Very close to the Air Force museum.
Wright-Patterson AFB Bass Lake FamCamp
Type of site
Jul 7-14 2015
More of a long term trailer park than vacation campground. Several permanent residents were very territorial an made us feel as though we were encroaching on their property. Nice facility and fellow travelers were friendly.
Sep 8-15 2015
First visit to this Famcamp and it was enjoyable. The park was well kept and clean. Didn't experience any of the "host" problems others have spoken of. There was a gentleman, Nick, that meet us as we arrived and escorted us to our site. Someone was in our assigned site and Nick immediately called Outdoor Rec and got us another site. Nick told us that the former host had died in August of cancer and there was a notice in the laundry room about the death of this individual. Nick was very friendly and was seen daily escorting new arrivals to their sites, doing general cleaning, and weed eating around the utility poles for the grass cutter. As far as the campground itself, it is far away from everything. The Wi-Fi is working now in the park, but is very slow. For no more amenities that the park has, the cost is a little high. If we are ever in the area again, we would not hesitate to stay here.
Sep 3rd 2015
Read previous reviews and didn't find some of the problems that others pointed out. The main problem we had was the directions on this web site. We came in the gate 26A and followed the directions to the brown sign. The sign only had in tiny letters Bass Lake with an arrow pointing to the left and FamCamp with an arrow [pointing straight ahead. The other side of the sign which we didn't see had in large letters "FamCamp Sign-IN" and an arrow pointing to the right which you can only see if coming from the other direction. I followed the tiny sign that said FamCamp straight ahead. Going down that road about a quarter mile I then saw a campground off to the left. The sign in front of the campground said "FamCamp Annex". I thought to myself if this was the "FamCamp Annex" there must be a full campground further down the road, WRONG! After following the road for a mile or two I ran into a security patrol and asked him where the FamCamp was. He said to turn around and follow him. Not a fun thing to do with a 5th wheel. I found an intersection large enough to make a three point turn and followed him back to the FamCamp Annex. So, the FamCamp Annex is not an annex it is really the FamCamp. Someone needs to remove the word Annex from the sign and change the other direction sign adding "FamCamp Sign-IN" with an arrow pointing to the left on the gate 26A side of the sign. Although WiFi is advertised it hasn't worked since we have been here. My wife ran into a technician working on it and he seemed pretty positive that it would be working when he was finished. You can connect to the router but the router is not connecting to the Internet. I agree that they shouldn't allow homesteaders taking the best sites. If they allow homesteading they should have specific sites assigned, not the best ones. I also agree a camp host would be useful since the office is across base.
2011 - 2015 off and on.
This RV camp ground has improved over time. But, it is still lacking in proper, day-to-day, over sight by MWR. i.e. the office is out of sight = out of mind. Payment system is not well explained. Woman who works in the office seems to never get her act together. To use wifi means a walk, or drive, over to the lodge. Never got a answer why the wifi is not located in the camp ground proper. Last post addressed the issues of the camp ground host. And rebuttal by Blackhawk was interesting. Both posters have valid points. Seems best way to settle the camp host issue at this facility is for MWR director, and or base commander to post an appointment letter at the camp ground for all to read. Then it is official. If this person is not officially the host, ignore him. He is trying to be helpful. He has no power to boss you around. If it really bothers you then contact the director of MWR and make your views known. This appointment letter should state who is the host, cell phone number, location of his, or her, RV, hours on duty, and spell out exactly what are the duties of this host. This will clear up the want to be a host business going on there. Then all campers know what the host is to do, or not do. What his, or her, limits are. This will avoid confusion and toes being stepped on. I have seen and heard the guy addressed by the post and Blackhawk's rebuttal. Yes, he is over bearing. But, has a great interest in helping out and fixing up the camp ground there. He did come out and meet and greet people. That being stated, he has a way about him that can easily rub people the wrong way. He never told anyone to mow their areas. I checked with a few campers there. Over all he is a good guy. But needs to tone it down some. Again, MWR/base commander needs to spell out in writing who the host is and the duties of the host. i.e. can, or cannot, collect money. Also list who is point of contact for comments and complaints regarding this host. Over sight is the key to any camp ground host position. Keeps them in line and keeps the ruffled feathers down. I agree with many of the comments on this board that MWR needs to have better daily contact at the camp ground. Over all not a bad place but needs some help. I counted five home steaders there. Staying full time. They did grab the best spaces. Most of stop in for a few days and move on. So why is it such a issue what spot a transient Rv'er gets? The fam camp is hardly ever filled to max. So one cannot argue that the homesteaders are denying someone a space. I do agree that the homesteaders should rotate spaces more often than what they now do. By rotating them more often would put a stop to this complaining about the homesteaders grabbing the best spaces. The winter there is bad. Horrible. So if the homesteaders want to stay all winter more power to them. Some funds come into MWR in the winter. But does not make or break MRW's budget as the poster below tried to tell us.
