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“Beautiful setting, very relaxed ambience”
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River Lodge Resort
The Dalles, Oregon, United States
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18 reviews
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“Beautiful setting, very relaxed ambience”
Reviewed 25 November 2012

My wife and I spent nearly five months at the River Lodge Resort last winter, and we're looking for a way to do so again. We found the environment along the lower Colorado River enchanting. Especially during the winter, when it's possible to scramble into the desert in any direction and barely work up a sweat. The combination of habitats - cottonwood galleries, cactus patches, palm groves - is just astounding. And then there are the wild burros.

The resort is most definitely right in the middle of it all, and has a relatively gentle impact on the overall character of the area. I personally found the staff in the office to be more than helpful and very friendly. "Rules" are minimal, which is a good thing if you value freedom above heavy-handed orderliness. The resort also contains a very high proportion of repeat campers, which says something in itself. I saw groups of friends that had met up at River Lodge for years. The crowd is on the senior side, but very active, especially regarding golf. Importantly, I never encountered rowdy drunkos, but then maybe I have a more liberal definition of rowdy than many.

The rest-rooms and showers definitely are a liability. I can easily understand some people would be unlikely to take regular showers in some of the faciities provided. TV access is also problematic in some areas. After holiday weekends, the dumpsters are more than full. All of these things could stand improvement.

In general I loved the place because of the environment, the relaxed atmosphere, and the value received per dollar spent.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank Bruce W
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2012

I have been to this park many times and I can assure you there is a golf course. If fact last winter I enjoyed watching the USA vs CANADA golf tournament that the "snowbirds" hold annually. USA won, WOOHOO! :) As for power outages that's not the parks fault. When the power company needs to work on the high power lines they turn off the power for the safety of their workers. It's the entire area that's out of power, not just this park and they always put signs up around the park to let people know when they can expect the power to go out and hopefully when it will be back on. Again this is in the hands of the power company. They do the s, ame thing in the town I live in 2 hours west of the park. And as for bugs...SERIOUSLY?! You're camping...on the river. If you can't handle a few little bugs stick to "hotel camping". The views are breathtaking. The staff is friendly. And you're far enough from town for a little seclusion but close enough to go to a movie, out to eat, or do some shopping. :)

  • Stayed July 2012
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

They make it look good on their website, but the reality is this is a low-rent experience at a high-rent expense (there is no golf course).
This place has terrible customer service, and we've finally had enough! ...been going to Riverlodge Resort for years to enjoy the river and get away from the crowds, but after dealing with power outages, filth, bugs, substandard conditions in their cabins (when we rent for extra space), dingbats in the office, non-responsive telephones, and low-class clientelle that kept us up all night long, WE"RE DONE!

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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5 Thank Lora H
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Additional Information about River Lodge Resort

Property: River Lodge Resort
Address: 675 Parker Dam Rd, Parker Dam, CA 92267
Region: United States > California > California Desert > Parker Dam
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Parker Dam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 400
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
River Lodge Resort is a beautiful RV Resort and campground on the Colorado River near Parker, Arizona. We have 400 sites available, many are riverfront. Other amenities include a 9-hole golf course, two boat launch ramps, a protected marina, swimming lagoon, clubhouse, yoga studio and general store. Best location on the Parker Strip! ... more   less 
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River Lodge Resort Parker Dam, California

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