22/05/2017 Ken

Blackwell Island RV Resort – Coeur d’Alene, WA – Review

Normally I don’t get into doing reviews on places we stay, but I think now is the time to start doing so as some of the experiences have been bad, ok, great and awesome.  This way, as humble as our opinion on a specific location or thing we did is, you can take with a grain of salt as to how much weight our word has.

Today, I am going to review an RV camp site

We found it on our journey through Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  We or at least I, have been to a whole lot of campsites in the past ranging from out in the middle of nowhere with zero immensities to keep you going, (which sometimes is exactly what I want) to all out “SPA” style campgrounds.  This particular campground is somewhere in between but has a really nice look and feel to it.

How to get there:  Well that depends on which way you are coming from, but for us we came from the west coast and came through Seattle and then cut over from Lynnwood to start to head East.  We continued until I was a bit on the tired side to continue, so I decided to make a little truck stop just west of Vantage, WA our home for the night.  Most truck stops are very noisy at best, so be aware that if you follow our footsteps, you may not get the best rest you’ve had.  I’m a light sleeper so noise usually drives me crazy but when I have been driving for several hours and get to the point where I decide to call it a night, I can pretty much sleep through anything…..exhaustion I think is what you would call it.
Next morning with about 5 hours sleep, we’er up and at it ready to go again.  After taking a few pictures of an amazing start to the day, we get on the road heading East once again.
The drive through some of the areas where we were traveling is absolutely beautiful and highly suggest if you have a chance to go this way.  You cover land over rivers, through farming lands full of potatoes and whatever else the farm’s had going, into treed forests that start to make you feel like you are in the mountains again.  When we hit Spokane, it was a refreshing kick-start to my memory banks as I hadn’t been there for several years and I was trying to recall anything that I could about where we were.  I was left somewhat blank as the way we came in this time from the West is an unusual one for me, normally coming in from the North.  At any rate, some buildings and streets started to look familiar as we were driving though different areas, until we came to one area that I really recognized that has a store we frequented as a child call The White Elephant which has many outdoor type products in it.  I had to stop and take a picture for old times sake.
Moving along out of Spokane, it is an hour or so drive to the East to get to Coeur d’Alene.  Getting to the campsite once you start to enter the city limits is super easy as you are taking a right off of Highway 95 onto Marina Drive and then following it around until you see “Blackwell Island RV Resort” sign out on the road.  Make a quick left and follow a cute little white picket fence until you get there, which is about a 2 minute drive.

What do you get when you get there?
Parked directly beside the Spokane river, there is a huge campsite in front of your eyes waiting to be explored.  The site has 166 spots in it ranging from river-side to far away from it.  There is hiking, biking, river cruises, golf course, gold mines, parasailing, street fairs and more just in this one location, or at least very close to it.

The actual sites have a very level spot to place your RIG on and keep you dry as they are covered in small gravel.  This can be both good and bad as the little gravel pieces are always following you inside, but simple remedy, bring an outdoor carpet to put at the entry of your rig.

The main entrance office boasts a very clean and well laid out design so you can check-in quite easy, as well as amenities to purchase basic camping items in the little store.  There is also washrooms and showers in this building that are both free to use, which this time for us is perfect as we are in the camper which has no shower.
Our site on this trip is very close to the river and is SUPER quiet.  A big change from the night before on the truck-stop.  With a beautiful layout to the campgrounds in general, I think that you will enjoy the site that you are in regardless.  Oh and by the way, for those of you that are tethered to the internet like us, there is FREE wifi and the signal strength is great.  Actually, I was very impressed by the overall speed and reliability of the wifi there so don’t hesitate to connect and feel that you will drop in the middle of something important.

Overall the rating for this great campground I would give a 6 or 7/10 only because the sites are pretty close and not as private as they could be.

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