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I've been going to Bass for years and it has always been my favorite river resort. The staff are like friends and family. There are exciting experiences and quiet ones as well, but always puts peace i... more »
This is a great campground. Facilities are clean, they have a pool open in summer, a general store stocked with anything you need (anything from shirts, to booze to an air mattress), friendly staff, b... more »
Campers pay per person, not per site Electric cost is per site -- so you can put a few tents on each electric site. The primitive sites are good; many next to the Courtois Creek. Not only can you camp... more »
This campground is very nice for tent camping (we don't own an RV or camper, so I can't speak to those). Their (men's) bathrooms are very clean, and very nice (can't speak for the women's, but judging by the men's, it was probably very clean). Everything in the restroom worked that I used and worked properly and looked in good repair. The hot shower water is a consistent temperature. You do have to pay for a hot shower, but I'm okay with that when the flow and temperature are sufficient and consistent and the price is reasonable. The campground does sit in a valley, so we were "dewed" on both mornings we were there. Anything not covered up overnight was damp in the morning even though it hadn't rained. We've tent camped a fair amount, and anticipated that happening. There can be a lot of implied caveats to tent camping, but by my standards, this is one of the nicest campsites with the most well-maintained amenities I've stayed at.
Nothing spectacular, but a good place to float. Volleyball courts were nice, main office facilities were well kept and it was really nice to have the bus pick you up at the campsite. The one bad thing was the porter potties were down right disgusting (they are at most campsites because of the excessive amount of drunks using them). I think if those toilets had light for night time use it could really help eliminate the mess in and around the bowl.
Too expensive, too crowded, and too many employees with menial jobs. (They have a guy outside to tell you to go inside, once inside, another guy to tell you to go to the counter) there is little to no shade in the rv spots. The staff didn't seem interested in telling my dad where to park his truck, or helping him unload his Kayak (after he paid them 30 dollar just to drive it back to the parking lot) I've been here many times and am unimpressed every time. (My sister insists on going here)
For starters, I called Bass River Resort only a couple of days ago to add on a kayak to my brother's float trip which we were suppose to go on tomorrow (7/21/16). I was never informed that the kayak was nonrefundable. Also, before calling Bass River to add on the kayak, my brother had just informed me that he had just added an extra night of camping on for my little family as he thought we would want to spend the night after tomorrow's float trip. I called Bass River Resort last week and spoke to a lady who told me I could remove the extra night upon arrival. We arrived today, Wednesday, July 20, and while playing in the Courtois, some people on a raft asked us if Bass River Resort was near. We informed them that they were basically there. They then began to tell us that the Courtois is so low that they had been forced to carry their raft for more than half the trip. Additionally, they added that they have been on over 80 float trips and this was by far the worst since there is a lack water for floating. So as not to rely solely on what one group of floaters were telling us, we decided to ask as many people who were finishing their ride as possible. Soon we were shocked. Every person we spoke to confirmed that the water is too low to float and as a result they spent most of the time walking or carrying their raft instead of being able to float. Even a bus driver for resort confirmed for us that we were in for a horrible experience. While the other members of my party decided to stick it out and attempt floating tomorrow morning, we decided to share what information we had gathered from all those unhappy floaters with a Bass River Resort rep. When we asked a Bass River Resort representative to remove the kayak from tomorrow's reservation we were told that it is nonrefundable and no rain checks unless it was raining. We were also charged for a second night of camping when in fact I was told just a couple of days ago that since multiple people were coming from my party we would be able to remove the second night when we arrived. What was suppose to be a wonderful two days of fun has turned into an overly expensive waste of time. Needless to say this resulted in a very expensive day trip as we packed up everything on same day of arrival (today, July 20th) and I have no intentions of ever returning. I will urge anyone wanting a fun float trip with actual water to float on to go to Meramec Caverns to float. I rented a raft at Meramec Caverns for $120.00 last year and had a blast. Oh, and they don't charge $30.00 per person for campers 13 years of age and older for primitive campsites without electricity or water. Needless to say I am not a happy camper.
A group of my friends came. We had two cabins. In the cabin I was in, the ac and the refrigerator didn't work. The pull out couch was broken, which they ended up blaming on us and making us pay for it. There were also bats in our cabin. They ended up taking back our deposit, and making us pay for damages we did not make. The staff is very rude. A couple of our girls were screamed at by the owner. Not only was it pretty pricey and dirty, but the staff is very rude and it was pretty obvious that they don't practice customer service. I have been told by other friends that have stayed there that they always say there are damages when there aren't. If you stay here, you should be aware you will end up getting charged for damages you didn't make.
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