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Summer is fast approaching and so is reservation season for campgrounds. Campsites at prime waterfront campgrounds go quickly. And for good reason; the beautiful views and fun-filled activities that some waterfront campgrounds offer is second to none, especially during the long days of summer.

But if you've never been before, how can you be sure that the campground you choose is actually on the water and offers those water activities like boating, kayaking, fishing and swimming that you've promised your children? To help we have compiled a list of some of the best waterfront campgrounds and RV parks that afford great views and plenty of recreational opportunities.


Alaskan Angler RV Resort and Afishunt Charters

The Alaskan Angler RV Resort and Afishunt Charters is the only Good Sam RV Park in the town of Ninilchik. Spanning an area of eight acres, the RV resort has 60 RV sites. 50 of the RV sites are full hookup sites while the other 10 are electric and water sites. If you are planning to stay quite a while here, the park has 50 extended stay RV sites. All of the sites here are equipped with wireless Internet access and satellite cable TV. In addition, there are also seven tent sites within the resort park for those that would like to go a little bit more rugged as well as a number of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom fully furnished cabins for those that would like a little bit more comfort during their stay.

With its ideal location at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, this waterfront RV resort offers some of the best fishing spots where RVers can enjoy catching giant halibut onboard one of their world-class ocean charters and salmon that fill the river that cuts through the park. RVers can also enjoy a leisurely walk on their beach or combing it for some prized razor clams. Fishing and clamming equipment can be rented out from facilities within the park as well as a boat and RV wash station, fish and clam cleaning tables, and a fish smoker to give you the opportunity to enjoy your catch while on vacation. At the end of your stay, the park's friendly staff will vacuum pack and freeze your catch in their walk-in freezer before shipping them back to you via FedEx.

Other amenities and services offered by the Alaskan Angler RV Resort and Afishunt Charters include clean and modern showers and restrooms, phone Internet access, picnic areas, a business center with copying and faxing services, an office lounge where RVers can acquire the necessary fishing licenses, purchase supplies, or simply mingle with other campers over a game of cards.

For more information visit: Alaskan Angler RV Resort and Afishunt Charters

Aerial view of Alaskan Angler RV Resort with the sea in the background


Chula Vista RV Resort and Marina
Chula Vista

Chula Vista RV Resort and Marina, located along the South Bay in San Diego, California. Established in 1983, this neat, quiet, and pet-friendly resort for RVers offers 237 full hookup spaces with 41 pull-thru sites and 44 extended stay sites. Each of the RV sites is surrounded by plants from all parts of the North American continent as well as in other parts of the world such as the Canary Islands, South Africa, the Mediterranean Belt, and India.

RVers staying at the Chula Vista RV Resort and Marina can enjoy a number of outdoor activities such as biking along one of their many biking trails, fishing, swimming in their beautiful outdoor pool or enjoying a picnic in their picnic area that comes complete with barbecue grills. Other amenities at the resort include a general store with a ladies boutique, laundry facilities, full restrooms and 2 full-service restaurants. There are modem connections in their large clubroom where you can use the Internet free of charge. Wireless Internet access is also available for an additional minimal fee.

For more information visit: Chula Vista RV Resort and Marina

Chula Vista RV Resort - view of the beach and Pacific


Emerald Beach RV Park

Hailed as one of the cleanest and friendliest RV parks in Northwest Florida, the Emerald Beach RV Park is located in Florida's Panhandle-halfway between Pensacola and Destin-making it perhaps the closest RV Park to the Gulf.

The park has a total of 76 full hookup RV sites, 37 of which are pull through and 40 are extended stay RV sites. Each of the sites come with 20/30/50 amps, a concrete pad and patio area, and a picnic table. The site provided for each RV is spacious enough for campers to set up their satellite dishes. Cable television and wireless Internet access are available in the site.

Its prime location provides RVers access to a 300 feet private beach where kids can enjoy playing in the sand or swimming in the pristine waters, or where the grown ups can go fishing, or just simply lounge around by the sand. The park has two kayaks that campers can rent for either half a day or for the entire day. The park also has a geocaching hunt that promises hours of fun for the entire family. There is also an equipped pavilion in the park that has a recreation hall and horseshoe pits.

