Great place to stay near Niagara Falls in Ice wine country. Excellent base camp to enjoy the falls area (20 min), Niagara-on-the-lake (30 min) and Toronto (60 min). Huge and I mean HUGE swimming pool (1 acre-zero entry to 13' deep) with large diving platform and water slides! Campground is a water park destination for many locals (can pay day rate to use the pool/picnic area-mostly separate from the campground). Roads are paved with speed bumps (they love their speed bumps at Bissell's-keeps the speed down to 15 KPH). Many sites have brick patio pad, but some pads need attention. Campground is mostly made up of seasonal campers, but owners are talking of expanding to offer pull-through sites.
This place use to be on our "best place to go and do nothing" (previous review september 2005). Fast forward one year and I have to wonder what the heck went wrong! It's not that the place changed, but the management has apparently decided that their previous rules no longer apply (quiet time is now never enforced, there were older campers and pop-ups). The bathrooms were trashed one day, the park was full of trash in the morning (after the teenagers got to run around all night doing whatever they wanted-driving gas powered golf carts at all hours of the night-kids screaming on the playground after 11PM). Many of the seasonal people and the staff complained that the manager has made some very bad decisions this year. We camp to relax and spend time together as a family-not to have to hear people being loud and partying loudly until 4AM!
A great facility! The whole grounds area (campground, casino, golf course, health club) were very well kept. ONE ISSUE: if you don't want to be really close to another camper, then don't book one of the pull-through sites (they a designed so you are not facing one another, but you are really, really close to the person behind you). Great food at the casino and shuttles runs all night long to bring you back to the campground (though the campground is only walking distance from the casino).
A great facility! Very clean and well kept. Staff was very pleasant and easy to understand (meaning, they weren't speaking broken english because they live in a eastern european country and just worked there for the summer-unlike the 'bear' campground in the area). We stayed in a pull-through site near the office/pool area and were very happy to see that they close the pool down early enough in the evening so you are able to enjoy a quiet evening campfire without hearing a lot of noise from that area. Also, they have security on site to make sure all is safe. We're already planning to return next year.
This is one of the best parks we have stayed at (have stayed here over 20 times) and probably the best Jellystone anywhere! They have concrete pads at most of the full hook-up sites (most of them are pull-thru) and PAVED ROADS throughout the park. Plus waterslides, a indoor pool, a outdoor pool (now they have added an expanded water-play area), putt-putt, nice playgrounds and BINGO all weekend long! They consistantly have a great staff of people and seem to always be around the park aware of what is going on. They put family-first in everything they do. Some have complained in previous reviews that they seem to have gotten too big, but I feel they have adapted well to their success and should be applauded for it!
WOW! This is about as good as it gets! I cannot say enough great things about River Ridge. My wife says "it is the best place to come and do nothing". It is the most relaxing place-excellent facilities, beautiful landscaped sites, concrete in all the right places (would you believe a concrete recessed fire pit at your site?), great playground for the kids, right on the river with a marina at your disposal, olympic-sized swimming pool, great place to star gaze, I could go on and on. One complaint though: they made the roads too narrow for proper turning while backing up and also did not angle the sites in relation to what direction you would be backing in (I call it 'backing in the blind'-some sites you are backing in on the passenger side of you truck instead of being able to use your drivers' mirror and watch your progress). It's frustrating, but minor in the overall experience. A Premier RV resort for sure!
After our first visit with a small Motorcoach I said that I would never return-600 campsites and one bathhouse, are you kidding me!? Now we have a 36' 5th wheel and believe or not, we went back (I mention how big our fiver is here for those who have stayed their before-it is a true test of your camper parking abilities like no other place, wouldn't you agree?). Why did we return? Location, location, location! Forgive them for their shortcomings (extremely cramped sites and horrible amenities)-full hook up is the only way to go here. It is the best place in the Mackinaw area-which is a beautiful area! During the 4th of July, you can sit on the Lake Huron shoreline and watch the fireworks going on at Mackinaw City, Mackinaw Island and St. Ignace in one sitting. Add the view of a lighted Mackinaw bridge into all of that and it is truly breathtaking. They probably won't ever improve their sites-they are not lacking customers because it is a great location and probably don't feel the need to change what they have.
I have seen the best...and it is called Poncho's Pond! We have stayed here several times and every visit is a true pleasure. The whole facility is excellent! Poncho, Nan and their staff make you feel welcome every time-they are a class act. They also plan some great activities for the family-you can see they take great pride in this and everything they do. I can't rave enough about this place-they are one of the few true premier RV resorts in Michigan! There are quite a few campground owners who could take some pointers from Poncho and Nan.
This was their first season. There were some issues: campground electrical issues due to hot weather and shore power not set properly-kept tripping breakers due to over amperage-lost power while away for a afternoon and lost most of food in refrigerator; fishing pond not very accessable because of alge growth along shoreline. Also, place has a design flaw-best sites (on the water) are "pull-in only" for motorhomes (which is great if you have one, but most people have trailers-everytime I drive by, you can see that those sites are mostly empty due to that fact). All that being said, the staff is first-rate! The pool is awesome! It is a beautiful park! We will stay again.
We camped with another family and took advantage of their "buddy sites" where we could face one another. What the ownership neglected to tell us when we booked the sites in early January (for 4th of July weekend) was that one of the 2 sites backed right up against to another camper right next to you (with slide-out open, it was so close that it was difficult to walk between the two campers). When I inquired to the ownership (which were nice enough people), she told me that they generally don't book those sites (would have been nice to know in advance, don't you think...). That left a bad enough taste in our mouths to put a damper on the experience. Besides, the facilities (small pool, small campground, lack of level ground in general) didn't help the cause. We will not stay there ever again.