Sept 2014 through Jan 2015
Wife and I PCS'd from JBER, AK in Sept '14 (wife is active, I'm retired). The housing situation was bleak. We stayed at the FAM camp until just after Christmas. We were thankful to have a safe and convenient place to stay. Initially we lived in our class C, but by mid Oct we had purchased a very large 5th wheel, to live in permanently. Yes, I said permanently, like 9 others were HAVING to do. A few of the 9 have lived their for 2-4 years, to date. There was a doctor who lived there for 4 years, during his entire tour. We were of the mind to do the same, but were finally moved into the on base by surprise. Outdoor Rec has issues with maintaining this facility, especially during the winter months, Oct thru April. The full-time residents, by being there long-term, help keep the place running. Without them and their monthly ($500/month) fees, ODR would be forced to close down the CG. So, yes, there are some who are there long-term. They are required to move out at least once a year, and they do this as required. They, like any camper, have the right to select the site they want. This may not seam fair to the rest of the world, but if you were in their shoes and had that opportunity, you would do the same. As for the CG host...Having a CG host helps to keep visitors directed, especially those who feel the need to "let their hair down". The CG host, as well as all campers/visitors have the right to a good camping experience. The CG host helps to insure that everyone is treated fairly and that the facilities, like the new, expensive, most beneficial washer and dryers, are taken care of and not abused. Yes, there have been some abuse, believe it or not, of our facilities and we must work hard to police the area. The current CG host is new to this volunteer position. He works long days, weeks, months, and at the same time, helps to facilitate the needs of campers concerns, especially during winter months when there are very few people available to provide support. He may not be your ideal CG host, but he is a welcomed volunteer. Give him time, he's adjusting to these new and strange duties. Being a retired military person, like many of us, he expresses an authoritative style of leadership "habits". Oh well. This CG experiences many travelers, especially those still in uniform who need and deserve to have a place to rest their heads, have their families with them and do their jobs while both working and playing here at WPAFB. The missions here are very complex, and this FAM camp fulfills many needs of the military men and women assigned here. Please be patient and respectful, and try and enjoy your time and stay here at WPAFB. We need to keep ALL our CG's, so help us keep this one too! Thanks!
Stopped in for a few days recently. Some improvements made. New washers and dryers. Office is no longer at Bass Lake (close to FC). Call in for reservation and pay on phone. Or, go to building 95 and pay in person. Homesteaders still there. Still have the prime spots. Should be a policy that they have to move out for 30 days and come back. Or change spaces. They get the best spaces and never move. Do what other camp grounds do. Stay for 90 days and move on for 90 or something of that sort. We were told there is a wanna be camp ground host now. He is one of the homesteaders. Seems he wants to run the place. Even though he has NO authority to do so. We did not see or hear from him. Had he started some nonsense with us I would have told him to get lost. Many camp grounds have hosts. But the host is well vetted and is a outsider. Not someone who is a long term homesteader. These types get the attitude that they run you and the place. They need to be reminded they have NO authority to tell anyone anything. Helping out some is fine. Being bossy and having a attitude of "I own the place cause I live here full time" is no good. Few people told us they are tired of this wanna be camp ground host already. We will submit a comment to MWR head about this guy. Best to stop this nonsense before he starts to get out of control. From a few years ago, the place seems to have improved.
