Thursday, July 06, 2017

Jay Cook State Park - July 6-9

Jay Cook State Park                  
     July 6-9

21 electrical sites
50 miles of hiking trails
dump station in park

The first site on the left was the one we picked for this trip.  1e, which is 49 feet long.  Because of where it is your left side faces the woods.  The fire pit and table is mostly hidden.  This site also has a tent square space for each area.  Behind site 1e is a nice area to sit before the edge of the site, which is more woods.  Other than the main road which everyone walk, rides bikes, drives down and yells to family, it was a nice location.   

The dump station is down the main road to the very end.  This is were you can get clean water.  But after filling the tank you must exit the camp ground and go across the road and pass the ranger station to head back in the right direction to enter sites 1, 2 and 3.  

There are 50 miles of trails to hike, 8 miles of paved trails to bike, 13 miles of mountain bike trails and 6 miles for horse back riding.  We hiked part of the CCC trail and the Forbay trail along the Forbay Lake to see where the flood damaged the park back in 2015.  You could see where the dykes were repair by bring in lots of rock and a cement drainage area to control the spill over.  The Superior Hiking trail runs through the park.  We visited swinging bridge which was rebuilt four times in it's lifespan.  Pictures of the bridges can be found near the bridge.

The camp ground and range station is located on 210 which end at why 13 due to the flood in 2015.  They are still working the road when we were there.   

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sibley State Park - June 22-25

Sibley State Park 
June 22-25

53 Lakeview and 34 Oakridge electrical sites
18 miles of hiking trails
dump station in Lakeview campground

For this trip we stayed in site 17e which is down the main road entering in Lakeview campground.  
The dump station with the clean water is on the far right side of the park.  Which is also along the last loop of sites, a road with one line.  Our site was a little are to back into.  At one point we pointed going the wrong way just so we could back into the site.  

Lakeview Campground
The Lakeview campground is a huge mostly open campground.  You can see everything going on with your campers.  Like a huge long fifth wheel backing into a tree because no one cared to get out of the truck and guide it in.  Yes! we saw that.  

The Veteran's Conservation Corp VCC built a number of the builds in the park which are still being used to this day.  The VCC worked with the direction of the National Park Services from 1935 to 1938.  These building can be found in the Lakeview campground and the Cedar Hill Picnic Area.  
Water Tower and Campground Shelter
Campground Shower House
campground shelter
Water and Storage Building
Beach concessions
Cedar hill bathrooms
Cedar hill picnic shelter
fish cleaning house

We hiked a couple of trails in the park.  One was around the Oak Ridge Campground and Woodland Wildlife Interpretive Center.  The second day we hike the Oak ridge cut over to the Mt Tom Trail, which was unkept.  It got worst from the road to the trail.  So instead of traveling back it, we walked on the road back to the trail.    We also drive and hiked to the Mount Tom Tower to see the great views.   


The Oak Ridge Campground is much quieter and spread out in between sites.  Site 123e or 131e were nice sites.  Lakeview is the old way campground look, open with minimal trees vs the new style of campgrounds like Oak Ridge, trees opens to each site.

123e camp site



Friday, June 16, 2017

Lac Qui Parie State Park - June 16-19

Lac Qui Parie State Park                
June 16-19

37 Upper and 21 Lower - Electrical
7 miles of Hiking Trails

We stayed at the Lower Campground, 16e.  I WOULD NOT SUGGEST STAYING AT THIS LOCATION.  Look at the open field at the Upper campground.  The mosquitoes are so bad at the lower campground you will be kept hostage in your camper.  

Our camp site was 55 feet long with lot of room on both sides.
  Each site has a table and fire pit but I would not use them with that many very hungry mosquitoes.  

We visited the state park office to get a year pass and saw the exhibits.  A number of stuffed animals and capibliers in the process of becoming butterflies.  We also saw the Fort Renville site and Lac Qui Parle Mission with all of it's history.   

The upper camping is an old farm's field so there are only a couple of small trees.  The back loop overlook the Lac qui Parle Lake.  There are a couple of double spot if you are traveling with family or friends and have to campers.  There are a couple of sites with full hook up.  The best site we like was site U39e.
 We decided to dump at the Upper campground rather than get eaten up alive.  The upper campground dump station is much nicer.  The funny thing was the lower campers either didn't stay around or asked to be moved to the upper campground.  We never thought that was an option.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sylvan Lake Custer State Park

Sylvan Lake Custer State Park       
May 25-28

sites are small and not level.  This park is designed for smaller RVs.  
For $25 a night you can get a electrical site vs a non for $21 a night.  
From this location you are close to a number of places.
Needles Highway with tunnels 
Mount Rushmore
Crazy Horse
Hwy 87 -tunnels
Cathedral Spires Trail
Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
Sunday Gulch Trail
Harney Peak Trail
Little Devil's Tower Trail

One who chooses this park should remember there is one route in due to the tunnels in the mountains.  
Highway 89 starts just east of Custer City.

Each site has a fire pit with grate and a picnic table.

Sylvan Lake Resort is a little drive from the campground on Hwy 89.
The drive takes you up onto of the mountain where the Resort is located.

Sylvan Lake Resort
Sylvan's Camper Cabins are located just to the left of the resort,

Monday, May 22, 2017

Game Lodge Custer State Park

Game Lodge Custer State Park       

May 22-25

Best Campground for being so close to the Buffaloes. 
Two dump stations within a short distance.  One in the park and the other is just around the corner on the game loop.
via iPhone

Located on 16A, so you hear everyone driving on the road.

GL02E - but we were moved to group camp ground

Best Campground for being so close to the Buffaloes. 
Cattle Gate to keep Buffalo from licking your head as you sleep in your tent.

Due to re surfacing the roads inside the Game Campground we were moved to the Group Campground.
Game Lodge Campground has two bathroom facilities with shower rooms.
It also has a laundromat on site. 
$25 per night with electric and $21 per night without electric sites.
We were moved to the Calvin Coolidge Group Camping Area where it had 4 large camping site.  
These site were not paved but were gravel spots.  
Calvin Coolidge Group Camping Area
 Two spots as you enter the group camp
Two spots on the group camp loop.
via iPhone -this was our spot

Game Campground site are all smooth to quickly level your RV easier.  
Pull throw site
Lots of room from one row to the next for tents.  But sites are still close.
Small lake with fresh water stream and a small park within the Campground.
 Camper Cabins

28E is our favorite site because of the length of the site.
Location to restroom but not being too close to hearing the door open and close throughout the night.
This site is on the end so no campers are parked behind you or to the left side.
This site is 35' long with power.
27E is right next to this site is also a good site too.

32E is right across from this site and offers much of the same.  
Because of how the back is angled you are not pointed at your neighbors  RV.
This site is 50' long.