VERY active lakeside recreational facility.
Clear Lake Recreation Area
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Yes the spaces are tight, but lots of room behind your rig to hang out plus tables and fire rings. Yes there are a lot of geese, it's nature, deal with it. Price is good for what you get, however, I wish they had laundry facilities available. The closest laundromat is in Cheney (6 miles). The guy parked next to me had so much stuff in his space that he could have lived there forever. Outdoor kitchen, tables and a trailer for all his stuff. Seriously, fully equipped kitchen, fridge, hot and cold water to sink, grill and stove top. Don't know how he got away with it, guess he's pretty high up the COC to disregard all the rules. Anyway, nice lake and not terribly crowded on the weekend. Bonus that Spokane Riverfront Park is not far.
24-29 Aug 2014
First the good: Checking in was very easy and staff is friendly and accommodating. Tuesday and Thursday, all recreation equipment is 1/2 off, a great value. Now for the not-so good: There is no parking “out of the way” when checking in. It would be nice to give you your site number when you make a reservation so one could just go to their assigned site, back in and then go into the office to do the paperwork. The sites are very tight so you had better like your neighbor. There was a lot of trash laying around and several sites with paper and even garbage all around their trailers. No one seems to care about enforcing the rules concerning keeping you site clean. We didn’t see anyone doing litter picking the whole time we were there. The kids driving around emptying the garbage cans drove very fast and seemed to be playing more than working. The 5 MPH is not enforced so a lot of dust is kicked up. Did not use the bathrooms but when I looked in and they were terrible. There is no way I would ever use those showers. At times, very poor, surging water pressure. I would stay here again but would try to get a site at the end of the row.
Nice Gravel and grass PARKING LOT, my site was 4 inches out of level from rear to front, there was 13 feet between my rv and the next one and my neighbor's sewer hookup was 10 feet from my door. Nice playground but goose poop was all over could not walk on the grass without stepping in it. Would not stay there again. Staff was nice and friendly.
A super place. We stayed at the end of the summer season and it wasn't crowded. Definitely a place to come back to. If you are traveling east/west across the top of the United States this place and the famcamp at Fairchild are both excellent stops.
WOW, what a great place. I couldn't believe how nice this place is. We got here the end of April and left in June. The staff is so friendly that I felt they were part of my family. The boat rental mainly taken care of by Jim, he was more the kind to answer all my questions even though they may have seemed a little on the dumb. RV sites were well mantained and the only problem I heard of was a late freeze the broke a couple if faucets. The staff was right there to assist in providing help in connecting the water to our RV. Clean and fresh all around. We will return to this place, its unbelievable. Thank you Clear Lake Resort, your my kind of people.
May 20 thru Aug 20 2012
Man what a place, we had such a great time. We got there in May and didn't leave until Mid August. I can't say enough about the Staff, Mike Johnson is the manager and he will do everything he can to make sure your stay is the greatest ever. Fishing is great and you can rent a boat to go out on the lake. The picnic area is well maintained and the grass is cut every week, thanks to Judy and Chris. Everyone is incredible, Travis, Judy, Jim, Chris, Jason, Megan ZJ, and of course MIKE JOHNSON. I tired to make my reservations for next year but they said I would have to wait. Can't wait. Thank you guys! Don, Peggy. Bella and Rube
August 14-16, 2012
I have to agree with parts of many of the existing reviews. We have found our brief, mid-week stay to be a good one. The sites ARE close together. I understand that this is a RECREATION area, and it is busy with folks playing and having an active time. The exterior maintenance of the buildings is very good. There is attention being paid to the playground and the lawns. The marina appears to be very well run, and the equipment is in good to excellent condition. The Marina staff were thorough and on the ball. The Cafe in the "Lodge" is just fine, although I am not sure how they manage if there is a very busy time. The burgers were good and the fries top notch. Office staff were friendly and knowledgeable. That is the good ... now for the bad. The women's bathroom and shower was awful. On a Thursday at about noon, it was littered, muddy and in poor condition. The handicapped shower equipment was broken and on the floor. One of the sink faucets was unable to be shut off. Dressing room curtains were torn, one toilet bowl sagging (but useable) ... just not at all what I expected, compared to the outdoor experience. We have been warned that on the weekends there are large groups who party loudly and long past quiet time. There is no camp host here, just a caretaker. Perhaps that is why some long-term campers have been allowed to accumulate lots of junk piled under and around their units. Most sites are not bad, but I had to empty a tote filled with water & dirty dishes that had apparently been sitting outside my neighbor's rig for most of the week. It was breeding mosquitoes!! I hate to sound like a crab, but I am not used to seeing this kind of behavior at any military facility, on or off base. This facility could be a gem ... but there are some things that need to be looked at with fresh eyes.
