I’ll be checking out parks in the Kansas City area with the purpose being to find one that we would want to stay at for extended periods to visit family. I’m thinking about finding at least two we would like just in case one is full. I’m not going to be repeating all the information you can already find on RV Park Review.com. I’ll be looking for big rig friendly sites with full hookups, good monthly or daily rates, pet friendly and the possibility to workcamp. My ratings will take this in consideration and will not necessarily mean some of the parks would not be preferred if others had different expectations or needs.
Watkins Mill State Park: (Excelsior Springs): It’s about five miles from our home in Excelsior Springs. Here is a link to my blog post. I read a review where someone was able to use a back-in site with a 40′ mobile home. I’d call to make sure they have an open spot. I found a dump station with water nearby but the sites are electric only. Sorry, forgot to check for WIFI and other services. . Because of no water hookups, it’s off our list for long-term stays. RV Park Review.com ratings are 4 star. (Update) I went back to the park on 4/28/15. The visit lead me to talk to a camp host. They live in a nearby town and spend 3 to 4 months volunteering at the park. They said Watkins Mill is one of the older state parks and there are only two lots that can handle a 38 or 40 foot rig. The spots are hard to get in. A spot can be rented for no longer than 14 days. Some people go back and forth between another local state park which is Wallace State Park. I Noticed the gates are locked from 10 pm to 8 am but campers have a code to get in and out. (Visited 1/27/15 and 4/28/15). Update on 4/12/16 met a couple who said they had no problem getting spot for 40′ off a paved area and friends got their 42′ toy hauler in. Met a camp host for diner and he road with me pointing out a couple spots for larger rigs. I’ll post about that later.
Lake Paradise Resort: (Lone Jack) I’ve done a lot of searching for parks in the Kansas City the last several months and never found this one until lately. This one looks promising. I wanted to add a link so I don’t forget about it. I’m already familiar with the area having lived in KC all my life. I know Powell Gardens is nearby and the safe city of Lees’ Summit is close for shopping. After we visit this park, and others, I’ll post more. RV Park Review.com ratings are 3 star. Update 4/11/16 a couple said the place was trashed but said it was early in the year and maybe they had not got it up and running all the way. Lots of year long campers. I saw an add earlier this year where they may have the place up for sale. I have not visited the park so can’t vouch for it yet.
Basswood Resort : (Platte City): This park is about 30 minutes north of downtown Kansas City. It has easy access to local towns for shopping such as Smithville or Platte City. Here is a link to my blog post. I don’t want to repeat much that I covered in the blog post after our visit. What comes to mind first is; Basswood is very big rig friendly, a little pricey, have fairly good amenities and a chance to workcamp. This is a large, spread out park tucked away in a country setting. I did not test the WIFI but reviews are that it’s not good unless you are by the office. I was receiving 3G service on my Verizon account. RV Park Review.com ratings are 4 star. Rates are $469 to $669 a month. (Visited 4/26/15)
Crow’s Creek, Camp Branch and Smith’s Fork Campground – (Smithville): Located within 45 minutes drive from about every attraction in the Kansas City Metro area. You can stay for 30 days at each park then move to another and back again. Water, electric but no sewer although there are dump stations. Here is a link to my blog post. This is a county run park, is well maintained and patrolled but rangers. RV Park Review.com ratings are 4 star. Other than not having full hookups I prefer it when compared to Basswood Resort. Appears rates are $26 a day or $150 a week. (Visited 5/13/15) Wonderful news, a Park Ranger came by the office and said they pay workcampers $10 and hour and provide full hookups.
Fleming Park/Blue Springs Campground – (Blue Springs): This is a park high on the list for a visit. RV Park reviews ratings are among the highest in the state. This park should have better access to downtown Kansas City because it is located near Interstate 70 which is also near the KC Royals and Chiefs Stadium. This is a Jackson County Park and has full hookups. RV Park Review.com rating is 4 star.
