort Knox and Scott AFB near St. Louis where I paid $15 a day. Both of these campgrounds are much nicer than this one. The campground is small and located 0.75 miles from the back gate on the left side, just after you pass the second RV storage area. The exact location is 37.42548, -77.447043 on Google Maps. When I arrived the grass had been freshly mowed and the campground presented an attractive appearance. There is a row of large oak trees at each end of the campground. The surrounding area is an industrial area, probably large warehouses – the entire base may be an industrial area for all I know. I did not unhook and explore. The campground has four easy back-in and two long pull-thru sites and each one is fairly level. Lot of space between sites. Roads and sites are gravel except for the entrance road at one end which is asphalt. I made a reservation by calling the number listed in the U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Parks website and spoke to Charles. He took my credit card info and cheerfully answered my questions. He is located in a warehouse somewhere but I didn’t bother to ask directions. You can also pay using a drop box at the campground. I guess the word hasn’t gotten out on this campground because it was empty when I arrived. It has only been open since April.

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