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Everything was First CLASS, we will be back.
June 15-22, 2012
Exceptionally well maintained and managed. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The fishing was good, trolling, with a variety species available. About 10 miles to Spokane and 6 miles or so to Cheney and Medical Lake, all worth the visit. The wind can come up occasionally. I would prefer the spaces be a bit farther apart but the distance was okay. Some sites appear to have a little more back to front downslope than others. I had to use an extra couple of blocks and I noticed a few others did as well. The Marina provides a variety of boats/watercraft and there is a good dock facility for campers with boats. They also have a large fishing pier with benches. I noticed that inexperienced folks had marginal success with fishing from the pier but folks with a little experience seemed to do quite well (trout). The snack bar provided some tasty lunches/snacks, corn dogs to burgers & fries etc..and a couple of breakfast items as well. A very enjoyable experience, I WILL be back, this one is on my A+ list.
August 19 2011
Our family with 2 younger kids visited Clear Lake and stayed in one of the cabins last week. We had an amazing time! The cabins were basic but clean and had great views of the lake. The staff was amazing and so helpful. You can't beat the price for the boat rentals and the lake was beautiful. We are looking forward to making this place a part of our family's summer vacation every year!
13 Aug 11
We stayed here for one night only, but we found a lot of activities to do. We called en route to make a reservation and the staff was very accommodating. Upon arrival, we saw a spot just across from the playground and requested that spot. The staff made this switch possible for us. The kids were able to play in the playground while we backed and set up the trailer. After set-up, I inquired on different activities within the facility. We rented a canoe, paddle boat, and swam in the lake with the kids. The playground is awesome, the facility is remarkable, and that the overall experience was awesome. We marked this on the GPS, so we can come back again.
7 June to Aug, 2011
This place is great. It has everything a family could use. The prices are great as well. I have been staying there for 5 weeks now and the Staff has been bending over backwards so I can stay there. I have not had to move my trailer yet. I had only planned on staying weekends. Jim and Judy are Awesome. Monday and Thursdays are half price days for their boats. The camp sites have everything I need. There is free Wi-fi in the lodge. The food at the snack bar is good. I have a place to park my boat. I do not know of to many places I can have boat morage and a campsite with full hookups for 100 a week.
June 9th - June 22nd 2011
This FAM CAMP was exceptional, There is no doubt the Camp Host and staff are top notch, they made you feel like their quest and treated you as such. I can't say anything negative about Clear Lake Resort. I had some difficulty when I first arrived (My own fault) and Judy (camp Host) made it her mission to try to do everything she could to help me. Just to make this issue clear to what happened, I ran into a car in the parking lot with my RV. What a wonderful host and staff. The fishing was great and I am planning to return in May of 2012 for a length stay. Thank you, Don and Peggy Homack
June 20, 2011 - June 27, 2011
Spent a week at the camp ground for a family reunion and stayed in a full hook up site. We had a large group of about 50 people ranging from 6 months to 60 plus years of age. On top of that we where spread out from the yurt to the tent sites up to the cabins and back to the cottages. The staff at the facility were absolutely wonderful. Judy, Mike, Brandon, Travis and all the other wonderful employees went out of the way to make sure anything we needed was given to us if possible. I have seen comments in reviews about the bathrooms. The bathrooms ARE clean. In the week that we used them I never encountered a bug while showering or using the toilet! When the toilet paper ran out, I simply went down to the office and advised them, and they immediately fixed the problem. They have a machine similar to a pressure washer that sterilizes the bathrooms when cleaning. Instead of being irritated at the staff for the mess in the bathroom look around at the patrons, they are the ones making the mess! Honey buckets are located around the property and again are as clean as the guests that are using them! It seems that Friday is cleaning day for them. The showers you do have to push for warm/hot water. I am sure it is much better than what our men and women are getting out in the field so we should be happy with it. Just keep pushing every few seconds and your water will stay on, not a big deal. Water boat rentals are inexpensive, and renting the BBQ for the week was also a great investment. This camp ground is amazing. If you do not like it, check out a State camp ground then you will learn to appreciate things a little more. Thank you to Fairchild AFB and the staff for making our vacation extra special. You will always be a special memory to our family reunion.