Longview Lake Campground – (Lees’ Summit/Grandview). Toured it 7/12/16 when we met some part timers for lunch. They had no problem finding a spot for their 36′ fifth wheel and there were plenty of larger rigs in the park. Depending on which way you enter, you might want to check google maps so you don’t get lost and have to turn down a tight road. The campsite is in an area away from the beaches and such so is fairly private. Could not see the lake from the spot. Nearby Lee’s Summit has plenty of restaurants. If staying on the south side of Kansas City, this would be a great location. They do have some full hookups. My phone would not connect to any WIFI and I don’t see that they advertise having it. No problem with local TV channels over the air and the folks we visited with had no issues with satellite. I know our Verizon and AT&T phones were fine. I noticed they hire workcampers and pay $400 for every seven day rotation, whatever that means. This is the largest of the Jackson County parks which have park rangers that patrol. RV Park review is 4 star.
Trailside RV Park – (Grain Valley). Toured it in 2016. Off our list for monthly stays. We meet some full-timers camped there. Poor WIFI or space to put out your awning. Should have good cell service. We did on Verizon and AT&T. Near interstate 70 but the highway noise was not that bad. It would be a good place to stay if you needed work done on a rig as there are several dealerships in the area to include Camping World. Rated as average by RV Park reviews. And expensive for what you get at $36 a night. They do have weekly and months rates that are discounted. There were pull-through sites and big rigs parked in them. Lots of dining and shopping in nearby Independence and Blue Springs Missouri. Close to the major league parks and maybe 30 minutes to downtown Kansas City in moderate traffic. If I was traveling east on I70 from there I’d check out the parks in Higginsville Missouri. Someday I might and report back on them. I believe Trailside is open all year long. Karen said the bathroom was very clean.
Wallace State Park – (Cameron) Toured April 2017. Really like this park. Has three wilderness trails and a small fishing lake. It’s about 45 minutes north of downtown Kansas City and 30 minutes from St. Joseph MO which is the home of the Pony Express and death place of Jesse James. St. Joseph has a lot of museums and is worth a weekend visit. The campground is outside Cameron Missouri which is a smaller town but has a Walmart and restaurants. If you are driving across MO 36 Highway towards I-35 I would use this campground. RV Parks Review ratings are four plus. Some full time RV friends split time between here and Smithville Lake when staying in town for extended stays. There are two loops for RV’s. We drove them all and saw big rigs. Maybe spots for a dozen 40 plus footers. They have pull-troughs. The lake was not suitable for much boating as it is rather small. Plenty of nice spots for family get together under shelter. The have level sites. The tent camping area is the best I have ever seen in a campground with pre-leveled tent sites, covered picnic tables, BBQ grills and fire rings. Bathrooms were clean.
Great Escape RV Park – (Higginsville) (Off the list – to far from family)
Kansas City East / Oak Grove KOA – (Oak Grove) (Off the list – to far from family)
Worlds of Fun Village – (Kansas City) Visited in 2016. Right next to the large amusement and water park. Great place if you have grandkids flying in to meet you. Easy access to Kansas City. Very big rig friendly. RV Park Reviews are 4 plus star. At $41 a night it’s out of our budget for extended stays. I’d think there would be some highway noise from nearby I-435 when the trucks are running. Very well maintained with full time professional security.
Millers Kampark – (Liberty) Visited in 2016. Is a run down place and access from the main road to the park is a sharp turn and down hill. You would have to be very careful for traffic when pulling out. This is a small park in the heart of a great town of Liberty. It’s shoved between industrial buildings but is close to an RV dealership. I would not stay here if I had another choice. Two star reviews at RV Park Reviews. I looked at all the online photos and they do not show how run down it looks. I think it has a lot to do with poorly maintained RVs they allow to stay there.
Parks I’ve not Visited Yet
Down Under Camp Resort – (Turney)
The Campus RV Park – (Independence)
Walnut Grove RV Park – (Merriam, Kansas)
Cottonwood RV Park & Camping – (Bonnor Springs, Kansas)
Peculiar Park Place RV Park – (Peculiar)
Lakeview Terace Mobile Home Park (Kansas City) A guy that lives there says they have seven spots for RV’s where people come and go all the time.