We've stayed there a few times and really liked it -- except our last two stays were during Spring rainy seasons and they were having problems with their septic system handling the load of the rainwater and campers. They shut down the bathrooms/showers and laundry because the septic system was at capacity and we had to rely on using our gray and black water tanks. With the dry weather we've had lately, I wouldn't think there would be a problem. Their landscaping and grounds are beautiful.
We've also stayed at Casino Queen though it was about 5 years ago now. We would stay again. Security has a big presence on the Casino grounds. The folks in the general store were really helpful and nice. We did gas up just outside of the Casino entrance and won't do that again. It was a scary experience. We did not feel welcome or safe at that gas station even though it was right outside the Casino and a nicely maintained facility.
We probably won't go back to Red Barn Rendezvous in the spring. We just didn't like having to accommodate septic capacity issues. We would have appreciated a call to let us know just how bad the problems were and a chance to make other plans.
Sorry I thought they were asking about Joplin MO. I must have been low on coffee.
Ive done the same thing. I noticed later that they did ask about Joplin MO in another post. When I saw that later post, I thought perhaps you had gotten the link cut and pastes mixed up. I have definitely done that before! Glad to hear the good report on Big Red Barn in Joplin. We go by there often and have wondered about that campground.
I recommend either the Casino or Red Barn in Edwardsville. We've stayed at the Red Barn several times because our two oldest kids live there. You're less than a half mile from two grocery stores, Red Robin, Buffalo Wild Wings, Kohl's, Best Buy, a Mexican restaurant, Cold Stone, etc.
In you want to venture into downtown St. Louis, I'd stay at the Casino because you can jump on the tram and cross the river. Very easy. The tram noise is something to consider if you're a light sleeper, though.
Like others have said, you're safe on casino grounds, but don't linger on the outskirts.
We've also stayed at the St. Louis RV Park but it was many years ago. It was okay, but it's mainly a parking lot with hookups.
We stay at Edmund Babler State Park - easy access to downtown (between 9&3) - big grassy sites within a huge park-like area - no sewer but has a dump station. Have heard good things about St. Louis RV Park if you just want to do things at the riverfront - like the Arch. Have tried Cahokia RV and the Six Flags KOA - once each - that's enough. Good luck and have a safe trip!!
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Thanks everyone. You've given me suggestions for campgrounds that I wasn't even aware of.
I had originally been giving some thought to the Casino Queen for its proximity to the Arch but I am a little worried about the location after reading some of the postings and online reviews so i am looking for other options to consider too.
Is the Casino as easy to find, once we exit the highway, as it seems? I am nervous that we will make a wrong turn and end up in an area that is difficult to turn around in or that would be risky in terms of safety. We are towing 34', so that is an issue. I am not worried about staying there as much as I am about getting there.
I am intrigued by the other suggestions further away which were previously unknown to me. I will research and plot these and see where they are in relation to where we want to be.
We've stayed at the Casino more times than I can count, especially for the 4th of July Fireworks, and have NEVER had a problem. Ask to be on the south side for roomier sites.
The exit for the casino coming in from the east is a left-hand exit. After the exit, go until the street ends. Turn right, go under the interstate (it's MUCH higher than it looks) make a slight right and you're there.
From St. Louis, cross the Eads Bridge (the one immediately north of the Arch). At the end of the bridge turn left, and you're also there.
We are booked at Casino Queen in a couple of weeks. Public transportation is available close to the campground and the arch is right across the river. On game day, the casino has a free shuttle that takes you to the ball park up to two hours before game time. The campground has good security and a wonderful view of the arch. By the way our departure for Casino Queen is from Indiana. The casino website has really good directions and when we called the campground, they were very helpful.
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