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Old 04-10-2005, 05:17 PM   #1
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We have camped at West Branch twice in the last year. Including this past weekend (April 8-10)West Branch has been completely re-constructed. They added 150 brand new sites, 4 brand new showerhouses, repaved the whole park, 50 amp service at most sites, added about 35 full service sites. I think it would be a very central location for the "Pond Piggies" group. The only downfall is during the summer months reservations would have to be made. It would be a good spot either before Memorial Day or after Labor day. We have another reservation for the 3rd weekend in June with my family. I took pictures and site descriptions of most of the full service sites if needed. Here are a few pictures I happen to have from last weekend and some fall pictures from Oct. 2004. [ http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/slif_1...bum?.dir=/a255
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We have camped at West Branch twice in the last year. Including this past weekend (April 8-10)West Branch has been completely re-constructed. They added 150 brand new sites, 4 brand new showerhouses, repaved the whole park, 50 amp service at most sites, added about 35 full service sites. I think it would be a very central location for the "Pond Piggies" group. The only downfall is during the summer months reservations would have to be made. It would be a good spot either before Memorial Day or after Labor day. We have another reservation for the 3rd weekend in June with my family. I took pictures and site descriptions of most of the full service sites if needed. Here are a few pictures I happen to have from last weekend and some fall pictures from Oct. 2004. [ http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/slif_1...bum?.dir=/a255
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Old 04-11-2005, 05:00 AM   #3
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Jim,

Thanks for posting on the park. I couldn't get to the pictures, but the place sounds nice. We're looking for someplace to try on short notice for some early May camping if we have a nice weekend predicted. West Branch might fit the bill.
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Old 04-11-2005, 05:30 PM   #4
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Sorry Joe for the pictures not working. I tried posting them on my AOL picture page. I reposted them tonight using Yahoo's picture album page. See if they work now. Let me know. When we camped last weekend (April 8-10) they had 2 of 5 loops open. Next weekend they will open up the full service loop. I believe the whole park will be open by May 15th.

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Old 04-11-2005, 06:24 PM   #5
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Joe,

I'll agree with Slif.....its a nice park, and good for short notice camping.
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Or a spare of the moment visit. Friday around 7pm or so I was returning from a bike ride with my son (Robert) and about 500 feet from our site I noticed a white mini van parked in front of our site. In the back of my head I thought hummmm George has a white van I bet he just couldn't resist the excuse for a visit. Sure enough he was there along with Jodi and the kids stoking my fire in preparation for some dogs. He gave me some helpful hints on things I need to do to of trailer. For us this is the closest State Park to home now since they upgraded the facilities (29 miles). For early and late season this is going to be a nice weekend spot. In the summer with all the boating it will be hard to get a site.
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I've had WB on our list for the past 2 years to get to. Sounds like with all the improvments this should be the year to make it there. Thanks for the posting Jim & Diane.
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Hello,
Lori I made a list of all the sites at West Branch that are level or semi-level. If either as a group or by yourselves e-mail me if you would like it. I also have pictures of just about all the full service sites. The reason I did that is because during reconstruction the contractor didn't like the park ranges keep putting their two cents in as to making the newly constucted sites "camper friendly". Meaning semi-level and all 55 feet deep. So the contractor went to the state of Ohio and said in order to do his job all park employees are not to "bug" him and stay out of the copnstruction zone till he is done. So what ended happening was some sites are either very short or not level at all. There are a few full service sites that no RV trailer would be able to use. According to a park volunteer it is in litagation over paying him all his due. In either April-May and Sept-Nov. reservations would most likely not be needed. But during the summer boating season I would have one. Mike is going there July 4th and I'll be there again June 17-19th. Over-all I really liked the fact just about everything is new. The only thing they are doing this year is installing a boat ramp and installing a new playground. Mybe the Pond Piggies can get together here in the fall.
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Yes, please & thanks, send me your list & photos. You can use the address in my public profile.
I sure hope the SP had a contract - including specific site dimensions - with that contractor for the new site constructions. They can wiggle out of taking responsibility if instructions are not specifically spelled out in a binding contract. I'm sure it cost a lot of (taxpayer) money to get those new sites put in & if they are unusable to a lot of folks due to size or levelness, then that money was just wasted because the sites will go empty.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Superslif:
Sorry Joe for the pictures not working. I tried posting them on my AOL picture page. I reposted them tonight using Yahoo's picture album page. See if they work now. Let me know. When we camped last weekend (April 8-10) they had 2 of 5 loops open. Next weekend they will open up the full service loop. I believe the whole park will be open by May 15th.

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