This is a great RV park to consider if you are a pet lover and intend on bringing your furry friend along during your trip. The Emerald Beach RV Park welcomes practically all kinds of pets. There are two designated areas within the park where you can walk your pet, each equipped with doggie waste disposal cans.

Other amenities available at the park include a fitness center, clean air-conditioned restrooms and showers, laundry room facilities, and an outdoor swimming pool.

For more information visit: Emerald Beach RV Park

Beach at Emerald Beach RV Park

Alafia River State Park

Located just about 10 miles southeast of the city of Tampa, the Alafia River's State Park has 27 electric and water sites, 16 tent and RV sites and 11 horse sites. Each of the sites here are outfitted with their own picnic table and fire rig. Pets are welcomed in the park, but they should always be kept on a leash.

RVers and campers planning to visit this park will find so many things to do here. The park has a total of 17 miles of biking trails with their difficulty levels ranging from beginner to some of the most challenging bike trails in the entire state. The lakes within the state park are great fishing spots where you can catch bass, bluegrill and catfish. Other amenities offered by the park include hiking and nature trails, a playground for the children, showers and restroom facilities, a horseshoe pit, and a volleyball court area.

For more information visit: Alafia River State Park

Canoeing at Alafia River State Park


Kauai County Ha'ena Beach Park
Ha'ena, Kauai

Located literally at the end of the road going to Kauai's northern shore, Kauai County Ha'ena Beach Park is one of the most popular beaches on this Hawaiian Island. It's prime location near the Na'Pali Coast make this a favorite camping destination for those that love extreme water sport activities like surfing and body boarding.

The amenities here in this Hawaiian State Park are rather basic. These include onsite dumping stations, basic bathroom and outdoor cold shower facilities, and a large picnic area. But what it lacks in amenities, the park definitely makes up for the wide range of outdoor activities and attractions campers can see and do during their stay here at this state park. One highly recommended thing to do here is to take part in one of their guided tours into the nearby Waikanaloa Wet Cave, which is filled with spectacular natural sculptures hewn over the centuries and a large pool of water inside.

The Summer Tunnels are another place to visit at Ha'ena Beach Park. Since the waters at the beach can be quite rough for swimming, campers longing to go for a relaxing swim or spend some time snorkeling can do so here as the waters in this part of the state park are not that perilous.

For more information visit: Kauai County Ha'ena Beach Park

Ha'ena Beach, Hawaii


Salmon River RV Park

Salmon River RV Park is located in a small community in the state of Idaho known for its diverse wildlife, about 20 miles south along US milepost 93. The park is all year round, and it has a total of 20 RV campsites-18 full hookup sites and 2 electric and water only RV sites-many of which are pull-thru sites. The park also has a number of amenities that includes restrooms and showers, a dump station, a convenience store where you can get limited RV supplies, picnic area with BBQ grills, and laundry facilities.

The clear, fresh waters of the Salmon River make it perfect for RVers to go swimming and enjoy a host of other outdoor water activities like rafting, boating and fly-fishing. A two-mile hike from the RV park will take you to the US Forest Gold Bug Hot Springs where you can enjoy a relaxing dip in any one of their hot springs. There are also a number of guided tours offered along their many hiking trails where you can come up close and personal with a diverse array of mountain wildlife such as Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Deer and Bald Eagles. There are a number of hunting grounds within the park as well where you can hunt game provided that you have the proper license and permits.

For more information visit: Salmon River RV Park

Salmon River from Salmon River RV Park


Lake Mead RV Village
Boulder City

Lake Mead RV Village is a waterfront campground located within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Apart from being one of the most visited national parks in the country, this is also one of the first national recreation areas established, offering RVers and their families a startling contrast of desert and water.

The RV village has 85 full hookup 30/50amp RV sites, 34 of them are pull-thru sites and 30 are extended sites. Many of which come equipped with wireless Internet access and cable TV channels. Other amenities include propane available on-site for purchase, an outdoor recreation area complete with a Bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, BBQ and picnic areas, a convenience and gift store, and laundry facilities.