Oct 27 2014
Stopped for one night going west. 3rd or 4th time staying here. Did not use bathhouse. There were about half flu sites available, back row still looks like homesteaders. Called office for reservation, did get through on third try over an hour of trying. She is still completely clueless of sites available. Grass was high as usual but was mowed recently for a dog and pony show marathon or bike race, so I'm told. They also made all the campers move from flu sites for that weekend. Cleaned up for one weekend then ignored again. This is a nice park if they would give it just a little attention and get better office help.
Oct 1 - 3, 2014
Came here to go to the museum. Called first to reserve a spot and was called three times on the road to tell me that my spots had changed (at least they called). Since there isn't a camp host, RV'ers seem to just grab any spot that's open (moving the reserved cones). The problem is that most of the spots are taken by full timers and military on orders so the six or seven open better spots are gone quick. There isn't any experience available in the day-to-day running of this place. The grass is deep (up to the bottom of the homesteaders rigs) and the water tests and tastes very bad. Not much help from the people at outdoor rec. Not a $25 a night park.
Aug. 25-27, 2014
Adequate. Not being familiar with base we went to "B" side accidentally. We lucked out then with Gate 26A, definitely the closest to Famcamp. The layout of base is all cut up I imagine since they had to fence it after 9/11. Small BX and Commissary. Decent golf. Nice museum, but the Quantico Marine one is still our favorite. No reservations and no problem. Just gave CC over phone. Lots of empty spaces the week before Labor Day. We will stay again.
August 20, 2014
Spent only one night at the beginning of our western tour. Could see the landscaping and road into the campground needed attention but being so far from main base - well out of sight out of mind. Nice site and clean facilities. Homesteaders are either long term AD or some were certainly full timers using WP as northern home base. Very poor markings to get to campground from main gate.
Aug 29 - 31, 2014
Our first at this campsite. Bathrooms clean and freshly painted. Grass was mowed but no weed eating. The pros are the sites are level and full hookups. It was quite. The gate nearest the camp site is only open on the weekdays. On the weekends it's not a real problem getting across the base but it really is a long way away from anything. The cons are there are no camp host, office is so far away and there are problems reaching them on the phone. We really never did check in. We were told what site we had over the phone the day we made the reservations. As long as the office is across the base the camp will be "out of sight, out of mind". There were several homesteaders but there were plenty of open spaces. Saw AF Security Police patrol each night. Will stay here again.
Recently stopped in the WPAFB FamCamp. Have not been there in years. Good news the "lady" who worked in the office at Bass Lake is now retired. That is the biggest improvement to the place. Minor work has been recently accomplished. Such as: painting the bath house, new washers and dryers, information board outside bath house, etc. Long term folks, homesteaders, still living full time in the back row by tree line. Agree communication with office is horrible. Be careful when dealing with the woman in the office who has English GB accent. Received reports of her not crediting accounts. Forgetting who she put where etc. ALWAYS get a written receipt. Grass has not been mowed in ages. This may be typical for bases now due budget cuts. Heard reports of one camper going around at night shinning flash light into people's faces telling them to stop talking. Word from other campers this was a drunken guy who was out at 9 pm being rude to others telling them to "shut up." Word is the campers were merely talking. No loud music, just talking. Takes all types. But we don't need this type of "town cop" in a FamCamp. Further, heard this was reported to the office by two or more people and nothing was done to this guy by anyone from the office. He should have been given a one way ticket out the gate. Which brings me to this point, support from the office has always been lacking at this FamCamp. After hearing this report of non support by the office regarding this rude hostile person, seems nothing has changed. Smoking and pets in the laundry room: nothing has changed over the years regarding pets/smoking in the laundry room. No signs put up saying NO SMOKING / NO PETS in laundry room or bathrooms. Same problem here when we stopped in few years ago. MWR needs to put/paint signs in the bathrooms and laundry rooms stating NO SMOKING - NO PETS IN LAUNDRY ROOM/BATHROOMS.
