Not Coming Back
Having stayed in Lincoln City a few times over the years, we were looking forward to the experience of staying at Devil’s Lake RV. We were disappointed and do not intend to stay again.
The positives: Hosts were polite at time of booking and at check in, WIFI was adequate, water pressure very good, other utilities fine, the park kept clean, our parking spot was plenty long enough for most rigs and level enough, (though many were not very level).
When we had made our original reservations, the host put us next to the restrooms, and mentioned it was not an ideal spot and would do what they could to put us in a better spot. Months later when we arrived, we were still assigned that spot and asked to be moved. They assured us they were full up and did not have another spot. Interestingly, site 37, an immensely better spot was unoccupied and available the entire time we stayed. Our site by the restroom was lit all night due to string lights right outside our windows. We were not allowed to use the restroom or laundry as we were only staying 10 days. The site off our asphalt pad was so unleavel and tight, we could not enjoy sitting outside to watch TV, play a game, or have a cocktail.
During our stay, high winds (50 mph gusts, 25 mph sustained) and wildfires and smoke began having an impact on Lincoln City. We have been at parks that have kept us apprised of situations like this, but not here. Two of the parks we stayed at this season even used email to inform visitors about things as simple as missing dogs or misplaced items. The wind event blew down trees in the park and we lost power for two nights and a day, never hearing anything from the hosts. We didn’t even know we were under a fire evacuation order until a single police car was seen out our window and I went to see what was going on, and still did not hear from the hosts. We chose to evacuate on our own, but left so late, compared to local residents, traffic was backed up through town and we were forced to divert the opposite direction of travel, having to add 150 miles onto our original 111, of driving through smoke and on narrow roads to get to our next destination.
Add to all this, the park is being taken over by not just full time residents in RVs with attached decks, but also permanent mobile homes. A big part of our enjoyment of RVing is meeting new people, sharing travel experiences, and just interacting and meeting new friends. Parks that convert to full time residents like this one should advertise they are becoming mobile home parks, that way I would not take the time to stay.
One last note. In our travels under Covid 19, we have never once run across restrooms and landry's being closed to “non-park-residents or short term stayers”. We have seen restrooms closed entirely to all, but even then the laundry's were open. Then you park us next to the laundry/restrooms? Seriously?