Lakeside RV Park

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  • 5664 Highway 280 East, Opelika, AL 36804, USA
  • 800-283-7183

Phone: 800-283-7183

Max Amps: 50


  • tenting
  • store
  • swimming pool
  • fishing
  • lp gas
  • modem connection
  • pullthrus
  • sewer hookups
  • laundry
  • other swimming
  • rentals
  • pets
  • cable tv
  • lodging
  • dump station
  • recreation hall
  • boating
  • group area
  • phone hookups
  • slideouts
  • wi-fi


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Camping In A Dump


August 21, 2009

I camped at Lakeside R.V.Park in Opelika, Alabama for 7 months. I have been camping across the U.S. for over 45 years. The park is a virtual ghost town for good reason, as this is by far the trashiest park (and owners) I have encountered to date. Lakeside RV Park was like camping in a dump - there was junk, trash, and clutter everywhere. We had no problems there until I was falsely accused by the owners for posting online a bad (but what the owners admitted was a completely true) review of the park, and was then subjected to threats and intimidation from owners Olin "Butch" and Betty Hanvey prior to my departure. I was told to leave, then told I could stay - repeatedly, until I finally decided to leave just to escape Butch and Betty's little mental games. Minutes before leaving Lakeside RV Park owner Butch Hanvey came to my lot and threatened my life - probably his closest brush with death in all his years. Butch obviously has some serious untreated mental heath issues, a ticking time bomb, and a danger to his park's residents. The park's website has a couple of pictures, the camera carefully positioned to avoid capturing piles of trash, junk, abandoned cars, trucks, and mobile homes, and heavy equipment that blankets the entire park. Here is what they don't want you to see, but what you'll see if you waste your money at Lakeside RV Park in Opelika, Alabama:

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Camping in a junkyard


May 18, 2009

The front of the park was an array of junk vehicles under their highway sign and our host met us at the entrance holding a beer, which pretty much set the theme for the whole park. There was never anyone in the office (an old mobile home) and we were directed to yet another mobile home behind it if we needed service in the future. There was junk everywhere, empty old mobile homes, heavy equipment, cars, trailers, and various other material in piles or scattered everywhere. There is a junkyard at one end of the park and a sand pit at the other. The lake in "Lakeside" turned out to be a tiny mud hole in the woods. The dirt roads flooded when it rained and there was much standing water, which resulted in red clay dirt all over our tires and under our vehicles. When it was dry there was a lot of dust that settled on our vehicles. There was much highway noise throughout the day and night. One of the residents apparently operates a towing business, coming and going all through the night in a noisy diesel and had a large four wheel drive with no muffler. There was little in the way of landscaping, the only effort appearing to be pea gravel, a few plants, huge blocks of concrete, and piles of dirt and gravel. The wireless internet was very slow, sometimes didn't work at all, pages required reloading to display completely, and we had difficulty accessing email. The two washers and dryers seemed to always be in use, the laundry room was really dirty, and we ended up going to town instead. The nearest store had overpriced necessities and high dollar propane. There was a RV dealer just down the road, but the woman behind the parts counter the two times we stopped there was rude and didn't have much if any knowledge of RVs. Lakeside RV park was very trashy, we were happy to leave, and we'll definitely avoid it in the future.

NEW: Owner called phone I used when registering, asking if we had posted bad reviews of their campground on the internet.

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