July 9-25, 2014
The facility is adequate. There is very low water pressure. The largest problem is communication. The office is a long distance from the rv park (fam camp). It's located in the Outdoor Rec bldg, bldg 95. It is nearly impossible to reach them by phone, because they are too busy to answer it. It took two days to get a call back. When you do get someone on the phone, the service is great.
June 2 -June 13 2014
Have stayed here several times over the years. It is hard to get to for the first time, but once you learn about the gate off of hwy. 235 it is real convenient. The place has gone down over the years due to no one actually cares. The office at the campground has been closed for a couple of years and you have to call for reservations and hope someone answers the phone. Waited three days for a returned call. I arrived unannounced and had to find the MWR office to see if there was a site for me. People in the MWR office was very helpful, except for you know who with an attitude. I will be back probably next year so my wife can visit her family which lives there. As far as the price, I think it is a little high for a military campground.
June 2-16, 2014
This was our third visit to this RV park as we have family in the area. It is a decent park, with paved sites, that is adequately maintained. Mowing is adequate but not top notch. Water pressure is quite low (never higher than 40 psi). Electric and sewer hookups are good. There is no recycling available on site. We will stay here again to visit family.
12th to 15th June 2014
We stayed here for the convenience to the Air Force Museum and the Wright Brothers National Historic sites. We had to make several calls before getting a return call to book and pay for the site. The sites were a good length and the grass had been recently cut. The restrooms were not the cleanest. Signage to the camp from the main gate was poor, and the base itself isn't the easiest to find your way around (we thought we'd found the commissary then ended up exiting the base so had to get back on). Overall not the best rec camp experience we've had and it could easily have been made so much better. To cap it all, we weren't even able to get our frequent camper booklet stamped.
May 27 - 28, 2014
This is our usual last stop on our way home from the south. Nothing much changes. We called from the road and the first time no one answered. We were told to leave a message and they would get back to us. However, the in box was full. Called back about an hour later, a recording gave us a half dozen phone numbers we could call but none related to the RV park. We pressed on and spent the night and planned to do what we always did in the past, call them the next day and pay our bill. This place is for us just an overnight stay. We wouldn't want to stay here for any length of time. The grass was about 8 inches tall and about 3 feet around the utilities and close to RVs that looked as if they had been here forever. We don't use the restrooms or showers but I like to check them out. The men's restroom looked as if it hadn't been cleaned in months. The showers were filthy. I'm glad I don't need to use them. We got on the road the next day and tried to call and pay for our stay. That was May 28. It is now May 30 and we still haven't paid even though we've called several times. We did talk to a person today and was told that someone will call us on Monday, June 2 and will take our payment at that time. She also said that the Famcamp does not take payments any more and that payment will be handled by Parks and Rec. What a messed up place. And for you folks that like all those orange cones and don't know their purpose, they have new ones and are now green. There was even a large orange cone in one of the showers.
April 21-24, 2014
Water pressure low. Called for reservation, took information said she would call me back. After 4 hours of no call back called her, she seemed to be very unorganized, didn't have my original call information, had to do it all over again. Management and help is lacking and needs lots of improvement. Campground does appear to be going downhill from previous stays. Freeze divertor leaking, a few sites have no water, faucets must be broke and need attention. Still a good place to stop when passing thru. Would be nice if campground office was open, but appears to be closed permanently. A couple homesteaders, still on site since our last stay.