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#21 Andy Douglass

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Posted 23 June 2019 - 03:38 AM

To be clear about Wench Creek, I should include the following:

 

When we got into the area, I called the district office to check on which campgrounds were open. A lot of their campgrounds in the area were closed, some for late snow (Loon Lake) and most for improvements.

 

On our 2nd day we decided to take a spin around Union Valley/Icehouse to look for fishing spots. We checked out the campgrounds on the peninsula and it was obvious that those facilities were in much better shape. It was crowded there, but it looked like most/all of the bathrooms were new and it was very clean, neat, but a little crowded for our tastes. One of my other complaints about Wench Creek was that all of the hose bibs had signs posted not to hook up hoses. I get it, they don't want some goon in a 5th wheel hooking up a hose and accidentally backflowing questionable water into the system, but it was kind of annoying that there was nowhere to fill our 20g tank at a $28 campsite. At the peninsula campgrounds, the potable water fill at the RV dump station was free, so that problem was alleviated.

 

Our host at Wench Creek did mention that there was a new concession managing the campgrounds. He told me that the previous concession actually charged extra for dogs, which I thought was interesting. The other unusual thing about the ancient pit toilets at Wench Creek was the sign taped to each door: "Please close the lid and leave the door open. It helps keep odors down and reduce flies." I have never seen a campground pit toilet that tells you to leave the door open. It didn't make sense until I noticed that all of the toilet doors are rodent-chewed along the bottom, so I think flies go in and get trapped. 

 

Aside from the negatives, Wench Creek was still enjoyable. If the toilets were pristine, I bet there wouldn't be toilet paper laying around. With new toilets, it would not be as big of a deal that it is expensive. Given that it seems like they are doing major improvements to all the other  CGs in the area, I am hoping that Wench Creek is just last on the list since it is fairly big.


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#22 craig333

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Posted 23 June 2019 - 09:46 PM

Royal Elk runs the concessions at Antelope Lake and they were very good at servicing the restrooms there. Twice a day. I'm guessing these weren't the standard concrete handicapped accessible that are most common now days?


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#23 Andy Douglass

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Posted 24 June 2019 - 12:47 AM

Royal Elk runs the concessions at Antelope Lake and they were very good at servicing the restrooms there. Twice a day. I'm guessing these weren't the standard concrete handicapped accessible that are most common now days?

 

The improved campgrounds had new, standard pit toilets. The ones at Wench Creek are probably 20-30 years old, wood construction.


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