This campground is warmer in Sept than the Oregon coast was in July. This one offers you unbeatable views. The campground is clean and well cared for. We will come back to stay here every time we are in this area. The host was the best one we have met at military campgrounds. The only ratings mark down was for the lack of porta potties within the campground proper to reduce the long walk to the shared bathroom with the picnic grounds next door. This is the first shower that I have seen that had more than enough hooks to hold all of the things that you take to the shower. The shower portion measured approximately 3' by 8' with handicap bars in the men's but not the women's side.
Loved this place despite the restrooms being located so far from the sites and having to walk through someone else's space to get there. The camp host was welcoming and helpful, and we had several spots to choose from when we pulled in. It was a million dollar view, large sites, birds, and bunny rabbits. The jogging/walking path was just what we needed for our daily walks and the view couldn't have been more spectacular. With commissary/exchange not too far, the resource center within walking distance for computer access, and dark and quiet for sleeping, it was great! Loved the totems and signs and the walks on the beach. Very welcoming and fun. Will definitely stay there again.
Ken was an "Excellent" host, and made our stay most comfortable and enjoyable. As good of a job as he does with the campground hosting part, if they would give him a few extra dollars to work with, i.e. fix up the bath house for one thing, it would surely improve the overall enjoyment of a beautiful spot and make him even more popular with his campers. Even though Ken has added homey touches inside and out to the bath house, it still leaves issues related to being to far away, and having to walk thru other campers sites, in addition to sharing it with picnic folks. I cannot say enough about the peaceful, serene setting with a most spectacular view. We will plan another trip there in the future, as its downfalls certainly don't outweigh the positives for this old retired camper!!!
Having arrived late in the evening on the once-a-day ferry from Vancouver Island to Whidbey Island, my first impression of this campground was from the host, Ken King. We were greeted at his door with a smile and a warm welcome. I knew then, that this would be a nice place to stay. We had no reservations, and the campground was full for this Labor Day weekend. He saw that we were tired from our long day, and told us to pull into the site next to his because, even though it was reserved for first thing the next morning, we could at least bunk down for the night. He said that in the morning we could move to a small overflow area (It holds only 3 or 4 SMALL campers, and fortunately ours is small). Next morning we awoke to find a note on our winshield saying he had received a cancellation last night, and that we could have site #11 for Saturday & Sunday, and that there would very likely be an opening in another site for Monday night. woo hoo! Ken is an outstanding host: courteous, friendly, understanding, and above all, helpful. The morning light revealed a million dollar location overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with the gentle sounds of the surf lapping on the shore. The view out the side of our RV was of the sea, and distant islands in the strait. The site we occupied was gravel surrounded by grass and was quite level. Most of the other sites appeared to be level too, although at a couple of them folks were using leveling blocks. The bath house is small, old and well worn, and could use a general facility upgrade from the MWR funds. Some fixture maintenance is also in order since, when I sat on the men's commode, it didn't appear to be bolted down, and moved around a lot. However, the host has taken what he has to work with and, instead of leaving us with just another tired old bath house, has added homey touches inside and out. The bath house location leaves much to be desired too, being some distance away, and shared with a public picnic area. From the CG, you're pretty much obligated to walk between someone's campsites to get to it, with no clearly marked path. The host's sculptures of flotsam and jetsam, flip-flops, rocks painted like ladybugs next to a "ladybug crossing" sign, and more, all add a bit of whimsey and humor and are further indications of a host who loves his work. I've seen many dump stations in my travels, and among them, this one stands alone. The host has planted a beautiful, well-tended flower garden immedately adjacent to both sides. The effect is to have a visually pleasing place in which to perform a generally unpleasant task. The large, well-stocked commissary and exchange are located a few miles away on the old seaplane base, next to the Oak Harbor Marina. There's also a small exchange on the main base, as well as a nice, modern galley in which retirees are welcomed. For our money, this place is a treasure and a pleasure. Side note: For Sprint users, we had decent cell phone and broadband card signals (with EVDO), as long as we were out in the open and not up in the piney woods at the top half of the campground. Side note 2: The host handed me an MWR business card with contact info on it, and on the back was the following: "If you enjoyed your stay, please take a few moments and do a review at: http://www.militarycampgrounds.us" So, Larry, your efforts are becoming the military RVing standard. Soon you'll replace the ICE standard (at least for RVers). Way to go!
Beautiful park! The long-term RVers are for the most part a thing of the past. I only saw one left. 20 RV hookup sites with wonderful ocean view for $8. per nite. RV Dump Station on site. Clean comfortable and quiet. The camp host is intent on making your stay pleasant, and taking care of the camp. He has made "Earth Totums" from flip flops found on the beach over a two year period, as well as several from fishing floats. Really quite interesting. NAS Whidby is only a couple of miles away with all the amenities you might expect.
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