cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
the park's setting and site layout, function and identification of signage, overall exterior building maintenance, noise, trash disposal, litter and debris around the grounds and sites, and appearance of grounds, sites and entrance area.
We have stayed at Goose Island several times over the years in our motorhome. The staff have always been friendly and have helped us get good parking sites based on our motorhome requirements. To be fair, this is a camp grounds right on the Mississippi river and subject to flooding of the lower spaces, but the park has always been able to accommodate us and many other larger RV's. This is not a resort destination but an really nice park with lots of trees and shade/ All our utilities have always worked properly and the two dump stations are very easy to access.
We never have used the restrooms or showers so I cannot comment on them, but seeing the many small campers in the park, I am sure many use the available restrooms and showers without any complaints, as I only see one review on this park.
We have two dogs and have never seen any dogs in the park that are not on leashes. Our Lab goes crazy over the many chipmunks, but other wise it's a great place to have pets. Lots of open spaces for walking dogs of all sizes.
This is a great park and very close to the La Crosse south side with it's may shopping and restaurant options. And the bluffs are just a wonderful place to see the Mississippi River Valley. Try Grands Bluff overlook if you can.
The park is about 2 miles from the main highway along a narrow, winding, two lane paved road. Trees encroached on the road and vehicles were parked on the actual roadway narrowing the width of the road to a hazardous condition. The main highway out of La Crosse is not in good condition. But a few miles from the turn off to the park, the road was recently resurfaced.
The interior roads are paved but the design creates a challenge and potentially a hazard to larger MHs. The roads are narrow (some 1way) and some of the turns are tight.
The site parking pads are either grass or asphalt. A large majority of the grass parking pads have significant challenges to leveling an RV. Some of the sites have steep slopes. Some of the parking pads near the river were subject to flooding. The sites are the largest that we have encountered in our travels of the lower 48 states. Privacy is established by distance. The water & electric connections were some distance from the parking pads requiring long runs of cord/hose. They had an outside table and moveable fire ring. Part of the park is covered with trees and another portion is open to the sky allowing for satellite reception. There seem to be a lot of long term residents called “Seasonal Campers”. Those sites impacted the visual appeal of the park. Only WiFi reception was at the camp store. It was a long distance from the paved parking pad sites to the store. Dumpsters located throughout the park. The dump stations were located towards the rear of the park. One of them was along the main road in a congested area creating a traffic obstruction.
Although the county has a leash law, many dogs were allowed off leash and there was no enforcement of the law. There was no designated, fenced dog area but there was sufficient area to exercise along the park roads and in the adjacent day use area but dogs off leash posed a potential hazard. There were no bag dispensers around the park to pick up waste but there were trash receptacles around the park to dispose of waste.
For being in a hazardous/severe weather area, there was no underground storm shelter. None of the structures in the park were identified as a severe weather shelter. This was strange considering it seemed that at least once a week there were severe weather warnings issued including strong winds and several tornados touched down in the area. Some campers sought shelter in the restroom buildings but the buildings had wooden framed roofs.
We didn’t use the restrooms/showers/laundry room.
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Also rated are physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
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