June 18- 26, 2011
We were a part of a family reunion of about 50 people for a full week. We found the facilities to be in excellent condition, more importantly the staff (Judy, Jim & Mike) made us feel very welcome by their sincere desire that we enjoy ourselves and went out of their way to be helpful in many ways. We would recommend this facility to everyone and especially because of the great people who clean, maintain and operate(host)it!!
August 6-9, 2010
Stayed there for a weekend. It was very busy, but a nice place. Users don't obey the quiet times. The bathrooms were a pig sty! I've never seen such filthy restrooms at a military campground. The showers are the push for water type which you have to keep pushing to get more water. The men's bathroom needed painting badly and had toilet paper pieces, trash etc scattered all over. The floors were very duty. We left mid-morning Monday and the bathrooms had been somewhat cleaned-at least the toilet paper picked up.
26 Jul-2 Aug 2010
Nice location, easy to find, really busy on weekends, sites a little to close, no laundry facility clean, employees really helpful especially Judy and Jim, I would go back for a longer stay.
July 26-29, 2010
We spent 3 midweek nights there (July 26-29)and really enjoyed it. My granddaughters enjoyed the very nice playground area and caught several small fish from the fishing pier. The staff were courteous and helpful. Our 5th wheel site overlooked the lake and the view was spectacular. It was a pleasant stay and I would recommend Clear Lake faculity to anyone camping in the area.
16-20 May 2010
My first visit to Clear Lake, plan on coming back. Great location, a fisherman's paradise. Close proximity to many great lakes to fish in Eastern Washington. Staff is friendly and courteous. Spaces are a little close, have stayed in tighter quarters though.
Apr thru Sept 2007 ,2008, 2009 & 2010
After reading through some of the comments left concerning visits to Clear Lake resort, I would like to set the record straight on a couple of key points that would otherwise keep people away from a GREAT experience. One of my favorite quotes is “You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all of the time.” Fairchild’s Clear Lake Resort IS a RECREATION AREA and a VERY BUSY one. If you are looking for someplace completely quite to hang out for a few days, then you need to either try the FamCamp on base or limit your stay at Clear Lake to Mon. through Thur. when it’s less active. This is a nice time for a little relaxed fishing and just sitting back watching a nice sunset. Weekends are EXTREMELY busy with filled dumpsters, noisy parties, water skiers, picnickers and people that ignore every rule despite every effort to enforce them. Although the sites are close, every site in the resort fills up starting Friday and the activity doesn’t let up until sometime late Sunday with not just locals, but a wide variety of people that travel a long way to spend time at Clear Lake. You bet, I work at Clear Lake Resort, am of the senior generation, and am very proud to be part of the Clear Lake staff and Fairchild AFB’s Outdoor Recreation program. The Clear Lake staff work very hard to insure you have an enjoyable stay and try to take care of things as the need arises, but we can’t always please everyone. Although Clear Lake Resort may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it has some of the BEST FISHING, FUN AND FOOD around. Don’t let a couple of unhappy camper reviews color your thoughts about stopping in at Clear Lake Resort for a few days.