Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Campground Review: McHood Park Winslow, AZ

Starting my meander back northeast towards Michigan I spent several days camped at McHood Park located about five miles southeast of Winslow, AZ along Clear Creek and the reservoir it creates,

The park sits above Winslow's reservoir created from Clear Creek.
McHood Park is a nicely maintained, quiet park that was about half full during my stay.  Campsites are given out on a no-reservation, first come first served basis and there are three basic types in the main camping area, paved pull thru, gravel back-in, and paved sites next to picnic tables near the swimming area.

The Tank's pull thru.  The grill didn't have long to live.

Pull up campsites nearer the swimming area.

Then there were three really nice and secluded campsites with a ramada covering the picnic table somewhat away from the site but all were occupied when I pulled in.

If any of these are available jump on them!
Here's McHood Park's data sheet:

Hookups:                                             None                          
Fire ring:                                              No                              
Water Access:                                     Yes                             
Fresh Water:                                        No                                          
Trash Service:                                      Yes
Toilets:                                                Yes (flush)                                         
Showers:                                             No                                          
Dump station:                                      No                  
WiFi:                                                   No                                          
Level sites:                                          Yes                                         
Laundry:                                              No                                          
Store:                                                  No                                          
Pool:                                                   No                                          
Shade:                                                No                                          
Verizon reception:                                4G, 3 bars                   
Internet reception:                                3 bars              
Cost:                                                 Free for up to 14 days

There is also a large day-use area with picnic tables and water access to Clear Creek on the other side of the creek from the camping area.

McHood Park's day use area across Clear Creek.
The park boat launch into Clear Creek.
One factor that isn't conveyed in the above pictures that prospective McHood Park campers should probably be aware of is it is REALLY windy there most of the time, at least during my stay.  I had my charcoal grill sitting on the picnic table at my site and a strong gust of wind picked the grill up and threw it on the ground with enough force to break the top half's handle and severely dent the bottom to the point that I left it in the park's dumpster when I departed.  I really liked that little grill too!

I mentioned in the data sheet that there aren't electrical hookups at the park but there IS a dual electrical outlet in the bathroom that could be used to emergency charge a cell phone or other small electrical device.

It's a really nice camping experience at McHood Park and I would suppose that the part of May that I stayed there is normally the windy period and it's not like that the rest of the time so take that with a grain of salt.  I've placed it on the "Will return" list on my camping database!

Thanks for reading!

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