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Old 07-06-2018, 04:59 AM   #1
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And I think state park camping is expensive

Not sure this is camping; certainly not my style.
It was opening weekend for glamping on Governors Island, and things were a bit rocky. First, there were the rocks. Thanks to weeks of alternating torrential rain and baking sun, the grass hadn’t come in, creating a lunar landscape around the tents. Then the liquor license hadn’t come through, leaving the beautiful new wooden bar high and dry. Finally, there was the throbbing bass of house music coming from the raucous Pinknic rosť festival on an adjacent plot of land.

But once the music stopped at 9:30 and the blazing sun dipped behind the Jersey City skyline, the magic began.

Thousands of lights in Lower Manhattan twinkled like constellations, and the glowing green Statue of Liberty waved goodbye as hordes of wine-buzzed, pastel-clad revelers raced for the last ferry home.

The glampers were alone. Joining the Willmotts at Collective Retreats on the island’s south end were scores of other campers in 37 tents ranging in price from $220 to $650 ($75 tents are available on Tuesday nights, and some tents go for as much as $850, depending on demand). Some were roasting marshmallows in the fire pit, some eating $120 prix fix meals in the permanent Three Peaks lodge; others played beanbag toss.
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:03 AM   #2
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I think I’ll go with the rates and conditions in my home state of Iowa where there is some
State park camping as high as I think $21 but most is 16 to 20 dollars and the tenting sites are under $12. They do have some cabins and yurts but I’ve not priced them as I’m not in the need with the Escape. Music
is a group called The frogs and the crickets,
Bright lights are the stars at night. And if you listen real close, you can hear the corn grow.
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Old 07-06-2018, 07:15 AM   #3
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I think Iíll go with the rates and conditions in my home state of Iowa where there is some
State park camping as high as I think $21 but most is 16 to 20 dollars and the tenting sites are under $12. They do have some cabins and yurts but Iíve not priced them as Iím not in the need with the Escape. Music
is a group called The frogs and the crickets,
Bright lights are the stars at night. And if you listen real close, you can hear the corn grow.
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Iowa has great State Parks and they are reasonably priced .
We used to camp in Wisconsin State Parks but the cost is more than we are willing to spend and the lax rules on alcohol ruin the camping atmosphere for us
We are heading to Iowa in 3 weeks for a 5 day camping trip with our grandkids
I highly recommend Iowa for your next trip / vacation .

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Different strokes...

Last time I was in that area I stayed in a NJ state park, drove to a national park on the Jersey shore, parked the car, and took a ferry to see the NYC sights, including a ride to the top of the World Trade Center.

Don't remember what the tent site cost, but I'm guessing under $20/night in 1986. First year teachers have to be frugal on their summer vacations!
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:06 AM   #5
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Governor's Island is a nice place and the ferry to get there on the weekends is free. You can walk around or bring your own bicycle. There is the NYC sold to tourists ($850 glamping, $1000 theater tickets, and $2000 restaurant meals), and then there's the city for the rest of us. Lot's of fantastic free stuff. We're not very car friendly tho. Like the other poster said, leave the RV some distance away, take a bus in, and have a blast.

Here's a free view from the free ferry.
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:16 AM   #6
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State parks here in Oregon are expensive. I think about $35. But for the electricity, water, glorious scenery and spacious campsites at most locations, it is worth every penny.
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To Iowa Dave

I am from Northeast Iowa and my favorite spot is Yellow River State Forest. I have a 1972 Hunter II.Yellow River is primitive but beautiful quiet and peaceful. Last winter I took my camper to Quartzside Arizona for 3 months. Loved it. I travel with my 13 year old Britney Spaniel Allie.
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State parks here in Oregon are expensive. I think about $35. But for the electricity, water, glorious scenery and spacious campsites at most locations, it is worth every penny.
Is there a day fee for the parks on top of the camping fee? When we were in Oregon a few years ago our National Parks Pass was accepted at state parks. Is that still happening?
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I've never seen a state or county campground where the camping fees didn't also grant you day use.
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I've never seen a state or county campground where the camping fees didn't also grant you day use.
You've not been to Texas then!
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I've never seen a state or county campground where the camping fees didn't also grant you day use.
Wisconsin and Michigan require you to buy a park sticker in addition to the camping fee
Camping in Wisconsin requires you to pay a $27 to $31 camping fee ( electric only - no water - no sewer ) plus buy a park sticker plus a reservation fee if you make a reservation
The last time we reserved a campsite for 3 days in a Wisconsin State Park
we paid a $93 camping fee -$35 for a park sticker and a $10 reservation fee
If you want to bring a bike and ride on the bike trails Wisconsin charges an additional fee
We can camp at an Iowa State for $19 which includes electric and water plus you donít need a park sticker
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You've not been to Texas then!
well, I have camped in Texas just once, last December we drove to north-of-Dallas, bought the Escape, ate BBQ (Old House BBQ in Lewisville), spent the night at a campground by a lake (Lake Park Campground, in Lewisville), and drove out the next morning. I guess that was a city campground.
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well, I have camped in Texas just once, last December we drove to north-of-Dallas, bought the Escape, ate BBQ (Old House BBQ in Lewisville), spent the night at a campground by a lake (Lake Park Campground, in Lewisville), and drove out the next morning. I guess that was a city campground.
Yep. Texas STATE parks charge camping and entry fees.
Old House BBQ is great - had many a lunch there.
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I am from Northeast Iowa and my favorite spot is Yellow River State Forest. I have a 1972 Hunter II.Yellow River is primitive but beautiful quiet and peaceful. Last winter I took my camper to Quartzside Arizona for 3 months. Loved it. I travel with my 13 year old Britney Spaniel Allie.
Oregon sites may be a little pricey, but Oregon doesn't nickel-and-dime you. What they have, you get-- all they have for that one price. Free showers, sometimes a free dishwashing station...day use...whatever. It's yours included. Beachfront sites if you can snag them (we did). Same price. I was able to walk easily right down onto the beach...it was great. Beachside State Park, mid-Oregon coast. I reserved that site only a few weeks before we left, too.

NO, Oregon State Parks and State Recreation Areas don't charge you more for day use if you're camping there! They don't charge for trash, or showers, or various programs, either. And we got in on campers appreciation day (free camping for all on that one day) and they handed out (delicious) free cake after going around the whole park and inviting every camper individually.

Looks like Idaho State Parks add cost to every amenity...and you can have a free site if you are a legal Idaho resident who is also a 100% disabled veteran. I can't say we won't camp in Idaho, but we'll know ahead of time we're not getting any deals. (Not at this point, anyway.)

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