This is a pet-friendly RV site, making it ideal for animal loving RVers to take them along during the trip.

RVers staying here can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with family and friends. The thriving diversity of fish living in the waters of Lake Mead make this one of the best sports fishing spots in the country. There are facilities around the lake where you can rent out some equipment to go kayaking, canoeing, and water fishing. There are also a number of guided hikes and tours which you can take part of to explore the desert basins, canyons, mountains and plateaus that make up the national park.

For more information visit: Lake Mead RV Village

RV sites at Lake Mead


Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

The Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, more commonly known simply as Honeyman State Park, is located halfway up the Oregon coast, and is considered to be the largest campground in Oregon. It is home to two freshwater lakes: Cleawox and Woahink, and located just two miles from the ocean.

The park has 166 RV sites and 191 tent sites. There are 47 full hookup RV sites, 119 electric-and-water-only RV sites, 1 pull-thru RV site and 161 no hook up tent sites that can be rented out all year round. Each of these sites has their own paved parking space, picnic area and fire ring. Firewood can easily be purchased onsite at the park. Other amenities available at the park include a playground for the children, a convenience store, souvenir shop, boating and canoeing rental facilities, hiking trails, local guided tours, and restroom and shower room facilities.

Campers and RVers staying here will find a host of things to do while at the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park. The Cleawox Lake is perfect for swimming as well as a haven for those who wish to go boating or kayaking. There is also a fishing pier where campers and their families can leisurely fish to their delight whether using a fishing rod or just merely dangling a line down the pier. For those who are looking to go sports fishing, the Woahink Lake is a popular spot visited by anglers where the waters are thriving with largemouth bass and cutthroat trout.

For those looking for other activities apart from enjoying the water, buggy tours are offered to take you to the nearby Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, which consists of 47 miles of sandy dunes stretching between Florence to Coos Bay. There are also a number of onsite hiking and biking trails which go around the two freshwater lakes, providing you spectacular sceneries of the landscape to discover and enjoy.

For more information visit: Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

Canoeing at Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

Edgewater RV Resort and Marina
Sweet Home

Located right along the shore of the Foster Lake, Edgewater RV Resort and Marina is a relatively new RV waterfront resort and marina. It has a total of 49 full hookup RV sites that can accommodate RVs up to 85 feet in length and 15 feet in width. Each of these RV sites are outfitted with wireless Internet access, cable TV, BBQ grills, and a fire pit. Three of these RV sites also have a patio that offer spectacular views of the lake. Other amenities that are available in the park include a convenience store where guests can purchase firewood, fishing supplies and other camping supplies you may need, restroom and shower facilities, and laundry facilities.

RVers can find a whole lot of activities to do here such as water skiing, boating, biking, fishing, and swimming. The park also has a recreation area that has a horseshoe pit and courts for badminton, basketball, and volleyball.

For more information visit: Edgewater RV Resort and Marina

Lake view from Edgewater RV Resort


Columbia Riverfront RV Park

Columbia Riverfront RV Park is a 10-acre RVing site located right along the banks of the Columbia River. This well-maintained campground has been recognized as one of the Top 100 RV parks in the United States since 2008 and is just a few hundred feet away from Exit 22 along I-5, which cuts through Portland, Oregon.

RVers are treated with over 900 feet of sandy beach where they can take a quiet stroll. The river is full of Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon, making this an excellent fishing spot. Children can enjoy hours upon hours combing through the beach finding treasures, or swimming in the river or at the park's heated outdoor swimming pool.

In addition, the park also has a lawn area where families and friends can have a picnic or fly a kite. Other amenities available for RVers include an on-site convenient store, a fully equipped clubhouse, and a play area for the kids.

The park has 76 full service RV sites (65 sites with 20/30/50 amp hookup service and 11 with 20/30 amp service) that come complete with sewer connections, provisions for clean water, cable television, and wireless Internet. There are also 11 pull-thru RV sites up to 80 feet and 20 extended stay sites. The park also is equipped with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities.

For more information visit: Columbia Riverfront RV Park

Aerial view of RVs parked at Columbia River Front RV Park

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